Kaum zu glauben: 419-spam funktioniert immer noch.

Kaum zu glauben, aber laut heise.de-news trotzdem wahr – „Nigerianische E-Mail-Betrugsmasche zieht immer noch„

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Surfing USA.

Wow. Who would have ever imagined that I would recommend something written by William Safire? Certainly not me.

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Firefox 3, beta 4. Almost like flying.

Just in case you’re in need of some speed. Just get yourself a shiny new Firefox 3 beta 4 web browser, and you’ll experience an improvement in web rendering that is reminiscent of buying a new computer.

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Is France a country?

I’ve watched this clip, but I’m still not sure it’s for real…

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Server problems over at fistfulofeuros.net

Just in case anyone is wondering why afoe is down, we’re once again having server issues. The site will hopefully be up again as soon as the host’s support staff in the US will check their email. It’s a Sunday morning, after all. Bear with us.

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Hillary Clinton’s math problem seems controllable.

This is probably what Obama’s campaign will focus on next – if Hillary Clinton doesn’t win pretty much all of the upcoming primaries, and the bigger ones with a, say, 60-40 ratio, she will not be able to get more pledged delegates at the Democratic convention than Barack Obama.

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When will they ever learn?

Just seen on nytimes.com while checking the latest primary results – Arizona Weighs Bill to Allow Guns on Campuses – Horrified by recent campus shootings, a state lawmaker proposes that allowing adults to carry concealed weapons might deter future incidents.

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This is winning.

Via netzpolitik.org, I find a commentary by Rop Conggris about the new fundamental right to “privacy and integrity of information processing systems” which was defined last Wednesday by the German Constitutional Court – Today, we’re all Germans.

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Oddly enough: Foreign policy on sex-change surgeries in Iran edition

People are stoned for adultery in a country, where, according to foreignpolicy.com’s blog “more sex-change surgeries are performed … than in any other country except Thailand.

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I was born on a Monday.

And I never knew. Max Winde at Spreeblick had the funny idea to delve deep into the recently opened digital Spiegel archive and look for his birthweek’s Spiegel issue. For me, it was, apparently, actually a birthday issue.

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„The privacy and integrity of information processing systems“

Striking down state legislation from Nordrhein-Westfalia, the German constitutional court has derived a new basic right to “privacy and integrity of information processing systems” (my quick and dirty translation).

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Clichés galore – unmistakably German.

I usually don’t remember things I read in a newspaper word by word. But I still remember the beginning of an article published in the Irish Times back in 1998. It dealt with the German act in that year’s Eurovision song contest, and my Irish friend thought I should read it. Germans have a general, […]

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The 2008 Webware 100.

Of course, the afoe Satin Pajama will always remain the most prestigious award in all the internet, the voting procedure has begun for the 2008 Webware 100. So head over there to an idea of the state of art in exciting and possibly useful Web 2.0 goodness.

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Öffentliche Personen, private Statements.

Angesichts des neuesten Ausfalls des französischen Präsidenten, der einem unliebsamen Passanten auf der Pariser Landwirtschaftsmesse eine unschöne Aufforderung zum Wechsel seines Aufenthaltsorts an Kopf warf, beschäftigt sich Andreas Schepers auf Spreeblick mit der wohl bedeutendsten Frage der politischen Kommunikation in der neuen medialen Realität: Welche Konsequenzen wird es haben, wenn jede halböffentliche Bemerkung eines Politikers […]

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Wann ist der Mann ein Mann?

Interessante Artikelsammlung der ZEIT über die zunehmend öffentlich geführte Debatte über die „neue Männlichkeit“. Via genderblog.

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The digital divides.

The internet is certainly bringing people closer together. But it’s really more – some people than all people. Digital Inspiration has a couple of interesting visualisations of the current (well, recent) global digital divide. It’s also quite interesting to see which parts of the world are using which social networking service (add. diagram by LeMonde)

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Estrogene Overload.

The NYT’s Maureen Dowd comes up with a rather counter-intuitive explanation for Obama’s recent success in the Democratic primaries: voters aren’t tired of feminity or scared of estrogene in their commander in chief, they seem to want more. But they just don’t believe they can’t get enough of it from Hillary…

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Bill Clinton’s libido is responsible for Iraq.

Well, at least in the sense that he caused the Presidency of George W. Bush. And it’s his fault, too, if his wife won’t be nominated or elected president. Sounds farfetched? Well, not to Bob Herbert. NY Times columnist, who argues, apparently seriously, that Bill Clinton’s famous touch has always been poisenous for other Democrats […]

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Oddly enough: Hungarian toilets edition

I suppose no one of you, gentle readers, will be able to deny that the internet has immensely increased humanity’s ability to deal with boredom. Whenever we’re not exactly sure how to productively spend our time, or aren’t willing to do so for some reason or another, we no longer need to stare at empty […]

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Australia will be next – ‚Tokio Hotel‘ in New York.

When I had a drink with friends in Sydney’s Darling Harbour quarter, no one native to the red continent understood why I had to chuckle when I read the bar’s name – Tokio Hotel. Well, they may soon, as Kelefa Sanneh, writing in the NY Times about Tokio Hotel’s first concert in New York City […]

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Snowball fights in the Demographic Winter

I guess this should go on afoe, but I don’t have the time for a profound comment – The Nation’s Kathryn Joyce looks at the American Christian Right’s alleged concern about the impending demise of Europe due to a relative lack of „the right babies“ and a relative abundance of the wrong ones, also known […]

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More on British sex (or the lack thereof)

Today, Reuters offers a possible, yet likely unrelated, explanation for the NHS’s attempts to help her majesty’s citizens to ’sexercise‘ sufficiently. According to the news agency „half of UK men would swap sex for 50 inch TV.“ According to a survey of 2000 Britons, conducted by the British Electrical retailer Comet, asking what they would […]

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Her Majesty’s Government recommends „sexercise“

According to this article on BBC online, the British National Health Service, NHS, is trying a new way to make people enjoy preventing illnesses rather than having to pay to cure them later.

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