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Around 1000 years BC the Israelites were at war with the Philistines. In one decisive battle Goliath the Giant stepped out of the Philistine rows and challenged the Israelite soldiers: If anybody was able to defeat him the Philistines would knuckle down and serve the Israelites ever after. However, if Goliath should turn out as the victor of the duel, the Israelites will be the slaves of the Philistines henceforth.

After an hour of silence the young shepherd David finally accepted the offer and agreed to dedicate his life to the glory of Israel. Knowing that Goliath is practically invincible when it comes to a duel, David decided to leave sword and shield behind. Carrying nothing but a pack of stones and a slingshot he stepped before Goliath and killed him with one single shot at his forehead.

According to the biblical myth neither David nor Goliath wore business suits. But nowadays there are a lot of pinstripe-suited Davids and Goliaths running around, all camouflaging their real nature. (more…)

Children’s Chocolate

Posted: May 24, 2011 by lisabu00 in development, environment, politics
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Everybody is praising the globalisation and its huge advantages and opportunities. Nobody doubts it’s not like that.

But who is the sufferer in this shiny development?

Who does not benefit of the possibility of worldwide trade and communication?

I read a article these days in ’Die Zeit’ concerning the ingredients of food and the truth about them. In order to give customers a platform for complains about certain substances in products, the German government is planning to implement a forum called ’Wahrheit und Klarheit’(Truth and clarity). Comments will be reviewed by professionals and in case of importance, complains will be transmitted to the company which is asked to give at least a public response.

But is it enough just to look at the ingredients of chocolate and co?

Shouldn’t we look where the ingredients come from and how they came together?

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Oh no! Not another term paper!”

I am a student in the second semester and when I am not going out or having fun, I have to prepare myself for three presentations, three exams, and three term papers this year. (Oh dear!)

Many of you might be in the same position and at a certain point one just want to give up and throw the books against the wall.

When you find yourself in such a desperate situation, it becomes increasingly attractive to look for web sources and to just copy and paste existing work. The Internet offers a variety of more or less professional written articles, essays, etc.! (more…)

Among the shades of GPS

Posted: May 15, 2011 by maxsc21 in development, politics

After having discussed the story of Toll Collect in my last post, I started thinking about Positioning Systems in general. How exactly is it possible to trace the position of the trucks via satellites in space and a receiver in the vehicle? And of course, how can I use this topic in order to end up writing about Flying Childers, the lovely horse, soon? (Still no idea what I’m talking about? Just read THIS)

Digging through Wikipedia again I realized that the roots of GPS, the Global Positioning System, lie far back in the past, strongly connected with the life story of one man. The idea of locating objects via satellite has already been developed before the Second World War in the brain of a German scientist, called Karl Hans Janke. (more…)

Schon GEZahlt? How the Internet takes over!

Posted: May 8, 2011 by lenahaase in politics
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Ppssst! Prevent we are not here!”

That is the way most people try to get rid of the official who got sent out by the Fee Collection Center of public-law broadcasting institutions in the Federal Republic of Germany (GEZ) in order to inspect your home and to collect a broadcasting fee. In Germany, you are obliged to pay for the use of electronic devices. In former times, you just had to pay for TV sets, but nowadays you also have to pay for the ownership of a computer, when it has access to the Internet.

Many people don’t respond to the registration request made by the collection center and consciously do not pay the monthly charges out of protest against what they feel is a ridiculous cause.

Is it a ridiculous cause? Is it unjustified that we have to pay a broadcasting fee for computers? Since the Internet has expanded a lot over the past years, more and more Internet platforms are offering free movie streaming.  The regional public broadcasting agencies are uploading their TV shows and series on the Internet and you can watch the recent episode for free.  Is the Internet displacing the normal TV set how we know it from the 80’s and 90’s?

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Do you remember Toll Collect?

Posted: May 7, 2011 by maxsc21 in politics
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Today the Bloglink Odyssey will take you to your second destination on the way from Political Participation online to Flying Childers, the world-famous 18th century racing horse.

If your first thought now is “WTF?”, then I greatly recommend you to fill this serious gap in your knowledge by reading my second blog entry. However, if you belong to those, who know what I’m talking about, then just lean back, enjoy this feeling of superiority and let the journey continue.

When speaking about IT in connection with politics, there is one thing which immediately comes to my mind: Toll Collect, or said otherwise, the seemingly endless discussions about the imposition of a road charge for trucks in the early 2000-years.

The background of this idea was of course the chronically empty household budget of the German government. Since for most people trucks are inconvenient contemporaries anyway, the red-green coalition led by Gerhard Schröder decided to tax the movement of trucks on German highways. (more…)

Clicking the Political Participation Button

Posted: April 24, 2011 by maxsc21 in politics
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I don’t know whether you are one of the 580,223 fans having officially liked the „Wir wollen Guttenberg zurück“-Campaign lately spreading through German facebook-accounts. Neither know I whether you supported the Free Tibet demonstrations by online-purchasing a vintage style v-neck T-shirt proudly presenting the flag of the wannabe independent province. But what I do know is that political participation gradually has become a commodity in the information age, ignoring the point that effecting changes usually demands for more than expressing your consensus with one click. (more…)