Think before you share

For some time, an email signature like

Please consider the environment before printing this email.
Join the campaign at http://thinkBeforePrinting.org

was not uncommon, sites even providing guidance and further information. I, personally, always hated stuff like that, only surpassed by legal cruft seen in emails governed by law jerks, some of them definitely funny.

Clearly, the printing emails instead of reading them online has an expiry date as  people read their mails on smart devices, even executives. But, the time is ripe for a new disclaimer, this time not only affecting the mail itself but mostly it’s attachment:

Please consider the privacy before sharing this email and it's attachments
with your seemingly free document sharing system of choice.
Remain self-determined, respect the privacy of your co-workers and
join the campaign at https://sdeem.org

No, that domain doesn’t exist. If it would exist, you would be able to read about the ever increasing amount of information what get’s shared with us, our increasing inability to cope with that bulk load of data and the almost-crime you commit when trying to remain in digital anonymity.

Solving a hard problem – retaining privacy in Big Data Analytics

TL;DR: Big Data Analytics while retaining privacy is solved using distributed and encrypted processing on the Enigma network1. The article describes fundamental principles of the involved cryptography, Enigmas architecture and use-cases in public administration.

Authors: Johann Höchtl (@myprivate42) & Bettina Rinnerbauer (@BRinnerbauer) Continue reading “Solving a hard problem – retaining privacy in Big Data Analytics”

Stream-Adressen für Orf-Radios und Kronehit

Mich ärgern ja diese Web-Player, die ein eigenes Plugin benötigen. Daher nach Recherche die Webcast-Adressen um Ö3 in iTunes oder (wie ich) in VLC zu hören:

Hitradio Ö3: http://mp3stream7.apasf.apa.at:8000/
FM 4: http://mp3stream1.apasf.apa.at:8000/
Radio Wien: http://mp3stream2.apasf.apa.at:8000/
Info Radio: http://mp3stream6.apasf.apa.at:8000/
Ö1: http://mp3stream3.apasf.apa.at:8000/
Ö1 Campus: http://mp3stream4.apasf.apa.at:8000/
Ö2 Radio Niederösterreich: http://mp3stream8.apasf.apa.at:8000/
Ö2 Radio Steiermark: http://mp3stream9.apasf.apa.at:8000/
Ö2 Radio Tirol: http://mp3stream10.apasf.apa.at:8000/

Kronehit: http://onair.krone.at:80/kronehit.mp3
Kronehit Dance: http://onair.krone.at:80/kronehit-dance.mp3

[von http://lawskynet.blogspot.co.at/2011/02/o3-mp3-http-stream.html%5D

Boing sending data to China?

Just for the record, before the OP might decide to delete it: Seen on reddit: […] 3 years ago I tried to clean a laptop belonging to a Boeing engineer whose daughter had gotten it infected with something while browsing the internet. I was unable…

Just for the record, before the OP might decide to delete it: Seen on reddit:

[…]

3 years ago I tried to clean a laptop belonging to a Boeing engineer whose daughter had gotten it infected with something while browsing the internet. I was unable to clean it due to the Boeing-mandated security settings, which prevented any and all attempts at removal of the virus (although the virus installed itself just fine thanks to a Java hole).

Every single one of those boeing laptops was running a woefully outdated version of Java because it was needed to run one of their 3D-model viewing programs. So thanks to that one requirement, every one of those laptops was a ticking time bomb, waiting for the right moment to send all that proprietary data to the Chinese.

Getting out of Google Drive

TL;DR Google Docs are very good for casual, not to long documents, which you do not intend to print out or where formatting is no primer. Collaborating with MS Word and Google Cloud Connect is also handy, as long as you have no fancy tables, headi…

TL;DR Google Docs are very good for casual, not to long documents, which you do not intend to print out or where formatting is no primer. Collaborating with MS Word and Google Cloud Connect is also handy, as long as you have no fancy tables, headings, footers or many graphics. For bigger documents and workers using MACs, Microsoft Skydrive rocks.

I happen to work in academia and most of our projects are understaffed and sometimes they lag behind schedule. In order to profit of economies of scale, to get our job done when things become hairy, our boss throws more personnel at the projects. This works well, as long as those human resources (read: my colleagues) can collaboratively work on documents. Dealing with documents is the daily bread-and-butter job description of a post-doc these days.

Continue reading “Getting out of Google Drive”

Enable Hibernation in K/L/X/Ubuntu 12.04

Hibernation is disabled in Ubuntu / Kubuntu / Xubuntu / Lubuntu 12.04 by default. You have to enable it by sudo nano /etc/polkit-1/localauthority/50-local.d/com.ubuntu.desktop.pkla Add the following to the file and save: [Re-enable hibernate by de…

Hibernation is disabled in Ubuntu / Kubuntu / Xubuntu / Lubuntu 12.04 by default. You have to enable it by

sudo nano /etc/polkit-1/localauthority/50-local.d/com.ubuntu.desktop.pkla

Add the following to the file and save:

[Re-enable hibernate by default]
Identity=unix-user:*
Action=org.freedesktop.upower.hibernate
ResultActive=yes

 

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gnome-control-center/+bug/882040

http://askubuntu.com/questions/94754/how-to-enable-hibernation-in-12-04