was die Proteste bisher erreicht haben.

June 7, 2007
  1. Es ist peinlich, vor lauter Krawallberichterstattung habe ich bei einer Diskussion nicht mal mehr alle Teilnehmer der G8 zusammenbekommen.
  2. Ich habe noch kein einzigen Vorschlag der Demonstranten zur Weltverbesserung gelesen.
    Zumindest in diesem Punkt bin ich nicht ganz allein, auch Nico Lumma geht es so.

Und an alle Verschwörungstheoretiker:

  • Wenn linke und alternative Kreise den Polizei vorwerfen, den schwarzen Block zu unterwandern, wäre es konsequent, jegliche Unterstützung zu verweigern.
  • Auch die NPD wollte mitprotestieren, auch die NPD ist von V-Leuten unterwandert und trotzdem wurde die Teilnahme am Demonstrationszug nicht geduldet.

Nach den Buchstaben des Gesetzes

June 5, 2007

Wenn alle Deutschen das Recht haben, sich friedlich und ohne Waffen unter freiem Himmel zu versammeln, ist die Demo dann mit dem ersten Steinwurf nicht automatisch beendet und die Versammlung aufzulösen?

Die Veranstalter appellieren recht selten an die Demonstranten Ruhe zu bewahren. In einer der wenigen Szenen tun sie dies, um Teilnehmer ohne Aufenthaltsgenehmigung zu schützen.
Anscheinend ist der Unterschied zwischen “Jeder” und  “Alle Deutschen” nicht so ganz klar.

Sicher hat die Polizei im Vorfeld die Grundrechte strapaziert, aber dies ist kein Grund es genauso zu tun.
Sicher hat die Polizei hier und da etwas stark zugeschlagen. Nur kann man nicht ernsthaft von Distanzierung vom schwarzen Block sprechen, wenn von den Kundgebungswagen gefordert wird “eine Linie bilden”, “Polizei bitte zurückziehen”.

Vielleicht sollten Veranstalter und Polizei beide über Ihren Schatten springen und im Vorfeld gemeinsam klären, wie mit einer Eskalation umgegangen wird, wo die Grenzen sind und wie man zusammen die Gewalt in den Griff bekommt.
Eigentlich sind ja genug Pazifisten anwesend.


May 16, 2007

Stasi 2.0

by dataloo

Now you are  officially anounced STASI2.0

a good example

March 19, 2007

I once wrote about the problems with data collection and databases.
Today there is the best example  how to get in such a criminal database being fully innocent.

The short version:

Someone made a report about a wrong offer on a auction site and already had an IP of the suspect.
The policeman didn’t know know what to do with that address and called the information desk, which didn’t know much more and searched for the given number with google.
The “I’m feeling lucky”-button  led to a discussion site of wikipedia netherlands as the IP was listened there in the comments.

Now try to get out  of this database. I guess you won’t feel lucky.

OpenID is not web2.0

February 23, 2007

But why is OpenID not web2.0?

The short answer:

no rounded css corners

The long answer:

OpenID is a great concept and with Windows CardSpace even Microsoft supports the open standard. But I miss the focus to the customer.
You get a bunch of information, but no easy way to gain an account.

Who want’s to know the theory?
You get the key by using the tech, not by watching sourcecode.

To get the people use it:

  • Let them register:
    Get the Account right at openid.net, beside a quick link “check if you already have one” to a list of public services offering an OpenID such as ClaimID, technorati, AOL, Livejournal and Cardspace, link to other free openID.
  • Show what you get:
    You don’t get an accoun just to have it. Okay, uselessaccount.com offers exactly this feature, but it’s satirical.
    Run a well styled directory of sites offering OpenID-access, let bloggers refer their OpenID enabled site.
  • Provide at least one feature:
    Why register at openID and not directly by using the same password with all communities? Security, well that’s difficult to explain.
    A copy of claimID would be great, because with this service you really get an idea what online identity is. Wouldn’t be really fair, but sure there are other things out there to provide at low cost.
  • Provide Plugins:
    There aren’t much out there, but making the adoption easy for common software should be the right way. With the existing ones you did a great job, I’ve already seen OpenID on several feature-wishlists out there.
  • explain it to other projects:
    most projects want to attract users to register an account. It’s the best way to prevent spam and get the surfer come back.
    OpenID is far better solution than bugmenot or dead accounts.
  • put away the tech stuff:
    developers should be used to http://dev.foo.bar sites and don’t care about the fact that users are greeted first.

By the way, jabber is also a cool project with the same problems. Best IM solution out there but no eye for the customer.

Nik Cubrilovic has a similar Point of view: Too many Providers, not enough consumers.

for private use only

February 14, 2007

I think most people agree that you need a certain age to cope with someaspects of life. Though the protection of minors is quite reasonable and nobody would show rotten.com to a five year old child.
But when they hit puberty some things get more and more interesting. Girls for example, but also drugs like alcohol and tabacco, guns and horror movies.

Some really smart guy must have told the Bavarians that people who are underage talk and interact with persons of full age. Whoa!

Long story, short: The government now wants to ban dvd rental of adult content.

They name it a barrier of purchasing, when you have to pay the full price. Won’t you get more used to lend your dvds if there isn’t any rental service? Won’t you start the donkey to avoid the costs?
Must be a bit different in an area with cows and tourists.
Perhaps Mr.Schäuble, the best informed politician on internet stuff can tell them what he found on harddrives.

With this argumentall rental services should be cancelled.
No cars, no karaoke maschines, no video consoles, no fashion, no party accesoires, no tech stuff for pros, no boats anf at last, we’ll close the libraries.

the real problem

January 31, 2007

Just seen a documentation about surveillance on tv.

There were great technologies as face-recognition, implanted chips, 4mio cameras in Great Britain but no sinle word about the databases.
The tech stuff is crap, it will change every year. Maintenance of the databases and the infrastructure are the real threat.

Just think about the IT-problems in your company, the government won’t be better. One false entry and you get severe problems. Everyone knows some stories about administration horror, mostly if you move to another city or change your employer, insurance or telco.
At least one update goes wrong and now imagine the new entry is similar to a crminal. Just some weeks ago, Mikado showed that a certain amount of credit transfer was enough to get under suspicion.

So just do a quick check and go through your addressbook on your mobile phone.
Are sure that none of these numbers is outdated?

Just a few things from my neighbourhood which could lead to some bad entries

  • both license plate was stolen. When reporting this to the police, there were already two complaints from gas stations about not paying the bill for that number.
  • Three women with the same name which lived in one street moved to different towns in one quater, two got married since then. The forwarding requests aren’t working at all, especially the television fee was requested from the remaining single twice.
  • a contract for a moblie phone couldn’t be accepted, because the regstration office failed at updating the first and second residence the right way. So a credit rating was not possible.

So always remember that it’s not the high tech stuff that you have to fear, but a lazy administration