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Comment Re:Dictionary? (Score 1) 157 157

My question is, how does this apply to DenyHosts?

My guess would be that I'm still safe... try root at all, instant ban. Try an invalid account, grace one time (even I make a typo sometimes). Try a valid account more than 3 times? Banned. Unless, of course, this attack somehow bypasses the mechanism DenyHosts uses to detect those invalid logins... but I don't know that I saw enough information in the article to answer that question.

Comment Re:Oddly enough, I support this because... (Score 1) 272 272

The utility generates at wholesale prices, and then they are forced to buy it back at retail prices. In a way it costs the utility twice, once in lost revenue (arguable as conservation, agreed) and twice in paying more for power than they would when generating it alone.

That is some bad math. They are turning around and selling it at the same price they paid for it. That's not a loss, that's break even.

That may sound logical, but it's not. Changing the amount of energy being generated at any given moment is a very difficult thing to do. Because of that, the utility very rarely sells everything that it generates. They make up for the lost electricity by in the difference between wholesale and retail pricing. There are a lot of other things that are also wrapped up in that cost difference (salaries for all of their employees from the CEO down to the meter reader, maintenance costs for the lines, substations, the transformer on the pole outside your house, future and/or past CAPEX projects, etc). Even if you ignore all those other costs and pretend like they don't exist, the difference between what is generated and what can be sold results in a loss when they have to buy it for the same price they're selling it.

I'm all for saying that the utility should be forced to buy excess power generated by the solar panels. But it does seem that purchasing that power at wholesale would be more fair.

And, while we are at it, have you checked the rates for commercial customers versus residential? Commercial gets a significant discount in price over residential. Fix that outright subsidy before coming after subsidies that pay for the development of cleaner forms of energy.

Have you checked the price of toilet paper at Sam's club vs the local grocery store? Any time you buy in bulk you get a discount.

Comment Re:carsickness (Score 5, Insightful) 435 435

People who get car sick need windows. Nuff said.

Pretty much. Did passenger cars in trains need windows? Do airplanes need windows? Do houses need windows?

Obviously the windows in today's cars need to provide a LOT of visibility so the driver can see as much as possible. But taking away a driver's need to see doesn't take a way the need for windows.

I honestly can't believe this is even a question.

Comment Re:In other words. (Score 1) 77 77

Couple that with this statement:

After the deal, Comcast's franchises in those areas would be transferred to GreatLand.

And it looks like Comcast is writing checks they don't even have to cash. They'll provide the "free" cable until the merger goes through, then it becomes the burdon of GreatLand Connections.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 1) 245 245

Wrong. Most MTAs (for a long time now) will attempt TLS if available.

Not really wrong... more like right. Heck, you even validated what he said when you qualified your statement with if available... if it's not available, it will simply send it in plain text. It won't notify you. It won't notify the next person down the line, etc. Neither you nor your recipient will have any way to know if the message was transmitted at some point in plain text. And it's a guarantee that it sat on every mail server it touched unencrypted.

Therefore, the safe option is to assume it will not be encrypted at any point unless you use some kind of end-to-end encryption (X509, PGP, etc).

Comment Re: DMCA (Defamation) (Score 1) 245 245

No, what it is doing (to borrow the analogy from an eralier posting) is opening every letter in an evelope, putting the contents in a see-through bag and adding a new addres label.

Except that's not what it's doing. You're handing the letter to them and asking them to put it in an envelope, preferably one of those fancy ones that make it harder to see the contents, and send it. They're pretending like they don't have any of those fancy envelopes and instead putting it in a clear plastic bag. If you want it in a fancy envelope, make sure you specify that it has to be rather than that's what you'd like it to be.

Or, better yet, mask the contents yourself at the application layer rather than relying on the transport layer. X.509 and PGP are both pains, but they do work and would make this a total non-issue.

Comment Re:Doesn't seem like a wise investment.. (Score 1) 170 170

It seems that such areas are underserrved because they can't afford it.

Define can't afford it. Let me give you a couple of examples here in the US.

The company where I work has a horribly incompetent local telco. When they first bought their wires from Verizon, they came out and talked to me about high speed internet. Five years later, they can still only figure out T1 lines. There is no cable available the industrial park where we're at. I once looked into it and Charter and Comcast couldn't figure out who would actually service my area (each saying it would be the other). I think they finally settled on Charter, but with a huge build-out cost (somewhere around 30k if I remember right). A few years later, a Charter sales guy popped in to find out if we were interested in buying their service. I told him I absolutely was, but there's no way I could afford their build out cost. Supposedly they're trying to find enough potential customers to justify their build out cost, but here we are almost two years later and no service. We can easily afford the service. Even at $1,000/mo I can probably get it approved. But we can't (won't) pay that build out cost.

I also like to go camping in a semi-remote area. It's not real camping. We do it with a travel trailer on a seasonal site. Full plumbing, full electric, etc. But it's still enjoyable. They've talked about putting in Wifi, but there's no broadband of any kind available. Again, build out costs are going to be the issue. I doubt they'd pay $1,000/mo for service, but I'm sure they can afford something like 100/mo.

1000 pains = 1 Megahertz