We love surveillance

The English version1 of Alexander Lehmann’s short film ‘We love surveillance’ has premiered on the 31C3.

7 reasons why we love surveillance, and why you should also love it!

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1. Original German version available on YouTube [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGvZveB1osw](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGvZveB1osw) [↩](#fnref:1 “return to article”)

Meteorites

Today a meteorite hit a part of Russia. Several hundred people were injured. Not directly because of the meteorite itself, but because of the shattering glass and broken window parts generated by the meteorite’s shockwave. As far as I know, it is the first time that we have this many videos of a natural spectacle of this scale:


We are very lucky to have this much video footage. The reason for it are the Russian insurance companies. In case of a claim, it is not uncommon that a company denies payment or wants additional proof. So people install dashboard cameras in their cars.

It looks amazing but is also very scary. Just imagine what would happen if a meteorite ten times as big would hit Earth. A scary thought indeed.

10 Myths About Introverts

Being one myself, I recently found a list stating the most common misconceptions about Introverts:

Myth #1 – Introverts don’t like to talk.

This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t shut up for days.

Myth #2 – Introverts are shy.

Shyness has nothing to do with being an Introvert. Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people. What they need is a reason to interact. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an Introvert, just start talking. Don’t worry about being polite.

Myth #3 – Introverts are rude.

Introverts often don’t see a reason for beating around the bush with social pleasantries. They want everyone to just be real and honest. Unfortunately, this is not acceptable in most settings, so Introverts can feel a lot of pressure to fit in, which they find exhausting.

Myth #4 – Introverts don’t like people.

On the contrary, Introverts intensely value the few friends they have. They can count their close friends on one hand. If you are lucky enough for an introvert to consider you a friend, you probably have a loyal ally for life. Once you have earned their respect as being a person of substance, you’re in.

Myth #5 – Introverts don’t like to go out in public.

Nonsense. Introverts just don’t like to go out in public FOR AS LONG. They also like to avoid the complications that are involved in public activities. They take in data and experiences very quickly, and as a result, don’t need to be there for long to “get it.” They’re ready to go home, recharge, and process it all. In fact, recharging is absolutely crucial for Introverts.

Myth #6 – Introverts always want to be alone.

Introverts are perfectly comfortable with their own thoughts. They think a lot. They daydream. They like to have problems to work on, puzzles to solve. But they can also get incredibly lonely if they don’t have anyone to share their discoveries with. They crave an authentic and sincere connection with ONE PERSON at a time.

Myth #7 – Introverts are weird.

Introverts are often individualists. They don’t follow the crowd. They’d prefer to be valued for their novel ways of living. They think for themselves and because of that, they often challenge the norm. They don’t make most decisions based on what is popular or trendy.

Myth #8 – Introverts are aloof nerds.

Introverts are people who primarily look inward, paying close attention to their thoughts and emotions. It’s not that they are incapable of paying attention to what is going on around them, it’s just that their inner world is much more stimulating and rewarding to them.

Myth #9 – Introverts don’t know how to relax and have fun.

Introverts typically relax at home or in nature, not in busy public places. Introverts are not thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. If there is too much talking and noise going on, they shut down. Their brains are too sensitive to the neurotransmitter called Dopamine. Introverts and Extroverts have different dominant neuro-pathways. Just look it up.

Myth #10 – Introverts can fix themselves and become Extroverts.

A world without Introverts would be a world with few scientists, musicians, artists, poets, filmmakers, doctors, mathematicians, writers, and philosophers. That being said, there are still plenty of techniques an Extrovert can learn in order to interact with Introverts. (Yes, I reversed these two terms on purpose to show you how biased our society is.) Introverts cannot “fix themselves” and deserve respect for their natural temperament and contributions to the human race. In fact, one study (Silverman, 1986) showed that the percentage of Introverts increases with IQ.

Eindrücke – Asus Eee PC 1000 HE

Da mein alter Laptop langsam in die Jahre kommt, und sich die Ausfallerscheinen häuften, wollte ich mir bis zum Machbook einen kleinen handlichen Mini-Computer anschaffen. Nach dem Wälzen der Fachliteratur zum Thema Netbooks, habe ich mich für das “Asus Eee PC 1000 HE” entschieden. Hauptgründe für dieses Gerät waren die Akkulaufzeit von 9,5 Stunden (auf dem Papier, in der Realität wohl eher 7 Stunden), das gute 10″ LED Displays und die Qualität der früheren Eee PCs.

Positives

Der Eee PC 1000 HE sieht in schwarz sehr schick aus, wer bisher nur “normale” Laptops und Notebooks hatte, wird von seinem geringen Gewicht begeistert sein. Auch die Rechenleistung, die trotz alle Kompaktheit in dem Netbook steckt ist wirklich erstaunlich. Auch die Akkulaufzeit kann sich sehen lassen, 7 Stunden sind bei mäßiger WLAN Nutzung locker drin.

Negatives

Das Dispay ist wirklich sehr klein, und für den täglichen Gebrauch meiner Meinung nach ungeeignet. Um ein paar Emails zu lesen, oder mal ein bisschen im Internet zu surfen, eignet es sich sehr gut, allerdings ist mir der Preis für so eine Mini-Surfstation doch viel zu hoch. Ich denke gerade die “schräge” Auflösung von 1024×600 trägt dazu bei, dass Lesen von längeren Artikeln mit sehr viel Anstrengung verbunden ist.

Fazit

Sehr schönes, gut verarbeitetes Gerät. Nur für Leute geeignet, die bereit sind für eine mobile Surfstation ca. 400 EUR auszugeben. Für ernsthafte Arbeiten unterwegs nicht geeignet, bedingt geeignet für Videos unterwegs. Nichts für mich, daher wieder zurück geschickt.