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Comment: Re:Oh Larry, Way to Blow (Score 1) 397

by Menchi (#37947140) Attached to: Google Tweaks Algorithm As Concern Over Bing Grows
Yes. Just because the person asking the question calls it a boolean operator does not mean it really is a boolean operator. The closest thing to a boolean operators he "-" which means "and not". That's probably why a lot of people assume that "+" did the opposite, meaning "and", but it never did. To force a word to appear on the result page, use the "intext:" operator.

Comment: Re:Oh Larry, Way to Blow (Score 1) 397

by Menchi (#37946992) Attached to: Google Tweaks Algorithm As Concern Over Bing Grows
Possibly because sites that link to this result use your search term in their link text or the result has it in its meta tags or something like that. If you want to make absolutely sure a term really appears in the rendered text of the results, try the insite: operator. And no, this is not a recent change either, it has been this way for years.

Comment: Re:12m resolution? Pffft. (Score 1) 65

by Menchi (#32636342) Attached to: German Radar Satellite Lifts Off Tonight

However, this high resolution would come at the expense of broad coverage, and would be achievable over an area of only a few tens of kilometers square.

You might not believe it, but the earth has a surface of more tens of square kilometres. The site doesn't have any real data on the actual speed of this thing, but it looks like that thing is something completely different (a military spy satellite) and might take dozens of years to cover the whole planets or even longer. If it is even capable of producing a coherent map, this doesn't seem to be in the design specifications.

Comment: Re:Already in place in EU (Score 1) 354

by Menchi (#32535752) Attached to: Australian Gov't Seeks To Record Citizens' Web Histories

You're mixing "national ID card" and "passport" again. This are very different things.

National IDs are
  - required for everyone in most EU countries
  - sufficient for travelling inside the Schengen zone
  - not regulated by the EU
  - required to contain contain fingerprints in some countries but not in others

Passports are:
  - not required if you don't want to visit foreign countries (or leave the Schengen zone)
  - regulated by a whole bunch of international treaties
  - for EU countries, regulated by the EU
  - required to contain fingerprints

For the fingerprints in ID cards, blame the national governments, this has nothing to do with the EU. For fingerprints in passports, blame the whoever you like. Blaming the EU is ok too, they did not start the idea, but they weren't too opposed to it either. Or blame the USA, who won't recognize passports without fingerprints any more. Or blame yourself or me for not protesting it when the international treaties were written years ago.

Comment: Re:Already in place in EU (Score 1) 354

by Menchi (#32533926) Attached to: Australian Gov't Seeks To Record Citizens' Web Histories
What exactly are we talking about here? OP said "id card", I was talking about national ID cards, you seem to be talking about passports. These are very different things, passports are not required for anyone, are for international travels only and are limited by international acceptance. Many countries, like the USA, don't even accept passports that don't contain fingerprints and will require additional papers.
National ID cards on the are required either by everyone or by nobody depending on the country you live in (most EU states require an ID card). The EU may set a few standards for interoperability but does not require any of the possible features (like fingerprints) to be implemented. This is a national issue.

Comment: Re:Already in place in EU (Score 2, Informative) 354

by Menchi (#32533282) Attached to: Australian Gov't Seeks To Record Citizens' Web Histories

- Log url history.
- log phone contact history
- log mail contact history

Yes, but a number (at least 3, might be more) of EU countries have already thrown that out as unconstitutional and are taking the fight back to the EU to get it thrown out on a EU level.

- Obliged to introduce CP filter. Filter can be expanded for other 'illegal' websites.
- Obliged fingerprint scans for id cards.

Uhm, no. The EU does not prevent members from implementing this but it is not required in any way. A lot of EU states don't have this and don't have plans to implement it. If you live in a country where this exists, well that sucks, but don't blame the EU.

- Log banking history.

Well, duh, would be a bad bad world where your bank doesn't have your history on record. They could just change your balance without anyone noticing. At least the treaty to live-stream it to the USA was killed by the EU parliament.

Comment: Re:New record on summary mistakes? (Score 1) 197

by Menchi (#32405944) Attached to: German Publishers Want Censorship Talks With Apple

The content-delivery services seem to be very cautious about what you can buy from German soil

Don't confuse selling with releasing. Companies refuse to release that stuff in the first place. An easy way around this problem is to just buy UK imports. If you live in a big city there probably is a shop near you that sells this stuff. Otherwise just order it on the internet, either from UK sites like (you'll need a credit card for this) or from German shops that specialize in this stuff, like Okaysoft (you'll need to send them a copy of you ID first, as proof of age). So if you want to buy uncensored games in Germany there are a lot of options and all of them are 100% legal. But the people who release the games on the German market are big companies that try to maximize profits, naturally. Restriction on the age of potential customers is bad for that, therefore they'll cut as much as possible to get the rating as low as possible.

Comment: New record on summary mistakes? (Score 5, Informative) 197

by Menchi (#32400262) Attached to: German Publishers Want Censorship Talks With Apple

This is the country that has banned Wikileaks

Except they didn't. was disabled because the guy who own this domain (and nothing else related to wikileaks) didn't pay his bills. He was also involved in some fraud so his ISP didn't want to do business with him any more. They informed him 3 or 4 month before killing his account, he just forgot about it.

sought a ban on violent games

Good thing the word sought is there. The conservative hardliners have been talking about it for 20 years now and so far not much has happened. Preemptive censorship by the publishers is far worse.

and voted to censor child porn (only to have the president kill the ban as unconstituitonal).

Except he didn't, he signed this law. It's just that everybody (including half the people who voted for it) hoped he wouldn't because a few month after this law was voted on the pirate party gained 2% in the federal election (5% is the minimum to get seats, which they did get in some regions). The last thing any of the established parties want is yet another party to worry about so internet topics suddenly because important. The ministry of justice has instructed the police to treat this law as the most unimportant one of all (i.e. not enforce it) and the parliament is actively working on replacing it with a law that does not allow filtering. All in all, awesome summary.

+ - EU parliament rejects SWIFT data sharing->

Submitted by Menchi
Menchi (677927) writes "The EU parliament just rejected an earlier decision by the EU council to grant the US unlimited access to all banking data ( This earlier decision was made on the last day before the treaty of Rome, which would have granted the parliament a vote in this matter, came into effect. After the rejection of the treaty by a parliamentary group last week (, the whole parliament rejected it with 378 to 196 votes."
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Comment: Re:Not exactly what you want, but (Score 1) 533

by Menchi (#30426774) Attached to: How Do I Keep My Privacy While Using Google?
Won't work at all because they don't use just the domain names, they use a subdomain, even if it's just "www".

Try this with your bind resolver:

zone "" {
type master;
file "/etc/bind/db.empty";

Same for "", "", "", "", "", "", "" and "". Disable cookies for the google search engine. That's what I do and I feel relatively save.

Of course all of this is a moot point if you use a Google service that requires a login, like gmail. In this case they can and have read all the mail you've ever received until right now and there's nothing you can do about it. I prefer my own little IMAP server.

Make it right before you make it faster.