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Comment: Re:Court first then cut. (Score 2, Insightful) 263

by zifr (#28001463) Attached to: Do We Want ISPs Penalizing Music Fans?
The same should be said for Google and Yahoo then. They have the ability to link illegal material such as some types of pornography, some types of music and some types of other copyrighted material. That is why we can't go down that road. Google, Yahoo, all of the search engines I supposed would be considered to, 'help break the law'. Besides once we ban search engines, then only criminals will be able to search.

Comment: Re:1. Upload to Wikileaks with Xerobank 2. Link to (Score 1) 471

by zifr (#27975257) Attached to: Hosting a Highly Inflammatory Document?
TOR IS NOT SECURE! But by all means keep using it. It does nothing for security of data i.e. encryption. It is only encrypted from you to the exit router. From the exit router to the destination it is clear text if it started that way, such as http. Https would remain encrypted. Further your DNS not encrypted and finally, layer 7 info could be used to track someone down. If you don't believe me, install the routing service, fire up wireshark, become an exit router, and start capturing data on http, smtp, etc etc.

Comment: Suddenlink does this even if you use your own DNS (Score 1) 264

by zifr (#27945355) Attached to: Dealing With ISPs That Use NXDomain Redirection?
I noticed this same thing from Suddenlink, I was being redirected when I input an invalid address in the url bar. I knew what it was after some searching. I ran Wireshark to verify what was going on. I also verified I was not using their DNS servers. I have my own DNS servers locally and with one of my leased servers. I also ran the same test with the server at 4.2.2.5 and they redirected me. When I emailed them I received this response [quote] Thank you for your inquiry. Suddenlink is committed to providing the best customer service possible. The Suddenlink search page can only automatically redirect you if you're using Suddenlink's DNS servers at the time of the incident. You state you're not using our DNS servers. Please note that it's impossible to get redirected to the search page on DNS servers other than Suddenlink's, due to the nature of the redirect and the fact that it's done by the DNS server. I notice you're using a Cisco/Linksys router. Please check your manually configured DNS settings on both your router and your computer to be sure you are using the DNS servers that you want to be using. We hope that we have been able to provide you with the information you requested. If we have not, or if we can be of any additional service to you, please do not hesitate to contact us again. Did you know that you can speak with a live agent without picking up the phone? It's Easy! Simply Click on the link below and let us assist you with your general or account specific questions. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your convenience. http://www.suddenlink.com/chat.do Thank you for choosing Suddenlink Communications "Easy as counting to one." [/quote] So according to them it is impossible. Even though it is happening. I just blocked their address space and moved on. I know better than to deal with their customer support after they told me I couldn't pull down an address because they no longer used gateways. I asked if they were on pfm modules, which they replied yes. pfm = pure freaking magic.
Networking

+ - free or cheap network measuring tools

Submitted by lyberth
lyberth (319170) writes "I want to make some measurements of networks. Currently i know of the excelent but very expensive tools from Ixia or Codima. It should be able to measure things like throughput, jitter, packetloss so that it will be easy to agree with a customer that there is or is not a problem with the network before implementing VoIP. If the tools can find causes of network flaws its fine, but main issue is to document a networks readines for VoIP. What tools do you recommend?"
Government

+ - Man Arrested for taking photo of open ATM->

Submitted by net_shaman
net_shaman (105908) writes "Seattle man arrested for taking photo of ATM being serviced.

From the link:
  "Today I was shopping at the downtown Seattle REI. I was about to buy a Thule hitch mount bike rack. They were out of the piece that locks the bike rack into the hitch. So I was in the customer service line to special order one. It was a long line and while I was waiting, I saw two of guys (employees of Loomis, as I later learned) refilling the ATM.

I walked over and took a picture with my iPhone of them and more interestingly of the open ATM. I took the picture because I'm fascinated by the insides of things that we don't normally get to see...""

Link to Original Source
Privacy

+ - Judge of the Pirate Bay trial even more shady

Submitted by
MikeTheBike
MikeTheBike writes "It seems that the criticized judge in the Pirate Bay trial has an even shadier background than first noted.

The judge, Tomas Norström, who has been criticized for his membership in many Media Lobby organizations, was the same judge that allowed the police to raid one of the primer ISPs in Sweden, Bahnhof. That raid was shown in a later investigation to have been instigated by a file sharing RIAA/MPAA subsidiary Antipiratbyrån paid mole. The whole raid resulted in a total fiasco for the whole judiciary system and the blame was put on the judge for allowing the raid based on such poor evidence.

Apparently judge Tomas Norström know how to take good care of the contacts he has made during the years in the service of the media lobby!

The article that we dug out from an archive in a leading Swedish weekly newspaper Ny Teknik and in english Ny Teknik"
Security

+ - NSA Wages Cyberwar Against US Armed Forces Teams

Submitted by
Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "A team of Army cadets spent four days at West Point last week struggling around the clock to keep a computer network operating while hackers from the National Security Agency tried to infiltrate it with methods that an enemy might use. The NSA made the cadets' task more difficult by planting viruses on some of the equipment, just as real-world hackers have done on millions of computers around the world. The competition was a final exam for computer science and information technology majors, who competed against teams from the Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine as well as the Naval Postgraduate Academy and the Air Force Institute of Technology. Ideally, the teams would be allowed to attack other schools' networks while also defending their own but only the NSA, with its arsenal of waivers, loopholes, special authorizations is allowed to take down a US network. NSA tailored its attacks to be just "a little too hard for the strongest undergraduate team to deal with, so that we could distinguish the strongest teams from the weaker ones." The winning West Point team used Linux, instead of relying on proprietary products from big-name companies like Microsoft or Sun Microsystems. "It seems weird for the Army with its large contracts to be using Linux, but it's very cheap and very customizable," says Cadet Brian McCord. It is also much easier to secure because "you can tweak it for everything you need" and there are not as many known ways to attack it, he said."
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Top Gaming Failures->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Many gaming products toil in mediocrity, other select few become cult icons, fewer still become the massive success beyond a company's wildest expectations. There are some gaming products that did much more than flopped, they redefined what failure means, not because of the massive financial costs behind the projects but because their background stories are so often drama filled."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Linux vs. XP (Score 1) 400

by zifr (#27900933) Attached to: Lenovo On the Future of the Netbook
Same Xandros install for a year now (tried some other distros and reverted). I use open office and firefox and that's about it on there. I use advanced mode FWIW. People who are screwing it up I imagine would have the same issues if they poked around the Windows registry. I tried a few other distros but prefer 100% over 99.5% functionality. But then again I ordered my 701 the day it came out. Takes less than 20 seconds to restore system to factory which was kind of nice when I was tinkering. But whatever...different strokes for different folks. I wouldn't assume that nix works for most. Most people want a computer to do what they think they want it to do, not to do what they tell it to do. I need a computer to do what I say ...... rm -rf /.

Comment: Linux vs. XP (Score 1) 400

by zifr (#27900789) Attached to: Lenovo On the Future of the Netbook
People are choosing Windows because they don't know any better. Xandros which came on one of my netbooks was quite intuitive and anyone who can figure out XP can figure out that particular distro. If being limited to 3 apps and no external display is was drives the masses (windows 7) then so be it. I had the opportunity to demo gnome for a customer who has had significant problems with other setups. In few minutes, firefox was up, open office was up and they were using the computer. Only time and anti-competitive practices will tell.

Comment: Re:Why are we still on cell? (Score 2, Interesting) 202

by zifr (#27900577) Attached to: Mobile Wi-Fi Hot Spot
I'm not looking for a handout, I'm looking for better tech. Further, 3g has far better upload in my area than cable/dsl. 150kbps up 3g. 60kpbs cable (max is around 110 in my area if I wanted SuddenSuck to gut me some more). 60kpbs handles my 4 trunks perfectly. I wouldn't see it as unreasonable to dump cdma/gsm and raise the cost of packet network access assuming it cost them more.

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.

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