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Submission + - Iphone application hijacks traffic from other applications (

emakinen writes: By mistake, Finnish newspaper Kauppalehti published an iPhone application that hijacks traffic from other Finnish medias iPhone apps. Kauppalehti app registers an url scheme that is used by analytics company. Users going to other apps are asked if they want to open Kauppalehti instead.

Comment The problem is media business, not journalism (Score 1) 311

Gawker article misses the point: it's not journalism that is is crisis, it's the business models of media companies that are. To own a printing press, it used to be a license to print money. Some newspapers in 1990's had 40% ebit. Nowadays we have more quality and niche content than ever before. Blogs, social media and startups have forced journalists out from their old role as gatekeepers of news. Interactive journalism, web video, data journalism and other new forms of storytelling have created a golden age of innovation to people who are not thinking print-first or broadcast-only. As a professional journalist in major media outlet, I welcome this change. I just hope that we are able innovate viable business models to sustain what we are doing.

Submission + - Finnish police: If you see Uber car, call 911

emakinen writes: The police in Helsinki, Finland has announced in a tweet, that if you see someone driving Uber car, you should call 911 (or actually, 112 in Finland). In an article in local newspaper they have explained that there is an ongoing investigation to find out whether or not Uber is legal in Finland and they want to interrogate Uber drivers. Normally you should have a permit to drive a taxi in Finland.

Comment FUD and BS (Score 1) 364

So there is an unofficial network of european police depts called ENLETS (European Network of Law Enforcement Technology Services). They have a wish that something like this could be put into cars. To post this into Slashdot as real news story means, that the editors have no understanding of how the EU works. It's a strong democracy with powerful member states. To pass this proposal is as probable as to ban hand guna in Texas. Someone might plan it, but it does not mean they'll succeed.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: How do you secure your communications? 3

emakinen writes: NSA and British intelligence have been monitoring data from major US companies and overseas internet traffic, as many of us have thought even before the media reports. I'm wondering, how fellow slashdotters have secured their communications. Email encryption? What mobile OS to use and not to use? Best VOIP service? Instant messenger? TOR, proxies, VPN? What options are there for a person with moderate tech skills and willingness to spend time on open source software?

Submission + - Candidate Selection Engine for the US Presidential Election (

emakinen writes: "In Finland, web-based candidate selection engines are mainstream. The idea is that first the candidates answer some twenty to thirty questions. Then the voters answer the same questions. The selection engine suggests candidates that best match the replies given by the candidates. Finland's main newspaper Helsingin Sanomat has now published a candidate selection engine for the US Presidential election. This candidate selection engine is far simpler than the standard selection engines, and the answers have been deduced from the public statements made by the candidates."

Comment Swedish aid to Cambodia began in 1979 (Score 2) 250

Swedish development aid to Cambodia began in 1979. Since then Sweden has given millions of dollars to Cambodia. The article by The Next Web and Torrent Freak have no evidence at all to back their claim. It's biased reporting, based on no research and strong prejudice. It is ridiculous to claim that Sweden would use millions of dollars to arrest a man, who is, from government perspective, a petty criminal.
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Submission + - Oil Company Neste Tries to Shut Down Parody Site (

emakinen writes: "Environmental NGO Greenpeace has been campaiging against Finnish oil company Neste Oil. Recently, they published a parody site about Neste biofuel impact on rain forests. Neste is now trying to shut the parody site down using a trademark complaint to WIPO. Furthermore, the Swedish ISP for Greenpeace, Loopia, has today shut down the original site, according to a newspaper Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). In a game of cat and mouse, Greenpeace has already opened a mirror site."

Submission + - Open Ministry crowdsources laws in Finland (

emakinen writes: "From today, the new Citizens’ Initiative Act will come into force in Finland. According to the new law, a required minimum of 50,000 citizens of voting age can launch a bill that Parliament then has to process. On the Open Ministry website, anyone can present an idea for a law initiative. If the idea wins enough support, the ministry’s volunteer workers will work on it and turn it into a presentable bill for the MPs to chew over. The site is founded by NGO."

Comment It's not that serious (Score 2) 95

You can read the full draft proposal of CleanIT project here: Although the draft itself seems bad, this CleanIT is basically wishful thinking by some police organizations. It's far from becoming a law, or even a proposal for a law.

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