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Comment MikroTik RouterOS (Score 1) 173 173

I'm not super-network talented, but I recently used two Mikrotik RB951s to set up a permanent VPN tunnel between two houses for much the same reason. I didn't need the additional routing to make all traffic send through point A, but I know we use that setup at work for our remote workers. My arrangement ended up being traffic from each house going out it's own connection, but with a permanent IPSEC tunnel between the two for server synchronization and tech support purposes. The Mikrotiks are fantastic little boxes and an amazing value. There are multiple 951 models, and you may prefer one of the non-wifi Mikrotik products if you don't need the radio (though having a 1w radio has been nice also!)

Comment Re:So far so good. (Score 5, Insightful) 211 211

Knowing that and accepting that is *SO* important to long-term happiness and satisfaction in the workplace. A lot of "I'd be a better boss than that dimwit" experts don't really understand what most of being in management actually entails. But then, neither do a lot of managers. It's sad that so many of our corporate structures are arranged so that management is the only path up.

Comment Re:And the vendor response will be... (Score 1) 286 286

I think some subsequent commenters may have thought I was condoning the described behavior, which I was not. IMO, the hard line is not the right approach, and I enthusiastically agree with the comments about sites that politely ask to be whitelisted. If the site is one that I value (primarily because of the specific writers or the community), I enable advertising or contribute directly. Sites that take the hard line, sites that use the pop-up overlay tactic, Outbrain links, paywalls, etc, I ignore and largely don't visit again. I used to be a lot more aggressive about it with local DNS redirects for trackers, etc., but I no longer have the energy for that. I just delete history and cookies every few weeks. Web content is easily substitutable. There are hundreds of sources for news. There are millions of sources for opinions. I'm glad the court ruled as it did. It's sad (and a little bit worrying) that they had to.

Comment Re:And the vendor response will be... (Score 5, Insightful) 286 286

I suspect the vendor response will be more along the lines of, "We've detected Ad Block on your computer. You will be unable to view content on this site while this is active." The legal decision is, IMO, the correct one. We're not in Oceania (yet) and we're still allowed to turn off our TVs or change the channel. That doesn't mean, though, that the provider of the content is required to show it to us if we choose not to pay for it in some way. Ad Block is probably going to have to get a little craftier about running in stealth mode in the future.

Comment Re:Not completely news (Score 2) 314 314

I remember this being discussed several years ago (I think here on Slashdot, in fact), but for Houston. The toll tags were being read by sensors mounted on nearly every overpass sign and used to create the traffic speed maps that we've all come to know and love. The controversy was primarily that they were not anonymizing the data and had no defined retention period. It surprised a lot of people at the time. Now, not so much. I'm actually surprised that anyone is actually surprised by this story. I now just assume that my toll tag is being read in any state I travel, whether it's "compatible" with their system or not. :-/

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