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Comment Re:Attica! Attica! (Score 1) 448 448

The civilians, yourself and myself among them, live among many other civilians who are unwilling to act to preserve their freedoms. Reminds a bit of the parable about evil being more about good people doing nothing rather than evil people doing bad things.

Comment Re:How do they Root your Box? (Score 1) 539 539

Yeesh, if they're trying to do cleanup behind themselves rather than e-mail you to let them know they'd rooted the box, it's time to switch. This goes double if (and, you may have specified regarding this; apologies if you have) you've already asked them in writing to never jump into your box without asking you first.

As others have said, if the provider has physical access, you can not expect mathematically no chance of them breaking in and grabbing or (worse) changing stuff.

Focus on what you are providing and just how secure it needs to be, and act accordingly.

Comment Re:Why don't you have any remote management? (Score 1) 539 539

A really nice host carries machines with remote management built-in. This goes double for x86 or x86-64 where the architecture didn't grow up with the idea of "the text put up by the systemboard's ROMs can go to a monitor and/or to a serial port."

The Courts

Groklaw Summarizes the Lori Drew Verdict 457 457

Bootsy Collins writes "Last Wednesday, the Lori Drew 'cyberbullying' case ended in three misdemeanor convictions under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a 1986 US Federal law intended to address illegally accessing computer systems. The interpretation of the act by the Court to cover violations of website terms of service, a circumstance obviously not considered in the law's formulation and passage, may have profound effects on the intersection of the Internet and US law. Referring to an amicus curiae brief filed by online rights organizations and law professors, PJ at Groklaw breaks down the implications of the decision to support her assertion that 'unless this case is overturned, it is time to get off the Internet completely, because it will have become too risky to use a computer.'"

"Anyone attempting to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin." -- John Von Neumann