Good reads of the week #3

https://www.economist.com/europe/2021/05/22/nato-increasingly-sees-its-soldiers-phones-as-a-liability

Mobiles pose a dilemma for defence chiefs. A smartphone ban would hurt recruitment and morale. But a single mobile can betray a big operation “like a fire in the dark”, says Lieutenant-Colonel Rouven Habel, a former commander of NATO’s troops in Lithuania.

When I’ve been asked what a person should for security my go-to has always been to suggest using a 2-factor authentication and a password manager (I like 1Password, others are good as well), never leave your email or other info. I’ve also said that if someone wanted to get in, they would if they are powerful enough. State-sponsored hacking will only get better and when the first cyber war breaks out, we are not prepared. We are French soldiers in red pants against German grey in WW1 prepared.


http://www.robinhobb.com/blog/posts/38429

Never got into the books. The Assassins Apprentice did not work for me on any level. A well-written text on aging. Happy 70th Robin!


https://kottke.org/21/05/the-fashionable-mark-bryan

I am just a normal happily married straight guy that loves Porsche’s, beautiful women, and likes to incorporate a skirt and heels into his daily wardrobe. Clothes and shoes should have no gender.


https://www.bbc.com/news/business-57139434

The research found that working 55 hours or more a week was associated with a 35% higher risk of stroke and a 17% higher risk of dying from heart disease, compared with a working week of 35 to 40 hours.

Often, the deaths occurred much later in life, sometimes decades later, than the long hours were worked.


https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-57348415

Plans for an artificial island to house 35,000 people and protect the port of Copenhagen from rising sea levels have been approved by Danish MPs.

If construction goes ahead as planned, the majority of the foundations for the island off Denmark’s capital should be in place by 2035, with an aim to fully complete the project by 2070.

That’s some long-term planning, I like it! Seem like this is the normal timeframe for such projects. The port of Rotterdam had a similar project, it took 25 years.