Image: Where is Waldo with Obama

image excerpt Obama Berlin small Yesterday Sen. Barack Obama held a speech in Berlin and 200,000 were listening in enthusiastically.

For those who want to get an impression how 200,000 people look like from the viewpoint of the speaker we found an excellent shot at Flickr.

Note that the image only shows the front rows of the crowd (more than 100m long).

Bonus question (Where is Waldo): How many cameras did you count in this picture (You will have to use the original size image).

More information:

The shot at Flickr (login for the full-size image)

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Today: SysAdminDay

image sysadminday postit 180x150 Friday, July 25th, 2008, is the 9th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day. On this special international day, give your System Administrator something that shows that you truly appreciate their hard work and dedication.

From the Sysadmin Day site:

“…A sysadmin is a professional, with complex skills, ethical challenges, and a daunting job. Many, if not most, people find computers difficult to use, and sometimes they’re unreliable. Being a sysadmin doesn’t absolve someone of dealing with unreliable computers. Oh, one can dream of such a day, but the opposite is true; no one sees more dead computers in a day than a sysadmin. No one sees them doing truly baffling things, and no one has more stories of computers failing, acting possessed, or even catching on fire…”

More information:

SysAdmin Day web site
Thinkgeek’s Gifts for Sysadmins page

Climate Change: Canada we’re coming

image Vulnerability map small 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 solid infrastructures and broad funding possibilities come out in the top league. Canada scores best followed by Ireland and the Scandinavian countries. One unexpected outcome is Uruguay, coming in ninth, before countries like the UK (12th) and the US (13th). The Comoros, a group of islands off the east coast of Africa scored worst and 8 of the 10 lowest scorers are African too.

Maplecroft offers the study as a tool to “…help government and company decision-makers ensure climate change vulnerability is included in planning and strategy as well as to assist in mitigating the impacts of climate change…

More information:

Report info
Press release (Business Wire) at Reuters
Maplecroft’s Word map showing the results of the study (You’ll also find maps from other studies at this link)

Quote of the day: Forgive your enemies

image F.W. Nietzsche small 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

image Captcha Humor small 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 intermediate (porn) site are seemingly often used to create free users accounts with online mail services in the background. And these newly created account are later the source for sending out spam that in many cases can not easily filtered out (which admin would blacklist the Google-Mail-Server).

We have recently seen that a similar approach is also used to create user accounts on software development sites like sourceforge etc.

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Thorsten Holz has put a short video on his blog to demonstrate the technique. He also warns users not to go to the original (porn) site as the HTML contains a malicious iframe.

More information:
Thorsten Holz’s Honeyblog
Roaring Penguin on captcha cracking

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Summermeter – How much of this summer is left

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 the extent that ministers from different parties are standing-in for each other. One minister might take on 3-4 ministries for a week so that the others are able to go on holidays. Newspapers and TV stations during this month are creating their (reduced) program by relying almost completely on interns.

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