Western Digital MyCloud – The Internet of insecure Things (IoiT), part 157

I like it when your gut feeling proves to be right. Hackernews just published this https://thehackernews.com/2018/01/western-digital-mycloud.html

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I have one of these devices, and after a first glance I deactivated the software as fast as I could – obviously my intuition was right.

 

 

Really Safer? Or just a feeling?

security theater meets bike

What people feel and what is actually true – that’s often not quite the same. Expecially when it comes to security, merely feeling safe sometimes seems to be more important than reality. As the blog “Erich sieht” shows that is true cycling as well. The British National Health Service NHS puts it in a very short sentence:

“Official figures taken from the NTS suggest that the general risk of injury from cycling in the UK is just 1 injury per 19,230 hours of cycling.”

“Erich sieht” does the math for you: A typical bycicle courier would need to work for ten years, 40 hours per week to suffer his first injury – statistically.

https://erichsieht.wordpress.com/2018/01/04/so-ungefahrlich-ist-radfahren/

Videomitschnitt »Twittwoch Spezial Datenschutz« in München (2013)

Having a fine debate – it’s just the best thing to do on a wednesday, right?!

In 2013 I was invited to “Twittwoch” (literally a combination of “twitter” and “Mittwoch”, meaning wednesday in German) talking about data security in Munich. On the panel such interesting fellas as Jerzy Montag, then member of German parliament, Daniel Duda, an expert on cyber security, Tanja Gabler from Internet World Business, Stefan Gröner and Dr. Guido Brinkel (1&1 Internet AG, Expert Government Relations).

Watch to the interesting discussion presented by our host the amazing blogger Thomas Pfeiffer.

 

http://www.twittwoch.de/videomitschnitt-twittwoch-spezial-datenschutz-in-muenchen/

(In German only.)

 

 

Frances Spence – another unhonored ENIAC developer

Frances Spence

One more from the core female developers of ENIAC. As other women, she mostly went unhonored – because female contributions didn’t match societies’ expectations:

Photos of these women working on the computer often went without credit in newspapers at the time, and when the ENIAC was completed and unveiled to the public on February 15, 1946, the US Army failed to mention the names of the female programmers who had programmed the machine to run such sophisticated calculations. This further contributed to the perceived disconnect between women and computing.

(Read more on Wikipedia)

The Twitter-Controversy: Titanic and Beatrix von Storch

Freedom of speechIt’s abut freedom of speech, so the stakes are rather high.

It may sound a little overwhelming, but the tide is high in the controversy about the newest data (security) and privacy laws in Germany and Twitter. Because of the new legislation, mainly done by Heiko Maas (social democrats), that was supposed to stop digital harrasment and racism, kicked fully in: but not in the way it seemed designed for. The satirical magazine “Titanic” got shut down on Twitter (by Twitter) for its parody on altright politician Beatrix von Storch.

Read more here: http://www.titanic-magazin.de/news/twitter-sperrt-titanic-wegen-beatrix-von-storch-parodie-9376/

ENIAC: Betty Jean Jennings Bartik

The ENIAC's main control panel with Bartnik on the left.

Bartik was one of the leading developers of the ENIAC trajectory computer, and she was quite proud of its first public presentation in 1946:

“The day ENIAC was introduced to the world was one of the most exciting days of my life. The demonstration was fabulous. ENIAC calculated the trajectory faster than it took the bullet to travel. We handed out copies of the calculations as they were run. ENIAC was 1,000 times faster than any machine that existed prior to that time. With its flashing lights, it also was an impressive machine illustrating graphically how fast it was actually computing.”

(more at Wikipedia)

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