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Comment: Backups for home and SOHO (Score 1) 76

by Aryeh Goretsky (#46283237) Attached to: A Primer on Data Backup for Small- to Medium-Sized Companies (Video)

Hello,

My day job is at a security software company (anti-malware). We don't do anything in the backup space (either develop software, resell someone else's software, etc.) but I did write a paper on the subject of backups for them, because not every computer problem is a virus. It is more geared towards home users or home-based businesses than the video, above, because I figured that businesses already have some idea about backups—whether or not they are doing them properly is entirely another question, though.

The paper is basically an overview of backup technologies that might be applicable to a single PC or a small LAN, and is completely vendor neutral (like I said, no ties to anyone/anything in the backup space). It is also specific to on-premise backup technologies, as opposed to cloud, because those are the types of backup technologies with which I am experienced.

Anyways, if you are interested, or want to share it with a friend, family member, et cetera, here's the the paper: Options for backing up your computer [PDF, 862KB]

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

+ - Slashdot creates beta site users express theirs dislike-> 4

Submitted by who_stole_my_kidneys
who_stole_my_kidneys (1956012) writes "Slashdot started redirecting users in February to its newly revamped webpage and received a huge backlash from users. The majority of comments dislike the new site while some do offer solutions to make it better. The question is will Slashdot force the unwanted change on its users that clearly do not want change?"
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+ - Once Slashdot beta has been foisted upon me, what site should I use instead? 2

Submitted by somenickname
somenickname (1270442) writes "As a long time Slashdot reader, I'm wondering what website to transition to once the beta goes live. The new beta interface seems very well suited to tablets/phones but, it ignores the fact that the user base is, as one would expect, nerds sitting in front of very large LCD monitors and wasting their employers time. It's entirely possible that the browser ID information gathered by the site has indicated that they get far more hits on mobile devices where the new interface is reasonable but, I feel that no one has analyzed the browser ID (and screen resolution) against comments modded +5. I think you will find that most +5 comments are coming from devices (real fucking computers) that the new interface does not support well. Without an interface that invites the kind of users that post +5 comments, Slashdot is just a ho-hum news aggregation site that allows comments. So, my question is, once the beta is the default, where should Slashdot users go to?"

+ - Slashdot beta sucks 9

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Maybe some of the slashdot team should start listening to its users, most of which hate the new user interface. Thanks for ruining something that wasn't broken."

Comment: play different games (Score 1) 319

by Aryeh Goretsky (#45112851) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Mitigating DoS Attacks On Home Network?

Hello,

Since you mentioned the problem seems to have started due to issues arisen from dealing with people in online games, it seems likely that these people are attacking you after they see you log into those games. Even if the game is client/server based, there may be some mechanism for them to obtain your IP address (direct messaging requests, lookups to see if you are online, etc.).

So, my suggestion would be to stop playing the games (or even joining the networks hosting them, if possible) for a while and let the unsavory characters find under people to harass. You can then go play some different games on some different gaming networks. Eventually, they'll probably think they've scared you off permanently and drop you from their DDoS list, and you can go back to gaming on that network.

Alternatively, you could look into using a VPN to tunnel your game traffic to a box outside your network, but you run the risk of annoying the VPN provider if their network gets DDoSed. Still, that at least transfers the problem off your home network, and it could be the VPN provider is in a better position to mitigate the DDoS than your home ISP.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

Comment: slipstream Windows Azure into the enterprise? (Score 3, Interesting) 274

by Aryeh Goretsky (#44527725) Attached to: Microsoft Will Squeeze Datacenters On Price of Windows Server

Hello,

While raising the price on an enterprise product is a good way to boost short-term revenue, it seems to me that companies might begin to seek less expensive alternatives. In this case, though, that might not be Linux at all.

I haven't seen any mention of this so far, but I have to wonder if the price increase might be an attempt to make enterprises look at Windows Azure as an alternative to continuing to run their own datacenters.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

Comment: Re:lookout who? (Score 2) 50

by Aryeh Goretsky (#44471001) Attached to: 30 Percent of Mobile Malware Made By 10 Russian Firms

Hello,

From what I recall, Lookout Mobile Security was founded in San Francisco in 2008. They started as an iOS shop, but moved over to Android, and their security product is probably one of the most used on that platform. I do not recall having any contact with employees, but they publish some decent research on their blog at https://blog.lookout.com/.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

Comment: Re:I guess I don't know how these things work (Score 1) 99

by Aryeh Goretsky (#44387629) Attached to: Cybercrooks Increasingly Use Tor Network To Control Botnets

Hello,

I guess you didn't look very closely at ESET's web site:

About Page - http://www.eset.com/us/about/profile/overview/

Contact Page - http://www.eset.com/us/about/contact/

According to their page on Wikipedia, they have over 800 employees: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ESET

Hardly obscure, and as for the U.S. government listening to them, they'd have to get in line far, far behind Symantec, McAfee, Trend, etc.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

Comment: alternatives? (Score 3, Insightful) 353

by Aryeh Goretsky (#44183939) Attached to: MasterCard and Visa Start Banning VPN Providers

Hello,

Does the ban extend to VPS providers like Linode and Lowendbox (et al), or cloud services like Amazon AWS or Google Cloud which could host a VPN? If not, perhaps provisioning a VPN server is one of these is an alternative.

Credit card companies and payment processors might be less willing to suspend operations with Amazon or Google.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

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