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0 A.D: a pleasant surprise

When I was younger, I remember being a great fan of real-time strategy games, specially those based of history. One of the main reasons I was really happy when I’ve got my first computer, was that from that moment i would be able to play the first “Age of Empires” game, which my dad bought […]

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Managing secrets

A few hours ago, I published a small article on Whitesmith’s blog about sharing and managing secrets, inside a software development environment. At first I dig a little into this problem that is very common and later I explain how we are addressing these issues. You can check it through the following link: Managing Secrets […]

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Democratizing the Eurozone

Yesterday one of the most influential figures of this year’s European political scene visited Portugal. I was totally unaware of the event but thanks to the reddit’s community I was able to discover the video of the talk given by Yanis Varoufakis at the University of Coimbra. It’s a long video but I can assure […]

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Multimedia tools for Linux

Convincing someone to try and adopt a Linux based operating system is a hard task, not because these systems are hard (nowadays) or don’t offer enough functionality, but mainly because when people learn to use a certain system/product and it already is engrained in their workflow changing is hard. I’m certain this is the main […]

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European Copyright Madness

After seeing many countries applying taxes to storage devices (as it will happen in Portugal from the 1st of July on) to compensate copyright holders (I’m still trying to understand how they will know which one, and not fill the pockets of some opportunist) the news today gave me one more prof that we are […]

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Folding@Home

Recently I’ve started “folding” again, to give a small contribution to science and research on important topics such as Alzeimer’s disease among others (as the above video shows). After 2 previous failed attempts (the old computer could not handle it), I’m currently on my longest streak and have just completed the first 100 work units. […]

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Laura Poitras’ CITIZENFOUR Awarded Oscar for Best Documentary in 2014

Laura Poitras’ CITIZENFOUR Awarded Oscar for Best Documentary in 2014 by EFF

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Why Privacy Matters

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“Nothing to hide” is not a good argument

When talking about privacy and online surveillance (a topic that has been in the spotlight over the last year) with friends, colleagues and people that haven’t given much thought about these issues, the most common answer i hear is (as you’ve already guessed) “I’ve nothing to hide”, which is fallacious argument. Arguing with someone that […]

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The Ocean Cleanup

More info: http://www.theoceancleanup.com/