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Germania. Nuove tecnologie? Non contiamoci fregnacce. – Handelsblatt.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2018-09-07.

Tragbares Telefax-Gerät auf der CeBIT vorgestellt

Non contiamo più fregnacce.

I media liberal si acquetino e tacciano. Si prendano del bromuro invece che eroina e cocaina.

Sono decenni che codesta genia ci riempie la testa di promesse mirabolanti di un futuro da fantascienza, usando un solito stantio ritornello: dateci tanti, ma tanti, ma tantissimi soldi pubblici e noi progetteremo e costruiremo oggetti mirabolanti di ogni genere e tipo. Tutti ovviamente, muniti di intelligenza artificiale che rimpiazzerà quel miserabile essere inquinante che è l’essere umano.

Nella sola Germania trecento miliardi ogni anno finiscono nel calderone.

Chi osasse lamentarsi riceverebbe l’invariabile risposta: sei un codino retrogrado della destra fascista e reazionaria che si oppone al progresso scientifico ed al sorgere del nuovo sole dell’avvenire. Un asociale, Peggio, un omofobo, razzista e xenofobo.

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Poi quando si guardano i numeri si resta basiti. Brasati sui libri contabili.

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«Forget artificial intelligence and big data: In Germany, business is still done by fax»

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«For most companies the fax is still indispensable»

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«Up to 9,000 faxes a minute pass through Retarus’s center. And the number of faxes sent in Germany is growing, by about 10 percent per year »

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«Germany’s companies, large and small, rely on facsimiles to a degree unthinkable elsewhere»

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«Two-thirds of German companies regularly use faxes, whereas only half of them use video conferencing technologies, and just one-third use messaging services or online collaboration tools»

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«Lieferheld, a booming food delivery startup, sends a quarter-million faxes every day to quickly give restaurants their customers’ orders »

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«Agro-pharmaceutical giant Bayer sends a localized weather fax to 30,000 farmers every day»

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«Some law enforcement agencies only accept tip-offs via fax, and medical institutions will only send some data by fax to protect patient information»

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«Supermarkets, hotel chains, automotive manufacturers and holiday companies all send confirmations by fax»

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«About 37,000 new fax machines were sold in Germany last year»

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È un brutto sintomo psichiatrico quando si inizia a crede acriticamente ai propri desideri.  Le illusioni sono illusioni, e le allucinazioni sono fatto patologico.

Prima di smantellare una linea gli investitori esigono avere tecnologie realmente funzionanti.

Sia estremamente chiaro.

Qui nessuno nega il valore di lungo termine degli investimenti e della ricerca: proprio nessuno.

Si reclama invece un maggior discernimento nell’indirizzare cospicui investimenti pubblici, ossia denaro dei contribuenti.

Se si prende atto che buona parte delle ricerche innovative finanziate non avrà esito produttivo, si constata peraltro che investire in progetti scriteriati servirà sicuramente a mantenere in vita, e bene, centri di ricerca e personale politicamente amico, ma saranno denari cacciati al vento, senza ritorni.


Handelsblatt. 2018-08-24. The fax is dead, long live the fax

Forget artificial intelligence and big data: In Germany, business is still done by fax. Is it safety or a sign of the country’s digital backwardness?

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On the outskirts of Munich, a room full of computers supports one of Germany’s most important business technologies. Hundreds of network cables connect massive servers, and elaborate cooling systems hum in every corner.

“For most companies the fax is still indispensable,” says Martin Hager, CEO of Retarus, a cloud fax provider. That’s right — the fax. Up to 9,000 faxes a minute pass through Retarus’s center. And the number of faxes sent in Germany is growing, by about 10 percent per year.

Germany’s companies, large and small, rely on facsimiles to a degree unthinkable elsewhere. Some say faxing’s bizarre afterlife is yet another symbol of Germany’s digital backwardness, its mistrust of innovation, its unadventurous, safety-first mentality. Two-thirds of German companies regularly use faxes, whereas only half of them use video conferencing technologies, and just one-third use messaging services or online collaboration tools.

Fax services arrived in Germany in 1979, courtesy of the postal service. At a time when hand-delivered letters still dominated corporate communications, this was a real step forward: You could transmit a document in moments anywhere in the world and have it automatically printed on receipt. These days, some faxing happens via cloud servers rather than landlines, but the principle remains the same.

The technology is ubiquitous across Germany. Lieferheld, a booming food delivery startup, sends a quarter-million faxes every day to quickly give restaurants their customers’ orders. Agro-pharmaceutical giant Bayer sends a localized weather fax to 30,000 farmers every day. Supermarkets, hotel chains, automotive manufacturers and holiday companies all send confirmations by fax. Some law enforcement agencies only accept tip-offs via fax, and medical institutions will only send some data by fax to protect patient information.

Fax speak for themselves

The medium’s champions say it is robust and secure. Users are fond of the receipt confirmation, and spam is rarely a problem. Hackers can make little headway with faxes. But in the German context, the fax’s greatest advantage is a legal one. For banks and insurance companies, faxed documents carry legal weight, but online ones still do not. This is exactly the problem, say critics of the country’s technological timidity.

About 37,000 new fax machines were sold in Germany last year, one-tenth of sales a decade ago. But these days most faxing is done on multifunction devices that are also capable of scanning and printing. Ironically, researchers have been able to penetrate entire networks by sending a malicious fax to an all-in-one printer.

It’s unlikely the transmissions will end any time soon. “It’s a German thing,” said a spokesperson for manufacturer Brother. “They like the security of the fax option.” They have no plans to discontinue the function for the German market.

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