* Posts by Martijn Otto

411 posts • joined 20 Oct 2007

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No 'Pai-day' for India: nation to adopt strict network neutrality

Martijn Otto

Role reversal

Looks like roles are getting reversed. Before Modi this would have likely never happened. Corruption and lobbying in India would have prevented this.

Likewise, before Trump, the US seemed to be going a sensible way, with net neutrality being a requirement for every ISP.

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Tesla reveals a less-long-legged truck, but a bigger reservation price

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Re: Electricity vs Petrol/Diesel prices

Don't they usually have a capacitor bank for this? This energy is then fed back into the battery (or the motor).

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Help desk declared code PEBCAK and therefore refused to help!

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Re: Corporate systems

Interestingly, this is exactly what the article describes. Sometimes customers can be stupid as well as foolhardy.

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Brace yourselves, fanboys. Winter is coming. And the iPhone X can't handle the cold

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If you can afford the iPhone X

You can afford to move to a place with a more agreeable climate.

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Vietnam bans Bitcoin as payment for anything

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Re: Please enlighten me.

Where did you get the funny idea about the transaction costs? You are expected to pay a small percentage in transaction fees to ensure the transaction goes through smoothly. It will only ever be so high if you are doing a very big transaction. You can decide the transaction fee yourself and the average seems to be about 0.01 % nowadays.

To reach a fee of $ 40 with that fee percentage you would have to gift your wife something of $ 400,000. Talk about generous!

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NYC cops say they can't reveal figures on cash seized from people – the database is too shoddy

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There is a very good episode of Last Week Tonight about civil forfeiture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kEpZWGgJks

Shows nice examples of everything being wrong with this system. It's just not that the whole idea is bonkers and that you have to go to court to get your stuff back, the court dealing with this is sometimes run by the same people taking your stuff.

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FTC ready to give back tech support scamming money to the bilked

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Vodafone won't pay employee expenses for cups of coffee

Martijn Otto
Joke

Proud to be Vodafone

where we not only screw the customer, but ourselves as well.

Would you like some lube for your shafting? You'll have to buy it yourselves.

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Nasty firmware update butchers Samsung smart TVs so bad, they have to be repaired

Martijn Otto

I also have a Samsung "smart" TV. I bought it around 5 years ago, right around the time that the "smart" part was becoming the default. If there had been a cheaper TV with the same picture quality without the "smart" thing I would have bought that, but nowadays they tend to be cheaper.

Never plugged the network cable in, so I don't get any pushy "update" messages. As such, the TV does what it's supposed to do. Only minor annoyance is the fact that it takes quite long to start up, you can see the samsung logo on it (so the screen is ready) but it is probably trying to phone home - failing every time - and waiting for some response from their puppet masters.

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Energy firm slapped with £50k fine for making 1.5 million nuisance calls

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What was the alternative?

Not making any calls during the extended period of downtime?

Wouldn't that financially ruin any telecom-company?

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Alphabet takes Euro antitrust fine in stride, spooks investors with rising Google ad costs

Martijn Otto

Google-free

I have gone mostly google-free. I switched from gmail to my own hosted email, threw away my Android phone for Sailfish and I use Duckduckgo for searching.

Life is good without the Google.

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Ten new tech terms I learnt this summer: Do you know them all?

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I am still waiting

for the smart sandwich.

This smart sandwich will be made from materials that can recognize when they enter an acidic environment (say something like hydrochloric acid) and then break itself down.

This way it could be absorbed through a semi-permeable membrane. Wouldn't that be brilliant?

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Sleuths unearth 'Panic Mode' in Android, set off by mashing back button

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I don't know about stock Android

But LineageOS has an option in the developer menu to kill an app by a long press on the back button.

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Ubuntu Linux now on Windows Store (for Insiders)

Martijn Otto

Re: SQL Server for Linux on Linux on Windows

Obligatory turnoff

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Feelin' safe and snug on Linux while the Windows world burns? Stop that

Martijn Otto

I think that when it comes to patching servers Debian has the best strategy. They backport security fixes so that holes get closed without affecting any of the functionality of the software in question.

This provides the smallest chance for problems. Because of this, I know companies who have auto-update enabled for their production servers running Debian.

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Boffins' five eyes surprise: Bees correct colour for ambient light

Martijn Otto
Joke

Please

don't allow Samsung to use this new technique. I don't want a camera that can sting me before exploding in my face.

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

Martijn Otto
Joke

Start a petition, of course!

Those weatherman should never get away with it!

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SpaceX halts Intelsat 35e launch twice in a row

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Re: BBRs are go!

It's mostly an insurance thing. It's cheaper to launch a used rocket, some of these savings make it to the customer, which saves them money. They will likely need to pay some extra premium to their insurance.

If the savings are greater than the additional insurance premium it becomes financially interesting to use a second-hand rocket. It's likely that as reusable rockets become more common the premium goes down and the savings go up, tipping the balance more and more towards reused rockets.

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NASA: Bring on the asteroid, so we can chuck a fridge at it

Martijn Otto
Joke

Re: Perhaps...

The fridge is just for testing purposes. We keep Bruce around for when the real deal comes along.

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America throws down gauntlet: Accept extra security checks or don't carry laptops on flights

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Alternative solution

is to simply stop going to America. This is the option I have chosen. It does suck because I always enjoyed going to cppcon, which is now no longer an option.

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Elon Musk reveals Mars colony rocket capable of bringing pizza joints to the red planet

Martijn Otto
Joke

Re: Not optimal ...

We cannot land on Europa. It is forbidden.

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Meteor swarm spawns new and dangerous branch

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This is true!

Also, the UK gets plenty of sunshine, you just need a decent vantage point.

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Horror in space: Hot alien giant boiled alive by nasty radiation-belching star

Martijn Otto

Not possible

It's not nearly massive enough. For the lightest star, about 13 times the mass of Jupiter is required, which would yield a brown dwarf. This exoplanet only has 2.8 Jupiter masses.

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

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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

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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

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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'

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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

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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?

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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'

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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

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"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

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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

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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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