anonymous asked:

Hey Star, I recently read that the Meitu app sends an awful scary amount of data to Chinese servers, including your phone's IMEI number. Thought you should know since I saw you post those Meitu pics a few days ago.

“According to Meitu, the Android app only requests data access “similar to those [what] users will find with the most popular photo editing apps.” As for its iOS version, Slash Gear reports it asks for permissions that are “within the Apple developer guidelines and terms.” 

The company says it uses the collected information for the optimization of the app’s performance, and clearer understanding of how customers engage with its ads.Meitu further explained that the app was originally coded for China which has a government-controlled firewall. Thus, there’s a need for some of the analytics. 

The company, however, vowed they aren’t selling the data the Meitu app collects.The Chinese selfie app has been popular in Asia for years. But it only became available in the UK this January, turning into an overnight hit. At the end of 2016, the company behind Meitu recorded more than 450 million monthly users.” 

So the company has been around forever and the most heinous thing they can do with the data is to sell it so they can send me more advertisements. That doesn’t really bug me personally, but I can understand how it could creep people out. 


From photography, illustration and video, to data visualizations and immersive experiences, visuals are an important part of our storytelling at NPR. Interwoven with the written and the spoken word, images — another visual language — can create deeper understanding and empathy for the struggles and triumphs we face together.

We told a lot of stories in 2016 — far more than we can list here. So, instead, here’s a small selection of our favorite pieces, highlighting some of the work we’re most proud of, some of the biggest stories we reported, and some of the stories we had the most fun telling.

(Some Of) Our Favorite Visual Stories of 2016

Images: David Gilkey/NPR; Emily Kask, Cassi Alexandra (2), and Andrew Cullen for NPR; Alyson Hurt/NPR; Adrienne Grunwald for NPR; Joy Ho and Meredith Rizzo/NPR

MBTI Types As Superhero Names and Abilities

INFP: The Dreamwalker - Has the ability to disappear from existence and enter into the dreams of those they desire. While this Superhero is more about pleasant dreams and helping people through their dreams, they will also send warnings, and even nightmares if said person is an enemy. Can produce dream like illusions, send people into strong daydreams, and warp dreams how they see fit. Has a habit of disappearing randomly and unexpectedly.

ENFP: Quantum Wizard - Has the ability to manipulate the laws of physics however they see fit, often done in cartoon like ways such as random teleportation, walking on air before falling and then running through a wall only to end up somewhere else. Highly unpredictable, and energetic, luckily for us all the Quantum Wizard doesn’t overuse his/her abilities… or so we think. Has a habit of glomping you when you least expect it from what seems like literally nowhere.

INTP: Data Sage - Has immediate access to any data one may need in any situation in order to go about the correct path. There is no need for a computer for them to do this, which also allows them to hack into any system with just their mind. Is the one who stays in the background and directs everyone else in where they’re needed and what they need to do as they are the MBTI Superhero Types Oracle. Has a habit of still not being able to figure out their own directions even though they’re able to direct everyone else.

ENTP: Silver Tongue Viper - No one can resist their charm, and their words. With their words they can cause a person to forget or remember what they desire, as well as to do or not do anything they ask. There are few and far in between who can resist their charming silky honeyed hypnotic voice and sexual charm. Words are their weapon and their power, with which even nature must obey. Has a habit of flirting too much and ending up sometimes doing the exact thing they weren’t suppose to do.

INTJ: Shadowmaster - Literally a master of peoples shadows, and shadows in general. Can cause shadows to become physical copies of the person or thing, allowing them to control them via their shadows as long as they are within sight. Can turn into a shadow themselves and teleport as well as walk from shadow to shadow without being seen. May or may not have a habit of making people dance like marionettes.

ENTJ: Dominion - Where ever Dominion stands or walks an area of up to 200 meters is completely and utterly under their control, for that is now their temporary domain. As such the people must follow and everything must obey their will within that area, and should they choose the force they let out can cause people and buildings to collapse with a simple push. Has a habit of lazing around when no one is watching.

INFJ: Starchild - Has the ability to imbue people with the knowledge of the universe and the workings of the very stars themselves, often causing a brain meltdown once done. Is able to fly and go supernova should they choose, often very kind and helpful, but also always in another place as if they never belong… as if they themselves came from the very stars themselves. The most elusive type and the most secretive, only to act when they are absolutely needed. Has a habit of randomly dozing off.

ENFJ: Southern Wind - Has the ability to bring about warmer air and an emotional embrace. Wherever people are hurting there the Southern Wind is, comforting and healing them before moving on as the wind passes through the persons body and heals them completely. If serious he/she can use their ability to create a tornado or even hurricane should they come across such evil that requires it. Most of the time however they are the empathetic healer, who guides people towards a better path. Has a habit of playing with children and inspiring them to follow their dreams.

ISFP: Beastmaster - There is no animal that does not listen to them, and their is no animal that will not obey him/her. Nature is their domain and all the animals within are under their control. As such he/she also has the ability to talk to and understand any animal they come across through a telepathic link that is often established. As such he/she won’t be seen so much inside the city but in places of nature where they are most suited towards their task. Has the habit of placing animal sounds in some of their words.

ESFP: Hyperdrive - Due to their endless energy that challenges that of the Quantum Wizard, Hyperdrive is able to do, gather and disperse energy however they see fit within their actions, which can often cause them to do everything at faster than lightspeed, which in turn causes them to be able to go through a dimensional shift, as well as open portals as well as wormholes in space. Has a habit of not being able to remain still, whether this is from the body constantly vibrating or them constantly moving.

ISTP: Thundersmith - There is nothing that Thundersmith can’t build, and there is no weapon that they can’t wield. With the force of his/her hammers he/she can topple mountains, and build buildings from the ground up. Anything they touch can be used as a weapon as it is imbued with the powers of the earth shaking forces of thunder and lightning. Has a habit of building automatons and giant fighting robots.

ESTP: Steel Commando - Can make their body impervious to harm and even turn to steel. Further more they relish in the arms of combat and can use any firearm, explosive, or general mass destructive weapon by mere will alone. And it’s not just one or two that they have in their hand either, no any firearm they touch will immediately be linked to them allowing them to have as many firearms and explosives they can get their hands on and use all of the simultaneously. Has a habit of jumping from buildings or airplanes as a first mode of attack.

ISTJ: Enforcer - Law is their domain, not law in the sense of the laws of society, but law in general. As such they can erase or create any law they see fit, and make it come to pass in anyone they see. If they do not wish for some one to escape, the law that they create will prevent that person to escape, as their law becomes part of physical nature itself. Of course once again they must be within eye distance of all that is going on in order to execute this ability. Has a habit of playing memory and mind games with themselves and others.

ESTJ: Captain Force - There is nothing they cannot force themselves into or command upon setting foot in a place that requires such or that they simply dictate requires such. Everything moves in the path they desire, when they desire, and how they desire. This includes systems, people, and things in general. Their overpowering presence may also cause others around them to faint. Has the habit of placing everything into neat organizational order when their ability is used.

ISFJ: Harmonious Sparrow - Besides the power of flight, Harmonious Sparrow is able to gently bring all into order and harmony. Where ever there is chaos, and general conflict, their powers of peace and order will bring everything into quiet settlement. When needed they also utilize their unique martial arts skills that gracefully place their opponents in the ground before they even realize what has happened. Has a habit of always bringing herbal tea with them.

ESFJ: The Sentry - Nothing will be able to get past that which they guard or watch, as they are the caretakers of all those in need. They have the ability to not only see all that is coming from far distances, but to also dish out as much punishment as they are given. They will stand in front of all the people they care for and if the enemy wants to get to those people, they first have to get through them. As long as they have people to look after, guard, and take care of, nothing can harm them as instead all of that harm returns in equal force towards the person giving it. Has a habit of hugging and cuddling everyone they’re close to.

Imagine your mind as a computer, and what is essentially you is on the monitor in front of you. You can access your data/memories, programmes/functions and even go into sleep. 

Now imagine thinking as browsing the internet. You open your web browser and start surfing, you have all the right security programmes to stop pop-ups and viruses that you may come across. 

People with OCD do not have all these programmes. People with OCD get pop up after pop up, they fill the monitor and leave you unable to access anything else on your computer, the virus renders you useless, only able to perform the same few tasks, restarting yourself over and over again, all because you are missing the security programme people without OCD all have and take for granted. 

That is what OCD is like.
Researchers race to copy Obamacare data for fear it will vanish
The White House prods efforts out of concern Trump might expunge reams of information. By DAN DIAMOND

The White House is encouraging researchers to copy government data on Obamacare out of concern that President-elect Donald Trump might hit the delete key when he takes office.

Spooked by Trump’s rhetoric and pledge to repeal Obamacare, several dozen independent researchers are racing to download key health care data and documents before Jan. 20. They say they began the effort on their own, and then got a boost from Jeanne Lambrew, the White House’s top health reform official, who also sounded alarms the new administration might expunge reams of information from public websites and end access to data, researchers told POLITICO.

Lambrew and the White House declined to comment. “We are not going to speculate on what sort of policies President-elect Trump may choose to prioritize or pursue,” said a representative of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Capturing data on how consumers use and pay for health care is a central pillar of the Affordable Care Act — crucial not only to administering and measuring the law’s success, but also for any future efforts to reform the $3 trillion industry.

The efforts by researchers at some of the nation’s most prominent think tanks reflect the extraordinary anxiety not just of civil servants, but also of supporters of the ACA and other Obama-era policies as they brace for an administration that has pledged to dismantle those laws and has already cast doubt on the veracity of government data, for instance, regarding the unemployment rate.

Having information on every facet of Obamacare is essential, researchers say, because Democrats may need it to build their case for why large pieces of the controversial law should be left intact. They say the data may be helpful for devising other reforms, including an eventual Obamacare replacement and, at minimum, should be preserved as part of the historical record.

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how long has flowey existed?

(undertale spoilers)

hilariously, the one most vital to figuring out some sort of timeline is snowdrake of all monsters. 

  • nobody had determination powers before frisk in flowey’s lifetime.
    • FLOWEY:
      The power to reshape the world…
      Purely by your own determination.
      The ability to play God!
      The ability to “SAVE.”
      I thought I was the only one with that power. But…
  • frisk is the first human to have fallen into the underground for a long time.
    • TORIEL:
      I am TORIEL, caretaker of the RUINS.
      I pass through this place every day to see if anyone has fallen down.
      You are the first human to come here in a long time.

  • snowdrake ran from home after his mother “passed on”.
      Since his mothah passed on, he couldn’t stand. Living at home anymore.
      So he ran away. I haven’t seen him since.
      I’m a terrible fathah. Ha ha ha ha…That’s not funny.
  • but monsters who have fallen down are not dead, just comatose.
    • MONSTER HISTORY PART 6 [unused]:
      However, when monsters are about to expire of age, they lie down, immobile.
      We call this state “Fallen Down.”
      A person who has Fallen Down will soon perish.
      In a way, this confusing situation was all too familiar.
  • as far as snowdrake’s family knew, snowdrake’s mother had only fallen down – which is probably pretty close to outright being dead as far as monsters are concerned.
    • ALPHYS:
      ASGORE asked everyone outside the city for monsters that had “fallen down.”
      Their bodies came in today.
      They’re still comatose… And soon, they’ll all turn into dust.
  • snowdrake’s family was even informed later that the mother was alive and would be sent home soon.
    • ALPHYS:
      Seems like this research was a dead end…
      But at least we got a happy ending out of it…?
      I sent the SOULS and the vessel back to ASGORE.
      And I called all of the families and told them everyone’s alive.
      I’ll send everyone back tomorrow. :)
  • so why did snowdrake’s father say she had “passed on”? he probably lost hope of her ever coming back when alphys suddenly went silent.
    • ALPHYS:
      the families keep calling me to ask when everyone is coming home.
      what am i supposed to say?
      i don’t even answer the phone anymore.
  • snowdrake, along with others whose family members had been experimented on, wrote letters to alphys that went unanswered.
      (There are letters from many monsters here…)
      (Froggit, Snowy, Doggo…)
  • so snowdrake probably only ran away after his family lost hope of the mother ever returning – after she had become an amalgamate.
      My son… He was always making these weird ice puns.
      I hated them, so he ran away from home…
      Since his mothah passed on, he couldn’t stand. Living at home anymore.
      So he ran away. I haven’t seen him since.
  • snowdrake is a teen, so he couldn’t have run from home too long ago. he left hotland to live in snowdin forest.
      This teen comedian fights to keep a captive audience.
  • he survives off lunches made by the other teens’ parents.
      Heh… us teens live self-sufficiently off the fat of the land…
      Oh, and the box lunches my parents bring us every day.
      Besides Snowy. We have to share ours with him..
  • snowdrake’s mother was officially recognised as an amalgamate in entry number 16 and the unused 17.
    • ALPHYS:
      no No NO NO NO NO NO
      ENTRY NUMBER 17 [unused]
      monsters’ physical forms can’t handle “determination” like humans’ can.
      with too much determination, our bodies begin to break down.
      everyone’s melted together…
  • flowey left the garden where he’d woken up shortly afterwards, as noted in the following entry.
    • ALPHYS:
      the flower’s gone.
  • flowey was in the garden for a while before he left.
    • FLOWEY:
      I remember when I first woke up here, in the garden.
      I was so scared.
      I couldn’t feel my arms or my legs…
      My entire body had turned into a flower!
      “Mom! Dad! Somebody help me!” I called out.
      But nobody came.
      Eventually, the king found me, crying in the garden.
  • he then spent weeks with asgore before running away to the ruins. perhaps this is when the “flower’s gone” entry applies.
    • FLOWEY:
      I wasted weeks with that stupid king, vainly hoping I would feel something.
      But it became too much for me.
      I ran away from home.
  • he stayed with toriel in the ruins for an unknown amount of time. since it was weeks with asgore, it may have been just as long or longer with toriel.
    • FLOWEY:
      Eventually, I reached the RUINS.
      Inside I found HER, Chara.
      I thought of all people, SHE could make me feel whole again.
      She failed.
  • afterwards, he killed himself.
    • FLOWEY:
      But I decided… It wasn’t worth living anymore.
      Not in a world without love.
      Not in a world without you.
      So…I decided to follow in your footsteps.
      I would erase myself from existence.
      And you know what?
      I succeeded.
  • but then he woke up in the garden, where he remembered waking up in the first place.
    • FLOWEY:
      “No,” I thought. “I don’t want to die!”
      Then I woke up.
      Like it was all just a bad dream.
      I was back at the garden.
      Back at my “save point.”
  • so from alphys’ perspective, he probably left immediately after he woke up, as time had been sent backwards. he didn’t waste weeks with the king when alphys wrote that entry, most likely.

conclusion: flowey came into being at around the exact same time as the amalgamates. the amalgamates haven’t existed for that long, because snowdrake likely only ran from home after the amalgamates came into being. he is still a teen at the beginning of undertale. therefore, flowey has actually existed for only a few years at most, but probably a lot less than that – it’s just felt a lot longer for him because he keeps reloading and resetting. he has likely never met another of the fallen humans, as it has been “a long time” from toriel’s perspective since one had fallen into the underground. that, and he’s never met anyone besides frisk whose determination overrides his.

given that he has the power to reset and reload, he has memories from countless past lives, but that does not change the fact that in any current timeline flowey has only truly existed for a short while. if this is the case, it also means that the “anomaly” that sans was researching hasn’t existed for that long from his perspective.  

Why aren’t more people on tumblr talking about the UK right now?

The Government, within two weeks of being elected, have:

  • said they’re going to abolish the human rights act and replace it with a British Bill of Rights, which really could be anything??
  • appointed a woman who previously opposed same sex marriage as the new equality minister
  • planned on introducing the ‘Snooper’s charter’, which would allow the Government to see every website you go on (etc), and potentially block any apps or sites that use encryption to back up data (adios whasapp), unless they’re given a ‘back door’ to access the data, which could easily be exploited by people such as hackers etc
  • appointed a man who called for the return of hanging (in 1998) as the new justice secretary

It’s not even been two weeks.
Gates Foundation research can’t be published in top journals
Publications such as Nature and Science have policies that clash with the global health charity's open-access mandate.

“ One of the world’s most influential global health charities says that the research it funds cannot currently be published in several leading journals, because the journals do not comply with its open-access policy.”





god i have not been away because i wanted to be but because of
OH MY GOD THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY PROBLEMS IN GETTING SETTLED HERE i almost want to hate it and just fly back home but there’s a lot of good stuff too and i know it’s just the beginning but SELF CARE HAS BEEN ALL BUT IMPOSSIBLE WITHOUT REGULAR WIFI ACCESS even my mobile data access has been crazy spotty and mostly useless in my flat


hi. i live in a new country that is very different from my own. i have been having a mostly good time but i have all but run out of spoons because i have had no place to deeply recuperate. but now i have internet and a nest and it’s been 5 weeks and i am finally home.


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Forgetful Sammy, 12 (S.W)

| PART 12 BITCHEZZZZZZZZZZZZ, this isn’t v good to me but you might like it. 1.3k words woo, uploading this as a book to Wattpad soon so go read it on there!


< PART 11

Tony, my lawyer, lays out the 6 statements from Johnson, Madison, Amy, Noreen, Gilinsky and Annie on the table in front of us. We even have a video from 6 months ago, one that was sent to me by a fan, of an argument that went down between me and Stass at a party. I will admit that I had my fair share of dirty words in there, but Stass verbally threatens to punch me and waves a cracked beer bottle in front of my face.

“So, we’re going to push for harassment, unlawful use and access, data theft and theft. The most likely outcome will be a fine and probation, but we can also file for a restraining order.”

Sam squeezes my hand under the table. “There is a possibility of jail time though, isn’t there?”

“There is, which is due to the theft and harassment. The length of that jail sentence will probably be between 6 months and 2 years, 3 years maximum.”

It just doesn’t seem like a good enough amount of time behind bars.

I mean, that’s if she even gets put behind bars.

“But with her lawyers and their money, there’s an extremely slim chance of her actually going to jail, right?” My mother asks with an annoyed tone in her voice. She is not happy about Anastasia just getting a small fine and probation for what she’s done. “And she’s famous, so she’s going to get away with whatever she can.”

“If that does happen, we will petition for a violation of justice and demand for an unbiased judge and jury.”

“And if that happens, the trial will have to be restarted from the beginning, right?”

“Unfortunately, yes.”

Sam’s hand splits from mine and he wraps his arm around my shoulders. He pulls me closer to him and presses a soft kiss onto my head. I don’t think I could handle all of this shit without him.

“Can we file a restraining order like, now? I know what Stass is like and I know what kind of people she’s involved with so…”

Tony nods his head and pulls another file from his briefcase. “We certainly can, but it could mean having to delay the court order and push it back a few months.”

“I honestly don’t care, I just want to feel that little bit of security knowing that she can’t legally hurt me.”

“Or anyone that’s put up to it by her.”

I can file against Anastasia and legally, none of her friends and family can come near me (within a certain distance) without getting fined and/or arrested. That’s going to make me feel so much safer and so much more secure when I’m back in LA.

But it’s also going to make me feel like a bitch.

Stass is friends with all of my friends and she’s with them so much more than I am and I feel like I’m going to force them to choose sides. The only friends I’m going to have left are Amy and Noreen.

Fuck, I never thought of this side of things.

“Y/N?” Lori asks from the other side of the table. I look up from all the different pieces of paper in front of me. “You okay?”

“Yeah- I just, I’m just thinking about the repercussions of this.”

“What do you mean by that?”

“Like, I’m going to upset everyone back home by doing this and forcing them to choose between me and her and it sucks. I’m going to be left with no one at the end of it.”

My mom motions for everyone to leave the room and leave Sam and me alone in here for a while. Sam waits for the door to close before he says anything in response. His body is pulled away from mine as he angles himself to get a better look at me.

He grabs onto my hand and twists his fingers into the spaces between mine. “You are not going to be left alone after all of this, you will always, always have me.”

Sam is great and all, but if it’s just going to be him around me all the time, we’re going to get sick of each other and we won’t be able to look at each other the same way anymore. It’ll just be argument after argument after argument!

“Everyone back in LA is friends with Stass and they’ve known her longer than they’ve known me! She’s always with them and I’m not going to be the bitch that makes them choose between me and her!”

“They wouldn’t do that! They all love you, Y/N, Nate has been texting me every hour since we left to see if you’re okay and how we’re doing, he feels so bad about the argument you guys had and you won’t reply to any of their messages- well, you can’t, you’re refusing to use your phone at the moment so…” I sigh. “But once they find out everything that has happened, they won’t want to even hear her name.”

And again, he proves my point.

“Exactly! I’m making them choose sides!”

“No, you’re not!”

“Yes, I am!”


“All of this shit happened because I turned up here, because I showed up. Everything would have been perfectly fine with you and all your friends if I never happened. Everyone would be happy. I ruined everything for you, Sam, I messed everything up!”

And that’s the truth. I’m sure everything was fine before I made an appearance. I’ve been told by a few different people that Stass started acting different after I met her and started ‘seeing’ Sam. It was obvious that she liked him when I met them both, but he started showing an interest in me and I should do what makes me happy.

Like what Sam told me once, I need to stop living for others and start living for myself.

That’s exactly what I did. And Stass did not like it one bit.

That caused tension between the whole group and it sucked knowing I was the primary reason for it all. Stass made sure that I knew that, too.

Everyone would be happier without me around them. Maybe I should just move back to Arizona for good. Or better, move out to the East coast and live with Amy. That sounds like a good plan.

“Don’t you fucking dare say that.”

“It’s true!”

“No, it’s fucking not! I fucking love you, Y/N! I seriously fuckin’ love you! How can you just sit there and say that you messed my life up when you brightened it up? You changed my life for the good, you brought me out of all the messed up, life-ruining things I was doing and you made me healthier! You made me smile and laugh and you never once made me miserable. Not once. I could have a shit day at an event or at the studio and then I would come home to you and I would be the happiest man alive!

“Yes, we had our bad days where we were annoyed and agitated with each other, but you never, ever made me miserable. You don’t even know the amount of times that I’ve walked past a jewellery store and had to stop myself from going in and buying you a ring because I wanted to wait for the perfect time.”

“You wanted to propose to me?”

“Wanted? I still want to!” He smiles so wide, the creases in his smile could reach the creases near his eyes. “You are the light in my life,” He kisses my hand with a smile. “My sun, my moon and my stars.”

“I’m sorry for my little outburst, I’m just, nervous about what’s going to happen after, I guess.”

“It’s okay, baby, it’s understandable.” Sam leans forward and kisses my forehead lightly, pulling me into a tight hug. “I love you.”

“I love you.”



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anonymous asked:

(Mrs. Neuro) What do I do? My friends pulled a Bad Girl Online on me and they're playing victims card.

y i k e s. I know its tough but trust me, if theyre doing that theyre not really your friends. Sometimes it feels like itd be better to have bad friends than no friends, but if they leaked information theyve gone too far. When someone did that to me i blocked them so they couldnt access my data anymore, and even though i felt bad at first after id written my vent song abt them i felt much better. Take care of yourself anon.


1963 – Unknown object travelling underwater at a speed of over 150 knots.
1967 – Shining 30-meter cigar-shaped object which had a powerful blue and white glow in the sea.
1982 – UFO sightings in Lake Baikal.

Edward Snowden revealed that deep-sea sonar signals are kept as official state secrets and the public are banned from accessing data about reported sightings of UFO’s. Could this be proof of a government cover-up surrounding underwater activity?

we do know much more about space then are own sea…… and no one has tried to build something that can go to some these deep deep sea levels.