Nov 142015

As a sign to both sides, let us take down one small barrier and unite the Western and Muslim worlds under a new secular calendar.

Let the period Paris/Charlie to Friday the Thirteenth 2015 AD be a new year 0. We are now in the Year 1 AP (After Paris) and the time before Charlie would be 1 BP (Before Paris)

Feb 252015

No one can go back over x years of penetration logs, let alone in six days.


Then, there is this aspect:


There is that familiar smell in the air of someone trying to cover their ar*e after the bull has done it’s business and bolted.

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Apr 152014

OpenSource Software was always praised as more secure than typical „closed source“ programs. The reason being that „everybody“ can look into the code and check it for bugs of any kind but especially for security bugs. This bug in OpenSource Software took two years to be discovered.

Nach Heartbleed: OpenSSL-Projekt bittet um Unterstützung | heise Security.

Apr 142014

People of the (Web)World, now is your chance… If you happen to discover that your account has been hacked or you think someone has stolen data from your website, you no longer have to blame the NSA, you just point at „Heartbleed“ as no one, other than the perpetrators, will be able to prove you lost the data in some more trivial way (like choosing your password from the names of your kids…) Not that that is what these two sites have done of course.

BBC News – Heartbleed hacks hit Mumsnet and Canada’s tax agency.

Sep 162013

I saw the film “Tree of Life” over the weekend. Brad Pitt stars in it together with (almost starring) Sean Penn.

It was a breathtaking film in the most part. Great acting and great visuals. Rarely one had the feeling of “yes, I got the idea so now get on with the narative”.

But, one interesting thing happened. I started seeing the film as a fantastic piece of propaganda against the Creationist and personal-God positions. In the film there are good people leading good christian lives, praying to their catholic god to a background of having lost the parent’s “favourite” child.

Here I have to make a “full disclosure” statement… the film portrays a family with three boys (just like my family background) and is told from the perspective of the oldest child so his (my) perspectives of “favourite” are very subjective and questionable.

The scenes of the enormity of the creation of the Universe in contrast to the personal woes of the portrayed family shout at to me “get a sense of perspective” (similar to Douglas Adams’s piece about the “Total Perspective Vortex”), not for the family and their grief, for which I feel for them, but for their religion. If you believe in a God and that God is all powerful and all knowing, and thus moves in ways which are beyond human conception, there’s no point asking him/her/it “why?” as you’re not going to live long enough to understand the reasoning, even if it were possible for a human to understand.

Sep 162013

I was in the bar of the place I stay overnight during the week while contracting and, this being election week in Germany, the place was full (well, one large table was full) of people loudly proclaiming their superior knowledge of politics and the state of the world.

From-time-to-time one person would manage to say something loud and provocative enough to still te others but mostly it was everyone talking and listening to themselves at a volume which was probably just below that which would have given those people a hoarse voice the next day..

There were of course a lot of old-hat, long disproved, theories of economics and politics presented as something new. The honest ones said they had read about their topic in some (usually undefined) place whereas others presented their ”knowledge” as inate or obvious to every child.

Now I know how I sound when I’m sounding off about something I *think* I know about…

Jul 082013

Ich habe folgende Bewerbung zugesandt bekommen :

“Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,
ich bewerbe mich initiativ als freier Mitarbeiter für die Bereiche
Suchmaschinenoptimierung (SEO)und Google Adwords Werbung.

Seit Jahren betreue ich erfolgreich verschiedene Webprojekte, insbesondere
Online-Shops und Performance-orientierte Webseiten. Hier konnte ich die Zahl
der Bestellungen und Aufträge deutlich steigern(ROI = 30%).”

Also… man sieht warum ich nicht weiter gelesen habe…

1. die 1. Paragraph ist schlecht übersetzt. (Ich weiß, ich kann nicht viel dazu sagen…)

2. eine ROI von 30% klingt so als ob für jeden Euro die ich ausgebe, ich nur 30 ct zurück bekomme. Nicht gerade attraktiv.