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Category Archives: Thoughts
FLOSS-Developers gone bonkers?
So as I understand under the hashtag #StandWithUkraine some idiots have started supply-chain attacks, targeting Russian and Belarussian targets. I’ll leave the exercise to find the respective repos on GitHub to the inclined reader. Has everyone gone bonkers now? Aside … Continue reading
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Chomsky before the invasion started
Noam Chomsky: on the Pandemic, Ukraine crisis & Climate Change
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As could already be seen in other EU countries the restrictions are getting more and more ridiculous. The pressure for unvaccinated people is mounting. This account of a Lithuanian man shows the absurdity of the rules once again and how … Continue reading
So turns out — for now! — Assange won’t be extradited. Whether he’ll be set free on bail is yet to be seen, though1. The thing is that the lawyers representing the US government have already said they’ll appeal the … Continue reading
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Swiss companies and IT security
Given there’s a rather (in?)famous Swiss messenger touted as secure — but not open source — and the same was said about Crypto AG products until someone lifted the lid off the conspiracy surrounding that I’m wondering how one can … Continue reading
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Broken Netflix documentary …
The Broken documentary’s third episode titled “Deadly Dressers” is ridiculously broken itself. It lashes out at IKEA1 but completely misses the point that all of these IKEA dressers come with wall anchor kits. And if they don’t you can get … Continue reading
Microsoft has done us as users and itself a disservice. At work we are using email addresses in the form of Firstname.Lastname@onedomain.tld. They’re deemed the canonical form. Nothing unusual so far. Some of us, notably those who had something to … Continue reading
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Chilling short film. Also check out autonomousweapons.org.
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Now, I’m no expert on international law …
… but the belligerent rhetoric between the two vain peacocks ruling the US and North Korea respectively, seems to have already resulted in a full-fledged war according to US-American cyberwar doctrine, it seems. It’s just that the North Koreans, if … Continue reading
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As if Bernie Sanders watched this TED talk …
… to come up with the idea of a citizen-funded campaign.
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
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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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
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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“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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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