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Comment Re:Story's Not Over (Score 2) 207

If I understand this correctly, Akamai threw Krebs out because Akamai could not handle the DDS. This means I'm never sending any business to Akamai because they can't handle it properly. But it doesn't mean Krebs is off the air for long.

Do you have a source for this? All I've seen is that Akamai/Prolexic was unwilling to keep doing it for free, because it was getting really expensive. That seems like a significant difference, especially from the perspective of somebody intending to pay money for the services rendered.

Comment Re:Dumb (Score 1) 145

Well, mainframe computers have such excellent uptimes (you almost never reboot one) because everything is hot-swappable. CPU failure? Remove the CPU module, insert new one, and continue - all while powered up. The OS takes care of suspending the failed one and scheduling around it. Ditto all other components. Effectively, you should never reboot them.

That's interesting. My recollection from working on them a bunch of years ago was that our mainframes were IPLed on a regular, scheduled basis, because the folks responsible for them were disciplined about it and wanted to make sure there would be no surprises when one needed to be restarted. The fault tolerance you mention was used to make sure that the scheduled IPL's were the only times they went down though, and I never saw any unplanned downtime on them.

Comment Re:VPN Difficulties (Score 1) 197

I use Cloak on iOS, and it supports this functionality. I configure it to allow unencrypted traffic on specific trusted networks, and the VPN auto-connects on any network that I haven't approved, blocking other traffic until the VPN comes up. It seems to use the enterprise features Apple has provided to do this via a VPN profile, and it works very well. I have no idea what features it supports on Android and/or Windows Phones, but I'm very happy with it on Apple devices.

Comment Re:Hopefully the applicants had a relevent backrou (Score 1) 809

Asking whether the document is PDF or Excel demonstrates a lack of understanding. The document type is irrelevant. It is a file of bytes. You want to send those bytes securely. (And you may want the receiver to be able to verify that it actually came from you.)

It demonstrates either a lack of understanding or more than a passing familiarity with the applications. MS Office has used AES for the built-in encryption since Office 2007. That would seem like a reasonable choice for sending a file to a contact, provided you choose a strong password and communicate it out-of-band.

Comment Re:The former iPhone user is an idiot. (Score 1) 238

They could change the timeouts. If an iMessage is sent to a destination that's a phone number (instead of an email address), and a device configured to receive messages for that phone number has not checked in within the past 5-7 days, deactivate iMessage for that phone number until a configured device checks in again.

I agree this is mostly user error and haven't had any problems resolving it for people who've asked me about it, but people don't typically anticipate this result when switching phones, so containing the undesired effects to a shorter transition window would seem like a helpful thing to do.

Comment Re:But is it even usable? (Score 1) 208

IMHE tape is always an order of magnitude slower than the advertized speed, so it is likely even worse than what you calculated.

If your tapes are writing that slowly, something is wrong, and I'd be worried about shoe-shining. Without putting much effort into it, my LTO5 jobs currently run at around 125-135MB/s. With modern tape, it helps a lot to stage to disk first, or get software that can multiplex backup streams to keep the tape buffers fed.

Comment Re:xp still works (Score 1) 520

Windows 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 3.11, 9x & ME were indeed built on top of DOS, but NT certainly wasn't! DOS on NT actually runs in NTVDM. DPMI (32-bit DOS) is also emulated through thunking to NT APIs.

For the uninitiated, Dave Cutler joined Microsoft in 1988 as a design lead for NT, long after Windows 1.0 was out. This chap also happens to have been instrumental in the design of VMS at DEC from 1975 to 1988. His Wikipedia bio is quite interesting.

Comment FAIL! (Score 1) 566

The word "its" is possessive, as in:
The chimpanzee scratched its head.

"it's" is a contraction of "it is".

It appears as if your sentence should have read:
Sadly as slashdot has no edit function available in its interface, it's a pointless exercise.

FTFY, and as AC said, please try and make an effort. Thank you! ;-)

Comment Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 566

I'm in the same boat in terms of diagnosis tools. You may already know this: PuTTY supports opening both telnet and raw TCP sessions.

The awesome thing about HTTP is its extensibility but changing to a binary protocol may make compat an interesting thing. I am interested in knowing how clients in particular are expected to operate when talking to 1.1 only servers.

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