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Journal: in which i am a noob all over again 17

Journal by CleverNickName

I haven't posted a journal here in almost three years, because I couldn't find the button to start a new entry. ...yeah, it turns out that it's at the bottom of the page.

So... hi, Slashdot. I used to be really active here, but now I mostly lurk and read. I've missed you.

Comment: Re:don't worry (Score 1) 164

by bahamat (#37578066) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Trustworthy Proxy Services?

Officially supporting Linux would consume far more resources than revenue it would generate. It's math. I'm sorry you feel that way, but we are running a business, not a charity.

I personally would love to be able to support Linux. Distrowatch will sell you CD's for over 4000 versions of Linux. Are you kidding me? We provide services to consumers. The goal is to make this something that's approachable for your grandma. If you're a programmer or system administrator, then great. The necessary info is in the .mobileconfig and all the instructions are on various web sites. But if you're not, then what do you suggest we do? Even if we chose one, or a few distributions then we'd have trolls like you pounding down our doors because we support Elbow Linux but not Spring Chicken Linux when they're almost exactly the same, except in the most important way.

Comment: Re:Anonymizer (Score 1) 164

by bahamat (#37577890) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Trustworthy Proxy Services?

Can you confirm hulu access please?

I wish it were easy to say. Hulu kind of hates us. Well, really hates us. Part of the reason we change IP addresses every day is to try to make sure all sites are accessible. Hulu blocks us a lot, and their blocking pattern adapts as well. We don't try to actively ensure access to Hulu, but we do hope that IP changing will have that as a side effect.

Comment: Re:Anonymizer (Score 1) 164

by bahamat (#37577846) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Trustworthy Proxy Services?

Everything I said about Android above applies hundredfold for Linux. First of all the VPN requires kernel support. What if yours doesn't include it? Secondly, should we support GNOME? KDE? XFCE? Blackbox? FVWM? WindowMaker? Or maybe command line only? Sysv-init? Sysv-rc? Upstart?

I personally would love to support Linux, but it's just not practical. The possibilities are endless. But you can extract the necessary information from the .mobileconfig and follow some instructions found online to set it up.

Comment: Re:Anonymizer (Score 1) 164

by bahamat (#37577758) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Trustworthy Proxy Services?

And iOS is not a moving target?

No, it isn't. iOS provides us a consistent interface. We use the built in IPSEC/L2TP client and configure it with a .mobileconfig.

At this time, it is not compatible with the iPad 2.

I have no idea why that's in the FAQ. It works perfectly with any iOS device, including iPad 2.

I know what you meant, though - it just takes more work to support the Android platform, and Anonymizer does not feel, at this time, that there is sufficient return of investment to justify supporting the Android platform.

Still, it would be nice if you did.

It does take more work. Each Android device is different and the IPSEC/L2TP client isn't always [included/exposed?]. Manufacturers like to put their own UI on top of Android. And the Kindle Fire? We can't keep up. That being said, it does work, but you have to do it yourself. You can extract the necessary information from the .mobileconfig and if you know how to configure your VPN you're set. But the only way we could officially support Android would be with an app where we either activate the VPN on our own, or provide our on VPN. That is significantly more work, and we don't have any Android developers. If you want it, buy it for your PC then contact support and ask for Android support. If the demand is there it'll eventually happen.

Comment: Anonymizer (Score 5, Informative) 164

by bahamat (#37573040) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Trustworthy Proxy Services?
I'm biased because I'm the senior systems engineer at Anonymizer, but I recommend us.

Anonymizer Universal is an IPSEC/L2TP VPN, support for Windows, Mac OS X and iOS (we don't support Android, but it works. We don't supply instructions because Android is a moving target).
Total Net Shield is SSH tunneling+Apache proxy. Supports anything with an SSH client.
Take your pick. In either case we don't log traffic.

Traffic egress is from the U.S. and your IP address changes every day.

Comment: Cogent is ruining it (Score 4, Interesting) 133

by bahamat (#36325414) Attached to: World IPv6 Day On June 8
World IPv6 day is unfortunately DOA due to Cogent being a bunch of jackasses and not allowing certain peering arrangements. There are unfortunately two IPv6 Internets. One of people who use Cogent and one for everyone else.

Google, Yahoo! and Hurricane Electric, as well as many other sites are all on Cogent's "no peer with you" list. If you're a Cogent customer you should get on the phone.

In order to dial out, it is necessary to broaden one's dimension.