Edward Snowden: A ‘Nation’ Interview Edward Snowden: A ‘Nation’ Interview
That’s the key-to maintain the garden of liberty, right? This is a generational thing that we must all do continuously. We only have the rights that we protect. It doesn’t matter what we say or think we have. It’s not enough to believe in something; it matters what we actually defend. So when we think in the context of the last decade’s infringements upon personal liberty and the last year’s revelations, it’s not about surveillance. It’s about liberty. When people say, “I have nothing to hide,” what they’re saying is, “My rights don’t matter.” Because you don’t need to justify your rights as a citizen-that inverts the model of responsibility. The government must justify its intrusion into your rights. If you stop defending your rights by saying, “I don’t need them in this context” or “I can’t understand this,” they are no longer rights. You have ceded the concept of your own rights. You’ve converted them into something you get as a revocable privilege from the government, something tha Computing the ISIN checksum in Excel Computing the ISIN checksum in Excel
To facilitate settlement and hence trading of securities, each security has a unique identifying code. There are several types of identifying code, the one that is used internationally being the ISIN, or International Securities Identifying Number. Every security in almost every country has an ISIN (possibly excepting Colombia, whose government bonds-uniquely-appear to lack an ISIN). The structure of an ISIN is defined in ISO 6166, and the algorithm is described by Wikipedia. Defined below is an Excel VBA function LastDigitISIN(ElevenChars As String) As String that returns the last digit of an ISIN given the first eleven. UK securities also have a SEDOL number, also defined in Wikipedia. The function LastDigitSEDOL(SixChars As String) As String returns the last digit given the first ?6 characters. If the input is shorter than six characters it is left-padded with zeroes. ISINs of UK securities are typically made by prefixing the SEDOL with “GB00” (and perhaps with “IE00” for Irish se Step Into the Office-Less Company Step Into the Office-Less Company
The Web-services company Automattic Inc. has 123 employees working in 26 countries, 94 cities and 28 U.S. states. Its offices? Workers’ homes. At Automattic, which hosts the servers for the blogging platform, work gets done wherever employees choose, and virtual meetings are conducted on Skype or over Internet chat. The company has a San Francisco office for occasional use, but project management, brainstorming and water-cooler chatter take place on internal blogs. If necessary, team members fly around the world to meet each other face to face. And if people have sensitive questions, they pick up the phone. Web ?rm Automattic has 123 employees in 94 cities-and everyone works at home. Having a remote workforce lets companies tap into a wider talent pool not limited by geography. Firms can also save money on real estate, though sizeable travel budgets may partly offset that.

Raspberry Pi at Southampton

Raspberry Pi at Southampton
The racking was built using Lego with a design developed by Simon and James, who has also been testing the Raspberry Pi by programming it using free computer programming software Python and Scratch over the summer. The machine, named “Iridis-Pi” after the University’s Iridis supercomputer, runs off a single 13 Amp mains socket and uses MPI (Message Passing Interface) to communicate between nodes using Ethernet. The whole system cost under £2,500 (excluding switches) and has a total of 64 processors and 1Tb of memory (16Gb SD cards for each Raspberry Pi). Professor Cox uses the free plug-in ‘Python Tools for Visual Studio’ to develop code for the Raspberry Pi. Professor Cox adds: “The first test we ran – well obviously we calculated Pi on the Raspberry Pi using MPI, which is a well-known first test for any new supercomputer.”