Nov 20, 2016

Ubuntu repositories are way too slow

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS... after month there is still no emacs 25.1 despite having a big feature upgrade.


I build it from source on my own. This is in no way acceptable for consumers and it's beyond me, why it takes so long to offer the new version in the Ubuntu repositories.

After the installation with sudo make install , you can remove the outdated version with sudo apt remove emacs24 emacs24-lucid emacs24-nox .
That's necessary because the package emacs uses a strange version number (46.1) resulting to overwrite emacs 25.1 on any upgrade.

This is really an annoyance, but not the only one. The repositories need to offer new versions much, much faster.

Emojis come to blogger.com

What took so long?
Maybe because there is no real developing anymore on Google's Blogger.com?
Finally a new feature has added after years of absence: Emojis!


No no, that wasn't sarcasm. This is really useful and nicely integrated. You can choose from hundreds of emojis and there is even a search where you can type what you want, or even draw the emoji you're looking for.
So this will be used a lot from myself. ☺

However in the editor it looks like crap. That's not the fault of Blogger.com though, but the problem of fonts. These emojis are font characters, not images. On a smartphone, they look good as usual, but on a computer it doesn't have an appealing look.
Well, since desktop 🖥 is dead, this isn't a big of a deal.

Trust your emoji-lust. 👀

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
Calc300138
result---41400

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...