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Fertig gelesen: The Engineer Wizard

The Engineer Wizard

Paul Armstead is a fat, old man with no life. Helping a stranger in a snow storm, he gets a mystery box, which contains a Genie. Helping the Genie, he’s being transformed into a wizard, a being which can affect reality in an acausal way.

For the last 400 years, no new wizards have been created on earth, and the remaining 300 or so wizards and witches are ossified. Being an engineer, Armstead invents new ways to deploy magic and create magic effects, combining science and magic.

Fertig gelesen: Explorations – First Contact

Explorations: First Contact

Explorations: First Contact is a great concept well executed: This is a writing prompt anthology.

So there is a base story – in this case, humanity sends a probe to the back side of the moon, finds an anomaly which turns out to be a dying alien spaceship that manages to upload the secrets of it’s drive and a partial database of other alien civilisations it once visited into the minds of the astronauts that make the contact.

Fertig gelesen: Galactic Exploration

Galactic Exploration

One of the very first things I read on Kindle has been Anomaly by Peter Cawdron – his first publication. My review in German Language is here.

Turns out, Cawdron is a quite productive author, and active and responsive on Goodreads. Seeing my review there, he pointed me to his other works, and to his mailing list. Through that I found Galactic Exploration and other works by him.

Fertig gelesen: The Culture Map

The Culture Map

Erin Meyer is a professor at INSEAD, an international business school based in Paris. She’s specialized in cross-cultural communication and facilitation, and in her book explains the dimensions and differences between different cultures in the world, and how they can shape or interfere with exchanges in a multi-cultural environment.

The book introduces eight different cultural scales or spectra, and where the various national cultures position themselves on these scales:

Fertig gelesen: Coaching, Beratung und Gehirn

Coaching, Beratung und Gehirn

The authors are Gerhard Roth (a biologist and neurologist) and Alica Ryba (a coach, student of Roth).

Roth describes the neurobiology as we know it today, and Ryba and he connect it to the various theories of psychotherapy that are relevant today in clinical practice and in coaching, discussing what can and can’t possibly work. For what can work, they establish the limits of change. Also, they try to differentiate clinical psychotherapy from (the psychotherapeutic parts of) coaching in method, foundation and goals.

Fake News Fact Checker “Focus Online” – seriously?

In the campaign against “Fake News”, Facebook is looking for fact checking partners. Der Spiegel reports (article in German) that besides Correctiv.org so far no other proposed partners have been willing, so they are now further down the list, talking to… Focus Online.

How far down the list is Focus Online? Well, check yourself: Anti-Euro Article from 6-Feb-2017 by Bernd Lucke.

Next in line are probably the Kopp-Verlag and the independent action group for more media truth about the KKK.

EU: End IP based geoblocking, use passport based geoblocking

The European Union has a press release, in which they say fee based online services will have to abandon IP-based access limitations:

The new rules will remove these restrictions for all new subscriptions and also for those purchased before the rules enter into force, thus enabling EU citizens to access this online content while temporarily abroad in another EU country on holiday, for studies or for business.

That will not remove the ability to establish licensing deals with units smaller than all of the EU, though. The IP-based geoblocks are instead being replaced with other blocks.

The agreed legislation will allow online content service providers to take “reasonable and proportionate measures” to verify the EU country of residence of the subscriber. A closed list of permitted verification methods includes checks on electronic identification, payment details, public tax information, postal address details or IP address checks. Service providers will be required to inform customers of the verification methods used and take appropriate security measures to protect their data.

Berlin Judge asks: Is the German Ancillary Copyright even legal?

Germany has Ancillary Copyright (“Leistungsschutzrecht“), but it does not work. Currently the organisation trying to cash in on it, VG Media, is suing Google, and the case is being heard at the Landgericht Berlin.

Die Zeit reports that Judge Peter Scholz is asking if the German Ancillary Copyright is formally invalid, because by construction it might have been that the Euorpean Union would have had to be formally notified before it became law.