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Month: October 2017

Horizontal Space

We mentioned McMansion Hell previously as a Tumblr of the Day. In Looking Around: Horizontal Space, Kate Wagner speaks about the Horizontal City and Flattened America:

If there is one truth about the second half of the 20th Century it is that, by all accounts, we started moving out rather than up; horizontal rather than vertical. Not only through the process of suburbanization, the building of massive highways, and the rapid capital flight from cities, but also in how we designed everything from our homes to our workplaces.

In doing that, Kate also speaks about the Federal Housing Act of 1934, which we met previously in Peter Moskowitz’ “How to Kill a City, Gentrification, Inequality and the Fight for the Neighborhood“. Like Peter, Kate highlights how these policies of razing neighbourhoods for highways and the practice of Redlining have been an integral tool for implementing structural racism in the US.

Unwalkable cities didn’t happen by accident, they have been deliberately constructed.

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The large scale impact of offshore windfarm structures on pelagic primary production in the southern North Sea

The large scale impact of offshore windfarm structures on pelagic primary production in the southern North Sea

We are going to build a lot of off-shore wind farms in the North Sea. These have often in deep water where fewer mussels and other animals live. The rotors have foundations, which essentially are forming a lot of shallower islands in the deep water, an artificial riff. This is good for mussels and other animals that like protection, shallower water and a solid base. Life in the sea is likely to become richer and more diverse.


Crossing the Road…

English language video from the French Ministrère de la Transition écologique et solidaire, explaining how cyclists driving at red make crossings safer.

This video explains at length and through examples how allowing cyclists to pass crossings during red lights can make crossings a lot safer. I had this video in my G+ stream yesterday without a lot of explanation, mostly to see who actually watches it and how just runs the usual »Rowdy Cyclists Are Killing Us All« comments by reflex.


The inherent Asymmetry of online attacks

Katie Moussouris explains teh Cyber and how it is asymmetric:

»”#Cassandra moment: Explaining that determining “cyber norms” in today’s world order misses emerging capabilities & motivations of new actors.

Forget “attribution”. Not what I mean. Deterrence, state responsibility, etc in existing state context assumes most want to keep stability.

Plenty of non-terrorist smaller states & non-state-non-criminal actors have or can acquire capabilities & would not be sanctionable, for example when we think through deterrence strategies, consider not just world order we have that prefers stability, but those who prefer destability.

We’re erroneously trying to defend against a magnetic power reversal of the N & S poles, but the cyberwar powers are everywhere & unaligned.

We miss the point if we think the answer is to contain those weapons/tools. We hurt defense when we limit their distribution for analysis.”«

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Archon Classic

Archon Classic

So I learned there is a version of Archon Classic available. I have been playing this 25 years ago on the Commodore 64, and it’s available for Steam. A short purchase and test play later: this actually works. Slightly more modernised graphics, if you care (or true old style pixels, if you do not like that), and the dynamics of the gameplay have been preserved. New play modes have been added.

Very worthwhile, even if you do not know the original.

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A (sad) security user story

Here is a user story for implementors of security systems and platform hardening initiatives:

As any user,

I never want to get a “denied” message, but a “in order to do what you want you are missing the X permission” message in order to be able to track down the root cause and request the appropriate permissions more easily.

It’s not that hard, really.

GitLab: You are not allowed to push code to this project.

Well, it’s harder for some, apparently. That’s one hour of my life I am not getting back.

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