Monthly Archives: December 2011

Church encourages HIV patients to stop treatment

At least six people have died in Britain after being told they had been healed of HIV and could stop taking their medication, Sky News has discovered…

Read more here [via]

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    Death to Pennies

    C.G.P. Grey argues “why Pennies are economically inefficient and should be abolished.” [via]

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      Sebastian Seung: I am my connectome

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        Social Seating

        flyaway

        Bij het online inchecken van je vlucht aan de hand van Facebook-profielen bepalen naast wie je in het vliegtuig komt te zitten, het zit er echt aan te komen. Begin volgend jaar lanceert KLM deze service onder de naam ‘social seating’. [via]

        What happens when everyone does it?

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          VVD tegen privacy?

          Deze week vond in de Tweede Kamer de stemming plaats over de motie Franken. Deze motie die in de Eerste Kamer in mei 2011 is aangenomen, roept de regering op om elk nieuw wetsvoorstel, dat de privacy raakt, te toetsen op de volgende vijf punten:
          1. De noodzaak, effectiviteit en hanteerbaarheid van de maatregel,
          2. De proportionaliteit: de inbreuk mag niet groter zijn dan strikt noodzakelijk is,
          3. Er moet een Privacy Impact Assessment gemaakt worden, zodat vooraf is onderzocht welke risico’s de maatregel met zich meebrengt,
          4. De mogelijkheid van een effectief toezicht en controle op de uitvoering van de maatregel,
          5. Beperking van de geldigheidsduur door een horizonbepaling of in ieder geval een evaluatiebepaling.

          Alle partijen in de Eerste Kamer schaarden zich achter deze motie. Behalve onze vrienden van de VVD. Misschien was dat omdat dit alles plaatsvond tijdens de discussie over het Elektronisch Patiënten Dossier en ze hun eigen minister niet wilden af vallen. Maar merkwaardig is het wel. Waarom zou je er tegen zijn een voorstel grondig te beoordelen op privacyconsequenties voor deze als wet wordt ingevoerd? Wat kan er tegen zijn om kwalitatief goede wetten te maken?
          Tweede Kamer
          En zo druppelde deze week de motie Franken de Tweede Kamer binnen. En wel bij het debat over de ‘privacynotitie’ van staatssecretaris Teeven (VVD). Teeven schreef deze notitie als een zoethoudertje omdat hij helemaal geen zin heeft de ruim 10 jaar oude Wet Bescherming Persoonsgegevens aan te passen aan de moderne tijd. Maar goed, bij het debat dienden Schouw (D66) en Elissen (PVV) een motie in om de motie Franken voor zover mogelijk daadwerkelijk in beleid om te zetten. Teeven vond dat overbodig en de VVD stemde, dit keer samen met het CDA, tegen de motie. Hij werd wel aangenomen, dus Teeven moet toch aan de bak. Of hij wil of niet. Maar waarom de VVD zo bang is voor goede bewaking van de privacy is mij totaal onduidelijk.
          Overigens werd er bij dat debat nog een andere belangrijke motie aangenomen. Namelijk om gegevens van burgers beter te beschermen tegen spiedende ogen van buitenlandse (lees Amerikaanse) overheden. Ook hier stemde de VVD tegen. Merkwaardig.
          Is er iemand die de nieuwe anti-privacy koers van de VVD kan duiden? Waar is burgerrechtenvoorvechtster Hennis-Plasschaert gebleven? Heeft zij definitief het onderspit tegen Teevens veiligheidsobsessie moeten delven? [source]

          Dit verhaal snijdt zoveel hout, dat het maar compleet integraal hier geplaatst is.

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            Super Super fast photography

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              Lana Del Rey – Video Games

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                QuadroCopter + AR Drone flight above Domburg and Oostkapelle dunes


                Domburg


                Oostkapelle

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                  Rick Perry “Strong” Parody

                  Rick Perry “Strong” video is currently the most hated video on YouTube, which firmly places it in meme country [via].

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                    Rick Perry’s Death Penalty Record Receives Thunderous Applause from Republican Crowd

                    From the Majority Report, live M-F 11:30am EST or via daily podcast, at http://Majority.FM

                    In what was the most sickening part of last night’s Republican debate, the Republican audience absolutely erupted at the mention of Rick Perry’s death penalty record. It was easily the loudest applause of the night and the best reminder as to why we do not want a Republican in the White House.

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                      Mega Viral Video with full rights

                      Earlier today, Megaupload released a pop video featuring mainstream artists who endorse the cyberlocker service. News of the controversial Mega Song even trended on Twitter, but has now been removed from YouTube on copyright grounds by Universal Music. Kim Dotcom says that Megaupload owns everything in the video, and that the label has engaged in dirty tricks in an attempt to sabotage their successful viral campaign.

                      Don’t do evil guys.. right.

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                        David Damberger: What happens when an NGO admits failure

                        International aid groups make the same mistakes over and over again. At TEDxYYC David Damberger uses his own engineering failure in India to call for the sector to publicly admit, analyze, and learn from their missteps.

                        The sound is annoying bad, but hang in there.

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                          Iran vs. USA

                          bases

                          USA military bases around Iran. Geeh … why would Iran want nucluar weapons?

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                            Harvard Lecture: Occupy – How did we get here?

                            Occupy Harvard Teach-In #1 12/7/2011

                            “Why Has Inequality Grown in America? What Should We Do?” Archon Fung, Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship and Co-Director of Transparency Policy Project, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

                            Visit Occupy Harvard @ Occupyharvard.net or read more here

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                              PVV, waarom geheimhouding?

                              Een motie van D66-Kamerlid Kees Verhoeven die Verhagen een spreekverbod zou moeten opleggen, is door een meerderheid van de Kamer verworpen. Aanvankelijk toonde de PVV zich een voorstander voor een dergelijk spreekverbod voor Verhagen, maar de partij draaide op het laatste moment en stemde tegen. (sign)
                              ACTA is een verdrag dat piraterij van door copyright beschermde goederen tegen moet gaan.
                              Het Nederlandse parlement moet nog instemmen met het verdrag, maar een groot deel van de Tweede Kamer wil alleen over het verdrag praten als de geheimhouding op belangrijke stukken wordt opgeheven.

                              Als een groot deel van de 2e kamer dat wil, waarom is de motie dan weggestemd?
                              Talk is cheap. Goed bestuur ver te zoeken. Note: China leads the way.

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                                Jack Johnson – You And Your Heart

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                                  What facebook knows about you

                                  A couple of months ago the Austrian law student Max Schrems asked Facebook to send him all their data stored about him. All Europeans have a right to do this. Because Facebook is based in Dublin, Ireland. It took a while and then Facebook sent Max a CD with 1222 PDF files.

                                  Note that the US Intelligence receives all data from Facebook automatically. This is not a conspiracy but a fact: under US law Facebook has to give full access and to make things easier they just automated the process. In short Facebook is ‘Evil’.

                                  But to put it all in perspective: 5% of users generates 75% of Facebooks content. 50% of users entered into Facebook only once without any post. 90% of relationships in Facebook are reflecting to 10% only in real life. In short the quality of the intelligence is quite poor.

                                  Most European politicians are older than the internet itself. They have a very poor record concerning the protection of the privacy of it’s people. Like Facebook they rather service their own and foreign intelligence services or close deals with copyright infringement lobbyist. It’s not expected that the EU will achieve any basic privacy and security for their constituency (Europeans) on Facebook soon.

                                  My advice is to stay ignorant on the matter, enjoy Facebook.
                                  Want to be my friend on Facebook? Add me as your friend here :-)

                                  Read more @ http://www.taz.de/facebook-en [via]

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                                    R.I.P. Christopher Hitchens


                                    In this historic event, Stephen Fry and other friends of Christopher Hitchens came together to celebrate the life and work of this great writer, iconoclast and debater. Fry was joined on stage at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall by Richard Dawkins and the two discussed Hitch’s unflinching commitment to the truth. Hollywood actor Sean Penn was beamed in from LA by Google+ and, between cigarette puffs, read from Hitch’s acclaimed work, The Trial of Henry Kissinger. Five friends of Hitch spoke via satellite in New York: satirist Christopher Buckley and editor Lewis Lapham mused on Hitch’s prowess as a journalist. ‘Like a pot of gold’, said Lapham. Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie and James Fenton delighted the audience with stories of Hitchens as a young man. Rushdie drew roars of laughter when he recounted a word game invented by Amis and Hitchens where the word ‘love’ is replaced with ‘hysterical sex’. Particular favourites included Hysterical Sex in the Time of Cholera and Hysterical Sex Is All You Need.
                                    Watching the event with Hitch at his bedside in Texas, Hitch’s wife Carol and novelist Ian McEwan provided an email commentary. ‘His Rolls Royce mind is still purring beautifully’, typed McEwan.
                                    The event was watched live by 2500 at the venue, and by thousands more in UK cinemas and online. [SITE]

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                                      WordPress 3.3 out

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                                        Teeuwen bashed Youp die Freek bashed

                                        Dat dan weer wel.

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                                          googlezeitgeist 2011

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                                            Steve Jobs ‘Billion Dollar Hippy’

                                            For those who would like to get just a little bit more of Steve Jobs, after the wave of media interest. Jup, there is a BBC documentary on Youtube with more..

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                                              MITx – Online Certification with Value?

                                              MIT wants to up the ante on the certification of free courses. Starting next spring, the university, already famous for its OpenCourseWare project, will launch MITx, an e-learning initiative that will offer certificates to students demonstrating mastery of free MIT courses. According to a new set of FAQs, the certificates won’t bear MIT’s name. Rather, “MIT plans to create a not-for-profit body within [MITx] that will offer certification for online learners of MIT coursework. That body will carry a distinct name to avoid confusion.” The courses will be free; the certificates will cost just a “modest” sum. It’s all a big step in the right direction.

                                              Good news. But will it create new value? Or as a cynical commenter argued:

                                              Faculty at top ten universities are NOT good teachers, research has consistently found—though students benefit from great lab and research work they come from. BUT there is some worth here—in terms of unlocking the secret treasure box, where the secret is, top universities are MOSTLY FILTERS not adders of value Restricting access was their primary route to high status, not improving student minds and civilizational outcomes (example Harvard’s destruction of $13 trillion of US wealth via its wall street ethos and faculty). Any move to actually educate not merely up status by restricting access is welcome though too late to save GENERATIONS OF Americans now hopeless incompetent to continue the American dream.

                                              It is a step into access, but we should need more in the direction of what Lessig and Nielsen talk about. Real open education.

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                                                Yeti – Don’t Go Back To The One You Love

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                                                  make-everything-ok

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                                                  Because apparently it is possible.

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