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Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

thrill12 Thanks a bunch, Microsoft (495 comments)

[grudge mode]I will be sure to claim damages for this, as I am using no-ip for my own server which is perfectly valid and runs no Microsoft software whatsoever (nor will it ever). What judge is so stupid as to do this ???[/grudge mode].
Did not hear anything from No-ip though ; when I logged in yesterday to find out what was wrong, and why my domain was not resolving, there was no information whatsoever.

about a month ago
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Wireless Industry Lobbying Hard to Keep Net Neutrality Out

thrill12 In socialist Europe... (85 comments)

Net Neutrality .... (paste catchy phrase here).

But seriously, whatever argument they come up with, I am sure it has been discussed in Europe where the same lobbyists were active, but *failed* to kill real net-neutrality. I suggest the politicians and those interested read the reports on that debate.
Good luck US, in the mean-time: here's to European Internet leadership ! :)

about a month and a half ago
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AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

thrill12 Switching of roaming does not always help (321 comments)

I regularly cross borders in Europe by car between two countries with roaming switched off on my Samsung Note 3. Without roaming enabled, I *always* had a $0.10 cent charge for roaming, even though I had it *disabled*. Even with roaming disabled, some phones - like Samsung - still send data to the wrong cell. Bug, most likely, but a costly one if you make the trip frequently or if you live on the border. Only thing that helped for me was installing a tool that would switch off data when I turn off the display - since then no more charges. Otoh I do now have to enable data each time I want to look up something, but I accept that minor inconvenience.

about 2 months ago
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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

thrill12 It was reviewed by others for sure... (447 comments)

...thing is, they were by law forbidden to disclose anything to the general public :)

about 4 months ago
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Blender Foundation Video Taken Down On YouTube For Copyright Violation

thrill12 Better yet... (306 comments)

Sony *and* Youtube should Gold sponsor the movie as a penalty for this mishap.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life After N900?

thrill12 N9005 here (303 comments)

Samsung's joke on Nokia :) Reasonably happy, but not 'in control' as with Maemo. And no HW keyboard of course.

about 6 months ago
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Searching the Internet For Evidence of Time Travelers

thrill12 Correction (465 comments)

*Four* wise men, of course, everyone knows th...
...
hold on, what year was this again ?

about 7 months ago
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How Safe Is Cycling?

thrill12 Helmet ? (947 comments)

In The Netherlands, everyone bikes without a helmet, from young to old. I always find it interesting to see other countries, US included, to take the 'helmet' so serious when it comes to safety. Instead, we learned a long time ago that separate bike lanes and proper rules (biker from right ? -> right of way, always) come first.

I guess until the time comes that cars are no longer the 'holy cow' (as we call it) of transportation, you better not use bikes at all: a helmet will not save you.

about 9 months ago
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New EU Rules Require ISPs, Telcos To Come Clean Within 24 Hours of Data Breaches

thrill12 There are ways ... (70 comments)

...I sometimes encounter data breaches from companies I do business with, simply because I use a unique e-mail address for each business. (name_businessname@domain). As soon as I start receiving spam on the e-mail, I have pretty much irrefutable proof that a leak exists at that company; the only condition being that I must make sure that that e-mail address is never communicated to anyone else.
Of course, "proof" for a court of law could require a bit more, but I think that needs to be established as jurisprudence, and this could be an example of how it could be established.

about a year ago
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Sharing HBO Go Accounts Could Result In Prison

thrill12 Obligatory Space Balls... (221 comments)

[DarkHelmet] "I am your father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate."
[Lone Star] "So what does that make us?"
[Dark Helmet] "Absolutely nothing!"

about a year ago
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Ubuntu Developing Its Own Package Format, Installer

thrill12 Why not concentrate (466 comments)

on having good stable API's of core libraries that are backwards compatible up to an extent, rather than continuously fighting dependency hell when it comes to updating packages ?
This proposal seems basically like "we statically link every binary", and we all know that is not wanted because of disk usage and more importantly: memory usage. Especially in constrained embedded systems statically that could be a concern if you start having a lot of running applications.

about a year ago
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Yokohama Accidentally Tweets That NK Missile Is Inbound

thrill12 Fitting reaction (131 comments)

Barman: Did you say the world is coming to an end? Shouldn't we all lie on the floor or put paper bags over our heads?
Ford: If you like.
Barman: Will it help?
Ford: Not at all.
[Ford runs out of the pub]
Barman: Last orders, please!
(THGTTG - DNA)

about a year ago
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Dutch MP Fined For Ethical Hacking

thrill12 To add a little gory detail... (122 comments)

..the justice department (yes, you read that right) actually had a login to the same database as it was found following the news on this particular case. One has to wonder if the official story (needed because of certain convicts that have their records in the same medical DB) is even a valid reason, and why they would even be allowed within 10 meters of such a sensitive and secret (medical wise) collection of data.
While Henk Krol is not a 'true hacker' perhaps, this does raise a lot of questions with regards to the security of any person's data in such a medical database; questions that "Diagnostiek voor U" may want to keep secret, so a "wag the dog" (or more popular "Chewbecca") tactic is followed...

about a year and a half ago
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Experience the New Slashdot Mobile Site

thrill12 Do you only... (384 comments)

reply to the positive or 'constructive' remarks or also to the more negative ones ? I will be watching this topic, my finger on the Resign button.

about a year and a half ago
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Experience the New Slashdot Mobile Site

thrill12 Go away with this crap ! (384 comments)

Finally, get ready for... [rant mode on]
I am sick of having the message "would you like to try beta or classic" every time when I browse Slashdot on my Chrome browser under my Nexus. I want the *regular* site, or something as close to it as possible. I even cannot click on the "classic" button... First lesson for new designs: if someone says *not for me* then leave them alone or they will leave your site alone.
Why should I have to press "request desktop site" each time I simply want to read an article ? This is not a PALM III where I zoom in with the Plus and Minus keys: my browser is more powerful than a Windows IE6 browser (feature wise), faster than many regular old Pentium IV's and pinching is good enough to get around the site.

[rant mode off]

about a year and a half ago
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On Nov. 22, 2012, I expect to be ...

thrill12 Re:Working to cover for the USA (340 comments)

And erm, how is that bad exactly ? I see this thread and read more about people being "concerned" that this is somehow bad, but in reality they all want the same privileges. I guess in Europe it is a matter of culture and progress - we had many struggles about these rights, and now get these well deserved benefits. That does not mean all is simple here, as it does come at a price: we pay 52% tax. So one should net that out and it will probably be a much similar equation : you simply pay for your holidays with the extra income we pay as tax.
Additionally, although GP indicated in NL you can be sick as long as you like, after 6 weeks they will start nagging and you will eventually (after a year or so) become unemployed to a level of income that could be 70% of the minimum wage (which is about 9 euros/hour), depending on your illness. Next to that more and more people in The Netherlands are so called 'flexible workers', that get paid a little bit more but lose all these benefits (no paid leave, no sick leave) - that is becoming a real issue in e.g. the labour intensive jobs like construction and healthcare. So maybe we are not as well of as an average American may think :)

about a year and a half ago
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John McAfee Accused of Murder, Wanted By Belize Police

thrill12 That being said... (353 comments)

These guns found in the McAfee place and this Luger 9mm do have similarities to the untrained eye.

about a year and a half ago
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John McAfee Accused of Murder, Wanted By Belize Police

thrill12 Links to the previous McAfee story ... (353 comments)

As reported on Slashdot here ? I wonder if they were tracking him down back then for posession of a Luger 9mm.

about a year and a half ago

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Dutch Supreme Court sees game objects as goods

thrill12 thrill12 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

thrill12 (711899) writes "The Dutch Supreme Court ruled on January 31st that the taking away of possessions in the game Runescape from a 13-year-old boy was in fact theft because the possessions could be seen as actual goods. The highest court explained this not by arguing it was software that was copied, but by stating that the game data were real goods that were acquired through "effort and time investment" and "the principal had the actual and exclusive dominion of the goods" — up until the moment the other guy took them away, that is."
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Darwin's voyage done over, live

thrill12 thrill12 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

thrill12 writes "Almost 178 years ago, Charles Darwin set sail in the HMS Beagle, to do the now famous explorations that formed the basis for Darwin's On The Origin Of Species. Now, a group of British and Dutch scientists, journalists and artists set sail again to redo the voyage of the Beagle. This time, they are taking modern equipment with them and they have live connections through Twitter, Youtube, Facebook and Flickr. As they re-explore, and (re)discover, we can join that 8 month long trip, live over the internet."
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Browse the net from your TV

thrill12 thrill12 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

thrill12 (711899) writes "Years after attempts to combine television with internet connectivity, recent developments show that the concept of fully integrated internet access on TV is finally getting introduced by Sony, Samsung and Panasonic. The latest addition to the internet on TV saga is of the Dutch consumer electronics company Philips, who is to release their "Net TV" featured televisions in April of this year. Based on the CE-HTML standard of the Consumer Electronics Association, the TV is slated to bring a number of internet services ranging from YouTube to eBay in the living room. The big question being raised of course: will it work this time around, or do these companies still fail to see the big picture ?"
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Internet on TV coming of age

thrill12 thrill12 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

thrill12 (711899) writes "Years after attempts to combine television with internet connectivity, recent developments show that the concept of fully integrated internet access on TV is finally getting introduced by Sony, Samsung and Panasonic. The latest addition to the internet on TV saga is of the Dutch consumer electronics company Philips, who is to release their "Net TV" featured televisions in April of this year. Based on the CE-HTML standard of the CEA, the TV is slated to bring a number of internet services ranging from YouTube to eBay in the living room.
The big question being raised of course: will it work this time around, or do these companies still fail to see the big picture ?"

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thrill12 thrill12 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

thrill12 (711899) writes "After severe pressure by the Dutch group WeDontTrustVotingComputers, the Dutch minister responsible for the voting process in The Netherlands has, after further research, forbidden (original dutch) the usage of almost 1200 SDU voting computers for the coming Dutch elections in November.
The main reason being that the Dutch intelligence agency 'AIVD' (the equivalent of the NSA) found that tempest radiation coming from the computers is allowing the vote casted to be monitored, which constitutes a violation of the right for a secret vote.
The WeDontTrustVotingComputers-group was already in the news last October, when they issued a detailed disturbing analysis of the (SDU competitor) NEDAP voting computers, that make up the largest number of voting machines in The Netherlands, some 90%. The AIVD surprisingly did not find considerable tempest radiation with these machines, completely opposed to what the group found.
For democracy and the voting process in The Netherlands as a whole, this small victory is probably a good thing, however."

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My view on piracy

thrill12 thrill12 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

As long as 20+ years the battle on piracy (the home-grown stuff, not the pro-stuff) has been raging in the world. It really heated up with the digital age: CD, DVD, BluRay. The owners of the content fight for their current income, but fail to see the lost cause.In 50 years time (hopefully less), we can sincerely look back on these "piracy wars" and see them for what they really are: a battle for the fair use of someones work. Currently, the balance is - even though it *seems* the other way around - tilted far towards the distributors. The makers of the work get a very small percentage. Piracy is - as is often discussed - just the excuse of distributors to keep this balance tilted in that direction. It will change, but that will take time and money - mostly money from those who take the fall for the system as it now is (the 'bittorent users', 'downloaders' etc.).
Until law makers see this problem, and fairly solve it, it will continue. Probably the most fair way is:
* ban all DRM
* provide a good, flat-rate, service globally to download media to own and use ; the distribution channel doesn't even have to come from the distributors (this is their fear...) : let anyone download from ie. bittorrent and pay that flat-rate fee. See it as a TV license fee : you watch it, you pay it.
* as far as distribution channels are concerned: allow them to only ask a transparent price for distribution, split the costs for "the work" and "the medium" (distribution) clearly, and make it into law
* make sure the profits of "the work" end up with the makers of the content.
* make sure the profits of "the medium" end up with the distributors of the content - as per the division above.
* stop all lawsuits
* if you get caught "illegally downloading", you pay a fine. The fine you pay is equal to the fee you would have paid normally, for the period you (likely) owned said content, and is increased with a percentage to discourage you from doing it again (20%-50% sounds fine).
* no internet disconnections

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