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Comment: A few options (Score 1) 234

by dvNull (#47891285) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

There are a few affordable solutions out there. Here are 3 options with support for IPSec, OpenVPN and PPTP.

1. Ubiquiti Edge Router, The Lite model retails around $99. The gui is intuitive and easy to use. The latest update makes setting up site to site IPSec tunnels pretty simple. Don't like the GUI? No problem, It has ssh and serial support and is based on the excellent vyatta fork VyOS.
2. Mikrotik, I recommend the RB2011 series as they have 10 ports ( 5GigE and 5 FastE ), plus the $129 model has wifi and an SFP port as well. Quite easy to set up.
3. pfSense. The hardware is pricey but the software is excellent and works well in a VM. You can pick up a low end fanless micro ATX board , pick up an extra NIC and have a quiet firewall sitting in your living room.

Comment: Re:as much as I'd like to make a joke... (Score 1, Informative) 141

by dvNull (#42522935) Attached to: Microsoft R&D Burgled: Only Apple Products Stolen

Microsoft sports a very aggressive corporate culture where if you don't use Microsoft for everything, you're "not a team player."

This is not true. I know many people @ Microsoft who use iphones. I even know a few who dual boot linux on their laptops or who have macs.

Linux is used on print servers internally to this day, though it's a dirty secret.

This is not true either.

Comment: Re:Must be involved.... (Score 3, Interesting) 104

by dvNull (#40155361) Attached to: SFC Expands GPL Compliance Efforts To Samba, Linux, and Other Projects

Paying for a proprietary software license is no guarantee that you are in compliance. Even buying the software puts you at risk of a BSA raid. All it takes is for one employee to install the software on a machine not covered by the license, and you're at risk of serious fines.

Actually, all it takes is to not have the receipts or have purchased the software from ebay or Amazon. From what I understand , BSA does not consider software purchased from places like Amazon or Ebay as legit.

Privacy

+ - Almost 800 Major Companies support CISPA Bill-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "World Real News has compiled an alphabetic list of 796 companies that support the CISPA cyber-intelligence sharing bill currently waiting in the senate. A cursory glance at the list of supporters reveals that almost everybody who is anybody in the corporate world is behind CISPA, from IBM, Intel and AMD, to Microsoft, Apple, Adobe and Facebook, to Exxon, Ford, Fujitsu, Goldman Sachs, General Electric and NTT Docomo. The picture that emerges from studying this list is almost tragic: While most grassroots internet users want to see this bill killed, because it would seriously encroach on everybody's right to internet privacy, just about every major corporation in the world seems to want to see CISPA pass, and backs it openly. It seems that the "war for the internet" may have turned into a "war between ordinary internet users, and large corporations/multinationals". Who will win this war at the end of the day is anybody's guess, but the list of corporate CISPA supporters sure is impressively long."
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Android

+ - India $45 Android tablet from Datawind falls to corruption-> 1

Submitted by symbolset
symbolset (646467) writes "The first Aakash tablet proposed for India schools has failed. Datawind managed to deliver the $45 Android tablet as reported here previously, but suffering a breach in faith by both their contract manufacturer and the accepting agency in India had to reset the project. Facing a loss in revenue it's turning into a disaster for the small Canadian company as they are now proving unable to deliver both the Aakash tablet and the parallel retail product.

Senior executives have begun to flee. The company has presold a great many tablets, and delivery failure reports are beginning to mount. Is this the Phantom console of this decade?"

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The Military

Indian Military Hopes to Weaponize the Searing "Ghost Pepper" 267

Posted by timothy
from the there's-pepper-spray-and-pepper-spray dept.
coondoggie writes "The military in India is looking to weaponize the world's hottest chili, the bhut jolokia or 'ghost pepper,' according to a number of news outlets. The Bhut Jolokia chili pepper from Assam, India is no ordinary pepper. In tests first conducted by the New Mexico State University in 2008 and subsequently confirmed by Guinness World records and others, the Bhut Jolokia reached over one million Scoville heat units, while the next hottest, the Red Savina Habenero, clocks in at a mere 577,000. Scoville units are a universally accepted measure of chili hotness."

Comment: Re:Your choice (Score 1) 958

by dvNull (#27314979) Attached to: How Do You Deal With Pirated Programs At Work?

I work for a few small companies and luckily for me, they are all very strict on their licensing compliance requirements.

A few however did not keep their receipts easily accessible which is pretty much what the BSA looks for. Original CDs, certs of authenticity apparently don't cut it. We spent some time and was able to get all the documentation ready just in case.

Slowly and surely the unix crept up on the Nintendo user ...

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