* Posts by Thomas Vestergaard

31 publicly visible posts • joined 15 Apr 2007

Norwegians plan to harpoon Twitter

Thomas Vestergaard

Re: US company, US law.

You are mostly right, and then again altogether wrong.

The idea is that international companies adhere to the laws of where they operate. Thus if a company wants to be allowed to operate in say Australia, there services would have to stand up to Australian law. Now, things does of course get a bit complicated when things move online. However, the rule does still apply. Most countries have the means to block out an online service if they want to. Thus if Twitter wants to continue to offer their service in Norway, they might have to change their ToS - at least for their Norwegian users. Now, Norway is pretty small country, but it is still always a problem for an international company to be deemed "non grata" in any country.

Figure the annoyance among politicians if they had to attend a summit in Norway and couldn't tweet instead of paying attention to the items on the agenda! - Obviously the same goes for regular users.

I do however not think that it will come as far as this - although I still hope Twitter et. al. will make their ToS more consumer friendly.

iFarter begs Apple for rational App Store

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Transparent Aproval Process

How hard can it be to understand the App Store approval process? It works like this:

1. Develop app

2. Submit app

3. App gets rejected

4. Use the blogosphere to raise a stink

5. App gets approved

So Joel Comm is obviously on the right track. Two pints on says the "ka-ching" button app gets approved before Christmas.

I sincerely apologise for using the b-word. But for once it actually felt justified.

Creds to Steve Frank for the insight in the process.

Faux Facebook 'friend' takes US woman for $4,000

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Re; Jan Hargreaves

There is a big difference between the services of a credit card and a money transfer company - e.g. the reliance on bank accounts and the thereof gained verifiability of credit status and security of payment. Without these measures, the way to ensure a similar security would be by escrow, but for some reason these cheapskates prefer the cheaper and less secure option - because they naturally trust their friend.

Why anyone would trust an online merchant is however beyond me...

Linksys router ripe for remote takeover

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@AC: So...

Please don't move your webservers to linux! You are obviously too stupid to manage them any way, and will just end up giving linux a bad name, when you get pwned. Actually, come to think about it - please pull the plug NOW!!! They have probably already been turned into supernodes in some spam bot network!

That Linksys has failed at securing their own program says nothing about the OS underneath!

Microsoft arms half-wit developers with PHP handgun

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And another one takes a swing at Java...

@Daniel Palmer. The JVM that is kept running as a of part of the server. Everything with regards to the actually assembly of the response is passivated to cache (when, obviously depends on your caching strategy). For a site with a large number of requests Java is more efficient than PHP by a long shot.

The inertia people experience with Java comes in the first part of a deployment, where heavily used classes still needs to be JIT'ed and translated into native machine code. (This is also why lots of CS students fucks up their performance analysis in Java.)

Apple buying Twitter!

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Re: Is Twitter

sure - it is also a way to subscribe to these RSS feeds and easily reference them! Because that isn't already part of the technology... ;-)

I personally prefer Twitters adorable step-sister - Plurk. But hey, I am also the sorry kind of introvert who are more interested in connecting with friends and peers than broadcasting myself to world + dog...

Rebuffed by western cellcos, Dell turns to China and retailers

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Jobs Halo


"Some carriers are citing a non-compelling product"

Non-compelling to who? The carriers or the consumers? Because it seems to me, that the carriers tend to be completely out of touch with what the consumers are interested in - probably more by choice than by incompetence though.

iFan because Apple didn't give a toss about what the networks wanted...

Microsoft disables automatic IE 8 downloads

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@David Eddleman: IE Hacks

The problem is that to support both IE and W3C standards browsers, sites use various hacks to get the page to display "right". The hacks used to target former versions of IE might also hit IE8, which could cause the page to break in IE8.

Now, neither of the other browsers on the market is fully standards compliant - thanks to the evolution of new standards. ;) So you always have to test in all the browsers, you want to support anyway.

Student charged after alerting principal to server hack

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Obviously not a hacker

They caught him, didn't they?

Now, if he had just printed the letter on one of the schools printers and (covertly) dropped it off in the principals pigeonhole... (Assuming hid didn't call his file "l33t h4x0r" or something similar - just add an extra page to the latest essay.)

Of course there could still be ways to get him, but it starts to get really tricky - and thus expensive...

I still don't get why they didn't just fix the issue and keep it quite. Someone must have done something more with the data.

British Gas sues Accenture

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Re: Wouldn't be too hard on Accenture

@Rob Briggs: "None of them get it right because BG iteself doesn't know what it wants"

Have you ever come across a company, who knows what they want? Except for what they have - but better.

Building software with a clean and cohesive vision and specification is piece of cake. Generating that understanding of what the client actually need and make them want it -- that is nearly art.

US lag sues over prison crash diet

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There seems to be a general misconception about the punishment of criminals. As most of us live in civilised countries, the punishment by going to jail is the loss of your freedom - nothing more, nothing else.

We could decide to use ill-treatment as a punishment - for instance as it is done in several Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Secondly, why do you think we punish criminals? To teach them a lesson? Nope.

The reason is to pamper the sense of justice of the victims and the general public, as most people appear to still believe in "an eye for an eye...". The society is however interested in trying to make good citizens of as many of the people in the realm as possible (not just criminals). And locking them up is a really expensive and inefficient way to try and achieve that.

When it comes to the rights of the inmates, you got to remember that they are humans, and have rights as such - human as well as civil. These obviously need to be respected. Monsters live under your bed, when you turn of the light - not in the prisons. At least that is what a recently retired homicide detective superintendent told in an interview last year...

Knowing all these reasons does however not stop me for feeling the desire for revenge over criminals. And I suppose this is a major reason why politicians will keep talking about "harsher punishments" to get more votes rather than trying to take precautionary measures against crime.

Office 2007 fails OXML test

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@Ash: More like how to scare your clients

I honestly have no idea, why people keep sending word processor files to me. Usually, all I have to do with them, is to read them and provide some kind of response.

Now, I don't care what looser word processor you use to make the text as long as it does the job, and I get at easily to read document. And bloody hell no, am I going install anything in order to do so. If I have, you *will* get "deprioritised".

So, there are a couple of standard format, which I am happy to accept: PDF, PS and ASCII text.

So take your OXML, ODF and even XSL-FO and stick them! None of them are mature enough to become real standards yet.

Disintegrating wind turbine caught on camera

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Black Helicopters

@Jason Aspinall, Gordon Jahn

@Jasoin Aspinall:

Yes, you are being a complaining git.

The resistance of the generator is varied with nothing more exotic than a gear box.

This should be familiar to everyone who have ever applied "engine brake".

@Gordon Jahn:

That really sounds terrifying!

Considering that Vestas (the manufacturer of the wind turbine) suspects that the failure was due to poor maintenance - and we all know how high "more money to maintenance" ranks on the political agenda...

Black chopper - because this incident will be completely misrepresented in the energy debate to suit the point of view of the government.

Barracuda plays the hippie card in Trend Micro patent row

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Dead Vulture


Dan, for some reason you neglect to point out, that the reason why Barracuda is claiming to defend Free- and Open Source Software is because what they are actually shipping is ClamAV. And that a defeat would set precedence to sue everyone using ClamAV on their gateways.

I know it is mentioned in the very beginning - but beyond that is it completely absent.

For anyone desiring a different view on the story - try Ars Technica:


Their reasoning for Symantec and McAfee to settle is, that it was probably cheaper (and definitely safer) to do.

Balls blames parents, computers for English literacy slide

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Kids these days...


Tesco in X-rated Lawnmower Simulator shocker

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Hardcore violence?

"Dispatch them by spraying grass cuttings at them before they make divots with slide tackles or, if close enough, *mow them down*!"

Although, mowing down footballers can't be all that gory in a Wii...

Lindsay Lohan in 84-minute jail ordeal

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Paris Hilton

Re: Call me ignorant, but..

A redheaded Paris Hilton, it would seem.

Thus, I take she is another american bimbo, who have more breast and money than brains.

Besides that - I have no idea... And I suppose that is actually a good thing.

US man blasts stubborn wheelnut with shotgun

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Re: @ Chris W

Oh - I know the answer to that one: The boats where send to Australia!

But what does that have to do with anything? ...

Back to Bash-the-American. It is all a cultural thing - and the US simply don't have the cultural history Europe does - for obvious reasons. For just as obvious reasons is it completely infeasible to try and teach all school children about these things - they are busy enough learning their own history!

Yes, it is odd, that a country, which resembles us so much, is so different. But observing their current military and technological lead, they must be doing something right.

I am, however, fairly certain that many Americans will agree with, that it isn't because of the current president.

Another thing which is unintelligible for a lot of Europeans is the paradox with USA being "the land of the free" - and on the other hand having plenty of laws, which doesn't encourage personal responsibility.

Woman bites boyf in wedding tackle

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Re: Feminist double standards... again...

I have to agree - to some extent at least.

Rape is a tricky subject, and there have been grotesque cases of both persecution of men and condemnation of women.

I am however most indignant with (usually) women reporting a rape which never happened - just to get revenge over some poor sod. A couple of years in the slammer would be a suitable punishment!

Techies oppose US patent reform bill

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@Jason Harvey

I so agree!

It has nothing to do with how much you have to pay for abusing some else's IP - it is about that the IP has to be real. It needs to be profitable to perform R&D and create new IP, but not to seek/buy patents on general terms, vague notions and hot air!

EVE Online goes dark to fight security breach

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another title

I totally agree.

At the time where the breach were discovered, was it possibly impossible to tell exactly which systems had been compromised. So rather take ALL of them down an do a thorough audit.

Women's panties threaten Burmese Junta

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Peace prize

@Andy Whitell, Graham Dawson, et. al.

Just to spread some light about the reasoning behind why the UN Climate Panel and Al Gore got the peace prize. I got the following from my university's website: http://tinyurl.com/37pwkq (in danish)

For the few of you, who don't read danish, here is a resume:


Climate changes have resulted in many areas gets a more dry climate, resulting in water becoming a scarce resource. And food production suffers severely if you are not able to irrigate. This increases the risk for conflicts between countries and regions regarding the access to water.

Besides tracking how the climate changes affect growing conditions, the researchers also work on developing new methods which enables the growth of the plants with a reduced water consumption. E.g. we have developed a method which can reduce the water consumption for growing potatoes with 20%.


So this time (the first?) the peace prize is given to a group, who try to prevent future conflicts.

I don't know about this Al Gore guy, though. Isn't he just dealing in hot air? The researchers are still not certain that the climate changes are gonna be permanent, AFAIK.

Reg, we need a FYI icon - because we need an icon to suit all kinds of comments...

Microsoft-loving (former) security czar calls for closed internet

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On software security and spam <OT>

@Bronek Kozicki

I only worked in the software for a year or so before getting annoyed with that attitude. But hey - on some point they will just have to scrap the entire source base and start over with whatever the specifications have evolved to. And the customers will of course demand the same features as in the previous version, which have been under development in 6 years or more.

@Charles Hammond

LOL - what a joke. Closing the net to spammers? For real? That must be some good drugs! Care to share? Or don't you trust me?

Please get a clue before you make more of these nonsensical comments! And please don't relay them to anyone with any kind of public influence - perhaps except your local sysadmin.

More seriously:

The best way to stop spam would be, if people could just stop buying stuff advertised in spam - but realising that there will always be stupid people around, this is not gonna happen.

One viable step to stem spam would be to get people to configure their mail-servers properly. Through prudent practices for using my email (like not submitting it to "spamchannels", clicking "unsubscribe" links, etc.), and having well managed mail server, I am down to receiving 10-20 spam-mails a month, whereof most are caught by the server-side filters and the rest by Bayesian filters

Apple iPod Nano third-generation

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It seems to me that the Nanos - despite the name - start to get bloated. I can't imagine video playback on such a small device are gonna sell many extra devices...

I have personally never really used my nano for anything but playing music. I like being able to sync through and have my selected playlists on the iPod to choose from...

Like J, I too am a little sorry I didn't get a 8GB 2nd gen nano to replace my 4GB 1th gen. As I like having different playlists for different occasions the shuffle isn't a good alternative...

What does Microsoft's European defeat mean?

Thomas Vestergaard

American IP BS

"The court has upheld a requirement to hand over intellectual property. "

Bull shit!

To quote the El Reg story on the verdict:

"It [The Court] found Microsoft failed to show that these APIs were intellectual property or that giving them away would have a negative impact on its ability to innovate."

In fact:

"The Court found that Microsoft had indeed failed to supply competitors with sufficient information to allow servers to interoperate effectively."

But now I just wonder - what does that imply about not giving users sufficient information to operate a system??? ;-)

(Obviously, MS supply plenty of information - but "you can lead a horse to water...")

NBC muckraker gets hacked at Defcon

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How really really stupid to use a decoy, whom can be recognised and related to the show...

Ask.com unveils anti-Google tool

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Read the article...

Please read the fine article properly before you start ranting...

"Anonymous user data can be very useful to enhance search products for all users, [snip]" - CEO Jim Lanzone.

iTunes Plus - plus user details that is

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Stop whining

I have to agree with bruceld. This move by Apple have solved all the problems with compatibility, which were peoples strongest point against DRM.

Now it is made absolutely obvious that it was only a cover - the real concern was to be able to share them _illegaly_!

I really cannot see why Apple should work to make that possible. So stop whining!

As already noted can this watermark (like the previously DRM) easily be removed by any tech-savvy person. So this is "just" a strong move towards higher interoperability.

Army tells soldiers they can blog after all

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Well, Jesse, I will hand to you that the U.S. Army especially and military in general are "world champions" in blowing stuff up. Too bad the ain't even half the task in modern war scenarios - as adequately portrayed in the current state of (in)security in both Iraq and Afghanistan....

In that view I sincerely hope there are other armies - or else are we really screwed!

Safari zero-day exploit nets $10,000 prize

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Javascript is inherently insecure - apparently

Ain't it incredible how any article about problems with some OS or browser always leads to tedious and stupid arguments about "my OS/browser is better than yours"?

So before writing something like that, please consider such comments only make you look stupid.

Another things that makes you look stupid is to confuse Java and JavaScript - they are NOT related! If you don't understand their respective technology, then just assume Java is secure and JavaScript ain't!*

Alright, now lets take a better look at what this is really about...

Do you know any OS/browser which haven't suffered a arbitrary code execution JavaScript exploit?

Lynx on OSX ain't, but that is probably because it doesn't have support for JavaScript and neither because the Internet Software Consortium is a hell of a lot better than most guys at writing software nor because it is run on OSX.

No one have yet managed to create a secure JavaScript interpreter, thus the only conclusion one can really draw from this kind of news is that the guys within static analysis and program verification should receive more funding. ;-)

Oh well, the real conclusion should probably more along: "JavaScript sucks".

*: And nothing is absolutely secure - this is from a architectural point of view.

Why the PS3 might share the same fate as the PSP

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Innovative controls vs. hardware upgrade

Tim Hale might have a point about that it is slightly unfair to compare the PS3 and the Wii, as the later is more consolidated on the market.

Yes, there might come good games for the PS3. And there most likely will, when the developers gets into the new capabilities of the PS3. But I think this misses the main point of the article.

The PS3 is basically just and upgrade of the PS2. Yeah sure, it got a new fancy processor. But - so what?

Prettier graphics, smarter AI, etc. does not necessarily warrant more innovative gameplay - but the new controls on the Wii do!