How OpenLeaks is Likely to Work

first_imgcurt hopkins Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Government#privacy#web Related Posts UploadingLeakers will be able to upload the documents via a “dedicated submission website” integrated with the media partner’s web presence but funneling the information through the OpenLeaks architecture. The leakers and the organizations via which they upload will be insulated from one another, as all leaks will go through the OpenLeaks site’s structure before it goes to anyone, regardless of where the leaker and the recipients are located. Given the political fallout from Wikileaks, the on-site uploads may prove a hard sell, though Domscheit-Berg claims the organization currently has about a dozen partners and is reviewing a large number of partnership applications..If, after a specified time period has passed and the designated recipient elects not to use the leak, the OpenLeaks process will make the leak more widely available, though how they will do this is uncertain. Uncertain as well is whether a leaker may be able to designate a sole recipient, with the uploaded documents being purged if that recipient passes. Corporate CultureDomscheit-Berg has said he hopes for the organization to be more transparent than Wikileaks, a notoriously closed system, though it is uncertain how that transparency will be achieved. Assange has written about Wikileaks as a government-impeding service, arguing that decreasing the efficiency of the current system of many governments will bring about a new, presumably better, system. OpenLeaks has made no such statements and seems to be trying to stay away from imposing either editorial intent or political intent, beyond a belief in the value of transparency, in government as well as other spheres. Open SourceThe code will, presumably, be open source, as one person associated with OpenLeaks has said, an aspect of the undertaking is “encouraging others to start similar projects.” Elsewhere, Domscheit-Berg has described Wikileaks as having “lost its open-source promise.” Other FeaturesVersions of the website will be available in six languages, including legal and technical information. The OpenLeaks website will aggregate links to stories and other publications making use of leaked materials. The site will itself be overseen and guided by a foundation charged with those duties. Top secret photo by Marcin Wichary | other sources: TechPresident | Zunguzungu | Dagens Nyheter | Wired A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market In September, a number of prominent personnel from the whistle-blower site Wikileaks, left that organization. They argued that its founder, Julian Assange, was autocratic and heedless of the safety of those whose names appeared in the leaks the organization released. He also over-focused on the U.S. and his political goals were untenable. In November, the group announced it was creating a rival organization, to be called OpenLeaks. Although the site was scheduled to go live last week, it has been delayed until January. So we have cobbled together news reports and the founders’ words to sketch out an idea of how the site will work. The Big PictureOpenLeaks will provide whistle-blowers a way to upload leaked documents and to send them to particular recipients, such as newspapers, news channels, radio stations, non profit organizations, labor unions, governmental oversight groups and others. OpenLeaks itself, unlike Wikileaks, will not publish the leaked documents on its site. By-passing the editorial function is intended to keep the organization unencumbered political considerations. last_img read more

A Brief Introduction to WUFI, in 5 Easy Pieces

first_imgStep 2: Set up your assembly and enter all the inputs.The screen shot below shows the main screen of WUFI 1-D. The first thing you do is set up the layers of your assembly. The one you see below has brick on the outside, a 1-inch air space, building paper, oriented strand board, fiberglass insulation, and drywall. You choose and adjust the parameters to match the actual materials being used.You also set a lot of other parameters that control how the simulation will run: orientation, coatings, permeance of paint, climate, wind-driven rain, and initial conditions. The program gives you a lot of power to set everything up with hundreds of inputs. You really have to know what you’re doing to get this right or you could end up modeling a wall that WUFI says will be a disaster even though it’s been working well in the real world for decades. Or you could model a wall, as one architect did, that WUFI says will work fine and then your builder says they won’t build it because it won’t work.Remember the GIGO principle: Garbage in, garbage out. PrologueNow let me cover some of the basics. First, you may be wondering what the WUFI acronym stands for, and it is Wärme- Und Feuchtetransport Instationär. According to Google Translate, that’s German for transient heat and moisture transport. Recall what I said about it being a hygrothermal modeling tool, so it basically looks at the movement—or accumulation—of moisture and heat through an assembly over a period of time. The Fraunhofer Institute in Germany originally created the software, but Oak Ridge National Laboratory (where Dr. Achilles Karagiozis used to work) and Owens Corning (where Achilles now works) are involved in its continued development.The version of WUFI that I’m discussing here is the one-dimensional WUFI 1-D. Other versions include WUFI 2-D, WUFI Pro, WUFI Passive, and WUFI Bio (mentioned in step 1 above). They have different capabilities and aims but all address the flow and accumulation of moisture and heat. If you’re ready to go a bit deeper in understanding it, I recommend the Fraunfhofer introduction to WUFI page.That’s it. That’s what WUFI’s all about. I’ll have to come back to this topic because Joe Lstiburek, who likes to argue with everybody, and Achilles Karagiozis have had an ongoing clash over WUFI. Last year at the Passive House conference in Denver, Joe said that if you need to use WUFI, you’ve done something wrong. Achilles opened the two-day class I just took by saying, “No one can do hygrothermal analysis in their heads.” More on that later.Now, if you want to go even further back, go watch Guy Pearce play Felicia Jollygoodfellow in the movie, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Footnote†Achilles, by the way, is one of the most interesting and entertaining teachers I’ve had. He’s a dynamo who’s full of information and stories. Although he dashed my hopes with what he said to start the class (see my quote at the end of this article), I loved the class and his teaching style. Entering the assembly layers and their properties is the most critical part of using WUFI. There are many entries, and it’s easy to mess things up here. Step 4: WUFI shows how your the water content of the materials over time.The graph below shows that the OSB sheathing in this wall assembly doesn’t dry sufficiently over the three year period of the simulation. Ideally, you’d like to see it stay below 15-16% (right axis). This screenshot of the WUFI analysis animation shows only one point in the hourly simulation. One of the outputs of WUFI is a video showing how the moisture and temperature change over time in the different layers. RELATED ARTICLES WUFI Is Driving Me CrazyMakin’ WUFIEnergy Modeling Isn’t Very AccurateQ&A: Using WUFI to check wall moisture Step 3: Run the simulation and watch what happens in the different layers.The graph below is one screen shot of the animation you can watch as WUFI goes through all the calculations for moisture and heat flow, hour by hour. The top graph shows the temperature profile, from outdoors on the left to indoors on the right. The red line shows the temperature at that particular hour of the simulation. The pink area shows all the temperatures reached in the various layers, including the minimum and maximum.The graph below with the green and blue lines and areas shows the moisture analysis. Relative humidity is in green and water content is in blue. Step 5: WUFI Bio tells you if your assembly will grow mold.Once you’ve done all the modeling, you can take your results to the add-on program, WUFI Bio, to see if your assembly will be wet enough to grow mold. The graph below shows a material that doesn’t dry out and ends up being a good mold factory. Note the red light at top left. If you have any involvement with the world of building science, you may have heard about something called WUFI and wondered what the heck it is. Maybe you’ve heard that it’s a piece of software (several pieces, actually) that does hygrothermal modeling. Well, today’s your lucky day because I recently went through a two-day class on WUFI 1-D with Dr. Achilles Karagiozis† and Mr. Mikael Salonvaara of Owens Corning, and I’ll give you a brief explanation of what it’s all about.And I’ll give it to you the way we learned about Guy Pearce’s character in the movie Memento; that is, I’ll start with the results and work my way back to the inputs. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. Step 1: Solve the partial differential equations for the flow of heat and moisture.The equations are shown below. WUFI solves them numerically so you don’t have to.last_img read more

PFL king Ceres faces tough AFC ‘Champs’ draw

first_imgHotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Pacquiao perfecting a surprise package? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? A daunting challenge awaits Ceres-Negros in its bid to qualify for the group stage of the AFC Champions League for the first time.The Busmen, who punched their ticket to the preliminary round of Asia’s premier club competition after ruling the Philippines Football League last June, have been drawn with Myanmar’s Yangon United in the first round on Feb. 5 at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ The Burmese side is a familiar foe for the Bacolod-based club, which beat Yangon on aggregate in the Asean zone semifinals last year.Although the club has been a regular fixture in the AFC Cup the last three years, Ceres holds the AFC Champions League in high regard as it gives the Busmen an opportunity to play some of the toughest teams in the continent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“It’s really a great chance for us to test the development of the club,” said Ceres administrator Nicolas Golez. “Last year, we were in the competition for the first time and I think we were able to surprise some teams.”The Busmen beat Shan United of Myanmar, before stunning Brisbane Roar of Australia.last_img read more