Spending for the future

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I think that we all hear the same old story, no matter the country you live in. “We should stop to waste money on space-related programs, there are so many problems to be solved here! Who cares for probes, telescopes and stuff like that when we have so many people suffering on Earth?”

At first, such an argument could sound good. We have a number of ongoing wars, there are a lot of people under the minimum living conditions, a declining global ecology and  other worrying stuff at hand.

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No bank is safe, just remember it

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English: A speech in The New York Times newsroom after the announcement of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winners (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was reading a cool article from NYT (here) about possible links between hacking operations and heist made thru international networks. I was also wondering about the perception of bank’s security today, as seen from the everyday client.

You see, I work in the IT and I know for sure how much money has been invested in the last three decades to have the best security level possible, not to mention all the national and international laws made to protect sensible data at any level.

Truth is, no open system is 100% safe. No matter how good are the security standards, how much money and efforts have been set up and what else incredible instrument you could imagine. At the very core of any system, there will be human operators. They are the weak spot.

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The Power of Social Media – another good MOOC

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English: Infographic on how Social Media are being used, and how everything is changed by them. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve just completed another MOOC, this one from the platform FutureLearn.

That was about the social media, with some hindsight of its structure and a whole lot of good points about the use and the perspective of said media in our life. The people at the University of Southampton, starting with Dr. David Millard and Dr. Lisa Harris did an amazing work, concentring in a 2-week course a lot of information.

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Hunting down a meteor

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This image was selected as a picture of the week on the Malay Wikipedia for the 44th week, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Imagine a meteor, or a comet, tumbling its way thru our solar system, almost invisible against the darkness of space. A mass bigger than a mountain, moving at tens of thousands of kilometers for hour. Let’s say that this piece of rock is mainly composed by iron ore and silicates. Then imagine what kind of damage this meteor could do if its trajectory put it too near our planet.

Do you remeber the dinosaurus?

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When megamerger collapse – taxes versus business

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This is an interesting tale about the supposed third larger merger in history, recently evaporated in the wake of a change in the US tax regulation. This is also a tale about the proposed biggest pharmaceutical deal ever, done for nothing but paying less taxes.
Or maybe this is the demonstration of what happen when a federal administration change the legislation to regulate corporate greed. Again, this could be a story about how a national government crossed path with the free initiative of two major companies. The choice is yours.

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