ARD cencors interview with Wladimir Putin

ARD – one of Germany´s TV channels under public maintenance broadcasted an interview with Wladimir Putin. Some guys who also saw the russian version of the interview discovered massive censorship.

Luckily there´s a transcript available on Youtube and Fefes Blog made short comment on the interview (all german – sorry) :

The interview with german subtitles : – Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3

Complete interview from the russian TV (only russian 😉 :

Russian transscript and the german translation :

Thanks to LawBlog for the information.

Google develops a browser – Google Chrome

I wasn´t very suprised about it – but I was very suprised about the way they do it. They seem to believe in my personal needs for a browser : “It has to be rock-solid”.

Take a look at the great comic (1st link) and the information in the blog (2nd link) for more technical stuff. The most interesting things :

  • every tab will have a separate process (yesssssssssssss !!!)
  • the browser will feature a self developed Java VM (V8), that compiles the source to machine code and executes it directly on the machine (so it will probably be much faster then nowadays VM´s)

links :


Today I started to add some content about my “musical career”. So be sure to check out the Music Page. The first band “Same As For” already got a nice article with many songs for free download (CC licensed for sure).

And I tried to install a captcha for the comments. And failed. Good night.

Update :

Someone should have told me that WordPress already has a antispam plugin included. You just need to activate it. Done and working ;).

Update 2 :

I started to add an article about “Rising Sun” to the music page. While doing I realized that there are many more things to tell about this band. So expect more soon.

Private Health Insurance – Versicherungskammer Bayern

For a few months the Versicherungskammer Bayern thinks that I´m interested in a private health insurance. So they dropped me some snail mail from time to time. But what a surpise – I´m NOT ! Last november (2007) I was so bored that I wrote them a letter to stop that and I wanted to have an information about my stored personal data (according to german privacy law). Never got a reply.

2 weeks ago I got another mailing from them in my box. So I gave all the stuff to my lawyer and today I got a very surprising answer from him. Besides his exorbitant bill I also found a sheet about my stored personal data. The guy listed there had the same name like me, but a totally different address. At least in Germany. I guess they are spamming more Sebastian Becker´s.

Now my lawyer has to act again…sadly this will increase the bill again I suppose.

Attachment : personal data sheet (only in german – sorry)

Update :

Well – I have to say that I´m surprised about how this ended. A few days later I got a second letter from the CEO with an apology and a correct personal data sheet. After paying my lawyers bill I spend some days thinking if it was worth the 300 EUR. But again – I was surprised when I found 300 EUR back on my bank account a little later. The Versicherungskammer Bayern accepted to take the costs on their side. Great. Thank you. And by the way – not a single mailing from them, since that.

lawsuit successful

A friend of mine, Andreas Weidner, filed against his removal from the register of students at the Technial University Ilmenau. He didn´t paid a very disputatious administration fee (50 EUR – Verwaltungskostenbeitrag) that was introduced with the new Thüringer Hochschulgesetz (thuringia law for universities – link only in german) – and got kicked out from the University.

Today his case was negotiated – and he won.

A little nightmare for the thuringia government, because the judge also predicted, that the fee may generally be illegal. So all 50.000 students in thuringia are free to decide if they want to pay the fee or not. And they can´t be kicked out for not paying it. A great day for students rights, after a long period of worsening.

Press links (all in german) :

press declaration TU Ilmenau

Spiegel Online




Update :

The TU Ilmenau decided to appeal against the judgement. They justify their decision with the unclear leagl status what to do with students not paying the fee. A great risk and a great chance for the students. If the appeal will be rejected then the fee will definitely be a part of history.

In the meantime a first dialogue with the secretary of culture delivered no improvement. He still thinks that 50 EUR are not a general tuition fee and that they do not stand in contrary to the promise, that there won´t a general tuition fee until 2009 which was given by the thuringia government.

I decided to get my hands on a modded Nintendo Wii. Well – sounded good for bying one – completely modded and ready for gaming. That was on the 4th of april.

Today it was my 4th time calling flanders to find out, if it will ship within this century. I got the exact answer I got the last 3 times. They are out of chips, but mine would be the next one done and it will be here on Monday.

I send them a fax with a deadline for wednesday. Otherwise just another case for my lawyer. Too bad…

Update :

What a fax can do…I got my Wii, perfectly modded and ready to rock on the 5th of May right after some very interesting calls from – out of chips, problems with the mod and stuff.

At least they cared after threatening them with a lawyer. Nonetheless I wouldn´t recommend them for further shopping.

GARMIN ForeRunner 205 – a short test

After some time of thinking I got my GARMIN ForeRunner 205 – a GPS based training device for walking, hiking and biking with support for navigation and route tracking.

The first test seems promising, a short track around Ilmenau looks like this :

Short track around Ilmenau

A little part of the route is missing and right now I´m not quite sure if I did something wrong or the device did. But I´ll find out in the future.

What really sucks is the GARMIN Training Center Software, totally unprofessional designed (installing in a non-selectable path – C:\Garmin, adding a service without asking, only worked after downloading the newest version from the website).

But the 3D Route Builder – really helped me through – and the basic version is free for personal use.

So expect a very cool bike trail in a few days (and some pics of the device).

“Nine Inch Nails – The Slip” available for free, licensed under a Creative Commons License

I´ve never been a great fan of Nine Inch Nails, mainly because I simply didn´t liked the music (exept for “Head like a hole”).

But what I really like about them is that they give away their music for free. Like the new album “The Slip”.

Available in every quality and format you may think of, and it´s licensed under a creative commons attribution non-commercial share alike license.

Great – thx !