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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.

Comment: Installing Windows 7 is not that bad (Score 2) 441

by bragr (#41753901) Attached to: Windows 7 Not Getting A Second Service Pack
I usually use Linux, but occasionally I spin up a Win 7 vm when I need it. If you install using a SP1 disk, there are around 100 updates that need to be installed afterward. In my experience, this is comparable to the amount of updates needed after grabbing the latest Ubuntu LTS or a few month old Fedora release (Although Windows update can be slower that Apt or Yum). Sure its not super convenient, but if you are installing Windows enough for it to be a problem, then you aren't doing your deployments correctly. You should really look into WSUS and WAIK for updating and deploying windows, respectively. They are both Microsoft products, but there are also numerous 3rd party tools of variable quality. A proper WAIK install can actually do the patching process during the install, so that when the computer logs in for the first time, it is fully patched.

Comment: Re:Put them to work (Score 1) 1054

by bragr (#39420975) Attached to: Teacher Suspended For Reading <em>Ender's Game</em> To Students
>>Way to paint conservatives with a broad brush, you small-minded liberal bigot
1) Way to assume I am am a liberal. I am, in fact, very far to the right (though I a very different right than the religious right).

>>As a conservative parent, and someone who is friends with conservative parents, I can tell you that we have no problem teaching our children about sex, or the difference between girls and boys.
2) conservative, sex negative parents != conservative parents

Them as has, gets.

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