Photo: Earthrise 2007

first_imgThe Japanese Kaguya spacecraft has taken a series of “Earthrise” photos from lunar orbit, including this sequence.  The complete set of new hi-resolution photos is available at Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency.  (Due to the orbital path of the spacecraft, Antarctica is at the top.)    “Earth-rise is a phenomenon seen only from satellites that travel around the Moon, such as the KAGUYA and the Apollo space ship,” the caption explained.  “The Earth-rise cannot be observed by a person who is on the Moon as they can always see the Earth at the same position.”    The first set of Earthrise images in December 1968 from Apollo 8 had a dramatic impact on the inhabitants of Spaceship Earth.  Borman, Lovell and Anders called it their Christmas present to the inhabitants of the “good Earth” as they celebrated by reading the opening verses from Genesis (see NASA article).  The recent movie In the Shadow of the Moon retold the story (see CNN).    As an encore, ESA’s Rosetta Spacecraft zipped by Earth yesterday and took some stunning images of our planet from the night side.  Rosetta is on a long flight itinerary to land on a comet in 2014.  Viewers may want to compare these Blue Planet images with the latest from the Red Planet taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.    This time, perhaps, these new Earthrise images can be thought of as another holiday gift to Spaceship Earth: a symbolic cornucopia for Thanksgiving.Who could not be thankful at the sight of such a perfect blue sphere out there, loaded with life and beauty?  The contrast with the lifeless and sterile moon makes the scene all the more thought-provoking.  What poetry or Scripture would come to mind as you look at these stunning images?  What deep questions about the universe, Earth, life, humanity, politics, ethics, meaning and destiny arise in your soul?  Take a moment to jot down your thoughts after a good, long gaze at this image.    It’s sad to consider that if astronauts today, 39 years after Apollo 8, tried to read inspirational words from the Bible, they would be promptly sued by the ACLU, and roundly condemned by leading politicians, scientists and educators.  Your thoughts do not have to reflect their thoughts; they can be aligned with God’s thoughts.  “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  For as the heavens are high above the earth, so our my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

3 Big Privacy Issues Of 2013 – And What You Can Do About Them

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… On the surface, 2012 saw some major shifts in how privacy is treated online. The Federal Trade Commission’s Do-Not-Track Online Act and the White House’s Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights prompted Facebook and Google to change allegedly deceptive practices for tracking users. And most Web browsers and even Twitter adopted the do-not-track functions in one form or another.These were steps in the right direction, but in reality, they didn’t solve the data insecurity problem. Facebook can still track users through its “Like” function. And Web surfers’ online data can still be used by law enforcement and “market research” for the employment, credit, healthcare and insurance industries. And let’s not even get into denial of service attacks and cybersecurity…That said, here are three major privacy issues that everyone should pay attention to in 2013:  TransparencyData sharingDodgy QR codes1. TransparencyEver been to a restaurant that’s so proud of its clean kitchen that it lets customers see right into it? It’s called an open kitchen, and this kind of transparency is what Internet companies need to strive for.Consumer confusion and uncertainty over how social sites use their data threaten to derail the social media gravy train, and services like Facebook and Twitter need to take the initiative to stave off fears of abuse. That means no hidden fees, confusing Terms of Service or the like. The more open a company is, the more a customer is likely to trust the service, and keep using it. Social privacy login service Gigya uses your data to to log into sites such as Twitter or Facebook. With a reach extending to 75% of the Web, you probably use its technology and don’t even know it. But with 1.5 billion unique users a month and more than 600 enterprise clients like CBS, NBC, ABC, Nike and Verizon – it knows you.  All that data raises some very real concerns: 53% of Internet users utilize social logins, and 41% of them worry about their security and privacy.To alleviate those, Gigya practices an “open kitchen” policy. It has partnered with the Future of Privacy Forum to develop social privacy certification allowing “businesses to verify that they follow approved social network guidelines and industry best practices for managing consumer social data.” It promises users that their social data is safe.Back to the restaurant analogy, a promise like this is like coupling an open kitchen with a health department grade in the window. The idea is to instill confidence in potential customers.2. Data Dealing It’s not gold, it’s not oil, it’s not drugs. Today’s most valuable commodity is information.With so much personal data online and accessible by law enforcement and many marketers, the only real control we have over our data, is ourselves. Michael Hussey, the chief executive of New York-based people search experts PeekYou, recommends mirroring your online identity with your real life: Don’t post anything you wouldn’t want everyone to see. One solution to curbing marketers is Mine, a purchase directory site that combs through e-purchases to allow people to add public sales history to their online identities. More importantly, it also lets you erase unwanted purchase data so marketers can’t monitor it. Pierre Legrain, Mine’s chief executive, says the best way to stop companies tracking and selling data behind our backs is “not by blocking it, but by offering marketers what they ultimately want, while also benefiting us.” It’s a nice idea, but it’s unclear how much those aggressive marketers will cooperate. So it’s still all about keeping your digital footprint clean. Because “leave no trace” is no longer an option. 3. Bad BarcodesJust because it’s there, that doesn’t mean you should click it. Especially when it comes to QR codes. “People need to undersand QR codes are just URLs,” says Jim Fenton, chief security officer of the digital identity service OneID. In our smartphone-heavy culture, we have to be wary of the sites we frequent, especially now that fake QR codes are popping up in crowded spots like airports and metropolitan centers. A string of international cybercrimes has been linked to stickers featuring bad QR codes leading to dodgy websites. And they’re popping up everywhere: Posters, boxes, buildings – you name it. And while practically anything can be on the other end, you could likely expect bad codes to result in malware, spam and phishing attacks. “QR codes aren’t magic,” Fenton warns. “If anything there’s less visiblity about who they are.”So take these three steps to protect yourself:First, get a QR reader that can check the associated site’s URL, and make sure it has built-in security features.Enable a QR code review prior to opening the link to make sure you’re not headed for the temple of doom.Finally, inspect the code to make sure it isn’t a sticker, a dead give away that it’s probably not authentic.Better yet, just don’t click on any QR codes. After all they don’t really do anyone much good anyway (see ReadWrite DeathWatch: QR Codes).Photo courtesy of Shutterstock. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts center_img adam popescu Tags:#cybersecurity#privacy 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Creating a Preference for You and Your Solution – Episode 26

first_imgNot enough people understand that selling is about creating a preference for you, your company, and your solution. This is what you are supposed to be doing when you are selling.last_img

State retained 7.5% growth, but farm sector in distress

first_imgMaharashtra’s economy grew at an estimated 7.5% in 2018-19, the same pace as the year before it, but growth in the agricultural sector collapsed to a mere 0.4% and crop output shrank by a sharp 8%.With industrial growth also contracting, it was only a sharp 9.2% growth in the Services sector that helped the State retain the 7.5% growth rate, as per the Economic Survey tabled in the Assembly on Monday.The agriculture and allied activities sector is expected to grow by 0.4% compared to 3.1% in 2017-18 while industry may grow by 6.9% compared to 7.6 % in the previous fiscal. Only the services sector is predicted to grow faster than the 8.1% recorded in 2017-18. What should set off alarm bells about the State’s agrarian economy is the 8% contraction in crop production during the year gone by. “The State is facing consecutive droughts. The drop in crop production is a result of that. Despite that, we have managed to keep the overall growth rate at more than that of the Indian economy,” said Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar. “We are expected to maintain the pace of the growth despite odds,” he said, adding that the real Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) is estimated to be ₹20,88,835 crore with expected growth of 7.5%. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has set a target to make Maharashtra a trillion dollar economy by 2025. Maharashtra is presently a $400 billion economy.The Opposition has raised doubts about the numbers quoted in the survey, and demanded a close scrutiny. Former chief minister and senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan flagged some doubts on the authenticity of figures and said the agricultural growth rate had been revised by almost 12%. “As per the Economic Survey of 2017-18, the estimated agriculture development rate was (-) 8.3%. In the present survey, it has been revised to 3.4%. It is impossible to have such a big change of almost 12%. The government should show proof of such drastic changes,” he said. Dhananjay Munde, the Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council said there was a need to set up an “all-party members’ committee” for evaluation of the Economic Survey.According to the survey, the State witnessed average rainfall (84.3% of the normal) in 2017-18, 10.7 percentage points lower than 2016-17. Production of food grain, oilseeds and cotton decreased by about 15.1%, 17.7% and 43.3% respectively while that of sugarcane, fruits and vegetables increased by 53.3%, 10.3% and 17% respectively. The survey estimates the growth rate of mining & quarrying and manufacturing sectors within the industry as 2.9% and 7.1% for 2018-19, up from 7.2% and 7.7% in 2017-18. Mr. Mungantiwar said that the State has registered growth in per capita income during 2018-19 at ₹1,91,827 from ₹1,76,102 of 2017-18. The State however, ranks at number three behind Karnataka and Telangana nationally.last_img read more

Boxing chief ‘optimistic’ over ending Tokyo Olympics threat

first_imgIf the AIBA’s Olympic suspension is maintained the IOC has said it will step in to ensure the sport appears in Tokyo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ricci Rivero leads Gilas team for Fiba 3×3 Asia Cup LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew (FILES) In this file photo taken on April 12, 2019 International Boxing Federation AIBA interim president, Morocco’s Mohamed Moustahsane poses during an interview with AFP in Lausanne. – (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)Amateur boxing’s governing body the AIBA emerged from talks with the IOC on Monday “optimistic” of retaining the right to organize the event at next year’s Tokyo Olympics.The International Olympic Committee has frozen boxing’s preparations for next year’s Games as it seeks proof that the AIBA has cleaned up its act after concern over its governance and finances.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting AIBA interim president Mohamed Moustahsane said: “We had a very productive meeting with the IOC inquiry committee today.”He said he was confident the inquiry would produce a positive report with the IOC which is due to meet to decide on its verdict on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMoustahsane, in a statement, added: “We remain optimistic about the future of Olympic boxing and AIBA’s ability to safeguard this great sport.”The Moroccan doctor was joined by AIBA’s American chief executive Tom Virgets in an eight-strong delegation at the hearing with the three-member IOC inquiry led by Nenad Lalovic, the president of wrestling’s ruling body. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportlast_img read more