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Copyright Alert System ended

An article in Variety on the failed “Copyright Alert System”: “Internet Service Providers, Studios and Record Labels Call It Quits on Copyright Alert System“.

“Copyright Alerty System” is the name of the US “three strikes” implementation, “in which consumers received “copyright alerts” when they viewed peer-to-peer pirated content”. The system apparently does not work the way the MPAA intended – especially the repeat offenders are not being deterred by the warning mails they receive, and ISPs are not terminating contracts of said repeat offenders due to fear of liability lawsuits.

Also, the system works on P2P file shared content only, and this is no longer a relevant distribution mechanism.

Booking.com: One Mission Video


Booking.com: One Mission

On the Booking Annual Meeting last year (BAM16), the company gave away a Go pro to every employee. Many took them with them on their travels. The result was an amazing amount of material, some of it even good. 🙂

The “Best Of” just became a really pretty video.

Ist ja bald Weihnachten…

Quotations from Chairman Trump

Get it here: Quotations from Chairman Trump.

“President Donald J. Trump possesses a great sense of history and himself. A model statesman, he tweets every thought, and more. With one exception, he doesn t suffer fools lightly.

Generations of schoolchildren will memorize these rubies of wisdom from President Trump. This little red book captures history on the fly: insights from the leader of the free world.”

Google starts a root CA

A certificate as seen in a network debugger

In order to communicate securely over an encrypted channel, both parties do not just have to agree on a common set of crypto keys, they also need to prove to each other that they are who they claim to be. If they do not, it is very easy for an attacker to mount a Man in the Middle attack.

The thing that is used on the web and elsewhere to prove identity are certificates, and because no one can know all certificates, certificate authorities are acting as trusted passport bureaus of the Internet. In theory.

In practice, that did not work out so well.

Victim of its own success…

Commuter train to Amsterdam, in Haarlem station (Photo: kris)

An article in Dutch News about crowded trains around Amsterdam.

So Amsterdam, Utrecht, Haarlem and even Hoofdorp are technically different municipalities. In reality, this is not the case: People are living in de Randstand. And especially for Amsterdam, people are commuting between the city of Amsterdam and the cities around it. Trains are running at a very high frequency, basically so often that people have stopped caring about the schedule and just show up at the platform, using the trains like one would use a tram or subway or anything else that runs more frequently that every 10 minutes.