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Comment Anything can be the inspiration for stupidity (Score 4, Funny) 314

Violent video games claim another victim. Maybe now they'll put that NC-17 rating on that I've been saying for years Frogger needs. Jack Thompson will be vindicated, and Rockstar games will pay for their GTA series.

Maybe when this is all over, we can achieve our ultimate goal of putting a warning label on Tetris.

Comment Re:most of the PAY warez sites seems to seen scams (Score 5, Insightful) 421

If I say that people engaged in prostitution are more likely to have STDs, am I a knowledgeable person, or would you convict me of engaging a prostitute? Perhaps I must also be a fool because I know things about 419 scams? Surely I'm a terrorist for seeing weaknesses in the TSA programs.

Comment Oh, bullshit... (Score 5, Informative) 109

Anybody who touches BGP needs to understand route filtering.

  * Would I trust everything I see from Sprint? Yes.
  * Would I trust anything except what I expect from the local ISP I route to? No.
  * Would I expect Sprint to execute the same filtering as above? Yes.

BGP nodes should always have filters on their connections that describe what is allowed to be accepted. Every failure I can think of... and I'm sure most notable ones that have happened... have been caused by failure to properly filter incoming routes.

Comment Whoa, whoa, WHOA.... (Score 1) 548

This isn't about Netflix, this is about a peering agreement. L3 has effectively said, "We anticipate we will move a lot more traffic in the near future across our peering links." L3's press release makes NO mention of Netflix. It seems as likely that L3 is posturing as that Comcast is posturing. Comcast isn't (in anything public) threatening to restrict L3 traffic. Losing that peering connection means it would be routed to Comcast through one of L3's other links... which they would also pay for. Cogent and Sprint, for example, had a huge peering spat. Of course, that did result in a partitioned Internet, but that could have been dealt with by alternate peering that I bet L3 has.

L3, in another world, would charge Comcast if they transmitted more traffic away from Comcast than to Comcast.

This ignore the fact that I think Comcast is a scum company, but that's another story...

Comment Re:We have a way to address this (at least, mostly (Score 2, Informative) 181

Root servers point to top-level domains. com, net, org, cn, us, uk... these would all have their own keys. China would only have access to one of those. As pointed out by others, the roots are pre-signed and just passed around for mirroring.

This doesn't prevent China from doing various nuisance activities such as replying with unresolvable, bogus unsigned answers, or bogus answers with wrong signers. That said, you'd at least have some level of verification available that a DNSSEC signed answer is appropriate, and you could ignore anything but.

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