Monthly Archives: December 2013

Poor coverage of NSA tech affair shows lame skills of high profile french newspapers

It is very interesting to see how poor the coverage of NSA tech affair displays the lame skills of high profile french newspapers such as LeMonde and L’Express. It is very telling to see the kind of error these publication do. A few examples:

Le Monde

… récupérer les rapports d’erreur envoyés par **l’opérateur de système** Windows aux ingénieurs de Microsoft …

In this case, poor translation of Operating System into System Operator shows that the journalist at Le Monde who wrote this are totally foreign to the technology world. It’s not that Le Monde is devoid of good technology skills in its journalist crew, as for example Jean Marc Manach from Le Monde Blog displays excellent track record in the tech world. So why these obvious mistakes?

For l’Express

dans le cadre de la surveillance de l’opérateur belge Belgacom, lors de révélations datant du mois de septembre. Le quotidien belge Standaard expliquait alors que l’opérateur avait décelé une intrusion “sophistiquée” au sein de sa filiale BCIS, fournisseur en gros de lignes téléphoniques

There, it’s pure bad journalism practice where journalism skills seem low: low-details and they didn’t even spell right the hacked Belgacom’s subsidiary right as BCIS instead of BICS.

We can hope that these publication upgrade their level, but one cannot expect articles to be good if the staff does not have a taste for these subjects. And it seems to have been the case for a long time.

Moreover, one can even question the low interest and activity of these high profile french newspapers in regard with Snowden and NSA affair. How many articles published in french about this? This story is one of the most historic and important disclosure since Wikileaks and french newspaper don’t display the same kind of interest or professionalism as Washington Post, The Guardian or Der Spiegel do.

These publication will probably have to justify to their readership their true independence in front of conflictual and non-consensual subjects.

January Events

It's cold outside and the weather is frightful. But the Lab is warm, snug and dry so it's a good place to hangout this time of year!

2600 Meeting January 3rd 5-8 at the Burlington Town Square Mall, we've moved location and we're going old school!
The Generator is  holding "Build a Makerspace Party" January 4th from 10am to 5pm at the Memorial Auditorium’s Annex!
We've adjust our open drop in  hours to 7-9PM EST on Thursdays

Look for more events coming soon!

New Year, New Uke!

Saturday, 18 January 2014 from 11am to 4pm

New Year, New UkeDid you get a Ukulele for Christmas, and don’t know where to start? Do you want to strum along with your favourite songs, but end up sounding like a cat stuck in a well?

We can help!

New Year, New Uke is a workshop for absolute beginners. Just bring along your uke and we’ll get you started!

 

Things we’ll be covering in the workshop include:

  • Tuning up: How to get your uke in tune, and make it stay in tune!
  • Your first chords: We’ll show you how to play four simple chords, and master the tricky changes between them. We’ll show you some classic progressions which you’ll find in loads of pop, folk and jazz songs.
  • Strumming: We’ll learn some simple strumming patterns to introduce variety and texture to your playing.
  • Resources: There are hundreds of great resources on the web for learning ukulele and new songs. We’ll introduce you to some of our favourites and how to get the best from them.

 

The workshop runs from 11am till 4pm, with a break for lunch.

Each participant will receive a printed workbook covering all the main workshop points, and a pdf link to it.

Cost: £5. Book online

Calling All Members …

Calling All Members .... It's that time of year again.  Time for the Annual Meeting.  This is the time when we all can make a difference in how SCIL functions.  All dues paying members have a vote in the decision making process and the operations of SCIL, since it is a Member run Organization.  Please plan to attend the meeting which is traditionally held mid-January.  The final confirmed date will be sent to all members via email soon.  This is when the Board of Directors elections are held as well as the Officer elections.

Calling All Members …

Calling All Members .... It's that time of year again.  Time for the Annual Meeting.  This is the time when we all can make a difference in how SCIL functions.  All dues paying members have a vote in the decision making process and the operations of SCIL, since it is a Member run Organization.  Please plan to attend the meeting which is traditionally held mid-January.  The final confirmed date will be sent to all members via email soon.  This is when the Board of Directors elections are held as well as the Officer elections.

MMPIS is fully operational

MMPIS

The MMPIS (Milwaukee Makerspace Pi-powered Informational System) has been moved to its permanent home and is fully operational. Witness the power of the MMPIS!

The MMPIS will let you know about the upcoming events on our calendar, display photos of members, regale you with silly quotes, tell you where to park, and make suggestions on what you should build next.

I can already hear you saying “Well that’s all good, but I need more info!” fear not dear makers, there’s a wiki page for the MMPIS with the BOM, other details, and links a bunch of blog posts about the creation of it.

(Thanks to a donated Raspberry Pi and big TV, minimal parts were needed to complete the build. If you’d like to see more MMPIS installations at the space, donate your HDMI capable TV and we’ll see what we can do.)