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Comment Get a Outbound SMTP service (Score 1) 217

I host my own email server. I have it on a domestic connection with dynamic IP so no reverse IP and that makes outbound problematic to some sites. So I signed up to an Outbound SMTP service for that piece ( I picked a, my Postfix TLS's to them and they TLS outbound so acceptable security, for my purposes. Inbound SMTP for me works fine with dyndns holding my A and MX records (IP changes pushed to dyndns automatically from my router), even with my self signed cert (mainly just want the link encrypted). I have a VPS on a fixed IP as a secondary MX, that can hold my email when my IP changes and people's DNS TTL's take a little while to catch up with my dyndns changes. Also I can flip the secondary to primary if my home server is due to be down for a while (e.g. moving house, ISP outage etc).

Using an outbound service makes it easier to set an SPF record for your domain. This and reverse DNS (as other people have said) cause the issues with other sites accepting.

Comment Not like Android (Score 1) 578

People say that Windows 10 is just doing what Android does. Just not true.

Firstly this is my PC so I do more on it.

But mainly as far as I'm aware Android is reporting back to Google only when I use Google services, so I'm aware they are doing this (gmail, maps and Google now etc). Not when I'm using non Google apps. I can guarantee this with Cyanogen. But even the base Android source is examanable.

But with Windows 10 it seems to be reporting from the base OS (illustrated by even reporting back when running something like calc. There is no source to examine or Windows Cyanogen.

This is a big difference that no one is pointing out. And the reason Win10 is truly nasty don't for privacy.

Submission + - Snowden discusses the GCHQ smartphone hacking tools

simpz writes: Edward Snowden has given an interview to the BBC about what GCHQ Smurf smartphone hacking tools are capable of doing. The register has the story:

These are probably baseband processor attacks. Any phones provide a decent separation of the baseband from the application OS? Or should we be buying MiFi's and small tablets?

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Country best to avoid government surveillance?

simpz writes: Which country is best to choose for hosting Internet services and locating VMs to avoid government surveillance (both NSA and local)?

It should be a country with good connectivity to the US and Europe, but have strong legal protections from mass surveillance. People talk about Switzerland, Norway and Iceland (even Spain). Anyone worked through the pros and cons of each of these? I'm not concerned about legitimate (with court order) surveillance, just the un-targeted mass surveillance most governments seem to do. I don't believe this bad behavior should be rewarded or made easy.

Comment Microsoft Still Evil (Score 1) 265

I hate how a lot of posters on here these days criticise people for still saying MS is evil. They assume this is all ancient history.

In the last few years they have threatened to sue Android phone sellers unless they sign a licensing agreement with MS. Based on unspecified patents being infringed in the Linux kernel. The ones that have leaked out look very dubious.

Not very long ago they corrupted the ooxml standards process. We could all have been using open document formats by now.

Still can't buy from a large vendor a non-server PC without an OS.

Comment Kernel too big for a lot IoT applications (Score 1) 383

It was discussed at a conference recently that there was concern the kernel was too big for a lot of possible IoT applications, this may eventually hurt Linux's future in this area. Some people were looking at optimising the kernel to make it a lot smaller, but they had limited resources. Any thoughts on optimising the kernel for these very small IoT applications before a new pretender OS may appear to challenge Linux in this?

Comment Re:Buffalo (Score 1) 427

Couldn't agree more . I found DD-WRT to be very dependant on a few people's branches for progress. Tomato seemed good but just wasn't as popular as OpenWRT. I'd always look for a router that supported as many of these as possible.

Also OpenWRT I found to be closer to a standard Linux distrib, with a package manager and a fully modifiable filesystem. Much easier to work with than DD-WRT IMHO.

I switched to a TP-Link N900 with OpenWRT. I've found it very stable.

Submission + - ATM Machines raided with USB Sticks (

simpz writes: The BBC reports, it has been revealed that thieves are cutting into ATM machines, plugging in a Malware infected USB stick, and use the infection to withdraw cash.

Comment AOL (Score 3, Insightful) 293

"Eight leading Internet firms, Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, AOL, Microsoft, LinkedIn, and Yahoo, have formed an alliance called Reform Government Surveillance group."

As someone else pointed out "Seven leading Internet firms" and AOL

Who's still using AOL , or is still paying for it and actually uses their service. I'm sure I read somewhere that a large percentage of their users are unaware that they no longer needed their AOL subscription to get online via broadband?

Comment Company Caching Proxies and Filtering? (Score 4, Insightful) 320

We save about 10% of our Internet bandwidth by running all http traffic through a caching proxy. This would seem to prevent this bandwidth saving for things that just don't need encryption. This would be any public site that is largely consumable content. All in favour of it for anything more personal.

Also how are companies supposed to effectively web filter if everything is HTTPS. DNS filtering is, in general, too broad as brush. We may not like our web filtered, but companies have a legal duty that employees shouldn't be see questionable material, even if on someone else's computer. Companies have been sued for allowing this to happen.

Comment Re:Only relevant line (Score 1) 629

Yeah heaven forbid that MS would lock out a competitor with a technical "fix"

Your heart bleeds for them doesn't it.

Sauce for the goose and screw them leaps to mind (and maybe a boo hoo)

I've had to deal with MS locking out Unix based platforms for the last couple of decades, they've had this coming and deserve tons more!

Submission + - HP Discontinue OpenVMS 1

simpz writes: The register is reporting that "the ancient but trustworthy server operating system" OpenVMS has been discontinued. A sad end for a truly great OS.

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