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Comment: Re:Alleged issue did not appear... (Score 2) 284

by Fryth (#40509731) Attached to: The Leap Second Is Here! Are Your Systems Ready?

I manage a network of a few hundred or so CentOS 4 and 5 as well as Debian Etch and Lenny machines. I'm on call this weekend and my phone is quiet. Seems like this issue really didn't impact everyone. This looks to be a non-issue for me, anyway. I see this too:

Jun 30 19:59:59 kernel: [timestamp] Clock: inserting leap second 23:59:60 UTC

Comment: Because it's what people want (Score 1) 285

by Fryth (#37476704) Attached to: Google Accused of "Cooking" Search Results and Charging MSFT Too Much

Maybe it comes high in the results because it's actually what people want to search for. Come on, we all know how these search engines work, and the proposition that they have hard-coded "if Google, bump up to 3" in their algorithm's logic is just laughable. Nobody is suggesting Google is colluding with Wikipedia, even though Wikipedia "mysteriously" shows up high in the search results all the time. This is ridiculous.

Comment: It's easy (Score 1) 554

by Fryth (#37016718) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Self-Hosted Gmail Alternatives?

I'm surprised at how many Slashdotters here hate running their own e-mail server. Heck, from reading this thread, you'd think it was impossible.

I have Postfix running with SpamAssassin at home, and it's been stable for years now. Want to solve the problem of outbound mail not being accepted? Just use your ISP's mail server as a smarthost for outbound mail. Worried about security? Honestly, you shouldn't be; just run your distribution's stable build of whatever mail server and you should be fine. Run a quick abuse.net open relay test, and you've taken all the precautions I have. (Well, I've moved my SSH port off the default and installed fail2ban, but that should be automatic for any Linux-based server.)

Running everything on Gmail has its advantages for ease of use, but local mail has its advantages, too. I have a copy of every e-mail I've ever received. That gives me a good feeling. I can browse and search it very fast - sure, the internet is fast these days, too, but there's a small advantage.

And you can set a backup MX record with a lower priority pointing to say, gmail, so if you have problems with your connection at home, the mail will still go somewhere.

Yes, it's not really necessary (gmail is fine) and can be a hassle for some, but is not as difficult as the posts in this thread would have you believe, and it's fun!

Comment: Re:Frame it in the worse light possible (Score 1) 137

by Fryth (#36631028) Attached to: Office 365: Suffer 18 Days' Outage, Still Pay Half Price

I am a sysadmin hosting Microsoft Exchange 2007 for customers at a mid-sized hosting company. We really don't have that much downtime. Probably less than a day of downtime in 5 years. Exchange really is a reliable, stable system. I say this as a Unix admin who prefers to work on Unix systems.

Comment: Public IIS? (Score 1) 217

by Fryth (#35076370) Attached to: Firewalls Make DDoS Attacks Worse

Okay, fine; I'll put an IIS or apache webserver directly on the internet. Are you joking?

Seriously, a firewall can do much more than just limit the number of connections. They can block based on the number of connections per second or minute and add to an abusive-hosts list for further prevention. They can be configured with a reverse Squid proxy and block based on HTTP-REFERER or whatever else the attacker is dumb enough to leave as an identifier common to all packets. DDOS is loosely defined; whatever denies service is a denial-of-service attack, not just flooding a pipe with raw bandwidth.

I work at a webhosting company and we have all kinds of success with (properly) configured firewalls.

Comment: Re:Ignore the Troll (Score 1) 703

by Fryth (#33469206) Attached to: The Push For Colbert's "Restoring Truthiness" Rally

http://www.mikemalloy.com/

Mike Malloy is sort of the liberal answer to Glenn Beck. He uses anger and rage on his show as a sort of catharsis, and it's pretty funny when he blows up against the right (or whatever passes for right-wing nowadays)... Love it, it's a fantastic radio show, everyone interested in political podcasts should check it out.

Comment: More car accidents to understand drunk driving (Score 1) 112

by Fryth (#33401336) Attached to: A Conference For Malware Writers

This is insane. Smart people already understand how malware works. This reminds me of Calvin's dad in Calvin and Hobbes saying "____ builds character" no matter what the thing is. Sometimes things are a negative and they're already fully understood that way. That's the way it is.

Bruce Schneier is right here; there is no need for a conference of malware developers.

Comment: He's not in danger; we're in danger of not caring (Score 1) 632

by Fryth (#32653388) Attached to: Wikileaks Founder Advised To Avoid American Gov't

He's fine; only conspiracy types would assume otherwise. The real question is, will Wikileaks get its message out and reach average people (not just geeks) and start changing minds and waking people up to things they haven't read about in the mainstream media or seen on Fixed News.. and if not, why not? What is it about our society that just continues to not be surprised by what Wikileaks reports, and not think about doing anything about it or trying to change the system?

Comment: Re:Captain Obvious (Score 2) 541

by Fryth (#29707011) Attached to: For Some Medical Workers, a Flu Shot Or Possible Job Loss

You're absolutely right about prevention being key, and handwashing is an extremely neglected, important way to fight disease (disclaimer: of _course_ i am not any kind of doctor).

But there's nothing wrong with getting a flu shot, and it can only improve matters in the vast majority of situations. There may be circumstances where getting a shot would be unhealthy, sure.

Forcing people to get one seems like it causes other, ethical, problems, though, which I didn't mention in my post which is now modded flamebait :)

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 757

by Fryth (#27606035) Attached to: Zombie Macs Launch DoS Attack

Install base is definitely part of it, but don't let this guy get away with the same old argument that all software is equally vulnerable given enough copies of it. Apache is extremely popular and has never had as many problems as IIS server did in the beginning. Programmers make mistakes, sure, but there's a right and a wrong way to go about designing this stuff properly from the beginning so that exploitation is minimized, or when it does happen, other factors are in place (eg file-system-level access control, memory protection, ...) to mitigate the breadth of damage that could be caused by a successful exploit.

Comment: Re:Erm (Score 1) 616

by Fryth (#27200473) Attached to: Women Skip Math/Science Careers To Have Families

This is "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" nonsense. Making concessions to women because they have children is something society has done for a long time. Society makes a lot of concessions for people, not just women, in all kinds of situations. You sound like the kind of person that doesn't need or want those concessions, but don't mix your own hubris with self-serving arguments about feminism, starting points and meritocracy.

People should be allowed to get help when trying to achieve their personal and professional goals. That's all this is about, and in the end, we'll all benefit.

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