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2006-01-01 Blogs

I finally visited StefanKrempl’s blog again, after an absence of probably two months or more. Reading the lastest news (English quotes, German commentary) reminded me of how communication continues to defy the mind. When I look at my own immediate surrounds, I feel awesome. When I learn about the world that I cannot see with my own eyes by reading the newspapers and blogs, the abyss of Realpolitik saddens me beyond words. The discrepancy between blessed joy in the company of loved ones, the satisfaction of creating and tinkering with your own hands, the despair when reading about all the injustice being perpetuated, and the revulsion at the capabilities of man – it just seems so much… Too much to really understand, to be one with it.

The world is too big to “grok” (Wikipedia:Grok). Nothing new there, I guess.

I guess it shows that I spent too much time reading the news today.

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2006-01-01 Cooking

SuShee schafft es tatsächlich, eine Hautcrème zu “kochen”… [1] [2] [3] [4]

Wahre Hacker lassen sich vom Bildschirmrand eben nicht bremsen. Ich bin ganz baff, dass das so einfach sein soll. Kosmetikprodukte selber machen.

Und damit ich diese Links auch in Zukunft schneller finde: Kosmetik, Crème. ;)

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2006-01-01 Copyright

Coldplay’s new CD seems to come with some Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) software, according to BoingBoing:

“This CD can’t be burnt onto a CD or hard disc, nor can it be converted to an MP3” and “This CD may not play in DVD players, car stereos, portable players, game players, all PCs and Macintosh PCs.” Best of all, the insert explains that this is all “in order for you to enjoy a high quality music experience.” [1]

(via enberg on the EmacsChannel)

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2006-01-01 Wikis

I find the details provided – including names and personal messages if you drill down – of the Wikimedia Fundraiser 2005 Q4 quite amazing.

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Amazing, yeah ; plus it's sorted by currencies.. It's quite easy to find out how much someone gave as long as he didn't asked to be listed anonymously (See the donation box on the rigth [1]).

– Weak 2006-01-02 08:43 UTC

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2006-01-02 Iran

DanielSchmidt schreibt über seine Ferien im Iran. Ich bin erst jetzt, beim Durcharbeiten meiner Mailbox auf Jahresanfang (wegen einem Hinweis von StefanBucher zum Thema ins neue Jahr mit leerer Inbox), mit dem Durchlesen seiner Notizen begonnen.

Das erinnert mich an meine eigenen fehlenden Notizen zu India 2005:'(

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2006-01-04 Movies

On 2005-12-25 we wanted to go and see The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005). It was sold out. The next Tuesday, we went again. Sold out. Today, Claudia felt like trying a third time, and I said that I did not. I was tired and feeling like those two failed attempts were like a sign.

Claudia convinced me to go anyway. I had to walk out after half the movie. I don’t like scary stuff.

I don’t recommend this movie at all.

I only walked out of two movies in my life. The other was Breaking the Waves (1996).

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I am an ex-Catholic and I absolutely loved this movie. It is quite frightening.

Do I think one is foolish for walking out of it? No.

AaronHawley 2006-01-05 07:06 UTC


How could you walk out of Breaking the Waves? It was excellent IMO.

HenrikEnberg 2006-01-05 18:45 UTC


It was too damn depressive.

AlexSchroeder 2006-01-05 19:14 UTC

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2006-01-04 Software

I think I’m going to give Rmail another try on Emacs. I’ll need MIME support and spam filtering, too.

enberg suggest SpamProbe.

    sudo port install spamprobe

No problem.

    sudo port install fetchmail +ssl

Results in an error:

---> Fetching fetchmail ---> Verifying checksum(s) for fetchmail ---> Extracting fetchmail ---> Applying patches to fetchmail Error: Target com.apple.patch returned: shell command "aclocal" returned error 1 Command output: aclocal: configure.in: 72: macro `AM_GNU_GETTEXT' not found in library

Some googling finds an email [1] describing how to fix it:

    cd /opt/local/var/db/dports/sources/rsync.rsync.opendarwin.org_dpupdate_dports/mail/fetchmail/
    sudo vi Portfile

Now replace the following line:

                  system "aclocal"

With this one:

                  system "aclocal  -I /opt/local/share/aclocal"

Now it works. :)

For the moment, my .fetchmailrc file only contains the following:

defaults protocol pop3 mda "/usr/bin/procmail -d %T" poll mail.epfarms.org poll mail.thinkmo.de user "alex@emacswiki.org" ssl poll fencepost.gnu.org protocol apop fetchsizelimit 1

I needed to specify the MDA, because there is no service listening at the SMTP port. Therefore, fetchmail must deliver to procmail directly, and procmail will put the mails in my mail spool where Rmail will find them.

I use the fetchsizelimit 1 setting for fencepost because if I don’t, I get the following error:

fetchmail: cannot get a range of message sizes (1-4). fetchmail: Klient/Server-Protokoll-Fehler beim Abholen von fencepost.gnu.org fetchmail: Abfragestatus=4 (PROTOCOL)

The username and password are from my .netrc file. It turns out that Emacs’s netrc.el will only parse entries correctly if you put them all on one line:

machine mail.epfarms.org login alex password mu machine mail.thinkmo.de login alex@emacswiki.org password mu machine fencepost.gnu.org login alex password mu

In my Emacs, I also reference my .netrc file:

(require 'smtpmail) (setq smtpmail-smtp-server "mail.epfarms.org" send-mail-function 'smtpmail-send-it smtpmail-auth-credentials "~/.netrc" smtpmail-debug-info t)

How do I run fetchmail on a regular basis? Installing fetchmail also installed DarwinPortsStartup. That runs all executable scripts ending in .sh in /opt/local/etc/rc.d with the start parameter.

# start in daemon mode, poll every 15min @reboot fetchmail -d 900

This means

Integrate SpamProbe in .procmail:

:0 SCORE=| /opt/local/bin/spamprobe train :0 wf | formail -I "X-SpamProbe: $SCORE" :0 a: *^X-SpamProbe: SPAM SPAM

Note the unusual path of the executable. You might have to change that.

All spam mail will end up in the SPAM mbox file, now.

Setup RmailSpamprobe in .emacs:

(autoload 'rmail-spamprobe-retrain-dwim "rmail-spamprobe" nil t) (add-hook 'rmail-mode-hook (lambda () (define-key rmail-mode-map (kbd "$") 'rmail-spamprobe-retrain-dwim) (define-key rmail-summary-mode-map (kbd "$") 'rmail-spamprobe-retrain-dwim)))

This will bind the $ key to toggle spam/ham, retrain spamprobe, and deliver it again using procmail.

I also trained spamprobe on two of the ThunderBird folders I have: About 400 spam and 1880 from my archive of miscellaneous mails from 2005 – ie. no project-specific stuff.

For my MIME integration, I had to get the mimencode tool. It was not obvious where to get it. And there is no metamail in sight!

sudo port install mmencode

And then write some code myself. I’ve added that to RmailMime. But AlexanderPohoyda als wrote some MIME code…

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2006-01-05 Radio

In the office without my MP3 collection, so I’m listing to Indie Pop Rocks on SomaFM.

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Indie Pop Rocks is one of my favorites, especially for starting the day.

MichaelOlson 2006-01-06 16:09 UTC

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2006-01-07 Software Emacs

Yesterday I checked in my /ignore command for rcirc into Emacs CVS. I’m back in Emacs development! :)

Also submitted some patches for Rmail, the default mail reader in Emacs. I think I want to work on some interface issues. I really like Google’s “conversation” view, for example. And I prefer to code new user interfaces in Emacs than elsewhere!

And finally, I wrote the rcircManual together with bkhl after some discussion on #rcirc. Amazing how much two people with some time and the right software can do.

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2006-01-09 Movies

I went to see Jarhead (2005) with a friend today. I liked it. Not too political. It certainly shows how crude soldiers are (no surprise), how crude drilling is, it reminds us of the bombing of the civilian fugitives by the allies (remember the fuel bombs that disperse fuel in the air and ignite it?). It also shows how you can go nuts without seeing any action, and it also shows how you can try and get a grip on it.

I recommend it.

TelePolis also writes about it. [1]

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2006-01-09 Software

I’m quite happy with my new mail setup: Fetchmail gets my mail and pipes it to Procmail (no local MDA). A procmail recipe pipes it through SpamProbe, and so it finally ends up in the folders RMAIL, SPAM (and LISTS for list administration). I read mail using Rmail in Emacs, and use rmail-spamprobe.el to correct mistakes SpamProbe is making. At the moment, there are some false positives (a few spam classified as non-spam every day), but I have high hopes. (More technical details at 2006-01-04 Software.)

I have RmailMime working, I wrote RmailConversationSummary, I use Gnus to connect to Gmane and read emacs-devel, don’t get a lot of email because I’m on no mailing lists anymore, no longer too involved in FreeSoftware activities… Mail life is back to good!

Being able to tinker with your tools goes a long way in reintroducing “fun”. (See KathySierra’s Never Underestimate the Power of Fun.)

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So have you found religion in RMAIL? Is it everything you want? How does it compare to other mailers?

Most RMAIL users I’ve heard of have only done their mail using RMAIL since 1982, and offer little to no comparisons of other (modern) mailers.

AaronHawley 2006-01-09 15:58 UTC


I think the key here is fun. Gnus might have more features, but it is a behemoth to hack. It’s like comparing ERC and rcirc – one of them has more features, the other is more fun.

What doesn’t work:

  • Decoding RFC 2047 headers (encoded-words, section 5) needed code in my .emacs, therefore I believe that in its default state, Rmail is unusable except for ASCII-only languages such as English, Hawaiian, Indonesian, etc.
  • MIME is not integrated (and using rmime.el will display HTLM documents using an external program via metamail instead of inlining the text).
  • The rmail-mbox-branch is 15 months old, now. I think we should move from BABYL to mbox format as soon as possible.
  • It comes without Spam-filtering, so you have to set up a spam-filter yourself.

So why use Rmail instead of Gnus or ThunderBird?

  • Using labels (tags). I hope that this will help me find messages accross subjects.
  • Get rid of a setup that encourages the use of folders, because these add errors to search (misfiled mails) and pose problems for classification (mails belonging to multiple categories which you can only handle by copying, but that also separates meta-data such as read, answered, or deleted flags).
  • Encourage a system where the file size of the archive is the only limit. I’ve had good experience with a system of one folder per year.
  • A system that is easy enough to hack so that I can experiment with new interfaces (eg. RmailConversationSummary), which was too hard to contemplate in either Gnus or Thunderbird.

AlexSchroeder 2006-01-09 16:08 UTC


Ich bin es schon wieder! Ich benutze rmail weil es einfach und integriert ist. Ich sehe viele Dinge die man besser oder einfacher machen koennte:

  - Unterstuezung fuer nicht ASCII Zeichen
  - Wie genannt, die benutzung des mbox formates
  - Html unterstuezung

Naja, diese Dinge waeren alle nett, aber dafuer gibt es workarounds. Was mich wirklich stoert ist das fehlen von pgp. Ich weiss das es dafuer Module gibt, aber funktioniert haben sie bei mir nie (liegt wahrscheinlich an mir). Es ist psychologisch sehr demotivierend eine Mail von einer Freundin zu bekommen und feststellen zu muessen das sie nur aus Rauschen besteht und man keine moeglichkeit mehr hat sie zu decodieren (auch rmail-output hat nicht mehr geklappt).

– Olaf 2006-01-20 01:31 UTC

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2006-01-09 Switzerland USA Torture

TelePolis writes about the Swiss Secret Service intercepting a FAX by the Egyptian government talking about the secret CIA prisons in Europe. [1] What does that mean?

  1. The CIA prisons in Europe are real.
  2. The Swiss government knew about it and said nothing.
  3. The Swiss Secret Service intercepts communications with other nations.
  4. The Ony project is real and the Swiss Secret Service works. (Another TelePolis article about Onyx is also available. [2], as well as an article in the Weltwoche [3]. Onyx is the Swiss Echelon.)
  5. The Swiss government goes after the person who leaked the document to the press.
  6. Quo vadis freedom of the press… :(

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2006-01-09 USA Web

From the EmacsChannel, link posted by BrianPalmer:

17:25 kensanata
alephnull: say something annoying, please.
17:25 alephnull
vim rules!
17:25 alephnull
What’s this about then ?
17:25 kensanata
hey, no real name, intent to annoy, and annoying!
17:25 kensanata
go to prison!!
17:25 kensanata
Perspective: Create an e-annoyance, go to jail on news.com.com (weird domain name…)
17:26 kensanata
amazing if true. :) i still think it must be a hoax.

TelePolis also writes about it. [1]

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2006-01-10 Software

PierreGaston mentioned an UML drawing tool on the EmacsChannel that was inspired by Vim: Murasame.

It looks cool.

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2006-01-10 USA

TelePolis writes about the Bilmes/Stiglitz report The Economic Costs Of The Iraq War: An Appraisal Three Years After The Beginning Of The Conflict. [1]

Note that Wolfowitz is now head of the World Bank.

TelePolis also has an article about the current corruption scandal in the US, in English:

The pressure Abramoff and his cronies brought to bear on government officials with regard to regulation in the Marianas is an example of a nexus between Congress and the Bush administration and the Abramoff corruption. Since the Northern Mariana Islands are a US territory, clothing made there can have a label that says “Made in the USA”. Name brand clothing manufacturers would use the factories there. Conditions in the factories, however, approached slave labor conditions, as workers were “indentured aliens” and had no labor rights. They were working to pay off the loans that they had taken to come to the islands. To maintain these conditions on behalf of his Island clients, Abramoff had numerous contacts with Bush administration officials, both when Bush was governor of Texas, and then when Bush took office in 2001.
[…]
A serious question raised by all this is where is the press? [2]

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2006-01-11 Web

I rewrote my stylesheet to be “lighter”, after finishing the first four chapters of The Elements of Typographical Style by Robert Bringhurst. I’m using the StyleSheetTest page to figure things out…

Actually I’m still working on it. ;)

Printing in Firefox is all messed up, but print preview from Safari works very well. The @media print directive is used to provide a different style when printing.

The RSS feed for this site is also styled.

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2006-01-13 Web

My attempts at making changes to the EmacsWiki default CSS where a disaster. :( See EmacsWiki:2006-01-12 for some reactions.

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oh, Can I have a blog like yours in this site? :)

RockyDd 2006-01-13 15:05 UTC


Is it going to be Emacs specific? Perhaps it would make more sense to just create a new blog on http://livejournal.com/ or http://blogger.com?

I have accounts on both of them, too:

AlexSchroeder 2006-01-13 15:24 UTC


I just want a blog as yours :)

RockyDd 2006-01-14 14:11 UTC


one more question, I failed to upload images in this site, I always get this error:Files of type image/x-png are not allowed. what's wrong?

RockyDd 2006-01-14 14:16 UTC


The MIME types are checked by the software. The type image/png is allowed, the type image/x-png is not. It is usually a sign of an old browser. What are you using, an old version of IE?

AlexSchroeder 2006-01-14 16:06 UTC

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2006-01-14 Gadgets

Years ago, the CD player of my Denon D-G1MD broke down. I liked that little system because it had a MD player built-in, and at the time I really believed in Minidiscs. I felt the MP3 players were forcing me to waste even more time at the computer.

The replacement I bought was the Kenwood HM-DV7, which integrated DVD playback, but had a country code (in Switzerland these are not mandatory, so I was a fool for not buying it). Plus the technical gadget to simulate surround sound + subwoofer made for terrible sound quality when listening to music. And it had a lousy radio. I hated it. It ended up in the cellar. (You want it?)

I decided to replace the replacement system with a Sony DVP-NS590P. Code-free. It didn’t have an amplifier, so I hooked it up to the old Denon system. Since I wanted to listen to CDs with the system, I had to do that. It also meant that when I wanted to watch a movie, I had to either fiddle with the cables, or use the stereo. With both speakers to the right of the monitor, that spoilt half the stereo effects.

It also meant I had nowhere to hook up my Airport Base Station: When streaming music from my iBook, I had to fiddle with the cables again. I ended up not doing it.

All this time, I had my old, trusty other Denon D-F88 system in my bedroom: UPA-F88 amplifier, UTU-F88 tuner, UCD-F88 CD player, and UDR-F88 tape deck. It had good sound, worked, and was in good shape. And it had two free inputs: DVD/AUX and MD. I didn’t buy the MD component at the time – I bought that system before MD was my solution to timeshifting radio shows!

Anyway, I decided that I needed to shift the D-F88 into the living room so that I could hook up the Airport Base Station and possibly a portable MD or MP3 player. Being able to listen to CDs via that system, I could connect the Sony DVD player to the TV entirely.

Now I just needed a new system for the bedroom. It should be small, and simple. I rarely listen to music in the bedroom. Often it’s just radio anyway. I don’t need an integrated alarm clock. I used to use the D-F88 system as an alarm clock for years, but that was during my time at university.

I decided that a Tivoli Model One was stylish enough, small enough, and simple enough for me. It had one AUX jack for my MP3 player should I need it. No stereo required, and no CDs. Models two and three do that.

I like it. :)

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2006-01-14 Web

CharlieStross‘s rant On the attention economy was a nice read. How spammers catch up, how spam filtering is an endless arms-race, where it is going to end, how advertisement and spam are just different points on the same slope, etc.

I also found an article on his site called “Inside the MIT Media Lab”:

The Fab Lab – personal fabrication – includes a CAD workstation, a modified vinyl cutter able to carve circuit boards, a computer-controlled milling machine, an FPGA programmer, and may eventually include a 3D printer and other machine tools. One important element they’re working on is a library of electronic components, royalty-free, than the system can be used to handle various tasks. Using FPGA (field programmable gate array) chips means the system can contain sophisticated electronics – FPGAs are designed to be reconfigured at the hardware level to emulate arbitrary circuits, all the way up to an ARM processor. The Fab Lab team are trying to develop a system comprehensive enough that any one Fab Lab can be used to build copies of itself, and they’re looking at a hardware design strategy akin to the GPL (GNU General Public License) – spin offs such as Project Pengachu give a feel for how they’re thinking these tools can be used. [1]

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Kenneth Tyler of SeedWiki thinks about fab labs and analogies to wikis. We talked about it a bit at RecentChangesCamp.

BayleShanks 2006-02-14 01:10 UTC

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2006-01-15 Software

Finally my mom got Skype installed, and we tried to chat, but the quality was horrible. Long delays, the sound failing half the time, sometimes our voices reduced to robot-speak…

Maybe if I get her to switch to AIM… (She wants me to install MSN Messenger 7.5) I had heard that AIM did not always work with iChat. But I found a German blog post saying that you need to install a patch for XP. And one of the comments said that the Windows XP box was hosed after that. [1] And GoogleTalk with voice only works on Windows. Argh.

Then again, I just realized that I was listening to InternetRadio. Ouch!

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pois— aber AIM hat keine audio/video-funktion… Es wäre doch interessant zu wissen, warum es das nicht bei msn für mac-benutzern gibt. Dann könnte man wenigstens testen, es funktioniert. ubrigens mit dem mikrofon: ich muss skype noch einmal oben am pc testen, vielleicht hat mein laptop grundsätzlich probleme mit der buchse… Wahrscheinlich will microsoft nur "chatiieren", so wie hier die telecom 2 monate gebraucht hat, um mich "freizugeben"…

– Unbekannt 2006-01-15 18:33 UTC


Komisch, ich glaube AIM hat das. Es nennt sich "AIM Talk". [1]

AlexSchroeder 2006-01-15 22:05 UTC

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2006-01-15 Web

Interesting thought on John Walker’s page, where he talks about his Terranova project. If there was any intelligent life out there, they would already be here! Therefore, we must be the first… [1]

Strange how his pages seem full of the optimism of the generation that sent men to moon and dreamed of NASA and space conquest and all that. The next generation seems to be either money grubbers, or environmentalists. But nobody I know is interested in space exploration.

Maybe the universe is full of old civilizations, sulking on tiny planets, struggling with social and economic problems, looking up at the stars and waiting for that miracle-rescue team from outer space that will bring the cornucopia machines (universal replicators), the infinite power supplies, the instellar drives…

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“ Maybe the universe is full of old civilizations, sulking on tiny planets, struggling with social and economic problems, looking up at the stars and waiting for that miracle-rescue team from outer space that will bring the cornucopia machines (universal replicators), the infinite power supplies, the instellar drives… “

he he!

BayleShanks 2006-02-14 01:08 UTC


I’ve met a few people interested in space exploration. But I went to college near a NASA lab.

BayleShanks 2006-02-14 01:08 UTC

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2006-01-16 Kochen

SuShee fragt nach Kaiserschmarrn. [1]

Worauf ich geantwortet habe:

Habe das Rezept auch noch gefunden: 90g Butter, ½l Milch, 250g Mehl, 6 Eier, 125g Zucker, Salz, 2EL Rosinen (50g), noch mehr Butter (40g). Butter mit allem Mischen ausser Eiweiss und Rosinen und gut rühren, Eiweiss schlagen und darunter heben. Rest Butter schmelzen, Teig rein, etwas warten, Rosinen drüber streuen, warten, mit Gabeln zerpflücken, etwa eine Minute weiter backen, mit Puderzucker (aka. »Staubzucker«) bestreut servieren. Alternativ als Auflauf im Ofen backen (ca. 40min), aber da habe ich schlechte Erinnerungen an meine Kindheit, deswegen habe ich bisher immer nur mit der Pfanne gearbeitet. Evt. in zwei Portionen zubereiten.
Alternatives Rezept: 4 Eier, 30g Zucker, ¼l Milch, 125g Mehl, Salz, 20g Rosinen, Puderzucker, Kompott. Da ich mir dazu aber nichts weiter aufgeschrieben habe, vermute ich, dass die erste Variante immer noch die beste ist. :)

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Leider sieht man auf der Seite, dass die Zeichen ½ und ¼ in der von mir bevorzugten Schrift (auf dem Mac) nicht richtig dargestellt werden. Unglaublich. Grrr. Ich empfehle Elements of Typographical Style von Robert Bringhurst;) Auf Windows sieht es ganz gut aus, wenn man über Rechtsklick auf den Desktop → Properties → Appearance → Effects… → Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts: ClearType verwendet.

AlexSchroeder 2006-01-16 20:30 UTC

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2006-01-16 Movies

Saw Nobody Knows (2004) some time ago. It was nice, but sad, and very long. Too long, actually.

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2006-01-18 Afghanistan

TelePolis writes about the collateral damage done, eg. in Afghanistan. [1] The key question: Imagine the US would fire hellfire missiles from unmanned drones into German or French villages, suspecting terrorists to be there. Impossible?

Why is it possible in Pakistan, a so-called “ally”?

Anyway, 18 people killed, including 8 children and 4 women, they say.

I wonder how anybody could believe that doing so would improve US national security.

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2006-01-18 Europe

TelePolis has an article on how countries in Europe are preparing to reinvest in nuclear powerplants, instead of investing in alternative energies. [1]

Ugh.

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2006-01-18 Iran

TelePolis has an article explaining why war in Iran is practically a fait accompli… [1] The page has been translated into English, too! [2]

Ugh.

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Davor war noch ein alter Artikel den Irak betreffend! Der Artikel ist so neutral und plausibel, mir wird ganz Angst und Bange.

– Olaf 2006-01-18 20:08 UTC


Du meinst sicher die "Gedanken zum Irak-Krieg" [1]. Du hast recht, genau die Kombination der beiden Artikel zeigt auf, wie Ekel erregend die ganze Angelegenheit ist.

Irgendwo sollte man ja noch Hoffnung finden – sonst fallen wir da in das Nachrichten-Muster konservativer Medien, welche die Nachrichten auf reine Fakten reduzieren. Dann erscheint plötzlich alles so unausweichlich: Das Schicksal als Dampfwalze.

Leider weiss ich zuwenig, um mir in diesem Gebiet Alternativen vorstellen zu können, zu wenig weiss ich von den Akteuren, die hier bremsend und mildernd eingreifen könnten, zuwenig weiss ich vom Iran selber.

AlexSchroeder 2006-01-19 10:41 UTC


Ich stehe allgemein den Medien kritisch gegenueber, ohne boese Absichten zu unterstellen. Aber jedesmal wenn ich bei irgendjemand Nachrichten sehe, dann kommt es mir so vor als ob Ozeanien wieder gegen Eurasien kaempft.

– Olaf 2006-01-19 15:41 UTC

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2006-01-19 Punishment

Today in the news:

  1. Switzerland: Paedophile gets five years for over twenty sexual acts with children and previously convicted multiple times.
  2. USA: Couple gets twelve and nine years for trying to blackmail a fast-food chain with a cut-off finger.

One of the two systems needs reform, and I don’t think it’s Switzerland.

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2006-01-20 Software

Life in Text Mode lists several command-line tools I did not know. This one I did not know: clacct (not that I’m going to start to do any accounting real soon now, since I’ve tried ledger and stopped using it again). There are also some that have counterparts in Emacs, therefore I do not need them (the calendar, the calculator, the todo-lists, the juke box). Anyway, all the pieces on one page. I should check my own SoftwareUsed on of these days.

I was planning on listing all the services I’d like to use one day for my own little three-person company, requiring no fancy IT infrastructure, and started collecting bookmarks and lists. A Life Online: living decentralised seems to be the current state of the art, so I’ll just link to them instead. And there’s stuff I didn’t know, too: Netvibes, NumSum, and Openomy.

Both via LesOrchard [1]

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2006-01-21 Blogs Switzerland

Auf StefanBucher’s Blog habe ich gerade gesehen, dass es ein spontanes Treffen in Zürich gibt… 19:00 in der Reithalle. [1] Tja, da ich Montag eine Megasitzung habe, sollte ich ja zu normalen Zeiten fertig sein. Wenn ich alleine arbeite bleibe ich sehr oft bis neun oder später im Büro.

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2006-01-21 Software

I’ve been hacking a lot of Rmail every night, together with HenrikEnberg. We’re working on improving the rmail-mbox-branch. I covered the basics, and both of us use it for daily mail.

It still has rough edges, however, and we plan to include MIME into it. Right now, MIME is not included.

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2006-01-24 Islam

I found a link on John Walker’s blog When Islam Breaks Down to by Theodore Dalrymple. John Walker called it “one of the clearest statements of the inherent problems of Islam in adapting to modernity.”

Intrigued, I started reading. It was quite good at first. Then I started wondering. His description of the plight of girls and women in a conservative, patriarchial, and Muslim community is moving. But I found that some of his conclusions were not warranted by the arguments he put forth.

In the example above, what would be the girl’s greatest problem:

  1. Her father being conservative, not wanting to abandon his old ways?
  2. Her father being a strong patriarch who will not see his will denied?
  3. Her father being a Muslim?

It seems to me that there is little cause to suspect her father’s religion to be the source of the problem.

Here’s another sort of jump he makes:

Muhammad unfortunately bequeathed no institutional arrangements by which his successors in the role of omnicompetent ruler could be chosen (and, of course, a schism occurred immediately after the Prophet’s death, with some—today’s Sunnites—following his father-in-law, and some—today’s Shi’ites—his son-in-law). Compounding this difficulty, the legitimacy of temporal power could always be challenged by those who, citing Muhammad’s spiritual role, claimed greater religious purity or authority; the fanatic in Islam is always at a moral advantage vis-à-vis the moderate. Moreover, Islam—in which the mosque is a meetinghouse, not an institutional church—has no established, anointed ecclesiastical hierarchy to decide such claims authoritatively. With political power constantly liable to challenge from the pious, or the allegedly pious, tyranny becomes the only guarantor of stability, and assassination the only means of reform. Hence the Saudi time bomb: sooner or later, religious revolt will depose a dynasty founded upon its supposed piety but long since corrupted by the ways of the world.

Here’s how I read it:

  1. Muhammad didn’t build an institution that could pick a competent successor.
  2. Thus resultet strife and schism.
  3. Plus people claiming moral superiority have kept challenging the rulers using the prophet as an example.
  4. The first jump: Thus, fanatics in Islam are always at a moral advantage. How does that follow? Everything said before is just as true for Christianity. And certainly some Christian fanatics seem to have enough followers of their own. So the issue of fanatics gathering fools around them seems to be a universal problem, independent of religion.
  5. Next, the church doesn’t have a power structure that could decide claims to power. I don’t see how the catholic power structure has helped much, since there was certainly enough strife and warfare with the power structure in place.
  6. Second jump: Since there always holier-than-thou fanatics, tyranny becomes the only guarantor of stability. Huh? How about solving the social and economic problems instead of resorting to tyranny? How come we’ve been able to deal with holier-than-thou fanatics without resorting to tyranny?
  7. The rest is just weird: Assassination as the only means of reform. Well, maybe if the tyranny is a given. But even then, there is sometimes reform.
  8. How the “Saudi time bomb” follows in any way from anything he said before, I don’t understand.

I’m not impressed.

There’s more crap about Christians and the Renaissance, ignoring the age of religious tolerance and scientific progress in moorish times.

There’s random association between the death penalty and religion, claims about Islam and “free inquiry”, etc.

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2006-01-24 Software

I use BitlBee for instant messaging. Since voice chat didn’t work with my mother (using AIM and Skype on Windows), I can focus on text-only alternatives again. I’ve been using Bitlbee for ages. So long, in fact, that I don’t remember the passwords for half of my accounts anymore. Today I installed Adium – a multi-protocol client that uses the Gaim library and has a slick user interface on OSX.

See, I’m connected to five services:

23:40 kensanata
account list
23:40 root
0. OSCAR, kensanata on login.oscar.aol.com (connected)
23:40 root
1. OSCAR, 98129982 on login.icq.com (connected)
23:40 root
2. JABBER, kensanata@amessage.ch (connected)
23:40 root
3. JABBER, kensanata@gmail.com (connected)
23:40 root
4. JABBER, as@jabber.fsfe.org (connected)
23:40 root
End of account list

But I remember only two passwords:

Adium Account List

How do I hack my Bittlbee accounts file?

I can’t even change my ICQ password, because when I try to change it, I have to supply an Email address, and no matter which Email address I supply, it won’t work. AARGH! >{

Update:

AIM Google Talk ICQ

Update:

I found a comment in the source file crypting.c of BitlBee saying that you could compile an encode and a decode stand-alone binary! Hah! :D Ran a make decode and noticed that there was an error during linking:

gcc crypting.c protocols/md5.c [...]
crypting.c: In function `setpassnc':
crypting.c:75: warning: implicit declaration of function `irc_usermsg'
[...]
ld: Undefined symbols:
_irc_usermsg
make: *** [encode] Error 1

Since I didn’t need the sources for anything else, I just deleted the offending line in the file and compiled it. And the result: It works! :)

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2006-01-24 USA

JohnSullivan has a quote of an actual reply Bush gave to a question from the audience. [1]. There’s a transcript on whitehouse.gov, too. [2] Search for “all which is on the table”.

It is scary to think that their command in chief is so incoherent as to appear demented.

S c a r y.

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Eh, often smart people say dumb things. As a general principal, I don’t think that when someone is put on the spot and says something dumb or incoherent that that should be held against them. Only if they can’t produce something correct or intelligeble after having some time to edit/think it over do i worry.

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2006-01-25 Software

Started Kino, wanted to create a VCD for Claudia from one of her tapes. It seems that every single time I do this, something has changed. Maybe I should just have created a DVD instead of a VCD. Anyway, K3b required tools I did not have…

First I had to get VCDImager. It wouldn’t configure because I also need libcdio. Gah! Got libcdio 0.76, compiled, installed using make install prefix=/usr/local/stow/libcdio. I had to rm /usr/local/stow/libcdio/info/dir before I could stow libcdio from my stow directory. (I added the only entry from that dir file to /usr/local/info/dir, of course.)

Problem not solved:

checking for libcdio >= 0.72... Package libcdio was not found in the pkg-config search path.
Perhaps you should add the directory containing `libcdio.pc' to the PKG_CONFIG_PATH environment variable
No package 'libcdio' found
configure: error: Required libcdio library not found. Please get libcdio from http://www.gnu.org/software/libcdio/ and install it.

Grrrr! >{

Check /usr/local/lib/pkgconfig and indeed, no libcdio.pc to be seen. Check my source directory and found libcdio.pc libcdio_cdda.pc libcdio_paranoia.pc libiso9660.pc. Copied these files to /usr/local/stow/libcdio/lib/pkgconfig and stowed it again. Returned to the VCDImager directory and tried ./configure again. Same error. Tried PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/usr/local/lib/pkgconfig ./configure.

All this hassle makes me sad.

I hope somebody gets to benefit from my reports from time to time!

Run make, and find another problem:

/usr/lib/gcc-lib/i486-slackware-linux/3.3.6/../../../../i486-slackware-linux/bin/ld: cannot find -liso9660

Damn.

Didn’t even get to make install prefix=/usr/local/stow/vcdimager. :'(

Indeed, libcdio.a libcdio.la libcdio.so libcdio.so.6 libcdio.so.6.0.1 is what I have in my lib directory. WTF?

I’m rerunning make install prefix=/usr/local/stow/libcdio for libcdio again and finding the following: libtool: install: error: cannot install `libiso9660.la' to a directory not ending in /usr/local/lib

Ah… No stow for this sucker, eh?

Ok, will use a simple make install.

And back to VCDImager. “No package ‘libcdio’ found”. Again!? That’s right. Use PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/usr/local/lib/pkgconfig ./configure

make[2]: Entering directory `/mnt/src/vcdimager-0.7.23/lib'
if /bin/sh ../libtool --tag=CC --mode=compile gcc -DHAVE_CONFIG_H -I. -I. -I.. -I../include/ -I../lib/ -I/usr/local/include      -g -O2  -Wall -Wchar-subscripts -Wmissing-prototypes -Wmissing-declarations -Wunused -Wpointer-arith -Wwrite-strings -Wnested-externs -Wno-sign-compare -MT info.lo -MD -MP -MF ".deps/info.Tpo" -c -o info.lo info.c; \
then mv -f ".deps/info.Tpo" ".deps/info.Plo"; else rm -f ".deps/info.Tpo"; exit 1; fi
 gcc -DHAVE_CONFIG_H -I. -I. -I.. -I../include/ -I../lib/ -I/usr/local/include -g -O2 -Wall -Wchar-subscripts -Wmissing-prototypes -Wmissing-declarations -Wunused -Wpointer-arith -Wwrite-strings -Wnested-externs -Wno-sign-compare -MT info.lo -MD -MP -MF .deps/info.Tpo -c info.c  -fPIC -DPIC -o .libs/info.o
In file included from info.c:28:
info_private.h:33:23: cdio/cdio.h: No such file or directory
info_private.h:34:21: cdio/ds.h: No such file or directory
info_private.h:35:26: cdio/iso9660.h: No such file or directory
In file included from info_private.h:36,
                 from info.c:28:
../include/libvcd/types.h:24:24: cdio/types.h: No such file or directory
In file included from info_private.h:36,
                 from info.c:28:
../include/libvcd/types.h:62: error: syntax error before "lid_t"

...

A gazillion error messages follow.

WTF – where did the cdio directory disappear to? It turns out that the previous stow failure had left a symbolic link in /usr/local/include which did not get overwritten by the next install. The sadness.

I feel so tired.

Now the simple make for VCDImager works, make install prefix=/usr/local/stow/vcdimager works, a message tells me to run libtool --finish /usr/local/lib, and it seems I’m set.

Of course I first forgot to rerun stow, which means that no binaries were on my PATH, and then I noticed another conflict for the dir file which I had to resolve.

At last, I could ask K3b to “Create New Video CD Project”.

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2006-01-26 Europe

TelePolis writes about Europe’s media and politicians ignoring the CIA torture prisons on their own soil [1] and quotes Dick Marty (a Swiss!):

In fact, we must go beyond ascertaining the existence or non-existence of secret detention centres in Europe. The issue at stake is even more important than that. The current US Administration obviously considers that the traditional instruments of the democratic State governed by the rule of law – justice, constitutional guarantees of a fair trial, respect for human dignity – are inappropriate for facing up to the terrorist threat. Persons assumed to be terrorists are therefore arrested, interrogated, deported and detained without any rights or safeguards, thus accepting the concrete and inevitable risk of subjecting completely innocent people to such treatment (inside the CIA an internal inquiry is reportedly under way into several cases of individuals who were abducted, imprisoned and tortured, before it emerged that the wrong people had been targeted). Is Europe prepared to accept such an approach? Can we really say that human rights are an obstacle to national security? Can there be any real security without respect for human dignity? – Dick Marty, Alleged secret detentions in Council of Europe member states, §102.

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2006-01-26 Iraq

Sad days. Even if you don’t read German, most of the links link to American newspapers, so if you follow them, you should get an interesting selection of articles.

Die Amerikaner versuchen, möglichst kein Risiko für die eigenen Soldaten einzugehen, und setzen so auf die Anwendung überwältigender Gewalt und Angriffe aus der Luft. Eine Vermutung reicht schon aus, um Verdächtige mitsamt anderen Personen, die möglicherweise völlig unbeteiligt sind, zu töten. Das ist ein Präventivkrieg, man könnte es auch als Terroranschlag bezeichnen, wobei diese Bezeichnung meist nur auf jene angewandt wird, die sich in der schwächeren Position befinden. [1]

Bla bla successfully dropped two precision-guided bombs against bla bla… Argh!

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2006-01-26 Web

Hm, I wanted to collect some statistics via Google [1], but they’re only inviting people as their capacity grows. Damn.

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2006-01-27 Israel

I think the letter by Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the ElectronicIntifada, sums up the real problem:

For the “international community” – principally the ‘Quartet’ made up of the United States, the European Union, Russia and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, the election result is a major embarassment. They, and the coterie of well-funded NGOs and think tanks that generate so much of their intellectual guff have built their approach on the notion that Palestinian “reform” rather than an end to the Israeli occupation, is the way to resolve the conflict. While nominally committing themselves to a two-state solution, these powers dragged the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority into an endless game where Palestinians have to jump through hoops to prove their worthiness of basic rights, while at the same time no pressure has been applied to Israel to end the confiscation of land and expansion of settlements. This peace process industry chose to hail Israel’s tactical withdrawal of eight thousand settlers from Gaza last summer, while ignoring the far larger number of settlers Israel has continued to plant all over the West Bank effectively rendering a two-state solution unachievable. [1]

Under these circumstances, Hamas would seem like the better alternative to me, too. Their religious fundamentalism may pose a problem later, but the current situation is a problem now.

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2006-01-27 Music

I’ve been listening to PerreoRadio – 100% Reggaeton on InternetRadio.

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2006-01-29 Movies

We saw Good Night and Good Luck (2005) and Munich (2005). Both movies look at past events but their messages clearly apply to today’s situation: Both in the USA and in Israel. I liked both these movies and recommend them.

UriAvnery says about Munich:

On leaving the cinema, my German host wanted to know what I thought of it. Spontaneously, without thinking, I said what I had felt throughout: “Disgusting!” […] It withholds from the viewer some very relevant facts. For example: That the post-mortems showed that nine of the 11 Israeli athletes were killed by the bullets of the pathetically untrained German policemen. (The post-mortem reports are kept secret until this very day, both in Israel and Germany. But a powerful person like Spielberg should know about them.) [1]

ElectronicIntifada says about Munich:

Spielberg […] humanizes Israeli terrorists in Munich but expectedly not the Palestinian terrorists who are portrayed as having no conscience. It seems that unlike their Israeli counterparts, Palestinians shoot but do not cry! [2]

I don’t really share these harsh criticism. The Palestinians killed are often shown as humane and likeable characters, and the naïve Mossad agents slowly realizing their errors and breaking seemed to stand for the whole Western world realizing the crime they have been supportive of all these years. Sure, the movie could have shown more humane aspects of the Palestinian side, but I don’t think that was the point. I didn’t see it as “Israelis are nice guys and Palestinians are dehumanized” – I saw it as “Palestinians are ordinary people and the Israelis are slowly loosing their mind”.

Update: Good Night and Good Luck got three rewards in Venice, and so TelePolis published a comment on the movie: Gut aussehen und lässig bleiben.

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2006-01-29 Switzerland

I can’t vote, because I’m not Swiss. But Claudia doesn’t care about politics, so I can propose something to her, which she then may or may not accept. I like the SmartVote website. There, candidates can answer questions about political issues, and citizens can do the same. The system then produces the list of candidates that seem to match your preferences best. Awesome. This is what it suggested for “Kreis 10”, and therefore the vote we’ll cast for the city council:

  1. Angst Walter
  2. Recher Anja
  3. Schicker Daniela
  4. Filli Peider C.
  5. Girod Bastien
  6. Stocker Monika
  7. Waser Martin
  8. Bütikofer Thomas
  9. Luchsinger Martin Urs

For the community council, I got a mix between Alternative List, Greens, and Socialist Party. I took the Alternative List, and replaced all but four names on the list according to the smartvote.ch report:

  1. Lanz Stefan
  2. Zimmermann Markus
  3. Loppacher Urs
  4. Scheu Andreas
  5. Gambacciani Claudia
  6. Liniger Mark
  7. Tinner Sandra
  8. Brander Simone
  9. Kälin Eva
  10. Cerliani Pierino
  11. Scheuch Doris
  12. Bütikofer Kaspar

Eventhough I knew practically none of the candidates, I feel that at least I did not take an uninformed decision. At least my gut feeling we right in that I believed that AL and Grüne (Greens) were the parties that best represented my views, with the Socialists being close but too far to the center.

In Switzerland, the left is not left enough!

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2006-01-30 Books

Not really about a book I read, but about books in general: Tim O’Reilly writes about a Microsoft ad showing a developer at his desk, with three O’Reilly books on the shelf behind him. It seems that Microsoft edited the image in order to remove the title image and change the book title of the O’Reilly books. [1]

I wonder why they did that. Afraid of too obvious copyright infringements?

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2006-01-30 Copyright

The Canadian label Nettwerk (in German that translates to “nice work”) manages Avril Lavigne and has decided to defend a family against the RIAA sets a positive signal, as reported by TelePolis. [1]

From their press release:

“Suing music fans is not the solution, it’s the problem,” stated Terry McBride, C.E.O of Nettwerk Music Group. [2]

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2006-01-30 Europe

TelePolis summarizes sad summary of Europe’s march towards less civil liberties, surveillance, and control. [1]

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2006-01-30 Israel

I’ve long claimed that the Hamas (and other Islamic radical groups) are the only real alternative in Arabic countries, because they seem to be less corrupt, and they actually help people. Real help for real people. You can’t beat that, in a dictatorship or in an occupied territory, sliced and diced into little Bantustans. That these radicals take advantage of this head start and offer the kind of education they see fit to the young is just another testimony to the failing states that offer neither social services nor education to the needy. Since the governments from Syria to Morocco show no sign of reform, there’s little need for radical Islamists to change their course of action.

TelePolis writes about Hamas’ victory in Palestine. [1] I’m not surprised. Let’s hope they have learnt their lessons in the last few years and realized that people are mostly interested in fighting corruption, effective police, just courts, good education, and peace. They want their country back, but they don’t want rocket launchers and terrorists in charge of their government.

If Hamas manages to aggressively defend the rights of Palestinians, while actually building a working infrastructure, then I wish them the best of luck. The governments and NGOs threatening the new government with sanctions if it includes Hamas are ill advised: They helped a corrupt Palestinian government, overlooked all of Israel’s dirty tricks, and now they want to sabotage the democratically elected government?

As Uri Avnery said, “Israel must negotiate with whatever Palestinian leadership is elected by the Palestinian people. As in every conflict throughout history, one does not elect the leadership of the opponent - first, because the opponent will not accept this, and, just as importantly, because an agreement made with such a leadership will not hold.” (Mit Hamas reden!, To Talk With Hamas).

The ElectronicIntifada also wrote an article explaining the Hamas victory. [2] Essentially, they say that it is not “merely about the oft-cited social welfare network it oversees.” (Which is basically what I claimed.) Fortunately, Toufic Haddad explains and offers two additional arguments:

  1. Palestinians rejected that they had to be a “partner to peace”; that they were the ones who had to prove that they were not the terrorists; and that “Israeli security and self-defense” was a legitimate premise in the peace process, necessitating all of Israel’s subsequent actions.
  2. Hamas preserved and implemented at times, the Palestinian right to resist.

Based on this, Toufic Haddad concludes: “In fact, it is precisely through the consolidation of these first two criteria that Hamas’ social welfare networks become transformed from mere charity networks, into instruments for political mobilization. Hamas’ victory also exemplified that it is first and foremost the responsibility of the political party to serve its people and not the other way around.”

I agree with this analysis. Toufic Haddad also shares my point of view that the existing alternatives failed to provide any realistic suggestion for a solution to the problem: “At the same time, it must be noted that Hamas’ victory is equally as much a failure for the Palestinian Left, and other secular forces to articulate and organize an attractive alternative.”

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2006-01-30 Music

Tonight I spend some time at the Bar Rossi a few dozen meters away from where I live. Flury’s Fury & Friends played a funky jazz that I enjoyed a lot -- Sergio Beresovsky (dr), Michael Flury (tr), Flo Götte (b).

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2006-01-30 Pictures

Drinking Latte Macchiato at the Forum, Langstrasse Claudia posing in front of the Chäsbueb model railroad shop

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Those toy trains look so cute. I want the red one. booooohooooo

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2006-01-30 USA Iran Homosexuality

At least the USA and Iran find themselves sharing some common grounds: They don’t want to grant consultative status to lesbian and gay groups at the Non-Governmental Organization Committee of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), according to HumanRightsWatch:

In a reversal of policy, the United States on Monday backed an Iranian initiative to deny United Nations consultative status to organizations working to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. [1]

HumanRightsWatch also wrote a Letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, asking for an explanation. I don’t expect an answer.

And I fear that the US is still willing to bomb Iran, as explained in a recent (English) TelePolis article I linked to. [2]

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2006-01-30 USA Torture

HumanRightsWatch comments on Guantánamo:

I have reached Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, but I am as cut off from the men imprisoned here as if I were still in Washington, D.C. The Pentagon has allowed Human Rights Watch to observe military commission proceedings, but we can’t talk to any detainees – nor can the media, or anyone else who might report publicly what they say. – Fabricated Justice: Guantanamo Four Years Later, by By Katherine Newell Bierman, Counter-Terrorism Counsel, U.S. Program, Human Rights Watch

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2006-01-30 Web

Ein Posting von StefanBucher hat mich wieder zu Frage geführt, ob es in der Schweiz eine Impressumspflicht gibt. In Deutschland gibt es Impressumspflicht, und deswegen hatte ich damals meine About Seite ausgebaut. Und JakobNielsen hatte ja vor einiger Zeit gesagt, dass eine fehlende “Über und” Seite ein häufiger Designfehler sei.

Die Situation in der Schweiz ist etwas anders: Es gibt ein Merkblatt vom Verband Schweizer Presse in dem steht, dass Medienunternehmen auf Anfrage hin ihren Sitz und den Publikationsverantwortlichen bekannt geben müssen. Zeitungen und Zeitschriften haben weiterhin eine Impressumspflicht. Also bleibt die Frage, ob ein Blog ein Medienunternehmen ist: “Medienunternehmen sind Unternehmen, deren Zweck die Veröffentlichung von Mitteilungen namentlich Radio- und Fernsehveranstalter sowie Zeitungs- und Zeitschriftenverlage.” Ich denke nicht.

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2006-01-31 Copyright

It seems that the culture flatrate in France is being actively discussed, but that the law is being postponed… There’s still hope, however! :)

Heise meint hierzu:

Internetnutzer sollen 6,66 Euro pro Monat für das Recht auf private Kopien bezahlen, so der umstrittene Vorschlag, der als Generallizenz betitelt wird. Damit würden monatlich Einnahmen von 26,6 Millionen Euro zusammenkommen, die von den Verwertungsgesellschaften an Autoren und Künstler ausgeschüttet werden könnten. Für Adami und Spedidam ist die Kulturflatrate die logische Konsequenz einer technologischen Revolution. “Wir können Kopien im Internet nicht verhindern,” sagte Bruno Ory-Lavollée von der Adami. “Wir haben eben diese Revolution des Kopierens und wir müssen nun die Konsequenzen dieser Revolution organisieren.”
Dies ermögliche einen unbeschränkten öffentlichen Zugang, der aus Sicht von Adami und Spedidam der Idee vorzuziehen sei, alles per DRM zu schützen und dessen Umgehung zu bestrafen. [1]

Eine entsprechende Regelung über eine Abgabe auf Speichermedien gibt es in der Schweiz:

Die Verwertungsgesellschaften sehen Techniken für Digital Rights Management “heute und in absehbarer Zeit” für die überwiegende Mehrheit der Rechtsinhaber als wenig geeignet für die Erhebung von Vergütungen an. Beispielsweise seien sie oft unter den verschiedenen Online-Anbietern nicht kompatibel. Aber auch mit der nun ergangenen Entscheidung sind die Verwertungsgesellschaften nicht ganz zu frieden. Sie sei in Teilen anfechtbar. Daher werde derzeit geprüft, zum Bundesgericht zu ziehen. [2]

Was noch fehlt, ist die explizite Erlaubnis, das Kopieren auch via P2P Netzwerke zu erlauben. Denn “Privatkopie” meint meistens die Kopie für den Eigengebrauch oder den engen privaten Kreis, aber nicht das anbieten (“verbreiten”) auf P2P Netzwerken. Man darf also selber kopieren, aber man darf das Kopieren anderen aber nicht leicht machen. Skurril.

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2006-01-31 India

People keep asking us for more pictures… I know I know. I’m a lazy bastard, and sorry about it. Not sorry enough to actually do anything about it, however. Patience and time allowing, I’ll continue posting, however.

:)

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Heh heh. This post really tickles me. :)

Noufal Ibrahim 2006-01-31 16:44 UTC


Yeah, post some pics (and writeups)! We are all dying to see ‘em :D

AadityaSood 2006-02-01 05:30 UTC


Gah! Oh well. I dug up our notes, and wanted to wrote about another day, but then I realized that so much was still missing. And I wrote for about an hour, and we’re still only six days into our trip.

AlexSchroeder 2006-02-01 23:01 UTC


When we left Bangalore, we went shopping for CDs with Harsha. I still have unopened CDs from India. This is great! I’m finding new things every few weeks. I love that. Today I’m going to open Ritu Raaga, Music of the Seasons, with Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan. :)

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