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How Space Weather Can Influence Elections on Earth - Motherboard
oh, god -- I'm not keen on this take: how's about designing systems that recognise the risks?
"Everything was going fine, but then suddenly, there were an additional 4,000 votes cast. Because it was a local election, which are normally very small, people were surprised and asked, 'how did this happen?'"

The culprit was not voter fraud or hacked machines. It was a single event upset (SEU), a term describing the fallout of an ionizing particle bouncing off a vulnerable node in the machine's register, causing it to flip a bit, and log the additional votes. The Sun may not have been the direct source of the particle—cosmic rays from outside the solar system are also in the mix—but solar-influenced space weather certainly contributes to these SEUs.
bit-flips  science  elections  voting-machines  vvat  belgium  bugs  risks  cosmic-rays 
february 2017 by jm
Operation Socialist: How GCHQ Spies Hacked Belgium’s Largest Telco
Chilling.
GCHQ maintains a huge repository named MUTANT BROTH that stores billions of these intercepted cookies, which it uses to correlate with IP addresses to determine the identity of a person. GCHQ refers to cookies internally as “target detection identifiers.”
privacy  gchq  surveillance  belgacom  regin  uk  spying  belgium  isps  cookies  malware 
december 2014 by jm
Belgian and French copyright laws ban photos of EP buildings
An obscure clause in EU copyright rules means no one can publish photos of public buildings in Belgium, like the Atomium, or France’s Eiffel tower at night without first asking permission from the rights owners.


Ah, copyright.
copyright  ip  stupid  belgium  france  law  atomium  eiffel-tower 
november 2014 by jm
Tintin And The Copyright Sharks - Falkvinge on Infopolicy
A rather sordid tale of IP acquisition and exploitation, from the sounds of it
tintin  moulinsart  belgium  history  herge  ip  copyright  royalties  rick-falkvinge 
november 2013 by jm
Belgium plans artificial island to store wind power
' Belgium is planning to build a doughnut-shaped island in the North Sea that will store wind energy by pumping water out of a hollow in the middle, as it looks for ways to lessen its reliance on nuclear power. One of the biggest problems with electricity is that it is difficult to store and the issue is exaggerated in the case of renewable energy from wind or sun because it is intermittent depending on the weather.' 'The island is still in the planning stages, but will be built out of sand 3 km off the Belgian coast near the town of Wenduine if it gets the final go-ahead. The island, which would also work as an offshore substation to transform the voltage of the electricity generated by wind turbines, could take five or more years to plan and build.'
power  via:daev  belgium  wind-power  hydro  sea  islands  manmade  storage 
january 2013 by jm

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