The individual has become more conscious than ever of his dependence upon society. But he does not experience this dependence as a positive asset, as an organic tie, as a protective force, but rather as a threat to his natural rights, or even to his economic existence.
- Security Flaw Links BitTorrent Users to Skype Accounts
I never was a big Skype fan in the first place, but it’s articles like this one that make me even more wary about using the service.
- This economic collapse is a ‘crisis of bigness’
Nice intro to the writings of Leopold Kohr who already predicted the collapse of growth-driven systems in the 1950s.
- “Das Cannabisverbot wird fallen wie der Eiserne Vorhang”
Interview with an Austrian lawyer, who predicts that Cannabis may be decriminalized in a lot of countries in the near to medium future (in German).
- Why Socialism?
One of Albert Einstein’s most well-known political works, which in some regards still seems pretty up to date, despite being written in 1949.
- The Chilling Story of Genius in a Land of Chronic Unemployment
A somewhat older article, that may give you a different perspective on the spammers and scammers commonly associated with Nigeria.
- The Lairds of Learning
I posted some articles on academic publishing lately, this is another one.
- Katholische Kirche macht mit Pornos ein Vermögen
The Catholic Church in Germany owns one of the country’s largest publishing houses, which also sells a lot of pornographic literature and other things that her followers don’t approve of. But when people complain, the usually get ignored (in German, short summary in English).
- Your DNA may carry a ‘memory’ of your living conditions in childhood
An interesting result from an epigentic study shows that early childhood living conditions influence DNA methylation.
- How secure is HTTPS today? How often is it attacked?
The EFF’s contribution to the current “SSL is broken” disucssions.
- Just Cool It
Interesting device that regulates the core temperature of our bodies with — for me — surprising results.
Sometimes the hardest thing about committing the perfect crime can be keeping your genius to yourself.