News items for tag worldnews - Koos van den Hout

2016-05-20 Following allong with Hamvention 2016 1 year ago
Hamvention 2016 on aprs.fi
Hamvention 2016 on aprs.fi, map from google maps
I am following the 2016 Dayton Hamvention safely from my own location. Lots happening there which is interesting and maybe I should go there one day. But for those 'playing along at home' there are lots of option nowadays: following hashtag #hv2016live on twitter, with interesting pictures and reports by @ke9v Jeff Davis on twitter and seeing the aprs.fi APRS map around Dayton which went from two or three APRS stations this morning (Dutch time) to a lot of active APRS stations at the moment (see screenshot).

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2015-12-07 News selection that doesn't agree with me 1 year ago
Lately I have been annoyed a few times by the selection of news that makes the headlines on television and in the newspaper. This may be due to the selection I follow (NOS journaal and de Volkskrant) and my issues with current politics (how their actions will be framed in the news seems to be much more important than the long term effects).

Two recent news stories where I wanted a lot more information than my news sources wanted to give me were the damaged bridge in Weener and the flooding in parts of northern England.

The world wide web to the rescue, where I can find other news sources and a lot more information about things happening around the world.

Damaged bridge in Weener (Germany): Flooding in northern England. Noticeable to me was that visiting the BBC website at www.bbc.co.uk gave me a redirect to www.bbc.com which seems to stay away from news about England. Using news.bbc.co.uk gives a better result. In general it seems when some foreign news attracts my attention it is better to find web sources than to wait for the Dutch news to get a hint.

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2015-01-31 World news in my amateur radio contacts 2 years ago
And sometimes world news gets into my amateur radio contacts, even when both sides don't really want that:
Pse QSL via LoTW,eQSLc .. please no bureau now. War here
This was in a contact with a radio amateur operator in the Donetsk region in Ukraine.

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2013-01-21 (#) 4 years ago
Interesting story: Ahmed Al-Khabaz expelled from Dawson College after finding security flaw - National Post Canada. I can fully imagine the kind of thinking behind his actions "if I find this bug this simple, what can I find when I try it with security scanning software". I think some people at the software company / Dawson college overreacted.

From what I can see with a simple websearch there are name.omnivox.ca hosts for several institutes in Canada, each with an IP at the institute, so it's not a centrally hosted application which makes the remarks by Edouard Taza, the president of Skytech confusing:
He said that this was the second time they had seen me in their logs, and what I was doing was a cyber attack
My sarcastic self wonders whether they report the attacks they get from abroad daily to the police with the same energy.

Update 2013-01-24: Lots of new details on this story, and I can imagine there being a lot more to this story than what is published. One interesting opinion set of opinions at: Student’s Expulsion Exposes Computer Science Culture Gap - Security Ledger where Chris Wysopal who learned security testing at L0pth Heavy Industries and Simonelis, Computer Science professor from Dawson college react with interesting points.

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2012-10-05 (#) 4 years ago
I guess an awful lot of traceroutes will be done today and the results will be analyzed, after reading Suspicion over Dotcom net glitch - National - NZ Herald News:
Information held by the Herald shows Gen-I studied data showing the amount of time it took information on the internet connection to reach the Xbox server. It went from 30 milliseconds to 180 milliseconds - a huge increase for online gamers.

The reason for the extra time emerged in a deeper inquiry, which saw a "Trace Route" search which tracks internet signals from their origin to their destinations. When the results were compared it showed the internet signal was being diverted inside New Zealand.

The data showed the internet signal had previously taken two steps before going offshore - but was now taking five.
Via @csoghoian: If you're a spy agency & are going to illegally intercept a geek's residential internet connection, don't add 3 hops + 150ms to traceroute.

There is a reason the technical rules for "lawful" intercept of Internet traffic in a lot of countries are quite strict that network routes should not change when a subscriber is tapped. But I guess being your own ISP would circumvent that and give the interceptors a problem.

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2012-07-26 (#) 5 years ago
Video Internet Infrastructure (East vs West) where someone visits the Philippines and is telling about the state of the (Internet) infrastructure filming above-ground telephone, power and TV cables. But I can think of "western" countries with above-ground wiring looking more or less like this and "eastern" countries were wiring is a lot neater.


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2012-04-11 (#) 5 years ago
An update about the collapsed transmission tower/mast collapse in Hoogersmilde:

The concrete tower part of the transmission tower at Hoogersmilde has been repaired and parts for the new lattice mast that will be on top are coming in to the construction site. Radio-tv-nederland has all the pictures and updates for the rebuilding process of the Hoogersmilde transmitter.

And last night the FM radio transmitters at Lopik were brought back to full power after repairs because of the damage to the transmitter in a small fire on that same 15 July 2011.

Via Radio-tv-Nederland

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2012-03-09 (#) 5 years ago
One victim of the budget cuts at Radio Netherlands Worldwide (Radio Nederland Wereldomroep): Media Network blog will close 24 March 2012. Media Network blog is something I follow the last few years. I'll miss it.

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2012-02-29 (#) 5 years ago
Remarkable news item: Israel raids Palestinian television stations - Media Network Radio Netherlands Worldwide. What I miss (and what I commented there) is any real reporting on the frequency of Watan TV and how it would interfere with air traffic control. None of the news articles I could find answered this question.

Some more searching found me Who's telling the truth about Ramallah TV station raid? - Elder of Ziyon where the same question is asked, with some more details on frequency use in the Middle East. I wasn't aware VHF band I (41.25 - 87.75 MHz) is still in use for TV in the Middle East. With these numbers it could be an option that harmonics or mixing products from the transmitter signal were causing interference but I'd still need to know the frequency of the station and the ATC frequencies to determine whether this was actually happening.

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2012-02-23 (#) 5 years ago
Good news: the lawsuit about the timezone database has been dropped.

The EFF helped defend against the Astrolabe lawsuit against Olson and Eggert. It's still not the ideal way to move the control of the database from Olson and Eggert to the Iana, and reading the facts about the timezone database lawsuit shows just how bad things were, from 12 January 2012:
And then we waited for Astrolabe to actually serve Olson and Eggert, which would allow litigation to commence in earnest. Perhaps realizing the absurdity of its legal position, however, Astrolabe didn’t bother to take that next step, leaving Olson and Eggert in legal limbo.

Today, we’re taking the battle to Astrolabe, and starting the process for seeking sanctions under Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Rule 11 requires litigants to conduct a reasonable inquiry into the facts and law before filing any paper with the court.
I hope this causes a bit more trouble for Astrolabe than just having to say "Sorry, we should not have done this".

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2012-02-08 (#) 5 years ago
Awesome snowboarding footage: Supernatural Snowboarders Showcase Super Skills - Wired playbook.

And this time with real and huge amounts of snow. Some "snowboarding movies" annoy me because there are just some small heaps of snow in the picture for the correct jump spot and the correct landing spot. This is however all on a real mountain with loads of fresh powder snow.

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2011-11-04 (#) 5 years ago
Interesting article from the Harvard Law and Policy Review volume 5-2: The Communications Crisis in America - Susan P. Crawford (pdf) about the current state of high-speed data transport to American consumers.

One quote:
The industry is poised to reap the central reward for geographical clustering, upgrades, and de facto monopoly presence - unconstrained pricing ability and an unmatched high-speed communications service in a marketplace where consumers are agitating for higherspeed communications and the cable companies are making north of 90% margins on their data services.
Found via Telecom Digest.

A very interesting read, making a valid point about the move towards IP based services and at the same time very little competition in high-speed last-mile access in the US with interesting connections between access providers and entertainment producers / distributors.

The Dutch market is somewhat better for as far as I know: most places with cable will have competition for 10 mbit downstream and faster Internet access, and regulators in this country are keeping a close eye on things.

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2011-07-15 (#) 6 years ago
Big transmission news in the Netherlands today: the transmission tower/mast collapsed in Hoogersmilde after a fire and the transmission tower/mast in Lopik was shutdown after a small fire because the fire department wanted to be really sure about the situation after the collapse in Hoogersmilde.

Collected links to pictures / videos : A bit of history:

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2011-06-20 (#) 6 years ago
Quite an interesting article this weekend When Secret Sats Spy on Us, Monsieur Legault Spies Back - Wired danger room. Thierry Legault, famous for a number of very great images of space phenomena is also busy tracking things in space which you're not supposed to know are there. Wired did a great article on the satellite-tracking community a few years ago: I Spy: Amateur satellite spotters can track everything government spymasters blast into orbit. Except the stealth bird codenamed Misty. Wired issue 14.02. The persistence of the spy satellite-tracking community combined with the telescope photography skills of Thierry Legault make for some very nice videos. I guess the owners of the spy satellites aren't too happy about these videos. They would be even more unhappy when the videos would be combined with the latest orbital data.

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2011-06-07 (#) 6 years ago
The NTP pool project is participating in World IPv6 day. Well, not participating in the 'switching off after 24 hours' bit: 2.pool.ntp.org now has AAAA records and will keep them. In the current default configuration this means a system with broken IPv6 connectivity will still work, it will just decide one of the servers is unreachable and tick on happily.
koos@greenblatt:~$ host 2.pool.ntp.org
2.pool.ntp.org has address 213.249.66.35
2.pool.ntp.org has address 91.148.192.49
2.pool.ntp.org has address 72.26.217.210
2.pool.ntp.org has IPv6 address 2001:4f8:fff7:1::17
2.pool.ntp.org has IPv6 address 2607:f128:42:63::2
2.pool.ntp.org has IPv6 address 2600:3c00::2:b401
Source: Experimentally enabling IPv6 - NTP Pool News.

It's not possible to add ntp.cs.uu.nl to the ipv6 pool at the moment, but ntp.idefix.net is reachable via IPv6 and is ok as a server. So it is in the pool.

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2011-05-05 (#) 6 years ago
With all the recent news about Osama Bin Laden I had to dig up this bit of comedy: The Taliban telemarketeer attack. Copied all over the Internet in mp3 and flash and I can't find a real original source for it. The best source is here: Taliban Takes on Telemarketers (Taliban Telephone) by Sector 8 Animation.

This must be why the building had no phone lines or Internet, to avoid this weapon.

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2011-03-15 (#) 6 years ago
Wise words from The Register in Fukushima is a triumph for nuke power: Build more reactors now!. The conclusion:
all plants are now well on their way to a cold shutdown. At no time have their operators come even close to running out of options. No core has melted down and come up against the final defensive barriers: the safety systems did not come even close to failing, despite being tested far beyond what they had been designed to take. One person has sustained a small dose of radiation which need cause him no concern.

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2011-02-10 (#) 6 years ago
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised .. oh yes it will:
the revolution on Al Jazeera
Great work being done by AlJazeera

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2010-12-08 (#) 6 years ago
In what I think is a brilliant move a number of British artists are doing a cover version of John Cage's experimental 4'33" piece to compete for the Christmas number one record. Having the number one position in the UK charts on Christmas is a really big deal (the movie Love Actually uses this fact which got a bit lost in translation for me when I first saw that movie). It competes with the winner of the UK X factor contest which got the number one position in recent years.

John Cage's 4'33" is exactly 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence. Any number of instruments can not play in a performance of the composition.


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2010-12-07 (#) 6 years ago
Oh and one more thing:

I became a father on 3 december 2010 of a healthy son.


Ik ben vader geworden op 3 december 2010 van een gezonde zoon.

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