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Comment Re:And once again... (Score 1) 538

"There is a finite amount of bandwidth. The options that have been presented to solve this problem are traffic shaping and capping, so please either throw your towel in with one of those or propose another idea."

Your premise isn't based on fact. The major ISP's have agreed that there is no bandwidth problem,

There is no such thing as an unlimited bandwidth router. Thus, at some level there is always a finite amount of bandwidth. What was "practically unlimited" 5 years ago is woefully limited as the media streaming gets more and more pervasive. Regardless of the true motives of AT&T the premise is still quite sound and relevant.

Comment Our system may be safe (Score 3, Interesting) 203

Obviously need to verify this, but we already run mod_cband with a per-IP connection limit of 5. This is in place to stop the over-zealous "download accelerators" from taking all our connections and DOS'ing us. I expect it would stop a single attacker using this attack, but we'd still be vulnerable to a concerted attack by MaxChildren/5 IPs.

Comment Re:*Sigh* I hate advertising (Score 1) 244

Another service to stop using. I'd rather pay/subscribe than listen to ads (not that the same promise didn't stop ads on cable tv). Not even regular radio interrupts songs in the middle, although a lot of obnoxiously talk into the beginning or cut off the end with their chatter. And replacing Satellite Radio with an iPhone/data_contract + Pandora seemed like a decent idea a while back.

Ok, so what's stopping you? I pay $36/year for ad-free Pandora. You can too. Beats the heck out of my XM subscription in the car, which has ads on an awful lot of its channels in spite of the promises otherwise.

Privacy

Submission + - Google's Orkut site accused of exploiting children (flickr.com)

cjb-nc writes: One parent has posted an accusation on Flickr that Google's social networking site Orkut is allowing users to steal photos of children and use them to create exploitive profiles on the Orkut site. She says "The red tape involved in getting these images removed is pathedic. [sic] Orkut will tell you to ask the user politely to remove the images. (yeah right!)" Does "You can make money without doing evil" apply to "promote no evil" as well?
Privacy

Submission + - Chips on DVDs could prevent theft

Kiralan writes: New technology designed to thwart DVD theft makes discs unplayable until they're activated at the cash register. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070509/ap_on_hi_te/te chbit_dvd_theft From the story: "A chip smaller than the head of a pin is placed onto a DVD along with a thin coating that blocks a DVD player from reading critical information on the disc. At the register, the chip is activated and sends an electrical pulse through the coating, turning it clear and making the disc playable." This appears to be a decent use of security technology, but what is the potential of this being the new DIVX?
United States

Submission + - Anti-ID theft measures fought by credit industry

PetManimal writes: "Brian Krebs of the Washington Post has a very interesting article about the credit industry's fight against consumer rights measures that would force credit bureaus, credit card companies, retailers, banks and even private investigators to protect citizens from having their credit data accessed, by taking measures such as restricting access to credit reports and freezing new lines of credit. While several states have tried to enact consumer-friendly laws, the industry has lobbied hard on the state and national level to water down, eliminate, or reverse them and keep open access to easy credit.

'The banks, the insurance companies, credit bureaus and retailers really came out of the woodwork and fought hard against it,' [activist George Fitzgerald] said. 'I thought it was good for them and the banks. I thought with all the ID theft going on, people might even get to the point where they'd be afraid of using the [banking] system. I thought that since the credit bureaus were making a bundle of money off of trading consumers' information ... that they should offer a way to protect that information.'
The article says that the industry has backed down in some states and some credit-freeze laws have passed, but with conditions and business-friendly exceptions — for instance, Delaware had to eliminate a provision that included fines for merchants that failed to secure customer data, before the law could be passed."

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