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Comment Re:No way to cut the problem at the root? (Score 1) 74

I would say you might be better off with a $50 Ubiquiti EdgeRouter X; cheaper and easier.

Definitely cheaper and easier. My Asus AC-RT68 is also cheaper and easier.

I'm pretty confident that that pfSense has a broader feature set and is likely more secure than the Asus. I wonder where the EdgeRouter X fits on that spectrum?

Comment Re:No way to cut the problem at the root? (Score 1) 74

I just bought a small box with two Ethernet ports for under $150US that I plan to run something like pfSsense or similar on. I'll supplement an HDD and RAM scavenged from a retired laptop to complete the H/W package. The initial rationale was to block DNS requets to any but my preferred provider to defeat the DNS hijacking attacks. Perhaps there would be a way to detect unusual traffic patterns and block them to thwart other sorts of attacks. Better yet, I could restrict outbound connections from my devices to their intended destinations.

I don't know how feasible this is and it is certainly beyond the capabilities of the average user. I wonder if something like this could be produced commercially. Or if the functionality could be added to consumer level routers. I suppose the problem is if consumers are not directly affected by it they are not motivated to pay for it.

I'm just a little more paranoid than most. I don't think I can outrun the bear but I think I can stay ahead of the most of the crowd.

Comment Re:Google... (Score 1) 47

Cease and desist from Google in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...

Unless of course they got permission from Google in advance. I have not heard that but it is possible.

And regardless... LXDE? If it doesn't have a searchable menu I'm not interested. I've been spoiled that way. And no, I do not consider ALT-F2 and command completion to be a searchable menu.

Comment Re:What is the right backup solution? (Score 1) 124

Good reason to version backups. Mine go to a new directory (e.g. .../backup//dd/... And when 'dd' == 01, it goes to .../backup//yyyy-mm-dd/... and is complete. The rest are incremental. And a copy goes offsite via ssh so even if they got to my local backup server (*) the remote server would remain intact.

(*) My backup server is not that fast. I'd likely recognize the issue before it was fully encrypted.

Sadly, I'm running Linux so I probably won't get a chance to prove that my strategy works.

Comment Re:Anyone voting for Hillary should be tried... (Score 2) 421

It's irrelevant, really. Trump has absolutely no chance of winning. ...

Trump has absolutely no chance of winning the Primary.

Or so I thought. And I was wrong, along with a lot of others. I would like to agree with you but I am not so certain.

Both Trump and Clinton are widely disliked. That will suppress voter turnout. With fewer votes it is easier for the election to tip one way or the other. This election may be decided more by who does not vote than those who do. Those of us who agree that a Trump presidency would be a Bad Thing(tm) can only hope that Trump is disliked more on election day than Clinton.

Comment Re:Proportionality (Score 1) 202

It could be more.

I ordered a container of drain cleaner flakes. It was poorly packaged and popped open in transit. When i opened it I was greeted by a cloud of powder that made me cough. It is nasty stuff.

I complained to Amazon, the vendor and the CPSC and never heard back.

I hope they put some effort into evaluating packaging of hazardous chemicals.

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