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Comment Re:How does the receiver work? (Score 1) 207

It is part of the advertising SDKs in some apps that you install from the app stores. The idea is that if the advertising network can link the tracking cookie IDs on your devices (e.g. sending a signal on your desktop and picking it up on your phone), they can build a better profile on you with more targeted ads.

Silverpush is one SDK that does that though there are several others. You can find some apps that use it here, though they are mostly junk apps: https://public.addonsdetector....

Comment My Attorney (Score 1) 178

I leave all my important data with my Attorney. I update it every so often which sometimes involves copying the old stuff to a new drive and adding anything new. My attorney is also a family member so YMMV.
As for my cloud data, I pretty much assume that any smaller company could go bust any day, and the larger ones could quite possibly be doing things with my data that I don't like. I use those services accordingly.

Comment Re:Move to a gated community (Score 1) 611

The conventional rule of thumb is that your standard freeway costs ~$1 million a mile, depending on the size and local considerations (e.g. prevalent natural disasters in the area). I don't even want to think about the cost of a 2 tiered system. You'd have the normal $1 million/mile for the bottom layer, and then the cost of engineering, building, and maintaining a completely elevated roadway. Not to mention the massive interchanges you need to connect these 2 tiered freeways to each other. I'd guess you'd increase the cost by an order of magnitude.

Also the number one cause of traffic is traffic density. The weaving just exacerbates it.

Comment Re:rsync causes lockups? (Score 3, Informative) 370

Back when I did OpenSolaris work, we used a tool called mbuffer which is basically netcat with a buffer on each end. It wouldn't been suitable for internet backups (no encryption) but it works pretty well for cross campus backups and the like.

IIRC it works like this on the sending side: 'zfs send pool/fs@snap | mbuffer -s 128k -m 4G -O 10.0.0.1:9090'

And on the receive side: 'mbuffer -s 128k -m 4G -I 9090 | zfs receive pool/fs'

It can still be pretty bursty but it smoothes out a lot of it.

Comment Re:Botnets and Tor (Score 4, Informative) 55

>The good news is that although the botnet itself is bad, the number of connections and extra clients improves Tor security overall for all the other users. The thing is, the more relays, the more connections, the larger the network... the faster and more secure it is.

That isn't what is happening here. The new connections are clients only so they aren't acting as relays or exit nodes. Tor network stats actually show a slight drop in performance. However, the increased number of clients does probably make correlation attacks harder, if the NSA or someone else is actually doing those.

Comment Re:If some government were doing that... (Score 3, Insightful) 42

It's just as likely some independent hacker who figures that it is easier to get away with hacking the "enemy". Smart russian hackers don't hack russians, smart american hackers don't hack western targets, smart chinese hackers don't hack chinese targets. Pretty good chance that this is just the same from an Indian perspective.

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