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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

emilv Abuse is slow too (287 comments)

I once e-mailed their abuse address when I worked at a web hosting provider. They had a bug in Gmail that made them send the exact same message hundreds of times per second, for days. We know this was a bug because the sender was one of our customers who had sent the e-mail to his own address with us, and now he got thousands of copies of it per minute. Something had apparently ended up in an infinite loop on Google's end.

I obviously contacted the abuse address listed in WHOIS with this rather important message but when I didn't get a response within an hour we had to ban Gmail. Not everybody can say that they made that decision! (Eventually we unlocked everything but his sender address).

Two WEEKS later I got a template reply with totally irrelevant links to their FAQ. I lost all respect for Google then and there. I thought that they would at least know how to be good netizens on the tech level but no.

3 days ago

Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

emilv Re:Too complex (800 comments)

With a good emergency broadcast channel you could get everyone around you involved in milliseconds. We should try to get the algorithms to work with local data only (and whatever info is in the emergency broadcast packet), and low-runtime algorithms. We might not be able to find the optimal soution but maybe we can find a solution that indeed minimizes accidents, inside that fraction of a second. Maybe just braking and steering away from the accident works in many scenarios? Because everyone steers away at the same time they leave room for each other without need for further coordination.

The fun thing about automated cars is that even the worst-case scenarios should be at most as dangerous as if only humans were involved. So we can only make it better. Everything is more ethical than letting humans decide in realtime imo.

about 4 months ago

Grading Software Fooled By Nonsense Essay Generator

emilv One human and a computer (187 comments)

The solution might be to have a human sanity filter checking semantics and throwing out gibberish, and a computer grader doing the fair grading.

about 4 months ago

Grading Software Fooled By Nonsense Essay Generator

emilv Anonymous exams (187 comments)

Racism, sexism and other discrimination is quite effectively countered with anonymous grading. My university gave you a unique number before each exam and you put only that number on the sheets. Only afterwards did the administrators (not anyone involved in the course) look up and file the exam under your name. I found this helpful as a TA too because we really wanted to be fair both in grades and comments.

You can still be biased by the handwriting but we tried to counter that ourselves. If someone in my TA group recognized the handwriting of someone they knew we made sure to let someone else in the group grade that exam.

about 4 months ago

New Attack Hijacks DNS Traffic From 300,000 Routers

emilv Re: wrong (105 comments)

The system used by most Swedish banks:

* The bank website gives you a random number as a challenge
* You input the number to a device together with your PIN (some banks also require you to insert your card into the device)
* You get a new number from the device that you input on a web page

The web pages are obviously encrypted with HTTPS using an EV-SSL certificate.

It used to be that the challenge was an account number or an amount but that is no longer the case due to the possibility of a replay attack.

about 6 months ago

Blogger Fined €3,000 for 'Publicizing' Files Found Through Google Search

emilv Re:Laws server their purpose (248 comments)

This situation is nothing like that.

Yes, it is. He found out that the resource required authorization and that he found a bug in that authorization. Before he downloaded the documents. He was well aware that he was not allowed to download those documents.

about 7 months ago

Blogger Fined €3,000 for 'Publicizing' Files Found Through Google Search

emilv Re:Hacker??!! (248 comments)

But does it apply to government employees?

This is a relevant question regarding the damage done. Are government documents copyrightable in France? In Sweden where I live these kinds of documents are explicitly exempt from copyright and put into the public domain. Swedes can also request a copy of any government document not explicitly covered by confidentiality laws.

But it is not entirely relevant if they argue that the crime is hacking into a computer system, which is usually covered by different laws altogether. So getting the documents in this way may be illegal regardless of copyright and confidentiality. Under Swedish law the act of getting access to computer resources you shouldn't have access to is the crime in this instance. My understanding of TFA is that the French law is similar in this regard, and that was the crime he was convicted for. Not copyright, but computer intrusion.

about 7 months ago

Epic: A Privacy-Focused Web Browser

emilv Re:Proxy ? (223 comments)

Indeed. And accessing using HTTPS isn't even guaranteeing anything in this browser since the proxy service and the browser is provided by the same party, so they can trivially add their own CA and sign certificates for whatever sites they want.

1 year,9 days

CipherCloud Invokes DMCA To Block Discussions of Its Crypto System

emilv Could have answered themselves (85 comments)

If they were doing secure encryption they could have just answered the question themselves. Since they instead went for silencing the critique, I guess the security of CipherCloud most be pretty bad.

about a year ago

Canadian Newspaper Charging $150 License Fee To Publish Excerpts

emilv Not a fair use problem (217 comments)

I do not believe this is a fair use problem. You can still quote the articles by just reading the text and typing it in yourself. Quotations are not meant to be large chunks anyway.

about a year and a half ago

New 25-GPU Monster Devours Strong Passwords In Minutes

emilv Re:Ob "correct horse battery staple" (330 comments)

Why not? I think that is the responsibility of the user. You can indicate the password strength but please let me as a user use whatever password I want.

about 2 years ago

New 25-GPU Monster Devours Strong Passwords In Minutes

emilv Re:my password (330 comments)

This sounds vulnerable to a DoS attack, though. If I walk up to your house and enter a random pin a couple of times you are effectively locked out from your own home for up to an hour.

about 2 years ago

Research To "Reveal the Unseen World of Cookies"

emilv Re:Cookieculler (108 comments)

How is cookieculler different from setting a default policy in Firefox and then using the built-in whitelist in Firefox to give permissions for certain sites?

about 2 years ago

XBMC V11 Eden Has Been Released

emilv Re:Debian packages still fubar'd (195 comments)

The Debian packages are really strange for XBMC. First off the Linux instructions are aimed primarily at Ubuntu. Then the other problem is that there is some kind of a fork between the "official packages" for Ubuntu and the Debian packages provided on, the latter not being up to date (only rc2 is available).


Short of adding a Ubuntu PPA to my sources.list, I am not sure how I can get this thing installed on Debian, which is a bit annoying.

I've compiled it myself for Debian, using the instructions from Compile XBMC for Linux. I've spent some hours figuring out which packages to install prior to compilation, but most of them is listed in the README.linux file (which you get when you checkout with git as part of the installation procedure).

When you're done compiling, instead of doing a make install, use checkinstall to get a .deb package.

The best thing about this is that you can run the latest code without waiting for a release. The code in the repository have always been very stable for me, and I've had access to most of the features in 11.0 since February. Once you've managed to do your own compile it's just a matter of git pull to get the latest changes downloaded and then doing a recompile and build a new package.

more than 2 years ago

XBMC V11 Eden Has Been Released

emilv support (195 comments)

I think it's like for movies and TV shows. You install i plugin for your media player which tells what you are watching and it suggests similar movies for you. At least that's what I figured out by reading the about page.

more than 2 years ago

Scientists Work Towards Naturally Caffeine-Free Coffee

emilv Re:Blasphemy! (312 comments)

We sell sugar-free energy drinks in the cafeteria at my university, alongside a sugar-filled variant of the same brand. The sugar-free one is pretty popular. One guy even bought some candy at the same time as the sugar-free energy drink!

more than 2 years ago

New Cable Designed To Deter Copper Thieves

emilv Re:What a load of drivel (668 comments)

Maybe because "we" north European countries are part of the European union which makes it easy for people to travel between poor and rich countries.

Note that I don't think it's the poor peoples fault. There's obviously some sort of organised crime utilising poor people for their own gains and this is made easier just because of the ease of travel, but that same ease of travel is a big win for other parts of society, and it's also fair to not bind people to the geographic region they happend to be born in. I'm sure americans have similar problems.

about 2 years ago

Copyright License Fees Drive Pandora Out of Canada

emilv Re:45% of revenues is particularly weird (254 comments)

I think it's fair for artists to get a big part of the revenue. What I don't think is fair is that the producers, who are themselves just middlemen, will take a large bit of the revenue. Artists taking 2/3 of your profit is therefore fair, IMO, because you are just a middleman as well.

more than 3 years ago

Watching the IPRED Watchers In Sweden

emilv Re:Government accountability (88 comments)

No, but this is Sweden. The motto of our police force are something along the lines of "Raidin' The Pirate Bay and keepin' their servers forever". Thus, your comment are not at all inappropriate to describe Sweden.

more than 5 years ago

Slashdot Launches User Achievements

emilv Re:April Fools (1582 comments)

This is probably the worst comment ever.

more than 5 years ago


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