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Comment: My Attorney (Score 1) 178

by bragr (#49000929) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: With Whom Do You Entrust Your Long Term Data?

I leave all my important data with my Attorney. I update it every so often which sometimes involves copying the old stuff to a new drive and adding anything new. My attorney is also a family member so YMMV.
As for my cloud data, I pretty much assume that any smaller company could go bust any day, and the larger ones could quite possibly be doing things with my data that I don't like. I use those services accordingly.

Comment: Re: What IP address ranges are in the US? (Score 4, Informative) 234

by bragr (#48700825) Attached to: NSA Says They Have VPNs In a 'Vulcan Death Grip'

That is harder than you'd think. A surprising amount of data ends up going through the US. A lot of the EU-Asia traffic ends up going through the US as the indian ocean routes are relatively slow, and AFAIK Russia hasn't built any extensive cross continent fiber networks.

Comment: Re:Move to a gated community (Score 1) 611

by bragr (#48606131) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

The conventional rule of thumb is that your standard freeway costs ~$1 million a mile, depending on the size and local considerations (e.g. prevalent natural disasters in the area). I don't even want to think about the cost of a 2 tiered system. You'd have the normal $1 million/mile for the bottom layer, and then the cost of engineering, building, and maintaining a completely elevated roadway. Not to mention the massive interchanges you need to connect these 2 tiered freeways to each other. I'd guess you'd increase the cost by an order of magnitude.

Also the number one cause of traffic is traffic density. The weaving just exacerbates it.

Comment: Re:rsync causes lockups? (Score 3, Informative) 370

by bragr (#47882257) Attached to: The State of ZFS On Linux

Back when I did OpenSolaris work, we used a tool called mbuffer which is basically netcat with a buffer on each end. It wouldn't been suitable for internet backups (no encryption) but it works pretty well for cross campus backups and the like.

IIRC it works like this on the sending side: 'zfs send pool/fs@snap | mbuffer -s 128k -m 4G -O'

And on the receive side: 'mbuffer -s 128k -m 4G -I 9090 | zfs receive pool/fs'

It can still be pretty bursty but it smoothes out a lot of it.

Comment: Re:Botnets and Tor (Score 4, Informative) 55

by bragr (#44767317) Attached to: Security Company Attributes Tor Traffic Surge To Botnet

>The good news is that although the botnet itself is bad, the number of connections and extra clients improves Tor security overall for all the other users. The thing is, the more relays, the more connections, the larger the network... the faster and more secure it is.

That isn't what is happening here. The new connections are clients only so they aren't acting as relays or exit nodes. Tor network stats actually show a slight drop in performance. However, the increased number of clients does probably make correlation attacks harder, if the NSA or someone else is actually doing those.

Comment: Re:If some government were doing that... (Score 3, Insightful) 42

by bragr (#43775185) Attached to: Cyber Attack From Inside India Hits Pakistan Government
It's just as likely some independent hacker who figures that it is easier to get away with hacking the "enemy". Smart russian hackers don't hack russians, smart american hackers don't hack western targets, smart chinese hackers don't hack chinese targets. Pretty good chance that this is just the same from an Indian perspective.

Comment: Re:The winner? (Score 5, Informative) 567

by bragr (#43308573) Attached to: United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea
France and England gave Germany a lot of slack in the lead up to WW2. Europe suffered so many casualties in WWI that it decimated a generation and made most countries in Europe very war shy. Consequently, when Germany began openly flaunting the restrictions that had been place on it after WWI in the Treaty of Versailles, making demands, and annexing other countries, France and England compromised, made concessions, and offered little real resistance besides formal protest. They hoped by appeasing Hitler, they could diffuse the situation and avoid another full scale war, which worked well obviously because only 60 or 70 million people died during WW2.

Comment: Re:The winner? (Score 5, Insightful) 567

by bragr (#43308497) Attached to: United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea
That won't really work in this situation. Kim Jong Un isn't just some bellicose asshole sitting at the helm of North Korean and giving the world the finger because he feels like it. All the confrontations, defiance, and war mongering are instrumental, mainly to keep his hold on power. Take that away and his grip will start slipping. Once that happens he would have to escalate to something we couldn't ignore (probably war, or at least a large conflict), or he'd be replace by someone controlled by the military, which would quite likely go to war as well to solidify their new hold on power. No matter how you look at it, practice bomb runs are better than mass casualties.

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