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Avoiding the Electronic Police State No.5

Posted by mfluch on May 18, 2009

I am living in the UK which is currently ranked in this study by Cryptohippie as the 5th under the worlds electronic police states (the UK is only exceeded in this field by China, North Corea, Belarus and Russia). I am not much surprised by this ranking. But reading this ranking gave me the final push to think about doing something about it.

Just recently I thought what to do about it and got the following idea: why not to try out one of the many public VPN services which are out there? So what did I do? In my case I moved my connection to Switzerland (which is ranked on place 30 in the same report). It doesn’t cost much (5USD for a month which is about the price of a good beer and a package of chips here  in the UK) and is set up easily in less than … 5 minutes! Read the rest of this entry »


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Herbie Hancock and Melody Gardot

Posted by mfluch on May 10, 2009

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Afghanistan’s only Pig Quarantined in Flu Fear

Posted by mfluch on May 8, 2009

Afghanistan’s only known pig has been locked in a room, away from visitors to Kabul zoo where it normally grazes beside deer and goats, because people are worried it could infect them with the virus popularly known as swine flu.

The full story can be found here at Reuters (funny enough it is filed under the category “lifestyle“). Felix says on his blog that this somehow reminds him of the following joke:

They closed the Kansas public library after someone stole the book.

Nuff said… :)

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One of the Guiding Principles of Modern Mathematics

Posted by mfluch on May 7, 2009

The following quote is from Everett C. Dade article on Group-Graded Rings and Modules:

One of the guiding principles of modern mathematics is that the main difficulty in any subject should be to find the right way to look at it. Once this proper viewpoint is found the theorems become obvious and their proofs routine if not trivial. Make the right definitions and the rest will take care of itself.

Nuff said. :-)

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