Roland Dürre
Thursday February 28th, 2013

Tweets on Twittering and Blogging #156

Here are my tweets of last week on:
Blogging and Twittering, Wisdoms and Rules:

130314 Once it is lost, your honour will not return – this might also be true for twitterers and bloggers. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130315 Being wise will put a ban on being rational – careful, twitterers and bloggers! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130316 Treason is delicious, traitors are hated – especially true for blogging and twittering! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130317 There is no strategy for avoiding traitors – not even for twitterers and bloggers! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130318  If you miscalculated, you have not cheated – is that also true for twittering and blogging? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130319 Never deny someone else what you yourself have a right to demand – also true when twittering and blogging. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130320 Postponed is not abandened – also true for twittering and blogging? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

There is a new tweet each day. See and “follow” RolandDuerre!


(Translated by EG)

I took the proverbs from Alle deutsche Sprichwörter.

Roland Dürre
Sunday February 24th, 2013

It Happens Between the Ears …

I fear many things. Death and the devil make me nervous. I am afraid evil things might happen to people I am care about. The enterprise is always on my mind. Will we manage to get the turnover we need? And also, I very often fear I might make a mistake – or have made one in the past.

When that happens, I ask myself if, maybe, this is not a little over the top. Basically, I am, after all, not a fearful person, am I? Most of my worries are, apparently, some sort of “fear of the bogeyman“. And I think I am far too worried about all the many accidents that might happen.

But then, to my surprise, I notice that other people are mostly even more worried than I am. And some of them are really suffering.

The richest of my friends suffers from the fear of losing his livelihood. Whenever I ask him what he thinks he will need all that money for, he tells me he might get a really complex illness – and then he would wish to get the best possible medical treatment. Which really might be quite costly.

Another one of my friends gets a nice pension and lives in his mortgage-free house. His wife is younger than he and a civil servant. They also have additional security to fall back on in old age. But he is afraid of what it might mean financially if he were to become a nursing case. Mind you, the financial side is more worrying for him than the actual fact of perhaps being “nursing case”.

The couple has some children and are always worried something evil might happen to the kids. Mother is afraid that her daughter might act “stupidly”. After all, she wishes for her offspring to have a better start in life than she had …

One female friend can never leave home without carrying her mobile phone, because otherwise she would be afraid this might be the one time the cell-phone would have been necessary for saving her life …

This is how I can think of more and more people who are no longer courageous. Instead, they let themselves be downtrodden by fear. Full of anxieties, they have abandoned the flourishing of their life in many dimensions. Instead, they have reduced their horizons totally needlessly.

And then I remember that all this fear basically happens between the ears. And that the better off we are, the more we get strangely worried. And the more safety there is all around us, the more we feel exposed.

Those are the people I wish to address with vehemence:

Abandon all fear! Take heart!

Because happiness, too, happens between the ears. And happiness is what we want to promote. It will give us even more courage. And joy along with it. And with joy, there will be success. That is the only way to minimize fear.

My good intension is:

I want to promote feeling joyful about the small things in life, thus not giving fear of all the evil and potential risk and hazards around me the slightest chance.

(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Saturday February 23rd, 2013

Privacy 3 – The Cloud

In the IuK (information and communication technology) sector, we constantly have “a chase after a new craze”. Now, for some time, it has been the Cloud. And although nobody wants to hear about it anymore, it is still something many people are truly afraid of. And, of course, as so often, it is again all about data security.

The official advice given by experts and data security specialists is you should always look for the “home country” Cloud. In this instance, however, the term “home country” does not necessarily mean “German Cloud”. It means “European”. In my personal opinion, the difference is not really important.

If I no longer consider myself all that important, then it is totally irrelevant where my data are stored and who can see them. And probably no huge damage will be done if they disappear. Besides, they actually cannot ever really disappear, can they?

In an ideal and transparent world, it would be unimportant to “protect data”, anyway. But we all know the world is not such an ideal place. And if you have a critical mind, you can always have a situation where you should be afraid of the powers that be. Also meaning governmental systems that are not precisely scrupulous when it comes to human rights.  Some have secret state organisations monitoring your beliefs and systematically spying on people. They call themselves protective or serving or gave themselves abbreviations mostly consisting of three letters.

If you want to protect yourself from these, you should keep your data far away from the powers that be. And then you should also store your data in a very remote Cloud. This would actually be a very “foreign” Cloud. But this will not help you either.

Because the aforementioned organisations, protected by their own governments, will always find ways to extract your data from the security prisons you locked them into. Or – even easier for the powers that be – they just use and support global criminals. Just think of the “tax CD” unearthed in Switzerland, a country that used to be ever so foreign when it came to finances.
No – what has always been true is now probably more so than ever: what you acquired illegally will not thrive well! It is better to take advantage of fewer opportunities, remain transparent and not allow secrets. And if there are secrets that might be detrimental to your own person, then you should never, ever write them down. Neither on paper, nor electronically.

Consequently, we should not be all that concerned about personal data protection, data security and the Cloud. Instead, we should use civil courage, constructive disobedience and responsibility to fight against everything that might violate our rule of law and our basic rights.

And we should practice and demand the kind of behaviour that gets the world back on a sustainable course in the biological sense. And then we should continue to think about many social deficits and irregularities and deal with them. Which is something we need the internet for – including the Cloud.  Because it has become the nervous system of our planet and of this global world – and we will not solve the complex challenges we face without it.

All these things will probably be a lot more important for our future and the future of our children than the fear about data. …

(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Friday February 22nd, 2013

Privacy 2 – Data

In Privacy1 (Privatheit 1), I wrote about harm-free disposal of private, real objects when I die. And what I meant was objects I would not want anybody to know I possessed.

But how about data? Secret letters you may have written at some time. Secret pictures you may have collected? And, above all, all that countless stored interaction lying around somewhere on electronic storage devices? All those private notes and ideas on diverse topics?

All those hard drives and computers sitting somewhere? Most of them have been forgotten already? What do I need to write into my testament in order to make sure it will all disappear soon after I die? To make sure that absolutely nobody will ever hear about what was embarrassing and consequently probably extremely “private” in my life?

But hey: is that really what I want? Do I really want to completely eradicate all traces of my life? Won’t a lot get lost? What will happen to my own website and my blog? After all, I was enthusiastic about it, wasn’t I? Do we need a digital tombstone on the internet that opens everything with one click?

Or is it preferable to have a digital grave of forgetting where all remains of one’s own digital life will be buried and finally “covered with soil”? Something like “/dev0″ I remember from my former “Unix Live”.

It is probably better to live a transparent life and let everything remain. If possible without exceptions. And if there is anything you would not wish to be caught doing, maybe you should just not do it! Either refrain from fraud – or admit to it.

If you adhere to this principle, there will be no huge secrets you would be unwilling to let “others” know and consequently wish to hide or eventually delete.

But is it really true that a “bad conscience”, guilt and shame are actually only human? Or did someone persuade us somehow that this is so? If so, shouldn’t we liberate ourselves from it? Maybe it would mean we have to be less afraid about “privacy”?

After all, fears and anxieties will only complicate our lives. And especially when it comes to data, they really only happen in our head. So: throw them away, your fears and anxieties! But do not throw in the data, as well!

(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Thursday February 21st, 2013

Tweets on Twittering and Blogging #155

Here are my tweets of last week on:
Blogging and Twittering, Wisdoms and Rules:

130307 Better be happy than rich – a consolation for twitterers and bloggers! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130308 Prediction will be binding for fools – not a good idea when twittering and blogging! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130309 Predictions will not end without damage – especially true for blogging and twittering! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130310 Predictions make you the one who will be blamed– not to forget, twitterers and bloggers! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130311 Reserved friendship is enmity – also true for twittering and blogging? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130312 It is easy to inflict wounds, but hard to heal – not to forget, twitterers and bloggers? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130313 Enamored cooks will add too much salt – so what should we conclude from this, twitterers and bloggers? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

There is a new tweet each day. See and “follow” RolandDuerre!


(Translated by EG)

I took the proverbs from Alle deutsche Sprichwörter.

Roland Dürre
Wednesday February 20th, 2013

Privacy I – Objects

I keep encountering a strange fear of transparency and clarity. Basically, I cannot understand it.

Let us assume I have private things stored in my attic or basement. Nobody is supposed to know about these things. For instance the uniform of a club where I do not want anybody to know about my former membership. Or maybe some fetish because I am superstitious. Or the latex costume and the leather whip. Not to mention dirty things such as Dildos.

Or assume I own a pistol. A piece of beautiful mechanics, but unfortunately it is subject to the weapons legislation.

I want nobody to know I own it. Perhaps my bourgeois soul would be ashamed. Or I might be afraid of betrayal. That would probably be a good reason for my desire that nobody should ever know about this perhaps unpleasant part of my private life.

Perhaps it is only some “forbidden” books I am hiding. Or books where I would find it embarrassing if anybody knew I read this kind of stuff. Or maybe pictures with memories I do not wish to share with others. Or a very intimate collection of letters I want absolutely nobody to read.

These are all examples for my real, non-virtual privacy that does not consist of “data”.

I could hide all these things in a chest and secure them with a huge lock. The key to said lock could be hidden in a very secret place. And I could write a note saying “On my death, please destroy unopened” and attach it to the chest. And I could hope that someone will then respect my wish.

Except what use would it be? Is it at all realistic?

If I refrain from putting the self-perceived disgrace of my life into a chest with a lock or  destroying it, there will come a day when someone notices it. That day will be the day of my demise. On that day, someone will have to clear away my household utensils. Then he will find all of it – and start wondering.

And then there is an end to my privacy. Well, at the time, I will not really mind, will I?

Basically, books, letters and pictures are not really objects, are they? I could digitalize them and store them in the Cloud. But that is something I will write another privacy article about.

(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Monday February 18th, 2013

You Will Discover Absurdities When You Do Your Balance Sheet

Well, we all know that, don’t we? But this time around, I am not talking my personal life balance. No: last week, assisted by our partner from the learned profession of certified accountants, we did the InterFace AG balance sheet. Again, I discovered some very absurd regulations required by this legislation of ours that by now is rather impoverished and powered by interests.

Here is an example:

During last Friday’s meeting, where we discussed the final issues of the business year 2012, I discovered a loss in the Loss&Profits titled:  “Deduction on Stock”.
I am surprised. Since when does the InterFace AG own stock? I never knew about it. But then I remember:

Of course, we have stock! In our company, employees can exchange some of their overtime (if they have worked overtime and so desire) for additional old-age reserves. The technical term for this procedure is “long term working time account” (nomen est omen).

It means that the overtime an employee who participates in this program has worked will not be paid to him directly. Instead, the sum will be added to his personal pension fund. Since this money does not belong to the enterprise but to the employee, the enterprise has to be very careful with it: they have to make sure the accumulated money will not be included if there is a bankruptcy. Consequently, we saved this money as so-called “charge securities“ and pledged them to our employees. That was exactly what the regulations said we should do.

Like many other things in this country, the system involves quite a bit of bureaucracy. But it might well be a reasonable addition to your personal old-age security. Apart from the fact that, in all probability, the money will be worth next to nothing by the time you eventually get it. But then, all “Riesterers“ will face the same situation.
A few years ago, our legislation hit again. In its famous regulation mania, it added a few laws on “long term working time account”. Allegedly, this happened in order to improve a bad situation. In reality – at least this is what I think – .it was promoted by lobbyism.

Employers were forced to save these kinds of money exclusively as so-called “certified stock“. Common things like your savings account or fixed-term deposits are not an option, regardless of the fact that, at least nominally, these would be ways not to lose money over the years.

Consequently, we had to turn our “charge securities“ into “certified stock“. And we always selected giving priority to the criterion security.
And what happens? – In the very year 2012, when the DAX had a dramatic development, our “certified“ stock suffered a significant loss.
So what is my conclusion?

When they initiated said law, the most important parts of it were written by lobbyists and then copied into the law by our legislators. Just like quite a few of our politicians and non-politicians who hold doctoral titles did a lot of copying. And I find this kind of copying less harmful when it comes to a doctorial thesis than when legislation is initiated. In fact, I would wish for more transparency when it comes to the legislation process.

Which plays right into my prejudice that everything that is called “certified“ basically smells fishy.

(Translated by EG)

Klaus-Jürgen Grün
Saturday February 16th, 2013

It Feels Like Being Struck by Lightning!

A pope gave notice, lightning struck, and a Meteorite (Meteorit) explodes in Central Russia – this cannot be a coincidence! It is high time that zoo directors, along with leaders of states and their advisors all over the place remember their central competence: the carefree happiness of the animals entrusted to them.

It borders on the irresponsible if we leave humans in particular totally in the lurch when it comes to finding causal connections. What we need is a definite, official declaration. Why don’t we have a state religion that explains how the unpredictable coincidences and accidents of the universe are a prudent and planned destiny of the all-encompassing logic?

Instead, every individual person is left alone with his or her small and error-prone understanding.

The average citizen is overstrained, which makes him unhappy. How is he – probably equipped with only a G8 graduation diploma – supposed to come to terms with the number 13, which incidentally is made up of the last two digits of the year 2013? Hardly anyone takes the pain to actually take a closer look at the digit 2. Because it, too, like the 13, is a prime number.

The Zero between the two prime numbers probably indicates the nullity the world – exposed between two primes one of which even is the 13 – will have to accept as its future destiny.

Consequently, we can under no circumstances ignore the cosmic events that happened during the last few days. They are just harbingers of the approaching apocalypse. Some among us have foreseen this for a long time already.

The least we can expect from our government is that it protects us against all harm. But that is exactly what it fails to do. The meteorite could just as easily have hit the nuclear power plants of Biblis or Schweinfurt. A few thousand kilometres between Russia and Mid-Germany are less than a stone’s throw if you think in cosmic dimensions. Nobody is prepared to deal with this kind of scenario. Our governments failed.

Now it almost happened and the media distract from the problem. People like the astronaut and physics professor Ulrich Walter of Munich are cited, saying shamelessly: “It was pure coincidence”. But every human being not narrow-mindedly thinking in terms of physics or other precise sciences knows that this cannot be a coincidence.

It is providence, that is what it is. And there is a moral quality to it, because it is the punishment of justice that will never permit for humans to just live in the here and now and perform the routines of their daily work. Because everyone only thinks of him- or herself, living just in his or her small world. Obviously, there had to come a time of reckoning for this.

So where are the zoo directors telling us in the face of these cosmic powers that it feels basically small-time slutty if there are still people on strike because they want more income at Hamburg airport; if some people are still worried about saving both Greece and the Euro – and, yes, how irresponsible politicians behave if they now start thinking about winning or losing in the coming Federal Elections?

In the hour of misery, the truth will come out: politicians, too, only think of their own well-being. Consequently, every one of us will have to deal with the unpredictability of cosmic events and accept what little consolation the zookeepers will hand out.

(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Friday February 15th, 2013

Get In Shape! IF Academy – March, 21st, 2013

On March, 31st, 2013, Johannes Schmidt will be our speaker at the IF Academy. He studies Informatics at TU München, minoring in Medicine. “Additionally“, he also works at the InterFace AG IF lab.

He has also several years of experience as an entrepreneur and started Glassbox Games with a group of friends. The young team programmed all kinds of smaller video games and Apps for various platforms.

In order to try and learn new things, Glassbox Games was founded by the same group.  By now, Glassbox Games already won some smaller prizes and developed into a small enterprise. The goals have grown and now include serious entrepreneurial visions. And, of course, the Glassbox Games and InterFace AG are closely connected and on very friendly terms.

In his presentation, Johannes will focus on “movement control”. He will tell us about the historical development of this technology and show in a practical exercise how easily this technically really demanding topic can now be programmed.

Besides, he will introduce an IF lap project that reasonably integrates movement control. The presentation will conclude with a short outlook on what we might expect in this sector in the near future.

As always, the presentation will be held in our seminar zone. I strongly recommend it. Johannes will take us on a trip to a world that is alien to many of us, but it might suddenly become a very relevant part of ”common IT“. You really should have some basic understanding of it.…

We start at 6 p.m. – visitors are welcome from 5.30 p.m. After the presentation, there will again be a happy hour, called “beer and informatics”.
We look forward to welcoming many visitors from all age groups!

Here is where Glassbox Games had their display in the Olympia-Halle when the Major League Volleyball match Generali Haching – Berlin Recycling was playing.

Of course, Glassbox Games also have their own Website and can be found on Facebook.

If you are interested in the tournament, click here.

(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Thursday February 14th, 2013

Tweets on Twittering and Blogging #154

Here are my tweets of last week on:
Blogging and Twittering, Wisdoms and Rules:

130221 Darkened virtue looks brighter – careful, twitterers and bloggers! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130222 Combining forces, even the weak ones will be powerful – especially when twittering and blogging! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130223 Combined forces will break fortresses and rivers – this is especially true for blogging and twittering! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130224 Forgiving is not forgetting – something twitterers and bloggers should not forget! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130225 Forgetting is good for damage – also true for twittering and blogging? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130226 Do not forget the best – twitterer and blogger! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130227 Forget what evil has been done and you will feel well again – a good rule for twittering and blogging? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

There is a new tweet each day. See and “follow” RolandDuerre!


(Translated by EG)

I took the proverbs from  Alle deutsche Sprichwörter .