Ferry Boender

Programmer, DevOpper, Open Source enthusiast.


Category: politics

Why the EasyList DMCA takedown notice is perfectly valid (and fair)

There’s a story going around about a DMCA takedown notice filed against the adblocking list EasyList, causing them to remove a domain from one of their filters. As usual, lots of indignation and pitchfork-mobbing followed. It seems though, that few people understand what exactly is going on here. Here’s a brief history of ad blocking […]

Two-factor authentication via SMS is worse than no two-factor authentication at all

Another case of online theft whereby the attacker takes over a victim’s phone and performs an account reset through SMS has just hit the web. This is the sixth case I’ve read about, but undoubtedly there are many many more. In this case, the victim only lost $200. In other cases, victims have lost thousands […]

Dutch government wants to censor the Internet

Dutch minister of Justice, Hirsch Ballin, is being pressured by dutch christian and labour parties to force Dutch ISP’s to start censoring the Internet: A translation of the dutch NU.nl article: AMSTERDAM – The NOS [Dutch Broadcasting Institute] on friday reports that a majority of the Dutch parlement have demanded that internet providers be forced […]

History of the Free Software Movement

Found an interesting read over at O Reilly’s website: The GNU Operating System and the Free Software Movement, by Richard Stallman.

China bans reincarnation

The Chinese government has outlawed the practice of reincarnating for Buddhist monks in Tibet without their permission. In one of history’s more absurd acts of totalitarianism, China has banned Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission. According to a statement issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs, the law, which goes into […]

Did you know? Secret anti-communism network in europe

Did you know that, after World War II came to an end, a secret organisation called “Gladio“, funded by the CIA and NATO, was brought to life in Europe in order to (amongst other things) neutralise communistic influences? The organisation spanned almost the whole of West-Europe, including countries such as Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, France, […]

DDoS attack paralyses Estonia

Hackers Take Down the Most Wired Country in Europe: At exactly 11 pm, Estonia was slammed with traffic coming in at more than 4 million packets per second, a 200-fold surge. Globally, nearly 1 million computers suddenly navigated to a multitude of Estonian sites, ranging from the foreign ministry to the major banks. It was […]

How I get my music and movies

I don’t buy music CDs. They’re more expensive than they should be, and the prices never drop, even if the CDs are old. I don’t buy music online either, since it’s usually even more expensive than a CD, it has stupid DRM (Digital Restriction Management) restrictions, and you don’t even get the nice booklet. How […]

Illegal U.S. citizen spying continues

Unauthorized spying on U.S. citizens’ international tele-communications will continue, as an appeals court in Cincinnati dismissed the case brought against the Bush administration to stop the surveillance activity. The illegal wiretapping program was authorized by Bush after the 9/11 events and allows the monitoring of (amongst others?) international telephone calls e-mail. “The Bush administration is […]


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