Bits of Freedom
Bits of Freedom

Tinkerer and thinker on everything free and open. Exploring possibilities and engaging with new opportunities to instigate change.

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How to scare your kids for life

There's a theory going around the hospitals here. The theory states that if you perform a venipuncture on a kid, the kid will grow up being scared of hospitals. You don't want that, so you avoid it, like the plague. Without any scientific data on this, I'm going to say: bollocks! I have a theory of my own. It's this: parents get so freake…

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Cashing in on cash rounding

If you've ever been to Sweden, you may have noticed we're a country with a coin deficit. As of October 2010, the coin with the smallest denomination in Sweden is 1 krona (approximately 10 Euro-cent or 12 USD-cent). One krona is equal to 100 öre but there are no valid coins which you can use to pay a fraction of a krona any more. But the ö…

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Re-evaluating nuclear power

Some time ago I participated in a campaign workshop with the FSFE. One of the people holding the workshop admitted to previously having been arrested for demonstrating against nuclear power by climbing a nuclear power plant. It's interesting that regardless of your political affiliation: communist, socialism, capitalist, libertarian, you…

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What is intelligence?

Yesterday, I was approved to join Intertel, an organisation whose website reminds of something from the early 90s. Membership in Intertel is open to anyone who have scored at or above the 99th percentile (top 1%) on a standardized test of intelligence, meaning an IQ of around 135. I've previously been a member of Mensa since many years, w…

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In memory of Telsa Gwynne

Telsa Gwynne at GUADEC 2001. Photo by Ole Tange, distributed under the Open Publication License. I can't say that she was a close friend, but we knew each other since way back in time. She was a constant companion in search of good food and during several free software conferences, she and I took the lead of a group of hackers, finding…

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