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Comment Re:What do their friends play on? (Score 4, Insightful) 374

This. My gaming friends and I are not hard-core gamers, so we went with consoles. A couple of them have been on Xbox Live since the original Xbox first came out, so we went with 360s years ago and are now moving to XbOnes.

If you are going with a gaming setup to play solo, look at what supports the most games you are interested in (since there are exclusives on PC, Xbox, and Playstation). If you are gaming with friends, see what they're getting.

Comment Re:No one is surprised (Score 2) 217

That's like saying "IP sucks because it allows telnet!". TLS supports cipher negotiation; there is nothing that says you have to configure your server and/or browser to allow MD5, RC4, 1024-bit RSA, SHA-1, etc.; in fact, those are have been/are being deprecated by browser vendors (and have already been removed from most secure server configs).

Comment Re:No one is surprised (Score 4, Informative) 217

There's no need for a new protocol; TLS allows you to configure servers and clients to restrict the available ciphers. That's why the browser vendors have been able to push out MD5 (and moving on SHA-1), RC4, RSA 2048 bit, etc. No protocol changes were necessary; just remove ciphers from the supported list used to negotiate the connection.

BTW: research indicates that AES256 may in fact be slightly weaker than AES128, in some use cases. Both are still have no practical attacks, even for nation-state level attacks; at this time, there is no evidence that AES256 would be "more secure" in practical terms (i.e. billions of years to break one encrypted message) than AES128. Given that, there is no reason to replace AES128 with AES256, now or in the foreseeable future. Odds are that if some attack vector against AES is found, it will be time to move to a new algorithm, not just more bits/rounds.

Comment Re:Wrong choice (Score 3, Insightful) 282

I suggest you look up how SDN switches and Juniper routers work. In neither case is the commodity OS used in the forwarding path; it is just a control-plane OS, and the performance of the control-plane OS's network stack has no bearing on traffic performance. Whether FreeBSD's network stack is "better" than Linux's is debatable (I thought all the BSD-heads "knew" that OpenBSD's network stack was the best, not FreeBSD), but it has no relevance here.

Comment Re:The tapes were re-used (Score 1) 307

Being in somebody's attic is not impossible; they could have been mislabelled and targeted to be thrown out and somebody just kept them (possibly without knowing what they've got). I've got a Skylab Operations Handbook for the Apollo Telescope Mount sitting on my desk, and I know my father had reel-to-reel tapes of the audio from the lunar lander missions on the shelf at one point (both were being thrown away).

Stuff also gets actually thrown out eventually. I've seen many boxes of punch cards from NASA going to recycling.

Comment Re:I'm a big support of IPv6 but... (Score 1) 595

Hmm, I thought all of Comcast's US residential service supported IPv6 now. They do DHCPv6 prefix delegation, allowing requests up to a /60 by default (although calling their support number may not get the right answer). I've been using it for a couple of years now. Their business service is still rolling it out though, and (from what I understand) requires you to use their provided router instead of your own.

Comment Re:No one cares (Score 1) 830

All measurements systems are arbitrary.

Yep. The conveniences of metric, such as scaling factor, are also arbitrary. Why should one cubic centimeter equal one milliliter? How is a centi-something equaling a milli-something "intuitive"?

For science (you monster!), it all goes into a computer anyway, and (learning from history) it should all have units specified. At that point, there's no functional difference between meters, feet, and furlongs.

Also, Celcius is a less-convenient scale for weather temperatures. Farenheight is a finer-grained scale (using whole numbers is more convenient) and has a range based on the "typical" temperatures experienced in most areas (obviously not the extremes).

I think the only improvement from using metric in every-day life would be in cooking, where it would be easier to convert units and modify recipes.

Comment Re:What do they need to contribute back? (Score 2) 285

You obviously haven't ported OpenSSH to a different OS before. Even among Unix/POSIX-like OSes, there is significant variance between platforms that something like OpenSSH has to deal with. Go look at the diff between OpenBSD OpenSSH and portable OpenSSH (for all the other supported platforms).

Also, portable OpenSSH uses extended security features that tend to be platform-specific (but useful enough to make it worthwhile to use on each specific system). I expect that there is Windows security functionality that doesn't map onto the current OpenSSH setup (but is worth extending OpenSSH to use).

I really hope that Microsoft makes a native port of portable OpenSSH to Windows. Nothing against the Cygwin folks (the Cygwin OpenSSH is great), but a native port that is more integrated into the "Windows" way of doing things would be good.

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