For those of you living in Europe, it’s important to listen to your MEPs. You can watch the debate here (nearly an hour of video, 220Mb). It’s really important to listen to the kinds of things your MEPs say, so in the elections at the end of this year, you know who to vote for. The press release linked to above names the position of some MEPs.
In general, the European People’s Party (EPP — Christian Democrats), especially the Italian ones, seem to be throwing their weight behind this legislation on the side of the large seed companies. I was really disgusted a few days ago, when the EPP supported the tobacco industry in an important piece of smoking related legislation. Keep an eye on them!
Lots of hacking lately!
In recent years this blog has been infected with malware twice. I’ve posted about this before.
There are nearly daily efforts to brute-force guess passwords, or exploit other known WordPress weaknesses. Sometimes they succeed. Honestly, many WordPress weaknesses seem intentional, and the people doing the hacking are anything but amateurs. This is clearly something well organized, and with a lot of money and power behind it. The goal seems to not necessarily directly bring down the blog, but rather to breach the security covertly, be in control of it, and able to ‘pull the plug’ any time they want. This all seems eerily related to the Edward Snowden leaks, and the fact that all major superpowers are known to engage in Internet hacking. Of course corporations are not free of guilt in this area either, and we all know I’ve pissed some of them off. It all seems childish and undemocratic.
Anyway, if this blog suddenly disappears someday, this is probably why.
For the time being, the solution seems to be to turn on comment moderation, and limit some Internet address ranges. This means if you happen to have an Internet address close to the hackers, and I’ve been over enthusiastic, I might have limited your IP address too by mistake. I don’t think many people will have this kind of problem. If however you get any error messages or have any trouble viewing any pages or posting comments, please get in touch so I can look into it.
Here’s an interesting bit of Cold War history, with the Colorado Potato Beetle, on the BBC site.
Plant breeder and seed saver Alan Kapuler did a fantastic series of videos for the Cooking Up A Story website. I’ve posted some of the earlier ones before, but here’s the complete series of 5.
Today is the first day of OHM2013 in the Netherlands. Tomorrow (Thursday) I will talk about Open Source Food in Tent 1 at 6pm local time here in Amsterdam, for an hour. It might be possible to watch via a live stream here, or archived videos will be available later.
The general program is here. All events are in English. Lots of great stuff is planned!
At the last event, 4 years ago, Julian Assange spoke and introduced an idea he had called Wikileaks. He’ll speak again this year via a video link from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he’s hiding out. Thomas Drake, another American whistle blower will also speak. Expect speakers this time to again present world changing ideas!
The event has it’s own broadcasting license for both TV and radio. The station name is OHMroep, a play on the Dutch word ‘omroep’ which means broadcasting company. See the streams page linked to above if you want to listen in.