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Comment Windows Server and Network Solutions (Score 5, Informative) 470

I hope she was using Windows, we all know how hardened that is.

Not only was she running Windows Server (according to the AP article), but she was using Network Solutions for her registrar, even after the U.S. Postal Service and several other large institutions had their NetSol domains slammed to a registrar in the British Virgin Islands against their will; and for some reason the IP address was changed to that same company in 2011. (This, of course, years and years after anyone with tech experience had dropped Network Solutions.)

Submission + - Clinton home servers had ports open

Jim Efaw writes: Hillary Clinton's home servers had more than just the e-mail ports open directly to the Internet. The Associated Press discovered, by using scanning results from 2012 "widely available online", that the server also had the RDP port open; another machine on her network had the VNC port open, and another one had a web server open even though it didn't appear to be configured for a real site. Clinton previously said that her server featured "numerous safeguards", but hasn't explained what that means. Apparently, requiring a VPN wasn't one of them.

Submission + - 802.11ac WiFi Router Round-Up Tests Broadcom XStream Platform Performance (

MojoKid writes: Wireless routers are going through somewhat of a renaissance right now, thanks to the arrival of the 802.11ac standard that is "three times as fast as wireless-N" and the proliferation of Internet-connected devices in our homes and pockets. So, what is the big deal with AC and should you care? First off, it's backwards compatible with all previous standards and whereas 802.11n was only able to pump out 450Mb/s of total bandwidth, 802.11ac is capable of transmitting at up to 1,300Mbps on a 5GHz channel. AC capabilty is only available on the 5GHz channel, which has fewer devices on it than a typical 2.4GHz channel. The trade-off is that 5GHz signals typically don't travel as far as those on the 2.4GHz channel. However, 802.11ac makes up for it with a technology named Beamforming, which allows it to figure out where devices are located and amplify the signal in their direction instead of just broadcasting in all directions like 802.11n. Also, while 802.11n supports only four streams of data, 802.11ac supports up to eight streams on channels that are twice as wide. HotHardware's AC Router round-up takes a look at four flagship AC routers from ASUS, TRENDnet, D-Link and Netgear. All are AC3200 routers that use the new Broadcom XStream 5G platform. Netgear's Nighthawk X6 tends to offer the best balance of performance in various use cases, along with some killer good looks. However, all models performed similarly, with subtle variances in design, features and pricing left to diffentiate them from one another.

Comment basic tips for legitimate domain holders (Score 1) 108

As you've implied, but just to make it clear: It's not legitimate for someone to declare your domain's death in absentia just because they can't see anything new and cute. The domain name system was not invented for website addresses in the first place; it was invented to let people assign their own names for computers, and it's nobody's business whether they can see your list of zero or a million computers that are also none of their business. That being said, I'll mention a few tips to defend your domain against self-serving grabby types:

  • As long as you already have web hosting anyway, just make sure there's a homepage that mentions that the domain really is in use. It doesn't have to have images or anything fancy at all; just enough to let people know that someone is paying attention if they pull any tricks. Maybe mention that it's been in use since 2001, to indirectly discourage anyone from thinking that a typosquatting case is going to be in their favor. In any case, it will get the point across that you're not a squatter.
  • If you ever get tired of paying for hosting, some registrars (like Gandi) will host a redirect or a simple 1-page or 3-page site of your own content for free (not just placeholder spam for their own company). That's enough to tell grabby types to move along and stay off your lawn.
  • If you think someone might actually try to impersonate you to hijack your registration (either by registrar move, transfer of ownership, or "updating" your contact information to theirs), have your domain registrar add protective EPP flags for your domain. You have to go through the extra step of having those turned back off later if you really want to transfer or early-delete your domain name. Some of them:
    • clientDeleteProhibited and clientTransferProhibited: These stop your domain from being dropped or moved to another registrar where the attacker already has their own control in place. (Some registrars may already have them turned on.)
    • clientUpdateProhibited: If you think you're under active attack, you might ask for this; it usually means you can't even change which nameservers the domain uses, without asking for the flag to be removed first.
    • serverDeleteProhibited, serverTransferProhibited, serverUpdateProhibited: These are "super" versions of the above, but you probably don't want them unless someone is aggressively trying to steal your domain. Adding and removing them on your own request means that you have to ask your registrar, then the registrar has to forward the request to the top-level domain registry, who then has to add or remove the flags.
  • While you're playing with your domain registration: Make sure your registration contact information is good enough that your registrar can actually reach you if something goes wrong. Strictly speaking, someone can file a whois data complaint against a domain, claiming the contact data is phony, and then the registrar has to make sure they can contact someone who will still claim control of the domain.

Submission + - OpenDNS Guide redirection ends Friday

Jim Efaw writes: Tired of the OpenDNS Guide surprise from when you go to an old link or a typo from some ISPs? Relief is at hand: On June 6, 2014, OpenDNS will stop redirecting dead hostnames to Guide and its ads; the OpenDNS Guide itself will shut down sometime afterwards. OpenDNS nameservers will start returning normal NXDOMAIN and SERVFAIL messages instead. Phishing protection and optional parental controls will still stay in place.

Submission + - SeaWorld canvasses employees for online poll

Jim Efaw writes: Probably just par for the course these days: Orlando Business Journal held an online poll asking "Has CNN's 'Blackfish' documentary changed your perception of SeaWorld?" (a show that was previously discussed on Slashdot). SeaWorld decided to respond by going to "team members" and "encourage them to make their opinions known". 54% of votes cast were from the same SeaWorld IP address. Turns out that even without that IP, less than 10% had said it changed their perception, but no word on whether the other voters were just SeaWorld staff from somewhere else. Since the canvassing story broke, however, the votes have gone heavily towards "Yes". (I don't suppose having it on Slashdot will help, either.)

Comment Daffy Khadaffy's precious bodily fluids (Score 1) 126

I would be worrying about my precious bodily fluids, not the internet.

He's been doing that quite enough. The whole time he's been in power, or at least the last 30 years or so, he has been obsessed with people being doped up, given alcohol, or otherwise polluted. A few days ago, he told the public to avoid any milk or Nescafe from the areas in rebellion because they had been spiked with hallucinogens.

Comment Re:Persistent myth? (Score 1) 705

"It's a persistent myth that only the beating of tom-toms restores the sun after an eclipse. But is that really true?"

Odd: that's pretty much the intro line to well over a third of all programming on History Channel in the U.S. now. (Another third is historic battles recreated as computer animations with some guy talking about equipment like it was a football game; the rest is people selling crap someone had in their basement, which is about as close to actual history as they get now.) Watch for a revealing look (except not) at the life of Unix admins next season: The Admin's Book of Secrets.

Comment Foxit status (Score 1) 177

So is this closed-source then? If so, then presumably it won't make it into Chromium.

I think Foxit is proprietary, but it's really, really fast; display speed between Foxit PDF Reader and Adobe Reader isn't even a contest. Last I checked it leaves Ghostscript in the dust too. I haven't used anything but Foxit for Windows PDF reading for a while now. Now, Poppler (which uses Cairo) is a different story: those libraries are pretty fast. Chromium might be able to do something interesting with a Poppler-based reader instead of Foxit.


Submission + - ABC, CBS, & NBC block Google TV (

markjhood2003 writes: The Wall Street Journal reports that "ABC, CBS and NBC are blocking TV programming on their websites from being viewable on Google Inc.'s new Web-TV service... Spokespeople for the three networks confirmed that they are blocking the episodes on their websites from playing on Google TV, although both ABC and NBC allow promotional clips to work using the service". Google has responded, "Google TV enables access to all the Web content you already get today on your phone and PC, but it is ultimately the content owners' choice to restrict their fans from accessing their content on the platform." Is the opening shot in the media companies' bid to end network neutrality?

Comment GNU is a Linux convention... or something (Score 1) 210

Linux conventions dictate that whole word options be preceded with a double hyphen

Isn't that a GNU convention?

FSF should rename it "GIOL Is Often Linux" so we don't need the slash between the parts anymore. (OK, that sounds trollish, but it's barely dawn on a weekend, so it's as good as I get right now.)

Comment Re:AOL needs to be stopped (Score 1) 122

"They seem to ruin everything they touch."

They should stick to touching themselves.

They already did that: after changing from QuantumLink then making several years of "improvements" to AOL they ran out of gold they could turn into lead, and had to hop aboard the dot-com strategy of throwing up blindingly huge amounts of cash to get anyone to consider associating with them.

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