* Posts by Frank Zuiderduin

124 publicly visible posts • joined 20 Aug 2008


Watchdog tells Dutch govt: 'Do not use Facebook if there is uncertainty about privacy'

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Why use it at all?

I've never understood why any organisation would want to use facebook to communicate with 'customers'. You have your own website. What does using facebook add?

One year after Roe v Wade overturned and 'uterus surveillance' looks grim

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Re: The USSA police state

Nope. NL authorities never registered race. They registered religion and THAT's what went pear shaped when Hitler came about.

Windows XP activation algorithm cracked, keygen now works on Linux

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Re: Where VueScan's going, it doesn't need drivers

Unfortunately, it doesn't support mine (CanoScan 4200F). Don't need XP though. Windows 7 still manages it (10 doesn't - yes, I know it should, officially...).

A new version of APT is coming to Debian 12

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Not an apt change

Adding non-free firmware is not an apt change. Just a debian change.

Hiding a phishing attack behind the AWS cloud

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That filtering is a joke.

In my book, anything from gmail, hotmail, etc. is suspect by definition. I don't see why AWS should be any different.

Thunderbird 102 gets a major facelift, Matrix chat support

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Re: Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Seriously, though. Don't compress any folders without restarting afterwards. You might lose mail...

Dutch public sector gets green light to use Google Workspace

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Yet another example of why the Dutch government and IT are a disasterous combination.

When forgetting to set a password for root is the least of your woes

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/etc/shutdown ?

Binaries in the config dir? Was that really common in those days?

As System76 starts work on its own Linux desktop world, GNOME guy opens blog, engages flame mode

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GNOME developers are best ignored, just as they ignored their user base with the GNOME 3 abomination.

Yahoo! shuts! down! last! China! operations! as! doing! business! becomes! 'increasingly challenging'!

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That thing with exclamation points after every word of the title of a Yahoo item is really getting old...

Sovereignty? We've heard of it. UK government gives contract to store MI5, MI6 and GCHQ's data to AWS

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Stupidity of the variety "you can't make this up".

What do you mean you gave the boss THAT version of the report? Oh, ****ing ****balls

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NSFW? That? Seriously?

You don't get out much, do you?

GNOME alone: FOSS desktop folk to start counting in whole numbers again

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The gnome developers killed their product with version 3/gnome shell anyway, so who cares.

NASA to stop using names like 'Eskimo Nebula' and 're-examine' what it calls cosmic objects

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Re: What's next?

Really? I thought it was derived from the russian word for 'worker'.

I despise all these so called 'woke' purity nuts.

Made-up murder claims, threats to kill Twitter, rants about NSA spying – anything but mention 100,000 US virus deaths, right, Mr President?

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Re: You supported a system...

You do remember the other person actually WON the 'popular vote', don't you? There were actually more PEOPLE who voted for the ape's opponent. It's just his country's retarted voting system that allowed him to 'win'.

From Brit telly presenter Eamonn Holmes to burning 5G towers in the Netherlands: Stupid week turns into stupid fortnight for radio standard

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The most moronic about 'burning 5G towers' in the Netherlands is there aren't any. Sure, there are a couple of test sites, but all towers found 'in the wild' over here are no more than 4G, because 5G HASN'T BEEN ROLLED OUT YET!

Bloody tin foil hat idiots.

Remember the Dutch kid who stuck his finger in a dam to save the village? Here's the IT equivalent

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Re: About the same time that ...

The story was made up by an American writer and wasn't based on anything other than her imagination. So dam / dike.. Who cares?

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Whatever. It's a fairytale, made up by an American and not based on any facts, so who cares?

GitLab reset --hard bad1dea: Biz U-turns, unbans office political chat, will vet customers

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Typical caving in to the usual "stompzinnige jankende wijven" (which is what SJW stands for in dutch, as far as I'm concerned). Sijbrandij - a dutchman - obviously forgot about them.

I really hate the time we live in.

The fur is not gonna fly: Uncle Sam charges seven Russians with Fancy Bear hack sprees

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Re: Same guys?

All four were named - with copies of their passports - in the articles that showed up on the web here in The Netherlands, when the news about the The Hague situation first came out.


Whether those passports actually show the guys' real names...?

Lyon for speed, San Francisco for money, Amsterdam for fun: the best cities to be a techie

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Considering Amsterdam's cable has max 400Mbit/s downstream broadband and that's supposed to be only 1.78 on a scale of 10, I wonder what kind of speeds Lyon has...

Who had ICANN suing a German registrar over GDPR and Whois? Congrats, it's happening

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Re: I hope ICANN loses completely.

"...I don't think they've thumbed their nose at anybody's laws."

They have. Since 2003 actually, when they were first told they were breaking the data protection laws as they existed then.

US websites block netizens in Europe: Why are they ghosting EU? It's not you, it's GDPR

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Tumblr's rss feeds are broken if you use an rss reader. The morons send a non rss format page back, which of course the reader doesn't know how to handle.

Zimmerman and friends: 'Are you listening? PGP is not broken'

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Werner Koch (a.k.a. mister GnuPG) already mentioned what was really amiss on the day the efail nonsense was released. And he was pretty much ignored by the media. Not sensational enough, I guess.

'Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don't have an account!'

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Clean enough for me. No faecesbook junk anywhere. Hardly any pre-installed stuff anyway.

You love Systemd – you just don't know it yet, wink Red Hat bods

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The more people learn about it, the more they like it?

How about maybe not?

I was pretty open minded about it at first, but the more I learn about it, the more it annoys me. It's really trying to be too much.

Want a better init system? Build a better init system. Don't make it do things no init system was ever meant to do.

Eurocrats double down on .eu Brexit boot-out

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Two different groups reaching different conclusions is far more likely than anything else. I mean, who ever heard of the EC backtracking on a crazy decision?

Whois is dead as Europe hands DNS overlord ICANN its arse

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Re: All bow to the data protection Gods

Having my name and e-mail address visible in the WHOIS for .org has led to spam, spam and spam (the e-mail address used there is unique, so I know exactly where they got it from). The WHOIS has not been of use to me in any way. So good riddance.

Death in paradise: 'Cyber attack' takes out national government's IT

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...an independent slice of the Caribbean island named “Saint Martin”

Erm. No. Not a slice of Saint Martin. Saint Martin is the French part. Sint Maarten the Dutch. Neither is a slice of the other.

And independent? Not really. It's part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Arm Inside: Is Apple ready for the next big switch?

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Re: Reminder of Acorn Advert

Pity Acorn ceased to exist in 1998.

Their RISC OS operating system still lives on, but it's nowhere near as advanced (compared to other OSs) as it was in the 90s.

Baaa-d moooo-ve: Debian Linux depicts intimate cow-sheep action in ASCII artwork

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Good grief...

Hummel, get a life.

New phishing campaign uses 30-year-old Microsoft mess as bait

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A 20-year-old mess? Been around since 1987? Erm... I seem to be missing a decade.

WannaCry vanquisher Marcus Hutchins pleads not guilty to flogging banking trojan Kronos

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The Wannacry server domain?

He isn't allowed to access what? What sense does that make? How is that related to the charges?

Marcus Hutchins free for now as infosec world rallies around suspected banking malware dev

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Re: Blind support

Did YOU actually read the article? The bit about the proof-of-concept code? Which was well known, so how could he NOT admit to it?

Crazy bug of the week: Gnome Files' .MSI parser runs evil VBScripts

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Re: Fixed it!

That's essentially what I did when the GNOME developers showed their contempt for their users for the first time, several years ago.

I actually thought they coudn't possibly sink any lower at that time. Weird how things can always get worse.

Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Still not ginger then...

We'll drag Microsoft in front of Supremes over Irish email spat – DoJ

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So the DoJ wants to make sure no non-us entity will ever use us-based companies anywhere in the world...

Anyone with a bit of sense already knows ths us cannot be trusted. Let's make it official.

Debian 9 feels like home with security upgrades and a flaming vulpine warming your toes

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Check your facts please

"...KDE 4.16..."

Not bloody likely! Stretch/Testing has had KDE 5 for well over a year.

'My PC needs to lose weight' says user with FAT filesystem

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Re: It's been awhile (thankfully!) ...

Indeed. Why would any system have a directory called FAT in the root of the C drive? This is made up. By someone who either doesn't know much about computers or thinks the readers don't.

Net neutrality blowback: Cities say no. Court says whoa. Trumpster blames Canada for not going slow

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Alternative facts again?

Netherlands does not say zero rating is ok, Layton, you stupid tart. The Rotterdam court decided the weaker EU rules don't explicitely forbid zero rating and those rules apply, rather than the strong net neutrality laws we have. It's now up to the ACM to appeal.

Debian bins keys assigned to arrested Russian contributor

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Re: 'twas a bit more than organizing protests

Screwed indeed. Apparently, he's clearly visible on video at a food store at the time the posting was made, but that hasn't helped him.

Twitter app pwned by pro-Turkey hackers: Users' accounts sling 'Nazi' slurs

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The Hauge?

Jezus mate. With a name like Leyden, you should know better...

UK's Virgin Media subscribers suffer fresh email blocking misery

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Curiously enough, in practice it actually does work that way. Greylisting as such isn't a bad idea. You just need to implement it properly.

Cloudbleed: Big web brands 'leaked crypto keys, personal secrets' thanks to Cloudflare bug

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Range checking using equals instead of greater/equals... What script kiddie did they hire to code that bit? No, scratch that. A script kiddie would probably have known better.

Trump's 140 characters on F-35 wipes $2bn off Lockheed Martin

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Grounded by bad weather? A fighter jet? You have GOT to be kidding me...

If that's true, Lockheed Martin deserves to lose a whole lot more than $2bn.

Botched Microsoft update knocks Windows 8, 10 PCs offline – regardless of ISP

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What is going on exactly?

Are the DHCP servers messed up? Or the clients? Somehow the latter seems more likely, in which case it doesn't have anything to do with the ISP.

Kids today are so stupid they fall for security scams more often than greybeards

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Wisdom comes with the years?

LOL! Seriously, when you've been around a bit longer, you either become a complete idiot or stop being gullible...

Police raid India call centre, detain 500 in fraud probe

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How can a scam like this even work?

Am I to believe that raiding people's houses because of owed taxes is actually a real practice over there? Out of the blue? No prior court case or even a letter? Really?

If it isn't, why do people even fall for this kind of scam? Boggles the mind...

Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

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Why should anyone feel guilty about keeping junk and security threats off their system and making sure their machines' core temperature doesn't go up by 15 degrees (that's what happened here when I ran some tests with blockers off)?

Who do we contact for compensation for the damage that does to a machine?

Google's become an obsessive stalker and you can't get a restraining order

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Can't say no? Mate, I haven't even said "maybe" yet. All I carry is a 'dumb' phone and it suits me fine.