Links November 2011

Forbes has an interesting article about crowd-sourcing by criminals and law enforcement [1].

Ulissescastr0 made a Youtube video showing how to install SE Linux on Debian/Etch [2]. Probably no-one is using Etch nowadays so this video is outdated, but it’s a good way of teaching people. It would be good if someone made a similar video showing how to do SE Linux things on Squeeze.

I discovered the above SE Linux video through Explow which provides a neat interface to multiple searches and information sources [3]. I don’t think I will be using Explow much in future as I could get the same result through Google video search. They also have a news portal but there are other sites for that. But it does seem that Explow would be useful for newbies.

Eric Michael Johnson wrote an interesting article about the inherent bias in Psychological research based in the US [4]. People who live in urban environments think differently in some ways to people who live in different environments or who have different lifestyles. Therefore generalising from university students in the US to the entire human race is likely to get incorrect results. This is something to consider the next time you are tempted to generalise to the wider population from your own friends, colleagues, etc.

The Daily Kos has a scary article about the TSA having a woman detained for reciting part of the US constitution [5]. The US will remain on my list of countries to avoid for the forseeable future.

Vorlon has written an informative article about the use of hardening options when building Debian packages [6]. It’s now even easier to do this, so every package that simultaneously deals with data of differing levels of integrity or sensitivity should be built this way.

Bunker Roy gave an interesting TED talk about his Barefoot College that teaches useful skills to people in rural parts of India who don’t have a traditional school education [7]. His talk really shows up some of the arrogance in the people who run traditional education.

Justin Hall-Tipping gave an interesting TED talk about ways of solving the world energy problems [8]. He started with explaining the problems and why they need to be urgently solved and then described in detail some of the research that his group has done to solve the problems. This includes flexible photo-voltaic cells, infra-red vision to save on lighting, and a way of using carbon nano-tubes to control the thermal properties of windows.