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Comment: Re:Fire(wall) and forget (Score 1) 348

IIRC, you are using the term NAT when you really mean PAT. In true NAT, you will have X internal addresses mapped to Y external addresses.

If X>Y, then you may have requests get dropped or mangled.

PAT is 1 external to many internal shifting/translating the port numbers to create a unique channel.

As long as Internal32768, then you should be okay ; you need to reserve a port for each end of the channel. Realistically, most channels will have 80\443 as an end point. On those types of networks, you can get much closer to 65535. Still, a few badly.configured torrent clients can easily exhaust ports and bring the network down with almost no utilization.

Comment: Re:Fire(wall) and forget (Score 1) 348

You'll see a lot of references to defense in depth. If you browse a CISSP syllabus, you'll see they talk about everything from parking lot lighting to ring 0 code. Between an adequately lit parking structure and ring 0, there are a lot of things you can do. Each one adds a bit more security. You do hit diminishing returns quickly, but host-based firewalls are quick and cheep.

To harden a host based fw, turn on remote logging and have the logging server flag configuration changes as critical.

No one should be doing a configuration change without notifying your change mgmt team. If they get a red line on their monitor, they contact and chew out the offending employee. If no one feses up, nuke the server, restore, and re-harden.

It is important to know that your server administration can also be the change manager on small teams. You just need to have him/her mentally firewall the two jobs.

Comment: 9 States automatically increased (Score 4, Informative) 778

by Ngarrang (#47493539) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

Um, yeah, talk about misleading.

"Nine of the 13 states increased their minimum wages automatically in line with inflation: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont and Washington. Four more states - Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island - approved legislation mandating the increase"

Correlation really does not indicate causality when you read the entire article. North Dakota has an oil boom, which is spiking employment. Ohio still grew, despite a MW of $7.95. The whole complaint by the CBO was that jobs would be lost if MW was increased to $10.10 across the ENTIRE COUNTRY. In these 13 states, most are no where close to $10.10/hr.

Comment: Re:Key Point Missing (Score 2) 34

by NewYorkCountryLawyer (#47234405) Attached to: Appeals Court Finds Scanning To Be Fair Use

The summary misses a key point. Yes they scan and store the entire book, but they are _NOT_ making the entire book available to everyone. For the most part they are just making it searchable.

Agreed that it's not in the summary, but as you correctly note, it's just a "summary". Anyone who reads the underlying blog post will read this among the facts on which the court based its opinion: "The public was allowed to search by keyword. The search results showed only the page numbers for the search term and the number of times it appeared; none of the text was visible."

So those readers who RTFA will be in the know.

+ - Appeals Court finds scanning to be fair use in Authors Guild v Hathitrust

Submitted by NewYorkCountryLawyer
NewYorkCountryLawyer (912032) writes "In Authors Guild v Hathitrust, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has found that scanning whole books and making them searchable for research use is a fair use. In reaching its conclusion, the 3-judge panel reasoned, in its 34-page opinion (PDF), that the creation of a searchable, full text database is a "quintessentially transformative use", that it was "reasonably necessary" to make use of the entire works, that maintaining maintain 4 copies of the database was reasonably necessary as well, and that the research library did not impair the market for the originals. Needless to say, this ruling augurs well for Google in Authors Guild v. Google, which likewise involves full text scanning of whole books for research."

+ - Councilman/Open Source Developer submits Open Source bill->

Submitted by NewYorkCountryLawyer
NewYorkCountryLawyer (912032) writes "New York City Council Member Ben Kallos (KallosEsq), who also happens to be a Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) developer, just introduced legislation to mandate a government preference for FOSS and creating a Civic Commons website to facilitate collaborative purchasing of software. He argues that NYC could save millions of dollars with the Free and Open Source Software Preferences Act 2014, pointing out that the city currently has a $67 million Microsoft ELA. Kallos said: "It is time for government to modernize and start appreciating the same cost savings as everyone else.""
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Comment: A little late, but welcome (Score 1) 136

by NewYorkCountryLawyer (#47119749) Attached to: Federal Court Pulls Plug On Porn Copyright Shakedown
A cynic might argue that the key difference in this case was that, for a change, the ISP's, and not merely defendants, were challenging the subpoenas; but of course we all know that justice is 'blind'.

An ingrate might bemoan the Court's failure to address the key underlying fallacy in the "John Doe" cases, that because someone pays the bill for an internet account that automatically makes them a copyright infringer; but who's complaining over that slight omission?

A malcontent like myself might be a little unhappy that it took the courts ten (10) years to finally come to grips with the personal jurisdiction issue, which would have been obvious to 9 out of 10 second year law students from the get go, and I personally have been pointing it out and writing about it since 2005; but at least they finally did get there.

And a philosopher might wonder how much suffering might have been spared had the courts followed the law back in 2004 when the John Doe madness started; but of course I'm a lawyer, not a philosopher. :)

Bottom line, though: this is a good thing, a very good thing. Ten (10) years late in coming, but good nonetheless. - R.B. )

Comment: Re: Shit doesn't work (Score 1) 193

by Bios_Hakr (#47007183) Attached to: Are Glowing, Solar Smart Roads the Future?

That seems like a bad idea. Roads take a lot of abuse.

Why not make mile markers and guardrails with small windmills on them. The drafts from traffic would drive the generators.

They do this in Japan; kinda. The reflectors on the roadside use the drafts from cars to spin a protective disc that cleans the reflectors. It's not 100%, but nothing ever is...

Comment: Recycle The Spam (Score 1) 338

by Ngarrang (#46880139) Attached to: How the USPS Killed Digital Mail

Note to junk mailers: I use your mailings to start my evening fire-circle fire. They never get read. Ever.

Apparently someone is opening and reading the junk, and replying, or the junk mailers would not continue paying for it. But who are these people? Do you honestly think that the mostly-unmarked mail from an address you don't know, with URGENT being the only anything but junk mail?

Comment: Creative Counting (Score 1) 723

by Ngarrang (#46717021) Attached to: Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

Sure, you can believe them that 7.5 million have enrolled. It comes down to how you define 'enrolled', which the government defines as "someone put an insurance choice in their electronic kart." That would be like CDW saying they sold 100,000 LaserJet printers, just because someone placed one into their basket. The reality is that that majority of the insurance plans placed into the insurance basket was never completed. And of those that did complete the process, many never paid their first premium, which ultimately gives us a much smaller number of ACTUALLY INSURED people via ObamaCare.

And how many are actually paying and thus covered? Less than 1 million.

Comment: Re:The pitchfork or the codefork (Score 1) 99

by Ngarrang (#46189625) Attached to: Spectacular New Martian Impact Crater Spotted From Orbit

At first, it as purely anti-beta. But Dice's response to censor posts and ignore community opinion has made the problem anti-Dice. They seem to have no clue about PR, or nerds, or even effective web page design. Taking queues from for how to design your own web site a Bad Thing (tm).

Dice seems determined to go forward with new UI, regardless of community opinion, so the time has come for the codefork.

Comment: Necessary evil of doing business (Score 1) 287

by Ngarrang (#46149409) Attached to: Layoffs At Now-Private Dell May Hit Over 15,000 Staffers

I feel sorry for the 15,000 workers about lose their job, Dell is walking a thin line and Michael wants to make sure that the company that bears his name stays around. Dell has become a bloated pig and unfocused. They are also not responding to customers demands where they should and expanding into markets that support their core strengths.

The only thing cheaper than hardware is talk.