The trench ain’t here:
It is elsewhere.
The NL Times reports:
Dutch Minister Lianne Ploumen: “We want women to keep as much access to their rights as possible”, Ploumen said on Tuesday. “Banning abortion does not lead to fewer abortions. It leads to more irresponsible practices in back rooms and to more mothers dying.”
She’s launching an international fund to make up for the about $600 million gap created by Trump’s decision to scrap funding to organizations that help with family planning and offer safe abortions in developing countries (Nope, that’s not the USA. Yet.)
Tech Meta: As you can see, this blog is still being built.
What’s missing: A number of things are not here, yet.
What will happen (several times): When everything is finished, I need to destroy this VM and redo it from scratch and backup in order to make sure it’s completely hands off. We will have a short service interruption for that, but you should not be worried, we’ll be back. I still have no timeline for that.
So what will happen? Some Guidelines: As the new G+ is as horrible as the preview promised, I’ll pull my presence out of social media as much as possible.
Yes, it’s retro. That’s probably a feature.
The Telegraaf has an article (Link goes to the mobile site, b/c the real site has Adblockerblockers active) on the “Trump Princess”, a ship that had been renovated a long time ago in a wharf in the Netherlands.
Please note that this is about an event from the late eighties. Trump bought the “Yacht”, had it refitted in the Netherlands and sold it three years later. The history of the ship is available on Wikipedia, and it’s not particularly long by todays standards of the one percent-percenters. It’s interesting, because before Trump the Yacht starred in the James Bond Movie “Never Say Never Again” in a promiment role as a supervillain headquarter. A Youtube Slideshow about the ship is available.
Trump tried upgrading to something even larger, but that failed, says the final paragraph of an article on Yachtharbour. In fact, he bought the Amels shipyard in order to not complete the construction of the “Trump Princess II”. Amels is a large “Superyacht” wharf near Vlissingen.
The first “Trump Princess” has been notorious, because of a Tweet from Bart Mos two weeks ago, who made a big deal of the rather tasteless interiour of this thing, which happened almost 30 years ago. He later apologized.
Palaeofuture has an interesting article on sending letters, the CIA way.
When you file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with a federal agency, they’ll often send you physical letters in the mail. When I got my first response letter from the CIA, I was a little surprised to see some old-fashioned, anti-spy tech on the back of the envelope. As you can see from the photos above and below, there’s no way to open the envelope without making it clear you’ve been messing with it.
The author has been inquiring about the how and why, and despite the inquiry not being a formal FOIA request got an answer.
The “gummed kraft sealing tape” the agency uses is three inches wide, and the indications from the response to my FOIA request suggest that the agency buys it in 450-foot rolls.
The article does have a part and an order number for the tape, in case you have need for it.
Die SPD hat sich aus unklaren Gründen entschlossen, ihren Selbstmord zu verschieben.
Tumblr of the Day is… Nederdropje. A Dutch blog on Drop (Liquorice). Around here (in the Netherlands) people are making quite oftenbread with Hagelslag. That’s a bread with crumps – originally chocolate crumps, but there is Fruchtenhagel, Anishagel and many other kinds.
Apparently there is Drophagel as well, but from a scandinavian source.
Heise says: For long distance good transport Germany will test electrified lorries withpantographs and catenaries running on pieces of Autobahn in Hessen and Schleswig-Holstein as a proof of concept. The trucks are supposed to draw power from the catenary and must be able to drive the last mile on their own power.
The illustration mentions hybrid cars, the text speaks about Diesel engines and a small battery. If the last mile is short enough (acutally up to 100km), it’s in principle possible to buy purely electric trucks. The truck could recharge while driving on the Autobahn, and then use that power after going off the line into the city.
Such a system would also be highly interesting for autonomous and highly automated driving.
In mysql() nach PHP 7 retten, Charly Kühnast explains how you can get the deprecated and disabled mysql extension back in PHP 7. You shouldn’t.
There are many reasons for this. One of them being that none of the newer features in MySQL can be used with the old mysql extensions. There is an overview in the PHP documentation that explains exactly what you are missing.
One of the things that you are missing is support for prepared statements. Prepared statements are a mechanism in which you write SQL statements with placeholders for variables, and then later bind values to the placeholders using a “bind” call or as part of the “execute” call which is actually running the statement. In any case, the variables are being escaped properly automatically, making SQL injection a lot harder.
This is not just a problem limited to PHP – a search for bind and execute other sources can be very instructive. For example, the sources of Opennebula or in older versions of Owncloud (up to and including version 7) are rich treasure troves of potential exploits.
So currently the situation is as follows:
There are three extensions at the PHP level, one of which is deprecated and disabled in PHP 7:
The wire protocol of all of these extensions is implemented by a C-level library, against which the extension can be linked. A manual page explains the choices.
What you should be using: These days, your code should not be using the mysql extension. So you will be using mysqli or PDO_mysql, depending on your needs, with the underlying implementation of the native driver doing the heavy lifting.
Do not attempt to port mysql-Extension based code to PHP 7 without refactoring it for prepared statements, please.