* Posts by Martijn Otto

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Indian mobe networks don’t want 700MHz – because they're too poor

Martijn Otto

Well, after getting scammed by the government, by having their licenses, that they paid for, cancelled, it's no wonder that they are not willing to pay money now.

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MOM: CHEAP Mars ship got it right first time. Nice one, India

Martijn Otto

Re: Go MOM...

I'm sure the people employed by the ISRO, that wouldn't have the job they have now will concur wholeheartedly.

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Are ALIENS hiding on Jupiter's Europa? Let's find out, cry NASA bods

Martijn Otto
Mushroom

Re: Eww...

You leave my sweet Nan out of it!

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From the picture it looks as if there's veins running over the surface. I don't think we have to look for aliens hiding there. I think it is one big giant alien.

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Reddit joins the HTTPS-only stampede

Martijn Otto

This should be the new standard for every website. Encrypting everything makes it difficult for peeping toms (also known as "security agencies") to know which data is "interesting" and focus their efforts on decrypting it.

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Limited edition Iron Man S6 sells for $91,000 thanks to ... serial number

Martijn Otto

Wonder how long it'll take for companies to create their devices with two serial numbers. An internal serial number, hidden away, and a visible serial number, identical for each device, always being "666".

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Microsoft picks up shotgun, walks 'Modern apps' behind the shed

Martijn Otto

Re: Modern Applications

Exactly. It makes no sense. If you want to have another application available at the same time, you just get a second computer placed next to it. This enables you to multi-task too, increasing your productivity.

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What the BLEEP? BitTorrent's secure messaging app arrives

Martijn Otto

I'll stick with TextSecure, thanks!

I don't see why I would trust a closed-source app for security. It's like installing a safe and declaring it to be completely secure without being able to see the back (and all the holes that might be there).

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Going up hills past blokes with coke-bottle legs: The Smart E-bike

Martijn Otto

Re: Pointless limitations

There is no need to go and import actually. All of the models I know about (and that's quite a lot as we Dutch like our (e-)bikes) are electronically limited. The thing is controlled by a small microcomputer and the restrictions can be loosened/disabled by flashing different firmware on it.

Many people here do it and I haven't heard of any cases where they got into trouble with that. The police usually go after mopeds. Of course if you get into an accident you might be in trouble.

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Boeing 787 software bug can shut down planes' generators IN FLIGHT

Martijn Otto
Joke

Must be a typo

I think they meant 'fall safe'.

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Ubuntu to shutter year-old clock unlock bug

Martijn Otto

Shortsighted reaction on the side of Canonical

You can only change the clock using this bug you say? This wouldn't be so bad in itself weren't it for the following:

- SSL depends on a correct date and time setting to verify certificates

- different tools create hidden files in the users home folder indicating previous successful root authentications

The second problem can be used to very nicely exploit. Change the system clock to *right* after one of those files was created and it will think that you very recently authenticated as root and thus don't have to enter your password again. This can be used to gain full root access.

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C++ Daddy Bjarne Stroustrup outlines directions for v17

Martijn Otto

Re: Direction number one

I am quite sad I can only downvote your post once. There's not a single thing in your I agree with, except your criticism of Java (that thing needs to be taken out back and shot - with a rifle).

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Welcome to the FUTURE: Maine cops pay Bitcoin ransom to end office hostage drama

Martijn Otto

How hard can it be?

You mount /home with nodev, nosuid and noexec. You never worry about this crap again.

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Mozilla piles on China's SSL cert overlord: We don't trust you either

Martijn Otto

Interesting that CNNIC urges for Google to reconsider and "think of the users". If you ask me, thinking of the users is exactly what they are doing in this case.

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Flash zero day under attack

Martijn Otto

Do we need any more reasons

To remove Flash from our computers?

I think not!

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ICANN HACKED: Intruders poke around global DNS innards

Martijn Otto

How does an organization like ICANN not have SPF and DKIM set up to prevent these kind of phishing mails. Any semi-decent administrator would set this up.

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Obama HURLS FCC under train, GUTPUNCHES ISPs in net neut battle

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Net neutrality: the already solved problem

It's actually very easy. Customer X pays for Y for Z Mb of bandwidth. That is what customer X gets, no less. However, in that Z Mb of bandwidth, it is possible to prioritize: e.g. S.I.P. traffic has a QOS tag so that it always wins over torrents. Netflix could also get a QOS tag so that it doesn't start lagging when a download is started. The total download and upload speed for the connection stays the same.

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Wanna be Facebook? It just open-sourced some of its web server code. Now to find 1bn users...

Martijn Otto

Maybe it's me

But I didn't see a way to integrate this into an event loop, which is quite essential if you want to actually serve something useful (like the result of database queries, etc...)

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Adobe spies on readers: EVERY DRM page turn leaked to base over SSL

Martijn Otto

Ah, so we need iptables rules for this new package too?

So there should be a new rule to block all traffic to the aforementioned address when this application gets installed, or have they made it so obnoxious that it won't work when it cannot connect?

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NSFW: Click here, watch iPhone 6 being TORTURED

Martijn Otto

I hope he took AppleCare

Otherwise I don't think you will get warranty after these simple tests.

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

Martijn Otto

Don't forget wave

The iPhone 6 will support Wave from the moment of unpacking, providing lightning fast charge cycles!

http://i.imgur.com/TX9dbK6.jpg

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NASA's MAVEN enters Mars orbit to sniff its gas

Martijn Otto
Joke

figure out how Mars went from being warm and wet to the current cold and barren dried-out

Sounds like they named the wrong planet after a woman!

I think we've all experienced this situation where they go from being all wet, warm and wild to becoming an ice queen. There's no mystery here.

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Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM

Martijn Otto

Re: Almost as cool as the HP printer hack

Those two should be combined. When you get shot to hell in the game, your printer catches fire.

Makes "game over" get a whole new dimension.

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CryptoLocker-style ransomware booms 700 PER CENT this year

Martijn Otto
Joke

Good to see

That with a good business sense one can still make a good profit even in an economic decline.

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spɹɐʍʞɔɐB writing is spammers' new mail filter avoidance trick

Martijn Otto

There is no progress here

On the contrary: Feels like we're going backwards.

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Former Bitcoin Foundation chair pleads guilty to money-laundering charge

Martijn Otto

Re: Wait a minute

Yes, it's a classic case of "Do as I say, not as I do".

The government can:

- Profit from criminal activity

- Illegally surveil all of it's citizens

And of course many other things that you'd be thrown in jail for. It's the age of democracy people! Everyone is equal, it's just that some people are more equal than others!

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Elon Musk says Tesla's stock price is too high ... welp, NOT ANY MORE

Martijn Otto

He probably wanted to buy some more stock himself. Talk it down a bit so he can get it on-the-cheap.

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Intel launches skinny nippy Core M – its new BRAIN for fondleslabs

Martijn Otto

No thanks

Just give me my ARM tablet. x86 is really yesteryears platform if you ask me.

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Not so ESXi? Open sourcery could help VMware win... virtually

Martijn Otto

Tried it once

Installed ESX on one of our servers. Then noticed I couldn't manage it, as I would have to install Windows first to run their management stuff. Went back to KVM/lxc.

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Do you accept Bitcoin? That'll do nicely, says Apache

Martijn Otto

Re: Look at the price graph.

Which is expected now that you slowly see the "Big Boys" accepting it too. It makes it useful as a currency, instead of only something to speculate with.

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Govt waves stick at pirate-friendly Google search

Martijn Otto

So apparantly they are asking Google not to determine placement in the results on whether the site matches the query, but on how "legal" the site is.

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Rejoice, Windows fans: Stable 64-bit Chromium drops for Win 7 and 8

Martijn Otto

Windows fans

Do they even exist?

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Poll: Australians hate government data retention plan

Martijn Otto

I'm not surprised

Since we have the silly data retention in the Netherlands, all reports about it shows that it does absolutely nothing to help catch more criminals. The only thing it does is eat up your tax money to increase government surveillance.

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Dell The Man shrieks: 'We've got a Bitcoin order, we've got a Bitcoin order'

Martijn Otto

Sorry for the downvote

But anybody using 'dell' and 'shiny' in the same sentence has lost his marbles.

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Martijn Otto

Re: No need to sign up with coinbase

Yes, DELL could do that when suppliers start accepting bitcoin too. That is why accepting bitcoin is such a big deal for a company like DELL. One of the reasons people are afraid to get bitcoins is the high volatility of the exchange rate. DELL does not necessarily improve that: they immediately sell the bitcoins they receive, but as the network of accepting providers becomes bigger the need for that will diminish.

People still would not need to sign up with coinbase though, which was my original point.

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Martijn Otto

No need to sign up with coinbase

This article has misunderstood what DELL is doing. DELL uses coinbase as their payment provider when you choose to pay with bitcoin. This means that DELL tells coinbase it wants a payment worth X USD. Coinbase will then create a bitcoin address, determine how many bitcoins will need to be paid for that amount.

Customer proceeds to transfer bitcoins from his wallet (which *could* be coinbase, but need not be). Coinbase sees an incoming payment and tells DELL the payment was complete. DELL will then get the given X USD on their bank account.

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US 911 service needs emergency upgrade and some basic security against scumbags

Martijn Otto
Joke

They could always change their emergency number too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWc3WY3fuZU

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UK.gov eyes up virtual currencies, fingers red tape dispenser

Martijn Otto

The problems with bitcoin, as seen by governments

1. You can't regulate it. You cannot block a bitcoin transaction. The only thing you can regulate are things like exchanges and the businesses accepting bitcoin. If more and more people start to use only bitcoin for their entire transaction and not exchanging their coins for fiat currency there will be less and less to regulate.

2. Financial institutions don't like it. The bitcoin network does not need them so in an all-virtual-currency world they would soon perish. Obviously, they are using their financial influence to lobby governments to do whatever they can to discourage the usage of these cryptocurrencies.

3. You can't seize bitcoin. You can't freeze their wallet. If they have bitcoins, they can continue to buy things. Freezing a bank account to dry up resources for people not behaving exactly like the puppets the government would like them to be gain greater freedom, which is of course unwanted.

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Windows Registry-infecting malware has no files, survives reboots

Martijn Otto

Re: What I don't get

Can your database system then execute the binary data being referred to without having an external file somewhere on the filesystem?

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Martijn Otto

What I don't get

is how this stuff gets executed. You have some non-ascii encoded cruft in your registry. You have a key in your registry creating an autostart entry to be ran at boot-time.

How does this autostart entry get to this non-ascii encoded cruft? Can an autostart entry refer to another registry key? Somehow it seems Microsoft left a door ajar somewhere waiting for it to be exploited.

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END your Macbook SHAME: Convert it into a Microsoft SURFACE

Martijn Otto

Those prices seem reasonable

Seeing how easily Apple fanboys part with their money.

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YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS

Martijn Otto

Re: Android users do not upgrade their OS as much

And that's why you install a third-party rom like Cyanogenmod on your device. Did that to my original HTC Desire. The result was a phone that was much snappier and takes two to three times longer to drain the battery.

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BitTorrent launches decentralised crypto-fied chat app

Martijn Otto

Received an invitation mail for it this morning. Too bad it's Windows-only at this point so can't run it. I'm waiting for the Linux version to be released though.

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'Things' on the Internet-of-things have 25 vulnerabilities apiece

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And that is why

You do your best to avoid products with closed-source firmware as much as possible.

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Attack of the clones: Oracle's latest Red Hat Linux lookalike arrives

Martijn Otto

The only reason to get oracle support

is when you are vendor-locked to their proprietary crap.

Why anybody would want to use "Oracle Linux" and pay for their support is beyond me.

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BitTorrent not to blame for movie revenues, says economist

Martijn Otto

Re: Add the 3d farce

I don't have a car, I have a recumbent bike which I use for greater distances (like the 50 KM work-related travelling I do daily). Haven't actually thought about a car having a proprietary ECU since I never even considered buying a car.

A blu-ray box will still have the same proprietary crap, it's just even more closed because now the platform is closed too. A blu-ray box most likely does not support the pulseaudio protocol I use to get the audio everywhere I want it to go. So all in all it's way too limited.

The high cost for blu-ray software is most likely due to the fact that they create artificial scarceness by not giving everybody a key. Another good reason to avoid that stuff like the plague.

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Martijn Otto

Add the 3d farce

As a reason fewer people go to the cinema. It really doesn't add anything to the experience, besides making the tickets more expensive (because they have to earn back their "investment").

Also irritating is, at least for those people not blessed with living in a native-english-speaking-country, are subtitles. They get in the way and distract you from the movie, even if you are perfectly capable of understanding the spoken english. Why they don't use the same technique as they do for 3d to give you the option of wearing those glasses to not see the subtitles I don't know.

What is left to me is downloading. It's the only viable option. Why not buy a blu-ray you ask? Well, those are encrypted and only allowed, closed-source applications can play them. I refuse to install closed-source crap on my system so the only way to watch a blu-ray is to bypass that encryption, which is a crime (and a much more serious offense than downloading).

So, given that the MAFIA (Music And Film Industry of America) does not give me any proper, paid options, they are not receiving a single dime of my money.

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Dodgy Google, Yahoo! SSL certs nuked in Windows – finally

Martijn Otto

Why don't they just block this dodgy CA altogether? Right now they can basically do whatever they want and still stay in business.

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Adobe Flash: The most INSECURE program on a UK user's PC

Martijn Otto

The only secure flash plugin

Is one that isn't installed. Seriously, why even bother? Nowadays it's mostly used for advertisements anyway.

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Dubai to get HUGE climate-controlled DOMED CITY and giga-mall

Martijn Otto

This could be the model example of where to use renewable energy

Most cooling would be needed when the sun is heating strongest. Solar panels would thus simply deliver most energy when most is needed.

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