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Cycling in Berlin

Cycling outside of the Netherlands is… sometimes complicated. @Polizeibeobachter is showing a case from Berlin.

This is a DriveNow parked completely blocking a cyclepath at Saatwinkler Damm, Berlin. Police have been called, but cop on the ground refused to have the car towed (“I see no reason to have this towed”). It took two hours to get the police district supervisor to come out, check this out – and have it towed.



So the above Tweet came along, but the way it was framed it was not very worthy reporting, because it was nothing actionable: »I think @natashenka and I just discovered the worst Windows remote code exec in recent memory. This is crazy bad. Report on the way.«

And reported and handled it was, in record time. This is now public on Project Zero, and a fix is being rolled out to all current Windows.

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Entering the US on Visa

The US of A have clarified what exactly they need from you to get a Visum: It’s approximately everything except your passwords. The Register has a list: »

  • Travel history during the past fifteen years, including source of funding for travel.
  • Address history during the past fifteen years.
  • Employment history during the past fifteen years.
  • All passport numbers and country of issuance held by the applicant.
  • Names and dates of birth for all siblings.
  • Name and dates of birth for all children.
  • Names and dates of birth for all current and former spouses, or civil or domestic partners.
  • Social media platforms and identifiers, also known as handles, used during the past five years.
  • Phone numbers and email addresses used during the past five years.«

People are already reacting to that in completely expected ways.


Eve Online turns 14.

Eve Online let’s us know that it is turning 14 years old. It went live on May 6, 2003. The Iceland-based Excel-with-Lasers game is known to be highly addictive (and that’s one reason why it is the prettiest game I will never be playing).

Recently, Eve restructured itself so that up to a certain level players can now pilot spacecraft for free (and the free level is supposedly sufficient to see a lot of meaningful in-game action).


The attack of the killer microseconds

In the Optane article I have been writing about how persistent bit-addressable memory will be changing things, and how network latencies may becoming a problem.

The ACM article Attack of the Killer Microseconds has another, more general take on the problem. It highlights how we are prepared in our machines to deal with very short delays such as nanoseconds, and how we are also prepared to deal with very long delays such as milliseconds. It’s the waits inbetween, the network latencies, sleep state wakeups and SSD access waits, that are too short to do something else and too long to busy wait in a Spinlock.

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