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Folgende Auskunft habe ich von erhalten von einem mit ihm verwandten Instrumentenbauer:

  • Der Klarinettenbauer Bruno Dietrich ist 1965 verstorben.
  • Aufzeichnungen gibt es vermutlich nicht.

Mich interessiert aus welchem Jahr eine Klarinette B Dietrich Erlbach No 6736 stammt.

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Durch den heute veröffentlichten Verfassungsschutzbericht 2010 ist mir aufgefallen, dass deutsche Behörden einen Unterschied zwischen staatlich assistierter Ausspähung und privater Initiative machen:

Die Behörden für Verfassungsschutz definieren Wirtschaftsspionage als staatlich gelenkte oder gestützte, von Nachrichtendiensten fremder Staaten ausgehende Ausforschung von Wirtschaftsunternehmen.
Die Ausspähung eines Unternehmens durch eine Konkurrenzfirma wird als Konkurrenzausspähung oder Industriespionage bezeichnet.

Die Behörden warnen:

Sicherheit und Schutz des Know-how ist zunächst ein Eigeninteresse der Wirtschaft. Nach den Erfahrungen der Verfassungsschutzbehörden unterschätzen jedoch viele deutsche Unternehmen die Bedrohung durch Spionageaktivitäten und betrachten ihr Know-how als wenig gefährdet. Hinzu kommt, dass ganzheitliche Sicherheitskonzepte nicht immer den aktuellen Notwendigkeiten angepasst werden. Die Folgen eines ungewollten Informationsabflusses können den Fortbestand der betroffenen Firma gefährden.

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According to an EFF deeplink Hotmail apparently disabled the https default option for its users who set their location to the following nations: Bahrain, Morocco, Algeria, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Lebanon, Jordan, Congo, Myanmar, Nigeria, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan.

That means that Hotmail provides a cloud mail solution easier to be spied upon in these nations.

Update: Register about the official explanaition, a “bug” that prevents access.

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In an interview of the San Francisco Chronicale with the EFF director, she presents her perspective on data protection aspects of energy data:

The ebb and flow of gas and electricity into your home contains surprisingly detailed information about your daily life. The California PUC proposes to measure energy usage data practically moment by moment, which allows the reconstruction of a household’s activities

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OPEN GOVERNMENT SUMMIT
EMPIRE STATE PLAZA, ALBANY, NY
March 19, 2010
9 AM – 5 PM
This one day summit will feature key note speakers, including David Ferriero, Archivist of the U.S, panel discussions and a reception addressing “hot-button” issues in the “open government” dialogue including:
– The meaning of “open government” in the digital age
– Operationalizing digital openness
– Meeting citizen expectations for access
– What the future holds for openness
– Best practices
– Sunshine Law and archival implications of digital records

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Microsoft Money, a Quicken competitor, is discontinued. But what happens to users and their “locked in” data?

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Brusselsblogger makes a very good case why the European Parliament has to reject the SWIFT data proliferation deal this week, despite the aggressive moves from the United States diplomatic corps to keep the interim agreement. The PR machine is running full speed, we are told how indispensable the date results were in the fight against terrorism for our domestic law enforcement purposes. While terrorism alone cannot disrupt our financial markets the SWIFT data proliferation bears the potential to achieve that. Let me add another two aspects to the great Brusselsblogger analysis:

I. The missing larger context argument: Europe currently suffers from an unprecedented post-War financial crisis. It is founded in permissive financial market regulations and US financial stimulus in the aftermath of the very Islamic terrorist attack. The loss of financial market confidence affects European families and the financial stability of European economies such as Greece, Spain and others. Some European nations are close to national bankruptcy, some neighboring countries like Iceland passed that stage

A rejection of the proposed SWIFT financial data proliferation agreement would sent a strong message to citizens that policy makers take a more sensitive approach towards financial regulation. Given that US counter-terrorism context of the current financial crisis it can hardly be understood that a Spanish Presidency takes a permissive approach, and some European decision makers still believe that anti-terrorism uses of the date out-weight the malpractice, irresponsible administration of toxic data.

II. The financial bulk data could be used for US business espionage and cause devastating effects on the financial market and financial market confidence. Furthermore the agreement is lukewarm in its permission to share such data with other nations, which may be more aware of the toxic nature of the data and seek their advantage. By all means European policy makers have to prevent a financial data crisis, that is undermining trust in electronic financial data transactions by opening pandora’s box.

It is not about “privacy” of citizens as the news agencies report, that is really the minor concern. A majority of European policy makers fully agrees in principles to use the data for anti-terrorism requests from law enforcement agencies (which requires careful administration and strongest safeguards).

In a conventional narrative our personal “privacy” interests would be weighted against public “security” interests of our government which seeks to counter terrorism and other serious crimes. Some politicians and media observers think along these lines which are on a lower level. Here the general trust in financial transaction services, our  European financial transaction markets are at stake.

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