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Comment: not compromised server, honeypot (Score 1) 230

by dltaylor (#47818479) Attached to: Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

If the administrator deliberately activates software known to make a system (Linux, Windows, ...) vulnerable to compromise, that is NOT a compromised server, it is a honeypot. If you make a honeypot, you must mitigate any damage it may cause outside your domain.

Sue the admins of those systems into getting a job compatible with their IT skills (probably involving a toilet brush).

Comment: not just servers (Score 1) 613

by dltaylor (#47813183) Attached to: You Got Your Windows In My Linux

Granted, I AM my own "system admin", but BSD goes into my home systems next time I build or upgrade (2-3 weeks, most likely). Can't use Debian or RedHat, so might as well go back BSD (used to run it on my Amiga).

Systemd is yet another example of "fashionista" development (Gnome 3). Ignore the people who really use the system, because "they're idiots", and (attempt to) stuff your favorite fashion du jour down their throats.

I've got a choice, and systemd is NOT going to be part of it.

Comment: no Gbit, no sale (Score 2) 88

by dltaylor (#47792363) Attached to: MIPS Tempts Hackers With Raspbery Pi-like Dev Board

There appears to be enough RAM and enough compute power, but the Ethernet interface is pathetic. Even in an inexpensive experimenters' board, GBit Ethernet should be standard. For one thing, it's hard to judge the real processing power needed (as a fraction of the available) for networking, when the network, itself, is the bottleneck.

Comment: Re:talk about "old tech" (Score 1) 94

by dltaylor (#47789595) Attached to: Google Introduces HTML 5.1 Tag To Chrome

The "one"? Unless it's a form of DRM not supported on a specific platform, many, or all, of the formats are displayable. Of course, the browser will "automagically" know which of the several you want THIS time.

It's still old tech. lseek(), read() or GET. You don't have to pull all the versions from storage with TIFF, either.

Comment: talk about "old tech" (Score 2, Informative) 94

by dltaylor (#47789507) Attached to: Google Introduces HTML 5.1 Tag To Chrome

So now we have a relabeled "TIFF" container?

Tagged Interchange File Format (TIFF) has been around since the 1980s; the Amiga had a nice version, and I used them in a very old document system for the US Navy. The file could hold multiple instances of the same data, in different formats. A picture could be JPEG, GIF, a PDF bitmap, ..., for example, and the platform displayed/printed whatever it could.

Comment: "Paleo Diet" haters (Score 2) 281

by dltaylor (#47752671) Attached to: The Evolution of Diet

Folks, please remember that this is a "fad". There's nothing of intelligence involved in choosing the diet (might make more sense, based on some of the research I've seen, to infect themselves with parasites, as our ancestors were, to retrain their immune systems and reduce inflammation). Providing logical arguments against the "Paleo diet" to a population that has self-selected against intelligence, is, itself, not logical.

Comment: Re:Why Fy? (Score 1) 260

by dltaylor (#47752055) Attached to: How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

Thank you.

I can use that as a model for the "crowded room", or, think, airplane cabin with 8 APs and 300+ clients. Probably still not a lot in aggregate. BTW, given my overall weight and body fat percentage, that 80 kg was just about right for the water content of my body.

As for the radiation source (sometimes) in the sky, I know THAT one kills. When the doctors ask me what SPF sunblock I use, I ask them what is the SPF of the planet Earth. I try to keep it between me and the source whenever possible (harder in summer), and "hard" shade (concrete, steel, not leaves) when not.

Playing "Devil's advocate" may sound ridiculous, but it does, sometimes, elicit useful responses, like yours, rather than just hand-waving.

Comment: Re:will NOT have learned from Target (Score 1) 106

by dltaylor (#47736229) Attached to: Securing Networks In the Internet of Things Era

Actually, they do, but the person in that position doesn't even know what it means, much less how to deal with it.

Picture an internet where home users must havea license to access the iy, or hire a "chaffeur" to manage their systems and there are penalties for failing to secure them. Many fewer bot farms, I suspect.

Comment: will NOT have learned from Target (Score 4, Insightful) 106

by dltaylor (#47735463) Attached to: Securing Networks In the Internet of Things Era

Most of the management types I've met have just enough functioning brain cells to kiss ass and repeat whatever mantra they learned in MBA school or during the most recent management retreat.

Target was breached because HVAC maintenance had access to the same network as the POS terminals, which is inexcusable stupidity. Unfortunately, this is exactly what will happen with the IoT devices. Putting them on an entirely separate network (own APs for wireless, blinkenlights, ...) will cost something, and, since the CIOs don't spend hard time in a closed prison for exposing their systems, or the personal data of employees or customers, they simply will not authorize the expenditure.

Comment: Re:Why Fy? (Score 1) 260

by dltaylor (#47733435) Attached to: How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

IOW, you don't know, but are happy to toss out an AC snarky comment.

I've worked on megawatt RADARs, and the running "joke" was that by the time you found out it hadn't been properly secured and was now transmitting, you were already dead, but had just been informed.

Yes, the RF from electronics is non-ionizing, but we have actual results of exposure to ionizing radiation and some guidelines as to what various agencies around the planet consider "safe". If I'm in a room (for example, a lecture hall), with 100+ phones, tables, and laptops, at ranges from 1 meter to 10 meters, connected to a 10-transmitter "hot spot", what is my RF exposure? What amount of that RF is being converted to heat in my body?

Comment: Re:Why Fy? (Score 1) 260

by dltaylor (#47727365) Attached to: How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

Just we all can be "sure" of things: what is the temperature rise due to ambient 2-5 GHz RF in a human body? After all, microwave ovens cook by exciting water molecules in the cavity. The RF energy is converted to kinetic energy, of which temperature is a measure.

Got a number in some useful frame of reference, such as degrees C per kilogram per milliwatt?

Comment: Re:Ethernet still the best (Score 1) 260

by dltaylor (#47716293) Attached to: How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

The cable cost may not be that much higher, and multiple cables are not that much more work, I agree, but the many-more-port switch to which they all connect seems much more costly than a few distributed 5-8 port near-freebies. Only in two places did I need some serious managed switches ("computer room" and right at the firewall/router). The little ones did have to be able to handle VLAN-tagged packets, of course.

Comment: missing 0 option (Score 1) 260

by dltaylor (#47715781) Attached to: How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

Although I have a few devices that COULD be connected to WiFi, I do not have a connection at home. All computers, printers, game consoles (Wii flavors and Xbox360), NAS, and home audio are connected to a wired Gbit network. Makes the Nook tablets unable to connect to the 'net at home, but, at home, I don't need them connected, anyway, since I feed them by SD card.

Comment: not fad, flop (Score 1) 197

by dltaylor (#47686755) Attached to: Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

In order to be a fad, there has to be some significant adoption ("pet rocks", for example). Not gonna happen, IMO, with Dolby Atmos (tm). I've got a fairly extensive last gen' home setup (1080p, not 4K; 7.1, not 9.3), and there's nothing I've seen or heard that encourages me to "upgrade" to even those levels, much less the whole room redesign needed for Atmos. I'm sure there will some adoption by those who simply "must" own the latest tech, then watch cable/satellite 720p, but it won't be enough to constitute a fad.

An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it. -- James Michener, "Space"