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Comment: Re:It was known before.. (Score 1) 52

by houghi (#48914327) Attached to: Researchers Tie Regin Malware To NSA, Five Eyes Intel Agencies

Way more then just the website.
More info on
Not only the website, but "26,000 systems were found to be infected: email and share point servers, as well as the technical staff's workstations."
Belgacom is the largest telecom operator and is also the largest ISP. I would guess almost all political individuals would at least use their phone system, but most likely also their internet.

Comment: Re:Saddest line ever (Score 2) 107

by houghi (#48914215) Attached to: Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet

Paranoia is when you THINK you are being watched. I KNOW I am being watched. Huge difference.
People are getting fired because they said something on Facebook. Something people would never had to worry about in the past. You did something in a pub when drunk and a few people would laugh about it. Most would perhaps have no idea who you were and if you saw them at a job interview a week later and sober, they would have no idea.
Now I have no idea if that will be the case. He could just have seen my picture on some random website.

So yeah, I WISH it was paranoia. Much more pleasant then what we have now.

And yet I do not post as AC. (Although perhaps I did and I am now replying to my own comment.)

Comment: Re:Saddest line ever (Score 4, Insightful) 107

by houghi (#48912509) Attached to: Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet

This has nothing to do with Communism. It has everything to do with oversight and more about agencies abusing that oversight.
Mind you, many western countries are running towards the same model where everybody is being watched and the slightest will make your life miserable. People will soon start to whisper. I already notice how I am wording things, because I know that in a few years what I said now WILL be used against me.

Comment: Re:SIP Replacement? (Score 2) 183

by houghi (#48912473) Attached to: EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

Would IPv6 not solve that? OTOH, why would providers go from IPv4 to IPv6 when soon there will be a shortage of numbers and they can charge (even more) extra for those who want a fixed IP with the excuse that they had with dial up.

Even now when I connect with my phone, I get a 10.x.x.x address. Why would they give up that control? I see only downsides for the providers and they are the ones that need to implement it.

Comment: Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (Score 1) 330

by houghi (#48912177) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

One does not exclude the other. In Belgium the police often announces when they are going to do alcohol checks or speed checks. Many fixed camera's on the highway are indicated by signs that there is a camera.
Next to that they also do unannounced speed controls. However that might be just a camera.
On the radio they are often announced where they are. For that reason they stay there one or maximum two hours and go to the next place.

So one does not exclude the other. They can be out in public AND stealty at the same time.

As for the tickets. In Finland the tickets are linked to your income. So if some billionaire gets a ticket, he will pay a LOT and he will feel it. (No, he will not go bankrupt)

Comment: Re:"They" is us (Score 1) 223

by houghi (#48912075) Attached to: Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

I am old and I don't know anybody personally in that range. And approaching does not mean you are there. And it get harder and harder to approach it.

When I look at the people that retired that I know and have done full payment on their house, then perhaps 500.000 EUR. And that is where the money is, in their houses.

Comment: Re:"They" is us (Score 4, Insightful) 223

by houghi (#48912043) Attached to: Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

For the Billionaire, it depends on how you got there. By itself it means nothing, but if you got it over the backs of others, then yes, that is a problem.

If you scam people and then get money from the government if your scam fails, you are a problem. If you buy out the government and get laws that favor you, but hurt all the rest, then you are a problem. If you are a shareholder in a company and you have millions your staff needs food coupons to survive, you are a problem.

Everybody knows that by just working hard, you won't become a billionaire. Perhaps a millionaire, but not a billionaire.

And sure, what they did might all be legal. But morality has nothing to do with legality.

Comment: Re:Screenshots (Score 1) 343

by houghi (#48906741) Attached to: Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

I just bought my first Windows PC since Win95. The first thing I did was download a browser. The second thing i did was install Classic Shell on my 8.1.

That said, I never understood the 'start' button that is used on Linux as well. Why only one button? Luckily under XFCE I am able to have several 'start' buttons. Each one has a few programs that I often start grouped by how I like it. So no whole tree that I need to go past.

Comment: Re:Thrift store (Score 1) 420

by houghi (#48903123) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

It is inferior in that when trying to do a middle click (e.g. for a paste function in Linux) you also do a scroll up or down. This means that you paste it to the wrong place.
As this did not happened when there was no scroll.

If something is not an issue for you does not mean there is no issue for anybody.

I solved it by using a multi-button trackball and assigning the middle click to another button.

Comment: Re:Performance Mouse MX (Score 1) 420

by houghi (#48903085) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

I use a trackball where there are more buttons. Using a mouse gives me personally more strain then using a mouse.

Using the scrollwheel as a middle button is not very precise as sometimes you will scroll before you paste.

So I have turned one extra button into the middle button for the paste. The middle button and the other extra button I use for volume control.

Comment: Re:Under Search Warrant (Score 1) 186

by houghi (#48902743) Attached to: Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

If the data was in the US, not so much. The fact that the data was ALSO on non-US servers would not matter.
I could imagine that Google has a LOT of duplicate information around the world, so that it can serve the customer as fast as possible. Just like Amazon has several warehouses and not just one.

Weekend, where are you?