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About Lisa Westveld

My friends call me Lisa. My enemies can refer to me as the Dutch Ice Princess from Hell. Fortunately, I have no enemies. :-)
Yeah, Dutch, female, young, intelligent and I have a girlfriend, which makes me a Le..ia. and proud of it!

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  • May 10th, 2017 @ 3:47pm

    It makes sense...

    It makes sense to ban those laptops as it would encourage people to use Cloud services instead. That way, they could just use a simple laptop with a web browser, fly to the USA with the laptop as baggage and once in the USA, they would use the Cloudapps instead.
    But Cloudapps often have servers located inside the USA as they are likely hosted by Google, Microsoft/Azure of Amazon. It means that the USA can also listen to all the web traffic of all those foreigners visiting the USA and gain access to an enormous amount of data. All in all, it allows the USA to better spy on the whole world...
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    Removing my aluminum foil hat now. Just wanted to have some crazy thoughts for a change. Then again, how crazy are they? :-)

  • May 6th, 2017 @ 2:12pm

    Re: Re: Re: Simple solution

    Yeah, well. Unfortunately that's not true. A white man can walk around with a gun and while people might ask questions about why is is carrying, he will generally be allowed to carry his weapon.
    A person of color, any color, will more likely be stopped and temporarily detained for questioning. It is also possible that he will be shot first by the police.
    Race also matters! See this experiment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXv2Pjtc3Zk
    I think this boy would have still been alive if he was white...

  • May 6th, 2017 @ 7:15am

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    Just wondering what your skin color is. Why? Because the kid that was shot and killed was black, and many people in the USA still have plenty of prejudism towards non-Caucasians.

  • May 6th, 2017 @ 12:27am

    Re: Search For Pink M16

    Well, pink or not, if it looks realistic enough, people will feel threatened by it. It is that simple. When it is unclear if the weapon is real or not, you have to wonder what the risks are.
    But again, this situation had two problems, one of them being a very trigger-happy police who shot an armed child even though gun ownership in the USA is legal. This boy wasn't shot because he had a gun, but because they considered him dangerous.
    So had his gun clearly looked like a fake then he would not be considered dangerous and still be alive. Many of those pink M16's and pink AR-15's still look realistic enough to confuse people. People feel less threatened if you point a Buzz Lightyear raygun at them, no matter if it is a real gun or not.

  • May 5th, 2017 @ 3:35pm

    Re: Simple solution

    Just to make things more clear: a ban of realistic-looking toy weapons won't solve the trigger-happy police problem. Police in the USA tends to shoot first and ask questions later. Solving that problem is a whole different problem.

    But, it started with a realistic-looking toy that this boy was playing with. A toy that some people thought was real! People would have been less suspicious if the whole thing was orange. It could have even been a real orange gun and people would be much less worried about it until they realize it is real. But people want to feel safe and a gun-wielding person in the streets seems very unsafe. People aren't paranoid enough to consider anything as a possible weapon. Well, not yet anyways...

    In this case, the police has an excuse that they thought the weapon was real. It was a fake gun but the only way to know this was by an orange tip, which had been removed. So they shoot, as they have been trained to do! The boy dies but the "dangerous situation" has been resolved.

    When you walk around with a gun, you could expect that someone will consider you hostile and they will shoot you before you can shoot them. Even if the gun is fake. By removing any fake weapons from the market that are too realistic, you can avoid this. You can make people less scared of a kid with a toy gun if the gun is bright orange and looks fake. (Yes, even if it is still real!) It is all about perceived threat.

  • May 5th, 2017 @ 12:41pm

    Simple solution

    The solution is reasonably simple, and countries like the Netherlands use this solution and are extremely strict with this: Ban all realistic-looking toy guns! Simply put, if you own something that could be mistaken for a real gun then you can be arrested and the toy will be confiscated as evidence and be destroyed. You will get a warning or fine. (Worst case? 9 months imprisonment or €20,900 fine if you have a collection or used it to commit a crime.) But possession of realistic-looking toy weapons is severely discouraged in the Netherlands. So ban the realistic-looking toy weapons and this mistake should never have to happen. The next time a 12-year old will be shot by the police will be because he had a real gun instead. Which is still no excuse to shoot immediately on sight!

  • Feb 18th, 2016 @ 1:01am

    Has anyone even looked at this site?

    Come on, guys! They don't want it off the Google-index because it's all secret but worse: it's butt-ugly! You need Internet Explorer to correctly see the page, else things look a bit weird. And it has been developed in an Ancient .NET version in a pretty bad way. And it would not surprise me if a hacker gets inside within 15 minutes of experimenting.
    But the page... And the Code... Oh, it hurts my eyes so badly! Quick! Close it, forget it, BURN IT DOWN! I agree with them and this should be DMCA'd because no one should be able to see such ugliness...
    It's Geocities all over again...

  • Feb 11th, 2016 @ 2:19am

    Double standard at Facebook

    It might be interesting to know that there are groups on Facebook that discuss all kinds of erotic things and even contain erotic images without Facebook responding to them. One of them would be https://www.facebook.com/groups/Rooieoortjes which happens to exist for a long time already and often shares nudity and mild pornography. (It's a closed group, though.) And I know that some people have tried to report the group, but it just continues to exist. Facebook does not take any action against it. And the banned picture is quite tame compared with the contents of this group.
    So, Facebook has no problem with porn, as long as it happens in closed groups...

  • Dec 1st, 2015 @ 12:47pm

    Re:

    Well, the rhyming could have been better. Let's make a contest of this, trying to see who can ridicule this guy the best with rhymes! :D

  • Dec 1st, 2015 @ 12:44pm

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    Let's rhyme if I mat be blunt,
    This Milorad Trkulja is totally a c**t!
    Trying to get Techdirt plucked
    but Milorad Trkulja is totally f***ed.

    Well, just sharing my opinion here. A guy who makes these kinds of threats isn't a gangster anyways. He's just a pathetic moron. If he gets shot in the back again, no one would cry about it, I think.

  • Nov 3rd, 2015 @ 4:27am

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    Abe List isn't out of the Woods yet. :)
    Sorry, had to say that. I'll powder my nose now. Woods, wanna join? :P

  • Sep 25th, 2015 @ 4:03am

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    Quote: "dead celebrities that had lived in the state at the time of their death."
    Huh? What? How can they live in a state when they're dead? Don't you just mean celebrities who died in that state? :)

  • Sep 8th, 2015 @ 10:34am

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    I think Getty actually wanted all this media attention. Once in a while they have to display some of their power again to make the people who pay them a bit happier.

  • Jul 28th, 2015 @ 6:43am

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    So? Now what? Will they have to pay it all back now? To whom would they have to pay it all back anyways?
    I think they'll just pay a big fine and be done with it. The CEO and other directors should just end up in jail in my opinion and this company should be forced to close its doors because of this fraudulent actions but it probably just ends with a large, tax-deductible fine. Big deal...

  • Jul 27th, 2015 @ 7:58am

    Re:

    Actually, back in the time when the whole area was called the USSR, a lot of people were forced to move to other locations in the whole USSR. Especially the Russian citizens were moved to all of these "foreign" location, turning them into an invasive, legal aliens.
    Then the USSR fell apart, those Russians just stayed where they were, demanding they would become basically dual-citizens. A large population of the Ukraine and especially the Krim las a lot of Russian people.
    There are also plenty of Ukrainian people in Russia, though. The forced migrations worked in two ways and was meant to make everyone equal to one another.
    But now Russian and Ukrainian Nationalists are calling for a forced separation. And that's basically what started the whole conflict.
    Yeap, Putin is Evil, but Putin isn't Russia!

  • Jul 27th, 2015 @ 5:05am

    Re: Re:

    Rhe Russian Intelligence or the American Intelligence? They both seem to lack the Intelligence... :)

  • Jul 27th, 2015 @ 4:28am

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    But what if the USA did create those weapons and misspelled it on purpose so everyone would think they're fake while they're really the real deal?
    And what if Russians are claiming these typo's were done on purpose by the USA because of the above logic, while it's not true?
    And what if the USA is claiming the Russians are lying when the Russians claim that the USA delivered these weapons including this typo to make it seem they did not send them?
    And what if the Russians... Oh, well... You get my line of thinking by now. The truth? We'll never know it...

  • May 18th, 2015 @ 10:47am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Troublesome certificates...

    They might risk it if they can somehow get away with it and if risking it would increase their profits. In the end, Verizon just wants to make profits so if listening in on HTTPS traffic provides additional revenue, they will certainly look at the risks involved.
    If they risk compromising their root CA then they could just make use of a different root CA by someone else. Or they will limit it to specific areas, countries or perhaps even their free WiFi, if they offer that somewhere.
    Revoking a root CA isn't something Google or Mozilla will do that easily, since Verizon is big and powerful. The legal consequences might result in just a warning from Google and Mozilla and Verizon will reverse their changes.
    Providers in other countries might even have it easier. The Iranian or Chinese government could force all computer users to install a government-issued certificate that they can use to listen in on all traffic. The providers would then route all traffic through this system and the people might complain, but can't do much about it. That's the power of a monopoly.

  • May 18th, 2015 @ 5:03am

    Re: Re: And held for "moderation"

    He meant the other Brian... :)

  • May 17th, 2015 @ 10:42am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Troublesome certificates...

    As a CA, Verizon can create it's own certificate and use it to sign a specific domain like Google or TechDirt. The certificate would appear to be legitimate for the browser since it is signed by an official CA and mentions the right domain. The fact that Verizon created it on the fly doesn't really matter since it will look quite official. (Including any details found in the original public certificate!)
    To check it, you would need to check the certification path, which would differ from the original certificate. Without access to the original certificate to compare, you can't know if you have the real certificate or a proxy version created by your provider.
    But if your browser or App has the original certificate included in the executable, it should be able to validate the certificate with whatever the site provides.
    Which only works as long as your browser or app gets updated when the certificate changes...

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