Old and busted: people lose their jobs due to outsourcing production into third-world countries.

New hotness: robots lose their jobs due to outsourcing production into third-world countries.

Adidas plans to close high-tech “robot” factories in Germany and the United States that it launched to bring production closer to customers, saying Monday that deploying some of the technology in Asia would be “more economic and flexible.”

The Adidas factories were part of a drive to meet demand for faster delivery of new styles to its major markets and to counter rising wages in Asia and higher shipping costs. It originally planned a global network of similar factories.

The German sportswear company did not give details on why it was closing the facilities, which have proved expensive and where the technology has been difficult to extend to different products.

Martin Shankland, Adidas’ head of global operations, said the factories had helped the company improve its expertise in innovative manufacturing, but it aimed to apply what it had learned with its suppliers.

Adidas started production of shoes largely by robots at its “Speedfactory” in the southern town of Ansbach near its Bavarian headquarters in 2016 and opened another near Atlanta in 2017.

Founded by German cobbler Adi Dassler in 1949, Adidas has shifted most of its production from Europe to Asia and now relies on more than 1 million workers in contract factories, particularly in China and Vietnam.

However, Adidas said Monday that production at the two factories would be discontinued by April 2020 at the latest as it focuses instead on using the technologies they pioneered to produce shoes at two of its suppliers in Asia.

The suppliers would use the techniques to make a broader range of products with a short production time, not just running shoes, while Adidas will keep testing manufacturing processes at its so-called adiLab site in Scheinfeld, Germany.

It said it would continue to work with Oechsler, the German company that operates the two factories, in other manufacturing areas, such as producing soles for its springy Boost shoes, as well as soles for soccer shoes and advanced 3D-printed soles.

Source: New York Post

Corruption, living standards, housing, unemployment and health rank above, or alongside, migration as key issues for European voters. Despite anti-immigration rhetoric across Europe, many voters view domestic issues as chief concerns. Voters in Greece, Italy, Poland, Romania and Spain are more concerned about people leaving their country than coming in.

European Council of Foreign Relations

Sounds like the experiment “EU” can be considered as failed.

Lawmakers are set to approve plans for an enormous new database that will collect biometric data on almost all non-EU citizens in Europe’s visa-free Schengen area. The database — merging previously separate systems tracking migration, travel and crime — will grant officials access to a person’s verified identity with a single fingerprint scan.

Source: Politico

This sounds like Mielke’s wet dream come true. I doubt there’ll be any improvements in security. Just more surveillance and possibilities to repression.

On one hand you can not serve lobby interests, especially to serve large publishers, labels and artists, and then on the other hand stand up and fight off the consequences that result from the collateral damage, by calling for meaningless and completely useless additional protocols. They are not required, they are one necessary consequence of the law.

The policy doesn’t require upload filters. But companies without extensive blocking are constantly in danger of claims for damages. That’s why they have no choice. Article 13 is a shift in the burden of proof. But in a liberal democracy everything is allowed, what’s not forbidden.

Thanks to Article 13, everything has to be blocked first, until it’s proven that it’s allowed. There’s no doubt that no culture can thrive this way. Principles of a pluralistic democracy, and also those of a liberal constitutional state get abolished by this policy.

It does not strengthen artists. On the contrary, many will find that they can not even bring their own material online without proving that it does not violate any third party rights. So everyone has to join the same large collecting societies, in order to enjoy the benefit of flat-rate licenses, which only large global players can and will do.

This disaster is applauded by journalists, who otherwise always like to demand the solidarity of the net community with their concerns of free reporting. But they themselves punch all unorganized Internet broadcasters directly in the face; according to the motto “we also want to get paid”. Have you not been paid, yet?

Is it really worthwhile to enforce 30-40 years old business models in a network that removes the role of recipient and sender? You want to turn back the Internet into consumers and professional producers, so that your dinosaur world is right again.

Don’t be surprised if the solidarity regarding your concerns suffers in the future, because you have just made yourselves real enemies of free cultural practice. And by no means I’m talking about the straw man of an “everything’s free culture” that you allegedly suffer from. You threw out the baby with the bathwater. You, as the alleged fifth pillar of democracy, have just laid your hands upon the possibilities of freedom of expression. You have made yourself part of the problem, not part of the solution; and that way one should treat you from now on. This is not a good day for freedom in Europe, it is a very bad day. A catastrophe promoted by publishers and law-abusers.

2019-04-12 @ 08:17: Amazon’s clean energy lie News

Remember when Amazon told you they’ll use renewable energy for their AWS cloud centers? Turns out, they still use massive amounts of oil.

That’s because Amazon is spying on you. And if that are not enough bad news for you, then keep in mind that you payed them for spying on you, when you bought one of their home-intrusion-microphones.

There’s a whole team at Amazon reviewing audio clips in an effort to help the voice-activated assistant respond to commands.

I don’t feel sorry for you. You’ve been warned several times.

Article 13 just passed as expected, people play it down like nothing changed and Axel Voss is celebrated as the savior of the media.

Messages start popping up about VPN services to disguise your location etc. to circumvent the consequences of that bill. That’s not how it works. At least not this time. You can’t use a VPN to log in to a service which doesn’t exist any longer due to this bill. Ever thought about that, huh?

People don’t seem to understand what this bill is all about. It’s not limited to EU citizens. It has global impact, most noticeable in the EU though, but it still affects the rest of the world.

Huge companies will likely turn their back to the EU and make money elsewhere. Thousands of jobs will be cut when companies move to outside of the EU. The Internet in its whole variety will be stripped down to the bare minimum. There’ll be only a hand full of companies in the EU dictating what’s allowed on the net and what’s not.

Smaller companies and especially start-ups won’t be able to comply to the bill, as they simply do not have the required resources and will go out of business. Due to that people will lose their livelihood.

At the end nobody but lawyers will make money out of that bill. And the media? When they notice what they did, they’ll claim it’s someone else’s fault. But then it’s too late.

Download the final votes here.

The figures remained constant across education levels, gender, and political affiliation.

Image by Center for the Governance of Change

Even if the AI would become completely inoperative it still would be an improvement over Axel Voss. Download the complete report here. This is a local backup of the report originally published here.

Axel Voss really doesn’t have a clue of what the Internet is and how it works. This is so unbelievably sad. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that experience and in-depth knowledge in the field you decide on is a mandatory requirement if you’re a member of the European Parliament.

2011-05-30 @ 21:56: Problems with Google’s DNS News

For appr. two days now Google seems to have problems resolving the IP of the Facebook server where the profile pictures are hosted. This results in a massive slowdown, loss of connection, timeouts etc. on every Facebook page that accesses this server.

To fix this append this line to your hosts file:
72.246.43.48 profile.ak.fbcdn.net

This will circumvent your DNS servers and make your computer access Facebook’s profile picture server directly.

However, since this is likely a temporary problem (at least for me it occurs from 6pm GMT til next day’s noon) I didn’t include it in my secure hosts file, yet.


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