Political affiliation/ideology aside...
I would piss myself if I drove into a town and their official buildings were flying the Jolly Roger
A Pirate Party branch founded last November has scored a win in regional elections in Switzerland, with the city of Eichberg to fly the pirate flag under new mayor, Alex Arnold. The 31-year-old software developer is a local to the town and works for works as a developer for VRSG, which focuses on software and systems …
Party politics have no real connections with municipal politics where I live. Does this guy's affiliation with the Pirate Party actually have any meaning in Switzerland? I suspect that the PP doesn't have much in the way of policies on local development like zoning. building permits, and street lighting. I don't get it.
Not many votes were cast ("Das Wahlresultat fiel deutlich aus: Arnold holte 349 Stimmen, der erste SVP-Kandidat Walter Freund 145 Stimmen und der zweite SVP-Kandidat James Mock 61 Stimmen. Die Stimmbeteiligung lag bei 65 Prozent, wie die Gemeinde im St. Galler Rheintal mitteilte." http://bazonline.ch/schweiz/standard/Zum-ersten-Mal-wird-ein-Pirat-Gemeindepraesident/story/18684370 ) but the most satisfying thing is that he beat the right-wing SVP candidates, and even if there'd only been one of them he'd still have beaten them.
The SVP are the depressingly successful Swiss equivalent of a more hardline UKIP/BNP and were responsible for this monstrosity a couple of years ago: http://www.20min.ch/diashow/5362/Originalschafe.jpg
that the organization is in disarray in that country. Earlier this month, reports emerged of organizational problems – including non-payment of fees, in-fighting, and poor strategy.
Until they add "embezzlement of public funds", "moral flexibility" and "corruption" to the list, they'll never be a real political party. Looks like they're halfway there though...
Germany will be the host of the first publicly known European exascale supercomputer, along with four other EU sites getting smaller but still powerful systems, the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) announced this week.
Germany will be the home of Jupiter, the "Joint Undertaking Pioneer for Innovative and Transformative Exascale Research." It should be switched on next year in a specially designed building on the campus of the Forschungszentrum Jülich research centre and operated by the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), alongside the existing Juwels and Jureca supercomputers.
The four mid-range systems are: Daedalus, hosted by the National Infrastructures for Research and Technology in Greece; Levente at the Governmental Agency for IT Development in Hungary; Caspir at the National University of Ireland Galway in Ireland; and EHPCPL at the Academic Computer Centre CYFRONET in Poland.
Germany's government is looking to attract chipmakers to the country by offering €14 billion ($14.7 billion) in financial support, apparently spurred on by global semiconductor supply chain problems.
The move follows the European Chips Act from the European Commission and Intel's decision earlier this year to build a new fabrication plant in Germany.
The latest announcement was made by Germany's vice chancellor and federal minister for Economic Affairs Robert Habeck at a business event in Hanover, according to Reuters, who said that his government wants to attract chip makers with €14 billion ($14.7 billion) in state aid.
Germany's BSI federal cybersecurity agency has warned the country's citizens not to install Russian-owned Kaspersky antivirus, saying it has "doubts about the reliability of the manufacturer."
Russia-based Kaspersky has long been a target of suspicious rumors in the West over its ownership and allegiance to Russia's rulers.
In an advisory published today, the agency said: "The BSI recommends replacing applications from Kaspersky's virus protection software portfolio with alternative products."
Intel has reportedly opted to build a new chip manufacturing mega-fab at a site in Magdeburg in eastern Germany, after considering locations in France, Belgium, Poland, and the Netherlands.
The chipmaker has previously said it was looking to invest up to €80bn in new semiconductor fabs in Europe. Germany was high on the list of potential locations, with sites considered in Bavaria as well as Magdeburg and Dresden.
According to Reuters, Intel has now settled on Magdeburg, but there is no official announcement yet from the chip giant, with a decision due to be made public on 4 March. We contacted Intel for confirmation but the company declined to comment.
Intel's doing a European version of Amazon HQ2: enticing governments to pledge more and more funds to subsidize the construction of chip mega-plants along with ever-growing packages of benefits.
Recent reports have named Germany, Italy, and France as potential spots for new Intel super-fabs, factories, and offices. Italy just now reportedly established a $4.6bn fund to lure Intel and its chipmaking to the nation.
The EU has noted that the continent doesn't have an advanced chip manufacturing industry like that of Asia or the US. Meanwhile, Intel has said it is looking to establish leading-edge fabs in Europe with investments potentially reaching €80bn.
International trade sanctions threaten to cut off Deutsche Bank from its near-shore IT support and software development unit in Russia following the invasion of Ukraine.
The global bank's Russian technology centre employs around 1,500 staff, including software developers and systems maintenance experts who work on its global trading business and main corporate banking system.
According to The Financial Times, the €25bn revenue bank is weighing up options as sanctions threaten to cut off the centre of expertise from the rest of its operations.
A deal that would have brought a German silicon wafer manufacturer under Taiwanese control has been scuppered by German regulators – with help from China.
The deal, announced in September 2020, would have seen Taiwan's GlobalWafers combine with Germany's Siltronic. Around $5 billion was to change hands – the sale price representing a 48 per cent premium for Siltronic shareholders. GlobalWafer holds around a third of the global market and the deal would have made it the world's second-largest player.
As is nearly always the case with foreign takeovers, the deal required signoff from German regulators, who moved … slowly.
Taiwan’s GlobalWafers has announced a cheery change of plans after its acquisition of Germany’s Siltronic fell through thanks to German authorities' failure to sign off on the deal - expansion of on existing facilities instead.
“GlobalWafers foresees total capital expenditures of New Taiwan dollar (NTD) 100 billion (approx. USD 3.6 billion) from 2022 to 2024, including substantial greenfield investments,” the wafer-maker announced on Sunday.
Capacity expansion for 300mm wafer and Epitaxial wafer (EPI), 200mm and 300mm Silicon on Insulator wafers (SOI), 200mm Float-Zone wafers (FZ), Silicon carbide (SiC) wafers (including SiC Epi), Gallium Nitride on Silicon wafers (GaN on Si) and other large-size next-generation products are all under consideration, across Asia, Europe and the United States.
Encrypted email provider Protonmail has hailed a recent Swiss legal ruling as a "victory for privacy," after winning a lawsuit that sees it exempted from data retention laws in the mountainous realm.
Referring to a previous ruling that exempted instant messaging services from data capture and storage laws, the Protonmail team said this week: "Together, these two rulings are a victory for privacy in Switzerland as many Swiss companies are now exempted from handing over certain user information in response to Swiss legal orders."
Switzerland's Federal Administrative Court ruled on October 22 that email providers in Switzerland are not considered telecommunications providers under Swiss law, thereby removing them from the scope of data retention requirements imposed on telcos.
Christmas was (probably not) ruined for several German children yesterday after thieves bust through a toyshop wall in Lippstadt and escaped with dozens of Lego sets said to be worth a total of €35,000.
Despite the "picture of devastation" and metre-wide opening left in the wall, investigators are struggling to piece everything together.
"The hole was right at the end of the Lego section. They must have jumped in here and then proceeded very specifically," Jana Schumacher, manager of the Toys World store, told Der Spiegel (auf Deutsch).
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