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Mounir Mahjoub​i​, the 'geek' who saved Macron's campaign: 'We knew we were going to be attacked' | World news | The Guardian
What a great story.

As a child, he was into maths and geometry, the middle child with one sister 10 years older and another 10 years younger. “I heard about this incredible new thing called the internet,” he says, adding how, aged 12, he saw an advert for the Paris science museum where you could try the internet for free. “There were 15 computers and you queued to have an hour free if you bought an entry ticket. I bought an annual pass to the museum and every Saturday and Sunday I’d travel from one side of Paris to the other to get on the internet and see what it was about. I’d go on Yahoo, chat with people on the other side of the world. I didn’t speak great English then so it wasn’t brilliant chat ...”


(via Niall Murphy)
france  mounir-mahjoubi  internet  computers  society  macron  politics  security 
5 weeks ago by jm
American Snoper – Medium
The grugq on Putin vs France:
How modern conflicts play out in the informatics sphere, what I mean when I talk about cyber war, is happening in France. After France there will be Germany, then the Scandinavian countries have their elections. There is no chance that Putin attempting to shape the world to best suit Russian interests will abate. Currently, the strongest area that he can contend in is the informatics sphere, the cyber realm, where human perception of reality is shaped.
putin  france  elections  russia  cyber-war  hacking  security  wikileaks 
march 2017 by jm
Noirmoutier Indigo Campsite, France
As recommended by J & F:

'Most of the campsites we've stayed in have had great facilities for kids - pools, activities, entertainment etc - but the problem with that is you spend your day being dragged from one to the other. There's none of that at Camping Indigo in Noirmoutier apart from a playground, some kayaks and some music in the bar at night but it is on the beach so the kids either run wild around the campsite or play on the beach - it was the best and most relaxing holiday we ever had and we definitely met the coolest people there. There's a really nice town in the centre of the island and great beaches all around it so hire bikes and roam free.'

Bookmarking for next year's holiday planning!
holidays  fun  france  camping  noirmoutier  chaize-wood  loire  nantes  recommendations 
july 2016 by jm
The Dordogne Valley: What to Expect
French Foodie in Dublin writes and vlogs about the Dordogne Valley, good foodie tips
food  ffid  blogs  dordogne  france  holidays  tourism 
may 2016 by jm
Three quarters of cars stolen in France 'electronically hacked' - Telegraph
The astonishing figures come two months after computer scientists in the UK warned that thousands of cars – including high-end brands such as Porsches and Maseratis - are at risk of electronic hacking. Their research was suppressed for two years by a court injunction for fear it would help thieves steal vehicles to order. The kit required to carry out such “mouse jacking”, as the French have coined the practice, can be freely purchased on the internet for around £700 and the theft of a range of models can be pulled off “within minutes,” motor experts warn.
hacking  security  security-through-obscurity  mouse-jacking  cars  safety  theft  crime  france  smart-cars 
november 2015 by jm
Comment bien couper le fromage
en anglias, "how to cut cheese correctly". Informed! (via Emilie)
cheese  fromage  france  cutting  food 
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
La Maison des Amis
Paul Hickey's gite near Toulouse, available for rent!

'a beautifully converted barn on 5 acres, wonderfully located in the French countryside. 4 Bedrooms, sleeps 2-10, Large Pool, Tennis Court, Large Trampoline, Broadband Internet, 30 Mins Toulouse/Albi, 65 Mins Carcassonne, 90 Mins Rodez'
ex-iona  gites  france  holidays  vacation-rentals  vacation  hotels 
september 2014 by jm
UPDATED: Google begged Steve Jobs for permission to hire engineers for its new Paris office. Guess what happened next… | PandoDaily
in a field as critical and competitive as smartphones, Google’s R&D strategy was being dictated, not by the company’s board, or by its shareholders, but by a desire not to anger the CEO of a rival company.


This is utterly bananas and anti-competitive. (via Des Traynor)
via:destraynor  wage-fixing  apple  google  tech  paris  r-and-d  steve-jobs  jean-marie-hullot  france  competition  poaching  assholes 
march 2014 by jm
Enemies of the Internet 2014: entities at the heart of censorship and surveillance | Enemies of the Internet
The mass surveillance methods employed in [the UK, USA, and India], many of them exposed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, are all the more intolerable because they will be used and indeed are already being used by authoritarians countries such as Iran, China, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain to justify their own violations of freedom of information. How will so-called democratic countries will able to press for the protection of journalists if they adopt the very practices they are criticizing authoritarian regimes for?


This is utterly jaw-dropping -- throughout the world, real-time mass-monitoring infrastructure is silently being dropped into place. France and India are particularly pervasive
journalism  censorship  internet  france  india  privacy  data-protection  surveillance  spying  law  snowden  authoritarianism 
march 2014 by jm
France Kills Three Strikes
Missed bookmarking this news --
After years of debate and controversy the French Government has finally backtracked on the law which allowed errant subscribers to be disconnected from the Internet. This morning a decree was published which removed the possibility for file-sharers to have their connections cut for copyright infringement. Instead, those caught by rightsholders will now be subjected to a system of automated fines.
france  legal  ip  piracy  filesharing  three-strikes 
july 2013 by jm
Possible ban on 'factory food' in French restaurants
I am very much in favour of this in Ireland, too. The pre-prepared food thing makes for crappy food:
In an attempt to crack down on the proliferation of restaurants serving boil-in-a-bag or microwave-ready meals, which could harm France’s reputation for good food, MP Daniel Fasquelle is putting a new law to parliament this month. [...] The proposed law would limit the right to use the word “restaurant” to eateries where food is prepared on site using raw ingredients, either fresh or frozen. Exceptions would be made for some prepared products, such as bread, charcuterie and ice cream.
restaurants  food  france  cuisine  boil-in-the-bag  microwave  cooking  daniel-fasquelle 
june 2013 by jm
French illegal downloads agency Hadopi may be abolished
According to recent statistics, Hadopi has sent 1 million warning emails, 99,000 "strike two" letters and identified 314 people for referral to the courts for possible disconnection. No one has actually been disconnected.

According to Aurelie Filipetti, culture minister in the new French Government, Hadopi has been nothing but a waste of money.

"€12 million per year and 60 officials; that's an expensive way to send 1 million emails," Filipetti said. "Hadopi has not fulfilled its mission of developing legal downloads. I prefer to reduce the funding of things that have not been proven to be useful."


0 disconnections. Not one.
hadopi  privacy  law  three-strikes  france  money 
august 2012 by jm
French ‘Three Strikes’ Law Slashes Piracy, But Fails to Boost Sales
Hadopi report says piracy dropped in France by between 17% and 66% during 2011, while Hadopi was in force; however the SEVN report on 2011 notes that legitimate sales of video dropped by 2.7%, ironically blaming 'the continually high level of piracy despite counter measures adopted under the HADOPI law' (http://www.dvd-intelligence.com/display-article.php?article=1676), and the SNEP report on 2011 sales of audio indicates that the market dropped by 3.9% (http://www.telecompaper.com/news/french-online-music-worth-eur-110-mln-in-2011-study). Hard not to come to a conclusion that actions against piracy do not improve sales
france  hadopi  legal  music  piracy  sales  revenues  sevn  snep  video 
april 2012 by jm
French President’s Residence ‘Busted’ For BitTorrent Piracy | TorrentFreak
'According to data from YouHaveDownloaded.com, a range of downloads have been actioned from the Palace including a cam copy of Tower Heist, a telesync copy of Arthur Christmas, and music from The Beach Boys.' I love this. The data is, of course, filled with potential inaccuracies -- and that's the point
bittorrent  surveillance  downloading  internet  privacy  france  hadopi 
december 2011 by jm
France To Launch a National Patent Troll
'The operation, called "France Brevets" will buy up patents from small operation and put the French government in charge of [...] shaking down companies for money.' I think the word is: incroyable
france  fail  omgwtfbbq  patent-trolls  swpats  patents  government  innovation  software  europe 
june 2011 by jm
Eric Cantona's call for a bank run
a French campaign to "bring down the banks" by engineering a massive consumer bank run, tomorrow, Dec 7th. I can see this happening in Ireland if we don't get an election soon
ireland  france  banking  bank-runs  economy  bailout  eric-cantona  from delicious
december 2010 by jm
Brick, A Literary Journal: Issue 85: The Lizard, the Catacombs, and the Clock
'The Story of Paris’s Most Secret Underground Society': among the Parisian catacomb-dwellers and subterranean explorers. fascinating
france  paris  underground  toread  ux  catacombs  marquis  writing  from delicious
july 2010 by jm
French Anti-Piracy Organisation Hadopi Uses Pirated Font In Own Logo
'Of course you have to appreciate the irony – the agency in charge of enforcing France’s new anti-piracy legislation using a pirated proprietary font in its very own logo.' hoho! hoist by their own petard
hadopi  piracy  copyright  design  fail  france  fonts  typography  logos  ip  from delicious
january 2010 by jm

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