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As if Bernie Sanders watched this TED talk …

… to come up with the idea of a citizen-funded campaign.

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Hey Google, I fixed that for you

No need to thank me! // Oliver

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War is up to the president?

“War is up to the president, and perhaps up to Congress,” Mattis said. (quoted as per this LA Times article) Sorry to spoil your “fun” Mr. Mattis, but according to the US Constitution only Congress has the power to declare … Continue reading

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Re: bad, worse, worst, CAPTCHA, reCAPTCHA

I wrote about reCAPTCHA once before. However, on that day Google made a claim. The claim was that a single click would be enough to tell whether you were a bot or a human. Well, that claim is hogwash. Similarly … Continue reading

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Very odd

As tragic as the Grenfell Tower fire in London is, it’s odd how the German media dwells on these news. A number of incidents in Bangladesh and Pakistan (such as this one) barely raised a brow whereas the precious lives … Continue reading

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Windows 10 at large again …

Well, so after a borked update of Windows 10 (the update in question was the Creators Update) where the screen just stayed black1 after the update had seemingly progressed quite far, I decided to go with a fresh installation of … Continue reading

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GnuPG

Recently I ran across a little problem with GnuPG which required some pragmatic solution. I came across a patch that looked promising and because no binaries were provided and if they had been I would not have trusted them, I … Continue reading

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bad, worse, worst, CAPTCHA, reCAPTCHA

Think what you will of Google products. I personally try to avoid them for privacy reasons. But there’s that one Google product that is at the same time the crappiest and most ubiquitous Google product ever conceived. It’s called reCAPTCHA. … Continue reading

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SSH reverse tunnel

With autossh you can establish an SSH reverse tunnel from a given system, provided it can reach some other machine via SSH outside its own network. You can also do that with ssh alone, but autossh comes with added features … Continue reading

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Visual C++ 2015 Build Tools

Once you download the installer for Visual C++ 2015 Build Tools from here, you can run it as follows: visualcppbuildtools_full.exe /layout to have it download all the necessary files for later “offline” installation. This allows one to archive the installer … Continue reading

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The American Dream is still alive

If the fact that Trump could become POTUS has told us anything, it’s that the American Dream is alive and kicking. If an alleged billionaire1 can become POTUS, anyone can. // Oliver remember, no one is going to see his … Continue reading

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“They are a smaller country”

The Russian’s can’t change us, or significantly weaken us. They are a smaller country, they are a weaker country, their economy doesn’t produce anything that anyone wants to buy except oil and gas and arms. They don’t innovate, but they … Continue reading

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Re: Blame Russia!

It appears, that meanwhile folks are calling for investigations. For example experts urge the Clinton campaign to challenge the election results in three swing states. And this open letter by US scholars: Call for a Congressional Investigation: An Open Letter … Continue reading

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Re: Dear US-Americans, cut out the middlemen, would ya?

Looking at more rules that were brought to us from centuries passed 1: Voting on Tuesday – How is this still a thing? // Oliver like the electoral college [↩]

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Blame Russia!

Since Trump is slated to win the electoral vote and the DNC and Hillary Clinton blamed Russia during her campaign for all mischief that hit the campaign, why isn’t anyone trying to remove that president elect which allegedly won as … Continue reading

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Dear US-Americans, cut out the middlemen, would ya?

While all the — hopefully embarrassed — pundits and other experts, including the statisticians that produced such an epic fail with their forecasts, are weaning themselves to the notion of President Trump, the press coverage fails — yet again — … Continue reading

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So many questions this morning

Did Hillary already prepare her concession speech? Will Hillary accept the election results or keep us in suspense? How long will Mr. Drumpf’s term be? He’s not going to be as profitable to the MIC1 as Hillary would have been, … Continue reading

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Dear Americans

This was pointed out to me by a colleague from the US. The hashtag at the end was the funniest part: #beentheredonethat. Edit (2016-11-09): Oh for fucks sakes, folks. Really? Just like with Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty Four you took … Continue reading

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President Trump

Let’s face it, it looks like Trump will win, despite the bitching and moaning of the so-called “liberal” press in the US1. Obviously the US has a certain history of assassinations (or attempts thereof) of its presidents, so it’s possible … Continue reading

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Does the Brexit mean we can have the word “Marmelade” back?

The German loan word Marmelade for any kind of fruit preserve predates the first mentioning of marmalade in English literature by about a century. The real origin can be found in Greek, passed to us via Romance Languages, in particular … Continue reading

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