Wed Aug 30 20:55:10 CEST 2006

Noia_64_filesystems_network.png CR116: GPS service(s)

Today is time for CR 116 about GPS, Galileo and other systems.

At the studio will be Tim Pritlove, Frank Rieger and Holger Klein.

The show will begin at 22 o'clock MESZ and you can contribute via the wiki page of CR 116.

Enjoy it.

Posted by Sebastian Wieseler | Permalink | Categories: CCC |

Wed Aug 30 20:30:04 CEST 2006

cdrtools vs. GPL

Yesterday ProLinux wrote an article about cdrtools of Jörg Schilling.

He changed the license of his tool from GNU GPL to the CDDL (Common Development and Distribution License [of Sun]). That shouldn't be the problem, but Debian and the whole FSF think that the CDDL is GPL incompatible.

"This is a free software license which is not a strong copyleft;
it has some complex restrictions that make it incompatible with
the GNU GPL.
It requires that all attribution notices be maintained,
while the GPL only requires certain types of notices.
Also, it terminates in retaliation for certain aggressive uses of
patents. So, a module covered by the GPL and a module covered by
the CDDL cannot legally be linked together. 
We urge you not to use the CDDL for this reason.

Also unfortunate in the CDDL is its use of the term
'intellectual property'."


Just because the CDDL is incompatible with the Debian Free Software Guidelines, the Debian guys tried to clarify the issue with a bugreport but all they got was a plan about 9 points of Schilling.

It is only absurd and unpracticable for the Debian guys to lose their religion. So we need a cdrtools package free of any license issues. That's why some of the community force a cdrtools fork.

The result of this issue is, that new versions of cdrtools aren't going to go into the Debian repositories. Some of the Debian maintainer will manage the old (GPL coverd) versions and make there local changes until we have got a free cdrtools fork or a miracle.

Posted by Sebastian Wieseler | Permalink | Categories: *nix, GNU/FSF |

Mon Aug 28 21:01:58 CEST 2006

Dating portal

Yesterday I searched at least two dating portals for some nice girls in the near of my town. It is very interesting what people you find there. Most of the girls hate reading a book, but have got a lot of fun with shopping and hang out with their friends. Also many of them do some sports in their freetime, and, of course go to parties.

I thought the mass will meet each other on parties or (in general) in real life. Why do they need dating portals? Some of the girls really look sweet and sexy, but I don't think that a geek could make them happy...

I searched (I know, you shouldn't search) for a girl which understand my ideology and which has got a good knowledge, no matter if she doesn't look like the mainstream.

But there exists also dating portals for geeks. The people (girls? *g*) you find there aren't in your area in the worse case....

Everything isn't as easy as possible, but hey, life's still going on. So give your best and keep trying!

Posted by Sebastian Wieseler | Permalink | Categories: personal notes |

Fri Aug 25 20:10:36 CEST 2006

15 years LINUX

Happy birthday LINUX!

15 years ago (25-Aug-1991 20:57) Linus wrote his famous usenet posting about the beginning of LINUX. He announced there that he started writing a new kernel.

But you shouldn't forget that this couldn't have happened if the GNU project hadn't contained the gcc,emacs and so on.

Via, pro-linux and the featured article on the German Wikipedia

Posted by Sebastian Wieseler | Permalink | Categories: *nix |

Thu Aug 24 23:48:09 CEST 2006

Pluto gone

As I read in a spreeblick article (original a spiegel one; heise article) Pluto is not a planet any more.

The International Astronomical Union votes today against Pluto. So it is only a dwarf planet and our solar system now contains only eight planets.

Posted by Sebastian Wieseler | Permalink | Categories: general |

Thu Aug 24 21:48:50 CEST 2006

Turner left FSF

I read a pro-linux article (original article) about the fact that David M. Turner left the Compliance Lab.

David will go to NewYork and so he left his position. His work will do Brett Smith in the future.

David done a great work for the FSF and the GNU project in enforcing the GPL. Hopefully he'll continue to support boths as a volunteer, e.g. the GPLv3 draft process.

Have a great time, David, and please don't forget us! :-)

Posted by Sebastian Wieseler | Permalink | Categories: GNU/FSF |

Wed Aug 23 23:22:05 CEST 2006's new design

I noticed that has got a new design. It looks more friendly and you get a better and faster overview about all topics.

But, it's a pitty, it is not a CMS - that could have reduced the work of the webmasters a lot.

It is only the sum of HTML templates and the usage of SSI.

Posted by Sebastian Wieseler | Permalink | Categories: GNU/FSF |

Tue Aug 22 18:35:15 CEST 2006


Let me think about this thing called love. I don't know why I believe that I can give you some hints about this topic but I don't care (this time).

If you like a girl (much) and you don't know how she feels, and you think about her and the time with her all the day and you don't get any answer then maybe you plan to meet her (in the real world) or to write here (in the virtual world).

You write her how you feel and how much do you like her and in the end you write three letters - ILD (ich liebe dich, German) or ILU (I love u, English). Maybe she feels the same and everything gets very well.

But if she doesn't feel the same, you lose almost everything - your imagination (that she could be more than a friend for you), your happiness to be with her (because now you know what she really feels) and almost everything else (because everything will get more difficult and more 'what-can-I-do-to-make-her-love-me').

Last time with this special girl (what I described several times here) I promise myself that I will not write to her ILD||ILU. But then I was in such a situation where I felt everything for her and so wrote this three letters. She was/is cool enough to go on as usual and we were/are still very good friend, my luck, I don't want to lose her.

But I would like to give you the general hint: Do not write (in virtual reality at least) ILD||ILU, because if you don't write it you can be happy with the girl, make jokes and have fun. But if you ever wrote this, things will never be the same again, everything changed then. In the worst case you lose her as a very good friend.

So I will never write ILD||ILU if I am not 100% convinced that the girl feels the same and everything will be fine. ...

Posted by Sebastian Wieseler | Permalink | Categories: personal notes |

Mon Aug 21 00:05:37 CEST 2006

10 things I hate

Do you know this? You have got a conversation with somebody and then he/she does things which you really dislike? I would like to have a try to list some of them (things I dislike). :-)

This list is not sorted by importance.

  1. Useless questions
    Are you still there? - Why are you typing so slowly?
  2. Meta discussions or meta questions
    May I ask you something? - Are you (still) there?
  3. Senseless statements
    I think we should legalize drugs.
  4. Contextless statements
    'The sky is blue.' - 'Why?'
  5. If someone steals my time with things like 1.-4.
  6. If somebody leaves a channel/query without saying 'Good bye!' or something like that
  7. Ironic statements which aren't marked as irony (missing <irony>-tags)
  8. Hyperboles and aggressive speeches
  9. Really bad spelling and/or grammar
  10. Monologues

If you ever have got a conversation/discussion with me, please don't think that I don't have any kind of humor. ;-) The sky isn't only blue and I am tolerant enough to everybody and everything.

Posted by Sebastian Wieseler | Permalink | Categories: personal notes |

Sat Aug 19 14:23:53 CEST 2006


Just because I read yesterday an article about one paradoxe, I would like to list some today. Please notice that this list doesn't need to be complete.

Reductio ad absurdum:

A : All beliefs are of equal validity and cannot be denied.
B : If that's the case, then C is correct in his belief, even though C 
believes something that is considered to be wrong by most people, such
as that the Earth is flat.
A : True.
B : Then some beliefs can be denied. 

Liar paradox (which is also part of the discordianism):

The following sentence is true. The preceding sentence is false.

Epimenides paradox:

Epimenides was a Cretan who made one immortal statement: 
"All Cretans are liars."

Quine's paradox:

"yields falsehood when preceded by its quotation" 
yields falsehood when preceded by its quotation.

Grelling-Nelson paradox:

Is 'heterological' a heterological word? 
If the answer is 'yes', 'heterological' is autological
(leading to a contradiction).
If the answer is 'no', 'heterological' is heterological
(again leading to a contradiction).

Curry's paradox:

If everything in this box is true, then Santa Claus exists.

However a very big list of paradoxes exists in the Wikipedia of course. Have a look at it and enjoy them.

Posted by Sebastian Wieseler | Permalink | Categories: general |

Fri Aug 18 22:35:46 CEST 2006


It's an (un)usual friday evening (^Wnight) today. I sit here, watch at my ICQ contact list and wonder where all the people are, then I remember that it's weekend.

Furthermore I have a look at the website of our local disco, but notice shortly that there isn't anything interesting for me.
I check out the website of my town, the list of events, but there is anything that touches me, too.

So I do my regular walk through the net and searches for some new information. Then is the Wikipedia down - so I cannot figure out currently what "reductio ad absurdum" exactly means. Lovely night.

So I hang a little bit around, read some people, some IRC channels, ... and then go sleeping shortly. Oh my god, I feel the lonliness inside. :-/

Posted by Sebastian Wieseler | Permalink | Categories: personal notes |

Wed Aug 16 19:39:40 CEST 2006

CG Debian!

Symlink wrote, that today the Debian project celebrates its 13th birthday. This is even done in Berlin, Germany today and Saturday in Zürich, Switzerland.

Everything began with the announcement of Ian Murdock on August 16, 1993. At the beginning he called his system "Debian Linux Release" (post on comp.os.linux.development)...

The whole history of the Debian project can be found at the Wikipedia or at the own project history of Debian.


Posted by Sebastian Wieseler | Permalink | Categories: *nix |

Fri Aug 11 20:31:04 CEST 2006


If you have got a look at, you noticed that LINUX 2.4.33 was released today.

The ChangeLog has got 298 lines and includes an ext3 fix and prevents a DoS attack agains IPv6 (IGMP side) and some more things...

Gentoo published sys-kernel/gentoo-sources-2.4.32-r7.

Posted by Sebastian Wieseler | Permalink | Categories: *nix |

Sun Aug 6 21:10:21 CEST 2006


I had a look at the website of Pumpanickle and figured out that they played together with Pechmarie in Berlin.

Pechmarie is one of the final bands of the plugin festival. It is a rock/pop band with really nice melodies - really sweet vibes.

Great sound!

Posted by Sebastian Wieseler | Permalink | Categories: audio |

Sun Aug 6 19:41:00 CEST 2006


Today I saw a Walt Disney film: Tron (amazon link)

It's a movie about users, their programs and the master control program (MCP). This film was created in 1982 but is still very cool.

Tron (short form of electronic) is a security program which has the power to fight against the MCP. It is really worth to watch this movie.

Posted by Sebastian Wieseler | Permalink | Categories: video |

Sat Aug 5 17:48:01 CEST 2006

Steal an idea

Frank googled around a little bit an searched for terms that don't fit any of google's search results.

One of them is the term:

'organisiertes Massenkuscheln'
(in English something like) 'mass parties of intimacy'

This is something that happends all the time in clubs or at the love parade for example.
I cannot figure out why google doesn't list that term. ;-)

Special thanks to Frank and Michael for the inspiration to blog this.
At the end - now google has got one entry about this *g*.

Posted by Sebastian Wieseler | Permalink | Categories: general |

Thu Aug 3 21:18:19 CEST 2006


I'm very happy to tell you that I received today my matriculation papers. Now I am a member of the university of technique in Ilmenau. Furthermore I got thoska+ - the smart card for the university network.

Posted by Sebastian Wieseler | Permalink | Categories: studies |

Tue Aug 1 23:11:56 CEST 2006

GIF patent

I saw in the last days, because of a mail from Sylvain, that the U.S. GIF patent of IBM will expire on 11th of August 2006.

Then it should be possible to allow GIF files on and for all projects hosted on the servers of the GNU project (like

Currently some GNU guys are still searching the databases of other countries where GIF patens could still exist....

I would be really happy to see some free GIF images on the web - while never forgetting that PNG exists.

Posted by Sebastian Wieseler | Permalink | Categories: GNU/FSF |