I've heard there is security advantage to this from the TWiT.tv show Security Now. Sites with user-supplied content can host user-supplied content on separate domains to prevent some types of attacks. More specifically, I believe it limits certain types of attacks from malicious scripts using "Same-origin" policy - the browser limits what content from foreign domains can accomplish with content on the domain listed in the address bar
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The DOE already passed "Gainful Employment" rules once. The first time around, a group representing the for-profit colleges sued the DOE and got the teeth ripped out of the rules. The judge decided the metrics that lead to punishments didn't have enough factual basis to back them up, so they were thrown out. These rules appear to the the second attempt, likely prepared with more thought to defending themselves against the schools with deep pockets.
Googling "gainful employment rules" or "gainful employment rules stuck down" will likely provide more information.
Perhaps the handcuff is extreme, but don't leave it or its contents unattended. Use one hand at the urinal (if applicable), saving the other to hold the briefcase. Use stalls with walls on two or more adjacent sides, keep briefcase on side of toilet with wall. Don't leave it on the convenient little shelf by the door in the bathroom (think I've seen a lot of dumb stuff in the bathroom?) Don't leave the stuff on the table as you walk across a huge room get more food/coffee.
Also, insurance for hardware, encryption for data. IOS has full disk encryption and Android might; truecrypt is cheap and easy to use and each major OS has its own native encryption solution.
I've been spoiled with linux on modern machines, so I don't have much experience running it in resource-strapped environments. Do you think I could run this machine as a file server if I put a text-mode linux distro on it?
I agree. I've not been able to get multi-monitor working properly on my radeon 3000 integrated video since Ubuntu 10.04. 11.04 had an issue with windows having no borders and not responding to mouse and keyboard focus changes on the second screen. In 11.10, the proprietary driver just doesn't work beyond mirroring screens. The default driver spawns everything in the exact center of the 3360x1050 desktop after having to manually exit xconf to avoid the 1680x1680 max res problem. Tried PCBSD (unix, I know), couldn't get anything other than the default driver to work. Tried Debian - same problems as 11.04 and no sound. Tried Linux Mint and Kubuntu 11.04, same problems as ubuntu 11.04. All I want is full screen sound, full screen flash on a monitor that isn't stretched out, and for programs to launch on the screen I requested it on.
Also, driver support is still half-assed amongst hardware makers. My brother (2070N) printer's Debian driver is a automatic conversion of a Redhat driver that tries to copy a file to a directory that doesn't exist on Ubuntu by default, so I have to create the directory first before installing if I don't want guaranteed failure. They didn't even try it once before releasing it or they would have caught it.
I'm thinking about trying a redhat distro this weekend, but I don't have great confidence.
Doesn't all the traffic in the US go through a relatively small number of backbone providers at some point? Set up a deal with all of them so you can pull the plug with a phone call. Chances are all the major consumer ISPs use the major backbone providers, so you can quell disruptive thoughts there. Protecting your local power stations depends on if their ISPs use those backbones, too.