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Comment Re:Most people won't care (Score 3, Interesting) 101 101

At some point you have to trust someone, be it the distributor from whom you're getting the os, the manufacturer or reseller supplying the hardware or even the supplier of the compiler...

The only thing you can practically do, is ensure everything you use is available from multiple opposing sources... Something that's in use by both the us and russian governments is unlikely to be backdoored as both organisations have sufficient resources to perform the due diligence checks.

Comment Re: Wow, end of an era. (Score 1) 146 146

Most of the things out their targeting ssh are just trying to brute force accounts, so they don't care what platform your ssh service is running on... If they are successful in getting in its highly likely that they wouldnt have a payload compatible with your system... I've setup a few such boxes as honeypots just to see what people would do with them.

Comment Re:Gigabit speeds, though? (Score 3, Insightful) 116 116

Speedtest sites don't tell the whole story, especially at higher speeds...
Some of the speedtest sites are only on 100mbit themselves, even those on gigabit are usually sharing the bandwidth at their end... And then there's peering, the interconnect between your isp and the speedtest site might not have 1gbit of free capacity at the time your testing. The end devices (or the software running on them) might also not be up to the 1gbps rate - lots of cheaper gigabit nics can't handle wire speed, long or bad cabling, flash based speedtest apps etc.

I've had a box with 1gbps in a data centre for a few years now, and i can quite happily pull 1gbps doing torrent downloads and from some linux mirror sites, but i get a lot less from speedtest sites and many things download a lot slower because the other end or something in between can't handle it.

You need to test a variety of different things, and at different times of the day...

Comment Re:I sent mail... (Score 1) 617 617

Anybody with sufficient technical knowledge can fake an email to pass a casual user, but most people don't have that knowledge...

Just doing a spoofed SMTP transaction won't change the source ip that the message originates from, which will fail things like SPF checks and likely get flagged as spam (i.e. the recipient may never even see it)... And then there's things like S/MIME and PGP.

Faking a letter on the other hand may require a little effort as you describe, but anyone can do that... It's not really a lot of effort, doesn't require any specialist skills and would be extremely difficult (if not impossible) to prove it was fake.

Comment Re:1969 Called. (Score 1) 238 238

Development of Concorde basically stopped...
There was a second generation Concorde under development (http://www.concordesst.com/concordeb.html) which would have improved fuel economy, increased range and decreased noise.
Had development continued then there would have been many other improvements by now too, especially if there had been competing supersonic airliners to spur development.

Comment Re:Just plain wrong (Score 1) 654 654

And companies should locate their workplaces somewhere that people can afford to park (or provide free parking), and somewhere which is within a short distance of affordable housing, and not in the same place as large number of other businesses. They should also make working hours more flexible, and encourage home working.
All of these things would save the employees time and money, and improve working conditions.

Comment Re:In the USA (Score 1) 654 654

There's also no reading or texting and you can't use your laptop while you commute. It's all dead time.

Some public transport is sufficiently dangerous that you'd not want to advertise that you have an expensive device like a laptop...
Some people suffer from motion sickness which becomes MUCH worse if you're trying to read something.
Often you don't get a seat and have to stand, it's difficult to use a laptop while standing.

For me, using public transport is dead time. When driving i'm concentrating on the act of driving, which at least keeps my mind occupied, when sitting/standing on a train i'm doing absolutely nothing.

Comment Re: Chapel Hill/ Carrboro North Carolina (Score 1) 654 654

And centralized business districts are the biggest cause of travel problems... Thousands of people converging on the same place at the same time, all forms of transit get ridiculously congested and painful to use.
If things were more spread out, both in location and working times then most people could have a short and not too unpleasant journey to work.

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