July 22, 2018

n-gate.com. we can't both be right.

webshit weekly

An annotated digest of the top "Hacker" "News" posts for the third week of July, 2018.

Keeping a plaintext “did” file
July 15, 2018 (comments)
A webshit overcomplicates text files. Hackernews is more interested in the idea of keeping a Nixonian enemies list, but is willing to discuss all the ways they like to overcomplicate text files too. One Hackernews thinks maybe just text files could work, but emergency services rush to the scene to distribute massive editor-specific programs to use instead.

Prime Down: Amazon’s sale day turns into fail day
July 16, 2018 (comments)
Amazon Web Services offers reliable, scalable, and inexpensive cloud computing services. Hackernews bastes itself in schadenfreude while assuring each other that they know exactly what broke Amazon's webshit. Since half of Hackernews either works for or was recently fired from Amazon Web Services, every conflicting missive is backed up by declarations of personal involvement. Amazon's webshit remains down for hours, since all the people who are paid to fix it are busy telling each other they're wrong on "Hacker" "News."

Assembly Language for Beginners [pdf]
July 17, 2018 (comments)
An Internet makes a PDF about low-level computer programming. An elder Hackernews ruminates on the past, which distracts other Hackernews into wondering how a computer which barely had enough memory to store the manpage for npm-config(7) could even start.

European Commission fines Google €4.34B in Android antitrust case
July 18, 2018 (comments)
The European Union declares war on the State of California. Hackernews rushes to bodily insert themselves between the oncoming fines, hoping to deflect the impact by shouting "what about Microsoft" in unison. Thousands of words are posted defending the vestal purity of The Android Experience and its inseparability from human communication. Hackernews screams its fury at the skies, prophesying the death of free software, the ascendance of the East, the starvation of the Central Valley, and the crumbling of Wall Street. Nobody in Brussels notices.

Farewell, Google Maps
July 19, 2018 (comments)
Some webshits are mad that someone wants them to pay for goods and/or services. Hackernews frets over the callous nature of massive corporations, fearing that raising prices on Google Maps services will be the issue that finally tarnishes the Google brand. A lengthy argument breaks out over whether it's possible to survive without Google, why anyone would even try, and what sacrifices might be made to the Wizards in the Valley in order to curry favor and receive kindly-worded emails before the locusts are released.

The Wrong Abstraction (2016)
July 20, 2018 (comments)
A webshit is surprised by the fierce debate generated in response to an opinion about selecting abstractions. Since selecting abstractions is essentially the only skill webshits are capable of executing, the controversy is, ab extra, unsurprising. Hackernews doesn't feel qualified to invent opinions on the matter, so they dig through past shitstorms to find someone else's colors to nail to their masts.

Ecuador will hand over Julian Assange to the UK
July 21, 2018 (comments)
An Internet may soon have an opportunity to accomplish a goal. Hackernews posts the same comments, in the same order, with the same vote counts, that they post every time this topic arises. In other words, there are over two hundred comments from people who have no idea what the hell is going on but are determined to ensure everyone has sufficient access to their political opinions. No technology is discussed.

by http://n-gate.com/hackernews/2018/07/21/0/

July 20, 2018

Informatic school is in southwest Cameroon

2018 Ongoing holiday Classes at the Association of Linux Friends, Limbe

The ongoing holiday classes of Association of Linux Friends, Limbe is already one (1) month two (2) weeks gone .

This classes began in the month of June and will last till August .The turn out of students have been very impressive, due to the numerous publicity carried out by the school and the positive remarks of ex students of the Association .

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Furthermore, We have students coming in not only for the Beginner’s class programs but also for the Advance class and the maintenance class .

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In addition, due to the in flux of students, we are now faced with the problem of insufficient monitors, raspberries just to name a few,  to cater for the needs of the students.

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To add to, we are also faced with the challenge of teaching the very young students and the older ones at the same time. The idea of separating the class into  particular age groups is been considered. But with this idea, we still would be in need of more materials for this classroom for the younger students.

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On the other hand, the advance class as well as the maintenance holiday classes are going on smoothly. And great progress have been noticed because the students are more time conscious.

 We appreciate our sponsors for their constant efforts to promote the vission of Linux Association.

by admin

July 18, 2018

Data Knightmare (Italian podcast)

DK 2x43: #TechWontBuildIt

Negli USA si sta diffondendo la protesta di #TechWontBuildIt (Tech non lo costruirà) --lavoratori dei giganti del Web che si oppongono all'uso delle loro tecnologie da parte dell'Immigrazione. Il DataKnightmare ci vede due problemi: uno, Tech l'ha già costruito, e non si vede perché l'Immigrazione no ma NSA e CIA sì; due, l'indignazione e l'obiezione di coscienza sono solo l'avvio. Se vogliamo davvero assicurarci di come vengono impiegate le tecnologie, servono leggi e agenzie sovranazionali. L'IT è il nuovo NBC.

by Walter Vannini

July 15, 2018

n-gate.com. we can't both be right.

webshit weekly

An annotated digest of the top "Hacker" "News" posts for the second week of July, 2018.

A div that looks different in every browser
July 08, 2018 (comments)
Some webshits play with the inadequacy of their platform. Hackernews forms two lines: the grumpy pensioners bemoaning the shoddy work put into basically all web standards, and the naive youth, gleefully effing the ineffable, for whom standards are things that happen to other people. Several Hackernews are momentarily confused regarding which line they should join, but in the long run they both wind up in the same toilet.

Nissan Admits Internal Emissions-Test Results were Falsified
July 09, 2018 (comments)
Some auto workers lie to each other. Nothing interesting results. Hackernews spends two days bikeshedding the headline, then debates the seditious and possibly fatal concept of taking responsibility for their work. Everyone agrees it's not worth doing, especially since nobody seems to be forcing them to, but there's a lively argument to be pursued regarding whose fault that is.

Goodbye Microservices: From 100s of problem children to 1 superstar
July 10, 2018 (comments)
Some webshits (business model: "uber for surveillance") think anyone cares about their jobs. Their home page features a link entitled "Website Data Collection Preferences" that does not affect anything, which may be performance art. Hackernews reads the thousands of words about reckless overengineering, then declares that Hackernews could have predicted the results, since Hackernews is the world's leading authority on reckless overengineering. Many dozens of comments insist that all the problems come from not aping Google, followed by many more claiming to know the true meaning of Google's Holy Writ.

The San Franciso Fire Department makes its own wooden ladders by hand
July 11, 2018 (comments)
Nota Bene: Yes, Gizmodo misspelled "San Francisco" in the headline. "Hacker" "News" apparently chose not to correct this either.
Some workers understand their tools. Hackernews is completely revolted by this concept, and uses it as a springboard to offload every complaint they've ever had about every government in the Bay Area. One Hackernews is particularly pissed off about the time when someone called for emergency services and emergency services arrived. The rest are mostly content to bicker about whether fire engines should be standardized internationally, or complaining that firefighters do not work enough, or they're not smart enough to handle lumber, or are too dumb to select a ladder.

“I'm basically giving myself a permanent vacation from being BDFL”
July 12, 2018 (comments)
A programmer caps off nearly three decades of effort with some light whining. Hackernews can't seem to care; instead they whine about people being mean to them, develop a deep rage at the idea that someone might be being mean to them in a circumspect manner, and then place a bounty on the heads of anyone who has ever been mean to anyone else. When someone finally notices the content of the article in question, they bikeshed the thirty years of work instead.

Learn how to design large-scale systems
July 13, 2018 (comments)
A webshit purports to educate us. The content of the education is entirely inconsequential, unless your organization is focused on wasting resources and/or human dignity. Even Hackernews recognizes the idiocy inherent in the source material, and chooses to spend the time arguing about the programs used for typesetting instead. Later, an argument breaks out when someone smugly points out that "Hacker" "News", a site primarily devoted to agreeing with cloistered rich people, requires less hardware than Facebook, a site primarily devoted to the destruction of Western civilization.

Why Use OpenStreetMap Instead of Google Maps?
July 14, 2018 (comments)
An idiot thinks you should use a broken map because the working one is owned by shitheads. Hackernews is unconvinced, but has lots of strong opinions on why the shitty map is shitty. Most of the comments are people namedropping competing products and/or whining about the times those products did not work.

by http://n-gate.com/hackernews/2018/07/14/0/

July 13, 2018

Informatic school is in southwest Cameroon

Holiday Classes at the Association of Linux Friends, Limbe (2018)


The ongoing holiday classes of Association of Linux Friends, Limbe is already one (1 )month two (2) weeks gone .

This classes began in the month of June and will last till August .The turn out of students have been very impressive, due to the numerous publicity carried out by the school and the positive remarks of ex students of the Association .

Furthermore, We have students coming in not only for the Beginner’s class programs but also for the Advance class and the maintenance class .

In addition, due to the in flux of students, we are now faced with the problem of insufficient monitors, raspberries just to name a few,  to cater for the needs of the students .

To add to, we are also faced with the challenge of teaching the very young students and the older ones at the same time. The idea of separating the class into  particular age groups is been considered. But with this idea, we still would be in need of more materials for this classroom for the younger students.

On the other hand, the advance class as well as the maintenance holiday classes are going on smoothly. And great progress have been noticed because the students are more time conscious.

 We appreciate our sponsors for their constant efforts to promote the mission of this Association .

by admin

July 11, 2018

Data Knightmare (Italian podcast)

DK 2x42: Direttiva Copyright: chi ha vinto?

Chi ha vinto nello scontro sulla Direttiva Copyright? Le grandi piattaforme? La Libertà della Rete? L'anarchia? Le lobby al servizio delle oscure forze della reazione? Ma innanzitutto, chi era in gara?

by Walter Vannini

July 09, 2018

Bordermonitoring.EU

Deportation Monitoring Aegean

Bei bordermonitoring.eu geht ein weiteres Projekt an den Start: Deportation Monitoring Aegean berichtet über Abschiebungen von den griechischen Inseln (mit einem Schwerpunkt auf Lesbos) in die Türkei. Bereits seit einem Jahr beobachtet die für den Blog verantwortliche Gruppe auf Lesbos Abschiebungen unter dem EU-Türkei Deal und dem bilateralen Rückführungs-Abkommen zwischen Griechenland und der Türkei. Die … Deportation Monitoring Aegean weiterlesen

by ms

July 08, 2018

n-gate.com. we can't both be right.

webshit weekly

An annotated digest of the top "Hacker" "News" posts for the first week of July, 2018.

How to get kids to pay attention
July 01, 2018 (comments)
Some scientists explore the idea that people focus better when given a reason to give a shit. Hackernews considers that maybe children are human beings. Hundreds of comments are devoted to determining whether toilets are cleaned because that is the driving passion of individual toilet-cleaning aficionados or because of the invisible hand of the market deterring janitors from operating commercial aircraft. Other Hackernews assume that Mayan culture is still in the hunter/gather stage and declare the studies in the article suspect. Everyone agrees that the kids these days are just rotten and it's everyone else's fault.

Founder to CEO: How to build a great company from the ground up
July 02, 2018 (comments)
A parasite compiles buzzwords into a Google Docs text file. In response, a Hackernews apostate suggests that perhaps building a lasting business at a sustainable pace is within the realm of possibility. The Hackernews Re-education Squad parachutes into the resulting panic to firmly explain that hockey-stick growth followed by acquisition or IPO is the only acceptable path forward, and that making a low-six-figure income in an affordable community is a dangerous myth. The real question is: during your normal, necessary, not-excessive twelve-hour work day, are you more productive before dawn or after dusk?

Italy Wikipedia shuts down in protest at proposed EU copyright law
July 03, 2018 (comments)
The Italian branch of Wikipedia throws a temper tantrum. Nobody notices, but the temper tantrum was about the European Union, an entity Hackernews knows everything about and on which is willing to deliver lectures ad infinitum. Hackernews doesn't know much about Italy, but whenever they hear "european union" they remember the six thousand thinkpieces they read about Brexit, so that's what all the comments are about. Sadly, the Italian branch of Wikipedia returned to normal operation the next day.

Youtube-dl: Command-line program to download videos
July 04, 2018 (comments)
A video scraping tool gets a new release. Hackernews is grumpy because the tool, which downloads videos from Google but does not display ads, isn't trivially available on their Google-powered advertising-supported phone operating system. Hackernews argues about the best options to pass to the tool. One Hackernews is furious that someone has the audacity to play music from Youtube at parties, and fervently defends the professional tradecraft of playing music at parties.

EU copyright law proposal rejected
July 05, 2018 (comments)
Europe caves to Big Wiki. Hackernews doesn't think this is over; they suspect that people whose entire job is to pass this legislation may somehow be motivated to continue trying to pass this legislation. The armchair lawyers arrive and form up battle lines to decide whether people should have any say in what laws are passed by their rulers.

Vue.js: the good, the meh, and the ugly
July 05, 2018 (comments)
A webshit shits webshit about webshit. Hackernews has tons of opinions about the webshit in question, since it was the de facto alternative to the other webshit du jour when Facebook threatened to throw its toys out of the crib. An argument immediately breaks out about whether it is appropriate for software developers to develop software, or if their real job is bolting together random shit they found on the internet. Instead of phrasing the argument in these terms, Hackernews communicates in the only way they really know how: namedropping javascript libraries and hoping the other party has heard of them and can infer a position statement from the set of libraries selected. "React and Flux at the state machine!" "VueX, when the DOM fell." Only one Hackernews dares to ask the really important question: what syntax highlighting color scheme is used by the article author.

MacOS Mojave removes subpixel anti-aliasing, making non-retina displays blurry
July 06, 2018 (comments)
Apple makes a slight change to font rendering. Millions die in the resulting apocalypse. Hackernews lashes together otherwise-worthless 1080p monitors to form a rampart around their 300-dpi enclave, the last remaining bastion of enlightened civilization, under constant assault from the mindless quasi-chordates whose reprobate "culture" is so degenerate that they don't even care if they edit text on a screen with less than 120Hz refresh rates. To keep up morale, they entertain one another with obvious fiction regarding modern so-called people willing to purchase and deploy computer screens that cover less than 120% of the Adobe RGB color gamut.

Learn C and Build Your Own Lisp (2014)
July 07, 2018 (comments)
An Internet has a hobby. Hackernews likes to watch. The hobby involves Lisp, whose evangelists are so ancient and terrifying that the Rust Evangelism Strike Force declares the entire comment thread a no-fly zone and produces new maps marking the area as lost territory, impenetrable to the faithful.

by http://n-gate.com/hackernews/2018/07/07/0/

July 07, 2018

Evgeny Morozov

China’s tech funding boom: is Europe asleep on the job?

The EU would appear to embrace technological innovation, but the reality is that the rest of the world will be in control

On matters of industrial strategy and international competition, there’s no contrast starker than that between the hapless resignation of Europe and the steely determination of China. Unsurprisingly, it has been China – not Europe – that has proposed, with little success, forming a common front against Donald Trump’s trade tantrums. Even Washington’s bullying cannot awaken European policymakers from their slumber – or, as seems more likely, their moderately lubricated afternoon nap.

Hardly a week passes without a new alarming announcement that Beijing has managed to outmanoeuvre Brussels in yet another domain. Last week brought three such developments.

Europe's industrial giants will be increasingly dominated by foreign owners and foreign technology

Related: Artificial intelligence: €20bn investment call from EU commission

Continue reading...

by Evgeny Morozov

July 04, 2018

Data Knightmare (Italian podcast)

DK 2x41: Déjà vu

Come per incanto sono di nuovo gli anni '90 del secolo passato, e siamo ancora qui a menarla con una legge idiota che vuole "riformare" il copyright per trasformare i diritti degli editori in monopolio (fottendosene dei diritti degli utenti) e che vuole far pagare per il privilegio di linkare i contenuti altrui. Sono i deliri dell'industria della rivendita dei diritti (no, non l'industria dei "contenuti" come vuole pomposamente farsi chiamare) che in 25 anni di Web non è riuscita a capire come svecchiare il proprio modello di business. Sembra folle? È soltanto la proposta di Direttiva sul Copyright in votazione il 5 luglio al Parlamento Europeo.

by Walter Vannini

July 01, 2018

n-gate.com. we can't both be right.

webshit weekly

An annotated digest of the top "Hacker" "News" posts for the last week of June, 2018.

Supreme Court Rules Police Need Warrant to Track Your Cellphone
June 22, 2018 (comments)
The United States legislative branch decrees that the one-time must ask permission to use other people's surveillance networks. Hackernews marvels at the rank inefficiency of the spying tools used by 20th-century law enforcement, but the majority of the comments focus on the nature of the Supreme Court. Scads of barely-relevant case law appear, based on which case names any given Hackernews can remember at the time the comment was typed.

Teens Who Hacked Microsoft's Xbox Empire and Went Too Far
June 23, 2018 (comments)
Some kids fuck around on the internet. Hackernews debates whether people should still be punished for crimes if they're really good at committing them.

How SQL Database Engines Work, by the Creator of SQLite (2008) [video]
June 24, 2018 (comments)
A programmer holds forth on programming. Hackernews doesn't like the resolution of the video clip and begs for Deckard to enhance 224 to 176. Afterwards, several Hackernews argue about whether it is fundamentally crucial that all programmers know how to write a relational database management system from scratch or whether it is criminally irresponsible to acquire this knowledge unless you already work for SAP SE.

Why nobody ever wins the car at the mall
June 25, 2018 (comments)
An Internet dishes on a grift. Hackernews argues about mattress prices. No technology is discussed.

Norwegian Consumer Council report on how tech companies use dark patterns [pdf]
June 26, 2018 (comments)
Some euros assert that technology companies are all out to get you. Hackernews has well-informed and comprehensive knowledge of this specific brand of trickfuckery, since they all worked on it for a living and regard it as an inescapable aspect of human society. Because most of them work at Google or Facebook, they spend the afternoon shitting on Microsoft, for daring to do with desktop-computer software the things that Google and Facebook do on the web and on cellphones.

Apple Engineers Its Own Downfall with the Macbook Pro Keyboard
June 27, 2018 (comments)
Some DIY electronics-repair people write a hit piece about a company that makes difficult-to-repair products. Hackernews can no longer ignore the fact that their favorite computer manufacturer hasn't manufactured a useful computer in several years, and spends yet another afternoon mourning the death of the person who made the trains run on time. In the end, the consensus is that they'll only spend a few thousand more dollars on this shit, and if it doesn't get better, they'll go buy Macbook clones from Dell instead.

Amazon buys PillPack, an online pharmacy, for just under $1B
June 28, 2018 (comments)
Bezos bids big on a benzo broker. Some suspect certain stock slumps seem silly. Most mull mailorder medicine; might marketers mete out mimics? Hackernews hates has-been hucksters -- hails heros helping haul healthcare.

Apple is rebuilding Maps from the ground up
June 29, 2018 (comments)
Over half a decade later, Apple addresses the fact that its mapping software is garbage. Apple doesn't have any fixes or even improvements to release; they're just addressing it. Hackernews is deeply concerned that Apple is getting into a fistfight with Google instead of whoever designed their keyboard. One Hackernews is mad that "Asia" is regarded as a geographic cue instead of a restaurant search.

Why you should not use Google Cloud
June 30, 2018 (comments)
A dipshit spends a paragraph describing how important a task is, describes dumping the whole operation into Google's lap, then gets mad when the house of cards can't stand up to a gentle breeze. Hackernews agrees with the outrage, and trades horror stories of when the bad company didn't hold their hands when they were scared. The rest of the comments are an argument about whether an advertising agency, a retail store, or an office software company is the best organization to trust with your entire business.

by http://n-gate.com/hackernews/2018/06/30/0/

June 27, 2018

Data Knightmare (Italian podcast)

DK 2x40 - IBM Debater (e il risveglio dei nerd)

Oggi due parti: nella prima, IBM presenta Project Debater, l'Intelligenza Artificiale che discute con te. O hanno un senso dell’umorismo che non capisco, o ricordiamo ciò che dicevano gli antichi, coloro che gli dèi vogliono perdere, prima li rendono folli. Nella seconda parte, Google, Amazon e Microsoft stanno venendo costrette dai dipendenti ad abbandonare contratti lucrosi con la Difesa e l'Immigrazione. Ottimo, ma occorre arrivare a un trattato internazionale che limiti gli impieghi delle tecnologie digitali dual use, come è stato fatto per le tecnologie chimiche, biologiche e nucleari.

by Walter Vannini

June 25, 2018

Mobile Communications for All

Choosing a low-cost GSM base station

The following is a quick guide to some commercially available options for low-cost GSM BTS. We are only considering options which work in conjunction with the Osmocom open-source software stack. There are some other options like VNL and Range Networks that use their own (in some cases) open-source software, but we have not evaluated these options in a long time. We are also looking forward to see how the OpenCellular BTS comes along, but they are not commercially available yet.

This leaves us with three options which are listed below. We are going to evaluate these options based on some different criteria:

  • Operating bands: in what GSM frequency bands the equipment can operate. This has to be stipulated when purchasing the unit.
  • Power draw: how much energy is required to power the unit.
  • Power Output: how much power the equipment emits. This has bearing on coverage distance and signal quality.
  • Number of channels: this is about capacity, as in: how many users and how much traffic, and is measured in TRX, equivalent to 8 time slots each.
  • Additional equipment needed: this is mainly about whether you can run the full osmo stack on the BTS.
  • Cost: you know what that is about.

1. NuRAN Wireless LiteCell 1.5
Operating bands: 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz
Number of channels: 2 TRX
Power draw: 65 Watts
Power output: 10 Watts per channel.
Additional equipment needed: basic osmo stack can be run on the BTS itself, but an external PC running programs like FreeSWITCH is recommended.
Cost: $4500 – $6000 USD
Other notes: This is a heavy unit, but very robust. Also note that Sysmocom offers the same unit under a different name

2. Fairwaves UmSite3
Operating bands: 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz
Number of channels: 2 TRX
Power draw: 45 Watts
Power output: 3 Watts per channel
Additional equipment needed: none.
Cost: $3500 – $4500 USD
Other notes: Fairwaves also produces a 10 Watt output version of the UmSite, but cost is not known

3. Sysmocom SysmoBTS 1020
Operating bands: 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz
Number of channels: 1 TRX
Power draw: 45 Watts
Power output: 2 Watts
Additional equipment needed: basic Osmo stack can be run on the BTS itself, but an external PC running programs like FreeSWITCH is recommended.
Cost: $2500 – $3500 USD
Other notes: This uses the same radio as the original NuRAN LiteCell (version 1.0). Additional benefit is this BTS can use Power over Ethernet (PoE+). This is by far the lightest of the three options.

 

by Peter

Riccardo Orioles

Stadio della Roma, Parnasi e i politici. Chi ha già vinto il campionato

di Giacomo Pautasso e Riccardo Orioles

Luca Parnasi, classe 1977, è l’uomo dello Stadio della Roma, che dovrebbe (doveva?) sorgere nell’area di Tor di Valle, a sud della Capitale. Di questo progetto si parla, in forme diverse, dal 2011, quando la società di calcio Roma passa – auspice Unicredit – dalle mani della famiglia Sensi a quelle di una cordata di imprenditori americani che nominano Di Benedetto presidente (negli anni successivi prenderà le redini della società Pallotta, uno dei partecipanti alla cordata).

La nuova proprietà dichiara subito di voler costruire un nuovo stadio. Nelle prime settimane, sulla stampa e sui forum dei tifosi, c’è qualche incertezza su dove potrà sorgere ma nel settembre del 2011, dopo un primo incontro col sindaco Alemanno, il neo presidente della Roma si reca, per un sopralluogo, a Tor di Valle. Da quel momento diviene chiaro che il nuovo stadio della Roma sorgerà lì, e diviene chiaro che a realizzare il progetto sarà Parnasi, che ha la disponibilità di quell’area e un primo progetto di massima.
L’iter, negli anni successivi, sarà molto travagliato. Si raggiunge una bozza di progetto definitivo all’epoca dell’amministrazione Marino, poi il progetto viene radicalmente modificato dalla giunta Raggi, fino alle inchieste di queste giorni e al punto interrogativo riguardante il futuro. Ma l’elemento chiave è che sin dai primi passi dei nuovi proprietari, il loro nome si lega a quello di Parnasi e al progetto Tor di Valle.

Luca Parnasi all’epoca era un imprenditore trentenne, erede di uno dei più grossi costruttori romani: Sandro Parnasi, uomo schivo, poche interviste e niente mondanità, scomparso a 86 anni nel 2016; aveva iniziato – si racconta – dopo la guerra come stagnaro, poi era entrato in edilizia e lì, a poco a poco, aveva costruito un impero. Sinistreggiante, dicono, come i colleghi Marchini. Il suo nome compare sulla stampa vero la metà degli anni 70, in occasione della ristrutturazione di Sogene. Era, questa, la società che sino a qualche anno prima era conosciuta come Immobiliare, una gigantesca società di costruzione, tra le principali autrici del boom (e del disastro) edilizio romano del dopoguerra. Caduta in crisi, lo Ior (la Banca del Vaticano) la vende a Sindona sulla fine degli anni 60. Il banchiere mafioso non la risolleva, anzi contribuisce ad affossarla ancor più e quando Sindona cade in disgrazia (e in fallimento) la Sogene (intanto l’Immobiliare vaticana aveva cambiato nome) torna alla Banca di Roma, creditrice di Sindona.

A quel punto – siamo nel 1974 – la Banca di Roma riunisce un gruppo di immobiliaristi (“palazzinaro” è una brutta parola) romani e chiede loro di acquistare la Sogene orfana di Sindona. In questo gruppetto compaiono nomi famosi alle cronache dell’epoca (Genghini, Belli, Marchini) insieme ad altri decisamente di secondo piano. Tra questi Sandro Parnasi.
La Sogene, diretta collegialmente, non va meglio di come andasse prima. Dura un decennio sino a quando, alla fine degli anni 80, viene messa in liquidazione. La procedura è piuttosto lunga ma nel 1991 spunta un acquirente per la parte più pregiata, la Sogene Casa, proprietaria di immobili e terreni, il nucleo dell’impero immobiliare di Sindona. Se l’aggiudica Sandro Parnasi versando, secondo le cronache, 205 miliardi di lire praticamente in contanti. E’ ormai uno dei padroni di Roma, ma mantiene sempre un basso profilo. Non compare quasi mai sui giornali, lasciando ad altri interviste e copertine.

Passa una decina di anni e, nel 2003, arriva il secondo salto di qualità: Sandro Parnasi rileva il patrimonio immobiliare di Graci e Finocchiaro, due dei famosi quattro “cavalieri dell’Apocalisse” catanese degli anni 80. Non è un acquisto diretto, tiene a precisare in una rarissima intervista (Corriere della Sera, 1 maggio 2013). «Su questa vicenda – dice – sono state dette diverse cose inesatte e diffamatorie: non è piacevole per uno come me, dopo decenni di lavoro senza mai avere avuto un qualunque contestazione o problema giudiziario – al contrario di altri – sentirsi definire in malo modo». Non ha trattato direttamente, ribadisce, coi cavalieri. «Non abbiamo comperato i terreni dai “cavalieri catanesi”, che non so neanche chi siano, ma dalla Sicilcassa in liquidazione sotto la vigilanza della Banca d’Italia, che a sua volta li aveva rilevati non dai “cavalieri catanesi”, ma dalle procedure di amministrazione straordinaria delle grandi imprese in crisi il cui amministratore è di nomina governativa. E il prezzo di acquisto era congruo e molto superiore rispetto a quanto riportato».

Non sapremo mai se effettivamente non avesse mai sentito parlare dei quattro dell’Apocalisse o girasse attorno all’argomento. Ma è un fatto che, direttamente o meno, nel 2003 lo stagnaro degli anni 50 è diventato il padrone degli imperi mafiosi di Sindona e dei cavalieri.
Negli anni quegli immobili e terreni vengono messi a frutto. Parnasi ha un buon rapporto con le giunte che via via si sono succedute a Roma e, realizza un’iniziativa dietro l’altra. La più appariscente sorge sui terreni di Graci, non lontani dall’area di Tor di Valle. Si tratta di un enorme centro commerciale (Euroma 2) e di due imponenti grattacieli, uno dei quali venduto in extremis alla Provincia di Roma poco prima che questa, presieduta da Nicola Zingaretti, scomparisse dal novero delle istituzioni per essere sostituita dalla Città Metropolitana.

Questa è l’eredità di Luca Parnasi quando, nel 2011, accompagna il neopresidente della Roma Di Benedetto a compiere il sopralluogo a Tor di Valle.
Ma le cose non vanno troppo bene. La crisi edilizia colpisce anche i Parnasi che, indebitati fortemente con le banche, in primis con Unicredit, cedono le proprietà ancora in mano a Parsitalia (la società della famiglia Parnasi) in cambio di una riduzione dei debiti. Passano di mano, e Unicredit li colloca in una sua controllata, progetti e beni in gran parte a Roma, ma anche a Catania (Corso Martiri della Libertà – San Berillio). A questo punto Luca Parnasi è, probabilmente suo malgrado, costretto a occuparsi dell’ultimo grande progetto ancora rimasto in mano sua, quello dello Stadio quando, nel 2016, viene eletta sindaca Virginia Raggi.

La precedente giunta Marino, dopo interminabili studi, era arrivata a definire un progetto di massima che prevedeva per il privato (Parnasi) la possibilità di edificare ampie cubature, in cambio di opere pubbliche a vantaggio della città. I 5stelle erano, in campagna elettorale, molto contrari all’iniziativa (bollata, al solito, come colata di cemento) e, una volta in Campidoglio si trovano a dover decidere cosa fare. Viene adottata una soluzione di compromesso al ribasso. Vengono ridotte le cubature del privato il quale, in cambio, non sarà tenuto a costruire le opere pubbliche necessarie, in primis collegamenti stradali e ferroviari per permettere alle decine di migliaia di spettatori delle partite di defluire senza caos. Il risultato finale è del tutto insoddisfacente per la città, e nella società di Parnasi ne sono perfettamente a conoscenza, ma il progetto alla fine trova l’approvazione.

Ma a questo risultato si è giunti grazie all’intervento risolutivo di un certo avvocato Lanzalone, nome del tutto sconosciuto, sino a poche settimane prima, a Roma e ai romani. Si tratta di un professionista genovese, vicino ai 5stelle, che ha collaborato con la giunta livornese e, novello Mr Wolf, viene mandato a Roma per risolvere problemi. Primo quello dello Stadio: come riuscire a far approvare un progetto dopo che per mesi si era sostenuto il no senza se e ma?

Dalle intercettazioni risulta che tra i due, Parnasi e Lanzalone, si stabilisce immediatamente un’intesa. Parnasi ammette che era in difficoltà e isolato, perché assessore all’Urbanistica era Paolo Berdini, fiero oppositore del progetto. A quel punto arriva da Genova Lanzalone e subito le cose prendono un’altra piega. Berdini, poi, a causa di improvvide dichiarazioni captate da La Stampa, nelle quali definiva la Raggi un’incapace e faceva battute sui di lei morosi, offre su un piatto d’argento le motivazioni per la propria estromissione.
Lanzalone e Parnasi marciano spediti e, alla fine, il progetto viene realizzato, con grandi annunci a relativi hashtag, in particolare #unostadiofattobene. Mai hashtag portò più scalogna.
Lanzalone, grazie ai suoi buoni servigi, viene premiato con la presidenza di Acea, la società romana di elettricità e acqua, e comincia a prendere in mano le redini delle situazioni più spinose. Coltiva, però, l’amicizia con Parnasi e quando si arriva alle elezioni del 4 marzo tra i due l’intesa è cementata.
Anzi, tra i tre.

Entra infatti in scena Luigi Bisignani, piduista, faccendiere coinvolto in mille vicende; la voce che ama su di sé far circolare è “l’uomo più potente d’Italia”; esperto di cariche pubbliche, amicizie ovunque, di qua dal Tevere e anche oltre. Non sappiamo quando Bisignani e i Parnasi entrano in contatto, ma dev’essere stato tanto tempo fa, perché Luca Parnasi confessa che Bisignani l’ha preso in braccio quand’è nato e che lui, Luca, ha nei suoi confronti un rapporto quasi filiale. Dal che si potrebbe dedurre che i Parnasi conoscono Bisignani dagli anni 70 (Luca è del ’77) proprio gli anni nei quali il quarantenne Sandro comincia ad espandere la sua attività entrando nella cordata che rileva l’impero dei Sindona e poi, anni dopo, a rilevarla del tutto.

Luca Parnasi dei suoi consigli si fida moltissimo, ha una particolare considerazione per Bisignani; parlando con un altro imputato: “Tu troverai una persona – dice – che è un giornalista di altissima qualità, con cui tu devi avere rapporti, perché se vuoi mediare posizioni importanti…”. Bisignani non è proprio incline ai 5stelle; forse per lui l’ideale sarebbe un bel governo Renzi-Berlusconi, coi soliti centristi per tutte le stagioni. I risultati del 4 marzo, però, vanno in tutt’altra direzione e, da uomo navigato qual è, non perde tempo. Il rapporto stretto ormai instaurato tra Lanzalone e Parnasi torna utile alla bisogna. Lanzalone ha un problema di poco conto, è uscito un pettegolezzo che lo riguarda su Dagospia e vorrebbe che il sito lo cancellasse. Detto fatto, Bisignani si attiva.

In un pranzo a tre, Parnasi, Bisignani e Salini (altro costruttore), Luca Parnasi confida a Salini che oramai coi 5stelle i rapporti sono ottimi. “Se ti fa piacere organizzerei una colazione… C’è una persona che devi conoscere. Siamo diventati amici. L’avvocato Lanzalone, che ho conosciuto in una riunione…”. Il 9 marzo, a urne appena chiuse, Lanzalone e Parnasi si incontrano a pranzo, parlano del futuro governo, ancora ufficialmente nelle mani di Dio. Lanzalone fa il nome di qualche possibile ministro pentastellato (previsione fondata); e si organizza una cena per il 12 marzo, una settimana dopo il voto. Parteciperà a questa cena (i cui contenuti sono al momento coperti da omissis) Giancarlo Giorgetti, attuale sottosegretario alla Presidenza del Consiglio, l’uomo messo da Salvini a palazzo Chigi per controllare tutto ciò che avviene da quella parti. Giorgetti e Lanzalone parlano, stabiliscono un ponte.

Su tutta questa vicenda è intervenuta la Magistratura. Si sa che quanto è finora emerso è solo la punta di un iceberg molto più profondo. Sino ad ora, comunque, il governo non sembra scalfito più di tanto. Lanzalone pagherà, con ogni probabilità, ma il suo ruolo nella vicenda è ormai concluso. E’ stata la persona giusta al momento giusto, la persona che, mandata a risolvere i problemi di Virginia Raggi, è riuscita a farsi conoscere e a permettere il dialogo. Perché, in quei giorni di marzo, il primo problema da risolvere era mettere in comunicazione mondi lontani come quello della Lega e quello dei 5stelle. Vista la storia delle due formazioni politiche non c’erano molti contatti attivabili perché si potesse dialogare lontano dai riflettori. Parnasi (e, forse, quel Bisignani che frequenta la sua famiglia da quarant’anni) è stato il canale giusto al momento giusto.

Il 15 marzo le prime pagine dei giornali cominciano a titolare su un possibile dialogo tra 5 stelle e Lega. Quello stesso giorno, al telefono, Luca Parnasi si pavoneggia «Il governo lo sto a fa’ io, eh! non so se ti è chiara questa situazione».

L'articolo Stadio della Roma, Parnasi e i politici. Chi ha già vinto il campionato proviene da Il Fatto Quotidiano.

by Riccardo Orioles

June 24, 2018

Vlax

Preserving borders : amazing pictures of migrant's seized belongings

Preserving borders : amazing pictures of migrant's seized belongings

Tom Kiefer was a Customs and Border Protection janitor for almost four years before he took a good look inside the trash. (...) In 2014—after more than a decade working with C.B.P (in a processing center in Ajo, Arizona, less than fifty miles from the border with Mexico), and after seven years of sneaking out the trash—Kiefer quit his job to work on “El Sueño Americano” full-time.

Migrant water bottle

(...) Many of the photographs that make up “El Sueño Americano” are clean and bright, even exuberant: a radiant sea of toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes, all pointed in the same direction, like a swarming Pop-art school of fish; a plastic quilt of condoms, their multi-hued wrappers advertising a cornucopia of brands, flavors, and designs.

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/photo-booth/a-janitors-collection-of-things-confiscated-from-migrants-in-the-desert

-> Don't believe in hype or art world :) you just have to contribute to human history sharing your toughts and feelings

#border #image #Mexico #USA #migration

by vlax 0°0

June 23, 2018

Vlax

#Monstrous Melodies by Kazoomzoom

#Monstrous Melodies by Kazoomzoom

Monsters are not real, but they these songs are REALLY fun!

Monsters

Great #music to share at the Internet Archive!

https://archive.org/details/kzz005

by vlax 0°0

#What !?

#What !?

Nada, que un estudio dice que las trazas de cocaína de los ríos londinenses podrían estar enfermando a las anguilas y eso sin valorar el resto de lo que han encontrado: THC, morfina, MDMA, pesticidas, metales pesados, fenoles y antibióticos. Menudo after.

https://twitter.com/minipetite/status/1010206877072986113

#cocaina #rios #agua #cultura #ambiente #sociedad #salud #drogas

by vlax 0°0

Codec2: A Whole Podcast on a Floppy Disk (https://auphonic.com/blog...

Codec2: A Whole Podcast on a Floppy Disk

In a previous blogpost we talked about the Opus codec, which offers very low bitrates. Another codec seeking to achieve even lower bitrates is Codec 2. Codec 2 is designed for use with speech only,…

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In a [1]previous blogpost we talked about the Opus codec, which offers very low bitrates. Another codec seeking to achieve even lower bitrates is [2]Codec 2.

Codec 2 is designed for use with speech only, and although the bitrates are impressive the results aren’t as clear as Opus, as you can hear in the following [3]audio examples. However, there is some interesting work being done with Codec 2 in combination with neural network ([4]WaveNets) that is yielding [5]great results.

Layers of a [6]WaveNet neural network.

Background

[7]Codec 2 is an open source codec designed for speech, and aims for compression rates between 700bps and 3200bps (bits per seconds).

The man behind it, [8]David Rowe, is an electronic engineer currently living in South Australia. He started the project in September 2009, with the main aim of improving low-cost radio communication for people living in remote areas of the world. With this in mind, he set out to develop a codec that would significantly reduce file sizes and the bandwidth required when streaming.

Another motivation according to David, was to be free from patented technologies used by closed source codes which he believes “require expensive and awkward licenses and are stifling innovation”. His belief is that this work can be done without requiring the use of patent protected codecs, so all his work is open source.

Potential Applications

Rowe’s perceived applications include VOIP trunking, voice over low bandwidth HF/VHF digital radio, (especially for amateur radio, so as to avoid issues with the use of proprietary codecs), and developing world and remote area communications, including military, police and emergency services.

Why we’re interested here at Auphonic is for its potential for longer podcasts, presentations and audiobooks, allowing for low storage and minimizing the effect of bad network connections.

How it Works

To achieve the lower rates sought, speech has to be reduced into the smallest possible information/data, and this means that the amount of redundant information that is transmitted has to be minimized.

To do this, Codec 2 uses harmonic sinusoidal speech coding. This splits the speech into 10 - 30ms segments, called frames. Each frame is then analysed for the fundamental frequency (or pitch), and the number of harmonics that fit into a 4Khz bandwidth. Further, for each of the harmonics within the 4khz range, the amplitude and phase are recorded.

This information is then coded, and the decoder reconstructs the audio based on this data.

[9]Codec 2 encoding and decoding process Codec 2 Block diagrams - Encoder (left) And decoder (right)
Figure from [10]Rowtel.

Audio Examples and Comparison with other Codecs

Whilst it all sounds great in theory, how does the reality match up? Let’s have a listen.

Here is a short wav audio file:

intro-orig.wav - 1.3 MB ([11]download):

Applying Codec 2 (without the WaveNet decoder) at the different rates available, 3200bps, 2400bps,1600bps,1200bps and 700bps, we get:

3200bps ([12]download): 2400bps ([13]download):

1600bps ([14]download): 1200bps ([15]download):

These examples show significantly reduced file sizes.
Putting that information more meaningfully in terms of how much storage you would need for an hour of audio:

 * At 3200bps, 1 hour of audio requires only 1.37MB (this would fit on one old 3½-inch floppy disk!)
 * A rate of 2400bps equates to 1.03MB/h
 * A rate of 1600bps equates to 0.68MB/h (Or approximately 2 hours of audio on one floppy disk!)
 * A rate of 1200bps equates to 0.51MB/h
 * A rate of 700bps equates to 0.3MB/h

So great compression, but the result is clearly not natural sounding.

As a comparison here is the same audio as a 8kb/s MP3:

MP3 at 8 kb/s - 23kb file size ([16]download):

The file size is significantly larger than Codec 2 and the quality is arguably still not useable. You can clearly hear what is sometimes called sizzle - the weird metallic sounds you hear on low quality MP3s.

There is a final codec which is worth comparing, one that that seems to capture the two ideals of usable quality at low bitrates that we want: [17]Opus.
Because of itʼs convincing low-bitrate performance, Auphonic already offers Opus encoding all the way down to 6 kbps, the lowest bitrate that Opus supports.

Comparing Opus at this 6 kbps rate to the 8kbps MP3 shows a significant improvement - although slightly muffled, it still sounds natural:

Opus at 6kbps ([18]download):

Returning to Codec 2, and purely as s a bit of fun, here are some samples of Codec 2 on music! (Note that Codec 2 is not designed for music, it was only ever conceived for use on speech).

Original file ([19]download): As a 8kbps MP3 ([20]download):

I personally couldn’t listen to the MP3 at this rate, so let’s listen to what Codec 2 does!

Codec 2 at different bitrates:

3200bps ([21]download): 2400bps ([22]download):

1600bps ([23]download): 1200bps ([24]download):

As you can hear, it is not suitable for this application at all!

Codec 2 and WaveNet

As we have heard, despite the impressive bitrates achieved, the end result is not very natural sounding.
However, where it starts to get more interesting is the work done by W. Bastiaan Kleijn from Cornell University Library. He has been using with Codec 2 running at 2400bps on the coding side, but [25]replaced the Codec 2 decoder with a WaveNet deep learning generative model (for more informationsee the paper [26]Wavenet based low rate speech coding).

Here are some samples from [27]the authors:

      Codec         Male Example

Original File
Codec 2
With WaveNet Decoder

      Codec         Female Example

Original File
Codec 2
With WaveNet Decoder

Comparing to Codec 2 you can hear a significant increase in quality, and if you compare to the original, there is not a significant decrease in quality.

David Rowe himself has stated that he considers the result to be "a game changer for low bit rate speech coding" and “as good an an 8000bps wideband speech codec”.

Conclusion

Whilst the (original) Codec 2 project represents very interesting work, it is limited, and the end result is not suited for podcasting. Also as we heard in the audio examples, it can only be used for voice recordings, and not music.

However, Codec 2 in combination with a WaveNet decoder improves the quality a lot and the low bitrate (2400bps) would be extremely interesting for podcasts and audiobooks distribution as well: one hour of audio would require only 1.03MB of storage!

Auphonic will add support for Codec 2 [28]output files when the WaveNet decoder is in a usable form. For now we have just added support for Codec 2 input files.

References

Visible links
1. https://auphonic.com/blog/2012/09/26/opus-revolutionary-open-audio-codec-podcasts-and-internet-audio/
2. http://www.rowetel.com/?page_id=452
3. https://auphonic.com/blog/2018/06/01/codec2-podcast-on-floppy-disk/#codec2-examples
4. https://deepmind.com/blog/wavenet-generative-model-raw-audio/
5. https://auphonic.com/blog/2018/06/01/codec2-podcast-on-floppy-disk/#wavenet-examples
6. https://deepmind.com/blog/wavenet-generative-model-raw-audio/
7. http://www.rowetel.com/?page_id=452
8. http://www.rowetel.com/?page_id=434
9. https://auphonic.com/media/blog/Codec2_Enc_Dec_Diagram.png
10. http://www.rowetel.com/?page_id=452#refs
11. https://auphonic.com/media/audio-examples/codec2/intro-orig.wav
12. https://auphonic.com/media/audio-examples/codec2/intro-orig_3200bps.c2.wav
13. https://auphonic.com/media/audio-examples/codec2/intro-orig_2400bps.c2.wav
14. https://auphonic.com/media/audio-examples/codec2/intro-orig_1600bps.c2.wav
15. https://auphonic.com/media/audio-examples/codec2/intro-orig_1200bps.c2.wav
16. https://auphonic.com/media/audio-examples/codec2/intro-orig_8k.mp3
17. https://auphonic.com/blog/2012/09/26/opus-revolutionary-open-audio-codec-podcasts-and-internet-audio/
18. https://auphonic.com/media/audio-examples/intro-opus_006kbps.wav
19. https://auphonic.com/media/audio-examples/codec2/music-test.wav
20. https://auphonic.com/media/audio-examples/codec2/music-test_8k.mp3
21. https://auphonic.com/media/audio-examples/codec2/music-test_3200bps.c2.wav
22. https://auphonic.com/media/audio-examples/codec2/music-test_2400bps.c2.wav
23. https://auphonic.com/media/audio-examples/codec2/music-test_1600bps.c2.wav
24. https://auphonic.com/media/audio-examples/codec2/music-test_1200bps.c2.wav
25. http://www.rowetel.com/?p=5966
26. https://arxiv.org/pdf/1712.01120.pdf
27. https://storage.googleapis.com/downloads.webmproject.org/icassp2018/index.html
28. https://auphonic.com/help/web/production.html#output-files

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June 22, 2018

Vlax

5 tracks of #8bit #robo #punk re-edited by Enough records (electro/...

5 tracks of #8bit #robo #punk re-edited by Enough records (electro/portugal) and Nacion Libre records (punk rock/mexico).

Downloadable for free or as a USB cassette tape (bundled with free software).
https://hadokowa.bandcamp.com/album/loading-2

USB cassette

All design was made with #inkscape.

#music #creativecommons #chiptunes #fma #foss #USB #tape #cassette #electro #rock

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webshit weekly

An annotated digest of the top "Hacker" "News" posts for the third week of June, 2018.

GitLab Web IDE
June 15, 2018 (comments)
Some webshits strike one more task off the list of things they have to do outside a browser. Hackernews, longtime fans of text editors that are essentially web browsers to begin with, are all super excited about a future in which they don't even have to pretend to use non-browser programs. A few sullen reprobates are not immediately overjoyed with the news, but they're quickly shouted down by professional computer programmers explaining that nobody likes to use computers because they're inexplicably hard.

Eight hours a night isn’t enough, according to a leading sleep scientist
June 16, 2018 (comments)
Some idiots declare that everyone's sleep schedule is 5% wrong, and that more sleep would make everyone happier, except sad people, who need less sleep. Hackernews nods along to the story and recounts stories about all the times they were too oblivious to realize their health was fucked. Fortunately, each Hackernews has a unique and unassailable recommendation for an ebook, podcast, or religious experiment guaranteed to fix what ails you.

Forgotten Employee (2002)
June 17, 2018 (comments)
Somebody lies on the internet. The lie details a situation in which the narrator doesn't do anything productive, spends the days deceiving colleagues to engender respect, and is paid well for no reason. Hackernews relates to this narrative spectacularly well, and is eager to contribute their autobiographies to the burgeoning folklore of corporate parasites, bureaucratic bottom-feeders, 'founders,' and other complete wastes of Bay Area bunk space. Afterwards, Hackernews links each other to other stories of people being clever enough to extract low-effort money from people who trusted them.

YouTube’s Piracy Filter Blocks MIT Courses, Blender Videos, and More
June 18, 2018 (comments)
Google thinks that's some nice content you've got there, and it would be a shame if something were to happen to it. Hackernews agrees, but doesn't think strongarming the content creators is enough -- what's needed is revocation of entire sections of European copyright law, for some reason. Apparently the law as written would unfairly require YouTube to perform automatic content scanning it already performs. Hackernews acknowledges that this has nothing to do with Google demanding that content owners opt into Google's advertising program, but it's easier for them to envision overthrowing every government on the entire European continent than it is even to consider challenging Google's behavior out loud.

The Machine Fired Me
June 19, 2018 (comments)
A computer-toucher describes being inconvenienced by a computer. Hackernews debates whether webcams are racist, then pedantically sifts through the original story to find things to be outraged about. The rest of the comments are similar stories about even more people unwilling to interfere with obviously idiotic practices.

Blender is testing PeerTube after YouTube blocks their videos worldwide
June 19, 2018 (comments)
Some video creators decline to be extorted. A Hackernews who appears to defend Google for a living arrives to accuse the rest of Hackernews of being unreasonably mean to an eight hundred billion dollar global corporation. The rest of Hackernews frantically tries to find anything at all to focus on except how quickly Google will take a shit on anyone who isn't making them enough money.

Firefox is back. It's time to give it a try
June 20, 2018 (comments)
A journalist, deep in the middle pages of the New York Times, pretends that we can fix the unending hell of modern webshit by using a slightly different web browser. Hackernews agrees, and encourages all of us to use every piece of software we can find to counteract the shitty tracking and autoplaying video that Hackernews makes for a living, because if you stopped fighting it, the arms race would end and Hackernews would have to do something productive for a living instead.

I discovered a browser bug
June 21, 2018 (comments)
A bureaucrat wastes everyone's time. Hackernews complains that they don't get enough attention.

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June 20, 2018

Informatic school is in southwest Cameroon

2018 Graduation of Beginner’s Class (16-06-18)

Saturday June 16, 2018  21 students  graduated from the Association of Linux Friends Limbe.

This occasion was graced by the presence of the Chief of Mokindi village and some other dignitaries. The ceremony started at about 1:30 pm due to the bad weather which lasted upto to 5:00pm.

Appointment of members of the high table.

 

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Graduating students during the occasion

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Parents on the graduation ground

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Welcome speech from the proprietor of the Association of Linux Friends

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We also had a speech from a student from the beginner’s class, talking about their experiences at the Association.

 

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Two traditional dances presented by the graduating students,  Bakweri cultural dance.

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Bayangi cultural dance

 

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There was presentation from the Advance class students on Robotics, nodejs (chat program) and Django(design webpage). The Advance class did a presentation on the hardware and software components of a robot. About the software, they used python a programming language to control the robot and on the other hand,the hardware components these part was bought from the shop like caster wheel, geared DC motors, robot chasis and wheel, breadboard and double-sided tape, male to male jumpers, L93d driver board, IR LEDS and the other part the low cost computer and raspberry pi0 which was taken from the school. This robot was built with the connection of all the hardware components  to produce a car robot. The aim of the students was to create an awareness about the importance and future use of a car robot in the society, to create web and media apps, and built a website and overall to promote the school to move forward. However the advance class has improved this year on Solar Energy installation, Maintenance of  hard well, and Electronics. Presented by the following advance class students Iku Javis, Mbengueh Ferdinanld, Effangeh Henshaw, Shipu Fabian, Vegemteh Shandrine

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Next was ballet presented by the graduating students.

 

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Handing of the certificates to the graduating students

 

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End of ceremony and taking of snapshots.

 

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by admin

2018 Graduation Beginner’s Class

Saturday June 16, 2018  21 students were graduated from the Association of Linux Friends Limbe.

This occasion was graced by the presence of the Chief of Isokolo villageand some other dignitaries. The ceremony started at about 1:30 pm due to the bad weather which lasted all day. With the arrival of all the graduating students, their guardians and the invited guests the occasion commenced.

Appointment of members of the high table.

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Parents and guardians on the graduating students on the graduation ground

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Welcome speech from the proprietor of the Association of Linux Friends

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we also had a speech from a student from the beginner’s class, talking about their experiences at the Association.

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Two traditional dances presented by the graduating students. The students presented the Bakweri cultural dance.

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and the Bayangi cultural dance

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There was presentation from the advance class students on Robotics(using the programming language ‘Python’ to make a robot), Radio and a static web page.

 

Next was ballet presented by the graduating students.

 

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by admin

Data Knightmare (Italian podcast)

DK 2x39 - Filtrami o Diva

Ci risiamo. Le pretese dell'industria dei contenuti rischiano di nuovo di diventare legge e di fare sfracelli della Rete. Parliamo della Direttiva UE sul copyright in votazione oggi, e di cosa significa realmente tutelare i diritti dei creatori di contenuti.

by Walter Vannini

June 18, 2018

Informatic school is in southwest Cameroon

2018 Graduation of Beginners Class 16-06-18

Saturday June 16, 2018  21 students were graduated from the Association of Linux Friends Limbe.

This occasion was graced by the presence of the Chief of Isokolo and some other dignitries. The ceremony started at about 1:30pm due to the bad weather which lasted all day. With the arrival of all the graduating students, their guardians and the invited guests the occasion commenced.

 

 

 

by admin

June 15, 2018

n-gate.com. we can't both be right.

webshit weekly

An annotated digest of the top "Hacker" "News" posts for the second week of June, 2018.

Chatbots were the next big thing: what happened?
June 08, 2018 (comments)
Some parasites desperately try to explain away the complete failure of their entire product segment. Hackernews bickers over whether humanity's disinterest in conversing with addled javascript-based toddlers was in any way foreseeable. Those who declare the idea obviously doomed explain to us that it's a user interface problem, and Hackernews narrates accounts of every phone call any of them have ever had. The rest of Hackernews insists that everything will be great if we could all just wait a few years and keep giving money to spammy fuckers like the authors of this article.

Why does a spray bottle work?
June 09, 2018 (comments)
A webshit gets fantastically bored. Hackernews is also bored, so they bikeshed the design of common household items for a few hours, diverting along the way to reinvent various barely-related things they saw once. Periodically, Hackernews pauses to reflect on how smart they all are.

Alternatives to Google Products
June 10, 2018 (comments)
Some well-meaning idiots recommend a pile of Android software you can install on your Android device in order to pretend that Google doesn't have your entire life in a vice. A Mozilla shows up to warn everyone that using Firefox features will probably cause websites to behave strangely, but no explanation is offered regarding how this is any different from using a Mozilla product at all. Hackernews pretends to reverse engineer the tracking methods they all create for a living, then gets angry that the idiots didn't just recommend buying Apple products instead. After a while, the Google apologists arrive to explain to everyone that it's in their best interest to relax and just let it all happen.

The Repeal of Net Neutrality Is Official
June 11, 2018 (comments)
Some bureaucrats exert the will of their masters. Hackernews is entirely populated with telecommunications policy experts, all of whose opinions are firmly rooted in the current contents of the Wikipedia article on net neutrality. Some Hackernews are outraged at the very notion that the ruling party might use executive fiat to flagrantly destroy hallowed laws of nature (installed via the previous ruling party's executive fiat). The rest are relatively collected, presumably because the Hackernews Popularity Contest finalists haven't yet issued position statements on medium.com.

Id Software
June 12, 2018 (comments)
Hackernews notices some software, and maintains a respectful reverence for the software and hardware of the respective era. Nobody misses the opportunities to rattle off the games they loved in their youth, or the computers that ran them. Absolutely none of the technical lessons available from examining any of the mentioned technology are considered or even noticed, except for one Hackernews who thinks we can build a better personal computer if we'd just leave out the CPU and connect the keyboard via gigabit Ethernet.

Bitcoin’s Price Was Artificially Inflated Last Year, Researchers Say
June 13, 2018 (comments)
Some academics realize that Bitcoin Idiots, LLC can easily manipulate the pretend value of fake money. Hackernews is ecstatic that anyone is paying attention and misconstrue the bemused analysis of academia as external validation of the core concepts. Some full-on conspiracy theorists arrive, chanting the international nutjob mantra, "media narrative," not explaining what possible reason anyone in the media has to take any position at all regarding what nerds do with ASICs in the night. Most Hackernews are content merely to opine that the contents of the newspaper article and the research it describes must be wildly off-base, because Hackernews didn't write it.

Boulder moves to fund citywide fiber buildout through debt
June 14, 2018 (comments)
A city decides to build some infrastructure. Hackernews still has the telecommunications Wikipedia articles open from earlier in the week, so they take a day off to incorrect each other about how much it costs to dig ditches and drop cables into them. A sidebar is held for those Hackernews who are considering moving cities just to get a faster internet connection. A handful of locals whine about traffic.

by http://n-gate.com/hackernews/2018/06/14/0/

June 13, 2018

Data Knightmare (Italian podcast)

DK 2x38 - Il GDPR e i vampiri del consenso

Che consenso è "se non accetti non puoi usare il servizio"? È il consenso stile "ho pagato io la cena, ora devi starci", tanto caro ai maschi Neanderthal. E il GDPR lo vieta. Spieghiamo perché, come dovrebbe invece funzionare e come fare reclamo al Garante.

by Walter Vannini

June 12, 2018

Trasformatorio

Hello world!

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing!

by trasformatorio

June 11, 2018

/tmp/lab

Le tango des Joyeux Bullshiteurs

Paroles : Boris Viande
Musique : Benjamin Walter

A la gloire de tous les enchanteurs de la rue Merlin, les Joyeux Bullshiteurs

C’est le tango des Bullshiteurs d’Station F
C’est le tango des pros du fol’ espoir
Venez cueillir le pèze et la deeptech
Et vendre du flan avant qu’il soit trop tard

Faut qu’ ça scale
Faut qu’ les gens ayent à liker
Faut qu’ les gros puissent financer
Faut qu’ les p’tits puissent commiter
Faut qu’ ça scale
Faut qu’ les investisseurs à balle
Fourent ces p’tits jeunes qu’ont la dalle
Leurs stagiaires à six cent balles
Faut qu’ ça scale
Faut qu’ les apps soient bien codée
Qu’ les containers soient déployés
Que la CI soit automatisée
Faut qu’ ça scale
Faut avaler d’ la grosse marque
Pour bien s’gaver de buzz qui claque
Et nourrir des pitchs comaques
Faut qu’ ça scale
Bien fort

C’est le tango des joyeux ministères
Des vrais vainqueurs de la BPI et d’ailleurs
C’est le tango des fameux incubateurs
C’est le tango de tous les bullshiteurs

Faut qu’ ça scale
Faut dominer l’Internet
Faut être la licorne de tête
Ou tes parts vaudront tripette
Faut qu’ ça scale
Garde toi toutes les stock options
Tant pis c’est rien que des pov’s cons
Fais leur donc cracher le pognon
Faut qu’ ça scale
Faut que ce soit toi qui disrupte
Pas de copains vive les coups d’pute
Et ce s’ra fini la vie dure
Faut qu’ ça scale
Demain ça sera ton tour
Demain ça sera ton jour
Aux présidents t’écriras les discours

Tiens! Voilà du bullshit! Voilà du bullshit! Voilà du bullshit!

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Partition du Tango des Bullshiteurs en format image

Partition au format PDF : TangoDesBullshiteurs

by Boris Viande

Riccardo Orioles

Aquarius, la Terza Repubblica nel paese degli orchi

Questo testo, già pubblicato sulla catena di San Libero l’8 giugno del 2004, è drammaticamente attuale oggi, 14 anni dopo, a causa della decisione del ministro dell’Interno Matteo Salvini di chiudere i porti a 629 migranti, tra cui 123 minorenni (11 dei quali bambini). Per riflettere su quanto stiamo vivendo, vale la pena di riproporre queste righe.

Il popolo perbene del Terzo Reich. O della Terza Repubblica, se così andrà avanti. Come verremo ricordati, quelli della nostra generazione? Non è una domanda tanto per aria: se fossimo stati invitati a casa del signor Muller a Berlino avremmo avuto il piacere di conoscere una persona educata e perbene, buon padre di famiglia, ottimo lavoratore, con la sua brava Volkswagen, i suoi marmocchi simpatici e la sua famigliola complessivamente felice. Faremmo un giro in centro (traffico ben regolato, molto verde, nessun mendicante) e in genere incontreremmo facce tranquille e soddisfatte di sé. Può darsi che parleremmo di politica: ma fra gente educata, su questo punto, non ci si accalora mai troppo. E poi, la politica, lasciamola a chi la fa di mestiere: noi abbiamo fin troppe cose a cui pensare. Il mutuo, il dentista, il meccanico, la pagella del bambino. Così, sorridendo svagati, si farebbe ora di pranzo: in un locale caratteristico, accogliente e pulito come tutto il resto.

Più tardi, quando sei ritornato nel tempo tuo, ti accorgi che hai fatto visita alla famiglia degli orchi, nella città degli orchi, nel paese degli orchi. I Muller infatti sono una qualunque famiglia berlinese del 1936 e in quanto tale hanno dirette e personali responsabilità – come oggi sappiamo – nello sterminio di milioni e milioni di esseri umani. Personali? Beh, il figlio dei Muller è militare, ma presta servizio nella Wehrmacht, mica nelle Ss. Hans e Annaliste sono regolarmente iscritti, è vero, alla Hitlerjugend e alla Lega delle ragazze: ma che fanno di male?

Campeggio, raccolta di abiti vecchi e qualche chiacchiera ogni tanto. E tutto è così normale: lo sguardo dei bambini, la risata di Muller, le strade. Non ci sono mendicanti, non c’è gente strana.

Noi tuttavia sappiamo – venendo da un’altra epoca ed essendo dunque osservatori disinteressati – che il mondo del ‘36 sarebbe stato impossibile senza il consenso dei Muller. E dunque non ci sentiamo autorizzati a stringere le mani che ci vengono porte (borghesemente: perché i Muller, l’abbiamo detto, non sono dei fanatici del Partito) per l’addio. Le mani restano là, protese senza risposta a cercare una comprensione, e i visi sfumano mentre noi torniamo nel nostro tempo.

Nel “nostro” mondo, muoiono 30mila bambini al giorno per cause prevedibili e facilmente evitabili. Seicento milioni di bambini sopravvivono con meno di duemila lire al giorno. Ma questi sono numeri, non vogliono dire niente. Il fatto reale è che, se esci di casa e invece di svoltare da una parte svolti dall’altra, ogni due o tre bambini che incontri uno non ha mangiato. Ogni tanto – diciamo ogni tre o quattro minuti – uno di questi bambini che stai guardando attentamente per capirci qualcosa scivola improvvisamente per terra e non si muove più, perché è morto.

E siamo in un sogno didascalico, ancora, dunque del tutto asettico e pulito. Il bambino per terra, nella realtà, evacuerebbe liquidi disgustosi prima e durante il morire. Da una parte, e tuttavia impossibilitato a intervenire, ci sarebbe un altro essere umano per il quale il bambino morente era il centro del mondo, e che in questi istanti sta vivendo l’orrore puro. Ci sarebbero puzza e grida, e rumori casuali. E tutto questo sta avvenendo davvero, in questo preciso istante, e riusciamo a tollerarlo soltanto facendo finta che non sia così.

Ma inganniamo noi stessi. Il mondo vero è quello. Questo – quello di questo monitor – è meno vero di esso. Mi fermo qui, perché questo è un ragionamento impossibile da portare avanti oltre un certo grado. Ho bisogno – come te, e come tutti – di un certo livello di rimozione, perché altrimenti mi sarebbe difficilissimo vivere normalmente senza diventare asociale.

Ma quelli che verranno dopo di noi – compagni posteri, diceva Majakowskij – non avranno di questi problemi. Loro vorranno semplicemente studiare scientificamente il nostro mondo, freddamente: perché ormai tanto tempo sarà passato. Studieranno di noi come noi studiamo gli assiro-babilonesi, apprezzando al loro giusto valore tanto gli inni cosmici ad Enkhidu quanto i prigionieri impalati. E, forse, decideranno che siamo stati più o meno la stessa roba che i tedeschi del trentasei.

Parleranno di Olocausto, come noi ne parliamo. Si meraviglieranno grandemente, con aria di sufficienza, per la nostra acquiescenza. “Come hanno fatto a non ribellarsi?” diranno, senza voler sapere di noi altro che questo.

L'articolo Aquarius, la Terza Repubblica nel paese degli orchi proviene da Il Fatto Quotidiano.

by Riccardo Orioles

June 09, 2018

Evgeny Morozov

US power to rule a digital world ebbs away | Evgeny Morozov

For 30 years the model of a global village dependent on American innovation worked... for the US. Now that illusion is fading fast

As Donald Trump’s America gears up for a full-blown trade war with the resurgent China, Washington seems to have forgotten the very mechanisms that assured its dominance in the post-cold war era. Those mechanisms were underpinned not just by America’s military might, but also by its ability to minimise the odds of any anti-systemic dissent.

American policymakers have known perfectly well that the hallmark of effective hegemony is the invisibility of its operations. Getting other people to behave as desired is easier if those others believe that doing so is not only in their interest but also the natural course of history and progress.

Digital platforms were supposed to be the apex of US techno-hegemony. The plan worked, but only initially

Continue reading...

by Evgeny Morozov

June 08, 2018

Data Knightmare (Italian podcast)

DK 2x37 - L'informatica è troppo seria per lasciarla agli informatici

Ogni giorno si scopre che i GAFAM hanno fatto un'altra infamità con i nostri dati, che alle Intelligenze Artificiali vengono assegnati compiti immorali e che, in generale, chiunque sia capace di pigiare dei tasti si arroga il diritto di riscrivere tutte le regole pur non avendone capita nessuna. Il vero problema dell'economia dei dati è una disciplina del software ancora centrata sulla creatività assoluta dell'artigiano, isolato dal mondo e dagli uomini. Peccato che la società sia più complessa di così.

by Walter Vannini

Vlax

Los genios comen tortilla

Los genios comen tortilla

Mural en la colonia Roma, junto a una tortillería.

#México #arte #tortilla #mural #coloniaRoma

by Vladimir

n-gate.com. we can't both be right.

webshit weekly

An annotated digest of the top "Hacker" "News" posts for the first week of June, 2018.

Mozilla Project Fusion: Tor Integration into Firefox
June 01, 2018 (comments)
Hackernews examines the scratch pad of a group of webshits willing to help Mozilla bolt yet more random bullshit to the side of the only Mozilla project anyone has ever noticed. Hackernews doesn't really care whether it ever works, as long as they get to bikeshed the implementation details and argue about administrative minutiae. When they're done incorrecting one another about networking, they line up to namedrop every webshit fad in current vogue, hoping to convince Mozilla to bolt new, different random bullshit to a web browser.

MIT 9.11: The Human Brain (Spring 2018)
June 02, 2018 (comments)
A photographer narrates a slideshow in excruciating detail, then shows up in the Hackernews comments to be excited that someone noticed. Hackernews votes for the story because it's from MIT, but has next to nothing to say about it because none of them understood any of it. Some of them get distracted using a common software tool to reimplement the tool's own command line arguments.

Microsoft Is Said to Have Agreed to Acquire GitHub
June 03, 2018 (comments)
A near-monopoly closed-source software company, fed up with trying to seem like a good corporate citizen by releasing source code of their worst programs, is acquired by Microsoft. Hackernews is either terrified or cautiously optimistic, based exclusively on whether they've received money from Microsoft in the past. Some time is spent pretending they have opinions about the business implications of the acquisition, but almost all of the discussion has a different focus: warnings from people who have been fucked ruthlessly by large software companies, and complaints about the unfairness of those opinions, mostly by people who haven't yet had their turn in the barrel. A brief sidebar is held on the topic of decentralized internet services, wherein Hackernews explains that services are mostly centralized because of the ineffable will of society, and not because programmers aren't smart enough to build interoperable software.

Hello, GitHub
June 04, 2018 (comments)
Microsoft, responding to the tremendous outpouring of user feedback about their acquisition of Github, finds the perfect person to ensure that none of it is acted upon or even heard: a GNOME developer. The announcement is illustrated, for some reason, only with a 3-megapixel photograph nearly a megabyte in size. Hackernews decides that the future of Github is safe in the hands of this person, because some of them have seen that name somewhere on the internet once. The rest of the comments are copied and pasted from the previous day's thread.

How to be a Manager – A step-by-step guide to leading a team
June 05, 2018 (comments)
A small child hemorrhages boilerplate indoctrination for entry-level bureaucrats. Hackernews carefully upvotes the article to ensure maximum exposure; the most important management skill in Hackernews' arsenal is deriding other people's management advice based on how much it differs from whatever boilerplate indoctrination they received when they were first promoted away from the ability to directly fuck up their employers' software. The small child arrives in the comment threads to not defend any of the content.

Things I Regret About Node.js [video]
June 06, 2018 (comments)
Some webshits presumably talk for half an hour about all the things they fucked up; I'm not watching this shit. Hackernews explores reasons why programmers can't seem to stop fucking everything up in nearly identical ways on every project in wide use. The consensus is that this must be some fundamental atomic force at work, because it can't possibly just be a pack of shitheads with no self control failing exactly like the previous packs of shitheads with no self control. The Rust Evangelism Strike Force flirts with the idea of a campaign here, but doesn't have the heart for it, since they're in the process of making all the same mistakes, in the same order, for the same reasons.

AI at Google: our principles
June 07, 2018 (comments)
Having been shamed into walking away from a lucrative murder automation contract, The Google of Google blogs about how that was totally the plan from the beginning, you guys. The article contains a weasel-worded declaration of intent to avoid surveillance, which contains so many qualifications and escape hatches that it must have taken days to type through the tears of laughter. Hackernews can't decide if they buy this bullshit; on the one hand, this document is so transparently meaningless as to be obvious public relations fodder, but on the other hand, Hackernews isn't really sure how to exist without function (i, s, o, g, r, a, m) so it's probably best not to rock the boat too much. See you at Google I/O! Until they rename it to better align with brand values, after which: see you at Google C4ISR!

by http://n-gate.com/hackernews/2018/06/07/0/

June 05, 2018

Informatic school is in southwest Cameroon

The Google IO Event 01-06-2018, Limbe

The Google IO event was held for the first time in Limbe on June 1st, 2018

by the google developers group Limbe

The Association of linux friends sent four representatives to this event. The program started at 1pm with a welcome word from the head of the google developers group Limbe by name Mr Nchawa Elcid.

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We had a motivational speaker who goes by the name of Mr Eugene Blaq. Mr Eugene is the head of the Google Developers Group (GDG) , Buea and is also the developer of Njaka play.code.create.

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The main aim of Google Developers Group (GDG) is to share ideas. The GDG also aims at enhancing the existing computer environment and building the dreams of aspiring programmers. The GDG community is free to join.

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To continue, our next speaker was Mr Paul Babila the CEO Zixtech Organisation. The speaker presented the services offered by his organisation. These services are E-Marketting, Business Consultancy and so on. Mr Babila also encouraged the young aspiring entrepreneurs to be committed in their work as passion only is not enough.

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Next, we had a recap of the Google IO Event USA. In this video the upgraded services of Google were presented. Some of these services included GOOGLE ASSISTANT (helps makes appointments), Google Map, Google Lens. Waymo Self driving cars was also presented. After the wrap with the Recap there was a lunch break.

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Next, another speaker by name Mr TANGU Chris presented Virtual Reality (VR), the uses of VR and the various reasons we should start considering using Virtual Reality (VR) Applications. Occulus GO was the first affordable VR gadget.

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Many other speakers came up to present on the various opportunities choosing to persue technology can benefit an individual and the community. It was an interesting event and will be a great way to inspire the students of the advance class on the way forward after school.

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Some useful links were given at the end of the event.

  • startupgrind.com
  • startup.google.com
  • www.facebook.com/groups/DevCBuea/

by admin

June 01, 2018

Data Knightmare (English podcast)

DK 1x06en - Lenin in Silicon Valley

First it was Project Maven, then Google Duplex, and now the Selfish Ledger. Google has become the Church of the Algojerks, and it is now clear that Silicon Valley is pursuing a fundamentally Leninist project.

by Runtime Radio

n-gate.com. we can't both be right.

webshit weekly

An annotated digest of the top "Hacker" "News" posts for the last week of May, 2018.

Winds 2.0: It’s Time to Revive RSS
May 22, 2018 (comments)
Some webshits decide it's time to bring back syndication on the web. The tools they select to accomplish this? Every last goddamn one of them, resulting in a single-purpose web browser that inexplicably relies on a dozen random webshit services, all to store small amounts of text and fetch audio files from predefined locations. The webshittery on display is so egregious that even Hackernews is embarrassed for them, but the International Brotherhood of Computer Magicians shows up to remind everyone that only a full-time professional computer toucher is capable of mastering complicated tools like feed readers. When Hackernews gets done assuring each other that non-Hackernews are incapable of using any technology that is not animated with primary colors, they remember that RSS doesn't support javascript and as such must immediately be reinvented.

Bitcoin Gold Hit by Double Spend Attack, Exchanges Lose Millions
May 23, 2018 (comments)
Bitcoin Idiots, LLC announces that once again they have lost the world's biggest game of Numberwang. Hackernews, positively gravid with carefully-Googled economic theory, sagely discusses the complex fiduciary failures of a fake monetary system invented by C++ programmers. Other Hackernews reject this reasoning, debating instead whether the real measure of success for this technology is whether or not it is as successful as AirBNB. At the time of this writing, the entire 'currency' in question can be completely fucked-out for approximately the cost of a small single-family home in Oakland.

Amazon device recorded private conversation, sent it out to random contact
May 24, 2018 (comments)
A consumer is startled to learn that the domesticated wiretaps voluntarily installed in homes are not only surveilling the users, but also dropping dimes on them effectively at random. Amazon takes privacy very seriously -- unless you prefer some other emotion, in which case they'll take your privacy however they can get it. Hackernews is completely unsurprised by this turn of events, given that they either live with, went to a coding boot camp with, or in fact are the party responsible for writing whatever garbage software is running on these piles of shit.

GDPR for lazy people: Block all European users with Cloudflare Workers
May 25, 2018 (comments)
Some webshits narrate the process of paying other webshits to keep the euro trash off of your cyber lawn. Hackernews can't decide if the new European privacy law is a noble attempt to defend the masses or a nuclear weapon pointed directly at their shitty video chat startups. Hackernews is livid that someone passed a law they can't just pay someone else for the privilege of ignoring, but are grateful for the opportunity to spend their lunch breaks writing fanfiction about what their court cases will look like when they try to Uber their way out of complying.

The Importance of Deep Work and the 30-Hour Method for Learning a New Skill
May 26, 2018 (comments)
An Internet decides to instruct the world on how to learn. A Hackernews shark attack ensues, as several commenters dare to agree with anything in the article. There are no survivors.

Python’s For - Else
May 27, 2018 (comments)
An Internet posts some poorly-formatted Python tutorials as an excuse to beg for work. Hackernews is entranced that a keyword in a programming language might have behavior specific to that language. Fifty thousand comments are posted whining that the keyword should be a different keyword, with the only exceptions coming from Hackernews who actually use the programming language. The consensus is that any language feature which Hackernews did not learn about in two hours of Coursera video lectures should be expunged from the planet.

I put all my personal data on eBay
May 28, 2018 (comments)
A webshit spams eBay. Hackernews tries to figure out how to replace this idea with Dunning-Krugerrand.

AI winter is well on its way
May 29, 2018 (comments)
An academic declares the current approach to artificial intelligence, shotgun statistics, is devoid of value, except for the kind that this particular academic cares about, maybe. Hackernews thinks that most of the problem involves forgetting to aim the shotgun. After the usual corporate namedropping session and pithy quotation-pasting exercises, Hackernews decides the whole thing is a marketing issue and wanders off.

Reddit just passed Facebook as #3 most popular website in US
May 30, 2018 (comments)
Amazon declares that Reddit has more Internet Points than Facebook. Rounding out the top twenty are several extremely popular sites, such as microsoftonline.com and t.co. Hackernews loves Reddit, as it constitutes a much better DIY echo chamber construction kit than Facebook, caters more directly to their pornography tastes than Tumblr, and allows them to create a new account when they are no longer able to face their own comment histories in the cold light of day.

Gnome has moved to GitLab
May 31, 2018 (comments)
The least interesting possible event has occurred. Hackernews is mad about most of their bug reports being ignored, mad that GNOME isn't written in their preferred strain of javascript, and mad that they didn't move to Github. The article does not mention whether GNOME is paying for the Enterprise Edition of the software.

by http://n-gate.com/hackernews/2018/05/31/0/

May 30, 2018

Classic Programmer Paintings

“Les Refactoreurs” Gustave Caillebotte Oil on...



“Les Refactoreurs”

Gustave Caillebotte

Oil on canvas

1875

(collaboration from Alex Edelstein)

Data Knightmare (Italian podcast)

DK 2x36 - GDPR Anno Zero

Sapete quelle mail "siccome arriva il GDPR"? Tutte inutili, molte stupide, alcune illecite. Ed è solo l'inizio, perché ora arriva l'onda del piagnisteo alla "il GDPR mi fa chiudere". Altre scemenze, e spieghiamo bene perché.

by Walter Vannini

May 29, 2018

Zero Days

Primo Convegno dell’ISLC (PARTE SECONDA): Information Warfare e Cybersecurity. Equilibri geopolitici e conflitti

Il 29 maggio 2018 si è tenuto presso l'Università degli Studi di Milano il primo Convegno dell'Information Society Law Center (http://islc.unimi.it).

Il tema scelto è stato l'information warfare: conflitti tra Stati, cybersecurity e nuovi equilibri (e conflitti) internazionali.

In questa seconda parte dell'evento, che si è tenuta nel pomeriggio, Francesca Bosco di UNICRI introduce e modera le Relazioni dell'Ambasciatore Giulio Terzi di Sant'Agata, di Stefano Mele (Avvocato) e del Prof. Pierluigi Perri dell'Università di Milano.

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Primo Convegno dell’ISLC (PARTE PRIMA): Information Warfare e Cybersecurity. Equilibri geopolitici e conflitti

Il 29 maggio 2018 si è tenuto presso l'Università degli Studi di Milano il primo Convegno dell'Information Society Law Center (http://islc.unimi.it).

Il tema scelto è stato l'information warfare: conflitti tra Stati, cybersecurity e nuovi equilibri (e conflitti) internazionali.

In questa prima parte dell'evento, che si è tenuta nella mattinata, la Professoressa Angelica Bonfanti introduce e modera le Relazioni di Antonio Lamanna (Alpha Institute), Gabriele Suffia (ACLI Geopolitico) e Fabio Rugge (ISPI).

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