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Anselm Kiefer: Transcendent Myth and Postmodern Vision

Anselm Kiefer is renowned for his use of unusual and evocative material and the dense texture and size of his paintings and constructions. He uses a range of methods and materials that give his work a relief-like density which, combined with the impressive size of the works, results in some [...]

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“Shellshock …I told you so”

Again a new vulnerability is being targeted in the Linux/Unix/Mac OX systems. Known as bash vulnerability it is making quite a noise in the security market. Honestly I find this quite funny: people shocked because of a hole in systems supposedly renewed to be almost “invulnerable”. If this had happened [...]

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Reading or listening news we can easily make a shortlist of how difficult it is to have in place and maintain such a thing known as democracy. In the Middle east and Africa we have a lot of countries who have been struggling to land there for a long time [...]

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“Shellshock …I told you so”

Again a new vulnerability is being targeted in the Linux/Unix/Mac OX systems. Known as bash vulnerability it is making quite a noise in the security market. Honestly I find this quite funny: people shocked because of a hole in systems supposedly renewed to be almost “invulnerable”. If this had happened [...]

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