Safe Containers?

 Fri, 25 May 2018 18:34:03 +0200 
#^Safe Containers » ADMIN Magazine
By Martin Loschwitz
Docker containers are a convenient way to run almost any service, but admins need to be aware of the need to address some important security issues.
Container systems like Docker are a powerful tool for system administrators, but Docker poses some security issues you won't face with a conventional virtual machine (VM) environment. For example, containers have direct access to directories such as /proc, /dev, or /sys, which increases the risk of intrusion. This article offers some tips on how you can enhance the security of your Docker environment.


 GermanyFri, 25 May 2018 02:41:53 +0200 
Ahhhh I like this doomsday feeling in the air and the hysteria you can create by just one short abbreviation: #GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)

Finally, the internet will stop to exist in Europe today. The biggest chinese wall ever will be established around the European internet to protect against the "evil" world outside. The world outside will protect themselves and block their services against these people in the EU with their crazy new regulations. At least that is the impression you can get when following the discussions from the last weeks.

What astonishes me most are all the emails I received this week to confirm something again, or just click a button or I won't be able to proceed anymore, etc. This is quite amusing who all pops up again. Actually they are telling me they did not really comply by the current regulations and believe with just one email or one click they can proceed as before, but exactly this is not what is in the spirit of this new GDPR in my opinion.

I am still wondering what all this fuss is about. What did actually change? Most of the requirements are not new and you already had to fulfill most of them. Just because no one cared and no one enforced it does not mean it was legal so far what you did.
Every EU state had its own data protection rules from the 1990s which have been bit different and were only valid for a few million people, now you have one law for all countries in the EU and half a billion people. In Germany it was called BDSG (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz) and covered around 80 million people only. Yes there are a few differences, but there have been two years to prepare for these changes. But all I am hearing now is just #mimimimi. I think the biggest problem is that many are overburdened just to know or think about why you are doing something and realising this is not pleasant.

What should change with lawyers and cease and desist notices? If you not complied by laws they could already sue you all the time. Also the now finally significant fines amounting up to 4 percent of global turnover or €20 million whichever is higher are instruments for national Data Protection Authorities, not lawyers enforcing competition law. On the other hand I would love to see a Facebook lawyer taking a decentralized hub admin to court for not complying GDPR and therefore having an illegal advantage. :rofl

Of course it is still allowed to store private data. Also when an IP-address is an identifyable personal data you can store it. But you must know and explain why it is a legitimate interest. Your server needs to know a client's IP because this is how a webserver works. Do you need to store an IP address for 24 hours for legitimate interests like protection measurements, debugging, etc? Do you need to store an IP for 30 days for legitimate interests for example to retrace who created/delivered a post on your site, before the item is cleaned up after 30 days anyway? Or do you want to store the IP for a year, just for fun, explain the "fun" in understandable language and ask the user for consent, you still can do it. No one can take you to court for any of these because of GDPR. They can try but the court would not accept it if your arguments are reasonable. Of course this "legitimate interests" will be a lot of fun for courts, but you need to see it in the spirit of this regulation and if you have a deliberated motivation and the court decides against you, you will not be fined with 20 million Euro as long as you do not act deliberately disrespecting the spirits of the regulation.

Oh, btw, should I tell you a secret, you even must comply to these regulations if you are completely offline and you just store private data on paper or stone plates! o_O

I am not a lawyer, nor a data security officer, nor did I have any special training about GDPR. So if you take any opinion I mentioned serious you are doomed. But if you look at some of the people in the EU parliament who drove this regulation forward I Just want to believe in common sense, even we are talking about laws. After reading a bit in GDPR I believe the spirit of this regulation is quite easy and clear, to protect and strengthen individuals (people in the EU, employees, customers, business partners, applicants, citizen, ...) against badly behaving parties (companies, enterprises, platforms, employers, business partners, ...) disrespecting the individuals rights or are not fulfilling their duty to protect private data they store.

Of course a lot of open questions need to be decided by courts yet, also when I compare as an ordinary person without knowledge about legal language it is funny how different I would interpret the same paragraph when I read it in German compared to when I read it in English. But that is nothing we should be worried about yet.

My sincere thanks goes to Edward Snowden and his leaks once more. This regulation would have never passed the EU legislation bodies if there wouldn't have been his leak showing how much personal data is out there actually and how valuable it is.
Haakon Meland Eriksen (Els Mussols)
 Fri, 25 May 2018 06:13:24 +0200 
If speeding while driving didn't have any consequences, more people would speed more dangourously, with teeth in the regulation, more people calm down and drive less dangerously. Same with GDPR. :-) The difference between the previous regulation and GDPR are better protection through opt-in and transparency for service users, portability of data for users and the possibility of a substantial fine for service providers if they do not make their services compliant, e.g having a point of contact - the Data Officer, i.e. while things are much the same as before, this time the regulation has teeth. I think the transparency part is important, because as a service user you need knowledge to make an informed decision. At work I just closed a Facebook account because I read the the new terms of service, which basically said "FB introduces face recognition etc, etc" and I could not escape the new terms only comply with them or delete the account, i.e. in my opinion they have learned nothing from the Facebook - Cambridge Analytica, and they still arrogantly think Europe do not care what they say. Well, we do, and we don't like what they say, and we start voting with our feet.
 Fri, 25 May 2018 06:47:00 +0200 last edited: Fri, 25 May 2018 07:35:43 +0200  
Amen brothers! Your stuff keeps me going to still talk to people who think that politics in general and rules in specific are only made to destroy entrepreneurship and the market economy... It's all said. Very, very good! ;-)

national reputation system

 Fri, 25 May 2018 01:34:19 +0200 
Are you sure you have nothing to hide? :facepalm

#^Social Credit System - Wikipedia
The Social Credit System (社会信用体系 shèhuì xìnyòng tǐxì) is a proposed Chinese government initiative for developing a national reputation system.[1][2][3] It has been reported to be intended to assign a "social credit" rating to every citizen based on government data regarding their economic and social status.[4][3][5][6][7] It works as a mass surveillance tool and uses big data analysis technology.[8] In addition, it is also meant to rate businesses operating on the Chinese market.

Hubzilla @ sasiflo
 Fri, 25 May 2018 09:29:17 +0200 
And no comments from european or other "free and liberal" state politicans. Mrs. Merkel is actually in China. Ok, she had no time to talk about human rights and free society, business rules. And with the decrease of import taxes on automotives business rules a big fat rock for the german industry. (ok it will not last very long then it merely has been german, when chinese investors bought the last german industrial company)
 Fri, 25 May 2018 18:09:49 +0200 
The problem is not Chinese investors buying foreign companies, the problem are managers selling their companies to Chinese investors.
 Thu, 24 May 2018 00:57:25 +0200 
6 or 7 years ago I heard the first reports about this case and what happened since then is really a shame.

#^Angela Merkel's party accused of taking bribes from German gunmaker H&K | DW | 23.05.2018

MPs from Angela Merkel's CDU have been accused of taking bribes from the German gunmaker Heckler & Koch to grease the export wheels. Germany's opaque party donations system remains vulnerable to bribery, activists say.
 Wed, 23 May 2018 22:38:54 +0200 
#^Major grocery supplier to Germany accused of environmental crimes in Spain, report says | DW | 23.05.2018

One of Aldi's fruit and vegetable suppliers has been accused of helping ruin an important lagoon, a media report has said. Germany's demand for cheap vegetables has been blamed for encouraging farmers to cut corners.

vanishing world of physical units

 Mon, 21 May 2018 23:14:25 +0200 
#^Our vanishing world of physical units | DW | 18.05.2018

It must be a baker's worst nightmare: a world where a kilo ain't a kilo anymore. Next May 20, the universal standard for a kilogram gets its first upgrade in 130 years. There'll be screams a la patisserie.
Mike Macgirvin
 Tue, 22 May 2018 05:28:19 +0200 
Drugs have taught an entire generation of Americans the metric system.
-- P. J. O'Rourke
Waitman Gobble
 Wed, 23 May 2018 01:56:26 +0200 
that reminds me, i bought his most recent book "How The Hell Did This Happen" but havent read it
 Wed, 16 May 2018 15:46:13 +0200 
#^Fact check cesarean: risk or rescue? | DW | 11.05.2018

In many industrialized countries, the cesarean rate has risen over the last 20 years and the WHO has recommended reducing it. Doctors and midwives are in demand, but also expectant mothers.
 Bonn, GermanyTue, 15 May 2018 23:40:56 +0200 
Interessant fand ich Zürich im Film war am Flughafen Köln/Bonn, dann der Post-Tower und die IFA Zentrale ist der Schürmann-Bau der Deutschen Welle in Bonn. ;-)

#^Der 90-Minuten-Krieg

Überall auf der Welt gibt es politische Probleme, von denen eigentlich jeder denkt, dass sie endlich mal gelöst werden sollten. So ist es auch in Israel und Palästina.
Israelis und Palästinenser sind nach jahrzehntelangen Kämpfen und ständigen Verhandlungen müde, immer wieder ergebnislos auseinanderzugehen. Da kommen die Erzfeinde auf eine unkonventionelle Idee: Ein Fußballspiel soll den Nahostkonflikt endgültig beenden.
 Bonn  movie
 Sat, 12 May 2018 22:24:23 +0200 
#^Welcome Back! - Eurovision Diary 2018 in Portugal
Hello Dear readers!

My name is Ola Melzig, and it’s my true pleasure to invite you to yet another edition to the Eurovision Diary.

It’s an enormous honor to yet again be the Head of Production for this amazing event, and me and my partner in crime, Tobias Åberg, would like to thank RTP for inviting us and for the warm and sincere welcome to the Portuguese Eurovision family.

Tobias and I have been impersonating a pair of rubber balls bouncing between Stockholm and Lisbon for 8 months now, and we have finally reached the destination- the production of the largest music television show on Earth - The Eurovision Song Contest!

Some of you might frown upon the fact that we have no LED or any other video canvas in our stage this year. It is a very bold creative statement, and one that every single member of this production is enormously proud over.
 Sun, 13 May 2018 00:17:12 +0200 last edited: Sun, 13 May 2018 00:23:01 +0200  
Unfortunately I am not involved. Just copied it from Ola Melzig's blog. I like this Swedish guy and his diary!
Actually something with lights was always my dream job, but I just made it to some IT guy. Lights are just some kind of "hobby". ESC is real rigging-porn and lightning-porn. ;-)
Waitman Gobble
 Sun, 13 May 2018 02:03:19 +0200 
242 wifi access points sounds like a nightmare. lol.


 Fri, 11 May 2018 12:32:25 +0200 
Introducing extended line endings support in Notepad
For many years, Windows Notepad only supported text documents containing Windows End of Line (EOL) characters - Carriage Return (CR) & Line Feed (LF). This means that Notepad was unable to correctly display the contents of text files created in Unix, Linux and macOS.
For example, here’s a screenshot of Notepad trying to display the contents of a Linux .bashrc text file, which only contains Unix LF EOL characters:
As you can see, Notepad is incorrectly displaying the file’s contents, making the file look garbled. This has been a major annoyance for developers, IT Pros, administrators, and end users throughout the community.
Today, we’re excited to announce that we have fixed this issue!

This has been a major annoyance for developers, IT Pros, administrators
Michael MD
 Sat, 12 May 2018 04:10:44 +0200 last edited: Sat, 12 May 2018 04:25:35 +0200  

and wondering if we might see something similar or related come from the Mac world.

I remember back in the 90s seeing text files from a Mac which had line endings that were \r (by itself)  
(different to both windows \r\n and unix \n)

Its possible that they might have changed that around the turn of the millenium with OSX but I'm not sure.
(Their OS became bsd-based from OSX onwards so they could now be using unix style line endings but I'm not sure
if there could still be some software in that world doing something different with text files)

If text files using \r only as line endings still turn up anywhere they might still be a problem for notepad users.

and what about situations that might still need to know about the differences in the way those two chars could be used?
(eg everyones probably seen commandline utilites use \r to go back to the start of the current line to rewrite the display of a running status in a terminal context)

actually thinking maybe also the Amiga used \r by itself for line endings in text files (not sure though)

and the fact that any of this still turns up as a problem decades later shows what can happen when theres a lack of agreement over standards!

Lange Eugen

 Bonn, GermanyThu, 10 May 2018 23:32:10 +0200 
#^Runder Geburtstag im Regierungsviertel - Der "Lange Eugen" wird 50 Jahre alt
Vor 50 Jahren, am 10. Mai 1968, wurde am Langen Eugen Richtfest gefeiert. Das Hochhaus war Schauplatz und Kulisse der Bonner Republik.
 Thu, 10 May 2018 23:19:40 +0200 
#^When books were burned in Germany | DW | 10.05.2018

Eighty-five years ago, fires fueled with literature labeled "un-German" by the Nazi regime burned across the country. Many students enthusiastically joined in the act at the time.
Haakon Meland Eriksen (Els Mussols)
 Fri, 11 May 2018 07:02:39 +0200 

Indiana Jones, The Last Crusade wrote:
[Nazi Colonel Vogel is torturing Henry to get answers]

Colonel Vogel: Tell me about this miserable little diary of yours. The book is useless and yet you come all the way back to Berlin to get it. Why?

[he slaps Henry in the face with his glove]

Colonel Vogel: Why?

[he slaps him again]

Colonel Vogel: What are you hiding?

[he slaps him again]

Colonel Vogel: What does the diary tell you that it doesn't tell us?

[he tries to slap him again; Henry grabs his wrist, stopping him]

Professor Henry Jones: [through his teeth] It tells me, that goose-stepping morons like yourself should try *reading* books instead of *burning* them!

That goes double for students. (Stern teacher's glare shoots over the top of glasses, honed after years of practice) ;-)

anderes Bodenrecht

 Tue, 08 May 2018 21:30:46 +0200 
Sehr interessante Reportage.

#^Bodenlos | ttt – titel, thesen, temperamente

Die Wohnungs- und Immobilienpreise steigen in unseren Städten unaufhörlich. Immer mehr normal verdienende Menschen können sich das Wohnen in der Stadt nicht mehr leisten können. Nun regt sich in Deutschland prominenter Widerstand.
 Tue, 08 May 2018 21:07:01 +0200 
#^Iranian TV reported to have avoided showing referee Bibiana Steinhaus during Bundesliga match | DW | 08.05.2018

An Iranian television station is reported to have avoided showing the Bundesliga's only female referee during Bayern Munich's game in Cologne. Instead, the directors switched to shots of spectators.

Ludendorff Bridge's towers in Erpel

 Bonn, GermanyTue, 08 May 2018 06:22:43 +0200 
#^Germany: Famous WWII Remagen bridge towers up for sale | DW | 07.05.2018

Buyers interested in WWII history and who aren't afraid of rolling up their sleeves are in luck. German authorities are selling part of the destroyed Ludendorff Bridge or "Bridge at Remagen" to the highest bidder.

Not enough servers in Sweden to replace the damage

 Mon, 07 May 2018 20:25:48 +0200 
#^Loud Sound From Fire Alarm System Shuts Down Nasdaq's Scandinavian Data Center

A loud sound emitted by a fire suppression system has destroyed the hard drives of a Swedish data center, downing Nasdaq operations across Northern Europe.
Haakon Meland Eriksen (Els Mussols)
 Mon, 07 May 2018 20:30:52 +0200 


 Sun, 06 May 2018 20:58:45 +0200 

 Bonn, GermanySun, 06 May 2018 20:45:25 +0200 
#^Rhine in Flames - Here’s how Bonn celebrated
Perfect atmosphere, perfect weather - this describes the atmosphere in Bonn during the Rhine in Flames event best.

Wonderful weather this weekend, but I was just lying in bed sick. :-/
Haakon Meland Eriksen (Els Mussols)
 Sun, 06 May 2018 22:47:35 +0200 
Get well soon, @Klaus .

Government denials

 Thu, 03 May 2018 22:10:49 +0200 
#^Germany's Cold War chemical weapons: Military planned to stockpile arsenal in 1960s | DW | 02.05.2018

West Germany planned to procure and even deploy chemical weapons in the 1960s. US and German military files, recently disclosed and evaluated by a team of journalists, run contrary to longstanding government denials.

War, Auschwitz, chemical weapons: never again. This was what the newly formed Federal Republic of Germany swore after the horrors of two World Wars. The German Empire had, after all, been responsible for the first ever use of poison gas during World War I, and the majority of chemical weapons were developed by German chemists — including Zyklon B, which the Nazi regime used until 1945  to commit mass murder during the Holocaust.

Yet less than 20 years later, the West German government planned to break this taboo. In 1961, West Germany initiated a debate in top-secret meetings with NATO. It called for the United States not to be the only country with the deterrent and retaliatory capability of chemical agents.

Weiternutzen statt wegwerfen

 Thu, 03 May 2018 21:39:34 +0200 
#^Die Reparatur-Revolution

Lieber kaufen statt reparieren? Elektrogeräte sind reine Wegwerfartikel geworden. Gegen diesen Trend stemmen sich immer mehr Menschen. Sie fordern das Recht auf Reparatur.
Michael MD
 Fri, 04 May 2018 12:50:47 +0200 
its such a shame I don't still have lot of old valve-based stuff I had collected as a kid decades ago ..

and back then I often found a circuit diagram inside the back cover! (obviously there to help people do repairs!)
Hubzilla @ sasiflo
 Fri, 04 May 2018 13:13:12 +0200 
And think of the many possibilities to enhance these old treasures with Raspberry Pi or Arduino gadgets!