#news and #comments #digest (@robertolofaro) for 2014-10-28

NEWS ITEMS OF THE DAY

#Spain – a #corruption #network revealed http://elpais.com/elpais/2014/10/27/media/1414432785_062399.html #politics #EU

#UK will not join #Frontex #Triton http://www.lemonde.fr/europe/article/2014/10/28/londres-ne-participera-pas-au-sauvetage-de-migrants-en-mediterranee_4513332_3214.html #migration #budget http://www.lemonde.fr/europe/article/2014/10/27/en-refusant-de-payer-sa-contribution-au-budget-de-l-ue-londres-s-expose-a-des-amendes_4513072_3214.html #EU #diplomacy

#Brazil – #uniting the #country after the #elections http://www.kommersant.ru/doc/2599304 #politics

#Japan ‘s #SDF joint exercises first with #Russia then #USA http://www.kommersant.ru/doc/2599239 #diplomacy

#Afghanistan – #ISAF transferring camp #Leatherneck and #Bastion to local forces http://www.kommersant.ru/doc/2599237 #security #diplomacy

#Ukraine – #negotiations to form a #coalition http://www.kommersant.ru/doc/2599467 – #Russia acknowledges results #details http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2014/10/27/actualidad/1414441425_296135.html #politics

#EU – #market #reaction s to the #banking #stress #tests #results http://www.faz.net/aktuell/finanzen/aktien/marktbericht-investoren-bleiben-nach-banken-stresstest-skeptisch-13231892.html?printPagedArticle=true#pageIndex_2 #ECB

#Italy to #expand #public #WiFi to #boost #economy http://www.faz.net/aktuell/wirtschaft/netzwirtschaft/oeffentliches-w-lan-gratis-internet-soll-italiens-wirtschaft-ankurbeln-13232215.html #Internet

#France – increased revenue to #reduce #deficit http://www.faz.net/aktuell/wirtschaft/wirtschaftspolitik/defizitstreit-mit-bruessel-frankreich-entdeckt-ploetzlich-neue-einnahmen-13233047.html #details http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2014/10/27/actualidad/1414427516_150248.html #EU

#Germany – the #implosion of #AfD http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/afd-brief-an-den-unbekannten-querulanten-13232711.html #politics

#Syria – #civil #war http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/ausland/naher-osten/buergerkrieg-syrien-kampf-um-idlib-13233681.html #spillover in #Lebanon http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2014/10/27/actualidad/1414440799_017372.html #security

#Israel to #expand #settlement s http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2014/10/27/actualidad/1414407245_831232.html #security

#Spain #TV – #interview with #Vasile on #politics #Berlusconi http://elpais.com/elpais/2014/10/22/eps/1413983427_694530.html #media

the #sustainability of #State #debt – including #pension s http://www.italy24.ilsole24ore.com/art/markets/2014-10-27/pensions-italy-at-the-top-of-sustainability-140228.php?uuid=ABdcoF7B #EU #Italy


1. reviewing the #cyber #security of #medical #devices

do you remember VP Cheney? he wasn’t being paranoid… just logical 🙂

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2013/10/18/cheney_had_wireless_heart_device_disabled_as_terror_precaution.html

http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/biomedical/devices/feds-probe-cybersecurity-dangers-in-medical-devices

2. #chocolate as a #memory #age-#related #support

yes, we #dark #chocolate #eaters knew that already- it helps your brain… just eat it around critical knowledge-intensive times

nonetheless, read the article: the compound with that effect was used in a higher than usual concentration and “Most cocoa-processing methods in use today remove many of the flavanols found in cocoa. But the chocolate maker Mars produced a cocoa flavanol test drink specifically designed for the research, which the company also subsidized.”

so, look forward to a “MarsMemory energy drink” 😀

but it is a good excuse to keep eating it 😉

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/compound-in-chocolate-found-to-reverse-age-related-memory-loss-study-finds/2014/10/26/cee91aac-5bcb-11e4-bd61-346aee66ba29_story.html

3. #turn #around #corporate #culture

#creating a #turn #around #culture – #organizational and #cultural #change #blackberry

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141027115155-14119785-the-keys-to-executing-a-turnaround-the-right-way?trk=tod-home-art-list-large_0

4. a book turning into reality #peoplequake

in #Italy

“Peoplequake: Mass Migration, Ageing Nations and the Coming Population Crash” http://www.librarything.com/work/11198137/book/79479580

http://www.lastampa.it/2014/10/28/societa/pi-poveri-meno-figli-e-niente-posti-di-lavoro-fuga-dal-sud-c-il-rischio-desertificazione-ajDzOfnRx9LxlURKJa4NbK/pagina.html

5. the #new English edition of the leading Italian business newspaper

I might disagree with their analysis/proposals, but it is a new link worth sharing: Il Sole 24 Ore (in English)

http://www.italy24.ilsole24ore.com/

6. smart cooking and #Watson – a new #IBM service?

may I use it also to do my own grocery shopping? when I have my own kitchen, I am used to shop by… taste

obviously: by thinking how the taste of what I am looking at would mix with something else and do some “mind cooking” before the actual cooking (yes, I use also a more traditional grocery list, but cooking is not just stocking your kitchen with ingredients)

and no- I do not know about the chemistry of food (albeit I attended long ago an interesting conference in Brussels organized by the local chapter of the RSC on the “chemistry of chocolate” http://www.robertolofaro.com/blog/2009/11/11/from-cacao-pods-to-cocoa-nibs-and-beyond/)

I promise- I will keep doing the traditional “refill” shopping myself (ok, I might eventually delegate that to… a “smart/IoT/connected kitchen”) 😀

http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/10/27/359302540/ive-got-the-ingredients-what-should-i-cook-ask-ibms-watson

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