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Posted on 2011-07-17 by IceBear

Read the original article "myRL.net Facelifting" here if you haven't already.

So it has been a while since my last post. Let me explain why:
First of all I couldn't stand WordPress anymore, which was the blogging software behind the site. So I started to code my own system instead, which is what you currently see here now. No more bloat and limited to the core functions I want. There's no more comment function and as suggested by Kreuvf (thank you!) I removed the Flattr JavaScript API because it's basically useless JavaScript bloat that only enables you to view the amount of flattrs received plus directly flattering without going to the Flattr website. It came with the cost that api.flattr.com could track my visitors and apart from that I'm not a fan of JavaScript anyhow.

The next thing that bothered me was the Malaysian host. As I already said, I always wanted to try Asian hosting, the basic idea always was something outside the EU and the U.S.A. where my privacy is still cared for. The Malaysian host was very slow however, so I fixed that by moving the site to Iceland now. Furthermore connections are now not only forced to HTTPS but they're also forced to use either AES128-SHA or AES256-SHA, any other cipher is not accepted. This is to improve security and privacy protection for my visitors.

Sorry everything took so long. Without any more delays now, enjoy a fresh article: Games and Dedicated Servers

Posted on 2011-01-06 by IceBear

It's 2011. Happy new year everyone.
We've had quite some changes here on myRL.net in the past month, considering the latest post is a little old already. Yes, I didn't wish merry Christmas on here, simply because I despise religions, meaning if it were completely up to me, I wouldn't celebrate something as Christmas. I'm aware this is ironic, considering I just wished a happy new year. But there are just some things I can't change.

What has changed however: myRL.net was moved to a Malaysian host. I've always wanted to try Asian hosting, because, well... they're not within the EU. That's a good thing. So should you visit from Europe you might experience slower loading times. The offered bandwidth is quite a joke compared to European providers, so we'll probably move again by the end of this year.

Introducing Flattr: We're now using Flattr on every article published on myRL.net. Should you not be familiar with Flattr, it's a micro payment service where you set a fixed amount of money to spend each month on things you "flattr". You can flattr each article you like or simply flattr the whole site and subscribe with the permalink in the top right corner. All articles are also listed on my profile page on Flattr.

Introducing Twitter: I don't think I have to explain what Twitter is. I haven't been actively using Twitter before but since I'm going to get myself a new smartphone, I thought about setting up a Twitter account to tweet links and short news that I think are noteworthy but I don't want to write a whole article about them. So don't expect me to tweet about myself taking a shower. It's not set up, yet but I'll keep you posted.
Update: I've set up Twitter and you can follow me here: @myRLnet

Introducing guides: Hopefully I'll finally get started on writing some guides on how to use certain things. The level of detail may vary and can reach from guides for complete newbies to something a little bit advanced.

Also, should you have any stories you'd like to read about on here, simply contact me and I'll see what I can do. You're also free to send in articles you might want to publish on myRL.net. If their quality is anywhere on the same level than what's usually written on here, or even better (nobody's perfect) I might even be interested to have you as a writer on myRL.net. Just contact me should you be interested. All nationalities accepted, no age or gender restriction either.

Posted on 2010-11-25 by IceBear

Personally, I'm a fan of sarcasm, I just can't get enough of it. Some people are really good at it, makes me laugh sometimes, sometimes it just makes me sad however.
So as a short introduction to understand what I'm going to post, in case you're not familiar with the history of East Germany:
There once was a wall between West and East Germany (no shit Sherlock). Do note that all the quotes I'm posting are originally in German (see the original at the end of each quote).

About two months before the wall was built, an Eastern German politician, named Walter Ulbricht, said the following:

"Nobody has the intention of building a wall." ("Niemand hat die Absicht, eine Mauer zu errichten.") - Walter Ulbricht, 1961

A true master of sarcasm.

Lately there seems to be another politician mastering the arts of sarcasm in Germany, namely Wolfgang Bosbach. I've collected quite a few quotes of him already, so let's just take a look.

"Nobody wants to establish a surveillance state in Germany." ("Es hat niemand vor, einen Überwachungsstaat in Deutschland zu errichten.") - Wolfgang Bosbach, 2007

"Nobody wants to introduce scanners in Germany which optically expose the passenger." ("Niemand will in Deutschland Scanner einführen, die den Passagier optisch entblößen.") - Wolfgang Bosbach, 2010

And his latest addition, just few days old:

"We also don't want that the German armed forces will be converted to some sort of police assistance which can always be called when police forces of the German federation and states are overloaded." ("Wir wollen auch nicht, dass die Bundeswehr zu einer Art Hilfspolizei umfunktioniert wird, die immer dann gerufen werden kann, wenn die Polizeibehörden des Bundes und der Länder überlastet sind") - Wolfgang Bosbach, 2010

Convincing, if you ask me.

Sometimes however he kind of gets lost in his own scheme and actually says things how he truly intends them:

"We badly need a definite legal basis for law enforcement agencies to monitor encrypted communication of terror suspects via the Internet." ("Wir brauchen dringend eine sichere Rechtsgrundlage für die Strafverfolgungsbehörden, um auch verschlüsselte Kommunikation Terrorverdächtiger über das Internet überwachen zu können") - Wolfgang Bosbach, 2010


This country clearly needs more security! OMG, we're all going to die because people blow themselves up all the time!
On a totally unrelated note: Choot that pizza chit!

Posted on 2010-11-21 by IceBear

I got up the other day after a long night, not fearing anything being wrong, just the usual morning. Still a little sleepy I turned to my PC just to find this in my face: "Germany on high alert due to 'plot'"
I panicked. Immediately I called my local police station to report these weird looking Middle Easterns who moved in next door. They don't speak German, they don't look German, they just look like a big bomb waiting to explode to me. After what seemed to me the longest half hour of my life, a black van pulled in the driveway, men rushing to my neighbor's door with weapons drawn, kicking the door in. I hear screaming and loud noises. Five minutes later the men escorted these monsters out the door, into the van and tagged them with a yellow star. What a relief.

Oh no, wait. I think I got a little bit confused with history there. Anyhow.

So, I was relieved, lying back proudly in my chair thinking I did a fine service to my country when suddenly the men from the van rang my doorbell. They were probably going to thank me, or so I thought, so I opened the door just to suddenly have a gun in my face and get arrested. What for? The reason seems obvious enough, really. I'm a terrorist. Now that I think about it, it all makes sense. How could I, as a citizen of a democratic country, read articles by a terrorist network like Al Jazeera? What was I thinking? I must have been out of my mind. Of course the Stasi logged what I was doing on the Internet and acted appropriately.

OK, fine. While this might have been a work of fiction in some parts, just take a minute and think about what my point is.

Let me quote what the interior minister of Berlin, Ehrhart Körting, said:

"If we see something in our neighborhood, if suddenly three rather strange-looking people move in who try to keep out of sight and who only speak Arabic or another foreign language that we don't understand, then I think one should make sure the authorities know what is going on." - Ehrhart Körting (Spiegel article)

And with the findings of a "bomb" in Namibia that apparently was headed for Munich, Germany, I have reason to be scared, or do I?
Let's recap.
What appeared to be a "bomb" was found at the airport of Windhoek, Namibia. It was a suitcase which had:

"batteries that were attached with wires to a detonator and a ticking clock". - Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) statement

Later it turned out that this was just a "test". A testing device manufactured in the U.S. for usage at airports and other security areas, to see whether detectors and employees will detect the major threat this device eradiates. Have you seen the device? It's actually pretty funny:


It reads:


and some info about the manufacturer (Larry Copello Inc.) below. On a funny but irrelevant side note, the wiring was apparently done by an 80-year old woman.

Question is, who planted this device? At the moment they're blaming it on a police officer in Namibia.
Whoever they're going to blame it on, let me see if I got this right:
You're telling me a device that appears to be a bomb was found at the airport of Windhoek, Namibia (which once was a German colony) and was supposed to head for Munich, Germany one day after Germany raised their "terrorist threat level" because they're fearing an attack. Really? They're still looking for the culprit?

The only real terrorist here is politics and that's about it.

Posted on 2010-11-05 by IceBear

Read the original article "The "LOLWUT" moment" here if you haven't already.

In recent news: India also has access to RIM's BlackBerry Messaging codes for decrypting messages now:

"The Indian government press office is reporting that Research In Motion (RIM), the Canadian company behind the BlackBerry, has provided the government with an interim solution to enable Indian government agencies to eavesdrop on BlackBerry Messenger Service (BBM) traffic." - The H Security article


So, to avoid banning of services in certain countries, because they are actually secure in a way, they simply go ahead and hand out their decryption codes. Excuse me for the harsh language but, what the fuck? Privacy? Non-existent anymore it seems. What's making me rage the most, though, is how all these companies advertise with secure and private communication, yet they support countries in eavesdropping on their citizens.

This is just one example, there are other companies doing the same. See Deutsche Post for example.
Instead of providing security and privacy, which is what they advertise for, these companies take a dump on their customers and support retarded governments spreading terrorist and security propaganda. It's just sad.

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