Juhani Naskali

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Business Transformation Map

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I, along with my Work Informatics colleagues, created a simple tool for deciding which challenges to tackle first in business development. It’s a prescriptive business maturity model that focuses on uncovering the best practical developmental steps, instead of providing objective maturity grading. ICT Development is hard. How does one decide which technological solutions to pursue –...

Changing Wifi network priority in Windows 10

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The Windows 10 control panel is a mess. It is difficult enough to find a list of known Wifi networks, and when you do, there’s no graphical way to change their priorities. Whatever network you created first seems to stick to the top. But there is a way to change the preferred order of networks using Command Prompt, making your Windows 10 computer prioritize the networks you wish to use...

Privacy-conscious DNS servers

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While it’s incredibly convenient to use Google’s 8.8.8.8 DNS server, they log your IP address for 48 hours and analyse usage data, storing some information permanently. As Google is basically an ad agency and collets a lot of information about people using their other services, it’s good to have some alternatives. Easy instructions on how to change your DNS servers can be found, for example, on...

Remote battery status with Zooper Widget and Tasker

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I have a plethora of gadgets scattered around my home and office, and they all need periodic charging. I decided to try out some of the functions of Tasker, AutoRemote and Zooper to get (close to) real-time information on the battery status of my devices. Here’s how I went about it. …this will be a long one… Required apps Tasker ($2.99) is why I love Android. It allows me to automate everything...

WIS 2018 presentation in Turku, Finland

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While there are hundreds of descriptive models for mapping organizational development, they offer little on the way of practical decision-making tools. I presented a Work Informatics paper on business development at Well-being in the information society 2018. The paper detailed a new prescriptive tool for SMEs that aims to answer the question: “Given the limited resources, such as skills, money...

ETHICOMP 2018 presentation in Sopot, Poland

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I presented a paper titled ‘Hate speech recognition AI – a new method for censorship?’ (Heimo, Naskali & Kimppa 2018) at Ethicomp 2018 this Monday. The paper looks at the problems of modern governmental censorship using AI. In it we argue that there is no major ethical theory in which the censorship itself is justified, and that the use of AI in censoring hate speech is an immoral act in...

Mill’s four Grounds for Freedom of Speech

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Freedom of Speech is generally regarded as a basic and indivisible human right. It is that, of course, but it is also the basis of western liberal society, and there are important rational arguments for it. Perhaps the most coherent defense of Freedom of Speech is John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty, which is based on Utilitarianism, the idea that good is whatever makes the most people happy. His...

GitHub vs Bitbucket

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Where should I host my source code? Two of the most prominent project hosts are GitHub and BitBucket. GitHub has a larger community, with heavy emphasis on open-source, but Bitbucket also has its fans, especially for closed-source projects. Here’s a quick comparison of their feature sets. Revision control support GitHub only supports Git as a revision control tool. Butbucket allows you to use Git...

Shadowrun4 dice roller

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I got a few requests for the old Shadowrun SR4 RPG dice roller, which I thought nobody used anymore. Here it is again, totally out-of-date. You can right-click and save the file locally, or use it online. Shadowrun Dice Roller Last updated on 29 March 2008. Changelog v0.6 Exploding dice (for edge) Unlimited number of dice v0.5 Added shortcut keys v0.4 Total sum calculation v0.3 Glitches v0.2...

The Harm Principle in Net Censorship

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John Stuart Mill is considered one of the most famous advocates of free speech. He was an English philosopher, political economist and civil cervant.1 In his Essay, On Liberty, he argues that one should be able to freely discuss any doctrine, no matter how immoral. “If the arguments of the present chapter are of any validity, there ought to exist the fullest liberty of professing and discussing...