Update on SDG&E Smart Meter Opt-Out: CEP Files Requests to Judge - La Mesa Incredibly, SDG&E and SCE have both been adament about keeping the devices on homes where complainants say they are ill from smart meters, even with doctors' notes. On Feb. 14, Center for Electrosmog Prevention (CEP), a La Mesa nonprofit, requested that the CPUC judge still working on several much-anticipated smart meter opt-out proposals speed up the process while considering "lessons learned" from the flawed PG&E opt-out plan adopted Feb. 1st by state regulators. So far, California's only smart meter opt-out plan applies just to PG&E customers, while many Southern Californians, in SDG&E and SCE utility company territories, wait anxiously for the opportunity to get rid of the risky smart meters on their homes and businesses. Incredibly, SDG&E and SCE have both been adamant about keeping the devices on homes where complainants say they are ill from smart meters, even with doctors' notes, and even continued to install the meters, despite alarming complaints, throughout their territories.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee speaks out on data ownership The data we create about ourselves should be owned by each of us, not by the large companies that harvest it, the Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, said today. Berners-Lee told the IPExpo Europe in London’s Excel Centre that the potential of big data will be wasted as its current owners use it to serve ever more “queasy” targeted advertising. By gaining access to their own data, people could use it with information about themselves from other sources in order to create “rich data” – a far more valuable commodity than mere “big data”, he said. Berners-Lee said that “people only look at one angle” of big data. “When you read big data pieces in a magazine, it’s about how big companies are spying on you. A lot of the marvel of big data is a threat to me.
PROTECT IP Act Breaks the Internet I am writing to you as a voter in your district. I urge you to vote "no" on cloture for S. 968, the PROTECT IP Act, on Jan. 24th. The PROTECT IP Act is dangerous, ineffective, and short-sighted. It does not deserve floor consideration. I urge my representative to vote "no" on SOPA, the corresponding House bill. How to prepare algorithmically created content in #Processing for offset print #res13 / @andreasgysin Last month at Resonate festival in Belgrade Andreas Gysin ran a workshop titled “Printshop With Processing” aimed at graphic designers who want to integrate Processing in their print-production workflow. The participants discussed and experimented with different ways on how to output algorithmically created graphical ornaments or representations of data to multiple page documents, ready for offset print with process (CMYK) and spot colors. Using this tutorial and examples, previously edited vector graphics, typography blocks or entire layouts in PDF documents can be imported, manipulated and used as templates instead of adding them later-on ‘by hand’. Andreas created few examples that demonstrate the use of a slightly modified processing pgraphicspdf class which permits, among a few other things, to set colors in cmyk space. The actual Processing PDF library permits to create PDF documents with the familiar Processing graphics API. → download from github → view on github
parasiting the bladerunner wifli In December of 2011 my employer got me a Bladerunner Wifli helicopter for Christmas and I proceeded to investigate the device. Turns out it was running linux 2.6.21 and others had already started on reverse-engineering the packets used to control it . I began to dream about performing a switchroot to a flash drive and being able to record/stream video as I flew it around. *Interactive Toy Concepts is apparently releasing a ‘WiSpy’ version with video streaming in the fall of 2012* Here’s a script I threw together to transfer a file (ie. statically compiled netcat for mips) to the filesystem using telnet, so I could make copies of the mtdblocks, etc: Appeals Court Revives EFF's Challenge to Government's Massive Spying Program San Francisco - The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today blocked the government's attempt to bury the Electronic Frontier Foundation's (EFF's) lawsuit against the government's illegal mass surveillance program, returning Jewel v. NSA to the District Court for the next step.
publish0x Recently, I wrote about the Brave team’s report on the data collecting and bidding practises in government-associated websites in the United Kingdom. The conclusions in that report were shocking, as it was found that many of the nation’s council websites had data collected without permission. Almost 7 million accounts were linked to data broker LiveRamp, which until recently was associated with Cambridge Analytica. These include accounts linked to websites related to disability and addiction. Google serves 196 of UK’s council websites and the data made available through the Real-time Bidding (RTB) system includes location, interests and the media that is being consumed. I recommend you read the full report to get a sense of the degree to which our data is being used, and the extent to which the likes of Google and Facebook have a control of the market.
99 Resources to Research & Mine the Invisible Web College researchers often need more than Google and Wikipedia to get the job done. To find what you're looking for, it may be necessary to tap into the invisible web, the sites that don't get indexed by broad search engines. The following resources were designed to help you do just that, offering specialized search engines, directories, and more places to find the complex and obscure. Search Engines Whether you're looking for specific science research or business data, these search engines will point you in the right direction. Turbo10: On Turbo10, you'll be able to search more than 800 deep web search engines at a time.
Missing Fonts in Mac OS X Lion (10.7) After upgrading to Lion I found it disabled a few of the system fonts. This made lots of websites not display as intended and warnings about Missing Fonts in Pages (which had the benefit of artificially inflating my book's page count bringing it nearer completion). Turns out Lion can disable certain fonts in certain circumstances; I did a clean install of Lion on a different drive when running the Install Mac OS X Lion app. You can re-enable the fonts like this: Open Font Book, it's stored in your Applications folder. You've got Lion now so you could be fancy and use Launchpad.Find a font that has been disabled - in my case Verdana was the key one.