Notes From An Emergency

And please regulate, regulate, regulate this industry, while you can.
Maciej Cegłowski

Nicola D’Agostino linked to me to the text version of Maciej Ceglowski talk given on May 10, 2017, at the re:publica conference in Berlin.

Worth every second the time you’ll need to read this … especially if, like me, you live in Europe, and then share it everywhere you can!


Privacy, May 24th 2018

Where I reply to a post on Privacy by David Shanske.

I was reading David Shanske’s post on Privacy. Begun writing a comment, but then things became a long text, so I’ve decided to write down something here on ‘my place’.


Privacy. The subject is difficult to examine and grasp in all its aspects.

AFAIK personal use of data here in Italy (and Europe? I don’t really know) is legitimate. For example I can collect thousands of phone numbers, email, medical informations (ie. you had varicella in 2000). As long as I keep those data private it’s all ok.

When I begin using those data for business, or share on a local newspaper you (again for example) are HIV positive, well… then things become complicated.

The ‘strange’ things in all of this is that – at least for me and for anyone that has a little common sense – it’s that this GDPR and Cookie Law warns me about stupid things. That you can see my email (which I wrote on purpose to comment on a blog) and see the IP I am using (again, because this is how things works) …

The law does not protect me about any of the use you’re going to do – privately or not, legally or not – about my data. You (as the receiver) can do whatever comes to your mind (like in Cambridge Analytica case). I can confirm my will you’ll use my data for ‘commercial pourpose’ without any limit to what you’ll actually do.

If someone was really interested in our privacy then he should promote the usage of things like TOR or VPN for any internet connection. Would forbid audio & video surveillance that is gone daily by our smartphones or ‘home assistants’, along with any GPS data … Would forbid any technology that fingerprints where we go, who do we talk with (via phone calls or any messaging form), and so on…

And, most of all, instead of bugging us with useless pop-ups, the law should smash down any business that manipulates our data tricking our behaviors.

How Facebook Is Killing Comedy

Facebook has created a centrally designed internet. It’s a lamer, shittier looking internet. It’s just not as cool as an internet that is a big, chaotic space filled with tons of independently operating websites who are able to make a living because they make something cool that people want to see.


Quoting a suggested read of some days ago…

Fake it Like a Project Manager, for Designers and Developers

Yesterday it was an heavy day at work, following a day long seminar on GDPR by my employer. I needed something fresh and inspiring to lighten my mood, so I went to – strong of the energies of the latest WordCamp in Bari ten days ago – and enjoyed this talk from Sara Rosso.

I do hope you’ll enjoy it too…

When did you get your first computer?

The first computer I remember really well was my dad’s work laptop he brought home in the beginning of the 1990s. It must have cost a fortune, but my dad always had a very relaxed attitude around computers.

I remember dad saying that there’s nothing permanently bad we can do with a computer – a bold statement in the era without automatic backups and when everyone else was advising kids not to touch the expensive computers! As a result me and my siblings created stories, drawings, games and probably removed the operating system a few times. But most importantly we developed a fearless and creative attitude towards technology.

Linda Liukas

The closing phrase continues to make me think about when and how introduce ‘computers‘ to my son. At 9 months he’s already aware that the TV-remote and our smartphones are things to play with… and while the remote is just a tool like any toy in the box, the smartphone screen with its neverending source of music and video is a temptation that I do not want him to indulge with…

Do you have a child? How soon and in what forms did you let him/her play with smartphones and tablets?

Fixing mysqltuner ERROR 1054 on Ubuntu Server 16.04

It was only last March that here at work we’ve updated our machines to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, just a month before the 2018 edition of the server-ready realease of the Linux distribution that has come to be de ‘de-facto’ standard for Bioinformatics.

I am running mysqltuner to see how the server can be most finely tuned. Unfortunately the package still has problems (ie. in two years the updated version has not been back ported) so I am facing the mysqltuner ERROR 1054 on Ubuntu Server 16.04.

Here’s how I solved it, after a quick digging’ on my search engine:

cd /opt
git clone
cd MySQLTuner-perl
sudo mv /usr/bin/mysqltuner /usr/bin/mysqltuner.bak
sudo ln -s /opt/MySQLTuner-perl/ /usr/bin/mysqltuner

Then I’ve successfully ran my script. Enjoy!

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