Three giants of the computer world have passed away in 2011: Steve Jobs (co-founder of Apple Inc.), Dennis M. Ritchie (inventor of C) and John McCarthy (inventor of LISP, Artificial Intelligence, and time sharing).

With the rebels now in charge of most parts of Libya, it won’t take long for France to sell its Rafale fighter jets to their buddies. In fact, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the rebels’ “government” has already promised the countries that helped them to power a lion’s share of the contracts. It’s only a matter of time.

After the initial release of a couple of thousands of diplomatic cables from US embassies and the US Department of State by WikiLeaks, the stream of leaks suddenly ground to a halt. This was very disappointing to all of us interested in specific topics and regions.

The German Parliament Committee responsible for investigating the Kunduz incident (Kunduz Untersuchungsausschuß) has completed its deliberations, and was predictably divided along party lines as to whom was responsible and whom was to blame for this disaster.

A year ago, former central banker Thilo Sarrazin‘s social-darwinistic, xenophobic and racist theses have been all the rage in the German public sphere. This wave culminated in his party, the social democrats (SPD) trying to expel him… yet miserably failing to do so (sic!).