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Comment Cloud Server / OpenVPN (Score 1) 138

When I need to use a VPN, mostly either to get around geo-blocking or obfuscate my usage from my ISP, I use a cloud server on either Amazon or Rackspace with OpenVPN.

Since this isn't too often it means I only pay for the time the cloud server is up. When I'm not using it I delete the server. I've written a script to get the server set up in a couple minutes.

Of course, you can't trust the endpoint to be secure. The hosts and government (including the Australian government even if the cloud server is located in the US/UK) have easy access to the server, logs etc.

Comment Re:Maybe they like it that way? (Score 5, Funny) 138

Indeed. In fact, lack of regulation is why the US economy is the envy of the Western world while Australia is experiencing hard economic times and corporate collapse.

Combine this with our lack of universal healthcare and, well, the place is a mess. Dont even get me started on restricting our freedom to homestyle electrickery implementations ...

Wait a sec ...


Submission + - Swimmer blames Twitter and Facebook for her defeat (

i-reek writes: An Australian swimmer competing in the London 2012 Olympics has blamed her inability to win a gold medal on an obsession with social media.
The swimmer, Emily Seebohm, was expected to win the gold medal in the 100-metres backstroke and wept uncontrollably in a post-race interview after she finished second.
"I've obviously got to log out of Twitter and sign out of Facebook sooner than what I did." she said. "I don't know, I just felt like I didn't really get off (social media) and get into my own mind,". Her coach echoed these sentiments saying "I wish sometimes I could throw their phones away". Is social media the new scapegoat for failure?

Comment Re:Engadget review negative? (Score 2) 74

The reviewer didn't seem to have a clue what they were doing ...If anything, the review did a better job of making Engadget look bad than the product they were reviewing.

I couldn't agree more. In fact, every "negative" review I've heard/read has come down to unrealistic expectations of what a device with these specs can do.

That said, it's easy to think of negative things to say about the Pi... like the lack of supply.

As I said earlier to someone ... we could make some happy campers if those people disappointed with their Raspis passed them onto those people disappointed they haven't got one yet ...

Building translators is good clean fun. -- T. Cheatham