Germany considers ban on after-hours office communications to workers

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A ban on office communications in the evening and during vacation time could even become law.

Some German companies such as BMW, Volkswagen and Deutsche Telekom, in the last few years,  have banned after-hours calls and emails to workers.  The point of the ban is to actually let people take time off in the evening, rather than effectively being half-working all the time.

 

 

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Say goodbye to the home of a favorite internet conspiracy theory

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A remote military compound in the south-central Alaskan wilderness filled with 180 weird-looking antennas sure looks suspicious. The compound is the home of the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP). Conspiracy theorists have accused the program of doing everything from mind control to global communications jamming.

 

 

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The NSA’s $10 million secret deal to get RSA to use backdoored encryption algorithm

RSA had been paid by the NSA to set the backdoored algorithm as the default method of random number generation.

A secret $10 million deal between the NSA and the security firm RSA has resulted in RSA incorporating a flawed algorithm for generating random numbers into its products, creating a backdoor into encrypted communications.

 

 

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NSA scans 75% of all U.S. internet traffic

The NSA’s surveillance network covers more Americans’ Internet communications than officials have publicly disclosed.

The existence of several NSA programs that allow for far greater surveillance than the government has admitted to, and, importantly, detail how the government forces Internet service providers (ISPs) to hand over raw data, Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

 

 

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Living in an Age of Hyper-Awareness

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Futurist Thomas Frey:  It’s amazing how a single newscast can set the world on fire.

The very second Standard & Poor’s announced they had downgraded the U.S. Credit rating, communications systems around the world began to boil. Reaction time was critical and those who could react the quickest were able to position the negative news into something less negative, perhaps even a positive.

 

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Pain In The Neck: Too Much Texting Could Lead To Overuse Injuries

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Text messaging on a mobile phone.

The world record for fastest text message typing is held by a 21-year old college student from Utah, but his dexterous digits could mean serious injury later on. Most adults aged 18-21 prefer texting over e-mail or phone calls, and ergonomics researchers are starting to wonder whether it’s putting the younger generation at risk for some overuse injuries — once reserved for older adults who have spent years in front of a computer.

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Virtual Smart Home Controlled By Your Thoughts

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Not exactly the latest fashion…. but brilliant!

Light switches, TV remote controls and even house keys could become a thing of the past thanks to brain-computer interface (BCI) technology being developed in Europe that lets users perform everyday tasks with thoughts alone.

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Perspectives On “Next Generation Learning” At Night With A Futurist

Perspectives On Next Generation Learning At Night With A Futurist

 

Monday’s Night with a Futurist offered perspectives on “Next Generation Learning” provided by Michael Cushman. To Cushman, the opportunity for improved learning and training derives from the historically static nature of education combined with the potential offered by the increased pace of technology development. While “our founding fathers were born with the same technology they died with,” current generations are faced with an environment that changes much more rapidly. Advances in the fields of wireless communications and virtual simulation promise a Copernican revolution in education methodology, which Cushman currently identifies as the key constraint in solving the world’s largest problems.

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