* Posts by Ole Juul

2172 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007

WikiLeaks fights The Man by, er, publishing ordinary people's personal information

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too weird

I'm not endorsing the leak, but what on earth would a political party be doing with credit information, let alone passport info? I guess I don't know what a political party really is.

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IT boss 'set up fake companies to charge his employers $2.4m'

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All in the family

Chang, who worked at One Technologies, a Dallas-based firm that develops credit-monitoring apps

I take it his credit was good.

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IETF boffins design a DNS for digital money

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ideas?

So what other communications could this protocol be used for?

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Tor veteran Lucky Green exits, torpedos critical 'Tonga' node and relays

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Re: "no reasonable choice left within the bounds of ethics"

Ethics are normally talked about when important. My take is that this is ragequit.

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Tor board swept under carpet after Appelbaum 'sex misconduct' claims

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Re: If you hold an office in a company...

I think this thing kind of snuck up on them like the quarter degree boiled frog. Having followed this from the beginning I was wondering how they planned to deal with the situation. I think what they did here is excellent.

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In these troubling times, senators unite to end America's big divide – rural v urban broadband

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I live in a rural area

and none of that makes any sense to me. Telcos don't want to invest in low profit adventures and they don't want government to do it for them. Sure, I wouldn't mind better service. But it's not going to happen until the Government stands up to the Telcos. I'm obviously not holding my breath.

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VPN provider claims Russia seized its servers

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Re: Options

"but you would still be covered by the same laws that took these out."

As an individual, effectively no. There are lots of laws in Russia, just like anywhere else, but nobody bothers. For example, I have several Russian domain names, and the registration criteria of those appears very strict and complicated. The reality is that nobody cares and as an individual nobody will ever bother you. Anyway, it is dubious that an individual can be forced to keep records of their own activity on their own computers - virtual or not. Also, from my interaction with a few server folk there, Russia is nowhere near what the Western press would portray in regard to government imposing on individuals.

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Re: Options

"Recommendations for VPS provider?"

I currently have one in StPetersburg from VirtWire for about 4 bucks a year. Very small and NAT, but the price is right. :) Vstoike.ru is probably 10 times that, but comes highly recommended. There are others if you look around. Perhaps here: http://lowendstock.com/

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Options

This is not good news, but you can still get a small VPS in Russia and run your own VPN. I know, it's hard to make that equally anonymous, but it's a cheap alternative for most purposes.

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Nasty session stealing hole filled in WordPress All in One SEO plugin

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SEO

lures the gullible

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Facebook deleted my post and made me confirm pics of my kids weren't sexually explicit

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Topic

Facebook sucks.

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Facebook ‘glitch’ that deleted the Philando Castile shooting vid: It was the police – sources

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Not that laws matter in the USA

"They took my phone. They took over my Facebook."

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) was enacted by Congress in 1986 and has recently been applied to similar cases. Typically having knowingly accessed a computer without authorisation or exceeding authorised access. Being federal it carries some pretty serious jail time for even the most trivial offence.

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

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404

We checked with Leadsom's office . . . So far, it has failed to respond.

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'Digital influencers' must disclose paid-for content, says new guidance

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change the world?

businesses that "do not engage in misleading practices" could lose trade to companies that do.

That's the state of advertising. As long as people insist on being gullible it's not going to change. How about Nigerian Princes put a disclaimer on their emails?

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Israel's security minister suckers Zucker for Facebook'ed killings

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Re: I have no love for Facebook...

Nothing is fair, but Security Services asking Facebook to do their work is a bit like getting mom to do your homework.

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ICANN pushes back against brand lobby

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The content lobby turns my stomach because of their behaviour. I'm glad ICANN is sticking to their guns on this one.

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Verisign keeps its dot-com cash cow until 2024

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Re: Greed

"Sorry no, if I see a .ru the alarm bells start going off."

You do know that the tld does not indicate the location nor nationality of the site, right? I'm nowhere near Russia and I use .ru for some sites. I also use .nl because they have a good price and a trustworthy registry. Since I'm in Canada I do use .ca for some local sites. Unfortunately those are relatively expensive. The good thing about the Canadian registry is they use their profits to provide significant grants to those who would promote the internet in Canada.

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Greed

So the wholesale price of dot-com is $7.85. The problem I have with that is they're just raking in money by decree. I can get a retail dot-ru for $1.40 US. Both names get you there just fine.

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Internet takes another step away from US govt and into ICANN's hands

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no more tlds plz

I hope the new generation ICANN doesn't lead us into another crazy tl;dr tld fundraiser.

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China cybersec legislation inches towards law

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Government "supervision"

I'm not entirely sure that the Chinese above board approach is worse that the Western underhanded approach. I'd rather not have either.

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No means no: Windows 10 nagware's red X will stop update – Microsoft

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Linux

Just say NO

(my personal opinion, of course)

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US Senator Wyden: Why I had to halt FBI's latest internet spying push

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Fed up

I applaud Wyden's efforts, but in the end the FBI will never give up attacking the public. The only way to deal with this is to cut their budget or develop better security for the people. Hopefully both.

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Facebook's new stalker tool

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Freedom of association?

More like random association. So now you can automatically be associated with someone you don't know. In fact you could be associated with someone who could be up to no good. This could be a good tool for Federal investigators looking for people to question. Perhaps you.

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Judge rules FBI can hack any time, any, place, anywhere

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Re: So the FBI has the right to hack the world

I don't think that this judge, nor the FBI, is clear on what actually constitutes "the world". Actually, come to think of it, they probably are clear but think it is us that have it wrong.

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Astroboffins discover rapid 'electric winds' blowing on Venus

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Re: So is Venus

"Another article by the same author today used the term 'scientist' everywhere but failed the 'boffin test'."

So we should put boffin on our checklist of Reg authenticity.

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Tor torpedoed! Tesco Bank app won't run with privacy tool installed

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Tesco is making a strong statement

When you connect to a bank you are completely identified by them and there is no privacy issue there. The problem is security. You don't want anybody else to be able to snoop on your transaction, and what your are doing is not anybody else's business.That is the reason for using Tor for this sort of thing. It is probably the best piece of software available right now for keeping other people from snooping, and by blocking it the Tesco Bank is making a strong statement that they do not endorse strong security when you are dealing with them.

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Finnish court slaps Peter Sunde with €350k fine

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Irresponsible

So the courts take up valuable time with this shit when they could have been dealing with more important issues.

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US plans intervention in EU vs Facebook case caused by NSA snooping

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Re: so?

I think it is hard for Europeans to fathom just how much the US legal system and all that talk about democracy and freedom is just a front for how things really work there.

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Let's Encrypt lets 7,600 users... see each other's email addresses

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Useless list anyway

There was a lot less than that in my email from them. I'd guess under a hundred. I frequently get better lists than that in my CC field.

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FBI tries again to get warrantless access to your browser history

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Re: Access to your browser history

"How exactly are the ISPs already monitoring and storing our web usage."

DNS lookups are logged as a matter of course. In may countries by law.

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Calgary uni pays ransomware criminals $20k for its files back

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police investigation

"Dalgetty said the police had been called in and were investigating the attack. Under the circumstances, she said, it would not be appropriate to comment further on the details of the infection."

I doubt the police can do much, but reporting it to them certainly offers a handy excuse for not being questioned further on negligence.

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EU bureaucrats claim credit for making 'illegal online hate speech' even more illegal

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or denies or trivialises crimes against humanity.

That puts mainstream press in a difficult spot when they're publishing the typical denials from governments such as the US. Fact is these laws are not intended to apply to everybody.

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Bitcoin to be hammered – in an auction, that is

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Re: What's the point?

Somebody has to buy it. That's how you "change it for money". lol

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FCC swivels to online privacy, gets bitten in the ass by net neutrality

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A telephone number is a name. It has permanence (you keep it over time and can move it to other carriers). It is the input to a lookup process -- the carrier switching system that reaches you has an address (location routing number) and that is looked up in a database before the call is delivered. This is transparent to end users but very visible inside the network.

It used to be connected to a physical address in the days of copper. This is no longer the case. The number will map to the owner, which will be either an ILEC or CLEC - not an individual user. What their records look like will vary. You can get a phone number without an address and can often give whatever credentials you like and the best trace will be via payment method - just like with an IP. It is also trivial to forward phone numbers so there is a very long way to go to the end user. By the way, you may have noticed the difficulty of tracing phone solicitors.

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"No explanation WHY equating IPs to telephone numbers is bad."

I was wondering too. From what I know about both, they seem quite similar. We have IANA as an authority for address space. They give out blocks of numbers which then get registered to individual ISPs. And in the phone space we have NANP, the North American Numbering Plan which gives out blocks of telephone numbers for use by CLECs and ILECs. Both the end user and the owner in both cases can route these around as they see fit. Yes, there are some differences, but when you start to look at the politics of control, the two systems seem awfully similar.

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IETF spikes government metadata collection with DNS request crypto plan

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Who's directory?

At least you didn't mention "Telephone Directory", as nobody knows what one of those is nowadays...

You're probably right. However, the telephone directory comparison is actually particularly accurate. Telephone companies make up their own directories and don't include listings from non-incumbents. This is currently the situation with DNS which typically only recognises ICANN listings - despite this being a somewhat political choice, rather than technical.

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Republicans threaten to derail internet transition

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ICANN behaviour

Anywhere else on the net would be called trolling.

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What's holding up Canada's internet?

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so who's going to take up this fight?

Canada is seeking to transition from a resource-based economy towards one that is more knowledge-based.

Not in BC it isn't. Our government is firm in its commitment to a resource based economy. I liked the article though.

Canadians just don't seem to want to stand up to the CRTC, or even know that they possibly could. That spirit is completely bred out of us. I doubt we'll see a big improvement of our internet in my lifetime. I'm getting old and (almost) done with that fight. It's up to the younger generation to fight for a better internet, but they're not even turning out to vote let alone showing any fire. Do we even have a "net generation" here? I'm not sure any more. I'd like to see our Pirate Party getting a little more attention.

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Dark web hacking forum hacked and members' privates exposed

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Dark web?

Lost all credibility right there.

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Apple Watch leaks data

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Oh dear

Other Watch flaws could create a denial of service condition.

So you'd have to ask someone for the time?

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Help! We're being crushed, cry billionaire cable giants

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Whiner

"What has been so distressing is that much of this regulatory ordinance has been launched without provocation," Powell said.

verb: to snivel or complain in a peevish, self-pitying way

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Americans cutting back on online activity over security and privacy fears

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Re: The very large pink elephant in the room

"I'd wager that it isn't much safer banking only offline as it wouldn't surprise me if it wasn't the very same system that the teller uses at the window as you use online with perhaps a different UI. In the end it comes down to whether the crackers attack you or the teller."

I bet you're right. I haven't seen the teller's UI, but when we talk it sounds like the same stuff I work with, only having some deeper admin controls. I've been banking on-line for a long time and can't see it being less safe than going to the bank. It's the same account, after all. Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if in-person banking exposes you to a larger attack surface.

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Bots half all web traffic

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half?

"either someone is bad at percentages, or estimating the size of the internet."

It's the latter. I've spent a lot of time trying to analyse traffic to a couple of my sites and make some kind of meaningful sense of it. My best guess is that less than 10% of hits are from legitimate visitors. Half is not a scare word to me. It just makes it sound like somebody has no idea.

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Opera claims 50 per cent power savings with browser update

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Re: Opera puts me to sleep too

"I save on power by browsing 50% less."

You could also just close one eye.

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Different ways of working for sure. I run the tabs down the side and wide enough to read them. That gives space for 36 fully readable tabs on my screen. Second, put thumb and forefinger on Alt and Tab so as to cycle through stacked windows. (only works for right handed mouse users) Chose a window for a subject or theme. No need for a lot of clicking on bookmarks which I find bothersome. Anyway, my opinion is that a browser should scale to any number of tabs or windows across as many desktops as I chose. My choice of working style shouldn't be dictated by the program. Ya, I'm dreaming. But really, it's time that developers caught up with the capabilities of the hardware.

(ps: I'm not the one that downvoted you guys.)

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"Was just wondering why the 'net seemed so SLOW today, and found that Firefox was using 1.5 gigs of RAM and 100% of one CPU core. (of 4 and 2 respectively) Even allowing for a couple dozen tabs open, that seems ridiculous."

Without NoScript I still only had about 25% CPU usage on FF, so you probably have some other condition. Perhaps a rogue web page with crazy coding. When I started using NoScript it seemed to cure the problem. With roughly 200 tabs, I'm only at around 4-6% CPU and 3GB ram now. I do think that FF wasn't actually designed to scale though. The comment below here by @-tim seems to suggest the solution, and that is to not have Javascript and the like be active on non-active tabs and windows.

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Curiosity find Mars' icecaps suck up its atmosphere

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Really?

Spring: the season when plants and trees begin to grow

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United Nations orders plan for tackling online terror propaganda

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I was wrong

It seems that all internet "problems" are perceived to be solvable with censorship but I had hoped that the UN would be above that.

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Meet the man who owns his own piece of the internet

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Re: So it's $249,985 extra

$250,000 to acquire it. It will also cost him at least $25,000 annually in dues and running costs. A little excessive when $100 a year will buy and host a dot-com domain.

It's in the article. However, I'd argue with the $100 part, since that's the level that I work at. One can actually get a .com for under $10 per year and annual hosting for the same or less. A C-note would be rather deluxe.

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Ireland's international tech sector bumps up against language barrier

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Re: Esperanto?

Esperanto was invented to solve the problem of quibbling over which national language to use. You get to keep your own national language at the same time as having an international language. Furthermore, because of the way it's structured, Esperanto allows a nice way to keep your native style and still be perfectly understood. For those with native western languages it is also the easiest to learn by a large margin. One reason Esperanto is easy is that it has a clear grammar (fits on two pages) with no exceptions, something which cannot be said of English.

That said, now that our everyday and business world has grown to include the Eastern hemisphere, Esperanto is looking a bit old because it is based on Western language roots. For Europe it's still a good idea though. I'd also like to point out that the grammar of Esperanto allows all forms and so facilitates very clear as well as creative expression - suitable for both technical and poetic writing.

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