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Comment: Re:Why VPN? (Score 1) 237

by NotSanguine (#47924331) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

> I agree. I've been running a similar set up on a PIII-100 (remember those?) with 96MB RAM and a 200MB disk for almost twenty years.

--Dude, how high is your electric bill? o_O

--If you hook up a kill-a-watt to that beast, you might want to consider replacing that ancient machine with something like a Raspberry Pi / Cubietruck / Atom box - it will likely pay for itself within a year due to the power savings...

TS-836A Plug Power Meter = ~$16 on Amazon

Just to clarify, it's actually a Pentium Pro-200, not a PIII-100.

My electric bill is between me and the electric company. Thanks for your concern, though.

That said, I appreciate the suggestion, but my bill is already bit lower since I got rid of the Dell PowerEdge 6400 I was running for many years. What is more, when it's hot in the summer, my AC unit uses more power than all the other electric devices in my house. If I was really concerned, I'd sweat more. :)

Compared to the AC and the other systems I run, my firewall's power usage is negligible. I guess it's just a matter of perspective, eh?

Comment: Re:Mommy's Poor Little Babies! (Score 1) 288

by NotSanguine (#47919805) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

Although it's more like someone broke into your house and left you a gift you don't need.

While a nice thought the person shouldn't have broken into my house. They should've asked first.

Actually, it's more like you gave them the keys and said, "Come on in anytime you like, boys!" when enabling the auto-download feature. Whether or not they should have done it differently is a useful question, but (as you correctly pointed out) you have to enable auto-download manually. If someone did so and didn't realize that they were giving Apple carte blanche to rummage around in their device, that's thier mistake, not Apple's.

I'm not an Apple fan. I don't own any of their hardware, nor am I interested in purchasing any. I'm not even defending Apple's distribution choice in this case.

It just seems ridiculous to me that people are getting all mad at Apple about something that was in their control (again, as you and others have pointed out) all along.

Complaining about someone trying to do something nice for you (whether you want them too or not -- I guess you've never gotten a gift you didn't like -- as for not asking for it, the best gifts I've ever received were from people who just wanted to do something nice for me). It smacks of childish behavior, IMHO.

Comment: Mommy's Poor Little Babies! (Score -1, Flamebait) 288

by NotSanguine (#47918769) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

This is just awful! Someone gave you a gift. It's unconscionable! How dare anybody give you a gift! Especially one that you don't like. And you can't even re-gift it. Apple is the worst company in the world!

If you don't like the music, don't listen to it. If you don't like that Apple can push content to your device, don't use Apple devices

I guess that on your birthday, when a relative gives you a gift you don't like, you yell at them and demand that they take it back because it's beneath you, huh?

Are you all a bunch of six year olds? EWWW! Bono has cooties! His music is touching my music! WAAAAHHHH! Please.

And if you're complaining (somehow) about Apple violating the sanctity of your music collection, then don't use iTunes.

Sigh.

Comment: Re:DNA? (Score 1) 202

by NotSanguine (#47914941) Attached to: Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

Let's be honest there is quite a bit of difference on a planet with 7 billion people to enact laws making procreation and child rearing a privilege and responsibility only for those appropriate to do so versus you can spit out all the ones you want expecting the rest of society to care for them and take responsibility for them, this versus extermination camps.

Suck it up, despite all the whining about how badly it was done in the past it will not ever stop all of us or future generations from biting the bullet, it is a matter of inevitability or total collapse from the 20 billion idiocracy taking over and an extinct species replacing them.

A whole lot of problems can be safely easily eliminated in a generation or three or we can continue to fail future generations with them.

Absolutely. Let's start with you. Seems reasonable to me. Do I hear a second?

Comment: Re:why? Better for Comcast to not know (Score 1) 405

by NotSanguine (#47912055) Attached to: Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

This raises the question of why Comcast would care. For many years at least, the conventional wisdom among service providers and other carriers was that they'd prefer to NOT know what a customer uses the service for. If the ISP doesn't, and can't, know which sites customers are visiting, they can't be held responsible either legally or in regards to PR. I was shopping for a colo facility for the backup service I offer and the contract for one facility said "no porn". That was a definite deal-breaker for me - I most definitely do not want to look at what my customers are having backed up, and therefore become responsible for it. It would be a huge waste of my time to deal with any copyright violations, verify age reqirements, etc so the business is better off not know what the bits are. Just store the bits (or transfer them, in Comcast's case). That would save Comcast a bunch of money compared to monitoring and therefore needing to moderate the content.

My take is (regardless of the veracity of TFA) that Comcast has a vested interest in addressing "copyright violations" as their parent company owns a large stock of "intellectual property." If they can't tell whether or not you're "stealing" their IP because you're using TOR, they see that as taking food out of their mouths. Just sayin'.

Comment: Re:So-to-speak legal (Score 1) 405

by NotSanguine (#47911965) Attached to: Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

Broadband Internet service needs to become a public non-profit utility, charged at a maximum of $39.95 a month for 50MB Upload and download speeds with NO data caps. And no disconnection unless you are CONVICTED of doing something illegal with/over your internet service.

I disagree. The last mile connections should be a public/quasi-public non-profit utility, with ISPs paying fees to the utility to connect to the last mile. They can then compete with each other on price and features (including speed).

Comment: Re:So-to-speak legal (Score 1) 405

by NotSanguine (#47911941) Attached to: Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

I'll cut right to the chase. You allow the government to take over the ISP business, it will be regulated like in China. I'm very serious about that statement. Give it another 10 years-ish to boil that frog, but yes, that severe.

Please give me just one credible example where someone (anyone) is advocating that the "government take over the ISP business" in the US. It doesn't even have to be long and involved.

I'm not talking about the pervasive monitoring by the NSA, DOD and other government agencies. That's a different issue. A very important one that deserves our attention and needs to be fought vigoriously. But that shouldn't be diluted with some paranoid fantasy about the US government trying to nationalize ISPs.

Please. Just one real example. Thought so.

Comment: Re:So-to-speak legal (Score 1) 405

by NotSanguine (#47911873) Attached to: Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

So how much is Comcast paying you to say that? Internet service being classified as a common carrier can only be a good thing for customers but Comcast and their kind will do anything to fight that.

[Emphasis Added]

That's absurd on its face. "Anything" is a really broad term. "Comcast and their kind will murder babies in their cribs to fight Common Carrier status." "Comcast and their kind will enslave the residents of Teaneck, NJ to fight Common Carrier status." "Comcast and their kind will come to your house and force you to watch as they rape your daughters to fight Common Carrier status."

Why not use a bit less hyperbole and a little more constructive argument? How about, "Comcast is using its virtual monopoly status and huge resources to influence politicians, spread FUD and muddy the waters to fight common carrier status." That would be much more useful and might even suggest courses of action. Wasn't that easy?

This is what I thought of when reading your post:

I cannot overemphasize the importance of good grammar.

What a crock. I could easily overemphasize the importance of good
grammar. For example, I could say: "Bad grammar is the leading cause
of slow, painful death in North America," or "Without good grammar, the
United States would have lost World War II."

-- Dave Barry,

Comment: Re:So-to-speak legal (Score 1) 405

by NotSanguine (#47911667) Attached to: Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

Anyone with any awareness of history AT ALL should not want a government controlled internet. If you want the Federal government to do anything maybe it should forcing ISPs like Comcast who have infrastructure that depends on granted monopoly rights easements and the like be operated as common carriers but you definitely don't want them any more involved than that!

[Emphasis Added]

That's regulation. So, it's not regulation you're against, it's the Federal government encroaching on your civil liberties. Not all regulation is bad, and common carrier status for all ISPs would be (it was at one time, and hopefully will again) a good regulation. I'd also point out that reclassifying ISPs (regardless of the type of infrastructure, e.g., cable vs. telecom) as common carriers is about the farthest the FCC *could* go. No one is asking them to do anything more than that.

I'm mad about government surveillance and attempts to throttle free speech and personal liberties too. But knee-jerk reactions aren't helpful at all. Sadly, we likely won't get common carrier status for all ISPs. What's worse is that the state/local/municipal politician sale will continue, with entrenched players having their lap dog politicians keep them safe from competition.

If a free and vibrant Internet is important to you, start with your local government. You and your neighbors have a much better chance to effect change there than at the Federal level

Comment: Re:Transformative Platforms! (Score 1) 182

by NotSanguine (#47906675) Attached to: Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

Television, in addition to carrying on the benefit of radio, shows students the world rather than simply referring to points on a map. Different cultures and environments can be described in full color with fluid video, rather than hoping the student understands a short text description that too often seems absurd due to its foreign context.

Really?

Yes, really. There's much more, but you can find that for yourself. No, it doesn't replace classroom learning, but it can be an excellent adjunct to it.

+ - Treasure Map: NSA, GCHQ work on real-time 'Google Earth' internet observation-> 1

Submitted by wabrandsma
wabrandsma (2551008) writes "from Der Spiegel:
According to top-secret documents from the NSA and the British agency GCHQ, the intelligence agencies are seeking to map the entire Internet, including end-user devices. In pursuing that goal, they have broken into networks belonging to Deutsche Telekom.

The document that Der Spiegel has seen shows a map with the name 'Treasure Map'. On the map are the names of Deutsche Telekom and NetCologne and their networks highlighted in red, where the legend says that within the networks 'access points' exist for 'technical observation'.

Treasure Map is anything but harmless entertainment. Rather, it is the mandate for a massive raid on the digital world. It aims to map the Internet, and not just the large traffic channels, such as telecommunications cables. It also seeks to identify the devices across which our data flows, so-called routers.

Furthermore, every single end device that is connected to the Internet somewhere in the world — every smartphone, tablet and computer — is to be made visible. Such a map doesn't just reveal one treasure. There are millions of them.

The breathtaking mission is described in a Treasure Map presentation from the documents of the former intelligence service employee Edward Snowden which SPIEGEL has seen. It instructs analysts to "map the entire Internet — Any device, anywhere, all the time."

Treasure Map allows for the creation of an "interactive map of the global Internet" in "near real-time," the document notes. Employees of the so-called "FiveEyes" intelligence agencies from Great Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, which cooperate closely with the American agency NSA, can install and use the program on their own computers. One can imagine it as a kind of Google Earth for global data traffic, a bird's eye view of the planet's digital arteries.

The New York Times reported on the existence of Treasure Map last November. What it means for Germany can be seen in additional material in the Snowden archive that SPIEGEL has examined."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Problem? (Score 1) 284

If this saved the life and virtue of even one child, then I have a hard time feeling like they did anything wrong.

Okay. So let's have all your passwords and full access to your home, office and other property to make sure you're not breaking any laws. What? You have nothing to hide? Good. So we can install audio and video monitoring devices in your car and your house, including the bedroom, bathroom, providing full 24/7 coverage. Nothing to worry about citizen, this is for your protection.

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