EN: As pointed out on nodailpoint.org the BMC journal Source Code for Biology and Medicine has now published its first volume. So far there are not enough articles to judge if there is really a filtering regarding code quality (including good documentation) going on what I really would like to see.

Don’t trust voting machines

October 24th, 2006

DE: Der Wahlcomputer-Hack des Chaos Computer Club und der niederlÀndischen Initiative Wij vertrouwen stemcomputers niet (“Wir vertrauen Wahlcomputern nicht”) zeigt sehr deutlich, dass diese GerÀte nicht geeignet sind um sichere und nachvollziehbare politische Wahlen durchzufÌhren. Diese Petition* an den deutschen Bundestag fordert eine GesetzesÀnderung (§35 BWahlG), so dass Wahlcomputer nicht mehr in Wahlen eingesetzt werden […]

Time for your own search engine

October 24th, 2006

EN: Google announced a new service – Co-op – Google Custom Search Engine. This make it possible for everybody to adapt the Google search engine to personal needs and share this modified version with others. I created a quick test which searches in PubMed, Connotea, CiteULike:

The sniffing net

October 23rd, 2006

EN: Ubiquitous computing and “web of things” can be scary and exiting at the same time: The company Gentag develops combinations of cell phone, geolocation, sensors and RFID technologies to make a network of detecting systems possible. There are sensors for different chemicals including toxic agents and allergens but they advertise it also as system […]

First signs of the 23C3

October 23rd, 2006

EN: New artwork and the event wiki for the upcoming 23rd Chaos Communication Congress (23C3) are online. [Via The Lunatic Fringe]

Google and Privacy

October 13th, 2006

EN: A posting at freds house expresses exactly my concerns about Google but also offers a solution. The problem is that Google just has too many superior services (the search engines, Google Maps, Google Reader, Goggle Mail etc.). Sounds great as you need only one account for using always the best service on the market […]

Genomes – How low can you go

October 13th, 2006

EN: How many genes are really needed for life? The recent publication of the 160 kbp genome sequence of the symbiontic bacterium Carsonella ruddii gives new drive for the discussion of this question. I personally think that the discussions is one of the cases where we artificially try to draw a line following the human […]

Google Code Search

October 5th, 2006

EN: Google Labs just lauchend Goolge Code Search – I think the name is selfexplaining ;). Searches can be perfomed with fixed strings or regular expressions. Nice that even the wanted license of the code can be specified in the query. Update: There some nice posting (e.g. on O’Reilly’s ONLamp or Bugle) about using this […]