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Comment Re:For those interested... (Score 4, Interesting) 82

Go is a very opinionated language - IE: the language designers decided a lot of things for you, so you just code in the style that they have outlined. This leads to most code following similar styles and patterns. This improves readability of code from other people greatly.

The bar for adding specific features to the language itself is extremely high, so the overall language is simple at its core.

Rob Pike has a good writeup about it from 2 years ago: http://commandcenter.blogspot....

Comment Re:What are you trying to do? (Score 2) 238

Exactly. "Firewall" is somewhat of an overused word at this point that can mean so many different things. And the capabilities of said firewall will vary highly from product to product.

A stateful firewall will keep track of all connections going through it. A good one can help detect malformed packets and drop those. It can also detect some fun attacks people use to fake initiating a TCP connection.

Beyond the basics of looking at port/ip/protocol data, you can start getting into more packet analysis to filter out sites. But a lot of the application detection that can be done isn't as useful now adays due to SSL becoming the standard for so many sites. So to do real good packet analysis you need a SSL model to decode traffic (MITM your own house).

Going the next level is to use an IPS to detect bad traffic. The popular solution here is Snort or Suricata. If you want a linux distro with IPS tech built in, security-onion seems ok.

Comment Re:Redbox Instant (Score 1, Interesting) 364

Your packets are just taking a different route to get to Netflix, so you are bypassing the bottleneck that is normally hit when accessing Netflix. As an end user you have no way to pick the route your packets take unless you proxy through another server (such as a VPN does). So Verizon isn't throttling, they just have overloaded interconnects to certain networks. This probably means that sites beyond Netflix/Youtube are effected by the problem, it's just not as apparent to end users.

Submission + - Google Boosts Security of Gmail Infrastructure (

wiredmikey writes: Google announced on Thursday that its Gmail service would use added encryption to protect against eavesdropping and keep messages secure. "Starting today, Gmail will always use an encrypted HTTPS connection when you check or send email,” Gmail security engineering lead, Nicolas Lidzborski, wrote in a blog post.

Lidzborski said that 100 percent of email messages that Gmail users send or receive are encrypted while moving internally. “This ensures that your messages are safe not only when they move between you and Gmail's servers, but also as they move between Google's data centers—something we made a top priority after last summer’s revelations,” he said.

Joseph Hall, chief technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology, told AFP that Google's encryption "would make it very difficult" for the NSA or others to tap into email traffic directly. "I'm reluctant to say anything is NSA-proof," Hall said. "But I think what Google is trying to do is make sure they come through the front door and not the back door."

In December, Microsoft said it would “pursue a comprehensive engineering effort to strengthen the encryption of customer data” in order to protect its customers from prying eyes and increase transparency.

Submission + - Microsoft pays for positive XBox One coverage, requires breaking FTC rules ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft, partnered with Machinima, has put forth a promotion for YouTube personalities — make a video about the XBox One and get money for it. Problematically, they also require that the review not mention anything negative and not disclose that they're getting paid, which breaks FTC disclosure rules. Microsoft has a well-known history of astroturfing, but is this the first proof of them doing it illegally?

Comment Re:Too big (Score 1) 205

Other large companies do just as many acquisitions, you just don't see them on the front page because they aren't Google. Apple bought nearly as many companies in 2013. Then you look at other large companies (like Cisco) and see how they buy up competitors fairly regularly.

Comment Re:Bury those cables (Score 1) 291

Austin rarely gets freezing rain weather (that can bring down trees and utility poles). The worst Austin could get would be high winds that could bring down trees (which may topple utility wires). It's cheaper and easier to put up poles than to have to dig. Plus when you need to run new cables (like what Google is doing), it is a lot cheaper to add these. If google had to go and burry new cables throughout the entire city, the costs would be a lot higher.

Comment Re:Warranty isn't the only factor (Score 1) 270

I spent a short stint working for a SAN company in their drive group. You are definitely correct about the firmware within drives that SAN companies ship with their drives. The primary reasons for custom firmware on SAN harddrives that I remember: disable write-cache, change timeouts/retries, and most important: lock-in.

There was no way to go from the off-the-shelf version of the firmware to the SAN companies version of the firmware (well, nothing that was public, and that process was very tightly controlled). The SAN could then verify that the drives were running their specific firmware, if they were not, the drive would be rejected.

Comment Re:Simple... (Score 1) 187

I think it's important to remember how complicated the full mechanical/electrical system of a car is. Over the life of a model of a car (normally 3 years), there will be hundreds of changes to the manufacturing process. This could mean sourcing different parts, changes to how different components are made, and lots of other junk. Rolling out a firmware update that works across all the different models of that car can be very difficult for them.

Comment Re:Currently searching - some Brother ref (Score 2) 381

When I did my printer hunting a little over a year ago I ended up with a Xerox 6505. I was looking for a color printer, and they have overall good reviews. When you are looking at toner, there are fairly cheap aftermarket toners you can get for Xerox printers that keep costs down.

One thing I looked for in a printer that would let it work on any OS was that it could accept PCL and PostScript (that way you don't need a print driver). Though, still having a printer driver is nice for configuring little things (like duplex printing if your printer supports it).

This data is out-of-date at this point, but I put together a spreadsheet of all the different printers I was considering.

I don't remember my exact issues with HP and Brothers printers at this point, but the one thing I did like about Xerox versus some of the others was their toner cartridges were stand-alone from other components. So it made it cheap to get after-market toner.

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