Sep 20, 2016

The EuGH Link Disaster - It might be worse than you think

It's like a blast from the past, the verdict of the European Court (EuGH). Hyperlinks to websites need to be checked if there is illegal content on that site.

What sounds okay to people that doesn't understand the Internet and modern communication is a disaster for free speech in Europe. To link a source or point to a proof of some kind is mandatory on every good web article. Not anymore in Europe.
No small media site can afford the risk to being sued into oblivion. And the bloggers? The culture of linking to each other? Gone.

There is a statement on Fefe's blog that it's only relevant for blogs with ad banners or commercial sites. Okay, but seriously, this isn't any good. It's even worse if you can't do any professional work in Europe anymore without being half in jail. Is it really this bad to get a few bucks from ads? To say, like the EuGH did, that those people can afford to check everything, is just ridiculous. Even big companies can't have the manpower to check everything. At least they have the money and lawyers to survive it.
And it's not even clear that there is need for an ad banner to be targeted by this ridiculous verdict. There are terms in some European countries that declares a regularly updated site, like a blog, as a business like work. You guys in Germany should know this from that "imprint-discussion".

So, the EuGH just broke all the laws understanding and the Shysters will take over, soon.
So many questions are still open. And that's very bad for a law view that results from this verdict.

>>> To which level do you need to check?
Only look at the site you're linking to? What if there is a link to illegal stuff on this site? And on the one, this site linked and so on?
I made a simple calculation. If your blog has 100 links (something I will archive in some blogs in less than a week), and links to other sites with also 100 links on their own, at the 5th Level you have 10 billion links to check. Have fun with that.

>>> Is there a time frame I need to check? Who needs to prove it?
So I checked this 100 links (in reality not possible but just saying), and I'm good to link it. Then this site a few days later, or a month, or a year, publishes illegal stuff. Can I get a (very expensive) warning letter or even a fine?

I know there are even more questions on the horizon. What is "business like"? What is about your OLD articles? Do you have to go to your (in my case ten of thousands) articles and remove or check links? Really? Okay, my 1000 employees I need to do this are getting paid from the adsense banners, right? For the old judges and lawyers, that was sarcasm you know...
But the two questions above are enough to say, basically you can't afford to link to anything in the future when living under EU jurisdiction.

So please, be nice to European blogs and sites if they can't link to their sources or to your site. They can't just bear it to do so, because even if you think your site is 100% legal, that might not even remotely be true for European law. And that's what the poor girls there need to look after.
A sad day for the internet, and it will affect even sites in the USA or everywhere in the world indirectly. Because you might get less traffic some day from this crappy sentence.

Aug 31, 2016

Emacs org-mode is great, but I can't go out of the Googleverse

So, I have too much time on my hand today and philosophized over the usage of emacs for a complete schedule, to-do and note taking replacement via org-mode. I'm using org-mode for my diary for years now and thought about to expand usage.

There it is: 

Table of Contents

  • 1. Test Org Mode
    • 1.1. Notes   notes
    • 1.2. Todo list   list
      • 1.2.1. TODO item 1
      • 1.2.2. DONE item 2
      • 1.2.3. TODO item 3
    • 1.3. Calendar   calendar
    • 1.4. Table   table
  • 2. Conclusion
    • 2.1. Decision

1 Test Org Mode

1.1 Notes   notes

Notes are made very easy. Just write… you can tag a note, too. This is very useful!

1.2 Todo list   list

1.2.1 TODO item 1

1.2.2 DONE item 2

1.2.3 TODO item 3

1.3 Calendar   calendar

<2016-09-04 So> Just an event <2016-09-06 Di> Another event

1.4 Table   table

Just a Test. Cell1cell2cell3 - proceed with TAB
New rowNew row cell2new row cell 3
anothergoanother row

2 Conclusion

Why should I use it? It's fast, everything together in emacs, secure.
Why shouldn't I use it? Offline, not much Android software, complicated, not cloud compatible and shareable with other non-emacs users

2.1 Decision

While I love emacs and it feels simply good to organize everything in emacs, I don't see any real value over using Google Docs / Calendar / Sheets / Keep. If you need a quick, uncomplicated online access and collaboration, it's not quite the choice for me.
However, I'll keep using emacs org-mode for my personal diary which is kept offline and secure only on my computer. I see no better way with so many powerful features if you want to keep something safely off the internet.
Author: Ryo
Created: 2016-08-31 Mi 10:28
Emacs 24.5.1 (Org mode 8.2.10)

Exported to HTML in emacs.

Jul 19, 2016

Most useful site for Pokemon Go at the moment

You know at the moment it's hard to play Pokemon Go. No, not because it's a hard game, but the servers are really unstable like crazy because of the high demand. Insane demand.
At least there is a website to see if you don't even need to start your Pokemon app and try to play.

MMO Server Status has the Pokemon servers covered and checked if there are problems. It changes quickly, so keep an eye on the site.
It's a good idea to check the status before you use a lucky egg or a lure module. If you do so and the server is unstable and going down, you lose precious time with that item. Last time I used a lucky egg without checking I only got 11 minutes instead of 30 minutes bonus that I could use. So be careful.
Happy hunting!

Apr 18, 2016

Ridiculous: Microsoft is suing the USA for TELLING people that they get spied upon

Yep... what a hypocrisy.
You know Microsoft fights for your rights here in the US.
And that this is very important, and you almost lost your privacy rights already, shows this case: Microsoft is not suing the US for the right to PROTECT you, but only for the right to TELL you when you get spied upon. The US government even want to take this right from you.

Microsoft is doing the right thing here, but it's not even remotely enough. For people outside the US, they fall under their jurisdiction. And there is no way that a foreign country might tap into your data. That is nothing more than an attack on that specific country. Ireland in this case. So the case should be to stop US authorities from spying on servers outside the US instead of fighting to tell them: "Well your data got illegally attacked by the USA whose authorities don't give a crap about your rights".

Seriously? Maybe the world should stop using US services then and even block access from or to such states that don't respect sovereignty of the rest of the world. Just a thought...

Jan 15, 2016

Pebble seems to know a lot about you

Interesting. Not only what Pebble achieved in the last year, which is impressive against the mighty competition, but also what Pebble knows about you.

They published a picture with some remarkable information about the usage. E.g. what were the most used Emojis, or how many notifications were received.

I was not aware that Pebble can get those information. Not that this is a big deal if these data are anonymously saved. But that is the question. Can Pebble directly see which user received how many notifications are received or how many steps a user walked? Or even the content of the notification?
I assumed that the notification process is independent and would not be recorded at all from the pebble servers.

I totally trust Pebble, but this should be better known.

Jan 14, 2016

How to use Google Drive for managing a project

Ryo Cook has attached the following document:

Snapshot of the item below:
It's not a secret anymore. Google Drive can be the perfect place for managing small and medium-sized projects[a]. Some even use it for really large groups of people. And for a reason. All tools are here right within Google Drive.
For larger projects it's a good idea to use a collaboration to-do list, which is very easy to make due to templates.
All files, including photos, drawings, documents, sheets and presentation can be held in one place, given different collaboration options to every single file.
For e.g. you only want the project manager to maintain and edit the to-do list, but everybody in the team should be able to see it. That's possible while e.g. the sheet or a document can be editable for everybody. You also can give specific persons the right to comment. So permissions like view, comment or edit can be adjusted for every single file and every single user.
The directory itself can be published to a group or individual persons. Ideas can be put in a separate note-file e.g.
Comments and remarks can be made right into every document at the specific spot where it belongs. Again, as a project manager you're totally in control in which file a specific user can write comments.
This can push creativity big time.
For this project I made up different files:
To-Do list for give the co-workers a rough idea what has to be done.
Project Managing to outline it visually, or for presentation purposes (Google Presentation)
Notes where important general info is collected
Location Reference to see which local areas the project affects if necessary
Description for giving the main outline of the project or, in this case, the main article (this!)
Customer Survey is a great feature (Google Forms) to get a glimpse even during the project, what the target audience might want.
Several image files that can be used in documents or for general purposes such as showing places and things
In addition to many project you'll need a Spreadsheet document which is really awesome on Google Drive. It heavily depends on your project though. It can be used, in combination with "Google Form" to easily capture data, or edited directly. In this case the spreadsheet contains the data from the survey, which is publically available.
Remember, depending on your project you can more files, archives, photos, spreadsheets, drawings etc. Documents made within Drive doesn't even count towards your space left.
After the work is done, you can download the complete directory for archiving.
I hope this can give you a bit of inspiration and try using Google Drive for things, we wouldn't normally think about. It is such a versatile tool. Depending on how the survey turns out, I'll show you how to use Google Drive for blogging another time.
Have fun and a successful work.
[a]Title: How to use Google Drive for managing a project
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