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Comment: Re:Are there alternatives? (Score 1) 700 700

There are dozens of alternative chips that can be used:

Prolific (have had their own driver sabotage issues in the past and even the genuine ones are kind of crappy)
Silicon Labs
WinChipHead (I have these on my Arduino-compatibles, seem to work OK)
More chips than I can rattle off from Microchip and Atmel
And a bunch of others.

Comment: Re:Elephant in the room (Score 1) 181 181

Around 1990 I came up with a guideline that a power user should always spend USD500 on memory for their desktop. That target roughly held true for over 15 years until the price of memory plummeted in the mid-2000s and you couldn't fit that much in.

+ - Multiple Studies Show Used Electronics Exports to Third World Mostly Good->

retroworks writes: Bloomberg News reporter Adam Minter writes in today's Opinion section that several studies show that there's nothing really remarkable or scandalous about exports of used equipment to developing nations. "Some is recycled; some is repaired and refurbished for reuse; and some is thrown into landfills or incinerators. Almost none of it, however, is “dumped” overseas."

Minter begins with the most recent study, released by the US International Trade Commission in March 2013. Several other studies from Peru, Nigeria, Ghana and China show there was never an incentive for overseas buyers to pay money to import junk, and that most of the junk filmed by activists in the dumps in those nations was used for years (Nigeria has had TV since the 1970s). "A 2011 study by the United Nations Environment Program determined that only 9 percent of the used electronics imported by Nigeria — a country that is regularly depicted as a dumping ground for foreign e-waste — didn’t work or were unrepairable, and thus bound for a recycler or a dump. The other 91 percent were reusable and bound for consumers who couldn’t afford new products." The one data source Bloomberg cannot find is a data point for the widely reported "statistic" that 80-90% of used electronics imported by Africans are burned or dumped. In the comment section, two advocates for legislation banning the exports object to the survey methodology of one of the studies. But the source of the original statistic, reported by Greenpeace and Basel Action Network in their fundraising campaigns, remains a mystery.

Link to Original Source

+ - Vastly improved Raspberry Pi performance with Wayland

nekohayo writes: While Wayland/Weston 1.1 brought support to the Raspberry Pi merely a month ago, work has recently been done to bring true hardware-accelerated compositing capabilities to the RPi's graphics stack using Weston. The Raspberry Pi foundation has made an announcement about the work that has been done with Collabora to make this happen. developer Daniel Stone has written a blog post about this, including a video demonstrating the improved reactivity and performance. Developer Pekka Paalanen also provided additional technical details about the implementation.

Comment: Re:Why are people not being alerted? (Score 1) 179 179

During an earlier DNS amplification attack we actually identified over 1000 of our customers that had their CPE devices misconfigured to expose the onboard resolver to the internet at large.

After contacting them we had a less than 1% rectification rate.

Comment: Re:Accidentally, or not? (Score 1) 179 179

As often as not it is a judgement call of cost to fix vs. risk.

We have the situation where we have a pair of open resolvers whose addresses have been constant for the past 17 years. We have about a quarter million customers, some who have those addresses embedded into devices whose passwords have been long since forgotten.

The amount of support time needed to deal with these customers from putting in ACLs to the resolvers would run into the many many thousands of staff-hours.

As we were affected by a somewhat similar attack (a DNS amplification DDoS but with different mechanics, bouncing queries off of CPE with open forwarding resolvers) last year we drop TYPE=ANY queries (I've yet to see a legitimate production query of that type ever) and rate-limit queries but access lists on the servers would require such a huge expense that its not likely to happen any time soon.

Hold on to the root.