Opt-Out Facebook?

*Try to “opt out” of Facebook, and they’ll immediately track you everywhere with the special “he opted out” DATR cookie.

*Plus: American spies galore!




Facebook has hit back at a new report commissioned by the Belgian Privacy Commission, which claims that Facebook tracks far more users than previously thought.

The report, conducted by researchers at universities in Leuven and Brussels, says the social giant is tracking the browsing habits of everyone visiting its site, irrespective of whether or not they are an account holder, and in complete disregard of whether or not they have opted out of being tracked across the EU.

Additionally, the report says Facebook also continues to track users after they close their accounts and sets tracking cookies on some third party websites. The researchers note that social plugins, such as the Like button, are often behind the setting of these third-party cookies, even if the user does not directly interact with them.

The researchers also say Facebook is placing tracking cookies every time a user visits tertiary pages on its site, such as celebrity pages or shops, all for the purpose of delivering targeted advertising based on other pages they visit across the internet.

Under EU law, websites must generally obtain consent before using a cookie and websites must seek permission from new users before placing them.

In theory, users who have previously consented to particular cookies, can later opt out of having their web browsing history tracked in this way by clicking an ‘ad choices’ button or similar, as found on many different flavours of advertisements across the web. Taking this option typically allows the user to then choose which internet companies can and cannot track them, or even block them completely.

In the case of Facebook, however, the researchers say that an ‘opt out’ request is interpreted in an unexpected way – it actually places an additional cookie on the user’s device.

That cookie – called ‘datr’ – actually allocates a unique tracking number to the user’s device, allowing Facebook to track it for the next two years, as explained by one of the report’s authors, Günes Acar:

If people who are not being tracked by Facebook use the ‘opt out’ mechanism proposed for the EU, Facebook places a long-term, uniquely identifying cookie, which can be used to track them for the next two years. What’s more, we found that Facebook does not place any long-term identifying cookie on the opt-out sites suggested by Facebook for US and Canadian users.

Co-author Brendan Van Alsenoy told the Guardian how this policy contradicts existing law within the European Union:

European legislation is really quite clear on this point. To be legally valid, an individual’s consent towards online behavioural advertising must be opt-in.

Another of the co-authors, Rob Heyman, noted the irony brought about by Facebook’s cookie policy, saying:

If you take measures to protect your privacy from Facebook, you are actually going to be followed more on the internet.

Naturally, though, Facebook sees things differently to the report authors.

According to the Guardian, Facebook described the report as “inaccurate,” and said there had been no contact between itself and the authors prior to publication.

A Facebook spokesperson told the news agency that the report was based on assumptions, and no clarification or comment had been sought before it was made public.

Facebook said it remained “willing to engage with them and hope they will be prepared to update their work in due course,” adding:

Earlier this year we updated our terms and policies to make them more clear and concise, to reflect new product features and to highlight how we’re expanding people’s control over advertising. We’re confident the updates comply with applicable laws including EU law.

The Dublin headquartered company also told the BBC that it had passed two audits of its data protection policies and that it continues to be regulated by the Irish Data Commissioner.

These new reports come just a few days after we brought you the news that European Commission attorney Bernhard Schima admitted that the EU-US Safe Harbor agreement, designed to protect the privacy of European citizens, was not working as intended.

His advice to privacy-conscious Facebook users: “consider closing your account”.

Schima’s comment came not long after German privacy regulator Johannes Caspar, questioned Facebook’s new privacy policy – which some campaigners have suggested is just a rehash of the old one – and whether it breached the nation’s laws.

The social giant has other concerns too – Max Schrems and his ‘Europe v Facebook’ group are not only challenging the Safe Harbor agreement in the European Court of Justice, but also seeking compensation for breach of privacy via a Vienna court too.

Schrems began that action last June, claiming that Facebook supplied personal information to the US Prism spy program….

Nexus 7 Tutorial: Use Network Share as a Mount Point

This tutorial requires your Nexus 7 have ROOT access.  It is an “intermediate” difficulty level tutorial.

The Nexus 7 has no external storage medium like a microSD card.  You can use an OTG (on the go) cable to get access to removable media, keyboards, mice, etc. But wouldn’t it be nice if you could just use your home network’s Windows shares, NAS or network drive as a big fat storage unit for your brand new Nexus 7?

I know what you’re thinking.  But Shane … We have file managers with SMB (Samba/sharing) capabilities – why would we need this tutorial?

The simple answer is – this mounts your network shares as a device MOUNT POINT – meaning that share is available to all apps (emulators, media players, etc.) not just your favorite file manager.

That’s right – use any shared hard drive, network attached drive, NAS in your house/network as storage for your Nexus 7.   Sounds great, right?

For Windows folks; this is like mapping Drive S: to a network drive or remote network share.

You will need a few things:

  • Nexus 7 (Unlocked and Rooted – very easy to do with Nexus 7 Toolkit)
  • CIFS Modules (Download here)
  • Mount Manager App (Install here)
  • BusyBox (Install here)
  • Network Share on your WiFi (I’m using a GoFlex Home network drive – but any Windows share will do)
  • Some basic knowledge of working with files


  • Unlock/Root your Nexus 7.  This is not optional.
  • Install BusyBox
  • Ensure your network share is up and working.  If you’re sharing a Windows drive, I recommend setting up a NEW USER on Windows – one just to use for permissions for this share.

Getting it Working:

  • Unzip the CIFS modules – should be three .ko files in there.  You can put these anywhere you like – I put them on the Nexus “SDCard” folder under “mods” (/sdcard/mods)
  • Install Mount Manager on your Nexus 7.  Run it.  Grant ROOT access.
  • On the toolbar, hit the gear icon (settings).
  • Select ADD MODULEAdd each of the .ko files you extracted in Step 1.  Should look like this:

  •  Hit BACK.
    • Note: This may not work until you FORCE CLOSEthe app once:
      • Leave the app with BACK or HOME.
      • Hit the Apps button
      • Swipe off the Mount Manager app to close it
      • Reopen the app.
      • Check to see of the Modules loaded properly.
  • Hit BACK.
  • Hit the + toolbar icon to add a new mount.
  • Under Share Path, put your share: like Home Public or
  • (Use IP addresses not Windows PC names)
  •  Under MOUNT POINT, click the folder and it will open the default share folder.
  • Create a new folder for your share (if one wasn’t created) – the UI is a bit weird – use the Down Caret button for actions and SELECT the folder.
  • Under OPTIONS hit the + and add USERNAME.  Fill this in with your network resource username (PC username)
  • Hit the + again, add PASSWORD.  Fill this in with your network resource password (PC password()
  • Hit the + again, add IOCHARSET – fill this in with: utf8.
  • At this point it should look something like this:
    (if file_mode and dir_mode don’t fill in, add them)

  • Hit OK and your new mount is on the main screen.  Tap it.
  • If you did everything right, you will get a green check mark and it will look something like this:

  • At this point, you are ready to test.  Open a file manager, and navigate to the mount folder you made.
  • If all is good – you’re done!  You can mount and dismount this anytime from the Mount Manager.  You can automate this on boot up with the next steps.
  • Go to Mount Manager’s preferences and check LOAD MODULES and LOAD ON BOOT.  Also check ENABLE AUTO MOUNTS and AUTO MOUNT ON BOOT.
    There are also options to connect when wifi connections.

That’s it!  Enjoy your new found freedom.  Needless to say, this only works on your own network – but clever people might find a way to make it work from ANY access point anywhere.  Maybe the topic of a different tutorial.

Desiderata (Max Ehrmann)


Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.

Love lived every second of your life

Therese Benedict loveWhen to love should not be a question, for it should be an action that is lived every second.

If it were my last day here on this earth in a physical form, I would leave these words with others so they may share the love I had in my life.

To love people right, whether you knew them or not. To be willing to learn what you can change so you may know how to live life right and to the fullest – so you may impact this world instead of just living in this world.

To show the people in your life that you love them by actions and not only by words of “I Love You.” To express emotions with sincerity and truth and to forgive others mistakes, for mistakes are golden when used in a life-changing manner. To understand that you have the power to change this world with love and not judgment, but only understanding that there are reasons why people hold anger and fault within them.

To see that all people are worth saving and not just selected ones. To understand that the people who have done worse wrongs in life than others, only hold more pain inside themselves to commit such hateful acts. Knowing that people who are cruel in ways that we cannot imagine, are the ones who had no love at all and had neglect and cruelty in its place.

So when you do come across that love you have been searching for or any kind of love, have the knowledge to take care of that love, with love, and never mistreat it. For it will only make you lose that love, you wish not to lose, and only give pain to people you do not wish to scar. To be willing to apologize with compassion and sorrow and to leave out who was wrong and who was right.

To give to others that are in need, whether it is a hug, an ear to listen, support and even money to those who are in need of comfort. To give without wanting anything back, but peace in your heart that you have helped someone who was suffering with fear. To have their smile and the relief in their eyes be your reward.

To always remember, not only fight for someone to hear you, but to fight to hear them as well. To communicate with wanting peace to be the outcome and only love, understanding and compassion – be the road for your tone in your expression of words. To understand someone’s expression of pain given by you, even if you did not realize that you caused an act you do not like to feel yourself.

To fight for a love that no one else has because it does exist. To want to be the person who cares of others’ feelings and not a person who cares about your own. To want others to find happiness and not just for you, while showing this world that there is still hope of bettering this world of fear, cruelty and lost hope.

Therese Benedict | Inspire Me today


For Ever and Ever

Stephen Edwards ForgivenessSometimes it’s hard to take things in your stride,
To turn the other cheek, look away, and swallow your pride.
But some people strike out in their anger and pain.
And we must forgive them, again and again.
Try to understand, that although it’s not okay
It’s not your job to make them pay.
Give them the benefit of what you know.
Show them love, and help them to grow.
You see, bitterness and anger only fuel the fire.
It’s to love and happiness that we all need to aspire.
If you try to find the good in all that you do
You’ll find it will reflect right back at you.
Material things are great to get and to give
But they are not the reason that we all live.
It’s those memories of moments, of times spent together
That binds us together as one, forever and ever.

Whew! I don’t know about you, but just reading those words makes the knees of my heart bend.

But watch closely here. The forgiveness that we tend to think of first is really a false forgiveness. It goes something like this:

“Well, I will forgive that rat, but I am the better person for it, and certainly a better one than him.”

Or maybe it’s a little more subtle, like this:

“Oh, I pity this poor, helpless person. They can’t help themselves because of X, Y and Z. So I will allow they are not responsible and still hold myself as higher and forgive that sad little thing.”

These are simply maneuvers of the logical mind to keep the grievance while letting it go. And this is not a plan that will work.

No, the forgiveness I am speaking of requires some real honesty with yourself. Attend this well.

  • It is important not to confuse forgiveness with denial. Instead of denying the world and its pain, which is just another form of grievance, you allow it and look through it to see a truer, brighter reflection.
  • And once you look closely at the situation and realize you can’t judge – not just that you shouldn’t, but you actually can’t judge – because you can never know all the circumstances involved. Then you just relax your mind and let it go.

And that is it! That is the key! Forgiveness is simply a letting go, a relaxing, or a releasing of your logical mind. Whoooosh you can feel the peace rushing in to smooth the wrinkles your grievances have caused. Once you unlock that power then other things will be allowed to flow into your life. The blockages you’ve experienced will soon disappear as you continue to let go and be free.

From here you can change the world. Your light allows love to express itself and that will affect people and situations close to you and far beyond your awareness. But most importantly, you will feel you have finally found a place that feels like home.

Stephen Edwards | Inspire Me Today

Mind your stories

David Christopher Mind your stories

Mind your stories; question them often.
Nourish those that serve.

Change those that do not.
Far easier said than done, yes?

For many of our darker stories
have cut grooves in the primordial stone of our psyches—
and the river of mind all too easily turns back into
these dark and shadowy valleys.
So mind also your story
about changing your story;
be quick to forgive
both yourself and your world
should the story be slow to change.

Mind your stories; know them for what they are.
For more than it is through your wild circumstances,
It is instead through your stories
that you might find
and happiness.

Mind your stories about health,
about what is sickness, wellness,
and suffering.
For it is not your suffering,
but your stories about suffering
that makes pain either buoyant
or burdensome.

Mind your stories about prosperity,
about what is enough.
For it is not your desire,
but your stories about desire
that leaves you
either full or wanting.
If you find yourself succumbing to envy,
surround yourself with the impoverished.
If you find yourself succumbing to
or vanity,
surround yourself with those
who are kind, gentle, and wise.
Do these things, and you may learn
of the deeper meaning of prosperity.

Mind your stories about happiness,
about what will bring you joy.
Be wary of striving for happiness;
it would be like striving to grow a flower garden.
You can do only this:
find a sunny place for the soul,
prepare the soil of your destiny,
water the seeds of what might be,
tend to the weeds of shadowy stories,
and then,
the rose will bloom all bright and shining . . .
but you can never force her to do so.

And beyond health, prosperity, and happiness,
mind your larger story.
Mind your story about your place in our cosmos.
Know that along with all of the beings
of the Web of Life,
you, too, are a child of the Infinite:
that great, mysterious process
that worked patiently
for billions of years
to bring your tiny but delightful
sacred sparkle of stardust
into being.

Finally, mind your contribution to our larger story.
Ponder your place in the possibility
that we are growing beyond
both the story of gods and goddesses
serving or stymying us
and the old scientific story
of a decaying and meaningless Universe
to a new story of the Infinite,
a Planetary Story of a mysteriously creative Universe.
Know that we each have a place
in the birth of this emerging story,
and that yours is a vital role as midwife.

For it is through our new story that we can awaken
to a deeper communion with Earth,
know and love our place within her Web of Life,
rejoice in her,
and share in her bounty.
And we do so with gratitude, respect,
and humility,
For we know that, while we have learned much,
there is still much to learn
as our Planetary Story awakens within
our Holy Universe.

David Christopher | Inspire Me Today

Let Go and Let Me Guide You (Eileen Caddy)

There are so many hidden wonders and truths waiting to be revealed to 
those who are ready to receive them. Are you really ready to accept something
 completely new and strange, something absolutely unorthodox? When something new is invented there is usually great controversy about it. There are the believers and the unbelievers, there are those who are willing to try the new and those who
 shun it. There are those who scoff at it and ridicule it because it’s beyond their 
understanding. That is why, when you are entering into the New you have to be strong and of 
good courage, so you are able to withstand any opposition and simply know from
 within that what you are doing is right and go right ahead without hesitation. If
 an inventor listened to all the confused voices all around him, he would never 
achieve that which has been given to him from within. When I give you some 
wisdom and knowledge within, allow nothing to shake it, hold on to it through 
thick and thin and you will behold the most wonderful results. Listen only to My
 still small voice and you will be able to bring forth the New. This does not require
 any effort on your part, it simply requires faith and obedience and absolute belief 
in what you are doing. Let go and let Me guide you.

20 September 2013

Choice is a human right

Tina Brescanu Choice is a human rightIf you have made the choice to be born, to come here to Earth, you have a right to be here. You are worthy; there is nothing you have to do other than being you.

Children are holy; nurture them with love, more love and then some more love. Love is growth nourishment. Family is a team work, parenting is the most important job in the world; parenthood is the only real opportunity to become a saint, it’s love instigation work.

How you parent can change the world, connect with your children and always practice positive parenting. Family can be any constellation and if you want to make it a multi-partner family, do. Love is limitless. Make it your daily exercise to hug and love squeeze instead of punishing and using the power over advantage.

Children’s wisdom is ignored instead of extracted in a school system that concentrates more on obedience than education. To learn the most in life you have to follow your own passion, your own interest which is not easy as school certainly will try to cure you of any notion of a life of your own choosing, until at least graduation…. But by then you’re usually already living under the spell of life as a race, competing for everything with everyone instead of being on your own magical mystery tour. Be curious as love and question everything if you can’t escape school.

Choice is a human right, so claim it from birth, by being bold, by being difficult. This won’t be easy as the obligatory start of life is designed to make you conform, to fit in. Being oneself entirely is an act of bravery as instead of help how to become who you really are you have to cope with socialisation which has no empathy for differentness and no tolerance for people standing out.

Happiness comes from within and only you can make yourself happy, but other people will help to show your inner riches.

Make friends across all imaginary borders, but first make best friends with yourself. Give yourself the honour of getting to know yourself- it’s not self-indulgence, it’s self love. Smoking is an expression of suicidal thoughts and drinking alcohol is an expression of doubts about life; don’t let others tell you who you are, because if you ever feel like escaping your own life, the only one who can save you is you.

Make friends with death, talk openly and honestly about this natural transition in life. It’s not a failure, it’s simply a continuation of life. Look after your sexual health as well as your mental and physical health, sex is a creative energy of pleasure and new ideas.

Empathy, gratefulness, forgiveness and laughter are the riches of life, money too, but it’s an energy that needs to move, not be hoarded.

Allow yourself to find your own spiritual source, and if it happens to be cosmic love instead of a named deity, fuel up.

Tina Brescanu | Inspire Me Today


Javier Ideami MoveLook at the shining sun, listen to the singing water, feel the unpredictable wind. Are those ever completely still? Not really. They are in fact always in movement, always flowing. Anything that is alive is always moving and changing. And so are you.

Whatever your circumstances are, they are already changing, right now. And in what direction? That depends entirely on you. Every single thought that crosses your mind, every single action you take is the foundation of who you will be right around the corner.

That’s why, whatever you are feeling today, remember that you are already becoming somebody else, moving in the direction you choose through the thoughts and actions you perform now, right now.

Most of our frustrations in life arise when we try to block, stop or go against the natural everchanging flow of life. That is in fact the opposite of creativity. As an artist i have learnt that the essence of creativity is flowing with your own soul and nature.

You are a beautiful whisper of the earth, whose natural behaviour is to explore, to learn, to experience, to engage, to change, to evolve.

We often attempt to block this process by for example wishing for a person never to change (because we like that person right as he/she is today), by wishing for us never to change (because we fear the consequences of change), by wishing to control the flow of life and set it exactly as we like it today and keep it that way forever.

The fact is, thats not possible. And the more we try in that direction the more unhappy we feel because we are fighting against something much larger and bigger and powerful than us, life.

The answer to this challenge is in recognizing our true nature and flowing with it. When we understand that every single part of us, from our smallest cells to our deepest thoughts are constantly changing, we can then relax and enjoy our true nature, swimming along with it and discovering the amazing variety, richness and infinite joy we can find all around us when we are truly there engaged with what is going on at every moment.

Some people fear that love and other valuable things are in danger because of this everchanging reality of life. It is in fact the opposite. Those things that are rigid and never move are the ones that crack and break easily. Those that flow and move continuously are also the ones that are most resilient and last longer. Start looking around, reconnect with life, from the trees to the skycrapers, all of them move to adapt to the winds or the earthquakes. Love is also movement and only in movement it can thrive, grow and last.

By realizing that like the wind, like the trees, like the sun, you are constantly evolving and flowing, second by second, you will discover that every one of those moments is different and full of amazing opportunities and joy that are right there for you to interact with.

You are an artist. Yes. You are. Because your life is your art, and if you truly engage with it, your life itself will be the most beautiful artistic work you will have ever seen.

Javier Ideami | Inspire Me Today