- State Surveillance of Personal Data Is Theft #
More than 500 of the world’s leading authors, including five Nobel prize winners, have condemned the scale of state surveillance revealed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden and warned that spy agencies are undermining democracy and must be curbed by a new international charter.
Monday, 09 December 2013
Friday, 06 December 2013
- Better Simulated War Than Real War #
Great, if a little ironic, initiative by a Bohemia Interactive, creators of the Arma series of military simulators. Better simulated war than real war.
As part of our collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), we’ll also be handing out the Health Care in Danger Special Award. Given to the entry which covers the topic of ‘health care in danger’ the best, the winner(s) will go on a one-week trip to an ICRC mission in a foreign country, organized by the ICRC.
- Tab Closed; Didn't Read #
If you’re going to insist on obscuring your content with some stupid social shit, a promo for your shitty app or a full-page newsletter signup form, then I’m not going to read your content. Or click on your ads. Or help you generate revenue in any way.
Thursday, 05 December 2013
- Emphasis Paragraph Links Script #
Great work open sourced by the New York Times. The Wordpress plugin came in handy in recent client work.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013
Tuesday, 03 December 2013
- Brck #
From the blog:
It’s the end of making do with things designed for other people, from other places with other needs. We’re entering a time where good enough is no longer good enough. The BRCK is just one of many new products that are designed for us, by us and meets our needs.
The BRCK is a rugged, cloud managed, full-featured router with built in failover and programmable GPIO expansion. BRCK can connect to the internet through RJ47, GSM, Wifi Bridge, as well as Ethernet Over USB via the GPIO Breakout. It’s rugged build and cloud managed interface make it ideal for “away teams”, monitoring systems in remote locations, and businesses with challenging infrastructure. BRCK’s GPIO breakout provides 20 pins for digital and alaouge Read/Write as well as I2C, SPI and UART. This, combined with BRCK’s Arduino Profile, make it ideal for quickly connecting hardware to the Internet of Things.
Thursday, 28 November 2013
- The CMS Trap #
Unless you know exactly what you’re doing (which is unlikely), stay static.
And from the comments in Hacker News:
On the very top of the list of abhorrently convolute CMSes would probably have to be Typo3, followed after some distance by Drupal. But the more you work with the initially-liberal Wordpress the more you discover it’s not that far behind either.
Monday, 25 November 2013
- Revisiting Nested Formsets #
Useful, but given the warnings, there must be a simpler way to do what I’m currently trying to do with Django forms.
Thursday, 21 November 2013
- MediaCrush Application to Serve Files Quickly #
Drag and drop upload. Also compresses files. Impressive.
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
- Welcome to the World of Tomorrow #
I’d like to point you to a master piece from Frank Rieger in 2006 (!), predicting many of the things that are ongoing now and how to fight it. I recommend reading it completely as he does leave room for hope in the end :)
Frank is the current speaker of the Chaos Communication Club, btw. They have a lot of influence in Germany and culturally contributed a lot to making working for secret services uncool. Something which i believe is not really the case in the US and probably also not in the UK?
I love the ending of Frank Rieger’s article:
The eavesdropping people must be laughed about as their job is silly, boring, and ethically the worst thing to earn money with, sort of blackmail and robbing grandmas on the street. We need to develop a “lets have fun confusing their systems”-culture that plays with the inherent imperfections, loopholes, systematic problems, and interpretation errors that are inevitable with large scale surveillance. Artists are the right company for this kind of approach. We need a subculture of “In your face, peeping tom”. Exposing surveillance in the most humiliating and degrading manner, giving people something to laugh about must be the goal. Also, this prevents us from becoming frustrated and tired. If there is no fun in beating the system, we will get tired of it and they will win. So let’s be flexible, creative and funny, not angry, ideologic and stiff-necked.
See also: Our Walled World.
Monday, 18 November 2013
Friday, 15 November 2013
- Simple Answers #
‘Will [ ] allow us to better understand each other and thus make war undesirable?’ is one that pops up whenever we invent a new communication medium.
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
The power of open standards and web browsers.
- Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) #
And from the Hacker News discussion, Julian Assange’s central thesis:
The non linear effects of leaks on unjust systems of governance
The more secretive or unjust an organization is, the more leaks induce fear and paranoia in its leadership and planning coterie. This must result in minimization of efficient internal communications mechanisms (an increase in cognitive “secrecy tax”) and consequent system-wide cognitive decline resulting in decreased ability to hold onto power as the environment demands adaption.
See also, from the Electronic Frontier Foundation: TPP Leak Confirms the Worst: US Negotiators Still Trying to Trade Away Internet Freedoms.
Sunday, 10 November 2013
Thursday, 07 November 2013
- The IETF HTTP Working Group Is in a Special Place Right Now #
What the people I respect want is for everything (yes, absolutely everything) transmitted across the Web to be sent in encrypted form, and with a high degree of confidence in exactly which server you’re connecting to.
Also there are the fools who think you shouldn’t need to encrypt if you don’t have anything to hide, but I’ve already written on why they should be ignored.
Update: HTTP 2.0 will be HTTPS only.
- When You Take Away the Safe Space, You Take Away a Lot of the Power of Human Problem Solving #
Tim Berners-Lee on the NSA and GCHQ.
Wednesday, 06 November 2013
- Message from Google Security Engineers to NSA and Edward Snowden #
…I now join him in issuing a giant Fuck You to the people who made these slides. I am not American, I am a Brit, but it’s no different - GCHQ turns out to be even worse than the NSA.
We designed this system to keep criminals out. There’s no ambiguity here. The warrant system with skeptical judges, paths for appeal, and rules of evidence was built from centuries of hard won experience. When it works, it represents as good a balance as we’ve got between the need to restrain the state and the need to keep crime in check. Bypassing that system is illegal for a good reason.
Unfortunately we live in a world where all too often, laws are for the little people. Nobody at GCHQ or the NSA will ever stand before a judge and answer for this industrial-scale subversion of the judicial process. In the absence of working law enforcement, we therefore do what internet engineers have always done - build more secure software. The traffic shown in the slides below is now all encrypted and the work the NSA/GCHQ staff did on understanding it, ruined.
Thank you Edward Snowden. For me personally, this is the most interesting revelation all summer.
Thursday, 31 October 2013
- Hard Work #
It’s surprising how hard we’ll work when the work is done just for ourselves.
Find what you love to do, and do it.
Wednesday, 30 October 2013
- Software Freedom Conservancy #
Not-for-profit organization that helps promote, improve, develop, and defend Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects. Conservancy provides a non-profit home and infrastructure for FLOSS projects. This allows FLOSS developers to focus on what they do best — writing and improving FLOSS for the general public — while Conservancy takes care of the projects’ needs that do not relate directly to software development and documentation.
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