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The EU Panopticon

September 7th, 2017

Here it is revealed that the EU is definitely working towards a militarisation of surveillance on its citizens through research and contracts. This is not new to me. I recently had to filter a particular university in Germany which is paid by federal Germany (the government) for its research. I have strong suspicions that this university is spying on me, and when I confronted them per email they did not reply. So it's not just the BND, MAD, NSA, Echelon, Five Eyes and cohorts that one has to be careful of. It's universities doing public spying as well. This university was gaining statistical data on me via DNS, which is akin to spying regularily. If they wanted to look somethign up it's a query once in a blue moon, but they regularily came back to gather the same information over and over. I noticed them by their sort of queries, they were very interested whether I had a SIP phone service running or wether I had a Jabber service available. This was queried with the SRV DNS Resoure Record. I won't stand for it. Take your spying elsewhere. While people are sleepwalking into the next election, these things aren't even known and not on the table. The closest thing we had was that the FDP a party in Germany wants to consolidate all databases into a federal system for crime prevention. One has to wonder, will my data from this university make it into this database as well?

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When will we get a manned space program for Germany/Europe?

September 5th, 2017

The Russians have a new Soyus, the model 5. Why is the european continent not interested in manned space flight? We need it in order to secure high tech jobs and be able to compete globally.

If I were chancellor we'd have a german manned space program in the next 10 years. But dials to the controls in the rockets would likely be in English, not German. This is because English is a language that all german kids learn from grade five and higher. It represents a certain maturity. Also I gave it a little thought the only destinations that the rockets would steer to is the moon, and any lagrange orbits to or from there. This means we could launch rockets due north from a north sea platform or even the northern coastal mainland in a polar orbit, This gives one opportunity to reach the moon every 14 days because as a rocket orbits earth in a polar orbit, it will after one or two orbits gun the engines to reach the moon insertion orbit.

A repurposed Ariane 5 or 6 would do to start in order to keep costs low in designing the manned rocket.

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ARD #5kampf politics round

September 4th, 2017

I watched the ARD #5kampf TV interview and noticed that the parties were lined up from left to right in terms of extremes with the respective side. So Die Linke was far left, AfD far right and CSU in the middle. I felt the CSU was sorta in the wrong spot since Angela Merkel talked for them yesterday in the ARD TV Duell. So in the end I felt of all the parties the left focused parties were placed well in their responses to questions and in their questions to others.

I'd have a question for Herr Hermann of the CSU though. He made it sound like there is no more coal powerplants left in Bavaria and that we're well placed as a solar power producing region. So my question is this. Bud, why is it that my night electricity is at 14 cents/KWh and my day electricity is at 23 cents/KWh or thereabouts. With Bavaria producing so much solar doesn't it make more sense to make the day cheaper than the night. Because I use up to 11,000 KWh's per year which is three to four times the national average. The lions share of this electricity (along 9000 KWh's) is used up by my winter heating units that run at night at the 14 cents/KWh in order to conserve on my electricity bill. The times have changed. Daytime electricity is cheaper! My heating units should charge during the day when solar can be utilized. This is a very complex question, but the solution is very simple. It would just mean reprogramming the heating units timer and flip the day and night rates for electricity.

Overall I found the #5kampf interview OK, nothign exravagant was said that I didn't already know. And I'll continue to put my pledge to Die Linke.

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Wrote a patch for babel routing daemon

September 3rd, 2017

We noticed in freifunk franken that sometimes there is receive buffer overruns. I wrote a patch for babel that the size of the receive buffer is dynamic to the highest attainable value (within 2^x)..

--- kernel_netlink.c.orig	2017-09-03 10:45:54.000000000 +0200
+++ kernel_netlink.c	2017-09-03 11:02:55.000000000 +0200
@@ -232,11 +232,25 @@
 netlink_socket(struct netlink *nl, uint32_t groups)
 {
     int rc;
-    int rcvsize = 512 * 1024;
+    int rcvsize = 512;
+    int i;
 
     nl->sock = socket(PF_NETLINK, SOCK_RAW, NETLINK_ROUTE);
+		
     if(nl->sock < 0)
-        return -1;
+	return -1;
+
+    /* get the highest attainable RCVBUF up to 1 << 30 */
+    for (i = rcvsize; i < (1 << 30); i <<= 1) {
+        rc = setsockopt(nl->sock, SOL_SOCKET, SO_RCVBUF,
+                        &i, sizeof(i));
+	
+	if (rc < 0) 
+		break;
+
+	rcvsize = i;
+    }
+    fprintf(stderr, "rcvsize set to %d\n", rcvsize);
 
     memset(&nl->sockaddr, 0, sizeof(nl->sockaddr));
     nl->sockaddr.nl_family = AF_NETLINK;
Hopefully its correct, I didn't test it.

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Cancelled supercluster for September 17, 2017

September 2nd, 2017

I have cancelled supercluster.virgostar.net for September 17th, 2017. After moving everything off it, it will be cancelled 2 weeks earlier than planned. That's just the billing cycle though. It's been a fun three years!

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The last leg of Summer 2017

September 1st, 2017

We have about 3 more weeks of summer left (officially). Last year I turned up the heat around October 4th, 2016. So I'm hoping to be doing that this year as well. Of course if it gets cold earlier I'll have to turn the heat up earlier. In about three weeks Germany has a federal election. So politics are gonna make the people crazy the next few weeks. Have a safe and happy September everybody!

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Please welcome this website to Germany

August 30th, 2017

I have moved this website to Germany. This is related to the last article which I have found myself just doing it. One more service off supercluster.

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Change has begun

August 30th, 2017

This morning I replaced the supercluster.virgostar.net nameserver with the psi.virgostar.net nameserver for all my domains. As I'm moving away from supercluster and will wrap up its participation in my network in November likely. I'm freeing up money by the end of the year and the reason that prompted this change was the new surveillance laws in the Netherlands that go into effect January 1st, 2018. I'll be long gone then and will think twice about my privacy when entering dutch territory again.

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Ordered three books

August 28th, 2017

I'm on vacation this week and partially next week. So I've ordered some reading material.

  • Steganographie in WLANs: Design und Implementierung - Kuehne, Tobias
  • Introduction to Modern Cryptography (Chapman & Hall/CRC Cryptography and Network Security Series) - Katz, Jonathan,Lindell, Yehuda
  • Mastering Bitcoin: Unlocking Digital Cryptocurrencies - Antonopoulos, Andreas
Lots of books involving encryption. No I don't have anything to hide ;-) this is pure educational.

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137.226.113.0/24 can't lookup my DNS anymore

August 25th, 2017

A particular University has been probing my DNS, over and over again. Until I sent them an email informing them that they have been filtered and that they are spying.

/var/log/all.0.gz:Aug 24 13:42:18 omega delphinusdnsd[8574]: request on \
descriptor 16 interface "108.61.211.139" from 137.226.113.7 \
(ttl=0, region=255) for "_sips._tcp.virgostar.net." type=SRV(33) class=1, \
edns0, answering "NXDOMAIN" (53/130)
/var/log/all.0.gz:Aug 24 13:42:18 omega delphinusdnsd[8574]: request on \
descriptor 16 interface "108.61.211.139" from 137.226.113.27 \
(ttl=0, region=255) for "_sip._udp.virgostar.net." type=SRV(33) class=1, \
edns0, answering "NXDOMAIN" (52/129)
I asked them whether they wanted to call me because they looked up SRV records for SIP and Jabber...

Now pretend you have a house and you sit in it. Then someone comes to your door and windows and looks in to see if you have left them open. And does this repeatedly, with a different mask every time. Is that _not_ a little intrusive and scary? I call it spying. And that's exactly what comsys.rwth-aachen.de are doing. BTW I'm not spying because I only look at my own windows to see if anyone is looking in. Also we don't know what happens to the data that Uni Aachen are collecting. Chances are it's ending up in government hands.

So for the last night this is what my logs say about this subnet:

Aug 24 21:52:39 omega delphinusdnsd[29533]: UDP connection refused on \
descriptor 17 interface "108.61.211.139" from 137.226.113.12 (ttl=0, \
region=255) replying REFUSED, filter policy
And it'll stay on. On the other DNS server I put them in a pf filter.

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