2009-09-20 14:34:21

Tauss is not alone - waiver of immunity of Roberto Fiore

Waiving parliamentary immunity appears to be a rather common case these days. Currently, the European Parliament is debating IMM/2009/2056 – Request for the waiver of parliamentary immunity of Roberto Fiore.

Usually, this type of activity is pretty rare. But in these days where everyone is talking about the democracy being under attack by terrorists and ministers of interior, such signs should be considered as a clear indication that something else is going wrong.

It should also be noted that I do believe more in the guilt of Fiore than I do in the guilt of Tauss, whose immunity has also been waived by the German Bundesrat. Tauss is being accused of possession of child pornographic material. However, this coincided strangely with his refusal to vote in favor of the party line. Also, incidentally, one of Tauss' working areas was the investigation of child pornography, so fabricating proof would be an easy task.

With these cases at hand we should all ask ourselves the question: what is really wrong in today's politics?

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2009-09-19 12:48:27

Political flashmobbing made in Germany

The very positive reactions to Merkels election campaign event in Hamburg were rather disturbing than anything else. At first it seemed funny that the crowd screamed out loudly ”Yeah!“ after the first sentence of Dr. Merkel (stating that the Berlin wall had been crushed 20 years earlier), but the schema continued: every sentence of Dr. Merkel was followed up with a ”Yeah“ by the crowd.

I can only recommend this type of flashmobbing in political campaigns. If it happens at more of Dr. Merkels lectures, people will notice.

In the end, it was all predicted by a visionary with an edding on an election ad:

Und alle so ”Yeaahh“

Posted by Tonnerre Lombard | Permanent link | File under: germany, politics

2009-09-18 01:18:55

Roughly 400 new photos

I recently uploaded about 400 new photos to the photo gallery, such as new photos for the «Somehow wrong» section, the new «Hardware» category and photos of Lausanne, Bern, Neuchâtel or the Kleine Scheidegg.

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2009-09-18 01:06:40

Blog migrated to nanoblogger

Since the new version of bash removed a number of vendor extensions which were used heavily by Bash Blogger, I wrote a tiny script to help me migrate all of the contents of the old blog to Nanoblogger.

(This is just another example of why it's always a bad idea to rely on vendor extensions: the vendor himself might decide to stop providing them.)

The script used for this purpose will be published soon.

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2009-02-03 19:38:12

Fun with packages from Steg

Last thursday, I was ordering a quad core Phenom and a new mainboard from Steg Computer. Since my two workstations just failed, I ordered express because I wanted to get the stuff Real Soon Now.

On monday morning, we received a small piece of paper saying that we can now fetch the package at the local post office. So I did, but the postmen couldn't hand me the package, unfortunately, because the recipient address had magically changed to the CEO of our company. (Remember it was a private order from my private account.)

So I called the number which was written in the confirmation email from a company SIP phone to complain (041/259 00 88) — refused. I retried with my cell phone, which said ”The number you dialed is not valid.“

Now I had a look at the web site for the telephone number, but unfortunately it was the same unreachable phone number.

So I sat down and wrote a very irate fax telling them to keep the package and remove all of my customer records (so they wouldn't mix anyone else up with me and disclose personal information), and sent it to the fax number of Steg. It came back — invalid number. So I wrote ”Fraud?!“ on the fax in big letters and faxed it to all Steg stores in the German part of Switzerland (the fax was in German, otherwise I'd have sent it to the french stores as well).

Later in the evening, while I was attending SwiNOG Beer Event, the Steg people called up our office and reached Sandro who told them that they are not very likely to get me back as a customer. I concur.

Posted by Tonnerre Lombard | Permanent link | File under: general