Some Thoughts on the Greek Democracy


  • The athenian democracy first appeared in ancient Greece in Athens in 508 BC and while it had its problems (only 1/5 of the population could vote for example) it was the first case where direct decision by the citizens steered the polis forward. As in the past Greek Democracy is going back to its roots and asking their citizens to decide their future in the way they’ve taught the world to do.
  • 10M Greeks are going to vote today and why is this Pnyx gathering scaring the remaining Europeans? The reality is that the EU/IMF/ECB has been playing the “we don’t care what happens to you if you don’t play along with us” bluff for so long that Greece may be close to calling the bluff today—if the OXI wins. And that’s probably why suddenly the EU is campaigning for the NAI to win like they never did before. But this shows you how week non-democratic governments are. The bureaucrats of Europe are trembling with fear.
  • Greece government in the past have overspent. That is undeniable, but the vision in this conservative Europe is that their banks are entitled to receive their money back even if that provoques a social destruction (as long it is greeks population suffering that is OK, seems to be the rational) of a poor foreign country. There is no Ethical concern in money lending.
  • There is no exist strategy. Every EU bureaucrat acts like a couch coach. They know everything, and they know better. Or are they just repeating instructions coming from somewhere else?
  • Greece debt is around €323bn of witch around €165bn are owed to Germany, France, Italy and Spain alone. Four EU countries have more than 50% of Greek debt in their hands. Worse thing and scariest thing is that Spain is the fourth with €25bn. Guess why is everybody so scared of Greece exiting? Can one escape an avalanche?
  • My opinion is that greeks should do what greeks decide to do. Since when should Greece do things that interest Brussels and are decided by Brussels instead of doing what is of Greek interests? Can you imagine Brussels dictating what the UK should do internally? Would its population ever accept that? Well why should Greece accept then that someone in Brussels that works 9 to 5 dictates what they should do?
  • I’ve always thought about EU as a democracy of the nations of Europe but since the EU succumbed to become just the market of nations the EU is loosing its appeal. And that is why so many right wing nationalist movements are emerging across the Eurozone. Not because they are against the EU per se, but because this EU, this comercial entity that is the modern EU is not democratic and is all about money. And in the end if the only policy of this EU is money, why would anyone want to participate if the returns are only measured in terms of financial capital? While the EU doesn’t restructure itself to be the cohesive social force we’ll see these appeals to ban the monetarily weak from the union, to close borders, and burn witches in bonfires.
  • The EU solidarity spirit has been lost. Jacques Delors, one of the truly last European leaders, just wrote an article in Le Monde where he asks European leaders for a solidarity plan to save Greece. He asks for cooperation and solidarity, two lacking qualities of disintegrating Europe.
  2015/07/05 2:00 PM Follow @sixhat

Force macports to upgrade all outdated ports

if you are a macports user you probably upgrade the ports you have in your machine with the command

port upgrade outdated

but sometimes some packages gets broken and can not be installed, leaving other macports packages that could be upgraded stuck at old versions. The only solution is to manually upgrade each one of them with port upgrade. The way I force the upgrade of all macports packages is just to list all outdated packages and then try to upgrade one by one with:

for l in `port outdated | awk '{print $1}'`  
port upgrade $l  

this doesn’t stop packages from failing, but at least allows you to upgrade all macport packages that can be upgraded. The process will take time, and is a bit crude because it doesn’t take into consideration things like dependencies, but works and in the end I’ve found that sometimes it even solves some of the problems of broken packages. Give it a try.

Extra: After successful upgrades—and only if you don’t need the old versions that are still installed but not activated—you can just uninstall the unactivated macports with

port uninstall inactive

(All commands should be issued under superuser permissions either with sudo prefixed or using sudo -i)

  2015/07/03 2:01 PM Follow @sixhat

Is Big Data Cause or Consequence

It is clear that we are living in a world where everything is connected, where more data is available, where humans spends more and more time producing digital breadcrumbs. And all this data can be collected and analysed in ways that are new and never before imagined. But when talking about big data sometimes one […]

awk length of each line sorted

This is just an awk one-liner for helping me find long lines, usually in latex documents, that makes merging different versions of my paper easier. It just identifies the long lines and you can then easily break them into smaller ones. No more 3000 character lines. awk ‘{print length($0), ++nn}’ file.txt | sort -n

O Portugal do rapaz do bombo

O primeiro ministro continua na sua senda de arrogância, que disse ou que não disse, que vai dizendo ou que fica calado. Do alto de um pedestal suportado por um partido de 10% julga-se um D. Sebastião que leva os Portugueses para uma nova batalha de Alcácer Quibir. Sempre como se estivesse a tocar uma […]

Por falar em ingratidão no futebol

Quem é o maior ingrato do Futebol Português?Jorge Jesus: por sem contrato para o próximo ano, assinar com o Sporting.O Benfica: por esquecer que Jesus em 6 anos ganhou 10 títulos incluindo 3 campeonatos.O Sporting: por querer despedir com justa causa quem deu o primeiro título em 7 anos, por causa de um fato que […]

Leica Monochrome—Typ 246

The Leica Monochrome was/is a landmark in photography. An expensive one but a landmark. It represents the recognition that some users only need and think in black and white. Now Leica has produced another Leica Monochrome—Typ 246—a revision, upgrade, or a new beast of photographic camera. Your definition might be different but the fact is […]

Bikes vs Cars

I’d love to be in Spain to see this movie Bikes vs Cars, namely in Barcelona where it is going to be shown this Saturday at Docs Barcelona. The movie has been doing the tour of independent film festivals, from Sweden to South by south west and the american circuit. It is coming back to […]

Reino Unido bloqueia sites de ebooks

O Reino Unido ordenou que os principais fornecedores de internet bloqueassem o acesso a sites de partilha de ebooks. E o argumento é o mesmo utilizado pela indústria da música ou do cinema: a pirataria. Até aqui nada de novo, o problema é que na entrevista do responsável entrevistado pela BBC aprende-se algumas coisas: Na […]

Photography in compact form – Mainly Ricoh

— I haven’t talked about photography You can check all the Photo stuff in my dedicated photo section. in a long time here. I’ve been selling most of my gear and simplifying my processes a bit. I’m still making photos, mainly street with the fabulous Ricoh GR, but even in the DSLR I’m simplifying. My […]

Memory Leaks in Google Chrome

— Google Chrome is fast, but fast by consuming all your RAM. Here are some tips to diminish RAM footprint of Google Chrome. Amazing to see how some web pages just want all RAM you can give to them. NOW, GO OPTIMISE THE DAMN THING.

Outlaw police

A football match, a family of 3 generations and a bad cop. It is not only America that has problems with the latter. And, like in America, here in Portugal they immediately started writing a story to cover the facts, except that the cameras were rolling. But as in so many aspects of portuguese daily […]

Wayward Pines Day

Do you love Twin Peaks? While we still wait for a remake of the Laura Palmer case why not start the summer season with the series. Wayward Pines. I’ve podcasted about it and I am really eager to see what they made in the series. I’m mainly curious to see Juliette Lewis again — One […]

It is all emotion, but we are all alone in the end.

— Sentiment Analysis, sentiment analysis, sentiment analysis. Argh… How do SVM, Naive Bayes, Logistic Regression, Multilayer Perceptrons, Best-first Trees, Functional trees, and C4.5 compare? Psomakelis et al. did a comparative study of twitter. Sentiment analysis is probably one of the most dangerous approaches to understanding crowd behaviour because it is dictating what normality is. A […]

Are you Brainless today? Go read these.

— An indicator that we are seeing a shift in AI and that deep learning has become a big thing in research and industry — and my bet is that deep learning will have a bigger impact on society than the other buzzword starting with Big that also has DATA in it — is that […]

Reading the Visual, AI, and social networks, worlds, in R.

— Do we trust algorithms? Sure we do, even in a time when testing computer programs for correctness is impossible. But should we? Namely when policy algorithms are making decisions based on black box models. Yes, data is making big look small every day, and black boxes (or even transparent ones) are becoming so large […]

And now for some Tech reading . . .

— Linux rootkit hidden in the GPUs? What? Crap. This is going to be tough. Jellyfish is a just a proof of concept, but … if a group of developers can do this imagine what a determined surveillance agency will do. — A $9 computer that wants to replace the Raspberry Pi as the hacker […]