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Comment: Re:Endian Firewall (Score 1) 238

by datapharmer (#47891241) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?
I love (and use) endian, but I can't recommend it to a newbie. Once built it is solid as a rock, but Endian always seems to have some bugs out of the box that can be really frustrating, and the vpn setup is not very user friendly in my experience (but as simple as anything else if you are familiar with open vpn). It has gotten better lately with some long existing bugs being fixed, but it can still be painful out of the box and moving between versions can be hazardous (prepare to install from scratch as a backup plan). That said I do appreciate that most of Endian's bugs are frustrating from a "x doesn't work, y doesn't display properly, z doesn't configure as expected" but the security related bugs seem to much less common than many other open source and commercial firewall/utm solutions.

Comment: Re:Vyatta (Score 1) 238

by datapharmer (#47891181) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?
Isn't it a little questionable to be suggesting a solution that has essentially be taken closed source? Vyatta is great, but unless the vyos community gains some strength it could end up as a dead end in a couple years. That aside, vyatta is a solid solution, so I'm only bringing up the potential negatives here since the vyos maintainers don't seem to have a lot of development/maintenance resources.

Comment: Re:maybe (Score 2) 355

by datapharmer (#47771127) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?
Wrong analogy. It is like buying a 1/4 pounder* (where the 1/4 pound is raw weight). Something is lost to cooking (transfer). I'm sure At&t's lawyers already covered their butts. If you read the small print ATM/MPLS overhead is probably included in the bandwidth calculation. Mystery solved Scooby Doo.

Comment: Re:Hello, it is 2014 (Score 1) 113

by datapharmer (#47764993) Attached to: Chromium 37 Launches With Major Security Fixes, 64-bit Windows Support
Strange, I used windows 64 bit for several years with no problem. That said I built it with components I knew had stable 64-bit drivers. Only problem I had was many browser plugins were 32-bit only but I can't blame Microsoft for that. It was a hell of a lot better than Vista x64 I can tell you that!

Comment: Re:Can we get a tape drive to back this up? (Score 1) 316

by datapharmer (#47763913) Attached to: Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive
Rotate the drives. Works great for small clients that can't afford the tape. Rotate them offsite on a schedule. For larger amounts of data use tape. No reasonable hardware solutions I know of can beat a robotic tape library for longevity, reliability, and safety of the data. Hard disks only win on speed, but it is trivial to do disk to disk and then duplicate to tape. It gives you the best of both worlds.

Comment: Reasonably prepared in Hawaii (Score 1) 191

by Shag (#47745951) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

I live on an active volcano (Mauna Loa), work on a dormant volcano (Mauna Kea) and am maybe 20 miles from a town (Pahoa) that might be in the crosshairs of an even more active, currently erupting volcano (Kilauea) right now. We have earthquakes all the time; I rarely even notice anything under a magnitude 4 to 5. Oh, and we also get hurricanes like AC mentioned, and tsunamis, and of course the sharks and poisonous sea urchins... Kinda funny, having grown up back on the east coast, where people will freak out over the smallest tremor. Someday I'll move back there and be all serene because nothing will seem exciting.

Comment: Re:pfft, 3.5% overrun (Score 1) 132

by Shag (#47536975) Attached to: SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

if the 400 million is really the only overrun that's an astonishing record for the federal goverment

This. Compared to the James Webb Space Telescope - a ten-year, $500 million project that has turned into a 21-year, $8.8 billion project so far, that's chickenscratch.

(But I still want them to finish JWST and launch it.)

Comment: This just in: PNRs include notes (Score 1) 217

I know, Occam's Razor would explain this by simply having all airline employees be psychic, but in fact, when you call and talk to someone, they note what you talked about, then when you call and talk to an entirely different person who magically knows what you talked about before, they're just reading that note. OMG!

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