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blog post in No Food for Thought A new milestone for Europe: provisional agreement on digital identity In November, the European Union made a major step towards eID, with [https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2023/11/08/european-digital-identity-council-and-parliament-reach-a-provisi
blog post in No Food for Thought Car thieves are bad, but much wiser than car makers Thieves have a new way to steal cars. A method for clean thefts, served on a silver platter by car manufacturers who sell cars equipped with key fobs instead of traditional keys, [https://www.cbc.ca/n
blog post in No Food for Thought Cookie consent: how many clicks should the ePrivacy Directive cost citizens? By now, everyone has consented to cookie usage hundreds of times. All technologists are aware this phenomenon was started by ((wp:ePrivacy Directive|the Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive
blog post in No Food for Thought Dyson sphere I remember being halfway through high school when I had the idea of optimizing solar energy by putting panels around the Sun and relaying the energy to Earth. I did not promote the idea a lot at the t
blog post in No Food for Thought Germany to achieve full eID By 2022 According to Associated Press, Germans should be able to store their identity on PC-s this Fall! Meanwhile, in Cana
blog post in No Food for Thought Google Maps driving you nuts? Welcome to the anonymous road club Fast Company has written a 5-point rant against Google Maps . The first 4 points honestly don't bother me much... but as
blog post in No Food for Thought Patently sad hurdles for interoperability progress 2022-11-19 Update: It appears this won't cause a real problem. It has already been mo
blog post in No Food for Thought Smart technology makers, dumb technology users With the advent of smart TVs, smartphones and other computers, humans need to be a lot smarter about their usage of technology. Unfortunately, [https://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/30/us/new-digital-divide
blog post in No Food for Thought Technological deceleration: a symptom of fragmentation and severe health hazards One year ago, KNP warned against the perils of fragmentation . What’s happened since then: • Finland and Sweden applied to join NATO. • …and both started [https://www.p
blog post in No Food for Thought Technological evolution, a promise of unsurpassed repression? If the 20th century was generally favorable to democracy, {MOUSEOVER(label="many see the 21st century as a different story" sticky="y")}[https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/12/the-autocr
blog post in No Food for Thought Technological maturity at hand? Google's Pixel 8 smartphone For well over a decade now, handheld PCs have been one of technology's hottest topics. In 2021, more than a year after my Motorola Nexus 5X's Android had lost its security support, I decided it was ti
blog post in No Food for Thought The elusive tech panacea - Solid state drives This century has seen 2 revolutions in computer hardware: LCD screens and SSDs. In terms of computing, SSDs promised an order of magnitude of speed improvement, with greater reliability. But in tec
blog post in No Food for Thought The Stone Age, the Bronze Age, the Iron Age... and the Lead Age? Minerals have shaped human (pre)history. A few million years after the Stone Age came the Metal Ages . Copper allowed the Copper Age and the Bronze Age, after which
blog post in No Food for Thought XL-ent news: JPEG XL Ever since I heard about JPEG 2000 , I have been waiting to see a new, efficient image format replace JPEG (1992). Needless to say my wait is getting long.

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