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BitTorrent Performance Test: Sync Is Faster Than Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox

rvw How secure is that connection string? (115 comments)

BTSync uses a string to connect computers and then sync files. How safe is that? I could start a script that tries to find these strings. If I find them, I can sync all files just like that. While that string is probably more unique than a username / password combination used on Dropbox, I guess Dropbox will see it when there are many failed tries on one username, or many failed tries from one IP. If your just guessing username and password, you can of course change usernames continuously, to avoid testing the same username over and over again. But with BTSync you can go on and on. Is there a security measure against abuse? I've used it, with longer than standard strings, but still don't like this idea.

yesterday
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Kickstarter Cancels Anonabox Funding Campaign

rvw Re:Really? (75 comments)

Why is custom hardware needed? Im just curious. There seem to be plenty of cheap ($100) SOC boards out there with ethernet ports. You only need one to route. Not sure what sort of hardware performance requirements the encryption and tunneling software would require, but surely one can be built for much less than $7500. Even a desktop with a bunch of 4x1GB port PCIe cards wouldn't cost a grand... its a desktop I know, but still....

How about the Alix APU1D4 combined with Pfsense and encrypted harddisk.

5 days ago
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Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

rvw Re:Biased summary (282 comments)

if the benchmark for what is legal is your own preference, you are a parasite on society to that same degree.

I'm curious - does that apply to marijuana users? If so, how was illegal marijuana use fundamentally different than this?

Good point! In fact you prove exactly the opposite of what you want. Marijuana sale is somehow legalized in the Netherlands. OK, it's a bad law, as it legalizes only selling to customers. The production is still illegal, selling to the shops is illegal, so this is really stupid. But from the customer side it is legal. That's what makes it good.

Uber is not legal, because it is not good for the customer. It may be cheap, and as long as all is good and well I guess everyone is happy. But then there is an accident and the driver is not insured. What then? Who will pay? The Dutch state probably, so the tax payer. We don't want that.

TCA and taxi drivers in Amsterdam may have a bad reputation, but for the rest of the Netherlands this is not the case. Most taxis are really OK, in good state, and drivers are OK as well. I've used many taxis - not in Amsterdam though - and all were OK.

about two weeks ago
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Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone

rvw Re:Use AmigaOS then.... (132 comments)

I remember running Amiga Workbench on a 7mhz motorola, that only had 1meg ram and did not have a HD, but the OS only took up under 1meg.

I remember running CP/M on a Intertec Superbrain with a 4Mhz Z80, that only had 64KB and two 180KB floppies. The OS plus a complete Office suite fitted on one of those floppies...

about two weeks ago
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Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone

rvw Re:Sad. Mozilla can do better (132 comments)

I do not know about the supper low end phones that Nokiasoft are making but I did get the 635 as temp phone while I am waiting for the new Nexus.
Guess what? For $129 off contract it is a very good phone.

I guess it is.

Take this simple math: $129/$35=3.6

Now compare that $35 phone to an $600 iPhone because that's the relative price if you have a 20 times lower salary. Then think about this: will you buy a 3.6x$600 = $2200 phone? I would not. So that $35 dollar phone is what they can pay. That extra $100 is for food, clothes and living in general.

about two weeks ago
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Brits Must Trade Digital Freedoms For Safety, Says Crime Agency Boss

rvw Re:Trading Freedom for Security? (264 comments)

we never really talk about that so it doesn't count.

The thing we should be talking about is how and why politicians worldwide are running a fear campaign, with the central message that loss of freedom is a necessary path to security.

Only one reason: because the people want it. Fear is an easy emotion.

about two weeks ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

rvw Re:Police?? (302 comments)

As a territorial police force of sworn constables, are they responsible for proposing laws?
Because that's what they're doing here.

Responsible for proposing laws? They are free to do so - whether you like it or not. Join a political party or some lobby group, whether it's "bad" corporate lobbying, or "good" NGO stuff, you can even start something yourself - and you can be part of the fun as well.

about three weeks ago
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Mangalyaan Successfully Put Into Mars Orbit

rvw Re:Yes yes, the rates, I've seen that before. (173 comments)

Mangalyaan was made in 15 months at a cost of just around 74 million USD â" the cheapest inter-planetary mission ever to be undertaken.

Because they outsource to themselves at 1/3 the cost of Americans.

So even thát they do better!

about a month ago
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Mangalyaan Successfully Put Into Mars Orbit

rvw Re:Congratulations to India and everyone involved (173 comments)

Exploration of space and the solar system is mostly for fun. It's interesting to see what other places look like, but it's unlikely that it is going to affect us a species. Earth observing satellites will have a greater impact on that.

In your lifetime probably yes. When the first trains started to move in the early 1800s, you could probably say the same.

about a month ago
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Mangalyaan Successfully Put Into Mars Orbit

rvw Re:good (173 comments)

It may be more about the price tag than anything else.

Ezekiel 23:20

What version of the Bible is that!?

A lusty one!

about a month ago
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Mangalyaan Successfully Put Into Mars Orbit

rvw Re: Congratulations India (173 comments)

India produces better looking scientists than most countries.

You mean scientists like this Indian God?

about a month ago
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Mangalyaan Successfully Put Into Mars Orbit

rvw Re:Standing on the Shoulders of Giants (173 comments)

Could it be they succeeded in part because much of the previous experience?

Either way, great job doing it on their first attempt and cheapest.

You should reverse the question: Will NASA be able to build on this "previous" experience? Would they be able to send a rocket to Mars for $75m, in end of 2015?

about a month ago
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The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

rvw Re:The total storage capacity is 620 GB. (144 comments)

(RIAA, MPAA and various law enforcement agencies not counting as "people").

They do know this! And their tactic is to let you think that they don't.

about a month ago
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I think next winter will be:

rvw Last winter was the mildest winter in years (148 comments)

For western Europe, last winter was the mildest in many years. So it won't be a big bet to say that next winter will be more severe.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Agrees To Contempt Order So It Can Appeal Email Privacy Case

rvw Re:About Time (123 comments)

First time I've wanted to actually compliment Mickeysoft on something in years.

You think they're doing this for the right reasons? Wakey wakey!

Right or not - if the EU is too weak to force the US to back down with these laws, maybe money is the way to go.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

rvw Re:Clothes (635 comments)

Ancient technology I know, but I feel really naked when I try to leave home without them.

As kids we used to have (actually fantasize about) glasses that could make you see through clothes. You only need a pair of those and all is fine!

about 2 months ago
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Gmail Recognizes Addresses Containing Non-Latin Characters

rvw Re:Next wave of phishing? (149 comments)

However this really should be part of the RFC, or else anyone banning mixed names would be "non compliant". If the RCF does not specify this then the best that gmail (or any other system could do) would be to prevent people registering mixed names themselves and giving a warning (and maybe colour characters) if email is recieived from an address with mixed scripts.

Gmail, Microsoft and Yahoo and others like gmx, universities, big companies should simply refuse these mails. Microsoft should make Exchange so that this is the default way for handling these mails. The same goes for qmail, postfix etc. But that won't be enough.

As another commenter said, you can make up latin looking names using cyrillic characters, and we won't notice. How do you catch that? I guess this will the the time that PGP will prove it's value.

about 3 months ago
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Gmail Recognizes Addresses Containing Non-Latin Characters

rvw Re:Next wave of phishing? (149 comments)

Worse; they will come from root@gmail.com, administrator@gmail.com or BillGates@gmail.com, only those o's and a's will be Cyrillic or something like that (can't do it here; Slashdot doesn't display them).

When you mix Latin htmail with a Cyrillic o to get hotmail, Google and all email programs should refuse that address immediately, mark it as spam, make the address red with a warning sign etc. Mixing character sets should not be allowed in a domain or in a username. So the username may be all Cyrillic or Greek, the domain name may be all Chinese or Latin, and these may mix, but no mixes in the domain name or username itself.

about 3 months ago
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Gmail Recognizes Addresses Containing Non-Latin Characters

rvw Re:Next wave of phishing? (149 comments)

So the next lot of phishing will come from: róót@gmail.com / Àdministrator@gmail.com or BìllGàtes@gmail.com etc?

It's not about bìllgàtes@outlook.com, but billgates@óutlook.com. It's the domain that is going to cause problems, not the user!

about 3 months ago
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Putin Government Moves To Take Control of Russia's largest space company Energia

rvw Re:Russia = Fascism (252 comments)

Anybody still seriously doubt that Russia is a neo-Fascist country?

They do!

about 3 months ago

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Bill Gates Thinks Thomas Piketty's Attack On Inequality Is Right

rvw rvw writes  |  about a week ago

rvw (755107) writes "Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates essentially concurs with French economist Thomas Piketty's landmark book on income inequality, according to a review Gates published on his own blog Monday. Those "most important" conclusions? High levels of income inequality are bad, capitalism cannot fix inequality on its own, and government action can help break the vicious cycle in which inequality begets more severe inequality.

It's appropriate that Gates reviewed the book, because he and his philanthropic foundation are actually mentioned to buttress Piketty's argument. After he became a very, very rich man, Gates stopped laboring and focused instead on giving away his money. Yet, more than a decade later, his wealth has actually skyrocketed. In 1998, Gates' net worth was valued at $50 billion. By October 2014, that number had increased nearly 60 percent to $79.3 billion, despite his having given away tens of billions of dollars."

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Dutch experts hack Google Glass

rvw rvw writes  |  about 4 months ago

rvw (755107) writes "Dutch computer experts have devised a trick for infiltrating and taking over Glass, Google's information glasses. With a few rows of additional software, hackers can take photos and make films without the Glass wearer even knowing. These images can then be sent to another computer. Anyone with malicious intentions can use a USB stick to enter a 'script' in the glasses at an unguarded moment which then allows them to take control."
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Dutch woman gets first complete skull replacement with 3D printed skull

rvw rvw writes  |  about 7 months ago

rvw (755107) writes "Three months ago, a Dutch woman had her complete skull replaced by a 3D printed artificial skull. She has a disease which results in skull bone getting thicker, which would result in too much pressure on the brain. The operation was done in the hospital of the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. It's the first time a complete skull has been replaced. With 3D printing they could make an exact copy of the skull. Before they used cement to replace parts of a skull, but this was never a precise method."
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Will life on earth end when Fukushima 4 collapses?

rvw rvw writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rvw (755107) writes "Mitsuhei Murata, former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland and Senegal, wrote a letter to Ban Ki Moon: I raised the crucial problem. of N0.4 reactor of Fukushima containing1535 fuel rods. It could be fatally damaged by continuing aftershocks. Moreover, 50 meters away from it exists a common cooling pool for 6 reactors containing 6375 fuel rods! It is no exaggeration to say that the fate of Japan and the whole world depends on NO.4 reactor. This is confirmed by most reliable experts like Dr. Arnie Gundersen or Dr. Fumiaki Koide.

He states it would destroy the world environment and our civilization."

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Dutch telecom provider KPN hacked

rvw rvw writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rvw (755107) writes "Dutch biggest telecom and internet provider KPN has been hacked. Between 20 and 27 january a group of Russian and Dutch hackers has been able to enter the network via an unpatched server. They claim to have had access to all systems, including basic phone services. The first week, KPN tried to solve the problems themselves, but that didn't work out. Only after a week they alerted several authorities about the breach. At 27 january they declared "code red", after which 100 people worked 24/7 to patch and reinstall servers. Just yesterday the news came out. They say they waited with the news to protect their customers."
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WhatsApp verfication check flaw

rvw rvw writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rvw (755107) writes "Using a prepaid phone without credit, you can take over another WhatsApp account. During installation WhatsApp asks you to enter your mobile phone number and sends out an SMS to verify the number. Because the SMS is not sent, but is accessible, you can send the SMS via a mobile service, using another phone number. The account is then linked to your phone, and will be disabled on the other phone."
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The wikileaks mirror list

rvw rvw writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rvw (755107) writes "Wikileaks is subject to several attacks, and were kicked out by Amazon and their DNS-provider, moved to a swiss domain, which is now offline as well. Now the site is hosted or mirrored by Dutch provider e-Dot and mirrored by Dutch public broadcaster Powned.tv. In Germany and Finland the same is happening. I don't know how long these sites will last, but how about making a list of all sites here?"
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rvw rvw writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rvw (755107) writes "Dutch voters in 35 cities will be using paper and pencil again for the November elections, as their SDU voting computers are unsafe. The computers emited radio signals that can easily be detected at a large distance, which would make secret voting impossible. Source: International Herald Tribune.

SDU, a big publisher in The Netherlands, uses Windows XP computers for their voting machines. Most Dutch cities use NEDAP voting computers, which are being revised now as it was possible to read out votes by using a modified TomTom navigation system. Each computer gets a new chip which cannot be modified, and all computers are sealed. Furthermore, TNO, an independent Dutch research institute, will test the NEDAP voting computers. See WijVertrouwenStemcomputersNiet (We don't trust voting computers) for more information."

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