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Comment Re: Is more education, better education . . . ? (Score 2) 495

For people born (like President Obama) in 1961 outside the US with only one parent who is a US citizen, the other parent "must have resided in the United States for at least ten years, at least five of which had to be after the age of 16" for the child to be a US citizen. Obama's mother was 18 when he was born, and his father was not a US citizen, so if he was born outside the US, he is not a natural-born citizen.

(I make no claim that President Obama was actually born outside the US, I am just correcting the AC's mis-statement of citizenship law. Source: http://www.americanlaw.com/cit... )

Comment Re:Making molly (Score 1) 574

On top of that, the Washington Post is now saying that the intrusion was "not linked to any Russian government effort to target or hack the utility" -- either it wasn't the Russians, or they didn't mean to infect that utility.

Can we all now agree the original story was the kind of Fake News the Washington Post and other establishment media outlets have been warning us about?

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Facebook Buys Data From Third-Party Brokers To Fill In User Profiles (ibtimes.com) 116

An anonymous reader quotes a report from International Business Times: According to a report from ProPublica, the world's largest social network knows far more about its users than just what they do online. What Facebook can't glean from a user's activity, it's getting from third-party data brokers. ProPublica found the social network is purchasing additional information including personal income, where a person eats out and how many credit cards they keep. That data all comes separate from the unique identifiers that Facebook generates for its users based on interests and online behavior. A separate investigation by ProPublica in which the publication asked users to report categories of interest Facebook assigned to them generated more than 52,000 attributes. The data Facebook pays for from other brokers to round out user profiles isn't disclosed by the company beyond a note that it gets information "from a few different sources." Those sources, according to ProPublica, come from commercial data brokers who have access to information about people that isn't linked directly to online behavior. The social network doesn't disclose those sources because the information isn't collected by Facebook and is publicly available. Facebook does provide a page in its help center that details how to get removed from the lists held by third-party data brokers. However, the process isn't particularly easy. In the case of the Oracle-owned Datalogix, users who want off the list have to send a written request and a copy of a government-issued identification in the mail to Oracle's chief privacy officer. Another data collecting service, Acxiom, requires users provide the last four digits of their social security number to see the information the company has gathered about them.

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