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Comment: Re:Defective by design. (Score 1) 199

by drolli (#48891915) Attached to: China Cuts Off Some VPNs

Two year ago: Openvpn was fine, but webpages of providers were blocked (not a bad strategy...).

Last year: private Openvpn server worked, but connections dropped after ~1Gbyte was transferred, and well known providers were blocked

This year: openvpn was detected (not sure how!) and private server seems to have ended on some "gray" list, ssh connectionsafter that were very slow (although that could coincide with slow internet); sshing to singapore AWS cloud was fine, but i had the feeling that switching between ports for ssh helped after big data transfers or long conenctions. Connecting by mobile (state telecom) was better than by WLAN.

Blocking seems to happen solely based on target (outside China) IP.

The rationale behind blocking vpns but not ssh is simple: China is not interested in blocking perfectly. They don't care about (or even may like) that you can set up cloud servers which you need for your thing outside China. They dont care about 1% of the population and all foreigners getting unfiltered access to the outside world. As long as they can filter the information for the vast majority. Which implies that the material they mostly care about is video, which means that intentionally slowing ssh still enable you to do your admin work, but you can not copy 1000 youtube videos quickly. Also, for ssh there is no "1-click-vpn" client available......

Comment: Only make laws which can be enforced (Score 1) 556

by drolli (#48844077) Attached to: Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

The way out would be that i would have to license and register private keys for encryption. This is dificult to enforce since there is no way to judge if you use unregistered private keys without entering your home and looking at your harddrive.

The result would be that criminals would continue to use it, and that normal people would be criminalized.

Comment: You care about the kernel?Incentives to take part? (Score 1) 358

by drolli (#48843959) Attached to: Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

The average tone on the kernel mailing list is not an incentive to participate to an unbiased observer.

If you care about results, dont drive people away. And yes that applies for the whole OS community. Whenever I consider to take part in an OS project, because i find it interesting, i look at the development process/communication and find the tone, way of discussion, and egocentric behaviour inacceptable.

Do you really think i contribute to a project which barely builds in exactly your environment with hundred of obscure dependencies, and when i try to fix it, getting barfed at over the inacceptable choice of standard tool X (yeah, i know, build processes which work out of the box on all linux distributions are *evil*), which seems to be directly from hell?

Do you really think i participate in a discusssion where three dickheads call my approach "SHIT" because they dont like it, without a proper argument, and often referring to episodes which happened 20 years ago as justification?

Do you really think i invest time into projects where the goals are defined by the means, and not vice versa (see the systemd debate)?

I really think i have better things to do with my life.

Comment: Pre-existing signals. (Score 1) 172

by drolli (#48837479) Attached to: The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

Yes. if they told me that t oconnect the fridge you build a new network, i would have declared them mad.

OTOH: I worked in a related topic and we figured that the biggest part of the potential savings could be implemented by a timed switch, and a little thought. It's not like the the time of the peak consumption in a country changes day by day, usually you should think about decades.

(The 80-20 rule also applied here: do the simple measures first, and get the biggest part of the saving)

Comment: Observation (Score 1) 786

by drolli (#48785577) Attached to: Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

People who are scientifically to uneducated to understand things in math which humankind understood 4000years ago and to lazy to even learn in school how long a stone takes to fall down to the ground (which we knew 300 years ago), and who can no predict what the expectation value for winning/losing in roulette is, want to suddenly get in the scientific discussion of the most complicated, dynamical, and coupled systems science ever examined.

Usually this happens as soon as they find the final outcome of the scientific process negative for their income expectation or their views (climate change, evolution, racism etc), even if they have been fine with radar, smarphones, TVs, nuclear bombs/power plants etc. before.

Side remark #1: When i say climate science i dont mean the IPCC (which is political in nature). As a scientist i find it pretty disturbing that they write a report in which the claims of interest groups are packed in without peer review, and declare this to be a result of science.

Side remark #2: There is absolutely no doubt that CO2 in the atmosphere will increase the absorbtion coefficient, and thus has the potential and, assuming that no unpredicted effects compensatign for that appear, likeliness, increase the global solar energy input significatnly. Hoping for such unpredicted effects as excuse for screwing around with this global parameter further is like playing russian roulette with 5 chambers filled and 1 empty.

Side remark #3: Our actions should be long-term (25y-50y) in nature, and they should be based on medium-term observations, per head consumption of ressources/energy and/or emmision of CO2 (compensated for industry production). They should be based on opening additional revenue sources and business fields for companies who delevop good products.

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