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A needle without context …

… is nothing more than a straw in a haystack.

While reviewing some articles of the last years, I found an interesting study from 2011.
Entitled “Public Security: Simulation Need to Replace Conventional Wisdom“, that study proves a commonplace: Data without context is nothing.
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Security vs. Freedom

If you speak German you may have a look at this:

Information Security: YES, YOU CAN!

As a sequel to my previous post, two questions arose.

1. What is the payoff of all sorts of digital trawling without reasonable suspicion?

2. Can anyone can actually opt out of all that digital trawling of the likes of PRISM or TEMPORA?
[Note: you find an answer to the second question at the end of this post.]

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Who owns data PRoperties in view of Information Security Measures?

The media currently ventilates a lot of heat about boundless governmental spying activities whereas the most citizens stay astoundingly calm.
As I however see the debate on PRISM and whatever emerges nowadays it goes back to a very old issue: code versus data.

Code belongs to an entity in order to work on data obtained from any valid source. Code emanates and absorbs data. Data can be ported much easier to any other code base than the code itself. But code itself is effectively useless without data.
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Germany Has a Serious Management Problem

Germany Has a Serious Management Problem, that’s how it is?
How does that finding fit into Germany’s current image of being a winner of the crisis and the most powerful force in Europe?

Efficiency, the most prominent ad word of German companies?

Hubris in the face of amigo scandals and doctorate fraud?

However, isn’t the Gallup study a glaring example of misleading HR theories, i.e. nobody needs motivated and well-managed people to make a profit? Is it?

Who can save the EU now?

“A picture tells more than a hundred words.”

So I put my thoughts into two pictures.

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Why the Pirate Party does not appeal to German voters in 2013 (probably)

Germany is about to go to the ballot boxes this year on September 22nd. Piratenpartei Deutschland Logo

One party caught my interest as they serve the Germany’s nerds: the Pirate Party.
But since their first and much applauded appearance on the political scene of the European parliament in 2009, the Berlin Senate in 2011 and several other German regional parliaments the party’s fortune has changed.

Executives come and go, shame-flame one another. Today, the party appears as a vanity fair to the outsider, or better, a feast of hurt feelings served cold.

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