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Ombudsman steunt bindend correctief referendum

Ronald van Raak werft goeie bondgenoot

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Dan nu in tijden van voetbal, tropische weerberichten en de relatiestatus van Marco & Leontien toch even een kleine verdiepingsslag. Ronald van Raak is weliswaar geen Kamerlid meer, maar hij blijft bikkelen voor het bindend correctief referendum. En in EenVandaag zien we  - behalve beelden uit de tijd dat Jan Roos nog niet met z'n veel te dikke kop te dicht op een camera aan onduidelijke dingen uit vreemde verpakkingen moest likken om in zijn dagelijks bier te kunnen voorzien - dat hij in Nationale Ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen iemand gevonden heeft die zijn rapporten wilde lezen, én instemmend reageert: "De burger heeft recht op wetten die werken en redelijk zijn. Dan moet de burger af en toe ook in de gelegenheid zijn om aan te geven of iets werkt, of niet. Dat is beter dan slechts eens in de 4 jaar stemmen." Ja. Want in het Torentje, het Catshuis en de achterkamers van de formatie lijken ze het te zijn vergeten, maar: de kiezer is er ook nog. Maar die wil pertinent andere dingen dan de politiek. Dus de politiek zal niet heel veel haast hebben om een nieuwe referendumwet aan te nemen. Joehoe Mariëtte Hamer. Nodig na al die lobbyclubs, klimaatjengels en Postcodeloterij-spammers ook de Ombudsman eens uit, om zijn rapport over het referendum te lezen?

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Peleton Patches Vulnerability In Camera That Allowed Spying on Riders

McAfee has discovered a vulnerability "that allows hackers to access Peloton's bike screen," reports CNN, "and potentially spy on riders using its microphone and camera."

"However, the threat most likely affects only the $2,495 bike used in public spaces, such as in hotels or gyms, because the hacker needs to physically access the screen using a USB drive containing a malicious code."

According to McAfee's Advanced Threat Research team, a hacker can discreetly control the stationary bike's screen remotely and interfere with its operating system. That means hackers could, for example, install apps that look like Netflix or Spotify and steal the users' log-in information. Perhaps more alarmingly, the cybersecurity team was able spy on users via the camera and microphone, which is normally used for video chats with other users.

"As a result, an unsuspecting gym-goer taking the Peloton Bike+ for a spin could be in danger of having their personal data compromised and their workout unknowingly watched," the report said. It also warned the hacker could configure this spyware at any point, including during the supply chain or delivery process, without the owner knowing... Peloton released a mandatory software update that fixes the issue to users earlier this month.
The security risk doesn't affect the lower-priced Peloton Bike because it uses a different type of touchscreen....
This report marks the second security concern for Peloton in two months. In May, the fitness firm released a security update that sealed a leak that was revealing personal account information, such as a user's age, city and weight.

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Linux Foundation Honors Authors of 30 Linux Success Stories By Letting Them Name a Penguin

The nonprofit Linux Foundation "asked the open source community: How has Linux impacted your life? Needless to say, responses poured in from across the globe sharing memories, sentiments and important moments that changed your lives forever."

Their web site now features a selection of stories from America, Canada, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, Nigeria, South Africa, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Kuwait, the Philippines, Bosnia & Herzegovina and China. And each story's author received a special honor...

We are grateful you took the time to tell us your stories. We're thrilled to share 30 of the responses we received, randomly selected from all submissions.

As a thank you to these 30 folks for sharing their stories, and in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Linux, 30 penguins were adopted from the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds in their honor, and each of our submitters got to name their adopted penguin.

One Kuwait-based developer had written "when I was able to use it instead of Windows, it made me happier because I didn't have to restart it every couple of days for instability."
And a story from Nepal says "Linux enabled me to become a software engineer. I would not have been able to afford Microsoft Windows... I had the opportunity to interact with various people from great communities and learn from their contributions. So I am very much thankful to Linus and each and every member of the free and open source community for helping me become a better programmer and a better person."

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Robotic AI-Powered Ship Tries Retracing Mayflower's Voyage, Has to Turn Back

Check out this video footage of the sleek Mayflower 400 slicing through the water, hoping to retrace the historic 1620 journey of the famous ship which carried pilgrims to America.

Unfortunately, unlike the real Mayflower, this robotic 21st-century doppelganger "had to turn back Friday to fix a mechanical problem," reports the Associated Press:
Nonprofit marine research organization ProMare, which worked with IBM to build the autonomous ship, said it made the decision to return to base "to investigate and fix a minor mechanical issue" but hopes to be back on the trans-Atlantic journey as soon as possible.

With no humans on board the ship, there's no one to make repairs while it's at sea.

Piloted by artificial intelligence technology, the 50-foot (15-meter) Mayflower Autonomous Ship began its trip early Tuesday, departing from Plymouth, England, and spending some time off the Isles of Scilly before it headed for deeper waters.

It was supposed to take up to three weeks to reach Provincetown on Cape Cod before making its way to Plymouth, Massachusetts. If successful, it would be the largest autonomous vessel to cross the Atlantic.

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Pilbara landscape

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Pilbara landscape

From the top of Mount Nameless, Western Australia.

SYDNEY 2016 - Fountains & Sculpture (#04 in series) - Sydney NSW AU 03Jan2016 sRGB web

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General Bourke outside the State Library NSW (built 1905-1910), ever vigilant. Don't ask what happens to those late returning books.

This gent was governor of NSW for 6 years, and also approved the creation of the city of Melbourne in the state of Victoria, Australia in 1837.

'The bronze statue of Bourke outside the State Library of New South Wales in Sydney was the first public statue ever erected in Australia. It was dedicated on 11 April 1842. It records his accomplishments as governor in florid detail. It was funded by public subscription and made by Edward Hodges Baily in London.'

Learn more: Wikipedia - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Bourke

Noodpompen in werking in Noord-Holland na zware regenval

Het Hoogheemraadschap Hollands Noorderkwartier heeft zaterdag in een crisisoverleg besloten de honderden poldergemalen in te zetten. Er zijn onder meer akkers ondergelopen.

Suburban irrigation canal in the rain

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Suburban irrigation canal in the rain