Soder: accelerate coal phase-out in germany with more money

As a consequence of the climate law verdict of the Federal Constitutional Court, the CSU wants to accelerate the phase-out of coal power with financial incentives. The motto must be "more coal for less coal", said CSU head Markus Soder on Monday before a meeting of the party’s executive board in Munich. The fixed phase-out date of 2038 does not need to be changed, partly because those affected need planning security. With financial incentives, however, an exit could still be accelerated.

Climate protection law as "Role model"

Soder emphasized that it was a generational task to create the link between economy and climate protection, between prosperity and sustainability in the time after Corona. Ultimately, the German and Bavarian climate protection laws had to become "Role models" . To achieve this, the goal of becoming climate-neutral by 2040 had to be anchored. For 2030, the interim target must be "65 percent plus x" must be enshrined in law. To achieve this, among other things, a new regulation on the price of climate-damaging carbon dioxide (CO2) would be needed – a rigid cap would not be suitable here.

In terms of mobility, Soder expects the end of fossil combustion engines from 2035, but at the same time emphasized that the charging infrastructure must be further expanded. At the same time, faster procedures are needed for the expansion of rail and local public transport. This is not a question of money. The green deal could only be implemented if it succeeded in becoming faster here. It is crucial that the construction of the line is not slowed down by protests, even at the regional level.

Zoom growth not explosive enough for investors

Video conferencing service Zoom continued to grow explosively last quarter – but investors are now saying it’s not happening fast enough. The Zoom share fell by around five percent after the presentation of the figures. Sales jumped from $166.6 million (139.2 million euros) to a good $777 million within a year. Profits in the third fiscal quarter ended at the end of October actually shot up year-on-year from $2.2 million to $198.4 million.

A winner from the Corona crisis

Zoom had entered a new league with the Corona crisis. The company was originally supposed to provide video conferencing for businesses. But in the pandemic, not only did corporate use increase, but consumers are turning to Zoom for everything from family reunions to yoga classes.

However, Zoom still earns its money in the business with larger companies. The number of customers with more than ten employees increased to 433.700, nearly six times more than a year ago, Zoom reported after the U.S. stock market closed on Monday. Three months ago, the company had just 370.200 customers with more than ten employees.

For decades, the classic workshop calendar has been an extremely popular advertising medium for more down-to-earth products such as bolts, tires or lubricants. For the photographer, the artistic scope of such projects is usually rather limited. The formula, as simple as it is successful, consists mainly in staging the product together with a lightly or not at all clothed female model. The creative leeway is often small, but the basic conditions are right: The manufacturer not only pays the photographer and the models, but also has customers for the calendars, which are usually distributed free of charge. For photographers such a calendar shooting can be an enrichment not only financially, but also artistically. Even a Helmut Newton started his career with photos of garden grills for a hardware store chain. At that time, Newton also used to stage his grilling models in his typical manner.

STIHL Calendar 2016

Workshop calendar 2016: between trash and photo art


More than just Pirelli

By far the most famous workshop calendar is the annual Pirelli calendar. The project has now come a long way from its original focus as a pin-up calendar with tire ads. In the meantime, the focus is no longer on the product, but on the carefully nurtured myth of the Pirelli calendar itself. The best and most expensive photographers and models are always booked for it. But in its efforts to set entirely new priorities in each case, the project has strayed far from its origins. Annie Leibovitz’s most recent experiments with the 2016 calendar were quite controversial. In addition to the Pirelli calendar, however, there is a whole series of similar and very promising photo projects. Rough companies such as Wurth, STIHL, Liqui Moly, Stahlgruber and Berner produce their own calendars for their customers. Wurth’s own calendar has a tradition of more than three years. The 2015 calendar was published in an edition of 723 copies.000 copies are printed, other manufacturers also invest a considerable amount of money in customer loyalty via calendars. We would have liked to show the Wurth calendar blades in this article, but failed with this request because of their marketing department.

STIHL – Madchen Engine Says

The STIHL calendar is a modern classic, it has been around since 1973. The current calendar was photographed by star photographer Esther Haase in South Africa. Muted colors dominate, with skin tones and the housings of STIHL equipment highlighted. Without the devices, pictures of this kind could easily hang in a photo art exhibition. Whether you like the photos as the manufacturer as "unique combination of man and machine" sees, or the advertisement as necessary ubel of an otherwise successful picture distance regards, lies in the eye of the beholder. Maybe future generations will look at the busty motor girls with the same interest as we look at the ancient statues of Amazons today. Widespread distribution of the calendar is possible with a print run of 900.000 copies and a distribution area of 110 countries.

Coronavirus crisis: zoom video conferencing service benefits

In the video conferencing service Zoom, the popularity in the corona crisis provides a steep growth of business. Sales and profits soar in first quarter ended April. And Zoom expects a lasting plus: For the full fiscal year, the U.S. company expects to triple its earnings.

Zoom was originally intended for businesses, but in the Corona crisis not only home office use increased, but also use by private individuals, as well as for sports classes, religious services or education. There are now 300 million video conference participants per day, up from 10 million in December.

Significant gain

Empty promises in mobile games: reward often fails to materialize

U.S. trade regulator accuses an advertising company of taking advantage of cell phone users. The company Tapjoy mediates advertising in mobile games. It promises rewards such as virtual coins, diamonds or gold bars if players meet certain requirements. These include purchasing from advertising partners or disclosing private data. Alone, the rewards are said to have often failed to materialize.

Hundreds of thousands of affected people have complained to Tapjoy according to the report. "Many consumers complained that they spent significant amounts of money to fulfill Tapjoy’s various offers, or disclosed sensitive private information such as their medical history or contact information, but still did not receive the promised rewards", the FTC announces.

FTC offers settlement

Yahoo clever gives no more answers

Yahoo schliebt seine Frage-Antwort-Community Yahoo Clever (auch bekannt als Yahoo Answers). On 4. May 2021 is the final end, of all days on the "Star Wars Day". The platform is one of the oldest offerings on the web and went online in 2006 after a beta phase. On the site, users (with Yahoo account) can ask any question and hope for answers. The answers can be rated, which in turn results in a list of best performers. In recent years, however, Yahoo Clever has become increasingly unpopular, Yahoo explained in a mail. The company made the decision to close due to the figures and the rather bleak outlook.

Data download possible

From the 20. April users will no longer be able to post new questions or publish answers – the site will be put into read-only mode. As of May, users will finally be redirected to Yahoo’s homepage. There are no effects on other Yahoo services. A help page explains how Clever users can download their data in JSON format – the deadline for this is 30 days after the release. June 2021. The archive contains all "question list, questions, answer list, answers and all images".

1.2 Trillion us dollars for us infrastructure: joe biden one step further

A group of five Republican and five Democratic senators reached an agreement with U.S. President Joe Biden on investments in U.S. infrastructure. Over the next eight years, $1.2 trillion will be invested in the power grid, broadband Internet, charging stations for electric cars, roads, airports and bridges.

That was for the U.S. budget additional expenditures of 579 billion U.S. dollars. These include 109 billion for roads and bridges, 49 billion for public transport, 7.5 billion for charging columns and the same number of billions for electric buses. Broadband infrastructure is expected to account for $65 billion, and the power grid for $73 billion. The necessary money is to be taken, for example, from unused funds of the emergency plan against the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, from proceeds of the auction of the 5G frequencies and from taxes not paid so far


Munich re: gross cyberattacks only insurable with state aid

The damage of a "digital blackouts" after a major international cyber-attack could only be handled with state aid, according to reinsurer Munich Re. CEO Joachim Wenning called for public-private partnerships between governments and insurers at the company’s digital shareholder meeting Wednesday to help manage the financial fallout from both pandemics and cybercrimes. According to Wenning’s argumentation, the insurance companies alone were financially overburdened with both.

Digital blackout comparable to a pandemic

"A pandemic is not insurable in its entirety", Wenning said of the economic damage caused by the Corona crisis, which alone cost the Munich-based company nearly 3.5 billion euros in 2020. A global hacker attack would also be very expensive, according to Wenning: "A targeted virus can infect computer systems worldwide within a very short time and cause threatening economic damage", said Munich Re’s CEO. "Such a "digital blackout"-Scenario would be just as uninsurable in the private sector as a pandemic."

Digital euro: ecb launches test phase from mid-october

Europe’s guardians intensify their work on a digital euro. "People in Europe are increasingly paying, saving and investing electronically. Our task is to ensure confidence in our preservation. That is why we must ensure that the euro is ready for the digital age", European Central Bank (ECB) President Christine Lagarde said Friday, according to a statement. "We should be prepared to introduce a digital euro, should this become necessary."

Technically, a digital euro would resemble bitcoin. But unlike the cryptocurrency, it would be under the supervision of a central bank. Digital currencies work on the basis of a blockchain – i.e. a chain of data blocks that expands with each transaction. Such a euro will exist as a digital unit and will be available for online transactions.

Complement to cash – not a substitute

Ransomware revil: extortionists are becoming more and more intrusive

When an obstruction Trojan has successfully struck, criminals demand large slacks of money. In order for this to work reliably, the developers of such pests always come up with new methods to build up even more prere. The makers of REvil are now threatening DDoS attacks and calls to customers and partners from whom data is on Trojanized computers.

The mere locking up of data has obviously long since ceased to be enough to make victims pay lots of money. In the meantime, it has become standard repertoire for attackers to copy data and make it public. This leverage seems to work again and again and companies pay sometimes horrendous sums of money.

DDoS attacks and phone calls