Insect collapse: ‘We are destroying our life support systems’ | Environment | The Guardian
Scientist Brad Lister returned to Puerto Rican rainforest after 35 years to find 98% of ground insects had vanished
klimawandel  umwelt  insekten 
23 hours ago
Unique in the Crowd: The privacy bounds of human mobility | Scientific Reports
Goes straight to the heart of the privacy debate, "We study fifteen months of human mobility data for one and a half million individuals and find that human mobility traces are highly unique. In fact, in a dataset where the location of an individual is specified hourly, and with a spatial resolution equal to that given by the carrier’s antennas, four spatio-temporal points are enough to uniquely identify 95% of the individuals." For large enough datasets there is no way to truly anonymize individuals,
mobile  privacy  smartphone  tracking  2013 
23 hours ago
Zen and the Art of File and Folder Organization
Is your desktop a paragon of neatness, or is it overflowing with so many icons that you’re scared to look at it? If you’ve been putting off getting organized because the task is too huge or daunting, or you don’t know where to start, we’ve got 40 tips to get you on the path to zen mastery of your digital filing system.
productivity  @todo 
23 hours ago
What if the Placebo Effect Isn’t a Trick? - The New York Times
FEATURE: What if the Placebo Effect Isn’t a Trick? -==- New research is zeroing in on a biochemical basis for the placebo effect — possibly opening a Pandora’s box for Western medicine.
Allerlei - Michael Klonovsky - Schriftsteller und Journalist.
Da einige der hier versammelten, in der Regel überaus banalen (und auf Originalität nicht den geringsten Wert legenden) Sentenzen gelegentlich zitiert werden, gestatte ich mir eine Vorbemerkung: Zustimmung beruht meistens auf Missverständnissen und ist vernachlässigbar, aber wenn ich mir ausmale, wer diese Einlassungen mit Empörung und Widerwillen liest, ist alles wieder gut. 
Quora Security Update - The Quora Blog - Quora
We recently discovered that some user data was compromised as a result of unauthorized access to one of our systems by a malicious third party. We are working rapidly to investigate the situation further and take the appropriate steps to prevent such incidents in the future.

We also want to be as transparent as possible without compromising our security systems or the steps we're taking, and in this post we’ll share what happened, what information was involved, what we're doing, and what you can do.

We're very sorry for any concern or inconvenience this may cause.
privacy  security  hack 
The Fall of Google+
I joined Google+ within a month or so of its launch in June 2011. I’d already been on Twitter for four years and Facebook for three and was excited about how this new service combined the long-form writing of blogs with new bells and whistles for social sharing.
google  gplus 
Simon Stålenhag’s Tales From the Loop is being adapted by Amazon.
Stranger Things fans, rejoice. Last week, Amazon Studios issued a series order for a new domestic-dystopia drama from Legion writer Nathaniel Halpern. The show, called Tales From the Loop, is based on Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag’s award-winning artbook of the same name. Stålenhag’s digital paintings, which combine bucolic visions of rural Sweden with sci-fi elements, evoke a haunting familiarity. Against the comforting markers of 1980s suburbia glow the neon lights of a government-sanctioned particle accelerator that washes the surrounding area in alien technology and strange beasts.
science-fiction  movie  amazon 
2 days ago
Ron Martinsen's Photography Blog: Things You Need AFTER You Buy Your New Camera - Must Have Photography Accessories
So you've got that shiny new camera you’ve always wanted for yourself, or you’ve just bought one for your significant other – now what? -==- One of the fatal mistakes that people make when moving up from a camera phone or point and shoot to a mirrorless or DSLR camera is that they fail to budget for the wealth of accessories that they’ll eventually need to buy to make the most of their investment. It’s like going from Putt Putt to real Golf where there are lots of tools of the trade needed to get the best results.
photography  howto 
2 days ago
Ron Martinsen's Photography Blog: REVIEW: On-Camera Flash – Techniques for Digital Wedding & Portrait Photography
Let me just cut to this chase – this book by Neil van Niekerk is simply fantastic! This is the book you’ve been waiting for, and it should be considered an instant classic! Why? Because everyone knows how hard it is to get good results out of their on-camera flash, so we spend hundreds of dollars on light modifiers to try to get Joe McNally caliber results, yet no matter how hard we try our flash shots still end up sucking! Well my friends, the solution to your problems are here and no rocket science degree or expensive gear is required to get top caliber results. Read on to understand why I like this book so much!
photography  flash  book  review 
2 days ago
Upgraded Ubuntu 18.04 suddenly boots slowly? Read this.
After the successful upgrade, I noticed a super-slow boot on the Lenovo system. -==- The time to reach the desktop went from an okay 60-seconds to a horrendous 4-minute mark, making short work of any fun associated with the adventure. I realized I had to debug this, especially if and when one day I choose to commit my production systems to the new LTS. So let's elaborate on the problem and then figure out what we need to do to resolve it.
linux  ubuntu  systemd  @todo 
2 days ago
Endspurt der Kohlekommission | Telepolis
Artikel 15 ermöglicht übrigens Enteignung von Boden und Naturschätzen aufgrund politischer Entscheidungen. Dafür muss nicht einmal das überwiegende öffentliche Interesse nachgewiesen werden. Der Bundestag könnte also ohne Weiteres ein Gesetz beschließen, dass die Braunkohletagebaue in öffentliches Eigentum überführen würde.
energie  klimawandel  umwelt  politik 
2 days ago
Download Vincent van Gogh's Collection of 500 Japanese Prints, Which Inspired Him to Create "the Art of the Future" | Open Culture
Vincent van Gogh never went to Japan, but he did spend quite a bit of time in Arles, which he considered the Japan of France. What made him think of the place that way had to do entirely with aesthetics. The Netherlands-born painter had moved to Paris in 1886, but two years later he set off for the south of France in hopes of finding real-life equivalents of the "clearness of the atmosphere and the gay colour effects" of Japanese prints. These days, we've all seen at least a few examples of that kind of art and can imagine more or less exactly what he was talking about. But how did the man who painted Sunflowers and The Starry Night come to draw such inspiration from what must have felt like such exotic art of such distant a provenance?
art  culture  japan  free 
2 days ago
Gpg4win - About Gpg4win
Gpg4win supports both relevant cryptography standards, OpenPGP and S/MIME (X.509), and is the official GnuPG distribution for Windows. It is maintained by the developers of GnuPG. Gpg4win and the software included with Gpg4win are Free Software (Open Source; among other things free of charge for all commercial and non-commercial purposes).
encryption  gnupg  outlook  windows 
3 days ago
Gpg4win - About Gpg4win
Gpg4win supports both relevant cryptography standards, OpenPGP and S/MIME (X.509), and is the official GnuPG distribution for Windows. It is maintained by the developers of GnuPG. Gpg4win and the software included with Gpg4win are Free Software (Open Source; among other things free of charge for all commercial and non-commercial purposes).
encryption  gnupg  outlook  windows 
3 days ago
Complete Guide to Macro Photography for Beginners
Everything You Need to Know About Macro Photography
photography  tutorial 
3 days ago
Durchfallerreger in Hähnchen: Jedes zweite Hähnchen im Handel ist belastet
Mehr als jede zweite Hähnchen-Frischfleischprobe im deutschen Lebensmitteleinzelhandel ist mit einem Durchfallerreger kontaminiert, der vor allem bei immungeschwächten Menschen zu mitunter gefährlichen Erkrankungen führen kann. 51,8 Prozent der Hähnchenfleisch-Proben enthielten 2017 den Durchfallerreger Campylobacter. 2011 waren es dagegen erst 31,6 Prozent der Proben.
ernährung  gesundheit  2019 
6 days ago
Genitalverstümmelungen: Über Verstümmelungen von Körpern und Wahrheiten - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Genitalverstümmelung ist ein Verbrechen gegen elementare Menschenrechte. Das gilt für alle Täter und für alle Opfer. Wenn die - zweifelhaften - "Statistiken" überhaupt etwas belegen, dann doch jedenfalls, dass die derzeitige Verfolgungsstrategie überhaupt keinen Erfolg hat. Wenn man verhindern will, dass eingewanderte Menschen aus Dummheit oder Furcht an der Tradition festhalten, muss man so mit ihnen umgehen, dass Vertrauen und Einsicht möglich sind. Eine Skandalisierung von Horrorzahlen schützt nicht, sondern definiert die Fremden zu Unmenschen. Das nützt nicht dem Schutz von Mitgliedern dieser Minderheiten, sondern treibt sie in Ausgrenzung und Isolation. Man muss die Menschen für die Freiheit und Selbstbestimmung gewinnen.
6 days ago
„Wir haben nicht einmal begonnen zu verstehen, wie viel wir mit diesen Computern zu tun haben werden“ - brand eins online
Die beste Zeit, sich einem Ungeheuer zu nähern, war für Grace Hopper die Nacht. Statt zu schlafen, verbrachte sie viele Stunden im Keller des Insti-tuts, um diese große, laute Rechenmaschine zu verstehen.
computing  history 
6 days ago
What's in my bag - lighting gear for headshots on location - Tangents
What's in my bag! Here is what I usually bring with me when I do business headshots on location, or for any other type of shoot where I need quality lighting:
8 days ago
Best fill-flash settings - Tangents
Going back to the basics with flash photography, we look at options for the best fill-flash settings. This is a complete revamp of a tutorial article from the archives. New images, new text, and many links to other articles on related topics:
fotografie  blitzlicht 
8 days ago
Facebook is the new crapware – TechCrunch
Crapware is named crapware for a reason. Having paid to own hardware, why should people be forever saddled with unwanted software, stub or otherwise?
android  facebook  news 
8 days ago
1,150 Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns | Open Culture
Watch 1,150 movies free online. Includes classics, indies, film noir, documentaries and other films, created by some of our greatest actors, actresses and directors. The collection is divided into the following categories: Comedy & Drama; Film Noir, Horror & Hitchcock; Westerns (many with John Wayne); Martial Arts Movies; Silent Films; Documentaries, and Animation. We also have special collections of Oscar Winning Movies and Films by Andrei Tarkovsky and Charlie Chaplin.
free  movie 
9 days ago
Maps Mania: 2018 - the Year of Climate Change
In 2018 the biggest trend in online mapping was climate change. Last year there were numerous interactive maps released designed to visualize how global warming will effect the world in the coming years. These maps visualized the future that we can now expect, including rising sea levels,  rising global temperatures, and increasing air pollution.
klimawandel  maps 
9 days ago
Tracking vs. Analytics – Was ist der Unterschied?
Tracking und Analytics sind für viele Websiten- und App-Betreiber mittlerweile unverzichtbar. Angebote können damit nutzerfreundlicher gestaltet, Werbung personalisiert und Marktforschung betrieben werden. Doch was steht eigentlich dahinter und wie setzt man sie datenschutzkonform ein?
analytics  data-dealer  tracking  datenschutz 
9 days ago
“Ups, ich hab’ ja doch was zu verbergen.” 5 Lehren für Journalist:innen aus dem #Hackerangriff
Wer sich durch die Daten des #Hackerangriffs wühlt, erkennt schnell Muster bekannter Doxing-Angriffe gegen Journalist:innen aus anderen Ländern. Was anderswo längst Alltag ist, muss nun auch für Redaktionen und Medien in Deutschland zum Thema werden: Partisanen-Hacker rechter Gruppen können enorm viel Zeit investieren, um dem Ruf von Journalist:innen zu schaden. Die schlechte Nachricht: Vieles spricht dafür, dass diese Bedrohung zunimmt. Die gute: Mit recht einfachen Maßnahmen kann (und muss) sich jede:r Journalist:in schützen. Fünf Lehren aus dem Leak.
doxing  privacy 
10 days ago
Insektensterben: Der globale Insektenzusammenbruch - Spektrum der Wissenschaft
Weltweit mehren sich Hinweise, dass Insekten massenhaft verschwinden. Ihr funktionaler Verlust könnte für die Menschheit noch gravierender sein als der Klimawandel.
klimawandel  umwelt 
10 days ago
Blockchain: Nicht viel mehr als ein Hype · Dlf Nova
Blockchain wird oft zusammen mit Bitcoin und anderen Kryptowährungen erwähnt und total abgefeiert. Dabei gibt es überhaupt keinen Grund dafür. Die Blockchain ist im Prinzip eine Datenbank. Vereinfacht gesagt: Eine Excel-Liste, in die Daten geschrieben werden, die nicht mehr verändert werden können und die dezentral verwaltet werden kann. 
blockchain  bitcoin 
10 days ago
Prions, Nearly Indestructible and Universally Lethal, Seed the Eyes of Victims - Scientific American Blog Network
It was probably only a matter of time until someone connected the dots. Prions – infectious proteins -- had turned up in the eyes of victims of prion diseases. Infected donor corneas had transmitted prion disease to recipients on at least a few occasions. And often, patients who later turn out to be infected with prions have eye trouble for which they seek medical attention and testing before they are aware they are infected.
gesundheit  health 
11 days ago
Klimagipfel in Kattowitz: Können bitte alle aufhören, vom Klimaschutz zu reden! - Politik - Tagesspiegel
Das Klima retten? Wozu? Dem Klima ist egal, wie es ist. Wer dem Klimaschutz zu wahrer Bedeutung verhelfen will, steht vor einem Vokabelproblem. Eine Glosse.
klimawandel  sprache 
11 days ago
How to Encrypt Your DNS With DNSCrypt on Ubuntu and Debian - LinuxConfig.org
DNSCrypt encrypts your DNS traffic automatically and sends it to DNS servers that also use encryption. This way, the entire transaction remains encrypted throughout. Not even your ISP will be able to see where you're browsing. DNSCrypt is actually one of the easiest services that you can set up on Linux, so there's really no reason not to use it.
dns  security 
11 days ago
Globale Treibhausgas-Emissionen werden 2018 um 2,7 Prozent höher liegen als im Vorjahr CO2-Ausstoß steigt ungebremst - scinexx | Das Wissensmagazin
Während auf dem Weltklimagipfel in Kattowitz noch über den Weg zu einem effektiveren Klimaschutz diskutiert wird, liefern Messdaten eine schlechte Nachricht nach der anderen. So liegen die CO2-Werte der Atmosphäre auf einem neuen Rekordhoch von 405,5 ppm und auch das Jahr 2018 wird wieder zu den wärmsten der Geschichte gehören, wie die World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) berichtete. 20 der letzten 22 Jahre haben damit nun neue Wärmerekorde gebrochen.
14 days ago
Watch M.C. Escher Make His Impossible Mathematical Art In This 1971 Film - Flashbak
Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972) created incredible mathematical art. Through repetition, geometry, perspective, reflection. symmetry, tessellation. light and shade, Escher sucked us into his pictures that challenge our brain’s assumptions and perceptions. Unlike surrealists, for home the other worldly is obvious at first glance, Escher’s images become puzzling after closer examination.
16 days ago
Leseprobe "Nationales Sicherheits-Amt"
Andreas Eschbach
Bücherbord: "Nationales Sicherheits-Amt"
17 days ago
100 Blocks a Day - Wait But Why
Most people sleep about seven or eight hours a night. That leaves 16 or 17 hours awake each day. Or about 1,000 minutes. Let’s think about those 1,000 minutes as 100 10-minute blocks. That’s what you wake up with every day. -==- Throughout the day, you spend 10 minutes of your life on each block, until you eventually run out of blocks and it’s time to go to sleep.
dataviz  @goodie 
18 days ago
The Tail End - Wait But Why
In a post last year, we laid out the human lifespan visually. By years: [...] By months: [...] And by weeks: [...] While working on that post, I also made a days chart, but it seemed a bit much, so I left it out. But fuck it.
dataviz  @goodie 
18 days ago
Using ffmpeg to convert a set of images into a video
You can use this technique to overlay multiple files on top of each other, or even have a dynamic overlay. -filter_complex is a really flexible command and can do much much more than is shown here. See the ffmpeg filters documentation for more information.
ffmpeg  howto  image  video 
22 days ago
Using Perl and PDF::API2 to Update PDF Properties and Metadata – The Accidental Developer
What do you do when you have 600 PDF documents with titles in all caps, when you need the titles to be title-cased? I dreaded the thought of asking anyone to open each document and edit the titles by hand, not to mention fearing the typos that process might introduce.
perl  pdf  utility 
22 days ago
Using FFmpeg to programmatically slice and splice video – The Accidental Developer
My wife has a research project in which she needs to analyze brief (8-second) segments of hundreds of much longer videos. My goal was to take the videos (~30 minutes each) and cut out only the relevant sections and splice them together, including a static marker between each segment. This should allow her and her colleagues to analyze the videos quickly and using precise time-points (instead of using a slider in a video player to locate and estimate time-points). I’ve posted my notes from this process below for my own reference, and in case it should prove useful to anyone else.
FFmpeg  video  knowhow 
22 days ago
How to Create a SRT File
A “SubRip Subtitle” file, also known as SRT (.srt), is one of the most common subtitle/caption file formats used. It originated from the DVD-ripping software SubRip, which “rips” (extracts) subtitle and timings from videos. In captioning, a text file format is used, which you can easily create using TextEdit (on a Mac) or Notepad (on a Windows PC).
ffmpeg  VLC  video  howto 
22 days ago
Veedels-Check: So haben die Kölner abgestimmt – Veedels-Porträts zum Herunterladen | Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger
Hier finden Sie die Ergebnisse der bislang veröffentlichten Stadtteile und ein Veedelsporträt zum Herunterladen.
köln  region 
28 days ago
Christmas, when Europeans argue with their familes about Europe - Charlemagne
In the long term the European project will succeed only if the gap between the Christmas stay-at-homers and the Christmas travellers closes, at least a bit. That is, if Europe starts to mean a bit more to those who currently scorn it.
europa  politik 
28 days ago
The LibreRouter project aims to make mesh networks simple and affordable – TechCrunch
In the city, we’re constantly saturated with the radio waves from 10 or 20 different routers, cell towers and other wireless infrastructure. But in rural communities there might only be one internet connection for a whole village. LibreRouter is a hardware and software project that looks to let those communities build their own modern, robust mesh networks to make the most of their limited connectivity.
networking  wifi 
29 days ago
Saliba Alsterarkaden – ahlan wasahlan
An einem der traditionsreichsten Orte Hamburgs liegt das Saliba Alsterarkaden – direkt an der kleinen Alster, in einem Haus, das einst die „Vegetarische Gaststätte“ beherbergte und nach einem Brand mit viel Aufwand restauriert wurde. Der Geist dieser Institution hat überlebt: Das vielfältige Angebot an fleischlosen Speisen und Menüs begeistert nicht nur Vegetarier. Seine Lieblingsspeise(n) kann der Genießer auch mit nach Hause nehmen.
hamburg  restaurant 
29 days ago
Homepage • Klein und Kaiserlich Kaffeehaus
Das Café im Stil alter Wiener Kaffeehäuser reicht österreichische Mehlspeisen bei Blick auf den Museumshafen.
hamburg  restaurant 
29 days ago
Make Orwell Fiction Again Part 2: Micro Moments – Patrick Berlinquette – Medium
Today, 3 out of 4 smartphone owners turn to Google first to address their immediate needs. -==- As a result, Google marketers like me must survive on our ability to play on your impatience and impulsiveness when you’re using a mobile device.
marketing  mobile  security  surveillance 
4 weeks ago
Windows Sandbox - Microsoft Tech Community - 301849
At Microsoft we regularly encounter these situations, so we developed Windows Sandbox: an isolated, temporary, desktop environment where you can run untrusted software without the fear of lasting impact to your PC. Any software installed in Windows Sandbox stays only in the sandbox and cannot affect your host. Once Windows Sandbox is closed, all the software with all its files and state are permanently deleted.
security  windows  virtualization 
4 weeks ago
The Defense Department has produced the first tools for catching deepfakes - MIT Technology Review
Fake video clips made with artificial intelligence can also be spotted using AI—but this may be the beginning of an arms race. (by Will Knight August 7, 2018) -==- The first forensics tools for catching revenge porn and fake news created with AI have been developed through a program run by the US Defense Department.
4 weeks ago
Sport ist nicht Mord: Dieses Training hält jung
Wer sein Leben durch Sport verlängern will, sollte wohl eher aufs Laufband als in die Muckibude: Forscher haben in einer Studie Trainingsformen identifiziert, die die Zellalterung verlangsamen. Der Schlüssel zur Jungkur: die Telomere.
4 weeks ago
Kleiner Piks mit großer Wirkung: Impfen | Pharmazeutische Zeitung
Impfen schützt vor gefährlichen Infektionskrankheiten wie Masern, Kinderlähmung oder Grippe. Säuglinge sollten gemäß des Impfkalenders der STIKO am RKI möglichst früh geimpft werden. Die wichtigsten Informationen rund um Impfungen und Impfstoffe.
4 weeks ago
Wilderness-Medizin: Abseitsfallen im Niemandsland | Pharmazeutische Zeitung
Fernreisen werden immer beliebter. Doch fremde Länder und Kulturen genügen einigen Abenteurern längst nicht mehr. Sie suchen größeren Nervenkitzel, zum Beispiel beim Trekking durch Dschungel, Wüste oder im Hochgebirge. Die Wilderness-Medizin befasst sich mit medizinischen Fragen in extremen Umwelten.
gesundheit  reisen 
4 weeks ago
Hygiene im Alltag: Vom Händewaschen bis zur Desinfektion | Pharmazeutische Zeitung
Die wichtigste Hygienemaßnahme im Haushalt ist das Händewaschen mit Seife. Doch manchmal reicht das nicht. Wenn Magen-Darm-Infekte kursieren, immungeschwächte Personen oder infizierte Pflegebedürftige im Haushalt leben, ist Desinfektion angezeigt. Auch in der Wund­versorgung und auf Reisen sind Desinfektionsmittel nützlich.
4 weeks ago
Klimawandel: William T. Vollmann entlarvt die „Carbon Ideologies“ - WELT
Es ist absurd: Während in Deutschland (und nicht nur dort) auf allerhöchstem Erregungslevel über Flüchtlinge und nationale Identität gestritten wird, tritt die Klimaveränderung für jedermann spürbar in ihre heiße – und das bedeutet: zunehmend katastrophische – Phase ein. Das Grönlandeis schmilzt, der Meeresspiegel steigt, nach der Dürre kommt die Flut. Und niemand redet hierzulande davon. Global denken, lokal handeln, hieß es früher. Europa und Amerika dagegen scheinen heute merkwürdig vereint unter der Devise: National denken, global verbrennen.
klimawandel  umwelt 
5 weeks ago
Aperture import plugin now available
As promised in a blog post here, we are proud to introduce the Aperture and iPhoto import plugin for Lightroom 5. The plugin allows Aperture and iPhoto customers to migrate their images and key metadata (such as keywords, events, project structure) into Lightroom catalogs in a seamless way.
iphoto  lightroom  plugin 
5 weeks ago
Pipelines, Bahnlinien und Gebäuden drohen schwere Schäden durch tauenden Permafrost Klimawandel gefährdet arktische Infrastruktur - scinexx | Das Wissensmagazin
Zerstörerische Schmelze: Einem Drittel aller Infrastrukturen in der Arktis drohen schwere Schäden durch tauenden Permafrost. Schon bis 2050 könnten hunderte Kilometer Bahnlinien, Öl- und Gaspipelines und Straßen, aber auch Gebäude und Industrieanlagen beschädigt oder zerstört werden, wie Forscher im Fachmagazin „Nature Communications“ berichten. Mehr als drei Millionen Menschen werden davon betroffen sein.
klimawandel  umwelt 
5 weeks ago
Talos Blog || Cisco Talos Intelligence Group - Comprehensive Threat Intelligence: in(Secure) messaging apps — How side-channel attacks can compromise privacy in WhatsApp, Telegram, and Signal
Messaging applications have been around since the inception of the internet. But recently, due to the increased awareness around mass surveillance in some countries, more users are installing end-to-end encrypted apps dubbed "secure instant messaging applications." These apps claim to encrypt users' messages and keep their content secure from any third parties. -==- However, after a deep dive into three of these secure messaging apps — Telegram, WhatsApp and Signal — we discovered that these services may not fulfill the promises they are meant to keep by putting users' confidential information at risk.
mobile  messenger  privacy 
5 weeks ago
Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret - The New York Times
Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret
Dozens of companies use smartphone locations to help advertisers and even hedge funds. They say it’s anonymous, but the data shows how personal it is.
data-dealer  mobile  privacy  security 
5 weeks ago
Ausgerechnet die moderne Abgasreinigung erzeugt vermehrt ultrafeine Partikel Kohlekraftwerke als Ultrafeinstaub-Schleudern - scinexx | Das Wissensmagazin
Unterschätzte Feinstaubquelle: Ausgerechnet modernste Kohlekraftwerke stoßen mehr Ultrafeinstaub aus als bisher angenommen. Ihre Emissionen von Partikeln kleiner als 100 Nanometer übertreffen inzwischen sogar die von Städten und dem Straßenverkehr, wie eine Studie enthüllt. Die Folge davon: Die ultrafeinen Teilchen beeinflussen Wolkenbildung und Klima, fördern aber auch extreme Wettereignisse, wie die Forscher berichten.
klimawandel  umwelt 
5 weeks ago
PhotoTAN banking on mobile devices is not secure › Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Mobile banking is convenient – it can be used anywhere, any time, with a single device. More and more people are using this form of banking, and more and more banks are offering this service. The problem is that transactions made using smartphones are not secure. FAU computer scientists have demonstrated this by successfully hacking the photoTAN procedures of three banks. This comes just a year after they highlighted the flaws in the concept of single-device banking by manipulating Sparkasse’s pushTAN app.
banking  security  vulnerability 
5 weeks ago
Grief Is The Thing With Feathers by Max Porter – scar
Grief Is The Thing With Feathers is reminiscent of Hughes’ Crow but very much a work in its own right. It’s a strange little book and it wasn’t at all what I was expecting after reading the blurb.
5 weeks ago
Opinion | Macron’s Moment of Truth - The New York Times
Weeks of violent protest by France’s angry working poor are testing a president who promised the people reform but has failed to govern with them, rather than over them.
politik  frankreich 
5 weeks ago
EU-Innenminister segnen großflächige Internetzensur mit Uploadfiltern ab – netzpolitik.org
Die EU-Mitgliedstaaten ziehen mit der Kommission mit und sprechen sich für Uploadfilter, kaum bewältigbare Löschfristen und privatisierte Rechtsdurchsetzung aus. Im Kampf gegen mutmaßlich terroristische Online-Inhalte riskiert die EU, das Grundrecht auf Meinungsfreiheit erheblich einzuschränken. Nun ist das EU-Parlament am Zug.
meinungsfreiheit  zenzur 
6 weeks ago
Jonathan Eisen: Meet your microbes | TED Talk
Our bodies are covered in a sea of microbes -- both the pathogens that make us sick and the "good" microbes, about which we know less, that might be keeping us healthy. At TEDMED, microbiologist Jonathan Eisen shares what we know, including some surprising ways to put those good microbes to work.
biology  health  2012 
6 weeks ago
Christopher Soghoian: Government surveillance — this is just the beginning | TED Talk
Privacy researcher Christopher Soghoian sees the landscape of government surveillance shifting beneath our feet, as an industry grows to support monitoring programs. Through private companies, he says, governments are buying technology with the capacity to break into computers, steal documents and monitor activity — without detection. This TED Fellow gives an unsettling look at what's to come.
privacy  security  surveillance  2013 
6 weeks ago
A Thanksgiving Week Gift for You: “Automated Customer Service” – Whatever
Merry Thanksgiving week! To show my appreciation for you, my readers, here’s a short story I wrote to read aloud while I was touring with The Consuming Fire. It’s called “Automated Customer Service,” and it’s what happens when, in the near future, something goes wrong with a household appliance and you have to navigate an automated call system to get help. For extra added fun I did an audio version as well, with my voice fiddled with just a bit to replicate the true automated customer service experience. Enjoy.
story  science-fiction 
6 weeks ago
Blockchain by Example in SQL Server – Benjamin Campbell – Medium
In this post I’m going to demonstrate how a blockchain works using nothing but SQL Server. I’m not suggesting this as an ideal implementation. I decided to make this demo self-contained since I’m focusing mostly on the schema and data, my target audience is database professionals, and SQL Server has all the required cryptographic functions.
blockchain  sql 
6 weeks ago
The Insect Apocalypse Is Here - The New York Times
Because insects are legion, inconspicuous and hard to meaningfully track, the fear that there might be far fewer than before was more felt than documented. People noticed it by canals or in backyards or under streetlights at night — familiar places that had become unfamiliarly empty. The feeling was so common that entomologists developed a shorthand for it, named for the way many people first began to notice that they weren’t seeing as many bugs. They called it the windshield phenomenon.
klimawandel  insekten 
7 weeks ago
Flurry (company) - Wikipedia
Flurry is a mobile analytics, monetization, and advertising company founded in 2005. The company develops and markets a platform for analyzing consumer interactions with mobile applications, solutions for marketers to advertise in-apps, as well as a service for applying monetization structures to mobile apps.[1] Flurry analyzes 150 billion app sessions per month.
data-dealer  mobile  analytics 
7 weeks ago
Euro consumer groups: We think Android tracking is illegal • The Register
Euro consumer groups: We think Android tracking is illegal
Pops open can of GDPR beef: Thanks to 'dark patterns' and 'nudging', no doesn't mean no
data-dealer  tracking 
7 weeks ago
What You Need to Know about rel=”noreferrer” Attribute - TechWyse 'Rise to the Top' Blog
If the rel=noreferrer attribute is added to a link, no referrer information will be leaked. The ultimate aim is not to pass the HTTP referrer header when a person clicks on the hyperlink. If no information is in the header, then it will not be tracked by analytics tools.
webdesign  webmaster  privacy 
7 weeks ago
Remote Access - Termux Wiki
Termux is capable of accessing remote devices by using some common tools. It is also possible to turn a device running Termux into remote controlled server.
android  ssh  termux 
7 weeks ago
Einzigartige Weihnachtszeit 2018
Auch 2018 bietet Schloss Drachenburg in Königswinter seinen Besuchern die "Einzigartige Weihnachtszeit" an den vier Adventswochenden. Unter dem Motto "Charles Dickens – Eine Weihnachtsgeschichte" begeben sich die Besucher auf eine Zeitreise ins 19. Jahrhundert. Am Samstag, 1. Dezember, öffnet das prachtvolle Schloss dann seine Tore und lädt die Besucher zu einer besonderen und entschleunigten Vor- und Weihnachtszeit ein.
Die rund 50 bewährten und neuen Aussteller begeistern die Gäste mit kulinarischen Köstlichkeiten, regionalen Produkten und einigen Überraschungen. An den vier Adventswochenenden heißt es für die Besucher: Fallen lassen, Einstimmen auf die Weihnachtszeit und dem Massenkonsum entfliehen. Im traumhaften Schlossambiente werden die Besucher an die Hand genommen und durch die Weihnachtswelt von Ebenezer Scrooge begleitet. Die Inszenierungen des Klassikers von Charles Dickens erweckt die Geister der Weihnacht und die vielen Figuren der Weihnachtsgeschichte zum Leben.
2018  region 
7 weeks ago
No One Wants to Talk About How Completely We Were Lied to - ExtremeTech
Two days ago, the New York Times published a comprehensive story on the degree to which Facebook fought all attempts to investigate its role in spreading Russian hoaxes and lies, both as it pertained to the 2016 election and well beyond. The story opens with Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, angrily accusing the then-security chief Alex Stamos of throwing the company “under the bus.” His crime? Being honest with Facebook board members about the fact that FB had failed to contain or even understand the deliberately inflammatory and false content shared on its service by agents of a foreign power in a deliberate effort to divide the American people. Its portrait of her and Mark Zuckerberg does not improve in the later paragraphs. This took place in September 2017, almost a year after the election and long after credible reports about the role social media had played in disseminating actual fake news had surfaced.
8 weeks ago
USB Type-C™’s Configuration Channel – Benson Leung – Medium
I’ve been getting questions about why certain kinds of USB adapters or cables work to charge new USB Type-C™ devices, and why other adapters are necessary to charge legacy devices from USB Type-C chargers.

This post will explain why and will do a deeper dive into USB Type-C’s Configuration Channel (CC).
hardware  usb 
8 weeks ago
METTIS Metz fährt Busway in LeMet' - 2mecs
Auf zwei Linien von annähernd 18 km Streckenlänge fahren Busse in Straßenbahn-Optik. Sie verkehren auf eigenen Fahrstreifen und haben an Ampeln Vorrang-Schaltung. Gebaut wurden die 27 Fahrzeuge des „Bus à haut niveau de service“ (BHNS, Busway oder BRT Bus Rapid Transit) mit einer Kapazität von jeweils 150 Passagieren vom belgischen Hersteller Van Hool (Typ Equi.City, wie sie auch in Parma und Barcelona eingesetzt werden).
auto  frankreich  verkehr 
8 weeks ago
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