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Here’s Why Public Wifi is a Public Health Hazard — Matter — Medium

In his backpack, Wouter Slotboom, 34, carries around a small black device, slightly larger than a pack of cigarettes, with an antenna on it. I meet Wouter by chance at a random cafe in the center of Amsterdam. It is a sunny day and almost all the tables are occupied.

Checkboxes that kill your product — Alex Limi

If I told you that a company is shipping a product to hundreds of millions of users right now, and included in the product are several prominent buttons that will break the product completely if you click them, and possibly lock you out from the Internet — can you guess which product it is?

WikiLeaks is winning over Gamergate with a confusing Twitter campaign

It's far from an organized protest movement, but Gamergate — which ostensibly opposes unethical journalism and "social justice warriors" in video games — has managed to launch an undeniably political internet culture war.

The Supreme Court’s baffling tech illiteracy is becoming a problem

This week was a huge one for technology at the Supreme Court. The Court issued three opinions — Riley v. California, United States v. Wurie, and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v.

Wearable tech lets boss track your work, rest and play

How will our lives change as more and more firms digitally monitor their employees' movements and health, at work and beyond. We're about to find out SOME jobs come with a uniform. For an increasing number of employees, that uniform will soon include a badge that tracks everything they do.

Ethernet Dike Sprouts Cracks

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — These days, John D'Ambrosia is like the Dutch boy with a finger in each crack of a dike about to burst – and he's running out of fingers. So the veteran of several high-speed Ethernet standards efforts did this week what he often does when under stress.

Disney rendered its new animated film on a 55,000-core supercomputer

Disney's upcoming animated film Big Hero 6, about a boy and his soft robot (and a gang of super-powered friends), is perhaps the largest big-budget mash-up you'll ever see. Every aspect of the film's production represents a virtual collision of worlds.

Waxing Poetic with SwiftOnSecurity — A story about Jessica.

I want you to imagine someone for me. Her name is Jessica and she is 17 years old. She lives in a two bedroom apartment with her mother and uses an old laptop she got from one of her mom’s ex boyfriends.

You are not your browser history. — Backchannel — Medium

What $50 taught me about my web ad identity– and how I’m fighting back. I’m a 26 year-old from Montreal, a 27 year-old in Vegas, and a retiree with a penchant for photography. Mostly I’m unemployed. I’m a gamer, a fashionista, an occasional beer drinker, and a dog owner.

NAVCAM’s shades of grey

Ever since early August, when Rosetta rendezvoused with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at a distance of roughly 100 km, the on-board navigation camera (NAVCAM) has been returning images that depict the many different facets of its nucleus.

What really happened in the London Beer Flood 200 years ago?

An unlimited, free supply of beer – it sounds wonderful doesn’t it? But when it is over one million litres in volume and in a tidal wave at least 15 feet high, as it was in the London Beer Flood on 17 October 1814, the prospect seems less appealing.

Linus Torvalds: I Made A "Metric S---load" Of Community-Building Mistakes

Open source is not for the faint of heart. It's easy to assume that "open source community" translates to "hippie commune of peace-loving hackers." In practice, open source is often anything but.

Politiek Kwartier | Toptalent met verkeerde motieven

COLUMN - Toptalent dat niet wil werken voor het salaris van een minister zijn we beter kwijt dan rijk.

Do Cats Control My Mind?

A third of the world has been infected, though. Tiny cysts nested in one's brain and muscles attest. The parasite Toxoplasmosis gondii comes into us by undercooked meat, well-intentioned placentas, gardening soil, or, most infamously, cats.

Noam Chomsky on linguistics and climate change.

Why can everyone learn Portuguese? Are some aspects of our nature unknowable? Can you imagine Richard Nixon as a radical? Is Twitter a trivializer? New Scientist takes a whistle-stop tour of our modern intellectual landscape in the company of Noam Chomsky.

Why the F-35 is a sitting duck for the Flankers

Built to be the deadliest hunter killer aircraft of all time, the F-35 has quite literally become the hunted. In every scenario that the F-35 has been wargamed against Su-30 Flankers, the Russian aircraft have emerged winners.

Sex Is Sex. But Money Is Money. — Matter — Medium

His son didn’t get into Dartmouth and that makes him sad, because he loves his son and he knows how much pressure the boy puts on himself. I understand.

Steun het onderzoek naar de macht van zorgverzekeraars

Follow the Money en Yournalism slaan de handen ineen en gaan samen onderzoek doen naar de macht van zorgverzekeraars in Nederland. Jij kunt hier aan bijdragen. Door middel van crowdfunding willen de partijen genoeg donaties binnenhalen om de journalistieke arbeid te bekostigen.

The fatal attraction of lead

For millennia lead has held a deep attraction for painters, builders, chemists and winemakers - but it's done untold harm, especially to children. And while it's no longer found in petrol, you've still got several kilograms of it in your car.

How Australia just became a ‘national security state’

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott had some “regrettable” news. It was late last month, Australia had just thwarted an Islamic State plot to behead random Australians, and the prime minister’s tone was somber.

A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days – a sobering lesson learned

The following account comes from a veteran HS teacher who just became a Coach in her building. Because her experience is so vivid and sobering I have kept her identity anonymous. But nothing she describes is any different than my own experience in sitting in HS classes for long periods of time.

Comcast got me fired after billing dispute, says California man [Updated]

OAKLAND, CA—Speaking over lunch last Friday, a Northern California man named Conal O'Rourke laid out what admittedly sounds like a crazy story: a year-long billing dispute over his home Comcast service that ultimately resulted in Comcast getting O'Rourke fired from his job at PriceWaterhouse

Recensie | De vrije val van Vestia

RECENSIE - Hans Verbraeken was er als eerste bij: hij meldde eind januari 2012 in het Financieele Dagblad dat Vestia dreigde te bezwijken onder de last van een enorme derivatenportefeuille. Hij beet zich in het dossier vast en liet niet meer los.

Adobe’s e-book reader sends your reading logs back to Adobe—in plain text [Updated]

Adobe’s Digital Editions e-book and PDF reader—an application used by thousands of libraries to give patrons access to electronic lending libraries—actively logs and reports every document readers add to their local “library” along with what users do with those files.

Imagining the societal impact of the Octocopter 6 — Medium

Of all the inspiring technology that we have seen released and announced in recent years, the product that has me most excited by far is Amazon’s Octocopters. But it’s not so much the idea of having a sub-2.3 kg package delivered via a drone in 30 minutes that has me excited.

News from The Associated Press

NY state: Wall St. profits $8.7B in 6 months US job growth is rising solidly, so why isn't pay?

Assassin's Creed Unity is too much for console CPUs

The latest game consoles aren't even a year old, but developers are already bumping into the limits of the hardware. Loads of games run at sub-1080p resolutions, especially on the Xbone, which has less graphics oomph than its PlayStation counterpart.

The new PKK: unleashing a social revolution in Kurdistan

As the prospect of Kurdish independence becomes ever more imminent, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party transforms itself into a force for radical democracy.

Waarom terrorisme niet de wereld uit te bombarderen is

Na Afghanistan, Irak, de Taliban, Al-Qaeda, Libië en Syrië wordt momenteel alweer het zevende hoofdstuk in de 'oorlog tegen terreur' geschreven: de Verenigde Staten hebben het vuur geopend op de Islamitische Staat (IS) in Syrië en Irak.

Adobe is Spying on Users, Collecting Data on Their eBook Libraries

Adobe has just given us a graphic demonstration of how not to handle security and privacy issues. A hacker acquaintance of mine has tipped me to a huge security and privacy violation on the part of Adobe.

Shellshock will happen again

As usual, I’m a month late, the big Bash bug known as Shellshock has come and gone, and the world was confused as to why this ever happened in the first place. It’s been fixed for a few weeks now.

Belastingdienst verzuipt in moeras van IBM en Oracle

Op 15 oktober presenteert de Kamercommissie ICT haar eindrapport. Computerworld belicht meer ontluisterende ICT-projecten en de onderliggende oorzaken. Heb je zelf ervaring met geflopte ICT-projecten en wil je deze delen, al dan niet anoniem? Neem dan contact op met de redactie.

The Siege Of Kobani: Obama’s Syrian Fiasco In Motion

During the last year or two a passel of crony capitalist hucksters led by hedge fund operatives Bruce Berkowitz and Bill Ackman have been attempting to pilfer upwards of $40 billion from US taxpayers via a raid on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Jerry Seinfeld ripped apart the advertising industry on its biggest night – Quartz

“I love advertising because I love lying,” comedian Jerry Seinfeld told a banquet hall full of advertising executives at the industry’s annual awards show on Oct. 1. He didn’t appear to be joking.

Former Top Official Says Kim Jong-un Is No Longer in Control of North Korea

An elite group of exiles from North Korea gathered in September in the Netherlands to discuss the state of the regime they used to serve.

How to Develop Quality Python Code

Developing in Python is very different from developing in other languages. Python is an interpreted language like Ruby or Perl, so developers are able to use read-evaluate-print loops (REPLs) to execute Python in real-time.

Why Python 4.0 won't be like Python 3.0 |

Newcomers to python-ideas occasionally make reference to the idea of "Python 4000" when proposing backwards incompatible changes that don't offer a clear migration path from currently legal Python 3 code. After all, we allowed that kind of change for Python 3.

The NSA and Me

The tone of the answering machine message was routine, like a reminder for a dental appointment. But there was also an undercurrent of urgency. “Please call me back,” the voice said. “It’s important.”

Vergeet de politiestaat. Welkom in de belastingstaat

In de herfst van 2012 start een afdeling van de Nederlandse overheid een geheim onderzoek naar een wokrestaurant. Gedurende drie maanden houden medewerkers het all you can eat-etablissement intensief in de gaten. Er staan auto's voor de deur met medewerkers die turven hoeveel mensen er binnengaan.

Making History with SpaceShipOne: Pilot Brian Binnie Recalls Historic Flight

Andrew Torgan is Managing Editor at XPrize. He contributed this article to's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. This weekend marks the 10-year anniversary of the winning of the $10-million Ansari XPrize by Burt Rutan and the SpaceShipOne team.

SVB MRS: A Tale of Two Fails

In een aantal opzichten kan het geflopte MRS van SVB worden beschouwd als de opvolger van een vergelijkbaar systeem van UWV zes jaar eerder. SVB en UWV vallen beide onder het ministerie van SZW en staan op de nominatie om op termijn te fuseren.

'Afhankelijkheid van prijsvergelijkers is stuk minder geworden'

Tientallen webwinkels vertrekken bij Kieskeurig. Ook bij Beslist rommelt het. Hoe relevant zijn prijs- en productvergelijkers nog voor het merk? Leegloop bij en adverteerders die massaal weglopen.

Politiek Kwartier | Parttime uit de bijstand

COLUMN - Als we werkelijk mensen uit de bijstand willen halen, dan voeren we het onmiddellijk in dat mensen die vanuit de bijstand parttime gaan werken een deel van hun verdiensten mogen houden.

ICT-fraude: incident of endemisch?

Ik ben de Tijdelijke Commissie ICT een excuus verschuldigd. Corruptie is géén randverschijnsel in de wereld van de publieke ict. En zelfs dat lijkt een understatement.

De 7 ergste sollicitatie-missers

Solliciteren op teenslippers, jezelf meer af- dan aanprijzen... sollicitanten maken heel wat basisfouten. Personeelschefs, sollicitatietrainers en assessments­psychologen vertellen welke valkuilen je moet vermijden. En: hoe je je kansen wél vergroot.

Burger wordt straks doorgelicht zoals profiel van crimineel wordt opgesteld

De Nederlandse overheid gaat grote hoeveelheden persoonsgegevens van burgers koppelen om daaruit te destilleren of zij frauderen met belasting of uitkeringen. Met technieken van inlichtingendiensten wordt vooraf voorspeld wie in de gaten moeten worden gehouden.

‘ICT-leverancier Ordina fraudeerde met aanbestedingen’

ICT-leverancier Ordina heeft tussen 2005 en 2010 gefraudeerd met verschillende aanbestedingen van de overheid. Ordina maakte jacht op informatie die nodig is om aanbestedingen te winnen. Dat blijkt uit een grote hoeveelheid interne bedrijfsinformatie van Ordina die in handen is van Zembla.

Oeso verrast met rapport over welzijn De wereld gaat erop vooruit

Er is minder armoede dan gedacht en de verschillen tussen rijke landen en arme landen zijn kleiner dan tot nu toe beschreven. ‘Ons beeld van de werkelijkheid moet worden bijgesteld.’

DON’T do what you love. — Medium

I used to make comics for a living (these comics, right here), and I gave out similar advice and professed similar goals: If I just tried hard enough, I’d make it doing what I love, making comics for a living.

Old Technopanic in New iBottles

Gather around young’uns: Back in the antediluvean early 90s, when the digital world was young, a motley group of technologists and privacy advocates fought what are now, somewhat melodramatically, known as the Crypto Wars.

Boeing allows Al Jazeera inside 787 Dreamliner program, and comes to regret it

For more Boeing news, go to Al Jazeera English paints an unflattering picture of Boeing 787 Dreamliner production in a report to air Wednesday that includes unauthorized recordings inside the company's North Charleston factory.

Things that could only happen in a Hong Kong protest

Tear gas, pepper spray, feelings of anger and betrayal, crowds forced to run from riot police... and yet the protests retain that uniquely Hong Kong character. Reporters and Hong Kong residents have shared their most surreal and charming experiences on the streets.

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