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My thought about Pegida

December 16th, 2014

I think the people around Pegida are wrong. However, one had a valid demand. He said to get rid of the GEZ which is tax that everyone has to pay on top of taxes, to finance the state run media (mainly ARD, ZDF, DW and such medias). I too would like this tax gone. It's too likely that state run media is used for propaganda. Especially in these times.

Another person said that there is no money for public installations but money for asylum seekers (refugees). To that person I would say, "Look in your heart, do you really want someone to continue to live the misery that they do? When all you have to do is tolerate them as neighbours. It would make a big difference to all."

Another said "everywhere where there is war, germany is involved, this has to stop". Sorry, you can't stick your head in the sand and ignore the grim picture of the world around us. We have to act against aggressors despite how ever twisted war is. We've had 70 years of peace after making a real mess of the world 70 years ago. Why should we not help those that need help? And let's be frank, 70 years of peace has created people who are "products of the environment" which is hazardous in some cases.

So I agree with one, disagree with two others. Pegida doesn't care for anyone but their own self-served interests. I liken them to the minutemen in the US.


A domain expired, amdeutschhof.de

December 16th, 2014

When I knew I'd be getting this apartment I registered this domain called amdeutschhof.de. It's hard to believe it's 2 years later. Here is an image found on the site that I set up for it:

The domain didn't get many hits and it wasn't popular I don't think. However the sign was taken down after it was vandalized some time ago. I got a good picture of how it once looked. Yes, somewhere on that map is where I live.


December solstice in less than a week!

December 15th, 2014

On the 21st of December we have the december solstice. That's when short days will turn around and lengthen until June. Also on that day is the official start of winter (I know some people don't grasp that, they see snow they think it's winter). Winter will last until the equinox in March.


Comparison between Mordor and the US

December 12th, 2014

Has spies all over the planetyesyes
Collects spy data on everyonenoyes
Has tough border and customs controlyesyes
Has elite military unitsyesyes
Has several alliesyesyes
Has death penaltyyesyes
Puts emphasis on towersyesyes

I could go on but the point is made, except for a sole ruler, which the US doesn't have.


Farewell American Forces

December 9th, 2014

When my family first moved to Schweinfurt there were two major things here: Industry and the US Army. It must have been 1979 when we came here and the cold war was in full swing. I remember a battalion of tanks riding past me at the Obertor (Upper gate) and it left me a bit crazy, as I, a boy at the time was a huge contrast to these huge machines manned with waving soldiers. Another time I remember being on a class trip and we walked past a tank but didn't spot it because it was camouflaged so well with camouflage netting. Another time a Jeep around 1985 sat in front of my house at 9:30PM with its radio turned up loud. It was a sort of manouver they were doing where they practiced "Urban" warfare I guess. My dad spoiled it for them as he told them to leave because I was trying to sleep. So now it's 30 years later since these encounters, the cold war is long gone and peaceful times saturated this city. It's been a few months ago now since I guess the last american soldier left. The US has left behind 2 major barracks, Ledward and Conn. Since Conn had its own water infrastructure and its own sewage treatment they are trying now to connect it to the rest of the city. In the new year we expect refugees from around the world.. (asylum seekers) to fill the Conn barracks. At least it has a purpose still if they manage to connect it all. So long America, Schweinfurt may miss you at times. However you leave behind some children who have a US citizenship so I'm sure you'll hear from us once in a while as many of these children grow up and set foot on american soil and will have stories to tell.


Speak German at home...

December 8th, 2014

The BBC reports that the Bavarian government insists that migrant families speak German at home. I have a few opinions about that:

  • One, noone gives a hoot what you do in the privacy of your home. If they do they oughta really check themselves before they wreck themselves.
  • Noone can understand south Bavarian dialekts either.
  • And thirdly, if my parents, when we lived in Canada had chosen to allow us to continue speaking English, instead of German at home, then I would have completely lost the German language. I mean completely. Just a few years ago when I worked at the Bavarian Red Cross, one of the reasons they fired me was because of my poor German. Yet it wasn't even that bad. Had I not known any German then things would have been even more difficult. Language barriers only make a migrants life a lot harder in the long run when they return to where they came from. Don't take that away from them is my opinion, German is not a world business language, meaning it accounts to absolutely zero in some far off country.

Until the Bavarian government realises this I wish on them to become a migrant for 5 years. Then we'll see how different they see the world.


When Fighters scramble

December 6th, 2014

In the 21st century scrambling fighters against a 20th century bomber may seem like a good deed but let's think about what really could happen. The fighter has a crew of 1 or 2, the bomber has a crew of 6+, plus it has a lot of room for equipment not bombs. What's this you say? Equipment?

It's logical in the 21st century to conduct electronic surveillance not to test the defences of the west, in fact what I think may be happening is that as an example, russian bombers are getting a lot more from NATO fighters than we think. If the NATO radio is on, it'll be encrypted. That's what they probably want. They probably test the electronics of the fighter too. So when the Bear goes home, it'll be filled with data on the encounter. Valuable data. Which the military complex there can pounce on and devour.

Just makes sense doesn't it?


2014 in review, what happened this year?

December 6th, 2014

Usually I do this review on the 10th of December every year but this year I may not have time on the 10th so I set out to do it on the weekend before. Here goes:

December 2nd, 2014 - Upgraded io.solarscale.de
November 27, 2014 - Google should be broken up? No.
November 26, 2014 - Got out the winter jacket
November 24, 2014 - Left Zoosk forever, Love DS
November 21, 2014 - Fixed a long standing bug with Delphinusdnsd
November 20, 2014 - Love coming to an end
November 19, 2014 - Living with Schizophrenia: the medication
November 16, 2014 - Reading Glenn Greenwalds book
November 14, 2014 - Delphinusdnsd is born
November 13, 2014 - Reflections: Nine years of wildcarddnsd
November 13, 2014 - Wildcarddnsd 0.9.0 will be released tomorrow
November 5th, 2014 - Graphing DNS queries
November 2nd, 2014 - Careful of a FritzBox downgrade
October 29, 2014 - Proud owner of 5.6 CD's
October 26, 2014 - When TCP is blocked/manipulated
October 25, 2014 - On my Christmas wish list: book of Pf
October 22, 2014 - Mytd, my tcp traceroute daemon
October 19, 2014 - I have a new VPS!
October 18, 2014 - Wiping keys, so important
October 15, 2014 - Turning off SSLv3 on OpenBSD's Firefox
October 13, 2014 - Wildcarddnsd 0.9.0 to be released next month
October 11, 2014 - Citizen4
October 4th, 2014 - money lookout
October 3rd, 2014 - Tried the firechat app
September 30, 2014 - Two tcp traceroutes
September 24, 2014 - Donated 5 dollars to the FreeBSD Foundation
September 22, 2014 - OpenBSD blocked at the routers?
September 20, 2014 - Equinox in three days
September 12, 2014 - The Enforcers of the Internet?
September 10, 2014 - moon finally gone
September 7th, 2014 - Venus (computer) has 4 more interfaces
September 2nd, 2014 - Donation time again
September 1st, 2014 - Purchased Soekris addon
August 29, 2014 - War in Europe
August 29, 2014 - holiday coming to an end
August 22, 2014 - Fears of a centralized wifi
August 21, 2014 - Futile attempt on a dating service
August 20, 2014 - The end of moon.
August 19, 2014 - On holidays what will I do?
August 18, 2014 - Changed dns servers
August 15, 2014 - Why I use Amazon
August 13, 2014 - New open source: bindsync
August 12, 2014 - removed moon.virgostar.net from nameservers
August 12, 2014 - Asylum for Snowden
August 11, 2014 - OpenBSD has a new httpd
August 11, 2014 - nginx and fastcgi stopped working
August 4th, 2014 - My next .ca vacation
August 2nd, 2014 - Tunnels vs. Submarines
August 1st, 2014 - 40 days til end of moon
July 27, 2014 - My Prayer
July 25, 2014 - Interrupted Venus's uptime
July 23, 2014 - Backdoored Hardware
July 19, 2014 - The dark side of IT workers
July 19, 2014 - How much space would we have if .. 
July 8th, 2014 - An old rap song of mine
July 6th, 2014 - How to compile xephem from source on OpenBSD
July 4th, 2014 - Why a static IP is best
June 30, 2014 - Happy Canada day (tomorrow)
June 28, 2014 - A message to the justice minister: you're doing it wrong
June 23, 2014 - Cherries 2014
June 21, 2014 - Happy solstice
June 13, 2014 - ap.centroid.eu
June 11, 2014 - Isn't it time for a new computer design?
June 5th, 2014 - My 2nd WRT router
May 31, 2014 - Opinion: the destroyers of the 'net
May 29, 2014 - Another TODO for wildcarddnsd
May 28, 2014 - Snowden: All german citizens are spied on
May 25, 2014 - I went voting in the EU election
May 23, 2014 - The Tree
May 23, 2014 - The heaven is singing a lullaby
May 21, 2014 - On my XMAS wishlist
May 17, 2014 - Wildcarddnsd now has RFC 1996 (Notify) master-only support 
May 14, 2014 - The NSA, one year after Snowden
May 13, 2014 - Happy 1400000000
May 11, 2014 - Wildcarddnsd now has NAPTR support
May 10, 2014 - Wildcarddnsd now has EDNS0 support
May 7th, 2014 - Administrivia and future plans network wise
May 5th, 2014 - wildcarddnsd now has packet rate limiting
May 4th, 2014 - got openbsd in the mail yesterday
April 28, 2014 - Two racing ARP's
April 25, 2014 - Highest possible date on OpenBSD 5.5
April 23, 2014 - Mercury (computer) OpenBSD dmesg
April 22, 2014 - Mercury (computer) has arrived
April 18, 2014 - All my domains now have spf records
April 13, 2014 - Wildcarddnsd has a YACC parser now!
April 11, 2014 - My new computer is ordered
April 8th, 2014 - Heartbleed, my story
April 4th, 2014 - Where would you hide?
April 2nd, 2014 - Good weather ahead?
March 31, 2014 - Happy 5th anniversary centroid.eu blog
March 31, 2014 - Pre-ordered OpenBSD 5.5
March 30, 2014 - My C Primer hits 30,000 views
March 27, 2014 - Oculus Rift, too bad
March 27, 2014 - Scaling back on donations this year
March 26, 2014 - americas.centroid.eu upgraded to FreeBSD 10 
March 21, 2014 - I hunt Sysadmins
March 20, 2014 - Spring has sprung!
March 19, 2014 - As the world turns
March 14, 2014 - The case with consumer routers
March 14, 2014 - Happy Pi day
March 8th, 2014 - Viewable Starsky tonight
March 4th, 2014 - What happened to *REAL* technical support?
March 2nd, 2014 - How should we punish aggressors?
February 25, 2014 - Win for the Consumer in Germany
February 20, 2014 - Upgraded my FritzBox Repeater 300E 
February 19, 2014 - My apartment: Year 1
February 18, 2014 - New Computer the decision factor
February 15, 2014 - OpenSMTPD on FreeBSD with Spam Assassin
February 14, 2014 - Happy Valentines day
February 13, 2014 - SVPRadio.com did get media attention in 2012
February 12, 2014 - Security can be about Incentives
February 12, 2014 - New naming scheme after planets
February 11, 2014 - After a long downtime my VPS americas is back
February 4th, 2014 - OS Changes back
January 28, 2014 - My apology to OpenBSD
January 24, 2014 - Someone actively probed my MTS tunnel (MITM)
January 20, 2014 - FreeBSD 10.0 released
January 19, 2014 - The Apple magic wore off
January 15, 2014 - Donation time again
January 15, 2014 - Is the NSA so much smarter than everyone else?
January 11, 2014 - What would I do in Virtual Reality?
January 10, 2014 - Freifunk Franken
January 8th, 2014 - So who owns the Internet
January 2nd, 2014 - My IT spendings are just about average in .de
January 1st, 2014 - Why China is fixated on the moon
December 30, 2013 - My Moonchart
December 26, 2013 - Success, configuring the resolver right
December 23, 2013 - Purchased Music off iTunes
December 23, 2013 - Living with Schizophrenia, what's it like?
December 22, 2013 - Donated 5 euros to the LibreOffice document foundation
December 19, 2013 - I'm in love with the new Apple Mac Pro (cylinder)
December 17, 2013 - Compartmenting more $USER functionality
December 16, 2013 - I wish Europe would land on the moon too
A lot has happened this year, it was great going over it again.


Purchased iTunes music

December 4th, 2014

Something to get me through the upcoming winter. I have purchased "Real Life Stories" by Lutan Fyah and Turbulence featuring Jessie Reds. This album/EP came out in 2014 so it's new music for me.


Upgraded io.solarscale.de

December 2nd, 2014

Happy December!
I have upgraded io.solarscale.de, my VPS in Bavaria. It is now running FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE-p0. You may have noticed emea.centroid.eu being down for about 7 hours, if you did I hope you used the americas.centroid.eu mirror. io.solarscale.de does mail, dns and web and some other services.


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