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Comment: Re:I'm surprised. (Score 5, Insightful) 257

by Stile 65 (#33732636) Attached to: Seven Words You Can't Say On Google Instant

I'm pretty sure this is a feature, not censorship.

Imagine being at work and searching for something like "white power cord" or something. Now, yes, you could go to Google Shopping to search for it, or turn off Instant if you're going to be searching for things like that, but most people won't, and do you really want your company seeing you search for "white power?"

As an example, I'm going to be raising some chickens in a while so I was looking up "how to test for salmonella." The instant search suggestion when I typed the "s" in "salmonella" was "STDs." I'd rather not be seen searching for *that* at work.

It just makes sense that Google would avoid doing things that'll trip up your company's web filters if you're searching for innocuous things that temporarily turn less innocuous due to Google's own features and default settings.

Comment: Re:American Dad (Score 1) 100

by Stile 65 (#31266592) Attached to: Hollywood Stock Exchange Set To Launch In April

Idea/prediction markets are actually a hotbed of research, and there are several different theories about what could've happened with the terror attack thing. In any case, it was less about specific terror attacks and more about stability indexes for different parts of the world, etc.

By the way, there's awesome open source software under active development for running your own prediction markets and experiments with prediction markets.

Comment: Re:NearlyFreeSpeech.net (Score 2, Informative) 456

by Stile 65 (#31225014) Attached to: Things To Look For In a Web Hosting Company?

And while I'm at it, DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES go with aventurehost.com. Seriously shitty service, and they renege on what they promise their customers. A few years ago I paid them $200 for a "lifetime" hosting account that I barely used, mainly for DNS and mail and some dev work. As of the beginning of this year, everyone who had such an account was essentially SoL and they were charging $40/year (IIRC) to continue the subscription on the accounts. I told them in no uncertain terms I wouldn't be renewing, and they still kept sending me invoices trying to get me to stay with them. They're idiots when it comes to system maintenance, too, because after every "upgrade" or "migration" they do, they expect you to put in a ticket to get your account restored. Only reason I stayed with them as long as I did was that it was essentially free after I paid for the initial "lifetime" account.

Comment: NearlyFreeSpeech.net (Score 5, Informative) 456

by Stile 65 (#31224936) Attached to: Things To Look For In a Web Hosting Company?

I've had great luck with http://nearlyfreespeech.net/ - they're security-conscious, anti-spam, pay-only-for-what-you-use, and I like their political pro-privacy and pro-free speech stance. I have a feeling most of the people here at Slashdot would be very comfortable with them. They run FBSD, not Linux, but it's really not that huge a difference for web development.

Make sure you read the caveats about what will and won't work with their service. Things like Django and RoR won't really work because of the need for a persistent process, and they don't yet have support for cron jobs (but they're working on it - it's difficult because of the way they're set up). OTOH, MVC frameworks for PHP like CodeIgniter will work just fine, and they've got Catalyst installed for Perl coders. They do make it very clear about what they do and don't support, though.

Comment: Re:Why wouldn't... (Score 1) 172

by Stile 65 (#30714340) Attached to: Intel Launches Wi-Di

A device's MAC address is ostensibly globally unique... until we start running out of 48-bit MAC addresses, anyway. There's a registry for NIC manufacturers and each manufacturer has one or more 24-bit ranges, at least as I understand it.

The way IPv6 addressing works is that usually the last 64 bits of the address are actually a "stretched" version of the MAC address of the device. See here for a good explanation.

The problem with having a permanent global IP for a device is that routing becomes impossible. You need hierarchical organization of IPs based on location, otherwise your routing tables are made up of untold numbers of /128s (or billions of /32s in the case of IPv4 addresses).

Comment: Re:Anonymous Coward (Score 1) 421

by Stile 65 (#30648294) Attached to: You Won't Recognize the Internet in 2020

Are you serious? If they limited themselves to non-routable addresses, they'd have a single /8, a single /12 and a single /24. Not to mention that after those ranges become routable, they're no longer usable inside organizations that need to have more machines than their allotted number of routable IPv4 addresses.

Comment: Re:For stupid reasons (Score 1) 460

by Stile 65 (#30636480) Attached to: At Current Rates, Only a Few More Years' Worth of IPv4 Addresses

GE's use of their 3.0.0.0/8 is exactly the same way. All their devices have public IP addresses, and they're all NATed at the firewall anyway - even for some internal communication. The NAT doesn't cause too many problems at most of the sites I've worked with (except one, getting that firewall migrated was a bitch and a half) but it's a huge waste of IP space.

Same goes for many of the customers of my former employer with full /16 blocks, too. Absolutely no reason for most companies to have that much if you're trying to conserve IPv4 address space.

That said, NAT is heinous and horrible for the end user. Peer-to-peer technologies suck when more than one device on the user's network attempts to use them at the same time (and I'm not just talking about BitTorrent, I'm talking about mixnets like Tor and I2P). I look forward to the day when I can have at least my own /64 if not my own /48 without having to tunnel it. Or several /64s - at least one for home and one for my phone and portable devices tethered thereto.

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