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Schäuble’s Finger Print

Posted by mfluch on March 30, 2008

Schäuble’s Finger Print Here we have it, the finger print of Wolfgang Schäuble, the current Minister of Interior of Germany (and some people lable him as the head of the Stasi 2.0). The finger print was aquired and published by the CCC and is part of the ongoing campagne against Schäubles ongoing ideas to invade the privacy of innocent people for the “sake of security”.

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BT update

Posted by mfluch on March 30, 2008

Still the two letters I have send to BT as 1st class recorded signed for have not been recorded as arrived. The first letter has been posted on 26th of February (reference number DW874014043GB), the second letter has been posted on 18th of March (reference number DW874013944GB). According to Royal Mail a signed for letter is kept for one week only at their sorting office before returned to the sender. According to Royal Mail, after 15 days it can be considered to be lost. So the first letter is lost and if the second letter is not soon returning to me, then it is also “lost”. And this would mean things would be getting fishy. Lets wait…

Durham sorting office: tel. 08456-113289 (option 4 for delivery inquiries)

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The Problem With Being Democrate

Posted by mfluch on March 29, 2008

Found on bash.org:

The problem with being Democrat is that if you vote for Obama, you’re sexist. And if you vote for Hilary, you’re racist. Its easy being a Republican. No matter what you’re retarded. (http://bash.org/?846915)

And another (unrelated) quote from the same site:

*** Now talking in #christian
-Word_of_God- Welcome Abstruse to #christian I am a Bible Bot. For more info type: /msg Word_of_God !info
<Abstruse> !kjv numbers 22:21
<Word_of_God> Numbers 22:21 — And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab. – (KJV)
*** SageRider sets mode: +b *!*@c211-30-208-111.rivrw3.nsw.optusnet.com.au
*** Word_of_God was kicked from #christian by SageRider (Please dont Swear)
<Abstruse> I know I’m never going to be able to come back in this channel again after this, but damn was it worth it to see that… (http://bash.org/?178890)

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Do Not Reply dot Com

Posted by mfluch on March 22, 2008

It is bad if e-mails are send with a fictious “…@donotreply.com”. It is even worse if people do reply to such mails. But it gives delighful reading material: www.donotreply.com

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From Small to Big

Posted by mfluch on March 22, 2008

A conversation of Susan and Death, taken place in Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather:

“All right,” said Susan, “I’m not stupid. You’re saying humans need … fantasies to make life bearable.”
NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGLE MEETS THE RISING APE.
“Tooth fairies? Hogfathers?”
YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIVE THE LITTLE LIES.
“So we can believe the big ones?”
YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.
“They’re not the same at all!”
TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH WITH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE WERE SOME SORT OF RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED.
“Yes. But people have got to believe that or what’s the point — ”
MY POINT EXACTLY.

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More on BT

Posted by mfluch on March 17, 2008

Still trying to get my outstanding deposit back. It seems that the last letter I did send to BT on 26th of February did get lost (I did send it first class recorded signed for and it got neither recorded as delivered nor did it return to me). So another try with this letter.

And just for further reference, the BT Complaints Help blog seems to be interesting…

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MI5 Seeks to Invade Privacy of All Commuters in London

Posted by mfluch on March 16, 2008

I guess a lot of totalitarian regimes from the past (say Hitler’s Third Reich or the former DDR) whould have been longed for the same technical possibilities as we have nowadays, because it would have made their aims more feaseable. History books would have recorded those plans and methodes as described in this article in the Guardian. Later we would have heard about them, discussed them in school and we would have been horrified how these global surveilance practices against the whole population could have been done by the state. From the article: Read the rest of this entry »

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Heathrow Airport First to Fingerprint

Posted by mfluch on March 8, 2008

Telegraph.co.uk covers in their article the new fingerprinting system at Heathrow Airport Terminal 5. This is just insane.

“All four million domestic passengers who will pass through Terminal 5 annually after it opens on March 27 will have four fingerprints taken, as well as being photographed, when they check in. To ensure the passenger boarding the aircraft is the same person, the fingerprinting process will be repeated just before they board the aircraft and the photograph will be compared with their face. Dr Gus Hosein, of the London School of Economics, an expert on the impact on technology on civil liberties, is one of the scheme’s strongest critics. He said: ‘There is no other country in the world that requires passengers travelling on internal flights to be fingerprinted. BAA says the fingerprint data will be destroyed, but the records of who has travelled within the country will not be, and it will provide a rich source of data for the police and intelligence agencies.'”

The discussion on Slashdot. From now on I’ll definitely not travel using this terminal.

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Failblog

Posted by mfluch on March 5, 2008

The failblog is selfexplainig. Hilarious! :-D

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BT Adventure Countinued

Posted by mfluch on March 4, 2008

Remember the last time when BT messed up my phone connection? The story continues, now I try to get the deposit back I paid in November for my first line. More than 2 month since they closed my first line and still the outstanding refund does not show up on my bank account. I called them already once because of this and a week ago I send them a letter. I did not know that a company can have such a messed up customer service like BT. Gosh! I guess the story will continue… unfortunately.

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