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Comment: rsync.net FTW. (Score 4, Informative) 482

by enselsharon (#36464842) Attached to: Open Source Alternative To Dropbox?

I've had personal and business accounts at rsync.net going back over 5 years.

It's simple, it's straightforward, and it works out of the box with everything I use.

Oh, and there's this:

http://www.rsync.net/resources/notices/canary.txt

It's not the cheapest offering, but my employers' account @ 2TB is around 28 cents/GB, per month.

Comment: Compare to this, in the real world ... (Score 1) 119

by enselsharon (#34504864) Attached to: The First Truly Honest Privacy Policy

http://www.rsync.net/resources/notices/tos.html

I especially like:

"No form of data or meta-data concerning the behavior of our customers or the contents of their filesystems, or
even the customer data that we hold in our records for billing, will ever be divulged to any law enforcement
officer or agency without order served directly by a US court having jurisdiction. "

and:

"No consumer or personal information about our customers of any kind will be divulged to any party for any reason."

Comment: Only do business with ISPs with Warrant Canaries (Score 1) 227

by enselsharon (#30588558) Attached to: Canadian Censorship Takes Down 4500 Sites

I would like to do business with ISPs that have Warrant Canaries:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warrant_canary

Like my offsite backup provider maintains:

http://www.rsync.net/resources/notices/canary.txt

However, in absence of this (I realize this is rare) your ISP should at the very least have a stated policy as to how they respond to warrants and "requests".

Turning off an entire block of IP space because some joker calls you on the phone is absolutely terrible. If you continue to do business with "serverloft" you deserve whatever you get.

Comment: A lesser form of the FSOSA meme... (Score 1) 130

by enselsharon (#30219418) Attached to: UK File-Sharing Laws Unenforceable On Mobile Networks

I don't think FSOSA (free speech or stone age) had this (somewhat middle ground) scenario in mind, but it rhymes quite a bit.

Basically, you can't quash speech unless people can't access laptops and wireless cards. Period. You either go back to the stone age or accept arbitrary, free speech.

But in this case you don't even need to resort to some grassroots, duct-taped together community mesh network - you just need to get one or two abstractions away from the proper "Internet" and you're already there. Which is really great news, actually.

Comment: Re:Sonos - it begins and ends with Sonos (Score 2, Informative) 438

by enselsharon (#30019664) Attached to: Simple, Cost-Effective, Multiroom Audio?

Sonos is the answer. The problem with all of the lower priced squeezebox-style systems is that they save money on components by not having the decoding hardware inside of them. That is the reason that even with a stock-standard samba share, you STILL need to install their "server software" on the system you store your music on.

In reality the "server software" is actually doing some or all of the transcoding of the music format because the units themselves don't have the horsepower to do it.

The sonos systems, OTOH, have the necessary horsepower, so you can just point them at your A/UX based fileserver (or whatever else you want to point them at) and say "just work".

I've had a 5-zone sonos system for 4+ years now and could not be happier.

Comment: Re:That's it, I'm moving to ... rsync.net (Score 1) 195

by enselsharon (#28385257) Attached to: Proposed Canadian Law Would Allow Warrantless Searches

I guess they are technically not an ISP - they are my online/offsite backup provider ...

But they have maintained a "warrant canary" for years:

http://www.rsync.net/resources/notices/canary.txt

I don't know how effective it would really be if push really came to shove, although it's difficult to imagine a court upholding a LEA coercing them to make public false statements ... the point is, someone is pushing back.

Comment: A lot of people having this same thought ... (Score 2, Interesting) 263

by enselsharon (#28369341) Attached to: The State of Iran's Ongoing Netwar

The phrase:

"the information technologies that are the mainstay of modern society can become its weapons, as well"

is very similar to what is being said in the "Free Speech or Stone Age" meme that has sprung up:

"Once again, the standardization and interoperability of these protocols
that so readily enables anonymous free speech are the same qualities that
make them so valuable to commerce. You cannot restrict access to this
functionality and continue to take part in modern commerce."

http://blog.kozubik.com/john_kozubik/2009/06/free-speech-or-stone-age.html

(I recommend the entire article that is linked from the blog synopsis...)

Comment: Don't do offsite backups with an all-purpose ISP (Score 1) 214

by enselsharon (#27327819) Attached to: How To Prevent Being Hacked Via Backups?

I shopped around for a few months for my offsite, online backups, and most providers were adjuncts of larger ISPs, and the backups were generally stored on larger, general purpose servers.

Usually this was in conjunction with all sorts of extra "services" tied to the backup. But the bottom line was, I was storing files on a server that was running imap and pop and PHP and all manner of other services and ports open, etc.

That's a mistake. The backup provider I use now (rsync.net) has three services running (I nmap my target regularly):

- ftp (I don't use it)
- ssh
- https

No php, no app servers, no mail servers, etc., and when I asked them, they confirmed that their ftpd is just plain old FreeBSD built-in.

Oh, and I encrypt the backups with duplicity, which is absolutely fantastic.

Comment: Thanks to John Kozubik, rsync.net, and Ken Loafman (Score 1) 384

by enselsharon (#24644113) Attached to: Secure File Storage Over Non-Trusted FTP?
Duplicity is the right answer, as I have posted elsewhere, and we owe great thanks to John Kozubik and the rsync.net team for proposing, and sponsoring, the continued development of duplicity:

http://www.rsync.net/resources/notices/2007cb.html

Prior to that bounty, duplicity had not been updated or worked on for a few years, and thanks to the claimant of that bounty, Ken Loafman, there is not only a new, stable version, but a responsive community working on the project.

I use it every day, and now consider it indispensible.

Operating Systems

+ - How to flash motherboard BIOS from Linux?

Submitted by zlatko
zlatko (222385) writes "You've finally made the move to a Windows-free computer, you're enjoying your brand new Linux OS, no trojans/viruses, no slowdown, everything's perfect. Suddenly, you need to update the BIOS on your motherboard to support some new piece of hardware, but typically the motherboard vendor is offering only DOS based BIOS flash utilities. You panic! Fortunately, this problem is easy to solve..."
The Media

+ - BBC lose all their original footage of 911

Submitted by
Kerago
Kerago writes "The head of news BBC World, Richard Porter, recently disclosed in the BBC World editors blog http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/theeditors/2007/02/part _of_the_conspiracy.html, that the BBC has lost all of its original 911 footage. Mr Porters response to questions about how this could happen, who was responsible and when this would be reported to the public can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/theeditors/2007/03/part _of_the_conspiracy_2.html This has been kept extremely quiet in the UK media so far."
Privacy

No Passport For Britons Refusing Mass Surveillance 790

Posted by kdawson
from the and-you-thought-Sweden-was-bad dept.
UpnAtom writes "People who refuse to give up their bank records, tax records & details of any benefits they've claimed, and the records of their car movements for the last year, or refuse to submit to an interrogation on whether they are the same person that this mountain of data belongs to — will be denied passports from March 26th. The Blair government has already admitted that this and other data will be cross-linked so that the Home Office and other officials can spy on the everyday lives of innocent Britons. Britons were already the most spied upon nation in Western Europemore so even than Sweden. Data-mining through this unprecedented level of mass-surveillance allows any future British government to leapfrog even countries like China and North Korea."

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