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July 9th, 2017
I have purchased two books:
- The Linux Programming Interface: A Linux and UNIX System Programming Handbook - Michael Kerrisk, this one was on recommendation by Habbie in #dns
- Ansible: From Beginner to Pro - Michael Heap
Thank to all who helped!
July 9th, 2017
As you know these two named companies habe been backtaxed by the EU with a lot
of money for evading taxes. Apple itself has 200+ billion in cash and wouldn't
really need to care if they have to pay 13 billion EUR in backtaxes. However
these companies will continue their tricks and the EU will continue to say
that they broke laws. So what to do? What's gonna happen? For one the EU
has no real competitor against these companies that offer similar products and
services. And if the EU tax tolls become too heavy Google and Apple may decide
not to pay up. What will happen then?
Let's look to times when Google had
problems with China. What they did was move to Hong Kong and out of China and
made use of the dual law system in Hong Kong. Could they do the same here in
europe? What if they made use of Brexit and invested heavily into Britain
and made european users use the british installation. At that point they would
be out of jurisdiction from EU governments and if they cozy up to the British
government it could be worthwhile.
I think it would be worthwhile for the EU to build its own google-like system
much like airbus was made in response to boeing for airplanes and space systems.
Just how is it gonna be flourishing with all these laws? Time will tell.
July 8th, 2017
I'm gonna say it again. Get off the 'net, you have no business there and it's
too risky. Same goes for nuclear bombs. They should not be on the Internet.
You don't even have to think this through... hackers are everywhere, nothing is
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).
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)->| |/
| +--[fritzbox LTE]------- to LTE network
| +--[Telekom IPTV]
[Freifunk wr-841v10 2.4GHz] | |
[Freifunk wr-841v10 2.4GHz] | |
| +--[Samsung TV]
--- 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.
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
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.
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.
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 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!
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!
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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