Installing Trisquel GNU/Linux on a MacBook Pro

If you try to install Trisquel 7.0 1)Trisquel Operating System website: https://trisquel.info/en on a MacBook Pro using Virtual Box 3)Virtual Box website: https://www.virtualbox.org/, you’ll run into a problem. When you configure the VM, and go to start it, you’ll get the following error: This kernel requires the following features not present on the CPU: pae. […]

Digital Rights Ireland comment on Ireland’s state sanctioned phone and e-mail tapping laws

Digital Rights Ireland Simon McGarr speaks to Today FM about Ireland’s phone and e-mail tapping laws by Bernard Tyers on Mixcloud Digital Rights Ireland’s Simon McGarr has written a good post with thoughts on the FISA-style secret court hearings. It looks like the law falls short of covering “Information society services” such as Google, Facebook, […]

Mainstream Internet comes to Tor – who’s next?

A couple of years ago I started a list of organisations I thought should run Tor relays or exit nodes. I found it again this weekend. Organisations who should run Tor nodes (exit or relay): (ordered by likelihood of it happening) Mozilla EFF Amnesty International Privacy International Reuters (for their journalists and correspondents and for […]

Open Rights Group London: Myles Jackman – Criminalisation of Extreme Pornography talk

ORG London October meeting: Myles Jackman – Criminalisation of Extreme Pornography (releveled) by Bernard Tyers on Mixcloud This is my recording of the Open Rights Group London October talk on the criminalisation of extreme pornography. The talk was a fascinating of the criminalising of sexual material. Myles Jackman – @ObscenityLawyer – will be talking about […]

My notes on today’s BBC Radio 4 Digital Human episode on “risk”.

Digital Human: Risk (Series 6 Episode 1) by Bernard Tyers on Mixcloud Today’s Digital Human 1)BBC Radio 4 Digital Human Programme with Aleks Krotoski covered human perception of risk in the “online age”. “Our brains are still running security software designed to protect us against lions, tigers and bears and we haven’t run an update […]

FOSDEM 2015: Call For Papers on Open Source Design

For the first time ever, FOSDEM 1)What is FOSDEM has accepted an Open Source Design devroom proposal! It is a full day of talks about design work on free, libre and open source projects taking place Sunday, February 1st, 2015, in Brussels 2)Where is FOSDEM taking place?. The devroom is open to all who are […]

Technology and humans

There are deeper fears, people are afraid technology will make them less free, make them less powerful in a personal way. And that’s entirely possible. And in fact there are lost of good examples of that, the defence industry being a major one. Technology can also empower. You can take that argument all the way […]

Somewhere, this is true.

We all know some horrible software application, some horrible website where this password policy is enforced. YOUR PASSWORD MUST CONTAIN A DYING WOMAN'S LAST BREATH, THREE MYSTIC RUNES, AND THE SECRET NAME OF GOD — ugh, alchemy jokes (@tehaveragejoel) August 13, 2014 Death to stupid password policies.

Facebook’s emotional contagion experiment

In my personal opinion Facebook’s experiment on emotional contagion was unethical. That is a bad thing. The results they found are very interesting, and seem to go against recent findings in studies carried out in the U.S. 1)Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking and Germany 2)Envy on Facebook: A Hidden Threat to Users’ Life Satisfaction?. That […]