Thu, 14 Jun 2018 23:20:05 +0200 
#^Indonesia combines Islam with environmental activism | DW | 14.06.2018

The Indonesian government and Greenpeace have partnered with Islamic organizations to promote plastic waste reduction. Can including religion make environmental campaigns more effective?


Article 13

 Wed, 13 Jun 2018 23:53:11 +0200 
#^70+ Internet Luminaries Ring the Alarm on EU Copyright Filtering Proposal

Vint Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee, and Dozens of Other Computing Experts Oppose Article 13

As Europe's latest copyright proposal heads to a critical vote on June 20-21, more than 70 Internet and computing luminaries have spoken out against a dangerous provision, Article 13, that would require Internet platforms to automatically filter uploaded content. The group, which includes Internet pioneer Vint Cerf, the inventor of the World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, co-founder of the Mozilla Project Mitchell Baker, Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle, cryptography expert Bruce Schneier, and net neutrality expert Tim Wu, wrote in a joint letter that was released today:
By requiring Internet platforms to perform automatic filtering all of the content that their users upload, Article 13 takes an unprecedented step towards the transformation of the Internet, from an open platform for sharing and innovation, into a tool for the automated surveillance and control of its users.
 Thu, 14 Jun 2018 23:16:19 +0200 
The more I read about it the more I am just shocked. This all sounds so ridiculous it is really hard to believe that they are truly discussing such things. :facepalm
Marshall Sutherland
 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 00:39:59 +0200 
Next month, maybe they will come up with a law requiring that all posts and comments be fact-checked before they can be made visible to any EU citizen.

Administratoren zwischen Datenschutz und Informationssicherheit

 Bonn, GermanyWed, 13 Jun 2018 15:13:56 +0200 
#^Administratoren zwischen Datenschutz und Inform... » ADMIN-Magazin
Der Admin ist Pragmatiker: Systeme am Laufen halten, der Rest ergibt sich von selbst. Gleichzeitig ist er sich jedoch bewusst, dass es beim Umgang mit personenbezogenen Daten Grenzen gibt, über die der Datenschutzbeauftragte wacht. Dessen Ziele stehen jedoch oft im Widerspruch zur Sicherheit der Daten. Ein Konflikt, für den nicht selten der Rücken des Admins als Austragungsort herhalten muss.

Die Zielvorgaben von Informationssicherheitsbeauftragten (ISB) und Datenschutzbeauftragten (DSB) sind nicht immer kompatibel. Im operativen Tagesgeschäft soll der Administrator den Betrieb der IT sicherstellen, sieht sich aber hin und wieder widersprüchlichen Anforderungen dieser beiden Beauftragten ausgesetzt.

Der Gesetzgeber sieht vor, dass der Datenschutzbeauftragte keine Weisungsbefugnis hat. Deshalb liegt es an der Geschäftsführung zu regeln, wer die tatsächlich auszuführenden Maßnahmen zum Schutz der Datenverarbeitung vorgibt. Das kann der ISB oder die IT-Leitung sein. Denn dort liegen die organisatorischen Verantwortlichkeiten. Da die Fäden beim Administrator zusammenlaufen, hat er aus seiner Position die Möglichkeit, entsprechende Konflikte zwischen Datenschutz und Informationssicherheit zu erkennen und alle Beteiligten darauf aufmerksam zu machen.
Grundsätzlich gilt: Für die Informationssicherheit werden betriebliche Entscheidungen getroffen, in denen Risiko und Nutzen einander abgewogen werden. Beim Datenschutz gibt es konkrete gesetzliche Vorgaben. Innerhalb dieser Vorgaben ist der Spielraum für Entscheidungen weitaus geringer als in der Informationssicherheit. Im Zweifel stellt die eine Entscheidung aus Sicht des ISB nur ein wirtschaftlich kalkulierbares Risiko dar, aus Sicht des Datenschutzes möglicherweise einen Gesetzesverstoß, der eine Ordnungswidrigkeit darstellt.


 Bonn, GermanyWed, 13 Jun 2018 00:44:28 +0200 
#^Microclimate in Cologne Basin - This is why it’s often so humid in Bonn
With an average of 35 humid days, Bonn is far ahead of other German cities. But how much does the weather really affect our wellbeing? And why is it always so humid in Bonn of all places?

Does Bonn’s climate make you tired? Bonn, one of the warmest regions in Germany with an average annual temperature of 10.3 degrees, is at the southeast end of the Cologne basin and surrounded by low mountain ranges meaning there is little movement in the air masses.

James Turrell

 Tue, 12 Jun 2018 22:36:19 +0200 
#^James Turrell
James Turrell (born in 1943 in Los Angeles) counts among the most important artists of our time. For more than fifty years, he has devoted his creative work to the treatment of (im-)materiality and perception. Like no other, he succeeds in making light as an artistic medium a sensual and spiritual experience. Turrell floods rooms with light that presents itself as gentle seas of color or as an intensely glowing, sometimes diffusely spherical fog of light, taking observers to the limits of their perception. Turrel eliminates the possibility of pinpointing one’s location by means of an object or spatial limits, transmitting a feeling of endlessness. Reduced to perception itself, the onlooker’s gaze almost automatically turns inwards, creating the possibility of self-awareness and self-reflection, meditatively observing one’s own seeing.


 Mon, 11 Jun 2018 17:38:08 +0200 

#^Staatstrojaner: Polizei soll in Wohnungen einbrechen dürfen

Die Länder-Justizminister fordern für die Strafverfolger ein "Betretungsrecht", damit diese einfacher Spähsoftware auf IT-Geräte Verdächtiger aufspielen können.
 Mon, 11 Jun 2018 20:27:50 +0200 
Wieso muss ich jetzt an die Stasi denken?
 Mon, 11 Jun 2018 22:10:23 +0200 

interessante Kellerräume

 Bonn, GermanyWed, 06 Jun 2018 23:58:25 +0200 
#^Keller wurde geheimgehalten - Blick in den Bunker des Kanzlerbungalows in Bonn
Der Historiker Jörg Diester hat ein Buch über die Schutzräume am Palais Schaumburg geschrieben. In Führungen werden die Kellerräume nicht gezeigt.

sustainability targets

 Tue, 05 Jun 2018 00:01:11 +0200 

#^Germany's Bayer to drop Monsanto name in takeover | DW | 04.06.2018

Bayer's takeover of US seed giant Monsanto will be completed on Thursday, the company has said. Although Bayer will acquire all of the weed-killer and seedmaker's products, the Monsanto name will be left behind.
Mike Macgirvin
 Wed, 06 Jun 2018 01:17:36 +0200 
In my view, both sides of the corporation have got way too many strikes against them and collectively they're way over the top in terms of unethical principles. I'd prefer to take my business elsewhere and leave them to whatever fate karma has in store.
Waitman Gobble
 Wed, 06 Jun 2018 04:11:13 +0200 
The problem in North America, at least, is: you can't. There's no way to avoid Monsanto. They have (silently?) edged their way into the food chain.[footer].[/footer]

"protect the collection of WHOIS data" ?

 Bonn, GermanyMon, 04 Jun 2018 16:49:26 +0200 
This is an interesting case.

Was already surprised, that there is no need to provide Tech-C, Zone-C contact handles any more.

ICANN Files Legal Action in Germany to Preserve WHOIS Data
LOS ANGELES – 25 May 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today filed injunction proceedings against EPAG, a Germany-based, ICANN-accredited registrar that is part of the Tucows Group. ICANN has taken this step to ask the court for assistance in interpreting the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in order to protect the data collected in WHOIS. ICANN's "one-sided filing" in Bonn, Germany, seeks a court ruling to ensure the continued collection of all WHOIS data, so that such data remains available to parties demonstrating legitimate purpose to access it, consistent with the GDPR.

Tucows Statement on ICANN Legal Action
On Friday the 25th of May, ICANN filed a legal action against EPAG Domainservices GmbH, a Tucows-owned Registrar based in Bonn, Germany. This action was taken because of a disagreement between Tucows and ICANN on how the GDPR should be interpreted, with respect to our contracts. While we look forward to defending our position in court, the below is intended to provide some context and insight into the dispute.
Waitman Gobble
 Mon, 04 Jun 2018 17:32:45 +0200 
tucows concealed all the whois data, except for reseller info. i believe this happened on the 25th. which makes a little more work for ssl certs, because email bssed domain auth can only happen with an email based on a domain. or can use http based. either way is going to add maybe up to 15 minutes to the process?.

tucows did not ask me they just did it, not sure if there is an opt out? of back in lol

Museumsmeilenfest 2018

 Bonn, GermanyThu, 31 May 2018 22:45:24 +0200 
#^Museumsmeilenfest 2018
Kunst und Kultur für Jedermann
Das Museumsmeilenfest 2018 findet vom 31. Mai bis zum 3. Juni statt. Wir freuen uns auf  Sie!


 Thu, 31 May 2018 09:50:03 +0200 
#^A brief guide to German garden colonies | DW | 30.05.2018

They might look like slums or homes for garden gnomes. Those peculiar settlements of tiny little houses with allotment gardens, known as the "Schrebergarten," are a typically German phenomenon.


 Tue, 29 May 2018 00:10:38 +0200 
Sounds interesting and quite necessary, as the people who can read the documents from my grandparents getting quite rare.

Transcribe. Collaborate. Share…
…and benefit from cutting edge research in Handwritten Text Recognition!

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