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 The Egg - A Short Story

A beautiful mind experiment about who we are to each other.

 There’s no speed limit

Whether you’re a student, a teacher, or a parent, I think you’ll appreciate this story of how one teacher can completely and permanently change someone’s life in only a few lessons.

 Lao Tzu

In pursuit of knowledge, every day something is acquired. In pursuit of wisdom, every day something is dropped.

 The dark side of expertise

Everyone has expertise in some things, which is normally seen as a good thing to have. But Dr. Sean Brady gave some examples of ways that our expertise can lead us astray, and actually cause us to make worse decisions, in a keynote at the 2020 linux.conf.au. Brady is a forensic engineer who specializes in analyzing engineering failures to try to discover the root causes behind them. The talk gave real-world examples of expertise gone wrong, as well as looking at some of the psychological research that demonstrates the problem. It was an interesting view into the ways that our brains work—and fail to work—in situations where our expertise may be sending our thoughts down the wrong path.

 Why I Keep a Research Blog

Writing has made me a better thinker and researcher. I expand on my reasons why.

Before I started taking writing seriously, I had a loose grasp of many mathematical and technical concepts; and I was not sure how to tackle open-ended problems. Maintaining this research blog has clarified my thoughts and improved how I approach research problems. The goal of this post is to explain why I have found the process so valuable.

Resource Exhaustion

36C3 is over, and I am drained on the one hand, and on the other still full with input I still need to process. It’s been a blast, let me tell you. And I dare even say the best congress that ever happened to me ;)

I am attempting a write up of the event, it it will take me way more time to flesh it out. It’s just too much stuff that’s happened and is worth writing about in length.

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 Properly managing your .gitignore file

What belongs in your project’s .gitignore, and what doesn’t.

 Verordnung zur Durchführung des Niedersächsischen Bildungsurlaubsgesetzes

Die oben verlinkte Verordnung verhindert ein weiteres Jahr, dass das Land Niedersachsen auf der Bildungsurlaubskarte für den Chaos Communication Congress rot markiert ist.

Konkret ist §2 (1) das Problem:

Bildungsveranstaltungen können unter folgenden Voraussetzungen anerkannt werden:

  1. gleichbleibender Teilnehmerkreis mit in der Regel höchstens 50 Personen,

Das soll jawohl ein Witz sein!

Danke Johannes, der auf den entsprechenden Tweet geantwortet hat.

Mein Besuch beim Amt für Verbraucherschutz und Veterinärwesen

Ende Mai 2019 habe ich ein paar Anfragen via Topf Secret gestellt, welches eine Zusammenarbeit von FragDenStaat und foodwatch ist. Dabei wird es Verbrauchern ziemlich einfach gemacht Lebensmittelkontrollberichte zu Restaurants, Kneipen, Imbissen, etv. anzufragen.

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 GOTO 2019 • Why Open Source Firmware is Important • Jessie Frazelle

This talk will dive into some of the problems of running servers at scale with data from surveys and how open source firmware can solve some of those problems. Why is it important for security and root of trust? It will also cover the state of open source firmware [...]

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