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Comment Insurance file? (Score 2) 429

That "th3j35t3" guy appears to be a major idiot, admitting to various DDoS attacks and being very public about his actions and convictions.

He's even gone so far as to develop his own pretty DoS tool with green fonts on black background with twitter integration that exploits uber-secret knowledge, like opening many connections that slowly feed http headers to apache, thereby using up all available children.

What will be interesting, though, is his own encrypted insurance file, that supposedly contains various information about the people behind wikileaks, although - like the wikileaks insurance file - you can't really prove it contains anything but random garbage. I rather choose to believe that the guy is a bored, stupid teen who read too many articles about the fantasy anarcho-hacking world of the 90s...

Comment Re:Redundant? (Score 2, Insightful) 264

The point is called efficiency. If you need to have a short discussion *right away*, a good old-fashioned phone call is still the way to go. Low latencies, rapid request/response cycle and unlike texting/IM, you'll know immediately whether the person on the other end is actually available right now.

And no, I'm not an old fart who just doesn't want to use modern stuff. I use texting, IM and email every day and they are useful things to communicate *asynchronously*. Want to inform me of something (one-way communication) or tell me something that doesn't warrant my immediate attention? Send a text or IM. If you need a response right away, why the hell contact me on an unreliable medium with high latencies? Yes, that *does* include IM. It's perfect for idle chit-chat or long stretches of discussing things while both parties are concurrently working on the same thing, but if you want require undivided attention, don't contact me over a medium where I spend most of my time waiting for you to type out a message.

If you really want to completely ignore calling as means of communication then feel free to do so. Just be aware that while you're still engaged in a staring contest with your phone trying to ask what to buy for dinner I'll already be on my way to the cashier.

Comment Re:2000 packages? 85% more code? (Score 1) 228

I didn't mean to imply that one of those was better - I regularly use and am sysadmin for both of them. What I meant to say was that there are so few packages compared to debian because redhat's enterprise-class phone support will support bugs and configuration issues for all ~2500 packages and many of their engineers have deep understanding of or are involved with the upstream projects. You simply couldn't afford to have people available 24x7 with guaranteed response times for the number of packages in debian's repositories.

Comment Classical Style (Score 4, Insightful) 294

I congratulate the /. team for applying so many changes that would make the site more interesting and increase usability for a number of users. Also, I know that playing with all the new-fangled AJAX stuff is pretty and can be fun to develop.

On the other hand: Please don't ignore us users who still use the good old classic style. I simply like my /. without fancy effects and strange navigation bars. Threshold of 3, nested, oldest comments first, re-parenting comments and a link i can open in a new tab to read the stuff below my threshold is all I want and need.

Long story short: While developing all the exciting new stuff, please don't completely ignore or remove (*shock* *horror*) ye goode olde Slashdot layout. It works currently, has served many people well for quite a while now and hopefully doesn't cause too much work for you guys. Just please fix it every now and then in case you break it.

Security

Working Around Slow US Gov. On DNS Security 91

alphadogg writes "Last fall, the US government sought comments from industry about how better to secure the Internet by deploying DNSSEC on the root zone. But it hasn't taken action since then. Internet policy experts anticipate further delays because the Obama Administration hasn't appointed a Secretary of Commerce yet, the position that oversees Internet addressing issues. Meanwhile, the Internet engineering community is forging ahead with a stopgap to allow DNSSEC deployment without the DNS root zone being signed. Known as a Trust Anchor Repository, the alternative was announced by ICANN last week and has been in testing since October."

Comment About cost... (Score 1) 497

I can't really say anything about the cost of proprietary software, so I thought you might appreciate some information about what Open Source can be used for: My university has many thousands of students in all kinds of maths, engineering and technology-related fields. There's a custom zope installation for managing your schedule and course registration that's also used for other things like a secure central authentication gateway for professors who want to roll their own systems yet still need to interface with the main system. Every student has an account on an HP-UX Server, although this could also be done with cheap Linux servers. There's a public_html directory for your student website and a maildir for your mail in your home directory. There's also many cheap SUN/Intel terminals strewn across the entire campus (hallways, computer rooms, learning rooms, etc.) which can pxe boot into either kiosk mode (a browser that can only access the university's website) or pxe boot into a login screen. Once logged in, it will PXE boot yet again into an environment suitable for your profile or the location you're at (e.g. certain labs might have different kinds of environments). Your default environment is a basic KDE desktop system with your home directory mounted, kmail set up to read your .maildir, OpenOffice.org and many other productivity features. Now that I have described it to some degree, I hope the advantages are becoming apparent. By utilizing the nature of Open Source software and the fact that you can freely combine them into something that suits your specific needs you can provide your students and staff with a high degree of flexibility. I can simply log in from any computer on campus or anywhere in the world and check my mails with any mail client I prefer, work from anywhere on my stuff, can forward X sessions so I can access restricted resources with Firefox running on the internal network but displayed on my computer at home, etc etc. The administrative costs are also pretty low since all you'll have to do is go and replace or install a cheap PXE booting terminal and it's ready to boot. Since there's only few PXE environments in use your ongoing maintenance cost is pretty much approaching zero. All you need to implement this kind of setup is some resource planning and a few experienced UNIX admins to implement it and keep it running. No more expensive maintenance contracts with 20 different companies, no more fighting with vendors who are completely unable to have their proprietary stuff talk to each other and no more proprietary interfaces and protocols that prevent you from running a well-integrated infrastructure.

Comment Re:check its pulse (Score 1) 238

You're right, CentOS isn't really much of a desktop distro, but you should still give it a chance. I've been using it as a desktop for the last year (switched from FreeBSD) and I'm pretty happy with it. It's a stable base system (no PulseAudio or other beta-quality stuff) with a basic [kde|gnome] desktop environment and all of your additional needs (multimedia, etc) can be satisfied by a handful of external repositories you can add to yum. You can even simply use all the stable base stuff from CentOS and simply use fedora repositories for most other things.
Television

Comcast Apologizes For Super Bowl Porn Glitch 526

DrinkDr.Pepper writes "Just after the last touchdown by the Cardinals, with 3 minutes to go in the game, approximately 30 seconds of pornographic material was shown, seen by an unknown number of Comcast customers in Tucson, Arizona who were watching the game in standard definition. Comcast has apologized (they used the word 'mortified') and is issuing a $10 credit to any customer who claims to have been impacted. Various news accounts suggest that the incident was a malicious act, but no one knows how it was done or by whom."

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