22-05-07

Google Trends is malformed

It should give you indicators and stats of evolution in searchterms but somebody at the lab is very drunk today.

 

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and the result is

 

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De Morgen blogt en de chaos loert om de hoek

De Morgen dacht dat men in een verkiezingstijd waarvan men zelf dagelijks zegt dat het de verkiezingsstrijd van het moment is blogs van spraakmakende - liefst controversiële - politici kon plaatsen zonder dat de commentaren van bij de start zouden fout lopen.

 

Er staat nergens geschreven dat commentaren worden weggehaald en zo ja wie dat doet. Ik zie geen 'rechten en plichten' waar ik mij akkoord mee moet verklaren. Dus is het een open forum en zijn de postings van de politici 'fair game'. Je gaat me toch niet zeggen dat ze - als oude ratten in het vak - niet tegen een stootje zouden kunnen.

 

Maar blijkbaar is een post van een commentaar onder die van Vogels er wel vanuit gehaald (de mijne - ik heb de pest aan Vogels) maar kan vuilspuiterij wel onder blog van Freya. Twee maten en twee gewichten ?

 

Bedenk vooraleer je begint, zeker met dergelijk bloggen.

 

Trouwens dit bloggen leert ons niets bij. Het ware veel beter geweest om online rapporten, documenten, cijfers, gegevens te zetten om een oordeel te kunnen vellen over de feiten, resultaten en mislukkingen van een beleid. Toch voor een krant die zegt dat ze slimmer wel zijn dan de rest.

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18-05-07

Lernaut & Hauspie were crooks with the books and looks

I remember them well and I have never believed them, but I feel so sorry for all the people who did. Not the politicians and the press who just jumped on the bandwagon, hoping to get some of the goods or publicity. Shouting everywhere that this was the future and they were the visionaries and that they have seen that it worked and that it was a good product. Nobody asked them on basis of what expertise they said such nonsense, but they did and so everybody believed them - and Lernaut and Hauspie. And so the collective stupidity became a dogma, Lernaut and Hauspie would make a software that would be as powerful as Babel, they would become the Microsoft of the World. The fact that Microsoft after testing decided not to include their software in the release of the next windows should have been a big alarming sign. Even more because Microsoft, if I remember it well, had invested in LH.

 

So many little people gave so much money. Mostly all the money they had - for now - or didn't even have. Some were even that stupid that they thought the speculative prices for their houses around the new DC of LH World Headquarters would be the best guarantee against new lending. Money that went up in smoke. Just as all the politicians and press and officials disappeared from around LH (except for Dehaene, but he was paid) once the first articles appeared in the press. So people began to talk and went to the bank to ask if they should reitre their money. Oh no said the consultants, it won't be that bad, it will go over and you will see in a year from now you will even be richter, trust me. Meanwhile the same bank was selling all the stock it could sell.

 

The most frustrating part is that you say sell and your friend choses to keep his trust in the advisor of the bank.

 

And now they are back. They will have to face trial and they will play an act. Me, I didn't know nothing. It was the accountant and the lawyer. If we can't trust 1 lawyer and 1 accountant, than who can we trust ? Nothing, because 2 opinions are better than one. But that they didn't want to know.

 

Let it be a lesson for all the web2 startups. Stay with your feet on the ground. If LH had been more careful in their business planning and less visionary they would still be there today. All the big general firms took years to become what they are. And surely do not cook the books because you will become crooks.

 

Let the clowns rot in jail. As an example.

 

To make everything even funiier. Di Rupo has Google in Mons, while we have a big courtcase about the big bang of the Flanders Technology Valley (which is mostly a ghosttown now).

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HAHAHA Does ANY any one believe this ?

DEAR FRIEND,
GREETING TO YOU,
 
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Does anyone fall for this
Yes every year too many fall for this
It is not because you have money  that you are intelligent
even if most people with money think they are

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17-05-07

First Analysis of the map of Belgian DNS servers

First it seems very balanced, having DNS servers all around the place, but that is not the question. The question is if the DNS servers are placed where the people are coming from. Dns servers should be as close to their users as possible. So the servers in Belgium are they used mostly by Chezs, Dutch, Italians and people on the Isle of Man ? Why not in the States, France, Spain ? On basis of what has been the taken the decision to locate the DNS servers there ?Secondly it seems very dispersed but it isn't. The three most important servers are ALL in Heverlee, Leuven where the central is. This means that the greatest single point of Failure is concentrated in the Building of the organisation that is reasponsable (sic) for the management (sic) of our public Domain presence. Watch out for some more analysis that will surprise you in the coming weeks.Although as with taxonweb I maybe have to keep it silent for a while.

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The map of the Belgian DNS servers

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tax-on-web has closed their DNS servers down but

For people from outside Belgium. Taxonweb lets you fill in your tax filing online. It is being used for approx 1 million tax filings. 

Some weeks ago the DNS server of taxonweb was still open, this is to say that anybody could do some reverse dns search and the DNS server would accept any lookup for any domain of the internet. You understand that this makes the DNS server very vulnerable because with a simple botnet you can put it out of order or in time-out problems. I won't explain here what could happen next - and it is rather complicated for most of people - but the result could that people infected with a certain virus could find themselves working on other servers than the official one because the internal DNS of their computers led them to these fraudulent servers because there was a time-out on the DNS server. If you know also that the services are mostly used by certain ranges of IP adresses and by certain services (for 80% civil servants and accountants) than you could combine this with a targeted attack.

So you say, so far so good.
Not quite. They still need to test some details and to putt up an email address by which their technical and security staff could be contacted if something was happening around their DNS server. According to the report nothing is done here. Maybe it is better than some other big networks where the technical contacts for their DNS servers is a non-working emailaddress.

But what do you want ? No controls, no legislation, no audits. Everybody does here as it pleases. Even the law is thrown in the dustbin without being enforced during one second. Oh yes for virtual pedo's on Second Life they have time and people. But for our critical infrastructure ? Who cares ? Untill it breakes down and than they will come on tv with big declarations, huge funding and many promises. I only hope for all the people and businesses that depend on the internet that it doesn't come to that.

So why do they only have 7 out of ten in second session
http://www.dnsreport.com/tools/dnsreport.ch?domain=www.ta...

and someone out there - he knowns - thanx for relating the info and getting this fixed. Get now the rest also fixed please.

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