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Canadian ISP Hijacking DNS Lookup Errors 225 225

Freshly Exhumed tips us to news that Canadian ISP Rogers Cable appears to be redirecting invalid DNS requests to their own search and advertising page. Roadrunner got caught doing the same thing earlier this year. According to the article, "The hijacking appears to be an attempt by Rogers to use its Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) technology to cash in on the mistakes of its users." Freshly Exhumed also reminds us, "As IOActive security researcher Dan Kaminsky has warned in the past, this presents a very serious security problem."

Comment Re:RAID5 is stupid, RAID 10 or no RAID (Score 1) 621 621

http://www.baarf.com/

Enough is enough.
You can either join BAARF. Or not.

RAID-5 Write Penalty

"...If you later modify the data block it recalculates the parity by subtracting the
old block and adding in the new version then in two separate operations it
writes the data block followed by the new parity block. To do this it must
first read the parity block from whichever drive contains the parity for
that stripe block and reread the unmodified data for the updated block from
the original drive. This read-read-write-write is known as the RAID5 write
penalty since these two writes are sequential and synchronous the write
system call cannot return until the reread and both writes complete, for
safety, so writing to RAID5 is up to 50% slower than RAID0 for an array of
the same capacity. (Some software RAID5's avoid the re-read by keeping an
unmodified copy of the orginal block in memory.)"

RAID-5 Drive Failure
"Now if a drive in the RAID5 array dies, is removed, or is shut off data is
returned by reading the blocks from the remaining drives and calculating
the missing data using the parity, assuming the defunct drive is not the
parity block drive for that RAID block. Note that it takes 4 physical
reads to replace the missing disk block (for a 5 drive array) for four out
of every five disk blocks leading to a 64% performance degradation until
the problem is discovered and a new drive can be mapped in to begin
recovery."

Raid-5 Failure Rate Increases
As the number of disks in a RAID 5 group increases, the Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF, the reciprocal of the failure rate) can become lower than that of a single disk.

Why RAID 5 stops working in 2009

HTH,

HAND.

Businesses

Submission + - Microsoft aims to double PC base

squizzar writes: From the BBC: 'Microsoft software will sell for just $3 (£1.50) in some parts of the world in an attempt to double the number of global PC users.'

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6571139.stm

I'd like to know why the rest of us have to pay so much, seeing as fta: "This is not a philanthropic effort, this is a business"
Operating Systems

Submission + - Review of Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn

Michael writes: "http://lunapark6.com/ubuntu-704-feisty-fawn.html If you have been following the Ubuntu releases, you probably know that Ubuntu's previous release "Edgy Eft" was somewhat lackluster when compared to the their prior "Dapper" release. Improvements were so slight that it was often difficult to differentiate between the two releases. Well with Feisty Fawn you will notice improvements from the Ubuntu installer all the way to how restricted drivers are now installed via a simple gui app and the easy manner in which proprietary codecs are installed. Visually the default look of Ubuntu and its KDE counterpart, Kubuntu, hasn't changed from "Edgy" but the modifications made under the hood sure has simplified Feisty Fawn."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Why should you despise geeks?

Rockgod writes: "Here goes the rambling of a suit...
From the article:

If you observe him closely, you will find that a geek approaches non-computer avocations in a fanatical way and always with the certainty (in keeping with an outsized opinion of himself) that he can master any subject with a dilettante's effort. In fact that seems to be the whole point of the rare excursion into non-computerized activity. Once his shallow sense of mastery is satisfied he ceases to progress in the avocation because really hard work bores him.

This is the geek as you might find him on Slashdot and in other forums arguing about Firefox or Linux or whatever his latest petty obsession is, and as I find him walking past my office day-in and day-out acting like a child. I tell you these people make feminists seem charming.
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Five is a sufficiently close approximation to infinity. -- Robert Firth "One, two, five." -- Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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