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Comment: An iptables recipie (Score 4, Insightful) 497

by Simon Carr (#31385292) Attached to: Coping With 1 Million SSH Authentication Failures?

-A INPUT -p tcp -m tcp --dport 22 -m state --state NEW -m recent --set --name SSH --rsource -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -p tcp -m tcp --dport 22 -m recent --update --seconds 60 --hitcount 8 --rttl --name SSH --rsource -j LOG --log-prefix "SSH_brute_force "
-A INPUT -p tcp -m tcp --dport 22 -m recent --update --seconds 60 --hitcount 8 --rttl --name SSH --rsource -j DROP

Stops 'em *somewhat* dead. If you want to whitelist hosts so they are not impacted by this rule, just add;

-A INPUT -s your.ip.address -p tcp -m tcp --dport 22 -m state --state NEW -j ACCEPT

Before the throttling ruleset.

Comment: Wonderland is suffering a similar fate (Score 2, Informative) 82

by Simon Carr (#31012992) Attached to: Sun's Project Darkstar Game Server Platform No More

Just did a write-up on Wonderland. Development resources are no longer being applied to the project. From what I'm reading the community is going to keep it going, but it's still disappointing to hear that something so forward thinking is being cut from the vine.

Comment: Oh come on... (Score 1) 272

by Simon Carr (#29077581) Attached to: Genetic Mutation Enables Less Sleep

"One of the researchers hopes that this could lead to artificially reducing the amount of sleep required in your average human."

Great, another non-problem close to being solved. Thanks science. All I need now is a 3rd arm so that I can work my Blackberry while typing on my laptop. Perhaps they can solve my pesky habit of taking "breaks from work".

How is it that all this technology and progress is enabling us to work even more? Wasn't all this crap supposed to make our lives easier and not harder? What will sleeping less accomplish exactly? Will it allow me to tweet more? Wonderful. Will it increase my happiness? I highly doubt it.

Comment: Ditto - Re:Trackball (Score 1) 569

by Simon Carr (#28644513) Attached to: Best Mouse For Programming?

I'd mod this up if I could. It's the best peripheral I have ever used. It feels like a big old vintage trackball from Missile Command or Centipede, and it has a bunch of good options for the 4 buttons and the mousewheel. It's very precise and easy to control. Great for massive copying and pasting jobs.

Here's some related desk pr0n...

Comment: Re:Stay smarmy, slashdot (Score 1) 442

by Simon Carr (#26307999) Attached to: How Do You Stay Upbeat Amidst the Idiocy?

Just came here to say this and it's worth repeating. Total agreement with [not already in use].

The label "idiot" is something the tech/geek community seems to throw about liberally and it sort of makes me ashamed.

I find a lot of people brand someone an "idiot" because they don't share the same obsessive attention to detail that they do to one particular subject, but then turn around and wonder why that person is a success at another endeavor.

Just different strokes. Everyone can't be good at everything, and just because DudeFellaX is good at Perl, doesn't mean he knows sweet dick all about making money too like DudeFellaY might.

From another view.. you, dear article submitter, could be the idiot.

Media (Apple)

+ - Apple settles Think Secret out of existence

Submitted by jmp_nyc
jmp_nyc writes: Think Secret has just posted a press release on their site, reading as follows:

Apple and Think Secret have settled their lawsuit, reaching an agreement that results in a positive solution for both sides. As part of the confidential settlement, no sources were revealed and Think Secret will no longer be published. Nick Ciarelli, Think Secret's publisher, said "I'm pleased to have reached this amicable settlement, and will now be able to move forward with my college studies and broader journalistic pursuits."
Since Think Secret has disabled commenting on the story on their site (big surprise), I figured /. would be the perfect place to pick up the topic.

The question of whether computers can think is just like the question of whether submarines can swim. -- Edsger W. Dijkstra