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Comment Re:Not my wallet (Score 1) 70

The problem I have is that my local stores don't have most of the stuff I buy. Only the grocery store has a near adequate stock. For the rest of the stuff, I would have to drive an hour each way and go to a big box store which as far as I am concerned, is as bad (or worse) than Amazon. Much easier to just buy from Amazon or eBay, etc. since I can almost always find exactly what I need at a good price without spending hours driving and shopping.

Submission + - Is Disclosure of Podesta's emails a Step to Far? (

mspohr writes: Interesting discussion between Glenn Greenwald and Naomi Klein on The Intercept on the limits of disclosure and privacy.
"...the author and activist Naomi Klein believes there are serious threats to personal privacy and other critical political values posed by hacks of this sort, particularly when accompanied by the indiscriminate publication of someone’s personal emails."
The article notes that back in the early days, Wikileaks carefully vetted its leaks to avoid compromising personal information. However, the latest leaks of DNC email have no editing and contain personal information such as discussion of personal problems of individuals unrelated to any public purpose.
"But personal emails — and there’s all kinds of personal stuff in these emails — this sort of indiscriminate dump is precisely what Snowden was trying to protect us from. That’s why I wanted I wanted to talk with you about it, because I think we need to continuously reassert that principle."
Do Wikileaks or journalists have any responsibility to privacy?

Submission + - Would redundancy and really long TTL have countered a lot of DDOS effects? ( 1

marmot7 writes: My primary takeaways from this article was that it's important to have redundancy (additional NS's) and that it's important to have a very long TTL when you're not actively updating something. Would the measures in this article have at least limited the damage of these attacks? The long TTL change alone would have made the cache likely covered the entire attack, right?

Comment Re:6.8 Billion (Score 1) 343

Large scale solar installation cost has dropped to about $1 - 2/watt so you could install about 3 - 6 Gigawatts of solar power. Of course, as many pendants are fond of saying, the sun doesn't shine at night. You can expect about 5 good hours of sun a day so this is roughly equivalent to a 1 Gigawatt nuclear plant which is the size of Watts Bar 2.
Wind is about half the cost of solar.

Comment Re:DDOS will continue until we decide to stop them (Score 1) 264

(1) The owner of a device attached to the Internet must make a reasonable effort to maintain it. Specifically, they must install security updates in a timely fashion. In addition, they must disconnect the device if they are unable to maintain it. No device or piece of software lasts forever. You don't get to keep using a PC with Windows XP, or a 10 year old router with dozens of known security holes -- you need to throw them away. Failure to do so will make the owner liable for damages if their device is used in a DDOS attack.

Useless. New devices are at nearly as much risk as old devices; that it's new should not in any way make you feel secure. You'll also be fighting legitimate businesses with legitimate use cases for, say, Windows '95. Specifically, that their legacy software and drivers have never been upgraded by the people who wrote them, and don't work on newer versions of Windows.

(2) Network operators shall be required to ensure that packets originating on their network have a valid source address (e.g. use filters at all ingress points). Failure to do so will make them liable for damages related to the DDOS attack.

(3) Network operators shall be required to provide rapid technical assistance to trace DDOS traffic that is passing through their network, so that it can be traced back to it's source. Failure to do so will make them liable for damages related to the DDOS attack.

Also useless. The modern day DDoS isn't necessarily about flooding a site with spoofed packets from a small number of high-bandwidth machines. It's about sending a tiny number of legit packets from an enormous number of compromised hosts. No outbound packet filter is going to be able to discern the good from the bad (and since the host is already compromised in the first place, there's no help there either).

There are exceptions, of course; for example, many IoT devices should be nuked from orbit, as they have no legitimate reason to EVER talk to most web sites.

I do agree that people should be held accountable for having insecure crap on the Internet and allowing it to participate in attacks. Detection and enforcement, however, is much more difficult than one would think.

Comment Re:The eternal balance question... (Score 4, Insightful) 264

The dynamics of this issue have changed considerably.

Five years or so ago, going offline was a Big Deal. Nowadays, people (both users and CxO's) don't seem to care as much; outages are transient, and accepted as a part of the cost of doing business. It's kinda sad for those of us who build high availability systems, but at the same time it's probably a lot more realistic for the budgets of most businesses.

Part of it, IMO, is that the Internet has been around long enough now (in a commercial sense) that the users are finally more prone to saying "my Internet is down" than "my Twitter is down".

Perception is everything.

Comment Re: Advertising/Commercials Killed TV (Score 1) 199

Tell that to Netflix.

And to my $70/mo "basic cable" bill (of which only about $20 is 'taxes and fees' -- wtf?!).

I don't mind paying for what I use; that's fine. What I do mind is that the content providers are so entrenched that they can charge far more than their content is actually worth. I also object to both paying for cable, and being saddled with a ridiculous number of commercials, some of which actually play over the program I'm trying to watch!

Enough is enough. I'm moving in a couple of months; I'm going to put a TV antenna up in my attic. Cheaper, better quality, and carries the four to six hours a week of TV that I actually watch.

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