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Daniel Berrange
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Open source virtualization hacker and amateur photographer
Open source virtualization hacker and amateur photographer

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‪#Google Home devices have a few open doors ;)‬

‪“I was surprised to see so many ports open so I started to do some research and found that these devices have an undocumented (and amazingly unsecured) API”‬

https://jerrygamblin.com/2018/10/29/google-home-insecurity/
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Managed to drop my laptop while this memory stick was plugged in and it bent the connector so much that it sheared the tracks from the USB plug to the circuit board. Somewhat critical since the memory stick stores my KeepPassX password database and although I sync the DB to backup memory sticks, they were a little outdated. There was enough of the tracks from the plug sticking out that I could solder on some link wires to join them up again. The repair worked and I could salvage the files :-)
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27/10/2018
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In the past week Microsoft have joined both the LOT and OIN patent networks. This is a really big deal for open source and patent non-aggression in software. Today's microsoft has significantly changed from the one we knew in days gone by. The only winning moving for software patent warfare is not to play.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-joins-open-invention-network-to-help-protect-linux-and-open-source/
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Busy day installing artwork for the London Alternative Photography Collective show at the Brighton Photo Fringe 2018. Delighted to be exhibiting alongside other talented artists Anthony Carr, Melanie King, Ky Lewis, Justin Quinnell, Nick Sayers, Olga Suchanova, Pauline Woolley and Maciej Zapiór. Opening night this Saturday, exhibit running for a month at Phoenix Brighton. https://2018.photofringe.org/exhibitions/london-alternative-photography-collective-time-dilated/
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Three years ago now I joined a group of artists participating in a project that came to be known as "Obsolete & Discontinued". Our brief was to simply to use expired (20-40 years past the use by date) photographic materials (paper or film) to create artwork, thereby demonstrating that expired materials still have value to artists. The project had its first exhibition at the Revala-T festival near Barcelona, Spain two years ago, and then Photokunstbar in Cologne, Germany later that same year. Now it has finally come home to London for a month long exhibition at the Waterstones bookshop gallery on Gower Street. The project has existed on goodwill contributions from the artists involved to cover expenses so far, but is now raising money for book printing costs. There are some great limited edition prints available as perks, along with discounted copies of the book itself https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/obsolete-discontinued#/
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A great evening of summer astronomy in regents park with the Baker Street Irregular Astronomers. Found Jupiter in broad daylight with a compass and a large amount of luck. As it darkened we got four of its moons.
Then moved on to views of The Moon, Saturn and the colourful double star Albireo, ending the night with Mars. Lost count of how many people stopped to look through the eyepiece but it was nonstop viewing the whole evening.
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26/07/2018
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I endorse this approach to modernizing the job conditions for MP's .
I have a cunning plan to make our politicians understand the real world a bit better, to save taxpayers money and to modernize the management of MPs 8)

Firstly British MPs get paid a standard salary with extras for certain roles like ministers. This is old fashioned. We abolished collective bargaining (often forcibly backed by MP's) years ago and moved to performance related pay with bonuses and depending upon experience.

So we should start politicians on an equivalent wage based upon their qualifications (relevant degree, masters, doctorate), and number of years of experience at this and to some extent lower levels (local councils for example).

Their pay should go up based upon how well they do. That seems difficult to quantify but an obvious metric would be to use yearly polling data and pay their bonus based upon a weighted average of local constituent and party popularity. That'll also encourage them to represent their constituents for a change.

Some of the salary also ought to be performance for the long term. This is good business practice and exactly what our politicians told the bankers. So practice what you preach! We can't give them share options but we can defer chunks of their bonus pay over four years based upon GDP, poverty reduction, efficiency etc so that it reflects how well their policies worked.

The next thing of course in the business handbook is to reduce numbers. MP's claim they are overworked but any who do so should get a week in an Amazon warehouse to reconsider.

We also have a lot of MPs who seem to spend a lot of time sitting in the commons making 'whoop whoop' noises and acting like it's a playgroup.

Business has solved a lot of this via the so called 'gig economy' and zero hours contracts. This is an ideal solution. The party leaders can be given a fund based upon number of MPs and overall vote share. They can pay MPs only when they are actually needed. That should cut down lots of pointless arguments because when you know you won't win the debate you don't need to waste money paying people to show up. That's how it works in business. When a project is obviously a fail, you cut it.

Despite being so 'overworked' lots of our MPs have at least one more job sitting on a board of directors and the like, so they'll enjoy the flexibility of zero hours contracts just like they claim everyone else does.

Infrastructure is another problem. They are spending a fortune repairing the houses of parliament which is not fit for purpose even if rebuilt. It should instead be leased to a hotel company to do up as the ultimate London tourist hotel.

MPs can move to a nice concrete blob somewhere in the middle of the country, which will reduce travel costs, and building costs. They could even maybe telework. Perhaps security would be even more improved if MPs worked out of room-hire offices so nobody ever knew where they were this week.

They also get to employ lots of people, often their mates and family. They added rules about family so they now employ each others family. It would clearly be more free market, fairer and cheaper if they entire process was contracted out to people like Crapita and MPs got whoever they sent.

That brings us to food. They have some really nice food and can expense a lot of it. This should be replaced by an outside run cafeteria which can be shared will all the other staff.

Given the way they behave in (and sometimes out of) parliament, there needs to be a much stronger code of conduct with MP's actually being fired for doing things that get you fired in other jobs (like fiddling your expenses, bullying staff, affairs with your direct subordinates, blatantly sexist behaviour, not bothering to turn up). From they way they behave some spot alcohol and drugs testing is also called for.

Any complaints and queries about the new arrangements can I am sure be dealt with by a call centre somewhere with a half hour wait to be answered by someone who has no clue what to do about it.

Our political arrangements are positively victorian - move with the times 8)
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