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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 Slashdot pedantry ain't what it used to be (Score 1) 252

Surprised that no one pointed out (or no one I can see) that the article says "Nest has since released an intelligent CO2 detector, called Nest Protect". This would be a Carbon Dioxide detector, when we know Nest has a Carbon Monoxide detector i.e. CO not CO2.

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.

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!

Comment Re:Why would you need a web browser on a server? (Score 1) 231

Fedora is a great test bed or home system. But upgrading hundred's of workstations every 6 months (like we have here) would be no fun at all. Plus the ABI/API isn't stable in Fedora between revs.

Many real world application use RHEL as a workstation because it doesn't change ABI/API, is supported, there are no major changes through the life-cycle. This is why RH specifically sell a Workstation version of RHEL. See also the existence of Scientific Linux (RHEL clone) and why that is used on workstations at every major particle accelerator.

Too many people view Linux through the prism of their home machine needs. Professional users need things like support, stability, regression tested updates, directory services, NFS (probably secure even if it's just to satisfy an auditor), speaking to (sadly) MS systems (AD, Exchange and even (the horror) Sharepoint). Bleeding edge functionality is worth nothing against stability.

When someone (many) people say use Fedora, is the reason this isn't the year of the Linux desktop. No company wants to reinstall it's desktop estate every 6 months, retest all their apps every 6 months and retrain their users every 6 months. No software vendor wants to retest it's software on a new release every 6 months.

The RHEL approach (7 year life cycle) is correct for most users. Google is wrong to not support this but probably more to do with Google not really having to care corporate Linux desktop users (pretty small base really).

Comment Another Vendor That Probably Doesn't Get It (Score 1) 408

Dell is just another vendor that thinks MS will pull them all back up with them into a new Windows monopoly world, this time on PC, tablet and phone.

Maybe will happen, seems not so likely this time....

These guys just can't see anyway that MS could lose in a market they enter, just like they have never lost for almost the last 30 years.

Others in this delusion would be Nokia and former HP management (ditching their own better tablet OS).

Comment Density and No True Off (Score 2) 50

The two major disadvantages of all Optical processing in the past were:

1/ The Wavelength of light is much larger than the structures used in modern day chips. So the optical circuity wouldn't be as dense as modern day electronics.

2/ When you turn off an optical signal it gets turned into heat (i.e the transistor goes black) not true in electronics as there is no electrical flow when the transistor is off. This causes a theoretical optical devices run hotter than electronic ones and therefore hurting density yet again.

Optics and optical processing have there place (especially processing communications data) but for high density processing these two problematic are very problematic.

We warn the reader in advance that the proof presented here depends on a clever but highly unmotivated trick. -- Howard Anton, "Elementary Linear Algebra"