Archive for August, 2010

Speedport 200

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Yet another nuisance in todays net is, that all the huge services try to have their users create one single account, that would be valid everywhere. Though promoted as an advantage/simplification (duh), people should ask themselves, if they really want one single account for everything. Also, once different accounts are established in a browser, it’s hardly a bigger effort over the single one. It just makes it easier for data-miners, to have a complete overview over specific users. “We” shouldn’t make it that easy for “them” – I’m not even going into other reasons, why it’s rarely positive to have every online activity bundled for third parties. Vivid Internet users leave enough data that can be summarized as it is (for one reason or another) and be it only because it’s already unavoidable.

Every serious “netizen” has at least heard of net neutrality at some point. This is very important, no doubt about it. But everyone who ever used youtube from more places than just the united states knows, that there are a lot more things awry and endangering todays net. Right now it already seems, that the message “not available in your country” was just the first conspicuous sign of trouble. Services like hulu, who only offer content in one country are not that uncommon anymore.
Many big services scan the IPs of visitors for their country of origin and be it only for showing “local” content. I’m not against broadening the offer of such services, but I dislike to have the face of a website pre-selected by assumptions about which country my IP might belong to. Even if no Proxy/VPN is used, it’s kind of a gamble. But without certainty, that the correct country can be determined, why still use that method? All this stuff defies the meaning of the first syllable of Internet.
This issue is also, what is holding down certain shops, that promote digital distribution. Where is the fun, when the Internet shop offers a different catalog for every country? And people therefore end up buying retail imports unavoidably? But as soon as some sites are only accessible from IP x and another only from IP y (surfing de facto consists of frequently switching between IPs), the madness truly begins. This is not the net I want and got so extremely enthusiastic about. It’s perverted. And also much more subtle than the obvious information suppression too many states enforce. Sadly, it also seems more effective, because no one really fights against it, when users aren’t aware as they should be. It’s also much more complex, because a variety of different people and organizations is behind it and not just a few “evil” states.

Yeah, I know that it’s already installed, that’s why I only downloaded Earth or rather I WOULD HAVE only downloaded Earth, if there was still a sole download available instead of a bundle that contains stuff I don’t want (to download again).

Es wäre wirklich ein leichtes den neuen Personalausweis, der “uns” ab November 2010 aufgepresst werden soll, zum scheitern zu bringen, indem einfach alle Menschen (die den Neuen ablehnen – Duh!) ihren Perso direkt vorm Stichtag (um sicher zu gehen spätestens September oder so, Termine variieren typischerweise etwas von Amt zu Amt) neu beantragen und somit noch die alte Version erhalten. Dann hätten “alle” (jedenfalls ab Vollendung des 24. Lebensjahres) einen gültigen Personalausweis für 10 Jahre und der neue Biometrische wäre grandios fehlgeschlagen. Dies wäre ein Zeichen, dass die Politik weder übersehen noch ignorieren kann. All das, ohne eine einzige Demonstration oder sonstige Maßnahme, stinknormal zum Amt laufen und neues Teil ausstellen lassen. Neben der politischen Aussage würde man sich sogar noch finanziell einen Gefallen tun, da der alte Perso nach wie vor 8 Euro kostet, während der neue auf dreiste 28,80 erhöht/vervierfacht wird.
Selten könnte es SO einfach sein, neue Entwicklungen (die Mehrheiten zum Nachteil gereichen) spektakulär misslingen zu lassen.