WikiLeaks

The recent WikiLeaks incident will be in the history books of our children. Although US Secretary of Defense calls WikiLeaks insignificant it’s clear he lies and he does it without blinking (video: http://news.yahoo.com/video/us-15749625/wiki-fallout-quot-insignificant-quot-gates-23280280). Impressive but THIS is the biggest disaster in US diplomacy I know of and every politician who denies it lies. The first reaction of the Italian foreign minister was that it’s the 9/11 of diplomacy. Later the Italian defense department said it’s rater April fools day than 9/11 but I think the first is more appropriate. I live in Germany and this week I bought DER SPIEGEL that reported as one of the exclusive media partner extensively about the  US embassy cables in relation to German politics. It’s really scary how many spies the Americans have everywhere reporting not to the CIA or NSA but to regular US embassies! I knew that allies spy on each other but the dimensions are immense.

Nevertheless it is WRONG what WikiLeaks has done.

The first leak contained unfiltered information that have not even be reviewed by WikiLeaks before publishing. Insurgents from Afghanistan or Iraq had just to download it and analyze to plan much better attacks on US and allied troops in this region. Irresponsible!

The recent second leak is a disaster for the US diplomacy and the shock waves of it might even cause wars in future. The leak is so evil that apparently FSB (former KGB) analysts think that there might be someone behind it and Putin told Larry King at CNN about this theory in an interview (http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2010/11/30/lkl.putin.wikileaks.cnn.html). Indeed the only one who looked happy after the WikiLeaks release has been the prime minister of Israel as the US embassy cables have shown that Saudi Arabia asked the US to bomb Iran. Personally I don’t think there is someone behind the leak  in particular. Yes, some foreign secret services (of US-enemies) might support WikiLeaks but I think it was really Bradley Manning who leaked all the documents because he wanted everyone to “know the truth”.

The best analysis I have seen so far was is Y! News (originally a video by abc News: http://news.yahoo.com/video/tech-15749651/wikileaks-reverse-spying-23260436). It shows the hacker who reached out to the FBI after being contacted by a person who indicated the willingness of leaking secret documents from the US military (Bradley Manning who is facing now a sentence of 52 years in jail: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/30/wikileaks-cables-bradley-manning). It was most probably him who leaked all the documents. Not only the video known as the “collateral murderer” helicopter attack from Iraq. BTW: I remember watching the video and it only showed to me what kind of dirty war we are facing in this region where Muslim insurgents bring their children to the battlefield as human shields!!! Disgusting! The video indicated the US pilots have done something wrong. My conclusion was the contrary. They behaved just right.

I hope there won’t be any third leak as announced WikiLeaks. The organization is under heavy pressure and their website will probably vanish from the Internet in the long term (http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/blog/2010/dec/03/wikileaks-knocked-off-net-dns-everydns). Amazon removed it from their servers and Paypal deleted their account. DNS providers are deleting the domains from their servers. This will continue till there is nothing left of WikiLeaks website but it will be in the history books of our children for sure. Not sure in what context it will be but I hope not it won’t be something like a “prelude to World War III”. In my opinion it has the potential to be exactly that.

Edit: Like a year later I changed my opinion about the leaks a bit. The damage was limited, it helped to end the war in Iraq, influenced the Arab spring and I think history will show more benefits of it. Manning will be the Daniel Ellsberg of our time…

The surprising truth about what motivates us

So funny… I can confirm this 100%! People who earn too much money tend to behave like retards at work and people who really believe in something are the best performers and really make a difference.

BTW: I also contribute in community software projects (for free of course) – this my website: http://www.pazurmapping.com/

More: http://www.cognitivemedia.co.uk/

Author of the book about this topic: http://www.danpink.com/

Hawking: If aliens in space ships did come to Earth they may be more “V” than “E.T.”

Hawking: If aliens in space ships did come to Earth, Hawking suggests, they may be more “V” than “E.T.”

This is exactly what I also think. “V” was one of my favorite sci-fi series back in the 80’s/90’s. In “V” the aliens pretended to look like humans and be our friends but they turned out to be some reptiles eating humans for breakfast. In “V” a small group of humans realized that and fights the aliens. Very nice TV show with a nice spooky sci-fi atmosphere.

BTW: There will be a remake of the 80’s “V” TV series. Looking forward to it. The trailer looks great!

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/2010/04/25/2010-04-25_contact_with_aliens_could_gets_us_killed_says_stephen_hawking_in_discoverys_into.html#ixzz0mC3OouL5

Lifetime Achievement for Carmack

John Carmack will get a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2010. Well deserved! For me he’s the father of all 3D games… Wolfenstein 3D by id Software has been my first 3D game! EPIC!

More info: http://www.gamespot.com/news/6251702.html

ASCII art

ASCII art is something that I never got into but always fascinated me… now I found this “ASCII art” from 1934 created on a typewriter:

Wikipedia definition (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASCII_art)

ASCII art is a graphic design technique that utilizes computers for presentation and consists of pictures pieced together from the 95 printable (from a total of 128) characters defined by the ASCII Standard from 1963 and ASCII compliant character sets with proprietary extended characters (beyond the 128 characters of standard 7-bit ASCII). The term is also loosely used to refer to text based art in general. ASCII art can be created with any text editor, and is often used with free-form languages. Most examples of ASCII art require a fixed-width font (non-proportional fonts, like on a traditional typewriter) such as Courier for presentation.

This is how ASCII are usually looks like:


Found at: http://www.boingboing.net/2009/12/02/ascii-art-from-1934.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+boingboing%2FiBag+%28Boing+Boing%29&utm_content=My+Yahoo

Lego

Lego is part of pop culture and people go crazy about it… or they just have too much time. Check out these videos:

Matrix:

Michael Jackson’s Thriller:

8-bit homecomputer chip-sound tribute:

D-Day (CG animated):

Lego photo by miwaza

The James-Bond-like car remote control with an iPhone

Here the original Nokia James Bond car remote control for his BMW in “Tomorrow never dies”:

Now possible with an iPhone! Nice 🙂

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