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Dutch Gov't Offers Guidance For Responsible Disclosure Practices

the_brobdingnagian Re:Directive ethical hacking solves nothing (37 comments)

The problem is that the definition for hacking is overly broad.

It is clearly advised by the published guidelines that an organisation should define for themselves what they consider acceptable and what's not acceptable. An organisation might, for example, rule out social engineering attacks or DDoS.

IT journalist Brenno de Winter calls the guidance useless. "If hackers first have to report the vulnerability, they lose their anonymity without having a guarantee that they will not be prosecuted. And even if a company promises that it will not press charges, the Public Prosecutions Department can start a case."

A published responsible disclosure policy is a legaly binding document. If a organisation states that it find's certain behavior acceptable and even clearly states that it won't take legal action against people holding themselves to that document they have to follow that promise. As for the public prosecutor there are two parts that will protect responsible hackers. The first is the fact that the crime of hacking (computervredebreuk in Dutch law) requires the access gained by the hacker to be unlawful (wederrechtelijk). When a company states that certain behavior is acceptable, the legal test for wederrechtelijkheid will fail and the public prosecutor will have no case for the crime of computervredebreuk. Further more, the Dutch minister Opstelten has promised to talk to the public prosecutor about how they will handle responsible disclosure cases. Given the well thought-out contents of the released documents and the clear intentions of the gouvernment I have no reason to doubt the results of these talks.

about a year and a half ago

OpenBSD 5.0 Unleashed On the World

the_brobdingnagian Re:Oh boy. (185 comments)

Just install from snapshots every few weeks.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Director Eben Upton About the Raspberry Pi Foundation

the_brobdingnagian Hardware docs (194 comments)

As far as I can tell the system has a rather uncommon and interesting booting method. Will there be technical documentation available for developers of other operating systems who want to write a port for the Raspberry Pi? You can't fully learn how to program a system if you don't know how to boot.

about 3 years ago

Dollar Apps Killing Traditional Gaming?

the_brobdingnagian Re:A $60 game that's really worth it. (343 comments)

Ah! The economics of fun!
If a free game can entertain me for 10 minutes, how long should a $0.99 game entertain me?

more than 3 years ago

Google Cars Drive Themselves, In Traffic

the_brobdingnagian Eye contact (293 comments)

While I really like this development, there's one thing I'd like to see resolved: eye contact with the driver. When passing in front of a car I always try to make eye contact with the driver. For me this is the best way judge if the driver has spotted me and if I can cross safely. A robot driver should have some really simple visual way of saying: Hey, I've spotted you and I will break for you.

more than 3 years ago

Only 39% Curse At Their Computers?

the_brobdingnagian Writing perl (286 comments)

I'm not cursing at my computer. I'm writing perl code!

more than 3 years ago

Percentage of New Years resolutions I have kept:

the_brobdingnagian Re:undefined (177 comments)

Is an electron (a "point particle") a blackhole or not? /me ducks

more than 3 years ago

Land of Lisp

the_brobdingnagian Re:I wish I had time to study Lisp, but... (330 comments)

I have spend an hour or two on lisp. It basically ruined Python for me. Almost all my Python code is filled with nested map(), reduce(), filter(), lambda's and list comprehensions. It's great when programming, but when reading it's terrible.

more than 3 years ago

OpenBSD 4.8 Released

the_brobdingnagian Re:fdisk (176 comments)

The OpenBSD installer can auto-partition your disk for you. No calculations needed if you don't want to.

more than 3 years ago

OpenBSD 4.8 Released

the_brobdingnagian Re:Suspend/Resume? (176 comments)

Suspend/resume support has been improved enormously. I have been using it without problems on my Asus Eee PC 1000H for a while now.

more than 3 years ago

OpenBSD 4.8 Released

the_brobdingnagian Re:How are upgrades handled? (176 comments)

I'm curious. Having never used a BSD-based system, how are upgrades managed? I understand that instead of installing packages, one uses ports. My impression of that is that you run a file in a ports directory and it compiles the software and installs it. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Ports are meant for building packages. Users should only use packages normally. You can update your packages after you upgraded your base system with "pkg_add -ui -D update -D updatedepends"

But how does one upgrade from, say, OpenBSD 4.7 to 4.8?

OpenBSD has excellent docs and FAQ's:

more than 3 years ago

Hole In Linux Kernel Provides Root Rights

the_brobdingnagian Re:Serve them right (274 comments)

Get your facts straight: We OpenBSD users are a bunch of masturbating monkeys.

about 4 years ago

Sweden Defends Wiki Sex Case About-Face

the_brobdingnagian Re:Come on folks... (454 comments)

Is there a direct quote from these two girls? And you are of course right when you say that it is possible for Assange to have done these things. However the correct approach is _allways_ to assume innocence until proven otherwise. And the fact that there are people with the motive and the means to try to discredit Assange in this way should make you even more suspicious.

more than 3 years ago

The Case For Oracle

the_brobdingnagian Re:MOD PARENT UP PLEASE (341 comments)

The dalvik runtime will eventually support transcoded javascript, php, python, etc.,

What is your source for this?

more than 3 years ago

Sweden Defends Wiki Sex Case About-Face

the_brobdingnagian Re:Come on folks... (454 comments)

As far as I know Hans Reiser didn't have powerful enemies. It would be correct to state that Assange is innocent until proven otherwise, but in this situation I think it is also fair to say that the timing of the allegations is at least highly suspicious.

more than 3 years ago


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