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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.”

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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.


Finished Reading: Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade

Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade“, Robert Cialdini, (english language, EUR 12.99)

Robert Cialdini is a professor emeritus of Psychology and Marketing at the Arizona State University, a visiting professor of marketing, business and psychology at Stanford University, and is the author of several books on the psychology of Influencing and Persuasion.

This book is about getting someones attention, and using it.


Bielefeld Conspiracy hits Facebook

Westfalenblatt knows: Yesterday all references to the place name “Bielefeld” have been replaced with “Bielefeldverschwörung” (Bielefeld Conspiracy):

Facebook showing “Bielefeldverschwörung” (Bielefeld Conspiracy) instead of the proper city name.

Bielefeld is a typical while label city in Germany. In fact, it is conspiciously inconspicious, and that is, so the conspiracy theory fabricated by Achim Held in 1993, because the city does not actually exist. It’s a fake location that protects something else on the map, probably an entrance to the Hollow Earth or something else, but we don’t actually know.

The story of the Bielefeld Conspiracy has been made up as a satire, but has since picked up a life of it’s own. The cities bureau of tourism uses it for marketing purposes, and there is even a feature film, which in turn features Achim Held.

Facebook claims that the change was unintentional and that the root cause is being researched. There totally is no conspiracy at all.

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