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Comment: Re:Wouldn't it be nice... (Score 5, Informative) 184

by Ender Wiggin 77 (#47856997) Attached to: Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet
Agreed! And I'm based in Ontario. I suppose it is a coincidence that Rogers, the cable monopoly, is launching a streaming content service (movies, sports, etc) called Shomi that competes directly with Netflix. Rogers has too much influence with govt and needs to be broken up.
Open Source

Linux Kernel 2.6.32 Released 195

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the download-compile-reboot-repeat dept.
diegocg writes "Linus Torvalds has officially released the version 2.6.32 of the Linux kernel. New features include virtualization memory de-duplication, a rewrite of the writeback code faster and more scalable, many important Btrfs improvements and speedups, ATI R600/R700 3D and KMS support and other graphic improvements, a CFQ low latency mode, tracing improvements including a 'perf timechart' tool that tries to be a better bootchart, soft limits in the memory controller, support for the S+Core architecture, support for Intel Moorestown and its new firmware interface, run-time power management support, and many other improvements and new drivers. See the full changelog for more details."

Comment: Re:Outward facing systems ... (Score 1) 391

by Ender Wiggin 77 (#29642917) Attached to: Sloppy Linux Admins Enable Slow Brute-Force Attacks
How about setting up firewall rules to only allow SSH from specific source IPs or IP ranges?

While some folks may require access to servers from unpredictable locations, I bet many are like me and only need access from some specific locations. A firewall rule allows you to drop SSH requests versus exposing an open port and putting a sign out saying "SSH here, I dare you to try and break in".

Stealth is better.

Comment: Re:Yeah Canada (Score 1) 526

by Ender Wiggin 77 (#28299541) Attached to: Senator Applauds Pirate Bay Trial, Chides Canada
Marijuana possession in Canada gets you the equivalent of a j-walking ticket. No criminal record, unless you have a lot (more than a few ounces?) or are trafficing. My Canadian police buddy tells me people routinely spark up in public and as long as they don't disturb the peace the cops leave them alone. That's not so draconian IMO.

Comment: Latency (Score 1) 252

by Ender Wiggin 77 (#28284321) Attached to: Wired for War
How do they handle the latency involved in getting signals from planes in Iraq to control consoles (and back again)? I would think something close to real-time would be needed to actually fly, land, aim missiles, etc. Bouncing off satellites would be a 100ms round-trip would it not?

If the camera on the plane beams that video to the US, then a pilot reacts to whatever obstacle he's about to fly into and his control signals work their way back to the plane, while the plane is moving at 100's of mile an hour, I would expect some issues.

Linux Business

Linux Flourishes In 200-Year-Old Gold Markets 195

Posted by timothy
from the neal-stephenson-themes-everyhere dept.
tbarkerload writes "H-Online [a spin off of a major German daily] reports on a gold trader managing over 15 tonnes of gold, worth $660m, with a platform built on open source tech. BullionVault operates a 24-7 electronic market in gold bullion open to both retail and professional traders. Their systems handle thousands of daily transactions from both human traders and bots operating through their API. If Linux has reached the world of hundred year old assaying firms, and Swiss vaults buried in mountains, can final world domination be too far away?"

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