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Comment: Re:geek or not ~ pfSense (Score 4, Informative) 234

by InitZero (#47890739) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

I love me some pfSense. We use it at the office and it handles everything we can throw at it (including VPN/IPSec between offices to backfeed high bandwidth security video). It is also light weight enough to work in a home environment on minimal hardware.

Their hardware is both overpriced and well-made. For our small branch offices their embedded devices (such as https://store.pfsense.org/VK-T...) are better than what we could create on our own in low volume and a lot less work. For larger branch offices we will stick pfSense in virtual machine with whatever else they have running. It does well as a VM, too.

Cheers,
Matt

Comment: "Please don't throw me in the briar patch!" (Score 5, Insightful) 152

by J'raxis (#47812743) Attached to: Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

This is supposed to motivate me to upgrade? Right now, on the rare occasion I use Google,* I have JavaScript completely disabled to make Google (search, image search, and news) actually work the way I want it to in my browser. If they're going to help with this by serving me their older---read "cleaner, simpler, faster"---search page, I say, thanks, Google!

* Google alternative. They use the Google index but don't track their users.

Comment: Re:Right ... (Score 1) 175

by J'raxis (#47630753) Attached to: Yahoo To Add PGP Encryption For Email

That's what these large corporations all do.

Look at Google, grandstanding about moving things to HTTPS a few months ago, making things harder for the NSA, and so on, and yet at the same time they are now proactively scanning people's data for illegal activity and then handing it over to the government. Microsoft is doing the same thing.

What makes you think Yahoo will do anything different? The whole plan here is probably to get uninformed users to hand over their PGP keys so they can store them.

Comment: "Highly concentrated life zone" (Score 0) 184

by J'raxis (#47619971) Attached to: Man-Made "Dead Zone" In Gulf of Mexico the Size of Connecticut

If you read the article, it explains this "dead zone" is actually full of algae---in other words, it probably has more life in it than the entire surrounding area (in terms of number of organisms, concentration of organisms, total biomass, and so on). Maybe this is a good thing, maybe it's bad, maybe it's entirely indifferent, but it is not a "dead zone."

But of course if we described the zone honestly, we wouldn't be able to use it as environmentalist propaganda, now could we?

Comment: RF Melting His BRAIN! (Score 1) 358

by InitZero (#47306127) Attached to: Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

You gotta wonder how many watts his jammer was putting out if it was able to affect a cell phone tower than was several hundred feet away if not further. There are 100-watt mobile models available.

I'm not one of those people who think the minuscule power a cell phone puts out is going to rot your brain from occasional use but I've got to imagine that lots of watts in close proximity at that frequency can't be good. Especially daily for two years.

Oddly enough, using this RF calculator, seems to show no safety problems except, possibly, for the cars directly adjacent.

Cheers,
Matt

Comment: Torrents on TPB (Score 1) 321

by J'raxis (#46353503) Attached to: Google Ordered To Remove Anti-Islamic Film From YouTube

Time for a good ol' streisand effect. Lookee here:---

Pirate Bay #1
Pirate Bay #2 (720p)
Pirate Bay #3 (640x360)

Personally I always thought this movie was just racist/Islamophobic dreck, but now with the government finally finding a convenient excuse to censor it, I'm downloading all three of these copies and will be seeding them indefinitely once downloaded.

1 1 was a race-horse, 2 2 was 1 2. When 1 1 1 1 race, 2 2 1 1 2.

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