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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: How to Diagnose Traffic Throttling and Work Around It?

Aguazul2 writes: I live in Peru and use OpenVPN to connect to my own Linux VPS in the UK for non-live TV. Recently the VPN connection has slowed to a crawl (5% previous rate). Further investigation shows that all connections to my VPS from Peru (even HTTP) are equally slow, whilst the rest of the 'net seems fine. My VPS host says they do no traffic shaping, and connections from Germany to the VPS are fast. This leaves the NSA and Telefonica (Movistar) as suspects. Could the NSA be slowing all VPNs to/from South America because of Snowden and Greenwald? A traceroute shows traffic going through domains with NYC in their name — are my packets being indefinitely detained in transit? Or maybe it is Telefonica and their Sandvine traffic management? Either way this certainly isn't network neutrality, especially on an 'unlimited' plan. Is there a way to tell for certain who is throttling me? If Telefonica have throttled traffic to/from that one IP address, what options do I have to work around it? It seems that separate connections are throttled independently, so can I multiplex over many UDP ports without having to hack OpenVPN myself? This is really frustrating, especially with two untrustworthy parties on the route. I wonder, is this kind of mess the future of the internet?

Submission + - Beware the courier scam: an express way to lose your money (

Aguazul2 writes: On the Guardian: "When I agreed to hand over my bank cards after some fraudulent activity on my account there was no reason to be suspicious – especially as I was the one making the phonecall". The key to this scam is the thief phoning the victim, asking them to phone the number on their credit card, but not hanging up and playing them dial tones and stuff to make it seem like their phone is working normally. The victim thinks they've called their bank but actually they are still connected to the thief. Seems like the thief had also set up a fake automated phone response system to request and capture the victim's PIN. They also gathered convincing details by following them around — a mix of phone tricks and tech and legwork to pull off this scam. Only way to be sure is to phone some other number first to check. Do all national phone systems have this weakness?

Submission + - German IT Firm seeks Autistic Workers ( 1

Aguazul2 writes: The German software giant SAP has announced it plans to recruit hundreds of people with autism within the next few years. The project has already started in India and Ireland where a total of 11 people with autism are employed by the company. The programme to take on software testers, programmers and data management workers will spread across Germany, Canada and the US this year. People with autism have a neural development disorder that often undermines their ability to communicate and interact socially [...] but in the world of computers the tendencies they often display such as an obsession for detail and an ability to analyse long sets of data very accurately can translate into highly useful and marketable skills.

Submission + - Police Taser man soaked in inflammable liquid (

Aguazul2 writes: "A man has died after suffering horrific burns in an incident when he was "Tasered" by a police officer while doused in a flammable liquid. Police were called to the home of 32-year-old Andrew Pimlott ... and told that he was in the garden and had a can of flammable liquid with him. An officer discharged a Taser and, according to eye witnesses, Pimlott was seen "fully on fire from top to bottom". One of the police officers jumped on him to try to put out the flames." Poor guy — I guess you assume some common sense about mixing ignition sources and inflammable liquids.

Submission + - UK license-plate cameras have "gaps in coverage" (

Aguazul2 writes: UK police are sad that despite having the most comprehensive driver surveillance system of any developed country, there are still gaps in their coverage. From the article: The cameras automatically record plate/time/location information and send it to a central data store, which has complete nationwide records for 6 years. Also interesting is that a unspecified "particular driving style" can be used to evade detection by the cameras. It appears, however, that criminals are well aware of the cameras and take other routes. Big Brother technology, coming soon to a country near you!

Submission + - Opus Dei to hunt down Vatican whistle-blowers (

Aguazul2 writes: In a familiar story relocated into the bizarre world of the Vatican, a whistle-blower who brought to light excessive overpayments on contracts to friendly suppliers was sent to the USA as punishment, and further sources of leaks are now being hunted down by a crack team headed by an 82-year old Opus Dei cardinal. It's just like Wikileaks, only with parchment and quills — probably.

Submission + - John Carter flop to cost Walt Disney $200m (

Aguazul2 writes: "Has this film fallen to the curse of all Mars missions? BBC reports: "Walt Disney has said it expects to lose $200m (£126m) on its movie John Carter, making it one of the biggest flops in cinema history. "The story telling is incomprehensible, the characterisation is ludicrous, the story is a boring, boring, boring two and a quarter hours long."" In other Mars news: "The Hollywood Reporter says that last year's biggest flop was Mars Needs Moms, which cost $150m to make and only took $39m at the box office.""

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