The audacity of using open source software

One of the arguments against Open Source software has traditionally been the question of support. With regular software, after you purchase it you get a phone number or an email that you contact and a paid support staff will sort out whatever issues you’re having. I’ve come to learn that this is a bit of a fallacy. Continue reading The audacity of using open source software

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Information Security training for fun and profit

I was recently asked to conduct security training for a group of journalists with little or no IT background who were concerned about the integrity and availability of their data as well as security in communicating with their sources and each other. Since it was quite an interesting experience I decided to write this blog post to sum up what I learned by conducting this training.

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Mapillary workflow for JOSM and Open Street Map

Mapillary is the new Sweden based crowd courced Street View alternative that has taken the Open Street Map world by storm. One of the main feature according to their legal page is that all the photos are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License with special permission to derive both photos and GPS data for use with Open Street Map. This post contains a brief writeup of a workflow I use to input information into JOSM.

TL;DR: line up the editor and mapillary using aerial imagery for best result.

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The inevitable demise of Thai democracy

I December 2013 I had written a blog post analyzing a series of surveys conducted at political rallies and it’s implication for Democratic Development in Thailand, stating my concern that a significant part of the PDRC supporters support authoritarian rule and this could lead to a slide in Democracy. With more recent data, post-coup, prospects for democratic consolidation is actually worse than what had been anticipated.

TL;DR: For democracy to survive, 70% of mass public needs to be committed to it. Only 3.10% of Thais are.

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