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The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

houghi Re:Dismantle DHS (189 comments)

1st. Left? What left?
2nd. Created under right and the left hated it, extended under left and the right hated it.
So you still think you have some say in this?

Only a fool will think that if you do the same thing over and over again, you will get a different result.
Voting R one time and D the next time and then R again and back to D is not doing things differently. Building a guilotine and off with their heads if they do not perform as promissed is doing things differently.

2 days ago

Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

houghi Re:Protip: (666 comments)

"Lost all credibility?" I have seen Fox-News reporters that were better informed.
You can not loose something that you don't have. I am not sure if there are ANY countries that have some credibility left when it comes to politics.

4 days ago

Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

houghi Re:Let us keep our thoughts with our Kremlin frien (666 comments)

Do want to shut /. down? Because that is how you shut it down>
This is a discusion site. Discussions have by default speculations.

And welcome to (world) politics where people are pawns in a game they have no part in. (Although sometimes they tell you you do by 'voting'.)

Yes, speculation can easily be confused with facts by some peopel. Also think that if there was no speculation, many times there would also no be any incentive to bring up any proof. Speculate what would have happend in this case:
Everybody is waiting for evidence. Nobody does any staements and speculates who-dun-it.

The result would be that nobody would be willing to look into it.

4 days ago

Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

houghi Re:Black hole? (277 comments)

Businesses are not one person. You can do this, because it is important to you. For companies there is a difference. Many people are involved. Perhaps over several IT departments in different continents.
Thos epeople get sick, have holidays and leave the company for several reasons.

First what often happens is that there is no group email adress like, but rather Then they might split up the company and first just for tax purposes.

Oh and sometimes they need a domain NOW while no IT people are available, so they do it quicly and will do the the transfer later.

And then you have those domains that you do not realy use anymore.

So it is normal that things get forgotten. So here is an idea for allthose who say that never happens to them:
Make a business case out of it and sell the service to companies. You can inlcude gthe service of doing their worldwide DNS service and deal with each local company and department. You can inlcude everything that is included in DNS.

All others are basically looking for technical solutions for a social problem.

about a week ago

Canadian ISP On Disclosing Subscriber Info: Come Back With a Warrant

houghi I am worried that this is news (55 comments)

The deenition of news is "Mad bites dog." If common sense becomes the news, you know that things are messed up.

about a week ago

Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

houghi True to their own website (401 comments)

From their website at

If you are looking to completely cancel your XFINITY service, we ask that you call us at 1-800-XFINITY (1-800-934-6489). We want to make sure weâ(TM)ve done everything we can to give you the best experience, price and package. We would also love to hear any feedback you have so that we can improve our service.

The call agent was just true to what Comcast told him to do. To be SURE everything has been done possible.
Fun thing is that when you go up one level to you won't find the information on how to cancel. In fact I needed google to find the page.

about two weeks ago

Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

houghi Re:Very typical of them (401 comments)

Listening to it, it clearly is a management issue. The call agent probably will loose his job over this, becayuse he was the one that got taped, while management was pushing them to do this.
Somewhere it will be written that call agents should not be doing this, but get payed for retention and are trained to do it that way.
If bonusses are directed towards retention, then retention is what they will do, no matter what. These agents do what most people would do. See how they can make the most money. That is why they get incentives for retention, because that is what the management thinks is important.
If they would not think that is important, they would not put the money there.

Obviously the 'quick action' will be firing this guy. However what is actualy needed is not a quick action, but rather a slow action. This means first looking what your priorities are and what your goals are as management and be seriosu about it. If it is money, OK, then do this and back up the people on the phone. Tell them he did a great job.

If it is customer service, find what you think actualy IS good customer service, without forgetting you also want to make money. (Yes, you can do both.)
Good service (or Quality for most managers) is something where if you ask 5 people, you get 6 opinions, so you need to have the definition ready that everybody in higher management will defend.

Next work your way down. This might need a complete change of mindset for the company and will take 2 to 4 years for a company the size of Comcast IF management agrees on it.

Told you what is needed was a slow action.

If _I_ were Comcast, I would go for the money and buy a couple of new houses. Much easier to fire a call agent, his trainer and is supervisor than doing this change your mind shit for 4 years.

about two weeks ago

German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

houghi Paranoid switch? (243 comments)

It is paranoid if you THINK you are being spied on. They KNOW they are being spied on. Thi is not paranoid. This is common sense.
Paranoid would be to think that every person is a criminal and therefore you need to know everything about everybody.

about two weeks ago

White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

houghi Re:No need to qualify (382 comments)

On the plus side, it is good to see that the governement stands behind the ones they represent. Ok, it is not the gereral public, but still.

about two weeks ago

People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

houghi Re:user error (708 comments)

People can live without a clothing dryer.

I never use a dryer. I just let nature take its course. I use a community washer/dryer, so in the first place it is cheaper not to use it.
This also makes me use the washer when I have a full load, not for just three socks.
The thing is that it was first money driven and later I started to realize how stoopid I used energy. An electric toothbrush? Seriously?
I do not buy bottled water, bvecause tab water in the western world is good. Not just good enough.
I also worry about climate change.
Yet I still take my car to work, while public transport would be possible AND cheaper, just less convinient. I also worry about my weight, yet I do not do any sports. I know people who had their father die of lungcancer and worry about that and light one up at the funeral.

about two weeks ago

Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

houghi Re: Maybe, maybe not. (749 comments)

I can see policy like this bringing current globalization trend to a screeching halt as companies would split to have daughter companies incorporated and operating only in certain countries to shield them against this kind of abuse.

Halt it? Do you think that the different taxes laws in different countriea halted the companies?
If anything, the companies will find a way around it.
Just like banks now say 'We will help you by putrring your money in a differnt country." There will be companies who will help companies do the same, if they are unable to do so yourself.

So you will find an IT Kayman Island. This will the be used a a selling point. "Our servers are placed in country X that wil not alow the US to see your data."

Different price ranges might aply to different countries. e.g. EU places might be more expensive, unless it is the UK. I could see e.g. The Netherlands, Germany and Finland as countries that might be more privacy minded.

So do not worry about companies splitting because of this reason. They already do this for tax purposes and there other places in the world.
Many companies can live with the lag placing your data somewhere else.

about two weeks ago

Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

houghi Re:Why? (753 comments)

The EU did something similar when they went from local paper to the EURO paper (The EURO was already in place. People just did not see it)

People who has black money in cash were spending it ASAP. These were not large amounts. People a few thousand EURO. People with a lot more already has and have their black money in a bank.

Also in the past changing bills and leaving a certain amount of time to change them is not uncommon in Europe. In Belgium you can still go to the National bank and change Belgian Frank bills of 100 BEF and upwards. They will have stopped to be legal tender.

about two weeks ago

New Raspberry Pi Model B+

houghi Re:Much better board layout (202 comments)

I personally would prefer to have everything on ne side, including the SD slot. That way you can close off three side, which is much easier when you want to place it behind e.g. a tv and still be able to access it, whithout too much trouble.

All cables on one side just seems a logical choice for me.

But is is already much better, especially the mounting points.

about two weeks ago

"Internet's Own Boy" Briefly Knocked Off YouTube With Bogus DMCA Claim

houghi Re:Youtube's shitty copyright... (157 comments)

The whole issue is who gets to decide if the clain is false or not.
In Belgium the comany I used to work for we received several claims from SABAM for people uploading things through e.g. napster and other sharing programs (So this dates back a while) asking first for the name and address of the people doing this.
Legal told me to caugh it up and I told them no, because of the law on privacy. They must come with a legal order, otherwise WE would be punishable as a company. That was something they did not want to do.
Next SABAM asked us to block the sharing of content, to which we said no as well (unless court order).

The idea behind all this was that I, nor anybody in the company can legaly determine if there was a copyright infrindgement or not. I culd have a legal document of being allowed to stream Metallica's music and they just don't like that I have that.

It is similar to saying "I do not like that you park in front of my driveway." and I say "But that isn't your driveway. It is illgal poured asphalt." If we can not figure it out, we go to court, but untill then, I park there.

It obviously helped that at that time I read an official letter from the court letter that as long as no money was involed. e.g. people sharing music, SABAM should not bother the legal system. The moment money would be involved (e.g. burn CDs and sell them) they would be happy to help.

The courts should decide who is right and who is wrong (not commercial entity like e.g. Judge Judy

This is dated information. If you take legal advice from me, you owe me 10 quadrillian Euro.

about two weeks ago

After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

houghi Re:To what end? (219 comments)

What they can do is to force the closing of one or two US Army intalations in Germany. Although no real impact if they pick carefully, it would send an extremely serious message on a political level.

about two weeks ago

UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

houghi Re:Seems appropriate (353 comments)

Sounds like you woke up from a coma and think it still is the 20th century.
If that is the case : Times have changed, my friend. Times have changed and not into the direction of flying cars.

about two weeks ago

DHS Mistakenly Releases 840 Pages of Critical Infrastructure Documents

houghi Re:Yeah, right (50 comments)

This should have been Edward Snowdens defence: "Oops!"

about two weeks ago

Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

houghi Re:Who's at fault for this? (231 comments)

My parents gave me an old PC they found because they knew 'I liked computers and stuff'. The machine was utter rubbish, but out of curiosity I mounted the 10MB HD to my system and looked around. A LOT of bank accounts and other details, including passwords were there within 2 minutes.
That right there is the reason I never resell my hardware, but rather destroy it and trow it away.

I read here plenty of posts on how to handle it, but most pass on the REAL issue. Security (even from PC hardware) is NOT a technical problem. It is a social one. As long as technical people treat it as a technical problem, it wil,l not be solved.

I would go even further and say that security is a mindset, not even a problem. People will think from their own point of view and think that if they would not do something, nobody would.
That is why still most hacking needs social engineering. (These geeks should use it to get women.)

Just try and see how many people will give up their password if some manager from IT calls them and asks for it. I have been asked and told then to shove it (in other words) and I am aware that I am an exception.

So as long as people do not truly understand the impact they could cause, they will not do anything. They will bnot delete anything, leave the keys in their unlocked car and leave their beer unattanded when they go for a leak.

about two weeks ago



Famous paintings help study the Earth's past atmosphere

houghi houghi writes  |  about 4 months ago

houghi (78078) writes "From European Geosciences Union:
A team of Greek and German researchers has shown that the colours of sunsets painted by famous artists can be used to estimate pollution levels in the Earth’s past atmosphere. In particular, the paintings reveal that ash and gas released during major volcanic eruptions scatter the different colours of sunlight, making sunsets appear more red.

The original paper can be found right here

Furthermore, in the last 150 years, the sunsets have become redder, likely refelecting increased manmade polution."

Guantanamo Bay defense lawers emails are read and files are removed

houghi houghi writes  |  about a year ago

houghi (78078) writes "The defense lawyers of Guantanamo prisoners are ordered to stop using government computers for sensitive information.
They are also asked as can be read on, that they are asked to stop using e-mail as well. It is stated there as well that 7 GB of information is gone for good.
The Washington Post quotes that there is no proof, but when you can read between the lines, it is clear that they believe they have been hacked.
One News from New Zealand says "In another case, system administrators were searching files at prosecutors' request and were able to access more than 500,000 defense files, including confidential attorney-client communications, [...]". There were also bugs placed.
Due to all this, hearings are postponed as can be read on reuters"

openSUSE 12.3 is out

houghi houghi writes  |  about a year ago

houghi (78078) writes "OpenSUSE 12.3 is out. There are several methods of downloading, as well as different media. It is also possible to boot the live CD from a USB stick.
When using the DVD or Net install ISO, the standard is to select between KDE or GNOME, but XFCE and LXDE are then also an option.
ARM images are available as well.
More information about the release can be found in this announcement by Jos Poortvliet."

Link to Original Source

Google changes the images layout

houghi houghi writes  |  about 4 years ago

houghi (78078) writes "Google has a new Bing style layout for their images section as explained here. It shows only the images with an on-mouse-over. On the page of the image, you are not able to browse the site itself anymore.
At this moment it is available to about 10% of the people and depends on country and browser.
A demonstration can be seen here. The first part is the new layout. The second part is after changing the User Agent identity."

openSUSE 10.3 released

houghi houghi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

houghi (78078) writes "openSUSE 10.3 has been officaly released. From the anouncement: The openSUSE team is proud to announce the release of openSUSE 10.3. Promoting the use of Linux everywhere, the openSUSE project provides free, easy access to the world's most usable Linux distribution, openSUSE. openSUSE is released regularly, is stable, secure, contains the latest free and open source software, and comes with several new technologies.

Downloads can be found at in both CD and in DVD, both BitTorrent and FTP/HTTP"

houghi houghi writes  |  more than 7 years ago

houghi (78078) writes "openSUSE 10.2 Beta 1 is anounced in this mail. There are several ways to download it. Normaly you only need CD1-3. There are 7 CD's in total and a DVD containing those 7. Obviously the best way is with Bittorrent.
32 bit torrent and a 64 bit torrent to the DVD.

From the mail: openSUSE 10.2 Beta1 comes in different medias:
* 5 CDs, you need CDs 1-3 for a normal installation with just GNOME or KDE (any language)
* 1 AddOn CD with only binary packages on it
* 1 AddOn CD with language packages that are used for our tier 2 languages (tier 1 languages are english, french, italian, spanish, german, chinese, japanese and czech — and support for those is on the standard 5 CDs) (the 5 CDs have support for installation in all languages, just extra packages are only on this extra media)
* 1 DVD containing the contents of the above 7 media
* a FTP tree with open source packages (only for the final version, for now use the factory tree)
* a FTP tree with binary packages (only for the final version, for now use the factory-extra tree)"


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