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Election time – Norwegian politics illustrated

Things are changing in Norway – or maybe not – it is election time and either the current government will be sitting or they will not. The Norwegian national assembly, Stortinget is to be elected on Sunday sept 13th and Monday sept 14th. It is currently relatively open which parties that are to establish a coalition (or sole) government after the election.

The current government led by Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is a coalition between the Centre Party, the Norwegian Labour Party and the Socialist Left Party.

How does this relate to world politics? I have made it easy for you (and finally myself, as this has been confusing to me many times) below. PoliticalPartiesUsually, in Norway, we refer to the red wing (meaning left and centre left) and the blue wing (meaning right and centre right). I have found that this red and blue notation meant little or nothing to Americans, and when I put the logos of the Republican party and the Democratic party next to each other I can see why.

Are there legislations against having other colors than red and blue in party logos in the US? Just asking and hope you find my illustration useful. Any comments?

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Norwegians face death penalty

Referring to my post about the Norwegian pair in Congo, they got their death penalty today. They had to be convicted before international press noticed the news and now it seems to be everywhere. CNN, BBC and Al-Jazeera. Pretty well visited as well accordning to Norwegian papers. Good!

By the way I still miss aftenposten.no/english and think I may start a facebook-group to get it reopened some day. Or maybe start a new english service from Norway?

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The power of blogging

Equals zero if nobody reads what you write. How to get readers? (1) Post frequently, (2) post relatively short, crisp and to the point and (3) include a picture (preferably of your boots, boobs (see my last post) or other body parts if you are female) is the top three advices.

Since my sencond last post was May 22nd (i refound some inspiration this week), I tend to write long and I often drop pictures (even though I try) there are no wonder I don’t have thousands of readers. Maybe I can do something about it this autumn?

Let me try to stick to my promise – being a Tiger on the changing world – the fact is I almost feel like the world has stopped changing this summer, but obviously that is not true, I just need to figure out what the hell happened. 

Something did not change though – Kongolesian military courts view on Norwegian “soldiers” killing in their country. Wonder if they get some money from our government, I hope they do not.

Something else that obviously does not change either is CNNs lack of coverage of Norwegian news, I searched CNN for Congo Norway and nothing. Norwegian Aftenposten (Finance crisis took away their English desk, leaving Norway without any English news service to my knowledge 😦 ) had a massive number of news items about the case. UK Guardian have picked it up also, see this article.

Facsimile from The Guardian

Facsimile from The Guardian

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Security certifications for cloud applications, will it help adoption?

I just read this, a tad old pre-finance-crisis, but still relevant and good article on “Gartner prediction misses today’s enterprise cloud action” when I realized it was automatically linked to my post “Enterprise cloud computing and security, the missing debate or solved” – it actually still gives me hits, nice!

The post refers to security certifications for cloud applications and it also provides a nice grouping of applications with a timeline of when the author expects the cloud to be ready to handle this type of apps.

  1. Low security sites such as marketing apps and batch computations on public data with public algorithms
  2. Massive compute jobs that use proprietary algorithms that are not super-sensitive and operate on public data.
  3. Super secret data and very sensitive algorithms

I certainly believe that certifications that document security and processes, and new good architectural solutions will bring us to a point where cloud-sourcing bullet three is considered ok sometime in the future, but it still comes down to the level of trust one is able to build.

If you are the owner of business critical data that is “super secret and sensitive” a certificate doesn’t help much when your competitor got hold of your customer base and attacked all your customers with their marketing machinery, but of course a certificate helps documenting and is good in the sales process.

Who knows, your data might be more secure in the cloud than in your basement server room, which is normally most certainly not certified and it will provide documentation to hide behind. To conclude, yes, I think it will help adoption.

Security officer, courtesy to erotikknett.no

Security officer, courtesy to erotikknett.no

Meanwhile, be aware of social hacking amongst your trusted security officers 😉