Wednesday March 09, 2005
something is foul
Ever since 9/11 I observed governments becoming more and more estranged to their citizens.
I see that there are constantly new laws in the making that infringe civil liberties.
All this is done with one reason: we, the normal, law-abiding people are to be protected from terrorists. We are supposed to believe that our freedom can be defended by infringing it.
The terrorists have already won. Our freedom is not what it was and what it's supposed to be.
What a sad time for democracy ...
Friday July 18, 2003
European decision on software patents
I just read an interview with a German politician who is against software patents. Good. Shame she is in Bavaria and will have nothing to do with the decision in the European Parliament that is due 1st of September.
There is still some hope that the decision will be postponed, but at the moment a majority of members of the European Parliament are in favour of such patents. According to the German politician this is so, because their information base is strongly biased. One big Redmond based business does a lot to inform them from their point of view.
Lobbying against software patents has been weak so far, she states, because a lot is done over E-Mail, but members of the European parliament are low-tech guys- they don't take an E-Mail as serious as a paper letter and nothing really comes close to inviting the members of parliament to an event where they are informed by real live people talking to them.
So far only the aforementioned Redmond based business invited for Members of Parliaments events in Brussels.
This is the situation so far - what now?
Friday June 06, 2003
Juergen W. Moellemann is dead
Midday, yesterday former vice chancellor Juergen W. Moellemann died while skydiving.
It is unclear, and will possibly remain so, whether it was suicide or not.
His death has stopped all investigations on financing both his party and a leaflet that was highly critical on Israel that was published during the election campaing. A dead man can't be sued.
His opinions always were a very controversial matter (which also lead his party to bar him recently), and althouth I never liked him much, I hate to see Germany lose a politician that dared raising controversial discussions.
It will remain in the dark whether he really was more corrupt than other politicians - and I dare say I doubt it.
My sympathy goes to his family.
Tuesday March 04, 2003
perl cycling tour in planning
This has gone through some mailing lists already:
the idea to it came on Perlmonks a year ago. Now I am prepared to give it a shot.
The aim is to have a Perl cycling tour in late summer/early autumn of 2004 in Germany.
I am preparing a web-based survey now, to find out if there are enough people who would want to come and to find out what has to be organised.
I will post the link to the survey here.
Tuesday December 10, 2002
still on the break in
well, I've got some news on the break in:
The police got hold of the suspect and found the cases of some of our PCs, they have been outside next to a railroad track since the break-in and are more or less a pile of rusty junk now.
The insurance would prefer not to pay, I can understand that, the economy being in the state it is in nobody likes to spend money. But I'd prefer if they paid (for the same reason).
Thursday October 24, 2002
Well I'm sitting on some boxes now. My office stuff is packed - most of it. My computer will be running till midday tomorrow. Then I'll pack that as well.
Hopefully we'll be set up by Monday morning.
This is my office moving, so that won't be half as much work as I'll have next year when we will have bought our house ...
Wednesday October 02, 2002
Niederrhein.pm meeting - change
We changed our meeting day for niederrhein.pm, so we will meet each second thursday of a month.
Next meeting is:
Thu, 2002/10/10 in Duisburg at the Brauhaus Webster
If you happen to be in the vicinity you are invited :)
So here I am, in the middle of a workload to do, installing a replacement pc.
Our office had been broken into ... all PCs got stolen.
Who steals age old office equipment?
Friday September 27, 2002
pm meeting last night
So last night we had our niederrhein.pm meeting in Dusseldorf. Yes, it was on the 4th thursday, not on the 3rd - due to YAPC::Europe 2002.
Of course this was a fun meeting reminiscising YAPC::Europe, telling those that had not come to the conference about it.
We will have to change the mode of our meetings, though. The 3rd thursday is Perl Meetup day, which is no problem in itself, because these Meetups are nowhere near us so far. But the Dusseldorf LUG has put their meeting on the 3rd thursday as well.
It is very likely that we'll move to the 2nd thursday in a month.
Tuesday September 03, 2002
Election Campaign in Germany
While I should concentrate on my job and on YAPC::Europe
, the political campaigning has reach its height.
Each corner, each lightpole has a poster of some party and it's candidates. You see them on TV in the most unlikely combinations (eg. conservatives with trade union members) and all kinds of small parties you will not hear again from until the next election, when they will crop up again.
Due to the 5 % watershed (only parties reaching that much in an election can be in parliament), there are no more than 4 to 6 parties in parliament although there are 24 standing for election.
Yes, I will go to the election
Yes, I will vote for one of the 6 parties that have a chance to go to parliament. Everything else would just mean throwing ones vote away.
Still this whole business looks a bit useless to me
... political change might make some things different - but not necessarily better