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Comment Problems? (Score 1) 119

So, this presents some challenges to me.

I'm one of the co-founders of WonderProxy (, running a global proxy network you might imagine that we have a fair large log set. Our billing process involves pulling those logs into a central location, parsing out the information billing cares about (customer & amount transferred) and recording that in aggregate. We store the raw log files in the raw form for some period of time to comply with any sort of warrant from law enforcement (our goal isn't to be an anonymous proxy), then delete them.

We've deliberately avoided storing the details we have about traffic in any sort of a searchable form. We don't care unless something comes up, and as a general rule we don't think it's any of our business. So this is information about a customer we do possess, but also information that we've deliberately avoided making easy to access. To grab it we'd eschew all our UI tools, drop to a command line, and start uncompromising raw logs, then dropping in with grep or something to filter the user. Then another manual pass to make sure we haven't accidentally included a line from a different customer. For a customer who has only paid us $15 we're going to lose money once we comply.

Then there's our webserver logs. If someone logged in, we can technically deduce what requests are associated with that user, but the apache logs don't store that in a nice easy to read format. We'd probably need to correlate a bunch of different systems in ways we've never done before (because we don't care who loaded main.css on Tuesday the 4th at 16:22:32) to ensure we've handed everything over.

This is of course assuming that we're required to comply. We're a Canadian corporation, federally registered, all that fun stuff. But we do have servers in the US, even ones in California. Of course, getting an answer from our lawyer on whether or not we're required to comply would also cost well more than $15, and that's before we've started trying.

Then there's more privileged information. Internally calculated fraud scores, internal customer notes ("these people never pay on time", "serious PITA, don't give a discount", "Super nice") which is also information we have on a customer, but generally something we'd rather not share.

As a user of the web, I like this idea. As a provider of services the cost of compliance scares me.

Comment Very few (Score 4, Interesting) 349

We're running a network of 80+ servers around the world (

We've moved in stages getting things off standard ports.

Whole network standard - several hundred attempts per day
a few standard, rest on non-standard ports - tens of attacks per day
all non-standard ports - 0-5 attacks per day.

It's been worth doing just for the reduced reporting volume in our status systems.


Submission + - Fukushima Temperature Soars as Crisis Awakens (

An anonymous reader writes: The temperature of reactor number 2 at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant just soared up 26.7 degrees Celsius over the course of the past several hours, prompting concern over the state of TEPCO's shutdown efforts. The news comes soon after Japan announced an official “cold shutdown” of the damaged plant, and authorities not released any information as to why the temperature has increased from the stabilized temp of 45 deg c to 73.3 deg c.

Comment Re:let's see DRM, high cost of HDD's get in the wa (Score 2) 371

Is there a good option (for mac preferably) that will rip a DVD after looking it up in some database (like CDDB) to get the names and indexing information correct. Ripping is easy enough, but I'm tired of choosing all the chapters for each episode when ripping season 3 of whatever. The last time I let RipIt have a go at a DVD I ended up with Battlestar Galactica disc 2 starting half way through the third episode.

Comment Re:Dump your own (Score 1) 361

I might just wimp out.

I mentioned i'm interested in Rampage, I have no doubt I'll be able to find the arcade rom for it. eBay is more than happy to sell me a SNES cart of the same game. So I'll balance my ROM downloads with cartridge purchases. No, they're not quite the same, but it's close.


Submission + - Where can I buy ROMs? 1

PktLoss writes: "I'm interested in building an arcade machine, following the footsteps of Cmdr Taco amongst many others. Not being all that interested in piracy, I need to find somewhere to buy games. Starroms used to be the kind of thing I was looking for, though with an incredibly short catalog. The MAME people have a few available for free (non-commercial), but this isn't going to sate my needs.

There's an entire cottage industry supporting this goal. People are ready to sell me plans, kits, buttons, joy sticks, glass marquees, and entire machines. That's fantastic, but where can I get the games? I refuse to believe that this entire industry is built on piracy."

Submission + - HD transfer of Star Trek: TNG to arrive this year (

psychonaut writes: "Digital Bits have confirmed through sources at CBS Paramount that CBS are working on a high-definition transfer of Star Trek: The Next Generation. A four-episode Blu-Ray sampler disc is to be released later this year; the episodes featured will be the two-part pilot "Encounter at Farpoint", "Sins of the Father", and fan favourite "The Inner Light". On 2 September, LeVar Burton tweeted that he had stopped by CBS Paramount Television City to check the progress and was "mindblown" by the conversion. TrekCore has an article with further details and an analysis of some of the technical hurdles involved in remastering these episodes."

Submission + - Kepler Discovers "Phantom" Exoplanet (

astroengine writes: "The Kepler space telescope has spotted an extra-solar planet with a very odd orbit. Sometimes Kepler-19b slows down by five minutes during its 9 day orbit. Other times it speeds up by five minutes. Johannes Kelper's laws of orbital dynamics never said a celestial body can arbitrarily speed up and slow down; another planetary body must therefore be gravitationally acting on Kepler-19b.

Enter Kepler-19c, a world that hasn't been observed, but its gravitational effects have. This is an unprecedented discovery, one that could potentially be used in multi-planetary star systems to discover more "phantom" worlds that would have otherwise gone unnoticed."

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