Two weeks ago I decided to accept an offer from the Radboud Universiteit in Nijmegen to promote there. The project is called Encryption for all. Based on the IRMA technology the project has the aim to find a solution to encrypt emails based on Attribute-Based-Encryption. There are 3 positions in the project team. One is the PhD position I’m going to fulfill, which is designing the process including cryptography and key management.
About a month ago I started to learn the Rust programming language. The homepage claims that reasons to use rust are performance, reliability, and productivity. The language is developed by the Mozilla foundation. I can say that some of the more unique concepts, such as ownership and borrowing seem to be well thought of, and it takes some time to get your head around. I already have an idea for a project, but I will not disclose any details yet.
Since almost a year I work as a software engineer and architect consultant for the IMG Instituut Mijnbouwschade Groningen. IMG’s mission is to deal with mining damage independently, fairly, generously and expeditiously. Mining damage in the Groningen and Drenthe region is due to the extraction of gas by the companies Shell and Exxon Mobil. Currently, about 1100 damage claims are registered every week, and about 600 are resolved weekly. Additionally, IMG just released the “decrease in value” system, which gives home owners the possibility to request the money back that their house lost in value.
After being back from a little summerbreak, I stumpled upon the awesome AI Podcast from Lex Fridman. It is not only about AI, but computing in general, and also has a philosopical touch. For instance, the episode with Joscha Bach is highly recommended as Joscha is a very interesting and smart guy. It is hard to watch the whole episode at once due to all the input one has to process.
My favorite browser is Firefox. Only for about one year I was using Chrome, as Firefox performance was not as good back in the days. Luckily, the Firefox community is quite large and active. Hence, new addons are added each day, and heavily used once maintained well. Here I want to recommend some of the addons I use: Block Site Block Site blocks websites of your choice. It is also possible to set a schedule, e.