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Comment: Re:Do not want (Score 1) 208

by avgjoe62 (#47804043) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones
And how exactly is a drone supposed to make a delivery to my apartment on the 56th floor in the middle of Manhattan? Drone delivery may be good for a farm out in the country where we don't want to waste time sending a truck and driver to the only order in fifty miles. But densely populated cities? A truck and driver will be much more efficient for that environment.

Comment: Re:The roads are designed for flooding in Iceland (Score 4, Funny) 69

by avgjoe62 (#47704193) Attached to: Iceland's Seismic Activity: A Repeat Show for Atmospheric Ash?
Actually, no, that's not the way the bridges work.

You see, that area of Iceland is actually rather swampy and it is sort of daft to build a bridge on a swamp, but they build them all the same, just to show it can be done. Then it sinks into the swamp, so they build a second one. That sinks into the swamp. So they build a third. That usually burns down, falls over, and sinks into the swamp. But the fourth bridge -that stays up. And that's what you're going to get, Lad, the strongest bridges in all of Europe.

Comment: Re:Let's Define Success (Score 1) 387

by avgjoe62 (#47596035) Attached to: Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell
I didn't say that violence was rising. I didn't say we were worse off now than earlier. All I said was that we had better define what we mean by "Success" in the context of what I quoted.

I really doubt that anyone living in just the three events I linked to would be comforted by the fact that the world as a whole is now a better place to live. They would certainly not think they were living in a world that demonstrates "...the acceleration of cultural and technological innovation that is the hallmark of modern human success".

So where do we set the goalposts? How do we define "success" in creating a more cooperative and less violent culture? That is what I want to know when I look out at the world as it is now. Yes, it is a better place but I think it is far from a success when we still have nations using force to solve their problems. I suppose for me the definition of success would be an end to war and I think we are very, very far away from that.

Comment: Let's Define Success (Score 4, Informative) 387

by avgjoe62 (#47594189) Attached to: Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell
"Whatever the cause, reduced testosterone levels enabled increasingly social people to better learn from and cooperate with each other, allowing the acceleration of cultural and technological innovation that is the hallmark of modern human success," says University of Utah biology graduate student Robert Cieri.

The Peaceful Middle East

The newest country on Earth

Civil society in the West

I am not a pessimist, but I will say that we are a far cry from being a "success".

Comment: No and Hell No (Score 1) 348

If a developer or vendor cannot tell you what ports and protocols their software uses it is time to re-evaluate how much you need their software.

In most companies of any size that I have been involved with an application portfolio would need to list the ports and services that it would use.

You could also turn off the firewall, run nmap against the system and see what ports are open. Ask the developers what their application uses from the ports discovered and then turn the firewall on again. Then block what you don't need and open what you do. Yeah, it's a pain in the ass, but not every machine inside your network is always going to play nice with everyone else, so firewalls on important systems are needed.

Comment: Re:Whitelisting with mobile admins (Score 1) 168

by avgjoe62 (#47487093) Attached to: New Mayhem Malware Targets Linux and UNIX-Like Servers
VPN to an admin workstation in the DMZ. That admin workstation will of course be on the access list.

Or you could run a virtual firewall (running an Open VPN client to your main firewall) and admin station inside your laptop and tunnel from your workstation to your firewall.

There are a ton of ways to do this depending on the time and options you have access to.

Comment: Re:Derp (Score 2) 168

by avgjoe62 (#47483431) Attached to: New Mayhem Malware Targets Linux and UNIX-Like Servers
Firewall. Whitelist. Limit access to SSH to systems on the whitelist.

No need to block entire countries - just allow SSH access to those systems that need it.

Now, if you want to talk about blocking access to your web or mail server from anyone in East Elbonia, then you can implement a package like Country Block, or use a service like this one, depending on your firewall.

The lesson from this? Restrict access to important services via a whitelist, block access to public services with a deny list.

Doubt isn't the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith. - Paul Tillich, German theologian and historian

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