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Climate Change: Canada we’re coming

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Risk advisory firm Maplecroft has published a “Climate Change Risk Report” looking into the vulnerability of 168 countries to the impact of climate change. The study does not review the severity of the threats in general, but instead evaluates the ability of each of the countries to adapt and withstand potential change.

The report includes a vulnerability index and comparable country scorecards with risk indices, risk indicators, maps and graphics.

Not unsurprising the developed nations with…

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Quote of the day: Forgive your enemies

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One should forgive one’s enemies, but not before they are hanged.

Christian Johann Heinrich Heine

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Web: Naked Girls for Captcha solving

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While reports that online porn sites offering free access when the visitors enter the right response to a Captcha secured entry field have been around for a while (see for example “BoingBoing 2004″ ) with recent rises in spam originating from Google, Yahoo or Hotmail accounts the discussion on that topic is on again.

Captchas or “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart” that are within these relay attacks defeated by visitors to the…

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Summermeter – How much of this summer is left

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If you want to find out how much time of this summer is still left have a look at the Summermeter.

It tells you in percent of how much of this summer has already past. With 58% already passed, a pessimist might say soon you’ll leave home when its dark and come back when it’s dark again.

In some countries they make the best of it – in Finland for example – the whole country goes on leave during the month of July and all cities are basically deserted besides a (very) few unlucky people who have to remain to keep some essential functions going. Hospitals for example delay all not immediately essential operations into the the time after July.

The Finnish like their summer breaks so much that even between opposite political parties a sudden agreement / consensus takes place to…

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CNCI – A new cybersecurity program

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It’s G.W. Bush’s single largest request for funds in the 2009 intelligence budget and its a “highly classified, multiyear, multibillion-dollar project“.

It goes by the name CNCI aka “Cyber Initiative” and the director National Intelligence, Mike McConnell, calls it a pro-active measure to protect the US Government computing infrastructure and in the future potentially also the computing environments of (US) private entities.

While the secrecy surrounding the program does not even provide specific funding figures or a breakdown, the House Intelligence committee in its report on the program “recognizes” that “…it will be imperative that the government also take into account the interest and concerns of private citizens, the US information technology industry, and other elements of the private sector…“.

They call it a public-private partnership and outlined how the oversight should happen by a panel of lawmakers, executive branch officials and some private sector representatives. And the House has already approved 90% of the requested budget.

So far so good, sounds all nice and positive – a fresh start, “unlike any model currently existing“, well, well, well if your memory in that branch of IT goes back long enough (10 years+) then you will say together with us: Nice words but we have heard them before and when we acted within the scheme we got heavily burned and a bunch of gov. crooks around the world filled their pockets with Billions of Dollars.

So if its a “fresh start” back up your words with actions!

Demonstrate that you have learned from the past mistakes and…

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Image: The difference between Socialism and Capitalism

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The essential difference between Socialism and Capitalism – simply explained.

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