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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Advanced Wi-Fi Leech?

Koos Are you sure the target is Internet access? (884 comments)

If some attacker is so busy attacking your network (with usually loads of other networks around it with default settings) even when you disable the easiest method of attack, are you sure leeching (accessing the Internet via your connection) is the target of the attack? Isn't it possible the attacker thinks your network has something special?

about 2 years ago

Privacy Advocates Demand Transparency From Skype

Koos Remember police departments complaining? (95 comments)

Remember how there were big articles in the news that Skype was a problem for law enforcement and criminals were avoiding police investigations by using it. The complaints by law enforcement have stopped, which says enough to me.

about 2 years ago

Student Expelled From Montreal College For Finding "Sloppy Coding"

Koos Re:Don't scan other people's systems (633 comments)

I guess SkyTech is reporting all those attempted attacks from outside Canada to the RCMP on a daily basis and having complete investigations started. </sarcasm>
I have done research after a reported SQL injection vulnerability (yes, by a student who decided to report the error and got a nice thankyou for reporting it) and noted other attacks from abroad in the logs at regular rates.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Troubling Trend For Open Source Company

Koos Do the people calling understand 'free software' (451 comments)

What I miss in your story and in the comments is the option "people calling who don't understand free software". I can imagine some users at companies 'thinking': We use this software in our business -> someone at our company has officially installed this -> we don't install software without a support contract -> there must be a support contract but I'm not going through the trouble of finding it.

about 2 years ago

Should Hacked Companies Disclose Their Losses?

Koos Remember hacker 'damage' in the 80s/90s (68 comments)

Remember the claimed 'damages' from hacker attacks in the 80s and 90s.. Like the E911 document worth over 80000 USD or the alleged 300 million dollar damage by Kevin Mitnick.

Usually those 'costs' were caused by companies trying to make the hacker pay for all the work surrounding the case and all the backlog in securing systems done as part of the clean-up operation in the aftermath of the break-ins.

I wonder if companies will overstate costs under these rules too or whether they will understate them because the numbers aren't used to make someone else pay.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Shortcuts To a High Tech House

Koos Future-proof your house (281 comments)

On a budget: remember whatever you do now gadget-wise will be old in 5 years time. But other investments can help for any future plans: enough cabling (CAT6 or CAT7) to rooms so you can wire whatever in those rooms in the future. Not just network and computers, but also phones or temperature/motion sensors. And enough outlets.

more than 2 years ago

$1.5 Billion: the Cost of Cutting London-Tokyo Latency By 60ms

Koos Besides helping a few traders.. (158 comments)

There is also the good side that this will bring serious bandwidth to places where dialup over satellite is currently the way to get a bit of Internet. Scarcely populated places in northern Canada and Alaska will appreciate the chances of a bit more bandwidth!

more than 2 years ago

Slashdot Launches Re-Design

Koos The new slashdot, now even whiter! (2254 comments)

Overall I think the new design is an improvement and in line with a larger web trend to have sites easier on the eyes. Looks good here (firefox 3.6.13 ubuntu) and makes good use of the width of the browser.

Next up, IPv6!

more than 3 years ago

Murdoch To Explore Blocking Google Searches

Koos Why nobody has asked him yet about robots.txt (549 comments)

I too wondered "why hasn't anybody asked Mr. Murdoch about web standards for blocking bots like google", and asked such a question to the BBC who wrote the original article. The answer is simple: only news organizations like sky and fox news get the chance to interview him, and for some reason they never get around to asking questions like these that would not fit the views that Mr. Murdoch wants published as news.

more than 5 years ago

What To Do With Old USB Keys, Low-Capacity Hard Drives?

Koos Re:Recycle them (546 comments)

Securely wipe them if you must

Securely wipe them even if you intend to store them for a while until you get better use for them or will throw them away. It's boring work, but you're making sure no private data gets out. Even a simple operating system installation has a store of encrypted passwords which can be abused.

more than 5 years ago

How to Deal w/ Dubious 'Contracts'?

Koos Re:They do (589 comments)

They say "OWN" it today.

That is false advertising (as you note). The correct wording of advertising for DVD sales would be:

You can now buy a revokable license to play this DVD on licensed equipment in the right region of the world for a limited audience.

Any other claim would be false.

more than 8 years ago



Koos Koos writes  |  about 8 years ago

Koos writes "In the night between 10 and 11 December 2006, the terrestrial analogue TV transmitters for the Netherlands were switched off, and digital (DVB-T) transmitters took over (page in Dutch!).

For 55 years analogue over-the-air television was available in the Netherlands (history page in Dutch!). The switch to digital was prompted by European regulations pushing the switch to digital and because of the running costs of the high-power VHF and UHF transmitters. The Netherlands was the first country to end analogue terrestrial television broadcast.

About 74000 to 200000 (estimates differ) households depend on terrestrial broadcast for receiving television. In this densely populated country cable tv is available almost everywhere. Satellite receivers are used a lot by people wanting more channels.

The interesting part about the switch was that the same channels used by the old analogue transmitters were going to be occupied by the DVB-T transmitters, so very little testing for correct reach and signal could be done before the switch. Some tests with DVB-T were seen in the previous weeks. DVB-T was available already in the 'Randstad' (area in the west of the country, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and all the cities in between) but transmitters closer to our borders have to be set up not to interfere with German and Belgium transmitters."


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