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Comment Re:Cleanup the IP Space (Score 1) 233

All legitimate points. FYI I didn't say RIPE was USSR, I said most attacks came from RIPE and the other non-ARIN which I listed. I don't understand your point about bots. I was agreeing that most people are intelligent and well intentioned but some people created and use bots, and that's what the traffic is.

I agree with server host thing as you mention and include them under the broad category of ARIN proxies. It is irrelevant to me whther they are actually a proxy or not, servers accessing my web site are not people and I block them. I used to have a ton of legitimate traffic from education networks but I am changing my focus and at this point schools are idiots downloading the worst of the internet, so they are blocked.

Based on the business the criteria would be different but I said legitimate business accessing the site from the beginning.

Businesses often block outgoing overseas phone calls for same reason. There's only one reason these communications with overseas are taking place, and it's not good.

I also said earlier that if there were legitimate traffic I would compartmentalize the traffic to separate servers. There is no reasin for all these servers being cracked to be exposed to the Chinese and Russians, but businesses and government are being raped by them every day. I attribute it to Chinese and Russians being smarter than the clowns running these servers.

I don't have to be one of them.

Comment Re:Cleanup the IP Space (Score 1) 233

If there were any appreciable ratio of legitimate traffic to attacks then it'd be different, but there isn't. Practically all traffic from those areas are bots. I'm not cutting off communications if you're not communicating, and vis versa.

Most attacks are from RIPE, APNIC, South American, and AFRIN IP addresses. Maybe 10 percent from ARIN proxies. I and many servers that are broken into have no legitimate business to conduct with these addresses, and if there were better to compartmentalize the traffic to dedicated servers for different areas.

The people like you say are intelligent and well intentioned, but it's the bots that come this way.

Comment Re:Cleanup the IP Space (Score 1) 233

Nearly all the traffic to the US from those places are attacks anyway.

I see attacks on my little site from new IP address ranges everyday. In my opinion the criminals are constantly expanding to new IP addresses for two reasons: short term it evades prior IP address range blocking, and long term I believe they are trying to use up ipv4 to bring on ipv6 as soon as possible. Once we are on ipv6 the attacks might as well be from every grain of sand. There will be no way to block them, game over.

To those who say blocking IP addresses shouldn't be done anyway, I would say not blocking IP addresses where 99 per cent of traffic is attacks and no real business need for it for your main servers is why there are constant reports of server breakins, data stolen, money stolen, trojans installed, and worse. Yes there are some high profile Anonymous attacks but 99 per cent are from those other places and proxy servers which also should be blocked.

I would be more than happy for Asia, Soviet Union, and Africa to use ipv6 if they are in such dire need of IP addresses and limit connectivity to whom they consider future victims.

Comment Re:"Earlier than expected"? (Score 1) 421

Yeah, it was in news last month. I just googled carbon levels 2011 and the info came up in Durango Herald for Nov 21, 2011. (Sorry typing post into phone.) UN agency WMO found levels now rising at 2.3 per year. Had been around 2 per year for last few years, so actually accellerating despite major economic downturn.

Just as an aside, I think only thing that will slow down carbon burning will be exploding prices when a huge Saudi oilfield peters out in a few years (symbolic event) but have no illusions that the damage will have already been done to go over 450 by then (in the 2030's). And of course our unusual catastophic events will continually worsen in the meantime.

Someone wrote that this is all a good thing, like a rainforest everywhere. Between seas several feet higher and saturated with carbon, it's not going to be like today but warmer.

Comment Re:"Earlier than expected"? (Score 5, Informative) 421

How can you know what kind of weather occurred in Peru over the last 150 years?

The fact that this Peruvian desert had no precipitation left it as one of the few places on earth with sodium nitrate prior to WWI. Europeans imported it for fertilizer and explosives. Germany had to devise a way to synthesize nitrate for their war efforts.

So yes, many people historically were aware of the lack of precipitation in that Peruvian desert and what the recorded precipitation was by the locals due to it being an extremely rare event.

Comment Re:"Earlier than expected"? (Score 1) 421

Unfortunately (for me), when I suck at making projections I lose contracts because my salary is not subsidized.

The data is changing. Carbon is increasing faster. The projections were more accurate when they were made given the info at the time.

And if they overproject, people like you say even nastier things than above.

Comment Re:So many questions (Score 3, Insightful) 421

What was their original model / projection? Has anyone else verified it? And if so, what measures will they be taking to supplement their water supply?

They weren't projecting. Scientists were projecting glacier melt rate worldwide. They're all melting.

Verification so far is watching the glaciers melt faster.

What measures will a mountain dwelling people take to supplement their loss of glacial water supply? They will lose their way of life, same as anyone else in a permanent drought, say in an extreme example Texas continues it's drought pattern. All it will take is a few more years to destroy life there as they know it.

But they can always hope rains will return. People dependent on glaciers that vanished have no such hope. Their total ancestral way of life will also have vanished.

Comment Re:"Earlier than expected"? (Score 1) 421

Is it possible this is just more reactionary knee-jerk fear-mongering bullshit due to a larger-than-normal rainfall in Peru this past year?

One thing that wasn't normal this past year was a three foot snowfall on a high desert in Peru that hadn't had any significant precipitation in over 150 years.

Not saying it has anything to do with the glaciers melting faster. Just responding to your hypothetical about abnormal precipitation in Peru this past year.

Comment Re:No budget? (Score 1) 848

If they didn't have the money to do it, and you were told that you wouldn't be paid for it, why would you expect to be paid for it?

In addition to this insightful question, TFS says both that "you had significant downtime" due to it sounds like you're saying you have everything running so smoothly, yet add at end that "all source code was written on your personal equipment and time". Normally this means at home or otherwise off work premises, but there's all kind of gray areas in what you're saying and how you're saying it.

You imply that if you have no administration problems your paid time becomes your own time because of "duties mapped out for you at hiring". You don't mention what becomes of your "team's" time during this hiatus.

And after all that, with as many PHP open source help ticket systems out there, would your employer be better served by using a community supported help ticket system?

Comment Re:YSOD? (Score 2) 360

My god. We have some dufus complaining about lack of "meaningful" bug reports who bemoans lack of a sufficient YSOD screen capture.

And he complains about others not being meaningful? You got to be kidding me. Google tells me the PC kiddies call this Yellow Screen of Death.

This guy is complaining that when his program blows up the user it blew up on didn't do a good enough screen capture for him?

wow. Slashdot must pay a bounty for dumb questions to drive traffic.

Comment Re:Wrong audience (Score 1) 119

You're proposing something that's quite secure, but not *really* secure.

I take it you don't know much about the IBM i OS. It's "really" secure. Used by hundreds of thousands of business and government organizations around the world.

In addition, whitelisting IP address ranges that can access network eliminates the source of most attacks, And using a security device along with password eliminates the rest.

You act like systems can't be secure but we have real businesses that successully fend off the constant attacks, It starts with IBM i OS though. POSIX compliance isn't inherently unsecure. But it does provide IBM i OS compatibility with Unix.

Comment Re:Blanket statements like this are ridiculous (Score 1) 162

Second, I think the argument that has been mentioned a few times already, regarding the assertion that the "low-hanging fruit" of science has already been discovered, thus making any significant leaps more difficult, is baloney. One hundred years ago I'm sure they were saying the same thing.

Well the guy at the Patent Office did anyway.

I agree, low hanging fruit? Relativity was not low hanging fruit, and it was entirely a mental exercise AFAIK for those who blamed difference in experimental apparatus required.

Comment Re:Wrong audience (Score 1) 119

No need to write the OS, it's been done. IBM iOS formerly i5/OS formerly AS/400. POSIX compliant, has the UNIX shell built in, all major languages, C++, Java, PHP, and yes RPG and COBOL. Apache and Websphere web serving. Also white list IP address ranges allowed access at entrance points to network.

Don't know the details of network administration, but PC's would be SELinux and not directly accessible from outside network for port scanning, etc.

This would be extremely secure network. It's there, it would make stealing data from servers a thing of the past. It would make a lot of expensive vendors very unhappy though.

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