Category: Miscellaneous

Apple privacy policy on MAC address randomization

iOS 8 MAC address randomization issues

It has been known since June this year that Apple with introduce a privacy/security feature to prevent its users from being followed through wifi-tracking (something happening often in stores – though we are still at scarce knowledge how many stores use it). Google this, and you will be surprised how many web-tech savvy sites were excited about the news. Here is the bad news: Apple’s new feature seems quite worthless to most users (at least...

Mangalyaan space mission

India’s Mangalyaan satellite

As many news agencies have made clear, India’s Mangalyaan satellite has safely reached Mars and is currently orbiting the planet. Mission: try to understand why there is no water on the planet any longer. A noble cause for environmentalists who fear something of the sort may happen to our planet as well. Costs: a mere 74 million dollars, which according to the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Mr. Radhakrishnan is “the cheapest inter-planetary mission ever to...

Phil Ochs - When in Rome

Phil Ochs – When in Rome (+ guitar chords)

This very well may be one of the most violent lyrics in music, but Phil Ochs as a 68’er, can only be understood through an understanding of those events. He was not a prophetic writer as for instance noted by Peter Yarrow (as quoted from the documentary There But for Future), he was writing in protest! Understanding the violence in these lyrics is to understand the violence that Phil Ochs, and most of his contemporaries, were enduring. Although most of us have...

Noam Wasserman

Paradox of entrepreneurship (Noam Wasserman) applied to morality

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal points to an interesting paradox: Call it the paradox of entrepreneurship: The very thing it takes to start a business often ends up destroying it. How is that possible? Quite simple, what all business start-ups have in common is the drive or passion that the founders have. And it is this passion, the relentless and uncompromising belief in the idea (with a pinch of egoism) that causes the failure....

Bird on a no-bird sign

The bird sign turns rhino

Over the last couple of days, and image has resurfaced on the net with the a bird on a no-bird sign. Humorous as the sign is, it is in fact photoshoped. It is surprising how many people have taken the sign to be real – as if birds would follow human signs. Interestingly enough, the bird sign is not even the original one. As the user on Pinterest by the name of The Awkward Yeti claims, at least, the original unedited...

Michelangelo's Creation of Adam

Michelangelo’s ‘Creation of Adam’ paradox

One of the most famous art works in the West, and perhaps even across the world, Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam is an enigma in more than one way. There have been numerous theories on the nature of the art-piece, its position on the ceiling (of the Sistine Chapel), its meaning, and generally its alarming imposition on us as human beings. Enigma that it is in a spiritual/religious sense, it is also paradoxical in the sense of its title...

Constantine P. Cavafy

Constantine P. Cavafy – Ithaca

As you set out for Ithaca, hope the way is long, full of reversals, full of knowing. Laistrygonians and Cyclops, angry Poseidon you should not fear, never will you find such things on your way if your thought stays lofty, if refined emotion touches your spirit and your body. Laistrygonians and Cyclops, savage Poseidon you will not meet, if you do not carry them with you in your soul, if your soul does not raise them...

Edward Snowden

Snowden revelations lead to more espionage paradox

The revelations made by the whistle-blower Edward Snowden paradoxically lead to more espionage, according to professor Bob de Graaff of the Utrecht University. The main reason seems to be that, given the revelations about the extent of NSA’s operations, other countries are given an excuse to do the same. Exactly because NSA is operating to such a vast extent, Bob de Graaff, professor of History at the Utrecht University, claims that other countries will follow suit and...

Blackphone official logo

Blackphone has already been cracked

A hacker by the name of Justin Case has managed to crack the Blackphone within five minutes. Not that it is so important that a phone is cracked. One would be surprised if it weren’t cracked. The interesting part is that the Blackphone is supposed to be based on security (and hence privacy); and cracking it within five minutes doesn’t seem secure enough. Geeksphone and SGP Technologies, the joint-venture behind the release of the Blackphone, have already patched some...

Leopardi made beautiful painting

Leopardi – To the Moon

Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837) is considered a pessimist by most, if not all, his readers. Most of his poems are not only sad, they reek of depression. His readers remember him as someone who had poor eyesight, mostly due to his vigilant reading in a dark room with only one candle. Some claim he was poor, though that is most likely a misconception. And in addition to that, his reading was probably a cause for him...