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Comment: Re:Cisco ASA (Score 1) 149

by rwyoder (#48147119) Attached to: ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

Google "250-XXXXXXXA asa cisco starttls" and you'll find this is almost certainly an ASA preventing TLS as configured on the device. Since it doesn't want TLS traffic, the config is to just mangle the packets. Well known effect, been around for years (5+). The FW admin needs to correctly deploy fixup, allow TLS or simply not inspect esmtp. Simple fix, documented in Cisco doc 118550, among many other places.

You beat me to it. That's the first thing that popped into my head, too. This (for some inexplicable reason known only to Cisco) is the *default* behavior of ASA and PIX firewalls, so really it probably just means that someone that didn't know what they were doing threw a firewall in the mix somewhere. It's an easy fix, but requires messing with policy-maps, which inexperienced admins often find confusing.

At a former job we were having mysterious DNS problems.
I finally discovered an ASA was the problem.
The boneheaded thing was defaulting to dropping any DNS packet with the EDNS0 option enabled.
EDNS0 had been around for *five* years, and we were running the latest firmware.
If a fw vendor can't be bothered to keep up with the protocol standards, they shouldn't be interfering with the application layer.

Comment: Re:Good luck (Score 1) 426

I remember using ie4 on a sun Solaris box a long time ago. I was thrilled, because it was light years ahead of mosaic and Netscape.

Now? I don't care how good it is. I will never use it again. Microsoft's long established contempt for its users, laws, and even international standards bodies have guaranteed that I will never put anything even resembling trust in them ever again.

Yes, I remember downloading it and running it briefly just for giggles.
There is a sort of complicated story behind it:

Comment: Re:What? (Score 2) 200

by rwyoder (#47537761) Attached to: Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

There used to be a chart with a nice breakdown of how much the average cable subscriber's bill goes to each of the content providers. ESPN was by far the biggest chunk, Disney/ABC took a good portion, etc. I'd love to see a recent breakdown if anyone has one.


Comment: Re:Self employed so no separation (Score 2) 308

by rwyoder (#45748627) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do You Run a Copy-Cat Installation At Home?

For me personally, since we're a small company and cashflow is tight I personally follow a "10% IPA rule". No more than 10% of my time can be spent on non-Income-Producing-Activity.

I wonder how many other Slashdotters thought "IPA" meant something else until they read on. ;-)

Comment: Re:Book (Score 4, Informative) 109

by rwyoder (#45534059) Attached to: How Heroin Addicts Helped Scientists Link Pesticides and Parkinson's

You mean like how they currently add acetaminophen to most opiates (check out your next codeine prescription) so that if you take too much you'll suffer liver damage?


"The drug acetaminophen, which is the active ingredient in the popular Tylenol, among others, is widely considered safe when taken correctly. Yet, the pain reliever can lead to liver damage that is often severe or even fatal when taken in doses greater than recommended. The problem is, however, that the margin between a safe dose and a potentially harmful dose is slim. Taken over several days, as little as 25 percent above the maximum daily dose - or just two additional extra strength pills a day - has been reported to cause liver damage, according to the [Food and Drug Administration]. "


Comment: Re:The interesting question (Score 2) 172

by rwyoder (#45510959) Attached to: Study Suggests Link Between Dread Pirate Roberts and Satoshi Nakamoto

We still do not surely know who is Satoshi Nakamoto.

Who is Satoshi Nakamoto? He is supposed to be Turkish. Some say his father was German. Nobody believed he was real. Nobody ever saw him or knew anybody that ever worked directly for him, but to hear DPR tell it, anybody could have been Nakamoto. You never knew. That was his power. The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist. And like that, poof. He's gone.

Comment: Re:Taking the insurance out of insurance (Score 1) 567

The health insurance industry did this about twenty years ago (ish. I don't remember exactly). Instead of binning people by risk and associated cost, they starting looking at people on an individual level and simply denying those who might not be profitable. It sounds good when you're angry at irresponsible drivers, and it certainly makes money for the insurance companies, but it doesn't work when you're dependent on cars on driving to make your infrastructure work and when insurance is an integral part of that (required in many states).

This article discusses this very point on health insurance:

If a thing's worth having, it's worth cheating for. -- W.C. Fields