In a nation that celebrates freedom of religion like no other, freedom not to be religious at all can be as hard to exercise as the right to swim the Atlantic.
- The magic number
While I don’t share some of the author’s opinions, the new Indian identity scheme certainly could have a positive influence on many people’s lives.
- Atheism in America
Interesting article about the lives of atheists in the United States. I’m afraid there are parts of Austria where it wouldn’t be too different.
- I can still see your actions on Google Maps over SSL
A proof of concept for SSL traffic analyses/side channel-attacks, with an easy to understand video for your less security-aware friends.
- Government ‘may sanction nerve-agent use on rioters’, scientists fear
Brave new world, UK style.
- The Man Who
An article about Steven Moffat, writer of some of my favorite TV shows.
- Stalin’s Human-Ape Hybrids
Skeptoid debunks the myth that Stalin tried to create an army of human-ape hybrids.
- A Happy, Flourishing City With No Advertising
In 2006, the mayor of São Paulo banned all billboards and similar forms of advertising, in order to reduce “visual pollution”.
- The Gentle Art of Poverty
This article from 1977 tells the story of an old man dealing with poverty in Southern California. An intense read, despite the bad copy editing.
- Wired Opinion: The Perpetual, Invisible Window Into Your Gmail Inbox
Personally I regularly check all app permissions. I also have a Gmail label “Registrations” where I store signup mails and occasionally work through that and close/delete all accounts I don’t use regularly.
- “Ich empfand eine unbändige Wut”
Interview with a former member of El Salvador’s guerilla movement, who was part of the first unit to discover the El Mozote massacre.
Doctor Who, for the uninitiated, is a show featuring an “eleven-hundred-and-three-year-old” alien who travels through space and time in a police box (called the TARDIS – Time and Relative Dimension in Space), fighting monsters and finding friends to take along with him, only ninety per cent of which have been very attractive women.