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Wrote a donation for F3 Netze e.V.

July 4th, 2017

I wrote a donation for F3 Netze for 25 EUR. On Friday I'm bringing the transfer to the bank. Unfortunately F3 Netze hasn't opened a Paypal account yet, but I was going to the bank anyhow.

I also pledged 44 EUR to someone else in the Freifunk Organization for a yearly discount on a server. He has to check his finances first though. Slowly the freifunk hobby is starting to cost money, which is great, but I have to watch it not to spend too much on this hobby. I'm gonna write up a budget soon.

If anyone of freifunk-schweinfurt is reading this, I have also pledged money to you so make means available that I can help you (paypal, bank account #'s, etc).

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My new Network Map 2017

July 4th, 2017

Yesterday I was laying new cabling and pulled out some old cabling, this is what my network looks like now:

Network map (2017-07-04):		 +---------+
					/          | <- (Freifunk VXLAN)
[gaia]--             [freifunk wr-1043]/     	   |
          \               |     |     /         [mercury]
[phone1] - \              |     |    /             |
            ---	[uranus] === [Access Point] --- [gamma] ---- to pppoe cloud
[phone2] - /	          |     |  /
          /	          |	| /
[beta]--	(BATMAN)->|	|/
			  +--[venus]-+--[spica]
				 |   |
				 |   +--[fritzbox LTE]------- to LTE network
				 |   |
				 |   +--[Telekom IPTV]
[Freifunk wr-841v10 2.4GHz]	 |   |
[Freifunk wr-841v10 2.4GHz]	 |   |
				 |   +--[Samsung TV]
				 |   |
				 |   +--[saturn]
				 |
				 |
				 |<-(freifunk B.A.T.M.A.N.)
				 |
				 |
			     [freifunk wr-841v8]

Legend:				Hosts:

--- CAT5 cabling		gaia + spica: apple computers running vmware
=== wifi 5 Ghz			uranus: OpenBSD i386 hinter Fritz!Repeater
|   CAT5 cabling		venus: OpenBSD amd64 on Soekris hw
				gamma: OpenBSD amd64 on PC Engines APU
				fritzbox: AVM fritzbox router
				mercury + beta: OpenBSD + FreeBSD hosts

End of Network map.
If you like ASCII this is for you.

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Who I'm voting for in 2017

July 3rd, 2017

Germany has an election this year. Democracy at it's finest. I'm voting for "Die Linke" and I'll tell you why. The CDU/CSU has no pledges, meaning you can vote for them but you don't know what you're voting for. Also under Merkel that party has seen to the rich getting richer and the poor losing money. The other party, the SPD, is not extreme enough for me. They are somewhat on the right track, but since they are in a coalition government with the CDU/CSU this term we haven't really benefited from them. Then there is the green party. These guys have become switch hitters with the so-called jamaica coalition. It's called jamaica coalition because of the party colours black, yellow and green, which is a coalition between CDU, FDP and greens respectively. I do like them, but not enough. The other parties in my view are not worth mentioning.

What draws me to "Die Linke"? It's not so much the personalities of the politicians but rather their mandate. They are for radical changes in minimum wage for example. Meaning the poor would be getting more. And then they also want to tax the rich heavier, which means the money that the poor get would be coming from the rich. Also I want to keep the option open for a Red-Red-Green coalition. With my vote I'm putting pressure on the SPD to accept a coalition with "Die Linke" if they want to rule, if they don't want to rule no loss.

Unfortunately I'm part of the reason that the rich get richer. Because I've been working for underpaid wages for the last 7 years while my ex-boss got rich by selling his investment to a larger company. This is exactly how the rich get richer, they do start-up's and pretend there is no money, then they sell for millions and you won't hear from them for a decade or so. I'm actually not getting much of a pension (perhaps 50 EUR a month) which means I'll be in poverty at old age, which means now is the time to work toward the sane goal of a basic income, which makes sense becuase all the money that the rich have made is re-invested into robotics to keep human labour low, and they get even richer. I'm very sorry to know this.

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Das Internet darf kein rechtsfreier Raum sein

June 30th, 2017

"The Internet shall not be a lawless space" is the translation of that. This statement made by german politicians over and over, has a double meaning and can be interpreted in many ways. Let's look at who are the true masters of the Internet. It's nerds. It's programmers who spend countless hours programming to make some protocol work. And not just that but these programmers return to their own work to make a Request For Comment or other documentation for others to implement their ideas.

Into the picture comes the politician and the lawyer, and the soldier and the cop. These guys historically held power in societies and find themselves in a power-vacuum on the "Internet". In fact these people don't know very much other than pulling a trigger or confusing the general public with extravagant words that usually have double meanings and are easily confused. They for the lawyer and politician part are tricksters. Now these people want control of "EVERYTHING" including the 'net. But they are lazy to learn for themselves, something that the common nerd is good at, so they make laws to inhibit the nerds. This is what it's all about. It's a trick. To spoil something that nerds worked hard at.

My message to the tricksters. You're trying to unseat gods who created everything. Do you think you can maintain everything once you have unseated the gods? You don't know, but you're doing it. And if it fails we'll just go back to the times when there was no Internet. You'll outlaw it, isn't that the ultimate revenge for your own ignorance of not understanding something that is way more important than you'll ever be? It's happened everywhere and it'll continue to happen. Censorship and suppression.

I don't need to study law to be a great programmer. You want to put me inside a box and say "you can't do that, you can't do this" by applying synthetic laws on a programmer. Programmers don't work that way, when they feel inhibited they lose interest real quick and go on to the next thing that may give them more playing field. We're not in-the-box type people. We may start off in the box, but eventually when we master something we can eliminate these thresholds easily.

What we really need is freedom. And it has dawned on all the powerholders that if they take away your freedom with law, they can control you. But they are working off a set of programs that some geek designed for them who they then canned. So their protocols are outdated, and won't work in new domains. If you put law to technology, we lose the race against nature. You'll royally screw yourself if you do that. So to sum up.. the politicians and lawyers want laws so they stay in power, at the same time the cops and soldiers want to be above the law to stay in power, and the nerds are just feeling the pressure and rolling their eyes in disgust.

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The endless fight around Freifunk

June 29th, 2017

Here in Germany we're suffocating on laws. If there is a law on how to breathe I wouldn't be surprised. Freifunk which I mentioned in the Subject is an initiative by citizens to provide a network free of cost to anyone. Most of the time we also provide Internet access. It's a good service paid for by the enthusiasts. Only, we're having a hard time growing because everyone is worried about liabilities, yes you got it, they aren't sure about the laws and would rather not have it. It's frustrating because approaching municipal governments and city halls is so much harder. They are so bureaucratic, and in my case I just got a nay to erect a repeater at a "citizens meet" which is a place for the people! And I got this nay not because the laws say I can't but because we're uncertain of the laws.

Now to tell you a little story Feifunk is a great thing. People can use it when their own Internet doesn't work and we all know everything is tied to the Internet these days. If you have no access to the Internet ever you lose out. You may even lose your job if it's Internet based. Freifunk provides a new gateway at no cost of limitation to use. You can even use a VPN through Freifunk that's encrypted noone cares. But it makes you feel safer, if you do that, so it's good. I often get the feeling people think that we're out to rip people off which is not the case. We want to blanket Germany with wifi and run an alternative to what "the others" are selling, and give it away for free.

I'm majorly peed off that these laws are creating uncertainty and fear, when it's perfectly legal. I want to provide some links for you:

  • Freifunk statt Angst
  • Freifunk.net
  • Freifunk.net in English
  • You are probably reading this from another country and probably don't know what "fuss" is. Fuss is when you have to beg with society over and over to bring about something that everyone needs. You probably never heard of this and if you didn't then you're most likely free'er than us. We need freedoms!

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    Donated $10 USD to FreeBSD Foundation

    June 27th, 2017

    After positive help from some FreeBSD'ers on IRC, I have decided to donate $10 to FreeBSD. Thanks for helping me make my software work on FreeBSD!

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    Changes with DelphinusDNS

    June 27th, 2017

    Yesterday I completed the a change in delphinusdnsd that takes out BerkeleyDB and replaces it with tree(3) macros as provided in BSD and libbsd. The code to that I committed yesterday in delphinusdnsd-current.

    To fully test this I have registered delphinusdns.org. I have 6 months on this, and I have made my vps's chi and psi the authoritative nameservers for this. Hopefully I'll find more time to program on this good dns daemon before next year.

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    300,000 victims

    June 25th, 2017

    What is happening in Yemen is a shame. I'm set against the reasons why there needs to be war against the Yemeni people. The people are victims of a brutal onslaught by Saudi Arabia who want power of the entire arabian peninsula. The cholera in Yemen could have been prevented had there been peace. I have images of Yemen in my mind before the war, which I saw on television, Yemen was doing well before.

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    My new xlock with suspend

    June 23th, 2017

    Now that the german government can install trojans on our computers I have decided to wrap zzz with xlock so that when I put the computer to sleep, it will also lock the computer.

    beta$ more bin/zzz
    #!/bin/sh
    
    xlock &
    sleep 2
    /usr/sbin/zzz
    exit 0
    
    That's how the /home/pjp/bin/zzz script looks like. Thanks to abyxcos on IRC for the discussion.

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    I'm against governments hacking our devices

    June 22th, 2017

    Hacking (cracking) is illegal. Everywhere in the world. Yet governments want to bend the rules and hack our devices. This is not just two-faced, it also goes against our human rights. The PDA or even a smartphone is an extension of the body and mind. We carry these devices because we want to know the time, date, location, translate language and have a pointer where we saw something to make a point to someone else. It allows us better expression. It is an extension of our body and mind and should fall within privacy laws for individuals.

    If countries hack devices where will it end? Would privacy erode and we'd be subject to carrying implanted chips? Why all this madness? Why is there so much mistrust? 99.81 percent of us are good-willed beings and we don't do what our governments don't want us to do (adhering to the laws). So why should our security be compromised because of a measly 0.19 percent? It should not be analysed whether we are in fact adhering the laws, it should be analysed why others want power over our most private parts. I smell corruption.

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