Category Archives: Thoughts

Comments about what happens in the world, currently.

Please, someone make this happen: Stephen Fry as Bond villain :)

During his very enjoyable “Stephen Fry in America” he makes so many impressions of a Bond villain that I thought it would be fun to see him as one. Alternatively it would be cool to see him as a more … Continue reading

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“The less Americans know about Ukraine’s location, the more they want U.S. to intervene”

This Washington Post article is somewhat sad … // Oliver

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TSA Agent Confessions

Dear America, I saw you naked

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Admittedly this one is funny

Язык в тесте, tongue in dough, says the inscription on this sign. Unfortunately English language seem to have been in short supply in Sochi before the opening. The mistranslation to English is a bit unfortunate, although in English the word … Continue reading

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“Fuck the EU”

Why does Victoria Nuland have to apologize for what she said in a private phone conversation? Whoever leaked this, it’s enlightening to hear, but it’s also no big deal. Besides, even US-Americans use the f-word much more often than the … Continue reading

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So …

… when under constant surveillance1, will we have to give a reference whenever we quote someone, NSA? Just curious. After all some politicians in Germany stumbled over the lack of references in their theses. Also, I am unsure about how … Continue reading

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Five Eyes

The Five Eyes, aka UKUSA Agreement, begs one giant question. Given that this exclusive “club” stretches across Anglo-Saxon exclusively countries and given the light Ed Snowden’s leaks shed on the relationship between GHCQ and NSA, where one wonders who is … Continue reading

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Schneier briefed Congress

Bruce Schneier, a well-known cryptography expert and one of the few with access to the documents leaked by Snowden, briefed six Congress representatives on Thursday. Probably still a more honest speech than Obama’s. ON another note, here’s a fun quote … Continue reading

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Will more nations shift right thanks to the NSA revelations?

Think about it. The logical thing to do is to go national and build up infrastructure (hardware and software) that is under full control of each respective national state. Having national routing was already raised as an idea. The logical … Continue reading

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Impressions of a Sunday morning

So I woke up a few minutes to five and got up 5:04. I then drove my significant other to the airport at Keflavík and returned to the city. On my way back I was listening to some US radio … Continue reading

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Windows 8.1 continued pains …

So, in order to add some stuff specific to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 I end up working a bit on Windows 8.1 these days. Mind you, it’s only for testing and therefore by no means the full horror experience. … Continue reading

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Nice idea

In the past when you created a new virtual machine in VMware, onto a virtual disk that would grow, that disk started out empty on the host file system. Now with VMware Workstation 10 ((although I cannot say whether this … Continue reading

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“Why are you spying on Grandma?”

… just got to read these two gems earlier today: Former Top NSA Officials Insist Employees Are Leaving Because Obama Is Mean, Not Because They Object To NSA’s Current Activities NSA Sent Home Talking Points for Employees to Use in … Continue reading

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Uh oh …

George Clooney sent this video message to the Klichko/Klitschko brothers. A few tidbits: [...] that true democracy cannot exist without a free and fair and honest election. Mr. Clooney, I hope you didn’t have the Florida supreme court decision from … Continue reading

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Bye bye MSN

I’ve been using MSN in parallel with some other protocols in Miranda IM1 and as MS had announced last year, they retired it in October this year. Well, bad luck. The old protocol was a defacto standard and open. The … Continue reading

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Let’s think about this …

… if the US is spying on an ally1 from their embassy in the respective host country, they are spying on and from US soil. Wouldn’t that affect how this should be looked at legally, if there is a need … Continue reading

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Fuck you very much, Peter King (R-NY)

The United States has done so much through the NSA to save lives in Germany. We have done much more for Germany through the NSA than the German army has done for itself since WWII said one Peter King, Republican … Continue reading

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Speaking of the devil

Just recently I mentioned Clean MX in this blog post and sure enough today I received another automated abuse message from them and relayed to me via Hetzner, my hoster. This time, however, I plan not to be so lenient … Continue reading

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No relief

In the past software I wrote ended up in detection of anti-malware programs, more traditionally known under the term antivirus (AV) programs1. As you may or may not know I work for an AV vendor and as such I sit … Continue reading

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Yay! The Man from Earth sequel started the funding phase …

Follow this link inconspicuously kck.st/15imYX1 I loved the original. Admittedly I had gotten a copy from a friend who had downloaded it. But not only did I donate right after watching it, I also bought the DVD later. Lesson to … Continue reading

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