Yoda: Google Going Up In Flames

Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Strike, lightning did….

Four Lightning Strikes in Belgium Erase Google Customer Data

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Aug 20

Stephen E. Arnold: Oracle’s Seriously Stupid Security “Chief”

Stephen E. Arnold

Stephen E. Arnold

Oracle: The Ostrich Syndrome

I read “Oracle’s Chief Security Officer Mary Ann Davidson Just Made as Rookie Mistake.” No, it has nothing to do with trying to breathe life into Oracle Secure Enterprise Search or increasing the content processing speed of Endeca. Those might be really difficult tasks.

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Aug 16

Richard Stallman and Phil Zimmerman underline key concerns with tech sector

Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman and Phil Zimmerman underline key concerns with tech sector

Two of technology’s most pioneering developers have strongly criticised the current state of the industry, warning that the right to encryption is doomed and that users are exploited by the software that they use.

Open sourcerer Richard Stallman has painted a very bleak picture of today’s technology and communications environment, describing proprietary software as “malware”.

Stallman, the founder of the free software movement, perhaps not surprisingly has a very jaundiced view of proprietary software, and of Microsoft Windows especially. “What kinds of programs constitute malware? Operating systems, first of all. Windows snoops on users, shackles users and, on mobiles, censors apps,” he wrote in a newspaper editorial.

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Jun 2

Patrick Meier: Forthcoming Possibilities in Humanitarian Technology Leveraging Big Data and Computing Research Institutes

Patrick Meier

Patrick Meier

Computing Research Institutes as an Innovation Pathway for Humanitarian Technology

The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) is an initiative by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to improve humanitarian action. The Summit, which is to be held in 2016, stands to be one of the most important humanitarian conferences in a decade. One key pillar of WHS is humanitarian innovation. “Transformation through Innovation” is the WHS Working Group dedicated to transforming humanitarian action by focusing explicitly on innovation. I have the pleasure of being a member of this working group where my contribution focuses on the role of new technologies, data science and advanced computing. As such, I’m working on an applied study to explore the role of computing research institutes as an innovation pathway for humanitarian technology. The purpose of this blog post is to invite feedback on the ideas presented below.

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Nov 10