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ADB signs new US$50m loan for Timor-Leste roads plan

Asian Development Bank resident representative Shane Rosenthal and deputy director general of the Pacific department Noriko Ogawa at the media conference in the new Resident Mission in Timor-Leste. Photo: David Robie/PMC  THE ASIAN Development Bank has signed a US million loan with the Timor-Leste government in the latest segment of the Asia-Pacific nation’s road upgrade [...]

Trudeau opposes mandatory minimums

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau opposes mandatory minimum sentences, even for pedophiles. This report aired on The Source November 20 2013. Ezra Levant

The second operating system hiding in every mobile phone

OS News has an interesting article: The second operating system hiding in every mobile phone It discusses the security implications of the fact that all cell phones run two operating systems. One is the OS that you see and interact with: Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, etc. The other is the OS running on the baseband [...]

How to Save Money by Crocheting

With the price of yarn these days it is almost hard to imagine that one could actually save money with crocheting. But it is true, crocheting can help to save a lot of money. Ah but crochet takes time, and time is money; which means by the time I factor in all the time it’ll [...]

The paradox of irresponsible responsibility

This article got me thinking: People’s ignorance of online privacy puts employers at risk – Network World There is an interesting paradox for security folks. On the one hand, almost two thirds of people feel that security is a matter of personal responsibility. On the other hand, few are actually doing very much to protect themselves. [...]

Update: States Settle with Google Over Safari Privacy Case

To recap: In February 2012, the Wall Street Journal reported on new research by Stanford researcher Jonathan Mayer that shows four companies seek to circumvent consumers’ privacy settings in Apple’s browser, Safari. The four companies are: Google, Vibrant Media, Media Innovation Group and PointRoll. Google said the circumvention was a mistake and it has disabled the code, but there was (pdf) public criticism, including a [...]

Typhoon Haiyan – being a hero for each other

The devastation in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan on Iloilo in the Philippines. Photo: SBS/AFP Reflections by Joan Cybil Yao I NEED to tell you: Typhoon Haiyan was worse than any of us could ever have imagined. The Philippines receives 20+ typhoons every year – floods, landslides and partly-blown off roofs are par for the [...]

Change economic direction or face ‘bleak’ future warning for Timor-Leste

The La’o Hamutuk logo sign outside the development advocacy group’s office in Bebora in the Timor-Leste capital of Dili. Photo: David Robie THE INDEPENDENT Timor-Leste development advocacy group La’o Hamutuk has called for an urgent review of national budget planning priorities for next year or the country will face a “bleak” future. The Asia-Pacific nation’s [...]

LEVANT: Trudeau two-step

Last Wednesday, Justin Trudeau gave a speech to an Aboriginal school in Manitoba. There are a lot of things a political leader could say to Indian children in Canada — and coming from someone with the celebrity cachet of Trudeau, it could serve as an inspiration. The importance of staying in school; stories of successful [...]

Markey, Barton, Kirk, Rush Introduce ‘Do Not Track Kids’ Act

Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Joe Barton (R-Tex.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) have introduced the Do Not Track Kids Act of 2013, a bill to protect the privacy of children, in both the House and Senate. (The bill is here (pdf) and a summary is here (pdf).) Here’s more from the press release: [...]