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Comment: Re:The Internet is our best weapon (Score 1) 275

by Ash-Fox (#48228287) Attached to: Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

I know this thread is done but just in case you see this

I always get e-mail replies, so I don't miss responses. :)

In hindsight, it seems obvious that somebody in a high position recognized the offensive potential of the internet.

I would also say that if they didn't, they had a risk that someone else would create an 'internet'. Being the first network was probably a strategic advantage to ensure nobody else could dominate the network.

I have no doubt that the Soviet Union was the intended target.

I find it amusing that .su to this day still exists on the Internet.

The defensive use of the internet (or more precisely, a packet based error correcting network) is easy to see; we can still communicate in spite of fog of war and infrastructure smashage scenarios and all that. The offensive use is only recently becoming clear to me.

I suspect that they didn't really envision how integrated the Internet would become in society as it is today though. Back in the 90s, it was hard to find Internet access, now it's hard to not find Internet access in some form.

Comment: Re:Fancy version of FTP (Score 1) 124

I'm being pedantic now for the hell of it...

Sync supports storing your data on untrusted nodes because of transparent encryption

So does FTP, anyone can run FTP.

You even have the option to share your data with certain other people in read-only or read-write.

So does FTP.

Well, it's designed to support that.

So does FTP.

I still don't like FTP.

Comment: Re:Trickle (Score 1) 124

Why is my connection only doing 10mb/s with DropBox and getting packet-loss, while I can use BitTorrent at 45/45 up & down at the same time and not have loss or latency?

Maybe your ISP has poor peering to Amazon Web Services?

the quick bursts are wrecking havoc with my ISP's traffic shaping via their Cisco router.

Sounds pretty shitty, I don't observe such issues on my VDSL connection (BT Infinity).

Comment: Re:Fancy version of FTP (Score 1) 124

Let me know how well FTP scales as you add more nodes, and how it allows you to keep your data separate from other people's data while still allowing you to use their node for storage.

As I recall, it scaled really well in it's prime. Many people setup their own FTP servers for their own uses. It supported seperation of users on systems through credential logins, file permissions etc.

I didn't like FTP.

Comment: Re:Security (Score 1) 345

by Ash-Fox (#48128815) Attached to: ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

Ext2/3/4 is code written in the early 90's

From what I have seen in the change sets, it appears most of the code changes were done after the early 90s, a vast majority appears after 2000 even, especially where ext3 and ext4 are concerned.

Considering the code to process ext2 filesystems can be activated and exploited by any untrustworthy plugged in USB stick, and the code is complex, old, and running in kernel mode (so any successful attack on it makes you get full control of the whole computer), I'd say it's a very sensible move to disable it

I'd say you didn't check the source and that's why you come up with stories like "code written in the early 90's".

Comment: Re:Security force owned by a corporation (Score 1) 302

You aren't familiar with reality, are you?

Yeah, I have no idea what I'm talking about. It's not like I've actually worked in London and the City of London and I'm not sitting in a hotel right now in the City of London (yes, I took that just now, just for you. You may recognise the famous Lloyd's Building in that picture on the left side), oh wait.

It uses the same roads

What does this even mean? There are villages that use the same roads as towns, that doesn't make them part of that town.

the same utilities

Actually, the service departments are separated from London? But even if it weren't, it's still considered a separate 'entity' in culture, history, legality and geography.

By your logic, taking out a piece of a completed puzzle, covering it in a colored marker, and then putting it back would make that piece of the puzzle separate from the rest of the entire puzzle around it

By your logic, it must be part of America because America is connected by the same planet.

Comment: Re:Up north (Score 1) 302

Sure, that's a given. But England in general seems to be really tripping when it comes to internet regulation

I'm more alarmed about the double standard internet regulations, policies and double speak the EU is doing at the moment. The filtering of some websites on some select ISPs through rulings (piracy sites) and child filters that again, are on some select ISPs which aren't even an actual law isn't really something a UK citizen as myself is really concerned about compared to what the EU is legislating.

Comment: Re:What a fool (Score 1) 302

Believe it or not, there do exist domain name registrars outside the UK. They could certainly require this for anyone using the .uk TLD, but why would pirates do that when they could just buy a .com from GoDaddy or someone else in the US or elsewhere?

A while back, register.com would require proof of identity after you paid for the domain registration and gave you a very short time period if you lived outside of the US. I don't know if they still continue this practice.

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