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Comment: Re:Passing on Viruses (Score 1) 396

by Straterra (#35999304) Attached to: Tasmanian Dept. of Education Wants Anti-Virus for Linux, OS X
Except that most servers should be running an LTS release of their favorite distro. Sometimes, it can take a while for the fix to be backported. Just because the problem is fixed in the latest kernel doesn't mean it's no longer a threat, as very few people run the latest kernel as soon as its released. Finally, kernel level threats happen from time to time but the bread and butter of compromising Linux are the applications running on it. Surely people remember the old sendmail fiasco, or have heard of someone who hasn't configured their file system permissions properly and get rooted via a badly written PHP app...

Comment: Re:What's the penalty for HTTPS? (Score 1) 95

by Straterra (#35503720) Attached to: Twitter Joins the HTTPS By Default Party
Forcing SSL makes any hardware endpoint compression/optimization tools pretty much useless (Look at Riverbed products). You also put more of a strain on anything with smaller MTUs (VPN tunnels, PPPoE, dialup [Yes, it still exists]) or with higher latency (client in China, satellite users).

Additionally, you need one IP address per https website you want to host. This isn't an issue with IPv6 (Yay IPv6) or when using a webserver/client that can use Host headers before the SSL transaction (which all older browsers do NOT support). The main problem is that not everyone has a metric 'shitton' of IPv4 addresses and the software isn't wide spread enough to reliably host multiple SSL websites on a single IP with vhosts.

Now, there are some other circumstances that people will state that isn't really valid IMO. Some people will state that SSL certs cost money. I recently purchased a handful of wildcard certs from StartSSL for $20 (IIRC). The only thing that cost money was the identity check and even that was pretty painless. I highly recommend them for small/medium businesses or individuals. Their root certs are in iOS, Android, RHEL as far back as I cared to check (RHEL 4), Windows, Ubuntu, etc. </slashvertisement>

Comment: Re:So much for build quality... (Score 1) 531

by Straterra (#35346456) Attached to: New MacBook Pro Teardown Reveals 'Shoddy Assembly'
Except until this very last hardware refresh, you were buying a DUAL CORE i7 in the Macbook Pro when one could easily get a QUAD CORE i7 in other manufacturer's laptops. Also, the graphics card that tends to get put in to Macs are typically mid range at best., the feature set isn't about the same amount of money.

Comment: Re:Same time? (Score 1) 365

by Straterra (#35243980) Attached to: Driver Sued For Updating Facebook In Fatal Crash
Not really. You see, I was going by the summary of the article which implies that Volez was in a wreck with Bea. It also says that Bea was updating to Facebook the same time that Volez called 911. It's not that far of a stretch to assume there was ONE accident, not two (without reading the full article).

Never worry about theory as long as the machinery does what it's supposed to do. -- R. A. Heinlein