Germany

Sprichst du deutsch ?

It appears that English speakers are now able to access most of Amazon.de in English, just in time for the end of year sales.

Knowing only English and French, I had used Amazon UK and Amazon France for years for the German CDs and DVDs I couldn’t get in Canada. But now I guess i’ll be able to use their German site for vinyl as well.

They’re still working on translating most of the site though so you might still run into German pages as you browse the site.

Germany Issues Security Warning

The government of Germany has issued a warning to their citizens asking them to use alternatives to Internet Explorer because of a security issue that has been discovered over the weekend.

Germany’s Internet Explorer users have been urged to use alternative browsers like Firefox or Chrome until a patch is issued by Microsoft.

Microsoft is currently working on a patch and asks users to install the latest version of their Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit as a temporary measure until this patch is released.

I personally use Firefox to browse and Spybot’s Search & Destroy immunity function, which instructs all of the browsers to block problematic sites. But I’ve turned Spybot’s resident “SDHelper” and “Teatimer” off to avoid conflicts with my security software.

Latvia Says No To ACTA / Bill C-11 Update

Latvia is the latest European nation to stop their ratification of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. And it appears that Germany wants to hold off on signing in response to the public protests in their country.

Unfortunately Bill C-11 has progressed through the first and second reading in the House Of Commons here in Canada, with little to no response to the overwhelming opposition to the digital locks provisions and SOPA like website blocking.

The public has spoken, both in the public consultations on Bill C-32 and with recent letters and petitions against Bill C-11.

It is clear that Canadians do not want contradictory policies on private copying and SOPA like enforcement of our Copyright Act. Over 32,000 Canadians have signed the Openmedia.ca petition, including yours truly. And 74,000 “liked” the petition on Facebook.

It is a matter of record. Members of Parliament have received letters and emails conveying concern about or opposition to several provisions in Bill C-11, yet the current government has failed to address this correspondence.

This bill was rushed through it’s second reading in the House of Commons today, with little time for debate, and is up for review by a committee, who will analyze and amend the bill.

Hopefully they will notice how contradictory the technological protections measures are and amend them accordingly.