Donegal pensioner receives WWII medal 70 years after conflict

first_imgA Donegal pensioner has received a World War II medal 70 years following his service in the Local Defence Force (LDF). James Callan, from Convoy, was recognised for his service during a special ceremony at Finner Camp in Ballyshannon.Callan, 93, served in the LDF, which existed between 1939 to 1945, for the then Letterkenny Battalion. Photo: Neil LedwithFollowing the war, Mr Callan served in the disbanded Local Defence Force, which was set-up by Gardai during “The Emergency” across Ireland.“The Emergency” has been used metonymically in historical and cultural commentary to refer to the state during the war.It is understood that the discovery was made following enquiries to the Military Archives of Ireland in Dublin.Photo: Neil LedwithAll members of the Local Defence Force were honoured for the dedication during WWII, all except one – Mr Callan. However, that was rectified last week when James inspected a guard of honour at the ceremony last week.Donegal pensioner receives WWII medal 70 years after conflict was last modified: September 21st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South African photographer documents pantsula

first_img5 February 2016Profiled in a recent New York Times (NYT) photo essay, South African photographer Chris Saunders says his love of the pantsula dance culture stems from its spontaneous and makeshift energy and the positive message the dance’s champions are trying to spread.“The guys are trying to spread a message of better living through the dance,” he told the NYT Everywhere you walk down a road, there’s kids playing, people dancing, people barbecuing, it’s (has) a vibe. It’s street culture.”What started as an eight-week assignment for Dance magazine soon turned into a six-year obsession with the art and artists of pantsula.As described in the NYT article, pantsula is defined as combining “precise and technical footwork and house music, (while using) hectic city streets as their stage, surrounded by traffic, pedestrians and vendors”. The dance moves are steeped in history, both cultural and political, and rooted in the African sense of community and the joy of freedom of movement.And it is not merely a dance of improvisation and spontaneity, with many dancers forming well-coordinated troupes that practise long hours to come up with the best and most original routines. For many in the townships, the pantsula dancer is both a hero and an entertainer.Together with German writer Daniela Goeller, Saunders set out in 2012 to comprehensively document the real story behind the dance, intent on recording the art form’s greater significance in modern South African youth culture. “There is no coherent documentation about this dance form, its history, where it comes from,” Goeller said in the NYT article. “There is really an opportunity to gather this information so this culture can be recognised.”Saunders explains that he didn’t want to focus on the negativity that surrounds the reality of a lot of people’s lives in the pantsula scene. “I wanted to focus on the dance, the beauty of the culture and what they’re trying to portray to the world.”Goeller, Saunders and four of the most respected pantsula dancers in Johannesburg have since founded the Impilo Mapantsula collective. It unites over 50 pantsula troupes from around Gauteng, supporting their professional development and improving their personal circumstances.Proceeds from Saunders’ photography exhibitions around the world, as well as a book with Goeller that documents the history and culture of pantsula, will contribute to helping the dancers fulfil their dance dreams and personal goals.Source: News24Wire/New York Timeslast_img read more

Hacker Crackdown: Blame AT&T’s Crappy Security, Not Weev

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… adam popescu A day later in a blog post on the Goatse Security site, Auernheimer and company wrote:I want to summarize this explicitly:All data was gathered from a public webserver with no password, accessible by anyone on the Internet. There was no breach, intrusion, or penetration.The dataset was not disclosed until we verified the problem was fixed by the vendor.The only person to receive the dataset was Gawker journalist Ryan Tate who responsibly redacted it.[…]We did this to help you.By its own account, AT&T responded with “swift action” to prevent additional intrusions: Within hours, AT&T disabled the mechanism that automatically populated the email address. Now, the authentication page log-in screen requires the user to enter both their email address and their password.Problem solved, right? Wrong. A week later Auernheimer was arrested after the FBI raided his house. He was then charged with major computer crimes under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), the same legal club prosecutors have used to go after Aaron Swartz and, last week, Reuters social editor Matthew Keys.(See also: Reuters Social Editor Indicted Over Anonymous Hack; Internet’s Jaw Drops)During the trial, AT&T admitted the server was publicly accessible, yet claimed Auernheimer’s access was unauthorized. Under the CFAA, unauthorized access is a crime. But the statute’s ambiguity on that score has opened the door for egregious prosecutorial overreach in this and other cases.On Nov. 20, 2012, a jury found Auernheimer guilty of one count each of identity theft and conspiracy to violate the CFAA. Today, Auernheimer was sentenced.Fair Or Fanning The Flames?Supporters of Auernheimer say what he did was not a crime. Maybe it wasn’t smart to expose a major vulnerability at AT&T and then rub the company’s nose, but stupidity shouldn’t be a federal offense. Friends and colleagues point out that the point of hacking is to gain something from it — and in this case, there was no money involved and nothing else to gain but besides a measure of celebrity.Australian journalist and hacktivist Asher Wolf wrote a poignant piece today arguing that’s it’s insane to publicly tar and feather someone who spurred a company to fix a problem, even if he didn’t choose the most orthodox means of doing it:Putting Weev behind bars is pointless and tragic. Jailing the most outspoken men and women amongst our generation won’t stop the leaks, the hacks, the news revelations, the whistleblowers — and most of all it won’t stop the rage of the malcontent, dispossessed youth from eventually tumbling down upon the heads of the bureaucrats who sold us out and then tried to lock us up when we complained.Bees To HoneyAT&T’s vulnerability was basically low hanging fruit — just too easy a target for hackers to ignore. But the question of whether AT&T was asking for it is more complicated.Sure, poor security is asking for trouble. But playing with fire will get you burned no matter how righteous and ethical you claim to be. “Our conduct doesn’t happen in a vacuum,” hacker Adrian Lamo — the guy who allegedly dropped a dime on Bradley Manning — wrote on Twitter today. “I don’t think 3+ years is warranted for Weev, but in totality of circumstances, it’s understandable.”Still, this is significant time for essentially not hurting anyone, as the British journalist Laurie Penny pointed out. By comparison, the Steubenville rapists were sentenced to just one year in juvenile jail.This isn’t over. Auernheimer is appealing his conviction. And either another example will be made to hackers everywhere, or the sentence will be reduced.At the end of the day, Weev and co. were nicer to AT&T than, say, hacker HD Moore — who published unpatched iPhone flaws and exposed another big bug in Apple’s WiFi — was to Apple. But that doesn’t seem to matter much in the boardrooms and courtrooms of America. In their view, all hackers are criminals.Even many mainstream journalists think all hacking is a crime. Last night on 60 Minutes, for instance, Lara Logan basically accused Jack Dorsey’s early work of bordering on just that. And even with the best of intentions, hackers’ attempts to route around the system will likely never gain the benefit of the doubt with the public.Instead, they’ll just keep earning jail sentences, at least unless and until the courts — or Congress, though don’t hold your breath — push back against prosecutorial overreach. And that, at least, will give them plenty of time to repent at leisure.Lead image via Flickr user shane_curcuru, CC 2.0; image of Andrew Auernheimer via Wikimedia Commons Related Posts Tags:#data#hacking#privacy#security Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Another hacker bites the dust. This morning, Andrew Auernheimer — aka “Weev” — got handed a sentence of 41 months in prison, 3 years of supervised release and a $36,500 fine. All for basically exposing a major security hole at AT&T and publicly shaming the company that hadn’t ever bothered to fix it.Back in 2010, Auernheimer and his partner Daniel Spitler, part of a team calling itself Goatse Security, hacked into a public server owned by AT&T. That server housed hundreds of thousands of email addresses of customers who owned 3G iPads. Through trial and error and some ingenuity, group members discovered they could randomly guess iPad identification numbers and then use them to extract matching email addresses from that server.AT&T’s Security Loophole, ExposedThis security loophole on AT&T’s site returned email addresses associated with ICC IDs, the unique serial numbers used to track and link SIM cards on mobile devices with specific subscribers. A PHP script that automated the process ended up harvesting a whopping 114,000 email addresses. Auernheimer then sent news of the group’s work as an exclusive to Gawker.(See also: U.S. Announces 120,000 iPad Users Had Their Data Stolen) 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Discover Missteps in Your UX Design

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Stephen Moyers is an out of the heart writer voicing out his take on various topics of social media, web design, mobile apps, digital marketing, entrepreneurship, startups and much more in the cutting edge digital world. When he is not writing, he can be found traveling outdoors with his camera. You can follow Stephen on Twitter @StephenMoyers. Source: Google ImageUse Tools to Check UX Design EffectivenessLuckily, there are tools available that will make it easy to determine if your website is struggling and what the specific issues are. Google Analytics offers many possible reports that can tell you which pages on your site are successful along with other information.Google also has a tool called PageSpeed Insights that will check how long it takes to load your pages, a key aspect of UX design. You can also use Pingdom Tools and Web Page test, which also provide information about the load time of yourwebsite pages.Specific Areas Where Your Site Might StruggleOne of the most common reasons users will bounce from a site is slow page loading speed. If a user needs to wait for a page or image to load, there are many other sites where they can find what they want – and faster. If you know some aspect of your page is slow to load, fix it. No matter how unique or special it is, it doesn’t matter if your user leaves the site. Also, communicate in ways users expect. Many interfaces include signals for the user that an action has been completed. For instance, Twitter includes a swooshing sound when a tweet has been posted. These small signals of completion have become the norm, so it makes sense that you should include them on your site – users will likely expect them.Another issue is having a UX design that does not coordinate with the real world. Websites often use overly complex wording or steps that designers believe are intuitive but aren’t. Imagine your users’ mistakes or confusion before they happen by being empathetic. It also helps to be empathetic when you imagine potential user error.Considering the large numbers of visitors every day, errors are common on most websites. For instance, if your site sells shoes, make sure users can find Tom’s and Toms. It can be helpful to users to offer them prompts when they are searching for things. For example, Google will come up with a list of possible searches after you type just one word of a phrase into the search bar. This helps the user because they don’t always have to remember the specific thing they need to type in.Other websites struggle with having designs that are too complex. While aesthetics are important, it is just as crucial to avoid making your site cluttered or flashy. Prioritize necessary information so it is easy for the user to find what they are looking for.If your site is suffering from a high bounce rate or isn’t seeing the traffic you’d like, it might be time for a UX diagnostic text. Don’t lose customers because of poor UX; spend time considering how to make your site user-friendly and intuitive because there’s no time to drop the mic in this constantly evolving tech landscape. UX design – the process of creating a website that is intuitive to the user – is ongoing and must adjust to the needs of your market and users. While you may feel like dropping the mic after getting your site up and running, it’s not over and done. As users and the digital landscape change, so must your website.In fact, optimal UX could be the factor that determines the success of your company. If your website is struggling to retain visitors, it may be that it needs a UX update. Try these strategies to identify whether your website has a UX design problem and how you can fix it if so.Put Yourself in the Customer’s ShoesA central part of any successful business is thinking like the customer. After all, they are why your business exists in the first place. Use the same strategy when determining whether your UX design needs an update. If you are always analyzing your company from your own viewpoint, you may only see the good. Though seeing what’s positive about your site is important, knowing what doesn’t work is just as crucial. The best way to figure this out is by empathizing with your customer.You can do certain things during this stage of development to make your UX more effective. Think about what aspects of your site may be frustrating for users. Choose a few types of people that are in your target audience. Take time to look at your website from the point of view of each persona. Consider situations when a user would be on your website. The more circumstances that you can address, the more potential issues you will find.For a more clear-cut way to understand the customer’s perspective, ask your customers. Getting direct feedback about your website will make it easier for you to identify the issue. Pay attention anytime a customer contacts you with a complaint or issue, so you can utilize that in diagnosing your UX design problem.Define the ProblemOnce you have started analyzing your UX design from the viewpoint of your customer, you need to specifically define the issue that you need to fix. By putting yourself in the customer’s shoes, you can realize what is frustrating or inconvenient about your website but not exactly what makes it frustrating or inconvenient.To fix the problem, you need to determine what the specific issue is. To get the most out of your site, don’t assume you’re able to see all the issues it may have. Do some research and consider avenues where you can learn how to see the problems at hand.While you are defining the problem, remember that it is a team effort. It is more difficult for one person to figure out the specific problem than for a team of people. Each person will have their own ideas and inspirations about what could be frustrating to your users. When working with a team to diagnose the issue, it might be helpful to create a dashboard where people can put their ideas in an area where everyone can see them.Create a Problem StatementA problem statement is where you outline a guide about what the problem is and strategize about how best to fix it. It is extremely important because it is what you and your associates will use to improve your UX design. There are a few things you should keep in mind while crafting a problem statement: Tags:#User Experience#user interface#user interface design#UX Do not make it too narrow. While it may seem that the narrower a problem statement is, the better, this is not the case. One of the most important steps in diagnosing and fixing a UX design is encouraging creativity. Each person on the team working to solve the issue must be able to access creative solutions. If the problem statement is too specific, it could stifle people’s creativity. By limiting the potential solutions, you could reduce the number of ideas that people will have about how to improve your UX design. Focus on the customer. Some companies, understandably, get caught up in how to best sell their product or service. Instead of framing your business that way, think about how to offer users the best experience. By providing the optimal UX, your sales will inevitably go up. When you are creating your problem statement, focus on the customer. Talk about how to solve the issue so that they will have the most positive opinion of your website possible. The goal of a problem statement is to find ways to improve your UX design. Do not make it too broad. If your problem statement is too broad, it will not be as effective. Make note of the problems specifically because, often broad problems lead to broad answers, and those are often ineffective. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Stephen Moyers Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more