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Comment: Re:Though the Times They May Look Grim ... (Score 1) 389

by Agarax (#32151384) Attached to: The Desktop Security Battle May Be Lost

False assumption. The endpoint PC is compromised in way more cases than the middleman router.

Encryption alone buys us nothing. Or wait -- it buys us key manangement hell.

Perhaps you should read what I was replying to before you start flaming me.

Yes, and that's what we should advocate. Everyone build a secure encrypted network. Ready.....GO!

I was merely replying to the general sentiment here that 'oh noez! the networks are compromised!!!111'

Anyone with half a brain knows that any effective security posture is done with defense in depth on the perimeter along with good endpoint security and user awareness.

( further reading for the interested http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/its-all-about-endpoints )

Comment: Re:Though the Times They May Look Grim ... (Score 1) 389

by Agarax (#32134588) Attached to: The Desktop Security Battle May Be Lost

Yes, and that's what we should advocate. Everyone build a secure encrypted network. Ready.....GO!

It's called TLS/SSL. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transport_Layer_Security

As long as my computer and the server I connect to are malware free asymmetric cryptography (public-private keys) prevents an attacker from eavesdropping on the session.

Comment: That's for WEP ... (Score 4, Informative) 207

by Agarax (#32105834) Attached to: Hot Sales In China For Wi-Fi Key-Cracking Kits

You don't NEED packet injection, you just need it if you want to break into the network anytime soon. Sitting and listening to normal traffic will eventually get you enough packets to attempt to break it.

For WPA you don't even need packet injection, just deauth a client that is connected, collect their reconnection packets, and then run a dictionary/brute force attack against the handshake.

Comment: Re:Oh, good Lord. (Score 1) 202

by Agarax (#32093048) Attached to: Oracle Restricts Access To Sun Firmware Downloads

plenty of production sites use CentOS, several of my clients do that as well as my employer. Search engines plus forums beat a RedHat help desk 99 times out of 100; I've never needed RedHat support.

True but that one time where the shit really hits the fan and the interweb does not provide you a solution having that tech support (especially if you shelled out enough for the 24x7 phone tech support) might save your skin. Or at least let you foist blame.

I would always ask management for a Red hat license over just going with CentOS so when Armageddon hits the server room I can say "6 months ago when we bought these machines I requested X number of RedHat seats in case something happened, and that was denied."

Comment: Re:Oh, good Lord. (Score 1) 202

by Agarax (#32092976) Attached to: Oracle Restricts Access To Sun Firmware Downloads

We run CentOS, which half of the techs that I have talked to have never heard of. They have flatly told me that they are a "Microsoft shop" and they can't help with Linux. .

This is kind of the trade off you get when going with CentOS instead of an actual RedHat install, you can't just call tech support if something is broken (and Redhat has pretty damn good tech support).

Or you could just lie to Dell and say you have Redhat installed and see if they will help you figure it out.

Comment: Re:Privacy and Government (Score 2) 147

by Agarax (#32080984) Attached to: Former Head of CIA Think Tank Talks Privacy, Technology

Even if you wanted to leave the States - saying "I don't like the government so I want to leave the country" will probably get you put on the Terrorist Watch list, strip searched at the airport, abused and arrested for an indisclosed period of time.

It's more like Love it or else.

Please, show me one case of where this happened.

Paranoia is all good, but most people hate the government, and the government realizes it. "I hate the government and want to leave to prove it" Will get you ignored. "I hate the government and want to blow something up to prove it." Will get you attention.

Comment: Re:More crazy US laws. (Score 1) 112

by Agarax (#32080942) Attached to: Google Explains Why It Became an Energy Trader

Lighten up, Francis....

I wasn't challenging the laws of thermodynamics, I was challenging the parent comment "It is currently illegal to resell electricity that you generate using waste".

As for my resume', I'll spare you the details, but my background is in energy and energy transmission contracts- more specifically, natural gas sourced co-generation.

Besides the "illegal" comment from the parent post, the statement "You don't have much incentive to install a way to reprocess that heat", is BS. There are thousands of facilities here in California selling electricity produced from 'waste' heat as a bi-product of their primary business. There are incentives for doing this- specifically, decreased natural gas transmission costs for BTUs put back on to the grid in the form of electricity (electricity that they market themselves or sell through marketers). Check out http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/ and search 'cogeneration'. It's a huge industry here in CA and is heavily 'incentive-ised' and subsidized as an alternative to building power plants.

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