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European Union: Posting of links could be subject to a charge

Here gets shown how inflexible and hostile to innovation the big magazine publishers of the European Union are. Instead of watching the signs of the time and adapting their own business model the German publishers are trying to continue their ride on a dead horse.

These stupid magazine publishers are thinking that they are mighty enough and can force others to pay for linking to their content by using short text snippets from their content. That shows only that these magazine publishers are so dumb and resident against learning that they don’t understand the functions of the header tags <title> and <description>. As soon as you are looking at one of these German site from these magazine publishers you'll find out the reason why they are acting this way. Their full content of their journalistic work fits normally already into description. The text length of the description tag is not limited, but Google takes normally a maximum of around 150 characters for describing your link in their search results. As they journalists from the German magazines are lazy, their content is nothing else than a pic with 2 or 3 sentences under it. How can get made a short description for such a poor content? Their print media is not better, it contains big page filling pictures with not more than 2 - 3 sentences description. As I have seen it the first time, I have been thinking that the German people, who are buying such a newspaper can only be illiterates. If you are searching for real journalistic content then you have to visit the free websites from the big TV stations like ARD and ZDF.

Instead of searching the failures for their losses got these morons of magazine and news publishers the idea that search engines and the social networks have to pay for listing their sites together with the short text snippets. With other words of being happy about a free of charge promotion others shall even pay for making promotion for them. I think these cretins are overestimating themselves.

European Union Commissar Günther OettingerThese self-proclaimed opinion found support for EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger. And now the copyright law shall get renewed and should become EU law. Actually, only Internet companies like Google should be asked to pay, but also private individuals would be currently affected.

The European Commission has published the official proposal for the planned reform of the copyright law on Wednesday (1-2016-593-EN-F1-1.PDF (359.78 kb)). The contents of the 33 pages of long document is somewhat similar to a working paper gel files in the run-up to proposals. Striking: While specific rules on controversial topics such as Geoblocking, or freedom of panorama, it focuses in particular on an extension of the controversial Intellectual property right of the European Union. This law stipulates that Internet companies such as Google and Facebook would have to pay for a link preview, for example, in a Facebook posting or for an excerpt in Google News.

Such laws already exist in Germany and Spain, but these did not bring the hoped-for effect so far. The media companies argue U.S. platforms such as Google or Facebook would benefit from the link previews, so called "snippets". They especially complain Google and co. would earn money with third party content, not cut them but on the advertising revenue. In the future, for a period of at least 20 years on news articles shall apply. Google, Facebook or an other Internet group linked in this period on the item and displays a preview (for example, with title, image and teaser), would have to pay for it.

The media giants hope so that the losses from traditional ad business can get replaced. The EU Commission expects a ten per cent increase for the Media Industry. This is a calculation that seems very doubtful in view of the negative example of Germany. The collecting organization called VG Media could collect since her introduction € 714.540 of the performance rights in Germany, but not a single euro of which was distributed to media companies. Instead, the revenue were used for legal proceedings, carried out violations of the copyright. As costs with 3.3 million euro increase over the revenue, publishers had to even step in and pay – the copyright became thus a negative business.

The proposal is attacked from multiple sides. The governing body of the Austrian Internet providers (ISPA) called the law: "Start to throwback". ISPA Secretary-General Maximilian Schubert, who is also Vice President of EuroISPA, shows angry on copyright infringement in particular about the copyright, the missing unification of the freedom of panorama, as well as the now mandatory review by the hosting provider.

Julia Reda, MEP of the Pirate Party, described the design already in advance as "beyond of good and evil" and called #SaveTheLink under the Hashtag for the resistance. The criticism joined several EU members, including Marietje Schaake, Brando Benifei, and Daniel Dalton. The President of the EU Commission Jean-Claude Juncker stressed in his speech that journalists must get paid, "regardless of where they work and whether it offline, from the copier or linked". Thus copying of printed works he equates the linking of articles, be compensated for the authors and publishers about collecting societies.

"There is a danger that search engines remove journalistic texts from their search completely. The Web would poorer," warns the managing director of IT industry association Bitkom, Bernhard Rohleder. Among especially smaller publishers would suffer because their offers are not to be found and the user instead accessed only on the news pages of the well-known publishers.

Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger (CDU) don't want that search engines or other Web pages to display even shortest article extracts in the form of "Snippets", when they refer to journalistic texts. Also, even the copy could fall under the new rights. This would be the case when search engines are indexing articles. That case shows that Günther Oettinger does even not know the function of robots.txt. Such a guy likes to be the Digital Commisioner?

Feiler, expects the European Parliament several amendments with clearer definitions, but even sharp criticism on the intellectual property right. "The Intellectual property protection right has already shown what's it can - not very much", said Feiler. "This is a classic case of 'policy laundering': something that did not work at a national level, will be tried on another level again." Feiler compares the approach of the media conglomerates that the music and film industry, who defended in the past decade yet fierce DRM measures. "The reaction is understandable, but thanks to the digitization, it needs new business models."

The initiative, European digital rights (EDRi) complained that the proposal "not worse might have". It was "Poison" for the freedom of expression and creativity. The Commission had ignored all the facts and wants to avoid a genuine reform at any cost.

The new rules could lead to a deal between Google and the corporate media as politico notes. So Google in the United States have presented already 2014 a micropayment system with "Contributor", which could serve as an additional source of income in Europe. The user paid while a self-selected monthly amount between 1.99 and $ 14.99 on Google. If the user visited Web sites that participate in the "contributor" program, all advertising is hidden. At the end of the month, the subscription fee is divided among the visited Web sites. The system is similar to that of Peter Sunde of developed system called Flattr and is currently being tested, among other things by the satirical Web site "The Onion" and the tech blog "Mashable".

How intelligent the EU comedians (politicians) are, gets shown in the draft from the intellectual property right. Give them a lesson and remove all links from your sites and watch them crying until they are coming up with an paid offer (per click) for linking to their sites.

Everybody knows that politicians are useless for everything. They know everything from nothing. They can speak hours without saying something. Politicians are only actors which can get replaced at any time. The real content of the politics gets done in the background. Politicians, who are useless and dangerous at the national level, are getting sent to the European Union.

 

The conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran downgrades the Islam to a game of the mighty ones

MeccaThe conflict between Saudi Arabia and the Iran about the Hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, is looking like a kindergarten game than a serious issue between educated people. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called the leaders of Saudi Arabia "unbeliever", a commander put the Kingdom on the same level with the arch-enemy Israel.

Already this fact shows that the self-appointed leaders of the Islamic religion cannot get taken serious. This leaders are using only the religion from the crowd for their own favors and by doing this they forget their own teachings. They are clearly stating with their behavior that their own rules are only valid for masses but not for themselves.

It also shows that these leaders are not able learn from the mistakes of others and only want to extend their own claim to power. The history from other and older religions shows clearly the results for such a conduct. For example have been the religious wars in Europe a few hundred years ago, which got started for the reason of intrigues done by the church. It resulted in a strict separation between church and state without any power of the religion. Some countries have even forbidden the religion.

As long as the crowd will believe their power-hungry leaders, there will no peace in their area. As soon the crowd will start to use their own God given brain such irresponsible leaders will have an easy game with their own propaganda. Maybe it will take a few hundred years until the crowd is ready to send their stupid leaders to the counterpart of God, however they will call him. Not one religion teaches that unbelievers needs to get killed. That is only an invention from irresponsible, stupid and power-hungry people. Don't forget such people have copied the holy scripts over more than 1,000 years and changed the content to their own favor. Normal people could even not read or write during the old time.

Khamenei, the religious and political leader of Iran called on to rethink the management of the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca by Saudi Arabia. He argued on Monday, among others, the death of thousands of pilgrims in the past year. In a stampede over 2,000 people were killed. Moreover Khamenei berated the leaders of Saudi Arabia as infidels and murderers. "The Muslims should the blasphemous and (world powers) dependent nature of the Saudis recognize world," Khamenei said in his annual message of Hajj.

Saudi Arabia and Iran are regional rivals. Iran considers itself as a protector of the Shiites, Saudi Arabia as a protector of the Sunnis. The leadership in Tehran supported the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the royal family in Riyadh, however, the rebels fighting against Assad.

Riyadh broke off diplomatic relations with Tehran after applied protesters stormed the embassy of the country in Tehran. Previously, 47 people in Saudi Arabia got executed as "terrorists", among them the prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr. His beheading sparked massive tensions between the two Islamic powers.

The source from the conflict shows exactly that mighty ones are using the religion for their own favor and are thinking that they have the same level as God - masters of life and death - while they are even using the real terrorists for increasing their own influence. Do you really think that you'll meet such people in paradise? Such people will end up in the hell - in the torture chamber from the devil.

Nobody is asking you here to change your believes. You'll are only asked to use your own brain and rethink about the basic teaching from each holy script, where is written that you shall live in peace, accept the opinion from others and don't kill.

 

What happens if stone age culture meets the Western World?

Oktoberfest Munich GermanySome uneducated and intolerant people leaving their own country for living in freedom and without persecution. They are even too stupid informing themselves first to which direction they should escape. These people are thinking that the world is turning around them and the Islam and are expecting that others are changing their own views into their favor.

One of these uneducated people is Morad Almuradi, who is now living at the Netherlands and is expecting that the government of Munich will stop one of their largest party - the Munich Oktoberfest. The deadbeat is thinking that local people have to change their lifestyle only for the reason he and some other Moslem can get offended from the local customs. If someone leaves his country for any reason for living in another country then this have to change his lifestyle and accept the local rules and not opposite round. If someone expect that he can continue his living on the traditional way then he has to chose a country where this is possible and not expecting from others that they will change themselves into his favor. Such narrow minded people like Morad Almuradi are only destroying the helpfulness from the local people and are converting their mind into xenophobia. Morad Almuradi is only one example from these narrow minded people who has chosen the wrong destination for his escape. There are getting 56 Muslim countries found at the world. Why has he not chosen one of them for his escape?

With his own intolerance against other cultures he likes to get accepted? Sorry, but such people need to get sent back to the hole where they have been coming from. If such people are getting prosecuted in their own country then would it be for the same reason for what they are trying to do in foreign countries.

Let's take first a look at the online petition what Morad Almuradi has started at change.org:

Morad Almuradi - the idiot who is thinking that the world is turning around the Islam and himselfBan the Intolerant and Anti-Islamic event of Oktoberfest

Dear City council of Munich,

I am writing this letter to bring to your attention something that I and many Muslims believe is unfair and requires attention. I would like to inform you that the Oktoberfest is an Intolerant and Anti-Islamic event. We tried to ignore the event, but there too many Un-Islamic acts done at the Oktoberfest. Such as alcohol consumption, public nudity etc.

We understand that the Oktoberfest is a yearly German tradition, but we, Muslims, can not tolerate this Un-Islamic event, because it offends us and all Muslims on the earth. We are requesting the immediate cancellation of the upcoming Oktoberfest event.

We also believe that the Oktoberfest might also offend all the Muslim refugees coming from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan. The cancellation of the Oktoberfest event will help refugees not to forget their Islamic history. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Morad Almuradi

 

Dear Morad Almuradi,

I have a few questions to you:

  • Why have you chosen Europe for your relocation?
  • Did you not know that government and religion are in Europe strictly separated?
  • Did you not know that religion is in other countries a private matter?
  • Do you not know that you have been coming to Europe and not Europe has been coming to you?
  • Do you not like to build up the same situation here from which you have been running away?
  • You are expecting that others shall respect your wishes. On the other site you are so closed minded that you are not able to accept the lifestyle from others. Do you think that your behavior is a basement for building up a relationship with European people?
  • Why did you not chose one of the 56 Muslim countries for your escape? I think that you only like to take advance from the European social system without paying one Cent into it. The local people have built up and paid into this social system, which is now paying your expenses and the expenses of the refugees arriving in Europe. In my opinion are you nothing else than a parasite. Do you think that parasites are welcome in any country?
  • If your religion does not allow you to drink some alcohol then do not drink it. But open minded people will even not let themselves influence from your views and your religion. Why do you not go home or to a country where your views are matching with your religious believes, if you are getting offended in your religious views from the tradition and behavior of others? Nobody has called or invited you coming here and nobody will keep you back if you like to leave us.
  • Do you not think that you are overstrain the patience from the people who have welcomed you in Europe?
  • Do you not think that you are the best example for these political parties, who has as their slogan "Foreigners go home"? You and others with the same views are one of their arguments!
  • grilled rear pork legDo you really think that others will stop eating their favorite food only for respecting your religious views? Don't forget you have to integrate yourself into the community here and not others have to accept your narrow minded views.
    At the picture on the right site you'll see one of my favorite dishes - grilled rear pork leg with salads and beer. 

Morad Almuradi you have to integrate yourself into the community of the country where you are living and not the community has to change their traditions! If you not understand this fact then it would better for you to search for a country which is matching your expectations. Nobody keeps you back. If you are not welcome there then it is your fault and not the fault of others. So don't overestimate yourself.

 

Why you should overthink any business relationship with Turkish business partners?

Alanya TurkeySince Erdogan got elected as President from the Turkey the country is showing their true face. The country is changing from a democracy into a dictatorship. It seems that this dictatorship does not stop at the border from Turkey. Erdogan tries to take the whole world into hostage for his own interests. The hillbillies are thinking that they can even put other countries under pressure. So it happens that they even not understand the freedom of press, which is one of the basic rights in the Western World.

So it has happened that the Austrian daily newspaper "Kronenzeitung" has reported about actual cases happened in Turkey. For promoting their business they have a display showing their captions at the airport in Vienna - Schwechat. At this display are got shown the caption "Who makes vacation in Turkey, supports Erdogan" and at the time the Turkish supreme court canceled made the sex with children legal by canceling the children abuse law: "Turkey allows sex with children"

The Turkish resort Alanya and the community Schwechat had 15 years long a city partnership. This partnership got now canceled from the Turkish partner for the reason of the promotion from the private newspaper "Kronenzeitung" and the private airport company "Flughafen Wien Betriebsgesellschaft". The community has no influence on both companies.

For the case you have a Turkish business partner you should be aware that this business partner will act the same way. He will simple cancel contracts for a reason where you even have no influence on it. With Erdogan as president from the Turkey the Turkish people are feeling themselves as the masters of the world. Such people are not really trustful in making business and you should verify as often as you can that your business partner is fulfilling his duties.

Everybody has the right cancelling a contract, but using a reason on what you have no influence for it shows you how trustful the coward has been.

My personal opinion about the attempted coup from the military against the Turkish president Erdogan is that it has been only a staged show or the Turkish military is so incompetent and unable to do something. The first case has given Erdogan only a reason to remove his opposition by putting them into jail as we have seen it by following the news. For the second case remains for me the question how bad is the Turkish military trained? How will such a military be able to protect a country and their borders?

Update September 5, 2016: The Turkey shows with the following decision again that they are already a dictatorship and not a trusted partner for the Western World. In the news gets found the following article:

By order of the Turkish Foreign Ministry an archeology team had to end its excavations in the ancient city of Ephesus west coast, like the Turkish news agency Dogan reported yesterday. The reason for this statement are the tensions between Vienna and Ankara.

The excavations were completed on 31 August - two months before the regular end of the project. The activities of the Austrian Archaeological Institute (ÖAI) in Ephesus has a very long tradition, such work will take place since 1895th participate annually to the 250 scientists from up to 20 countries to the archeological major project.

With this step, the freedom of science is continuing to decline.

Update September 8, 2016: Another case shows that Turkey is far away from a democracy and cannot be in any community. The broadcaster Deutsche Welle has made an interview with the Turkish Minister of Sport. After the interview the recordings got immediately confiscated from the Turkish authorities. It seems that the Turkish Minister of Sport does not know how the freedom of press is one of the basic rules in a free world.

Such a moves only shows that Turkey is not a serious partner for anything. Therefore, not one can offer such people joining any community.

 

Malware from the military and police is ruling the black market

Black Market Live from the governmentThe black market for malware is far from settled beyond any prosecution because it is ruled by the military and police of Western democracies.

Two weeks after an extensive program package had arrived for attacking firewalls from leading companies, came on Friday the so far most dangerous malware for iPhones to the public. Although the circumstances that they become known are completely different, both cases have one thing in common. Neither against Apple's iOS nor that against the operating systems of all firewalls directed package has a criminal background.

In both cases, the malicious files from the public sector and there just not from the usual suspects "Cyber rogues" Russia or China. For the attack tools on firewalls from Cisco to Fortinet, the NSA was at least the client. The iPhone malware got developed by the Israeli company NSO, a supplier for the Mossad.

We'll find additional at the Wall Street Journal article "Smartphones Become Next Frontier in Cybersecurity" from Jul 31, 2014 the information:

Private-equity firm Francisco Partners Management LLC earlier this year paid $110 million to acquire NSO Group, an Israeli startup that aims to help governments spy on individual mobile phones

The same company also has the firewall vendor Barracuda and specialized on Network Monitoring company Blue Coat in their portfolio.

Pandora's Box

Why the black market is settled for such malware far beyond any prosecution? This market would be interfering at least since 2000, no longer criminals, but military and police authorities. This Pandora's Box was open since 2000 and criminals were to distinguish more difficult by the authorities.

The US has begun and just tried once, whether they can enforce the use of malware in their country. This has at least according to its laws and works. After that, more and more Western democracies have been taking their right to use malware, first only in the intelligence field; afterwards they used it also in law enforcement. The so-called 'police Trojans' are nothing than malicious software.

Legalization of criminal activities

Since almost not one country had the necessary know-how and resources to develop all these attack tools themselves, they outsourced the production and maintenance to private companies. What was still considered criminal in the 90s, got step by step legalized. The black market for malware was therefore created by government agencies. Their demand fueled the market for malicious software continue running on, which is reflected in rapidly growing sales of commercial operators. The increasing sales in this sector are the sole reason why more and more new companies emerge in this market.

All Cisco Firewalls are affected

All versions of the operating systems from the Cisco product series PIX and ASA within the last 15 years are clearly concerned with very few exceptions. The development of attacking tools therefore launched shortly after the first PIX were delivered in 1996, the very last specimens of this product range reached just the end of their lifetime.

The so-called "Equation Group", of which the as yet unknown "Shadow Broker" these files allegedly stolen has, so the firewalls alone systematically attacked by Cisco for at least 15 years and their malicious code obviously adapted to every major update of the operating system. For the newer firewalls from the type ASA were hitherto found two so called "0-Day exploits", the name for attacking software for previously undiscovered vulnerabilities in an operating system. Cisco has indeed already ruled with a security update for its ASA operating system, but it is questionable whether it also against modified versions of the attack software helps.

Three "0 day exploits" against iPhone

The intruder tool for iPhone consists of three of these "0-day exploits" that contaminate the device via a single link in a text message, which had resulted in an investigation into the security firm "Lookout" with Canadian "Citizen Lab". The human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor from the United Arab Emirates had received an SMS with an embedded link what allegedly referred to a website with new information on torture in the dictatorial Emirates.

Mansoor did not click the link, but forwarded the SMS to the Canadian Citizen Lab for examination. Together with the dedicated security company for smartphones and tablets the company Lookout tested the consequences of a click on this link. The result has been the installation of a "completely invisible" spying software from the Israeli "cyber war" company NSO. Apparently for "security reasons" NSO even does not maintain a website.

The human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor was attacked for the third time since 2011. The company FinFisher (aka "Gamma Group") comes from Germany, "Hacking Team" is Italian origin.

The powerlessness of prosecutors

Although both cases are mounted quite different, and the circumstances are particularly in the case of firewall hacks in the darkness, but can draw some conclusions without overusing speculations. In both cases, the military intelligence services from Western democracies (US and Israel) are the principal for this high-quality malicious software. The anti-malware iPhones was sold to an alliance with the West dictatorship in the Persian Gulf, which thus spied the democratic opposition in his own country.

The malicious software to firewalls was commissioned by the US secret service NSA in order to attack the products for network security of the leading US companies Cisco, Fortinet and Juniper. Of particular interest in this case is that of all the world’s leading firewall manufacturers, the Israeli-American company Checkpoint, is missing from the recent publications from the until now unknown "Shadow Broker".

Schizophrenia, black market, cyber crime - a conclusion

From these two paradoxes is it not difficult to deduce, use what schizophrenic situation the Western democracies by the decision, methods and tools of criminals, have conjured up. The States thus have even created a global black market for "cyber weapons" and made large, parallel rise offenses of "cyber crime" range exponentially in higher spheres.

The prosecutors are faced with an almost impossible task because they can never take the backers, so the producers, namely because the own military or even the police authorities themselves their clients. The authorities of Western democracies can save their warnings against "Russian hackers" or "the Chinese" therefore, because these accusations are just embarrassing. It is quite comparable to that scene from the "last days of humanity" where one prostitute insulted another one with the words "Such a whore!".