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Comment: Re:How about a home brew dynamic DNS system? (Score 1) 495

by Nethead (#47357533) Attached to: Microsoft Takes Down Domains

Because us lower 4 digits don't like to re-invent the wheel:)

Nice setup though, I'll keep those tips in mind if I need to roll my own. I'm looking for a client and server package that can be installed quickly on a client computer/router. A client end that could run on OpenWRT would be really sweet.

Comment: How about a home brew dynamic DNS system? (Score 2) 495

by Nethead (#47357359) Attached to: Microsoft Takes Down Domains

I've looked a bit but never really found a package to do this, although it's been a few years. I've got a BSD box, a static IP and some domain names. How would I set it up so that other hosts could use this in a dynamic way to set forward DNS records if they were on an ISP's ever changing DHCP addresses?

In other words, how can I roll my own system without being a Vixie level hacker?

Comment: Re:Be polite (Score 1) 286

by Nethead (#47339069) Attached to: What To Do If Police Try To Search Your Phone Without a Warrant

I've run into this before as a DirecTV installer. Had biscuits and tea with a very nice East European family after I performed the install, which can be sometimes more invasive than a police search, they don't drill holes in your outside walls often or tear your media center apart. I saw that it was expected and they went to a lot of work to provide a nice sit & chat time. It took about 15 minutes of trying to understand very bad English, smile, nod, and make-nice, but it seemed very important to them. It was a bit odd at the time since I had a trainee with me (maybe the best lesson she learned) but ten years later and I still recall it with a warm heart. I see why you decided on this path.

I'm an atheist with a very Catholic upbringing. I'm very glad that I've had the service and humility of the Church teachings (and very awesome parents) to show me how to love my fellow humans. I try to be as warm and inviting to any that enter my home, or anyone that I meet day to day. Not that I'm always great at that, but I'm trying.

It's nice to know there are others out there doing the same.

Comment: Re:They should do it here: (Score 1) 104

by Nethead (#47338963) Attached to: Protesters Launch a 135-Foot Blimp Over the NSA's Utah Data Center

Never mind, upon further Googling it seems that they are shutting down the Yakima Research Facility. (Or as the locals called it, the ball bearing plant.)

In a 2002 interview with the Newhouse News Service, Bamford said the Yakima facility obtained about 2 million intercepts per hour at that time.

Comment: Re:Radio Interference, Insurance, and Other Issues (Score 1) 97

by Nethead (#47292019) Attached to: When Drones Fall From the Sky

Yeah, we had a yahoo like that drive by our computer shop each day. Would crash all the systems including the phones. Until one of our service techs, Ken, 6'10, 350 lbs caught the yahoo at the stop light and yanked that lin-e-ar right out of his pick-um-up truck, put it under his tire and said, "drive." Last problem we had with said yahoo.

Oh, and the FCC doesn't really like them yahoos either, and will fine the fuck out of them, given the chance.

73s, good buddy.

Comment: Re:I'm Okay With It (Score 3, Interesting) 253

by Nethead (#47083501) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?

I love on-line support chats. HP is really good at this (okay, I'm a business customer with a few hundred desktops and a rack of servers, YMMV.) Chat allows me to cut-n-paste serial numbers or diag info directly to them. It allows me to get other work done while support is processing the request, and I'm sure it allows support to work other cases when I have to dig for info.

The main thing is that I don't have to work through understanding the accent of a non-native speaker. The support folks are often bright and knowledgeable but my internal wiring doesn't always make the translation the first try. This gets old quickly for both ends of the conversation.

Stellar rays prove fibbing never pays. Embezzlement is another matter.