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Euro data watchdog has 'serious concerns' as to whether EU deals with Microsoft obey GDPR - Dutch agreement should be extended to entire bloc, says statement

Date Published: Mon, 21 Oct 2019 22:52:17 +0200

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has expressed "serious concerns" over whether the contractual terms of agreements between EU institutions and Microsoft, for use of products such as Windows and Office 365, is compliant with data protection rules.

The problem exists because of Microsoft's data collection practices. This was probed by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security, which has published the results in a series of papers. These documents are required reading for those interested in the nuances of telemetry, data collection, personalisation, and the roles of different organisations as defined in the GDPR.

The report into Windows 10 notes that where data is used to improve Windows 10 security and reliability, the interests of Microsoft and the Dutch government are aligned. But when data is used to develop new services or "detect usage of products of competitors", this "serves the commercial interests of Microsoft, while the government already pays with money for the software". The Dutch report on Office 365 is less positive, particularly with regard to Office mobile apps and Office Online, for which "five high data protection risks" are identified.

Yes changes have already been made by Microsoft but nevertheless, the Dutch agreement should serve as the example.

See https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/10/21/eu_data_watchdog_has_serious_concerns_over_compliance_of_agreements_with_microsoft/

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Dutch agreement should be extended to entire bloc, says statement

How to Tell Google What To Do With Your Data When You Die - Set The Inactive Account Manager

Date Published: Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:59:27 +0200

Making a plan for your email (and your Google Drive, Google Pay, and Photos accounts) is super simple to do and can be part of that plan you handle today, both to help your friends or family out when that time comes and help prevent your accounts from winding up being accessed in a way you don’t want.

You can decide to have your account self-destruct if it goes inactive for a certain period of time. Three months is the minimum, but the options scale up from there to six months, twelve months, and eighteen months. Before that self-destruct happens there'll be some SMS notifications letting you know in case you’re not dead.

It's a pity the minimum is 3 months as I like the way If I Die did there's - you set it up and if all the people you nominate notify you are dead, and you have not responded, it triggers immediately.

See https://lifehacker.com/how-to-tell-google-what-to-do-with-your-data-when-you-d-1839213076

#death #estateplanning #ifidie
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No matter how old or healthy you are, having a death plan, even a rough one, is a pretty solid idea. The people you leave behind are going to have to figure out what to do with your pets, your stuff, and even your Gmail account.

Air pollution is now a ‘health emergency’, head of NHS England warns

Date Published: Mon, 21 Oct 2019 07:43:37 +0200

The head of NHS England has warned of a “health emergency” as new figures revealed hundreds more children and adults are suffering cardiac arrests, strokes or severe asthma attacks because of days of high air pollution. Stunted lung growth in children and links between pollution and lung cancer was also found by researchers who looked at nine cities across England. Higher air pollution triggered each year an extra 124 cardiac arrests in people not already in hospital, 231 cases of stroke and 193 children and adults being admitted to hospital for asthma, the study found.

The figures, from King’s College London and UK100, a group of 94 local government leaders, highlighted the “immediate, short-term and avoidable” impact of high air pollution, the experts said. Government data has previously shown that pollution contributes to up to 36,000 deaths every year.

See https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/air-pollution-health-stroke-asthma-lung-cancer-cardiac-arrest-a9162281.html

#health #airpollution #greenenergy
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Poor atmosphere causing hundreds more cases of stroke, asthma and cardiac arrest, scientists say

What happens if your mind lives forever on the internet?

Date Published: Sun, 20 Oct 2019 21:52:26 +0200

"Imagine that a person’s brain could be scanned in great detail and recreated in a computer simulation. The person’s mind and memories, emotions and personality would be duplicated. In effect, a new and equally valid version of that person would now exist, in a potentially immortal, digital form. This futuristic possibility is called mind uploading. The science of the brain and of consciousness increasingly suggests that mind uploading is possible – there are no laws of physics to prevent it. The technology is likely to be far in our future; it may be centuries before the details are fully worked out – and yet given how much interest and effort is already directed towards that goal, mind uploading seems inevitable. Of course, we can’t be certain how it might affect our culture but as the technology of simulation and artificial neural networks shapes up, we can guess what that mind uploading future might be like."

I always find these types of articles fascinating. The way I see it our mind (the brain is easier to define) sits in the skull but it has all these sensory input devices like eyes (cameras), ears (microphones), can speak (speaker), can feel pressure, temperature, taste, etc. It can signal limbs to move but the brain/mind itself does not see, feel, hear etc - it just senses. So what if we connected VR cameras, microphones, etc to a mind - for it knows it is living in The Matrix or anywhere else. How will the brain experience any different to what the old body would have experienced if all its new sensors are providing high-quality inputs? If we used the Internet those sensors could be 1000's of km away, or even on a different planet. We are already starting to tap into this with Neurallink. Yes, it does pose some challenges around who the real You is if you could clone a mind (which has not happened yet). But imagine a quadriplegic being able to experience the real freedom of movement, or a deaf person actually having their brain/mind hearing music and voices, or a blind person being able to see in high resolution with a camera. This we may well experience in a coming lifetime. Cloning a mind (even to virtual space) poses some philosophical challenges about the essence of a person is.

See https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/oct/20/mind-uploading-brain-live-for-ever-internet-virtual-reality

#mindhack #neuralink
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It may be some way off, but mind uploading, the digital duplication of your mental essence, could expand human experience into a virtual afterlife

Ubuntu 19.10 Debuts With Raspberry Pi 4 Support

Date Published: Sun, 20 Oct 2019 21:14:13 +0200

Canonical released Ubuntu 19.10 (also known as Eoan Ermine) today with support for the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B. The update isn't all good for Raspberry Pi enthusiasts, though, as the company said that "Ubuntu 19.10 Raspberry Pi images can no longer boot on the Raspberry Pi 3 A+ development devices."

Raspberry Pi 4 support isn't Eoan Ermine's main draw. It also updates the distro to the Linux 5.3 kernel, introduces the GNOME 3.34 user interface and makes numerous improvements to Ubuntu's security.

So I imagine one of the compatibility issues with older Pi's is this image runs proper 64-bit. Benchmarks are also showing this Pi is substantially quicker at many tasks and dual-monitor support also makes it suitable even desktop use.

See https://www.tomshardware.com/news/ubuntu-1910-raspberry-pi-4-support-canonical

#raspberrypi #ubuntu #linux
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By Nathaniel Mott 2019-10-17T16:08:26ZSoftware  Canonical released Ubuntu 19.10 (also known as Eoan Ermine) today with support for the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B. The update isn't all good for Raspberry Pi enthusiasts, though, as the company said that "Ubuntu 19.10 Raspberry Pi images can no longer boot on the Raspberry Pi 3 A+ development devices." R...

How Pebble smartwatches are getting a second life all thanks to the Rebble Alliance

Date Published: Sun, 20 Oct 2019 19:48:13 +0200

The crowdfunded Pebble smartwatch officially died last June, but a group of dedicated Pebble fans are giving Pebbles second lives, as detailed in this great article on iFixit that you should go read. iFixit’s story chronicles how the “Rebble Alliance,” a group of dedicated Pebble fans, developers, and ex-employees, banded together to document and save as much about Pebble as they could so that they could rebuild what would otherwise be lost.

Today, more than 212,000 accounts have been created—more than 10% of the two million Pebbles ever sold—and nearly 9,000 have subscribed.

See https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/19/20921584/pebble-smartwatches-second-life-rebble-alliance-fitbit-github-kickstarter

#pebble #smartwatch #technology
#^How Pebble smartwatches are getting a second life

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All thanks to the Rebble Alliance

Ubuntu 19.10 Has Two Outstanding New Features For Linux Users - ZFS file system and better GPU support

Date Published: Sat, 19 Oct 2019 22:15:29 +0200

Ubuntu 19.10 delivers a pair of welcome advancements for anyone using an Nvidia GPU, and anyone rocking newer 7nm Navi graphics cards from AMD, such as the Radeon 5700 XT. Support is built into the ISO so no need to download from the Internet.

Ubuntu 19.10 ships with experimental (i.e. “don’t run this on your production machine unless you like to live dangerously”) ZFS file system support, and it’s a precursor to a more mature implementation we’ll see in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and eventually Ubuntu Server.

See https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2019/10/17/ubuntu-1910-has-two-outstanding-new-features-for-linux-users/#447456a96644

#ubuntu #linux
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Ubuntu 19.10 officially launches today, and if this release is any indication, next year’s Ubuntu 20.04 LTS “Focal Fossa” is going to be one outstanding desktop Linux distribution.

Learn All About Double Edge Razor Blades - History, Developments, Advantages

Date Published: Sat, 19 Oct 2019 16:21:56 +0200

Some interesting history around the adoption of safety razor blades... Straight razors were a once-off purchase but required work and time, then came safety razors which caught on during WWI because they were given to servicemen but they now required replacement which meant revenue generation for manufacturers. But DE blades were standardised which meant you could easily switch manufacturers so along came multi-blade cartridge blades which were proprietary to a razor and so prices shot up...

But the DE blade is growing in popularity due to price and a shave that is better for most people's skin.

Watch https://youtu.be/0qVKgvK7uos

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#^Learn All About Double Edge Razor Blades

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Purchase your items by using the links below and supporting my channel so that I can keep making these videos.Thank you! Geo. All about double edge safety ra...

Tchap - Open Source Software powering the newly developed internal encrypted messaging service of the French government

Date Published: Sat, 19 Oct 2019 09:53:02 +0200

The French government has found an alternative to WhatsApp, Telegram or Slack for its internal communication network. The French government’s interministerial digital service created Tchap, an encrypted messaging service for public servants only to exchange confidential information. The main goals of the project are to ensure the security of the communication network and to improve the interoperability of the service between different administrations.

The French government decided to develop its own encrypted communication network for the exchange of confidential information. Moreover, Tchap.fr allows fully-encrypted exchanges coupled with temporary passwords. The app also ensures user ID control and administrators can suppress any account. the French government decided to develop its own encrypted communication network for the exchange of confidential information. Moreover, Tchap.fr allows fully-encrypted exchanges coupled with temporary passwords. The app also ensures user ID control and administrators can suppress any account.

This self-managed and self-encrypted service allows the French government to operate its own fully secure messaging service without any risk of man-in-the-middle attacks or foreign powers spying on their messaging. It is based on free and open-source Riot and Matrix which anyone can use. Because of this too they have no risk of vendor lock-in.

See https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/collection/open-source-observatory-osor/news/tchap-messaging-service

#messaging #security #france
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The French government has found an alternative to WhatsApp, Telegram or Slack for its internal communication network. The French government’s interministerial digital service created Tchap, an encrypted messaging service for public servants only to exchange confidential information. The main goals of the project are to ensure the security of the...

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Plumbing is the glamorous new IoT frontier especially in water-scarce cities - Much like electricians adapted to green energy

Date Published: Thu, 17 Oct 2019 20:31:56 +0200

Water is a finite resource that’s finally getting the global attention it deserves. It remains one of the United Nations’ top sustainability goals and is consistently a focus of environmental discussions and focus groups. And yet there are often leaks and water pipe breakages that impact on water supply and water levels. Avoidable, preventable leaks that come about due to weak infrastructure and lack of insight into maintaining that infrastructure sustainably.

There are three core pillars currently dominating the conversation in the plumbing industry – the access to technology, the need to change societal behaviour, and the critical water situation. Plumbers have become key in driving water sustainability goals, leveraging new business models, and helping deploy smart water solutions, powered by the Internet of Things (IoT), to the South African market.

Many plumbers are being left behind... an example is I just used plain e-mail and messaging to contact plumbers for a quote and one only responded a week later as "he does not often check e-mail". Needless to say, I'd already contracted the first plumber to respond.

But IoT has a big role to play in the detection of problems as well as reporting on usage to change usage habits. Often just measuring and reporting starts to change usage patterns for the better. In Cape Town, we saw a number of smart water meter apps appearing during our drought and I see there is a blanket cover radio network across Cape Town just for IoT device connectivity.

See https://businesstech.co.za/news/industry-news/346388/plumbing-is-the-glamorous-new-iot-frontier/

#environment #drought #iot
#^Plumbing is the glamorous new IoT frontier

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Contrary to popular belief, plumbing is the glamorous new technology frontier.

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