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Privacy In Public III

Google Glass Explorer Program Shuts Down

I'm not going to say a lot about this, except that I'm glad, and I hope that the next step for this tech takes seriously into account the privacy-in-public implications of people walking around with cameras streaming whatever they see.
Anyone who was ever concerned with the level of surveillance in modern society by CCTV, helmet cams, the hacking of web-cams, and the use this can be put to by the nefarious activities of GCHQ and the US NSA, will be pleased that the headlong rush to turn us all into autonomous surveillance drones has paused for thought.
Lets hope Google use the pause to reflect on this.

Syndicated 2015-01-16 12:58:00 (Updated 2015-01-16 12:58:24) from Danny Angus

30 May 2013 (updated 30 May 2013 at 11:16 UTC) »

note to self, how to fix "requires installation of untrusted packages" in Ubuntu

I tried to install a couple of updates on my work laptop, running Ubuntu 12.04, a minute or two ago when prompted by the update manager, and I got the "requires installation of untrusted packages" error. I've since dicovered that there are two ways round this, one is to allow untrusted packages by doing the update as root or via sudo, and saying "y" when asked

Install these packages without verification [y/N]?
But I don't like that, you don't know who might be spoofing you with what fake packages. The better way is to rebuild the apt cache. I found the instructions here, I'm claiming no credit for solving the problem, just reproducing them below so that I can be sure to find them again next time I need them. Hopefully some of you who read this in the future will also benefit.

sudo apt-get clean
cd /var/lib/apt
sudo mv lists lists.old
sudo mkdir -p lists/partial
sudo apt-get clean 
sudo apt-get update

Enjoy!

Syndicated 2013-05-30 09:17:00 (Updated 2013-05-30 10:44:13) from Danny Angus

The Best Indoor Streetview's in London



Googles "indoor streetview" is pretty cool, but when you stray away from the city centre there are some less glamourous locations that are a lot more fun, here are my five faves


Number Five, London's least exciting Art Gallery