ʜǟȼӄ и๏ɨя – notes from the desk of a busy madman

Smartwatch from Hell

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I've been working on this story for three months
Last Thursday, I published an investigative report I have been working on for about three months. Between Christmas and New Years, a security researcher by the name of Christopher Dreher contacted the heise online editorial offices with an unbelievable story: He had bought a GPS tracking smartwatch and had found horrendous security vulnerabilities. The devices are marketed for people to track their kids, spouses and grandparents – in itself that concept is horrible enough to me.

Ah Fuck

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I'm afraid I lost a podcast episode
I’m an idiot. I’ve lost an episode of Geek News Radio. And by “lost”, I mean I have deleted the recording file and can’t get it back. I’ve tried to recover the file all morning, but by nature of the stupidity that was involved, I’m afraid it’s unrecoverable. Dave, Mike and me had recorded what was to be GNR 59 on the same evening as episode 58. We were going to release it tomorrow, on 1 April, calling it “Greek News Radio”.

Forstamt Merchandising

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You heard right
I’ve designed a new logo for the Forstamt Pochinki. It’s based on the great design Niklas came up with. I just cleaned it up and made a vector version. And just for the hell of it, I also made some shirts. I’ve had a Spreadshirt store for Sixgun Productions for a while but wasn’t doing anything with it, so I thought I might as well use that. Some might say I’m taking this little inside joke way too far, but fuck ‘em.

KGD 2 is Out

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Episode 2 of Kantenglättung Deluxe has been released
If you speak German and like video games, you might be interested in a podcast episode I’ve just released. Last month, my colleague Martin and me started a German language video games podcast where we talk about old and new games, called Kantenglättung Deluxe. I’ve unleashed the second episode of that show on the world. It’s all about Tomb Raider: the old games, the new games and the Alicia Vikander movie.

First Win for the Forstamt

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We got a PUBG 3-Man Squad win
Niklas, Martin and myself just scored a 3-Man Squad win in PUBG for Forstamt Pochinki. And on Miramar no less! I think it’s safe to say that the Forstamt does not only keep the woods on Erangel safe but is also very successful in patrolling the desert. +++ ATTENTION PEOPLE +++ Forstamt troopers @fabsh, @martin_fischer and @NiklasMM have successfully acquired poultry supper. Free beer for everyone! #PUBG pic.twitter.com/5ZJO2cvXE0 — Forstamt Pochinki (@PochinkiForst) March 27, 2018

Meet the SeaQuest

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I've finally built myself a Cyclops in Subnautica
It’s been quite a while, but I’ve finally managed to built myself a Cyclops in Subnautica. I had to name the ship SeaQuest1, of course. Isn’t she glorious? The thing is huge! It’s basically a mobile base. You can even place furniture and crafting equipment inside it. And it has a docking bay for the Seamoth and the Prawn Suit. I can’t wait to go exploring in it, although it’s a bitch to steer and I’m a bit worried I’ll get attacked by leviathans.

Black Library Submission

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My BL story pitch was declined
At the end of January, I had pitched a story to Black Library as part of their anniversary submission window after the guys had talked my into doing it on a Geek News Radio episode. Elevator pitch: Columbo meets the Space Marines. Today I got back an email saying that they have declined my pitch and can’t provide feedback due to the high volume of submissions which reach them. I had suspected something like that would happen.

Forstamt Pochinki

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There's a new PUBG team in town
Today, Niklas and myself were playing some PUBG duo games and in the process we came up with a new team: the Forstamt Pochinki. We basically pretended to be some Beamte from the German forestry office (Forstamt), reacting in a very German way towards some rowdies disturbing the forests and meadows on the classic PUBG map. And by very German reaction, we mean getting airdropped from a Hercules in full millitary gear and handing out 5.

GNR 58 Released

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Episode 58 of Geek News Radio is out
For episode 58 of Geek News Radio we got Mike on board again and he brought up the topic of Cambridge Analytica for Dave and me to discuss. We had a really good exchange on that topic and also on the recent Uber accident. It was quite a news heavy show, uncharacteristically so for Geek News Radio. We also have some Dinner For One talk and a Vier Feldherren update. The show’s just been released, go have a listen!

Back in the Saddle

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Getting my motorbike back on the road
After replacing a few broken parts, getting a new front tyre, a new battery – she’s got an ultralight Li-ion one now – and passing the TÜV general inspection, my bike’s now finally ready for a new year on the road. It was already quite nice today at 11°C and I did a few test rounds. Now it only needs to get a tad warmer and I can finally skip the trains and ride to work again.