Category: Techno

Media: bnd wants to probe social networks live

Media: bnd wants to probe social networks live

The federal intelligence service (BND) is increasingly targeting social networks. According to information from "suddeutscher zeitung", NDR and WDR, the german foreign intelligence service wants to be able to investigate twitter, facebook and co in real time in the future. The plans emerged from several confidential documents of the BND, the media reported on friday evening.

According to the information, the BND bases its surveillance programs on the technical capabilities of the controversial US intelligence service NSA and the british GCHQ. The project is being run internally under the title "real-time analysis of streaming data".

Already this year, the foreign intelligence service wants to improve its technology in such a way that weblogs, forums and portals such as flickr, facebook and twitter can be systematically analyzed, according to the "suddeutsche zeitung". This should make it possible, for example, to immediately incorporate moods in the population of other countries into BND images.

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Total fights against impending environmental disaster

Total fights against impending environmental disaster

Several days after the discovery of a leak from a french energy company total platform in the north sea off scotland, no solution is in sight. Environmentalists assume that the mixture contains toxic sulfur compounds. Ships were only allowed to approach within two nautical miles due to the danger of explosion, and aircraft had to keep a distance of three miles.

The operating company did not have a specific plan of action wednesday. The company would not comment on the composition of the escaping gas or the exact location of the leak. "No decisions have been made yet," said a spokesman in aberdeen. Meanwhile, scottish environment minister richard lochhead demanded "maximum transparency" from total and the british government in london.

It is not impossible that the gas well will dry up by itself, it said at total. The british energy secretary charles hendry spoke of an "abandoned well. The leak had occurred when workers tried to keep the well, which had already been exploited almost to the end, open for the long term. So far, about 20 tons of gas have leaked, and a 4.8 square kilometer film of gas has formed on the surface of the sea, the company said.

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When hobby and profession complement each other

When hobby and profession complement each other

For 40 years, the volkach mainschleifenkurier has been the appropriate medium for informing readers about the region’s past and cultural events. Even then, editor klaus hart had the idea of compiling the most interesting articles in a coffee-table book "to bring home a little closer," as he put it.

Due to its success, the first volume covering the years 1978 to 1992 was followed by a second book covering the years 1993 to 2007. Now, finally, the third book has been presented – with articles from the booklets of the years 2008 to 2017. Volkach’s mayor, peter kornell, dedicated a foreword to the editor, herbert meyer, and the editors, klaus and tatjana hart, in the book and expressed his highest appreciation.

Excellent cooperation

At the festive evening in the hall of the museum barockscheune, the mayor emphasized that the cooperation between honorary "hobby researchers" and the professional historical support of the city archivist ute feuerbach had worked excellently here. In a laudatory speech for the hart family and herbert meyer, board member bernhard weber discussed, among other things, the often stressful and time-consuming work the honorees had to do in creating the respective mainschleife couriers. "46 authors had written 244 articles, which first had to be processed editorially and in terms of printing technology."

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