Filed under: Communications, General, Uncategorized
Just read this by Ron Miller and while I don’t mind the cloud (I use several cloud services extensively), I do think he’s completely missing the point. Yes, the cloud is as vulnerable as any other machine etc that I or someone else has set up. However, the daisychaining and the ability of the hacker to wipe out the entire storage media on the phone, tablet and the laptop wouldn’t have been an issue with old school IT. The main point of the original article by Mat Honan was that he felt stupid for not doing proper backups, and having setup remote wipe. Having a backup on dropbox, ubuntu one or some other place in the cloud just isn’t safe enough, imho. The way dropbox etc works, you can always wipe out the files in question permanently. A lot of cloud functions adds a lot of liability that we didn’t have before. This hack and the loss of his personal data would never have happened in 2000 as his phone and laptop wouldn’t had a remote wipe function so easily accessible for anyone, and the tablet was barely “invented” yet.
|Item||Potential Failure mode||Potential Effects of failure||Severity Rating||Potential Causes||Occurence rating|
|Open door||Person behind door gets door in face|| - Broken neck
- Bleeding nose
|5-6|| - Two persons trying to pass the same door
- Door placed to open into corridor
- -”- onto esplanade
- Badly placed painting on back of door
|Open door||Hidden vicious monster on other side|| - Death
- Loss of limb
- Loss of head
|10|| - Door opens into wilderness
- Glass not yet invented, so other side of door can not be inspected
|Close door||Limbs get stuck between door and doorway|| - Loss of limb
- Broken fingers/toes
- broken nails
|7|| - Person is angry and slams door shut
- Annoying salesman sticks foot into door
- Forgot person behind you
|Run through door||Other side opens into chasm
Other side opens up on multistory building
Other side opens up into ocean
| - Falling off high cliff
- Cuts and bruises
|10|| - Earth activity causes earthquake and resulting chasm on other side of door
- Balcony fell down
- Global warming caused ocean to rise
- Person was in a rush, running through the door, falling off.
Several years ago at one of my first jobs, right smack at the end of the dot-com boom over here, we had a dartboard. What good is a dartboard you ask? I don’t know, we also had a pinball machine, but I never quite liked it as much as the dartboard. I’d take short breaks from answering phone calls and e-mail or problematic pieces of text to throw a few darts. Personally, it gave me one thing however, I learnt to shut out everything else and find my Zone, you know the one where you’re at your most efficient, solving problems, kicking off e-mail and answering calls in a furious flurry.
For me, I focus on the bulls-eye of the dartboard, relax all muscles in my head, letting my scalp feel like a smashed egg running down from the skull. It feels like my head gets lighter and all pressure on my brain dissipates. Nothing else exists but bulls-eye. Ears are shut off, and all focus is on bulls-eye, nothing else distracts my eyes. At this point I’m there, and ready to hit bulls-eye. It’s simple, it’s fast, and it works. Under extreme pressure and stress, it sometimes takes closing my eyes to get the process started, but almost always I reach the “Zone” within a minute or so.
After the few darts, I’d get my headphones on and listen to music, work my hardest to shut everything else out and maintain the Zone for as long as possible. Reaching it takes concentration and loosing the concentration is always easily lost. Getting back on your train of thought on a complex problem after loosing it is hard work, often taking 15-30 minutes. I absolutely hate having that elusive thread of clarity vanish into thin air due to someone breaking Zone or loosing the almost ready to implement solution to a particularly bothersome problem.
My wife knitted me a pair of special fingerless gloves, ending just before the first knuckle on my ringfinger. I use them while coding or otherwise writing at the computer, to keep my hands warm, just to be able to maintain the Zone for that bit longer, not having to bother about getting cold hands. Cozy, to say the least, but people look funny at me for using them so it’s not often I use them at work. Also, I like to wall myself in as I’m easily distracted by movements and foreign objects. Open office space is complete devastation on these trips into the Zone, where people talk, walk around, gesticulate, strange things happening on other peoples screens, and so forth. I barely ever manage to stay in the Zone for more than 45 minutes or so. On that note, open office planning must have been among the most stupid things ever invented, short term savings at huge cost in productivity.
So, that is how I reach my Zone. Do you have a Zone, and how do you reach it? How do you maintain it from collapsing?
Due to the amount of spam I receive in the comments fields of this site, I decided to turn on the requirement for all users to be logged in to post any comments. So far, there has been 770 spams posted and only 38 real comments. It’s easy to clean the spams out for sure (akismet, normal users don’t even have to see them), but just seeing the names of some of the links spammed are making me sick.
As a sidenote, with todays climate, maybe I shouldn’t say this, but if I ever ran into a person with the “quirkiness” required to watch (or for that matter produce) what is spammed these days, I’d probably go completely ballistic and on a killing spree. I definitely don’t condone the type of filtering done and/or tested on national levels, such as in Australia and Germany, but I can definitely understand why less hardened people turn to those extremes. My main reason for disliking that filtering isn’t really the content it is supposed to target, but rather where it is heading. The step from no filtering to filtering extreme sex is much larger than the step from extreme sex to “rough” sex, and who will draw the line in the end?
What is the difference between extreme and normal? Most humans like to see things in black and white, and we forget about the greyscales. This is trait easily manipulated by people with an agenda (christian and muslim extremists, politicians, law enforcements and so forth) by pretty much saying “Look here, look at that absolute abomination of a thing going on, we can not allow this to happen to XXX. Let’s do something, let’s ban everything remotely connected to it.” In all honesty, that shit scares the hell out of me. Not so much the rethoric used, but the fact that so many falls for it. This whole 0-tolerance, black and white and fight or flight mentallity.
Anyways, just some random thoughts on the matter.
Filed under: Frozentux.net, General, Personal
As some people may have noticed, the servers was down for almost a week. This was due to several hardware problems at my host, which where very unfortunate. When I put up the new webpage a few weeks ago, we also moved the daemons/hosting to a new one running on a new machine. This machine has been misbehaving for several weeks, and we switched over to another identical machine to rule out hardware error. In the end, we managed to get it solved. Last week both servers where killed due to power fluctuations (I believe if I interpreted it correctly). As a replacement, two new machines where ordered in, and they where both DOA (Dead on arrival). On top of this, I was told they received a faulty 20x500gb harddrive batch a few months back, which has had a 50% failure rate so far.
All this being said, I want to also extend my gratitude to these people for hosting this site, and for the wonderful work they do in running it. In 7 years of hosting this domain/host, I have rarely had a single breakdown, and this is the first time any major problem has existed with the hosting. In short, the wonderful fellows in the Netherlands that keeps hosting this site has had a really rough week, and I really wish them the best of luck getting everything back in order. Until then, please be patient with the site if it’s down or something is not working correctly, or even better, throw a mail in my general direction.
A few days ago I watched a show on swedish television where two doctors in IP and creativity went visiting badly running companies and helping them get creativity back in to the company, and hence making the badly running companies back in game. The methods they used seemed fairly straight forward and I can’t really say much about them, except it seemed to be how it should be done. Bring in the people who matters, talk things over, get ideas for new business areas, get ideas on how to improve efficiency in the employees work, how to run the company, new retailable products and services, and so forth. All this is just perfect, however, there was one comment on a subject that struck me hard.
They where complaining that Sweden is one of the countries putting the most money into research and development, yet we get the least IP out of it, and for some reason they could not understand why. I work with development, and to some extent research and I’m not the least bit shocked about this. Lack of cooperation, simple as that. Humans are in a sense made to cooperate, to work as a team and to throw ideas back and forth, especially in this day when the mass of information is simply impossible to keep tabs on. There are probably more research and development papers published every day than I could read in an entire lifetime and I will never be able to read more than a small bit of everything out there in my specific area of expertise, and not even there will I be able to read everything. The problem stems, in my humble opinion, from all the IP lawyers and lobbyists getting their messages across all too well.
Let me give an example of what I mean, for the last 3-4 years, I’ve worked on 4 different projects at 4 companies. At every single one of them, we have all been brought to a big meeting with the entire project/department/company where some “IP department” representative or lawyer has stood up and told us, whenever you get an idea:
- Shut up about it, don’t talk to anyone.
- Send an e-mail (or preferably sealed envelope or actually come talk to them in person) about the idea to the IP people.
- They’ll discuss the idea with you, then wait for half a year or so.
- If the idea is patentable, wait another 2-3 years for the patent to go through.
- Now you can implement and start talking about the patent, and hopefully cash in on all the suckers who re-created your patent while you where biding your time.
I hope you can see the problem here. The whole idea is so completely remote from how creativity for most of us normal people work that it’s not even funny. For my own part, the best and most inventive days I’ve had, has been with friends. During my education, for example, we went out by the sea and talked mostly crap, but this is where and when we cross-breeded our ideas about cool things and how you could do them. How does a submarine work, what/how do you make it (sub)merge, how could you make it autonomous, how do you navigate, how does INS systems work, and so forth. Or whats the cheapest and simplest way to crossbreed a bicycle with a floating device so that you can bike around on water.
Not being able to talk to fellow colleagues about ideas and solutions to problems is probably among the biggest speedbumps in the entire system imho. One of the reasons I believe Google (for example) has been so successful is that the level of trust bestowed on their employees, and the level of openness within the company. People dare talk to eachother without the imminent threat of being fired or scalded for talking about the wrong thing, with the wrong person (this is actually not unheard of, where I am right now). Correct me if I’m wrong, but it’s one of the impressions I have gotten, without ever being a google employee myself.
Finally, don’t get me wrong on this subject. To live in a world, you have to adapt to the world. I’m not about to go divulge ideas and patentable IP on a whim that I hear about while at work. It is a fine line to cross between understanding and sympathizing with an ideology/theory and actually trying to live like an idealist, and it’s not one I would cross at this point of my life.
If/when I do get ideas on my own however, I would most likely not even consider the possibility of patenting it. I’d rather publish it openly so that it could benefit the world rather than try to suck the living bone marrow out of my victims. As a final thought, has anyone considered making an open source/open media “prior arts database” to, which would gather data and ideas on prior arts to patents, hence rendering current/future patents unusable?
On the 25-27 of november I will be on tour with nohau.se and hold a embedded linux seminar. The entrance is free, but requires a registration, see the embedded linux seminar webpage. according to the following schedule:
- Göteborg 25/11, em 13-16. Plats: Centralhuset Konferens, lokal Orientkusten
- Stockholm 26/11, em 13-16. Plats: Kista Konferens, lokal Alfa
- Oslo 27/11, fm 8-12. Plats: Thon Hotel Vika Atrium, Munkedamsveien 45, Oslo
I will specifically do the Development using Embedded Linux track, which will be 50 minutes long. The presentation is still fairly crude and rough around the edges, but some of the bulletpoints I’m going to talk about is:
- When to use Linux/ When NOT to use Linux
- Pitfalls of open source vs closed source and vice versa
- Hardware vs Development time cost decisions
- Choosing the right hardware
- Choosing the right software
I hope to see some of you at the seminars!
I finally got around to finishing up a new site. As some of you may remember, I started over a year ago with rewriting the entire site from scratch after a year of pretty much not having time to fix the final touches. On top of this I realized that the site would still require a lot of time to update and maintain, which I realize was not in my main interest. So I decided to try out a few “pre-built” solutions and got hooked on wordpress. This is the final setup i’m going with. I will update the site more and more, but to get the site rolling, I decided to get it published as soon as possible.
To begin with, there isn’t much new material on the site, but this will change with some time. I have several papers and smaller projects I’d like to publish, and that I will have the ability/time to publish with the new site framework. Until then, I sincerely hope you will enjoy the new site. Any comments, please let me know!
Just a quick note, Swedish postal services suck. They are completely retarded to deal with. Since christmas, I’ve ordered 5 packages sent via “Posten”, 4 of those are lost/stolen.
I’ve spent over 8 hours on hold and in phonelines to posten trying to report these different losses etc. If you read this, and use Posten for package delivery, or you are a company sending packages to Sweden, please use another service. A list of the packages that has been lost so far:
1. An Acer Aspire One + extra ram, stolen over 1,5 months ago, still haven’t received payment for the laptop. According to my research, it could be up to 4-5 months before they get their thumbs out of their asses and pay money to me.
2. Electronics, it was delivered to package delivery, but i never got notified, and after 7 days it was returned — packages are supposed to be left for 14-30 days, and you’re supposed to get notified. Elfa was kind enough to repay me in full.
3. Cell phone, it was delivered in Alvesta since posten claims it’s my closest pickup point. For those not knowing, Alvesta is 300-400km away from me. Again, no notification. No payment done in advance.
4. Replacement cell phone, sent over a week ago. Still no notification, possibly gone?
As you can understand, I’m not happy with the services. The only package that I did receive? It was sent with inWarehouse to their own pickup point, 1,5km extra travel to pick it up, but sooo worth it.
So, IPRED is coming to this country, Swedens government is forcing it into effect. Even though there has been quite heavy resistance and a lot of people don’t like it. I agree. It’s a complete nutjob of a law. Before moving on, let me state that I am here discussing the Swedish implementation of the law. This is even further going than the original EU directive COM(2006)0168. The best part is, they just “softened it”. Ie, it was even worse from the beginning.
As has already been said by thousands of others, but it can’t be said enough times. The law moves the burden of the police work from the (almost) objective police to the absolutely partial owners themself. Let’s consider this: We have for centuries had a police force because they are objective. They deal with criminals and they should hopefully not take sides for either part in a case, it’s left to the court to do this.
With IPRED, the entire burden of investigating a crime is moved to the plaintiff. The plaintiff (in this case, the intellectual property owner) or someone working for the plaintiff, finds someone downloading a piece that they “own”. They then move on to demanding the name and contact information of that person from the Internet Service Provider (ISP) of the Internet address of that specific downloader. Current law does not tell the ISP that it has to comply with the demand. IPRED does. The plaintiff can now move on to the next step below.
The plaintiff are then free to send monetary demands to the “defender”, who will find out about the problem with the monetary demand. The monetary demand is formed as “pay us money or we draw you in front of a court and you will loose a lot more”. Basically, you will have a gigantic mass of people just paying out of freight “who knows, maybe my kids/spouse/visitor did download that song on my computer?”. Or how about framing someone you don’t like, it’s not gonna be hard, trust me. Don’t like your neighbour, go download a free program and hack him, then set up a bittorrent client to keep downloading/uploading from their computer.
Now, this is the basic argument people have against this new law. Unfortunately, it has been cobbled together by retards and rather IQ-free people and been compromised by to such a degree that it’s no longer coherent. One of the sideeffects of this law is that it will become illegal to buy an application or download a open source application and then run on your own computer. The same plaintiff above could sue every single owner of a Microsoft Windows Vista license (for example) if they can find a instance where Vista steps on their patent.
This comes to mind, when one reads IPRED:
When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I was not a Jew.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.