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Comment: Re:When will they act as nodes? (Score 1) 108

by tqk (#48024243) Attached to: Tor Executive Director Hints At Firefox Integration

# aptitude show tor

Tor is a connection-based low-latency anonymous communication system.

  Clients choose a source-routed path through a set of relays, and negotiate a "virtual circuit"
  through the network, in which each relay knows its predecessor and successor, but no others.
  Traffic flowing down the circuit is decrypted at each relay, which reveals the downstream relay.

  Basically, Tor provides a distributed network of relays. Users bounce their TCP streams (web
  traffic, ftp, ssh, etc) around the relays, and recipients, observers, and even the relays
  themselves have difficulty learning which users connected to which destinations.

  This package enables only a Tor client by default, but it can also be configured as a relay and/or
  a hidden service easily.

  Client applications can use the Tor network by connecting to the local socks proxy interface
  provided by your Tor instance. If the application itself does not come with socks support, you can
  use a socks client such as torsocks.

You need apps which grok tor for tor to do anything useful (and I'm still trying to sort out that last bit for myself (no hurry)).

Comment: Re:Nothing new (Score 1) 224

by tqk (#48023885) Attached to: Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

Oh, of course! That's why we have some of the highest per capita social welfare spending in the world, some of the toughest environmental regulations, highest corporate taxes, and highest income taxes! That's why corporations are fleeing the US; they can operate in a much more cut-throat fashion in socialist nirvanas like Canada and Ireland. How could I not have seen that!?

You're absolutely correct. Much better to be in the land of the free and home of the brave where regulatory capture is far more reliable (where cash into the right pockets can get you anything and damned near nothing can stop you, especially fscking whistleblowers trying to enforce the law of the land), and if it isn't you can tie the bastards up in court until they die of old age.

Look up the old saw, "Rose colored glasses."

Comment: Re:Nothing new (Score 1) 224

by tqk (#48023437) Attached to: Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

I am well aware that my freedom comes partly from people who volunteer to go to strange and unpleasant places, meet new people, and get shot at by them.

How? You don't actually believe that, do you? If so, why? How are people in foreign strange and unpleasant places possibly going to affect your freedoms? Ie., how did (specifically) Afghanistan's Taliban affect any US citizen's freedoms? By harbouring bin Laden? Last I heard, Muhammad Attah (the ringleader) spent the previous few years in Europe before 9/11. Why not invade Germany or Great Britain?

The US today is any tyrant's wet dream. It wasn't foreigners who did that to you. It's a self-inflicted injury.

Comment: Re:is anyone really surprised here (Score 2) 198

by tqk (#48005633) Attached to: The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes

Liberals will be furious at your claim...

Would you please just piss off? Haven't you yet noticed that both "Liberal" nanny-staters AND "Conservative" Don't Tread On Me! types BOTH have their hands in the cookie jar (your wallet), and have done so for a *long time*?

How you idiots can *still* be banging that librul vs. conservative drum after all we've seen for the last two centuries just amazes me.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 2) 452

by tqk (#46716445) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

You don't even say what the fuck your company does or even what industry you're in ...

That shouldn't much matter. What the employees are engaged in and what they do might be useful information. If you can surf the web on Windows, you can do it with any OS, but if these are engineers needing Matlab or Autocad, or graphic artists needing Photoshop, it may be an uphill struggle doomed to fail miserably.

Comment: Why? Is it really necessary? (Score 3, Insightful) 187

by tqk (#46671203) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

I can understand trying to wall off Windows from what you can, but with non-Windows you just make sure you only enable services that you want. Use good passwords, lock it down so only what you want running can run, and don't listen to the script kiddies knocking on your door. Crank up the stereo.

I assume your box hangs off a router of some sort? It's probably all you need for a firewall.

Your mode of life will be changed to EBCDIC.