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Comment Re:Duh. (Score 5, Informative) 82

the Belgian government is a bit at war with Facebook atm. They started an lawsuit against facebook since it was also tracking non users via its plugins everywhere, which of course is not allowed. In return you now can't see any facebook page anymore from a belgian ip address unless you are logged in.
So this is another step in the fight of the governement against the privacy breaches of facebook.

Privacy is taken serious here :).

Comment Why not just buy arduino clones?? (Score 4, Interesting) 83

The pro mini's are about 1.25$ atm, arduini nanos with usb port are 1.75$, and the cheapest stm32 boards (which also have arduino ported to them) are about 2$ (and far more powerful than an arduino nano).

What the hell is this project possibly thinking of being able to add to that (except for high shipping costs, since i doubt that unlike the chinese prices i quoted above, i doubt theirs will include shipping).

Comment Re: Surely a fundamental human rights breach? (Score 5, Informative) 796

"Brussels has effectively enacted curfew and everybody is fine with it"
as a belgian i must say this is the first i heard about that
probably right after the bombings there was some kind of curfew for a short period when they were still hunting down some suspects, but life is just returning to normal, as you would expect.

Comment After reading this, i started wondering... (Score -1, Flamebait) 596

As an IT'er, i've always followed that encryption etc... is good and shouldn't be made easier to break for the government... That it's an all or nothing story etc...

But i like to make parallels to other things. And i'm now wondering... how is this any different than gun control? I'm from europe, decent gun control is something i take for granted. And the arguments i hear about no backdoors for encryption remind me soooo much of all the american NRA nutters about their needs to carry weapons.
Is it really necessary to have every normal mobile phone properly encrypted so law enforcement can't even access it if there is useful data on it? There are ofcourse people who care more about encryption, and they'll make sure their devices are better encrypted. And seriously, who the hell is gonna hack your mobile phone? If it's about the principle, then you better also start carrying a weapon, because getting shot at or someone hacking your phone probably happen equally often.

Do we really need this hard stance towards encryption from the IT community? If you look at other fields where we aren't so invested ourselves, wouldn't we oppose such a strong opinion?

Submission + - LIGO confirms gravity waves from black hole collision 1

DudeTheMath writes: NPR has a nice write-up of the newly-published results. "[R]esearchers say they have detected rumblings from that cataclysmic collision as ripples in the very fabric of space-time itself. The discovery comes a century after Albert Einstein first predicted such ripples should exist. ... The signal in the detector matches well with what's predicted by Einstein's original theory, according to [Saul] Teukolsky [of Cornell], who was briefed on the results."

Comment Re:the Schedules (Score 2) 111

And even without the schedules, the sellers will tell you when they arrive.
I wanted one, so i kept an eye on pihut, and they announced on their twitter when they'd have new stock, so i made sure i was ready to buy one then, and got one of the second batch they sold. And i'm by no means someone who uses twitter (literally the first time i've ever had use for it, found the post by googling). But if you really want one, how hard is it really to just keep up to date a bit with the shop you know sells it... they know it's important for their customers, so they'll warn them via the channels they have of when they will be available :).

If you don't have one right now, you just don't want it that hard, if you would have, you'd have taken the bit of time it takes to be up to date with when new batches arrive, and order one when it became available.

Comment Re:I saw it coming (Score 2) 172

Why disable it??
My ISP router is like that, and if you enable the public hotspot on yours, you can use those of others too (which i find incredibly useful :) ).
And for security: all that router is allowed to do is have my decent router in its DMZ, and from there on i form my own network where i know exactly what devices i'm using :).

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