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Kissing “sex enum(‘m’, ‘f’) not null” goodbye.

The german constitutional court just created a major database upgrade problem, for good: They mandated a positively stated third gender.

That basically makes this code illegal:

CREATE TABLE t (
...
  sex enum('m', 'f') NOT NULL,
...
);

as this would force a decision between the only alternatives male and female. Also, code like

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The Great German Chocolate Cream Divide

To the left: What goes into Nudossi. To the right: What goes into “Other” Chocolate Creams.

There is a fundamental and very German schism that still divides re-unified Germany. All German children growing up eating chocolate cream on their German bread, the way children in Nederland are eating Hagelslag instead. But while children in the former West grew up on Nutella, the children in the East got Nudossi.

Turns out, they managed to overtake the West without catching up (“Überholen ohne Einzuholen”) – Nudossi contains about 3 times more Nuts, and way less Oil. Still, if you look at the amount of sugar, neither mixture is exactly healthy.

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The Chaos breaks german elections, again

Actually, the election was broken before, and the Chaos Computer Club just happened to be the only one looking closely enough, again. (German PDF)

Ten years ago, they broke the digital elections in Hamburg, which were to be based on the Digitaler Wahlstift. Because of that, and Wij vertrouwen stemcomputers niet there is actually a completely offline paper record that can be used to rebuild election results from hand.

So this time CCC looked at the electrion result collection and tabulation software, PC-Wahl 10. And found something uses default passwords of the calibre test/test, using FTP based unsigned software updates, and using no secure way whatsoever to transmit and validate election results.

„Elementary principles of IT-security were not heeded to. The amount of vulnerabilities and their severity exceeded our worst expectations“, says Linus Neumann, a speaker for the CCC that was involved in the study.

If there is ever a valid use case for the Blockchain
Merkel Merkle Trees, it’s probably this.

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Y2Gay was not a joke article

(Article in German)

So the software in German Standesämtern does not implement marriage properly after the law changed: It cannot register a marriage between partners of the same sex. The workaround is to enter the sex of one of the partners falsely, hence the “Geschlechtsumwandlung” (“sex change”) in the articles title.

Time to read the Y2Gay article again, and this time not as a joke.

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Meanwhile, in Germany…

Yesterday was the big Tesla Delivery Event, in which the first 30 cars have been handed over to their new owners, and in which the final technical specs have been revealed. Electrek has the full scoop, of course.

Yesterday was also the date, on which Bavarian Ministerpräsident Horst Seehofer percolated the idea to give tax breaks on the purchase of Euro 6 Diesel cars. Yes, he was serious.

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The great Diesel Massacre in Germany

It’s going to be a Post-Diesel Society in Germany, quickly: Drive reports on the sales ban for the Porsche Cayenne. Porsche is kind of the fall guy here – not many of these cars are being sold, but the engine is actually an Audi one. Drive (and many others) report:

Germany’s federal motor transport authority, the KBA (Kraftfahrtbundesamt), has placed a registration ban on the Porsche Cayenne Diesel due to the discovery of what it describes as suspect emission manipulation software.

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