* Posts by Martijn Otto

388 posts • joined 20 Oct 2007

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US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations

Martijn Otto

If this ever becomes law

You can no longer bring any electronic device with you on a flight to/from 'Murica. The fact that it is outside of your control for quite an extended period of time means anything could have happened to it. It is, essentially, no longer your device.

Firmware updates, hardware keyloggers, anything is possible. They already require your bags to be 'locked' in a way that they can be opened by anyone with a master key (the TSA and anyone with a 3D-printer). They can thus do anything to your device without detection.

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'Do not tell Elon': Ex-SpaceX man claims firm cut corners on NASA part tests

Martijn Otto

Re: Milspec

The end pricing is justified because there is a market for it. What if that component is part of a critical, multi-million-dollar piece of equipment. Suddenly you need to consider the additional cost of all that testing vs the additional cost the insurance wants if you don't use it.

The more expensive component turns out to be cheaper in most cases.

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Init freedom declared as systemd-free Devuan hits stable 1.0.0 status

Martijn Otto

Or just install debian following these instructions:

Debian Wiki: Installing_without_systemd

Already installed? Simply follow these instructions:

How to remove systemd from a Debian jessie/sid_installation

This works fine on a few debian jessie vpses I run.

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DJI: Register your drones or no more cool flying vids for you

Martijn Otto

Don't have a DJI drone

But I would return it now if I had one. If I buy a product it is mine to do with as I see fit (law permitting of course). This kind of shenanigans is what you would expect from a Google or a Microsoft.

I guess using customer data as a product is now considered "normal" to enough people for companies to get away with stuff like this.

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No nudity please, we're killing ourselves: Advice to Facebook mods leaks

Martijn Otto
WTF?

If you're a pregnant woman, live-streaming the abortion of your unborn child they might as well abort her too. Why would anyone want a camera present for something like that?

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Banking association calls for end of 'screen-scraping'

Martijn Otto

Re: API vs Screen-scraping

If the banks made a proper API, nobody would be using screen-scraping anymore. There is no point to banning the use of scraping. They want to ban it and _not_ provide an API.

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Ransomware scum have already unleashed kill-switch-free WannaCry‬pt‪ variant

Martijn Otto

Inevitable

This was - of course - inevitable and it only shows how effective the NSA is at undermining everyones security.

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Linux homes for Ubuntu Unity orphans: Minty Cinnamon, GNOME or Ubuntu, mate?

Martijn Otto

I don't understand Devuan

It's fairly trivial to switch back to good ole sysvinit. There is even a wiki page about it.

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Windows 10 S forces Bing, Edge on your kids. If you don't like it, get Win10 Pro – Microsoft

Martijn Otto

Or just use anything but Windows

Problem solved.

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Microsoft sparks new war with Google with, er, $999+ lappies for kids

Martijn Otto

Let's not feed this crap to our children. I can understand why companies like Google and Microsoft want to catch them early, but why don't we start them off with something sensible instead like a proper OS free from all the spying and pre-installed junk.

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Half-baked security: Hackers can hijack your smart Aga oven 'with a text message'

Martijn Otto

A new name

I propose a new name for these types of devices. Insecurely Designed Internet Of Things, or IDIOT for short, because that's what you have to be to buy one of these devices.

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Brazilians whacked: Crooks hijack bank's DNS to fleece victims

Martijn Otto

Yet Another Reason

Why we should all be using dnssec.

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Microsoft really wants those MongoDB devs to move to DocumentDB

Martijn Otto

Embrace, extend, extinguish

Microsoft implements the wire protocol to lure people onto Azure. Then they introduce some additional "features" and non-standards behavior so people using it are stuck on Azure.

Let's all stay away from this.

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New Royal Navy Wildcat helicopters can't transmit vital data

Martijn Otto
Joke

Tactical Data Officer

With these new helicopers a new job title is created, the Tactical Data Officer. It is the TDO's job to stay on the radio and relay all vital information through the encrypted radio link.

This will create many many jobs, as promised.

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Vivaldi and me: Just browsing? Nah, I'm sold

Martijn Otto

Closed-source browsing?

Considering the things we nowadays do in our browser (banking, taxes, etc...), would you really want to use a browser that refuses to let you take a look under the hood?

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WordPress fixed god-mode zero day without disclosing the problem

Martijn Otto
FAIL

How the hell

do sql injection vulnerabilities still keep happening?

Prepared statements have been around since forever and they make it impossible for this to happen.

Then again, it's WordPress, they are famous for always inventing new attack vectors.

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Microsoft quietly emits patch to undo its earlier patch that broke Windows 10 networking

Martijn Otto
Joke

Very strange

I thought the update breaking DHCP was brilliant. It really improved the safety of the machines as they cannot download viruses and trojans without a working internet connection.

Why they would let these machines loose on the world wide web is beyond me.

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Red Hat eye from the Ubuntu guy: Fedora – how you doin'?

Martijn Otto

Why oh why would you use Ubuntu

when you can use Debian? What added value does Ubuntu offer you?

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This speech recognition code is 'just as good' as a pro transcriber

Martijn Otto
Joke

Checked the transcripts

Most of it looked good, but the conversations seemed to be suspiciously often about upgrading to Windows 10.

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Never explain, never apologize: Microsoft silent on Outlook.com email server grief

Martijn Otto

Re: SSL authentication

Microsoft and security? Never a good combination!

Don't forget that their crappy DNS-implementation is basically forcing companies to use shorter DKIM signatures (longer than 1024 bits and you risk Microsoft not recognizing it).

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Latest F-35 bang seat* mods will stop them breaking pilots' necks, beams US

Martijn Otto

Alternative solutions are also being considered

The DoD has considered cutting physical fitness tests for F-35 pilots and giving them a large wad of McDonalds coupons every month as a way to combat the low-weight pilot problem.

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Double-dipping malware steals iOS creds and roots Android

Martijn Otto

"Xiao (@claud_xiao) says the DualToy malware targets Windows machines"

Ah, so you need to use a compromised desktop OS to be vulnerable.

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'I'm sorry, your lift has had a problem and had to shut down'

Martijn Otto

Floor ten?

Oh, I'm sorry, I thought you meant "Upgrade to Windows 10".

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Tech support scammers mess with hacker's mother, so he retaliated with ransomware

Martijn Otto

If you enjoy this sort of thing, you should check out https://forum.419eater.com/forum/index.php

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How Brussels works: if you can’t beat them, join rewrite an EU directive

Martijn Otto

More regulation, less privacy. Who wins here? (hint: it's not the users!). The average user will keep using it and yet again be spied upon. The terrorists simply install an app not developed in a country following the silly E.U. regulation.

This will cost money (the data will need to be stored again somewhere, they need to be able to process it and search it), reduce privacy and is unlikely to stop even a single terrorist.

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Bees bring down US stealth fighter

Martijn Otto

From the article I gather that they didn't "bring it down", the plane had already landed. Seems a logical place to swarm too, if you're a bee. Must be nice and warm right after a flight.

Good thing they decided to recolate the bees. We sorely need them to keep up biodiversity and to prevent food prices from skyrocketing.

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Mars' 'little green men' buried alive by merciless meteorites – new theory

Martijn Otto
Joke

Instead of digging around trying to find the bodies

couldn't we just look for the headstones? Much easier to spot, if you ask me.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

Martijn Otto

What better way

to celebrate Windows' Anniversary than a broken system?

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Intel's Crosswalk open source dev library has serious SSL bug

Martijn Otto

Could there be an easier way to make sure all applications using it were upgraded? Perhaps we could have a directory containing libraries to be shared by different applications. I think we'd call them "shared libraries".

This way, we'd only have to update a single place instead of all the different applications. A revolutionary idea? Perhaps a bit too revolutionary for a system like Android?

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Cortana expelled from Windows 10's new school editions

Martijn Otto
WTF?

Why would you want to subject children to the horror that is MS?

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Tight-wad Apple repair techs swapped our damaged iGear with used kit – lawsuit

Martijn Otto
Joke

You're clearly looking at it wrong.

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Looking good, Gnome: Digesting the Delhi in our belly

Martijn Otto

Funny that Gnome Maps is being lauded so much

When it stopped working two days ago because MapQuest stopped allowing direct tile access.

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'We shall overcome' net neutrality, sing Euro telcos in the key of 5Gs

Martijn Otto

They're just worried about net neutrality rules preventing them from successfully sucking the customer dry. WIthout net neutrality companies (like netflix or spotify) will have to pay them which not only drives up their prices but also makes it harder for competitors to take off (they don't have the cash to buy off the telco cartels).

Bad for consumers and bad for the market in general. Then again, we always knew these people were shady.

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Obi Worldphone MV1: It's striking, it's solid. Aaaand... we've run out of nice things to say

Martijn Otto
Joke

Good value for money

For £119. That's like what? 3 dollars at the current exchange rate?

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Time to re-file your patents and trademarks, Britain

Martijn Otto
Joke

10% inflation

You mean that in a single stroke the UK achieved what the E.U. has been trying for many years now: Increase inflation. This is the magic bullet everybody has been waiting for.

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GoToMYPC attacked

Martijn Otto

And that is why

you should never use goto!

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Malicious Android apps slip into Google Play, top third party charts

Martijn Otto

The most annoying thing about this is the fact that Android does not allow disabling the internet access on a per-app setting. Most other permissions can be blocked but ads require internet to work, so this cannot be blocked.

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MongoDB on breaches: Software is secure, but some users are idiots

Martijn Otto

MongoDB is very secure

because whenever you try to use it in any serious kind of capacity it will just stop working. If it doesn't handle requests it's hard to exploit it.

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Restaurant booked, flowers ordered ... Microsoft has a hot date for SQL Server 2016

Martijn Otto

Who'd want SQL server

when PostgreSQL is faster, better and available for free?

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Bundling ZFS and Linux is impossible says Richard Stallman

Martijn Otto

You can say many things

about Richard Stallman, but the guy has a magnificent beard!

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Half of people plug in USB drives they find in the parking lot

Martijn Otto

The real issue

is organisations that allow mounting USB drives without suitable mount options (think noexec, nosuid et al). Avoiding malware this way is super easy

- Home folder is mounted with noexec and nosuid

- Automount configured to do the same.

Users can only execute system binaries and are unable to infect the system.

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Linux is so grown up, it's ready for marriage with containers

Martijn Otto

Re: Succinct

init and a few basic services don't add much overhead either. That's the way I prefer it. Container with its own virtual network interface and an ssh daemon. Easy to ssh into and manage.

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BMW complies with GPL by handing over i3 car code

Martijn Otto

The source code should have been available somewhere on their website from the start. Employees not understanding software licenses is not an excuse.

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Here's a great idea: Let's make a gun that looks like a mobile phone

Martijn Otto

And to think this is all based on a misunderstanding

In the time when christianity basically ruled the country and wanted everyone to be fully clothed for "decency", the founding fathers wanted everyone to have the right to "bare arms".

Someone must've written it down wrong and hundreds of years later this is the result.

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Microsoft hits the gas in drive to recruit autistic techies

Martijn Otto

I'm very surprised

Autists would want to work at Microsoft. Some of the defining traits of this "disability" are that they can have a very rigid, linear and logical way of thinking.

Anyone who has ever worked with a Microsoft product knows that they get most stuff completely backwards. I can only assume how hellish it must be to use for someone with autism.

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France joins India in telling Facebook to just Zuck off

Martijn Otto

Mostly agree, except on the password rules. It is never a good idea to create complex rules to which a password must adhere. Requiring funny characters only makes it difficult for a human to remember but not actually more difficult to crack.

Using a long sentence of words in some weird order (still much easier to remember) is much, much harder to crack.

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WTF? Been seeing a lot of recommendations for Mint Linux to newcomers, why?

Martijn Otto

Re: WTF? Been seeing a lot of recommendations for Mint Linux to newcomers, why?

I really wonder what you consider to be Ubuntu "goodness". I am forced to use Ubuntu at my workplace and it works about a gazillion times worse than my Debian 8 setups at work. It's not nearly as stable and the LTS versions actually have older software than Debian (their libstdc++ has annoying bugs preventing c++14 compilation).

All the "goodness" in Ubuntu is the stuff they got from Debian and didn't manage to mess up (yet). Everything they touch turns sour.

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Thought you were safe from the Fortinet SSH backdoor? Think again

Martijn Otto

Even worse

Is the fact that you need to have a support agreement with them in order to get the update that gets rid of all these backdoors. I can understand wanting customers to pay to get new features, but getting them to pay to be safe from serious security flaws in your product - a firewall nonetheless - seems absolutely unacceptable.

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BOFH: I want no memory of this pointless conversation. Alcohol please

Martijn Otto

One can only wonder

Why the pub doesn't open before 11 AM.

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Boffins: There's a ninth planet out there – now we just need to find it

Martijn Otto

Planet 9 3/4: The magical planet.

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