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Remember, remember …

“Fear became the ultimate tool of this government.”

Ich verliere zur Zeit viele Freunde; oder sie wechseln die Hochschule; oder aber sie geben sich komische Namen. Und das ist gut so! Die Rede ist natürlich von einer, anscheinend immer größer werdenden, Zahl an StudiVZ Mitgliedern die dem Dienst nicht mehr glauben wollen, er gehe mit ihren persönlichen Daten sorgfältig um. Ausgelöst durch den Versuch die AGBs so zu ändern, dass man mit den Daten der Benutzer endlich auch mal richtig Geld machen kann. Dafür gab es so gar Rüge vom Bundesdatenschutzbeauftragten. StudiVZ hat nach der ersten Welle des Protestes die AGBs natürlich umgehend entschärft und mit der jetztigen Version, und damit der Möglichkeit zum “Opt-Out” in so gut wie allen kritischen Punkten, könnte man wohl schon leben. Aber der Strom von Mitgliedern, die ihre Namen bis ins Unkenntliche ändern, reißt -jedenfalls bei meinen “Freunden”- nicht ab. Vielleicht liegt es ja daran, dass viele erst durch die große Protestwelle bei der ersten Änderung begriffen haben, wie wertvoll ihre persönlichen Daten sind; gleichzeitig auch wie gefährdet diese gerade auch im StudiVZ, ja im “Interweb” und eigentlich überhaupt sind! Das Herz eines Technikenthusiasten wagt das jedenfalls zu hoffen.

Stasi 2.0 von skep (used under CC-SA)

Und vielleicht ist für den Menschen Freiheit doch etwas sehr kostbares und mehr wert als eine, nur versprochene totale Sicherheit, die mit großer Überwachung und Kontrolle erkauft wird. Wenn es wahr ist, dass man Freiheit, und auch Demokratie, immer wieder auf’s Neue erkämpfen muss, so freut es mich jedenfalls doch sehr, dass es offensichtlich eine nicht geringe Zahl an Leuten gibt, die genau dies tun. Mann muss natürlich immer ein Mittelmaß finden. Aber in Zeiten in denen das Pendel zwischen Freiheit und Kontrolle -Vorratsdatenspeicherung und Online-Razzien sei Dank- ganz klar zu sehr in Richtung Kontrolle und Überwachung zeigt ist Widerstand doch sehr wichtig. Vor allem dann wenn man, auch aus guten technischen Gründen, nicht an die Wirksamkeit dieser Maßnahmen glauben kann. Es sollte schon zu denken geben, dass gerade die Leute, die sich am besten mit den technischen Hintergrund auskennen, nicht müde werden vor den Folgen solcher Maßnahmen zu warnen.

Ganz davon abgesehen dürfte es nur eine Frage der Zeit sein bis die im Rahmen der Vorratsdatenspeicherung erhobenen Daten auch Zivilrechtlich benutzt werden. Die Musik und Filmindustrie werden daran jedenfalls großes Interesse haben.

Hoffen wir, dass ich auch weiterhin auf das Bundesverfassungsgericht stolz bleiben kann und es die Fehler der Politik wieder gut macht. Ich für meinen Teil hab das StudiVZ jedenfalls auch aufgegeben und bin wie viele andere jetzt bei kaioo.de.

Zum Schluss könnte man natürlich auch, wie in diesen Tagen so oft, 1984 zitieren, aber ich zitiere lieber einen Comic. Eigentlich dessen Verfilmung:

Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Well, certainly there are those who are more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror.

Syndicated 2008-01-05 12:26:06 from Christian Kellner - Braindump

We can’t stop here, this is wine country …

The Google SoC Mentor summit was great fun. I realized how may different OpenSource projects are out there. The other thing that I did notice and that made me think a bit was that there were many OpenSource developers using Mac OS X or Windows. So while for me OpenSource is more the idea that software (and thus all the software stack I am running) should be not only free for everybody but also its code should be it seems that there are a lot of people that do think different. Or does Linux on the Desktop still suck so much? Oh, and the KDE guys rock. I recently overheared a KDE vs. GNOME discussion at my University and I think it is really ironic that the developers seem to get along quite well with each other while the users are fighting. ;-) All in all the summit restored a good deal of my hacking mojo. One last note: Leslie has so much energy, I believe she has coffee instead of blood in her veins.

As your attorney, I advise you to rent a very fast car with no top:fast car with no top
(note quite true, it was his idea)

We also had original American food …

… which I should totally regret since I had to throw up 3 times during this night. I am now sooo looking forward to that 12 hour flight to Munich.

The possibility of physical and mental collapse is now very real. No sympathy for the Devil, keep that in mind. Buy the ticket, take the ride.

(N.b. yes that is me on the picture and yes my hackergotchi is totally outdated, but Vincent loves it)

Syndicated 2007-10-09 23:43:03 from Christian Kellner - Braindump

Freedom of Speech

Andre, if you really want free speech and you do indeed like people which have strong opinions then I really don’t all understand what all the fuzz is about anyway; because on that basis Matthias’ complains fall under free speech in exactly the same way as david’s post. If you want freedom of speech then you get the full package including people complaining about other peoples writings. And if the solution is that one just ignores posting that one disagrees with then we don’t get any discussion at all and everybody just gives monologues.

Syndicated 2007-10-02 16:45:11 from Christian Kellner - Braindump

burst pipe

Main Menu Leaking
564.1 MB! I think there may be a small leak somewhere in Novell’s Main-menu. ;-)

Syndicated 2007-09-16 11:10:22 from Christian Kellner - Braindump


Codelbog testpost, der gleich wieder verschwindet! ;-)

Syndicated 2007-05-21 10:54:39 from Christian Kellner - Braindump

5:3 - Ausnahmezustand

Passau, one big giant party

But not only in Passau!

Yes, this used to be a street

It was a really hard match - a 120 minutes football thriller with a happy end for us! Too bad some Argentinians seem to be really bad losers. I know it is really hard to for them to fly home. They had higher expectations: some of the players and Argentinian newspapers even thought they "outclassed us" (Esteban Cambiasso) which I don't think is anyway near the truth. I honestly have a bit of Schadenfreude because I totally dislike this person who claims that his unfair football-playing is nothing but the help of God.
Strange things happen at GUADEC ...

All began with some giggeling from behind the fence. There was a group of GNOME Hackers sitting around a table at the GUADEC Camping and hacking for fun and profit when said giggleing was first to hear from across the fence. The source of this turned out to be 3 Irish girls and 1 boy. When I told them to come over may of us belived that they would instantly be scared away by all the laptops and geeks but guess what .. the total opposite happend!
The come over and were uber-excited. "This is sooo cute. ... Ohh look at the cute foot. ... It's called GNOME. This is soo cool!" And all we demoed was gnome-screensaver and gedit :)
Here is the group photo:
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The guy really seemed to be interested so we even handed out one of the Fedora Core 5 DVDs that were included within the GUADEC Bag.
27 Mar 2006 (updated 27 Mar 2006 at 18:41 UTC) »
Bling, Bling
ChipX86 mentions the post from Mike about Cairo and semi-transaprent windows. I did the same work a while ago to make Gnome Launch box have nice RGBA *bling bling*. Since we some to get a lot of duplicated code here I really whish we had that directly in gtk. Also a gdk_compositor_is_running or something like that would be very very nice. I know there is a way for some window managers (e.g. metacity) to tell you (over selections and stuff) but having that in gdk/gtk would be way nicer. The real reason I blog though is LbFrame. It is basically a frame with round corners which can also handle transparency if the compositor is running. Now with Xgl and AiglX maybe more people are interested to use it or use it as a starting point for their own widgets. Also if you are one of the lucky ones that have fast compositing, you should really give Gnome Launch box another try. I use it as my Alt-F2 replacement. And I have some patches in the queue to make it even more rocking!
Evolution + Scalix = Love
Today Scalix finally announced the Evolution Connector together with version 10 of their Server (including the free community edition). I have spent the last 3 of my university vacations in California to make this happen and it is a great fealing now that it is released. I am going to be in CA again for another 6 weeks starting from 27 Feburary to work some more on the Connector and Evolution. I totally love to work there and I specially wanna thank Carsten for being such a good boss and friend. Kudos to the whole scalix team! Go and try it out while it's hot ... :)
8 Feb 2006 (updated 8 Feb 2006 at 21:08 UTC) »
GMail + GTalk in the browser is crazy!
It's already working here ... not with my friend's gmail ... muahha :)

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