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Nelson Mandela Day: Eight Madiba quotes that give us hope for the future

Global Development The South African

The spirit of good will and reconciliation should be the order of Nelson Mandela Day on Thursday - we've picked out his best quotes for a brighter tomorrow.
'On Nelson Mandela’s 101st birthday, Thursday is a time for quiet reflection and helping your communities. Many people across South Africa will be putting in their 67 minutes of volunteer work throughout the day, and it’s yet another sterling legacy left behind by Madiba – just like the most famous quotes of his that we can all live by. Nelson Mandela Day 2019 This time every year, we look back over his sage words of advice . He may have said some of these things decades ago, but the relevance of his words are immortal. This year, we’re looking at the quotes that give us hope for a brighter tomorrow, as South Africa continues its attempts to overcome the deep divisions sewn by apartheid. The words Madiba lived by are a shining example for us all. Whether from his autobiography, political addresses or comments made in passing, the father of our nation always had something valuable to say . Here’s eight of the best we’re going to celebrate on Nelson Mandela Day 2019… Top Nelson Mandela quotes that are relevant today: Dealing with enemies “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” How to make a difference “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”  Nelson Mandela on race “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Sometimes, the shorter quotes are the best… “Lead from the back – and let others believe they are in front.”  A Nelson Mandela classic: “It always seems impossible, until it is done.” Inspiration for us all “Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.” Coping with adversity “Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.” Taking things on the chin “It is in the character of growth that we should learn from both pleasant and unpleasant experiences.” Nelson Mandela Day takes place every year on 18 July'

FaceApp old age challenge: What you need to know about the privacy concerns

Global Development The South African

FaceApp is back and we all aged instantly. But you might want to think twice before using the viral selfie app to peek into the future.
'There’s a new viral challenge taking the world by storm – the FaceApp old age challenge. Celebrities and ordinary folk alike are taking to social media with photos of what they will like as 80-year-olds. The results are hilarious. But while it seems like a ton of fun – and it is, we here at The South African messed around with the app too – we do feel the need to caution you about just using the app willy-nilly. According to a report by Tech Crunch , FaceApp could be breaching your privacy. And it’s not the first time that FaceApp caused an uproar. Back in 2017, FaceApp made headlines for giving users the opportunity to apply their own flavour of ‘ blackface .’ With the latest spat of security concerns, Tech Crunch reports that FaceApp is able to access photos on your phone even if you denied the app permission. Who owns FaceApp? According to Mashable , FaceApp is owned by Wireless Lab, a St. Petersburg-based company. They claim to have built the tech in-house using open-source AI tech. Several reports are focusing on the fact that a Russian company owns FaceApp. However, allow us to take this opportunity to point out that being Russian doesn’t automatically make it a spy app. No, we are more concerned about the app’s terms of service and the breach of privacy. What does FaceApp’s Terms of Service state? FaceApp is not even hiding behind sugar-coated clauses or fancy words. According to their Terms of Service, a user grants FaceApp, “a perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, transferable sub-licensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, publicly performs and display your User Content and any name, username or likeness provide in connection with your User Content in all media formats and channels now known or later developed, without compensation to you.” When you use the app, it uploads your images to the cloud for processing. It doesn’t do the processing on your phone, as most other apps do. So, even if you delete the images from your phone, FaceApp still has it and owns it. In lieu of a pic of what I’d look like as an old guy, here’s FaceApp’s privacy policy. I’ve highlighted some bits that I think folks should consider before using apps like these. pic.twitter.com/pCAfJVwnNF — Ry Crist (@rycrist) July 17, 2019 Is that a privacy concern? It depends. If you’re using a Facebook profile or a photo from anywhere else online, chances are you already signed away your rights – and your soul – when you uploaded it in the first place. However, it is possible that FaceApp could now use those images; along with the data linked to that respective account or social media profile. Again, many apps do that already, but apply caution and don’t upload anything you’d regret. Several users have also said online that FaceApp ‘steals’ and uploads your entire photo roll to the cloud when you use the app. We’re not sure about this; but according to the Sunday Morning Herald: “Security experts using network traffic analysers have cast doubt on this claim. It does not appear that the app uploads any photos until you ask it to.” When you modify a photo, they upload this photo, and only this one, to their server 5/n pic.twitter.com/9to38G8HWT — Elliot Alderson (@fs0c131y) July 16, 2019 FaceApp: the long and the short of data and privacy In short, just be careful. Especially after a fake Samsung app fooled more than 10m users in giving up their details, or that study presented at PrivacyCon showed that thousands of Android apps can track your phone without permission. Becky Pinkard, VP of Intel and IT at security company Digital Shadows, told the London Evening Standard that digital footprints and how we manage ours are becoming increasingly important. She explained: “What we’ve seen now is this hyper-speed evolution of being to share data and link to other people’s data. So not only do you have the opportunity to share too much about yourself; someone else can actually share too much of your data too.”'

SpaceX and Elon Musk’s Starhopper almost ready for first untethered hop

Global Development The South African

Progress! Starhopper, a prototype for Elon Musk and SpaceX's future Mars-colonising Starship vehicle, is nearly ready to be let off its leash.
'Prototypes of SpaceX’s 100-passenger Starhopper vehicle are currently being built in Florida and Texas; and Musk confirmed that the ship is almost ready for its first untethered hop. The ‘hopper– which is set to be used for SpaceX’s future Mars-colonising Starship vehicle – is starting to look more like a bona fide spaceship with every passing day. Brief test hops in Texas To date, the Starhopper has conducted two brief tests hops; the last taking place back in April at SpaceX’s Boca Chica test site in Texas. Both hops employed a tether, which ensure that the ‘hopper remained close to the ground. SpaceX was reluctant in taking the next big step – removing the tether and letting Starhopper fry freely – due to an issue with the vehicle’s Raptor engine. The engines, which are still in development, are fueled by a combination of liquid methane and liquid oxygen. It packs about twice the punch of the Merlin engines currently powering the company’s Falcon series of rockets.  Navigating mechanical failures Back in June, Elon Musk said that the Raptor “liberated its oxygen turbine stator”. He added that SpaceX needed to update the design and replace parts, following the mechanical failure. He said at the time: “Production is ramping exponentially, though. SN6 almost done. Aiming for an engine every 12 hours by end of year.” Starhopper is “almost ready to hover” The problems have now been solved. Musk updated his followers over the weekend. He said on Twitter that the progress at Boca is “exciting.” He also added that Starhopper is “almost ready to hover.” “Based on tonight’s test, [it] looks like [the] 600 Hz Raptor vibration problem is fixed.” In another tweet that afternoon , the billionaire entrepreneur implied that SpaceX aims to conduct the first untethered Starhopper flight in the next week or so. “Will do Starship presentation a few weeks after Hopper hovers, so prob late July. If that timing works, free LJ chips for all present!” Starhopper stats for nerds Starhopper currently has only one Raptor engine. Future, high-flying versions of the ‘hopper will have three Raptors engines, while a fully-operational Starship will boast six Raptor engines. The 100-passenger Starship will then launch atop a huge rocket called the Super Heavy. The Super Heavy, in turn, will be powered by 31 Raptor engines. Amazing, right? Moreover, SpaceX will use Starhopper to test a number of design elements for the Starship. However, the primary purpose of the testing will be to test the powerful Raptor engines which have been created for the deep-space rocket. Starhopper’s future The Starship is said to head out to space as soon as 2021; SpaceX is talking to several telecommunications companies about a potential satellite launch. Following that, the Starship Super Heavy is booked for 2023 when Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa and a handful of artists will head to the moon. He paid for the trip already. Also read – SpaceX’s Starhopper almost ready for its first flight [photos] Starhopper pic.twitter.com/VRnAUPjWPt — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 7, 2019'