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.
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?
emakinen writes: "Aviatime has an article explaining why there are no ejection seats in commercial aircraft. The main reasons are high costs and the risk of having explosives under every chair in plane."
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."
emakinen writes: "Environmental NGO Greenpeace has been campaiging against Finnish oil company Neste Oil. Recently, they published a parody site www.nestespoil.com 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."
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 www.avoinministerio.fi is founded by NGO."
emakinen writes: "Finnish Minister of the Interior would give the police the right to use the database of fingerprints collected for biometric passports in investigating serious crime. According to her, this would be necessary because of the public interest. In practise, this would mean that in three years every Finn with a passport would have their fingerprints registered by the police."