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Comment Not the problem, not the solution! (Score 1) 92

How is this a fix again? How is security the issue here? It's not like someone snuck onto the internets and did something malicious, a provider with BGP peering agreements sent out bad routes that their peers didn't filter.

The problem is not something that additionally encrypting/signing messages will fix, it's a problem of network operators blindly trusting routes from their providers and passing them along.

The only fix here is for operators to properly filter routes from people they peer with. Period.

Comment what to avoid (Score 2, Informative) 456

Things to avoid tend to be better indicators than things to go for. I'd avoid:

* Companies that aren't open about issues. If there isn't a public forum, status RSS feed, status twitter account, etc. BAD NEWS
* Companies that offer unlimited anything. By definition, unlimited means that they are overselling and while things may be great now, they'll suffer in the long run
* Linux hosts that don't give you SSH access. CPanel/Fantastico/Whatever do plenty of things, but there is no substitute for having shell access
* Anything at all that makes you feel funny. There are _plenty_ of options out there and if something doesn't feel right, you're better off going somewhere else.
* Companies that won't respond to you personally for pre-sales questions. When I was looking for colo space, this turned out to be the most important factor. The better they communicate with you before they have any of your money, the better off things will be in the long run.
* Anything that seems to be too good to be true. i.e. If you have a need for a lot of disk/bandwidth/cpu, and "unlimited" is $5/month, BAD NEWS

I run ithought dot org and host a reasonable number of sites, and try to adhere to all of the above. One thing you won't be able to find out easily with hosts is something I do: I won't accept customers that seem like they aren't a fit for the hardware I have. Shared hosting is what it is and if a customer is going to drive up the load on servers such that it affects other customers, but doesn't want to pay for dedicated hardware or a VM, their actions shouldn't hurt other shared hosting customers that are only using a very small amount of resources.

Most of the cloud stuff is plenty nice if you want to manage it (S3, SliceHost, etc) but don't underestimate what is involved with keeping server OSs up to date, tuned, and monitored. If you're core competency isn't tweaking server software you should let someone else worry about that for you until it makes sense for you to hire an Operations person/team.

Comment Re:openVZ (Score 1) 264

I do have a job and I have used OpenVZ in a production environment :) Scrapped 2 machines running VMware ESX, put OpenVZ on them, and we can handle over 3x the number of Virtual Machines ("containers" in OpenVZ land) on the same hardware without paying the cost of VMware licenses. Highly recommended.

Submission + - Sneak Peek on Gallery 3.0 (

SF:ckdake writes: Gallery is an online photo album organizer. Whether for small personal sites or large community sites, Gallery provides an intuitive way to blend photo management seamlessly into any website. Serving millions worldwide, Gallery is the most widely used system of its kind. Gallery is free to download and use. After just three months of development, the first public release of Gallery 3.0 is here! Gallery 3.0 Alpha 1 is a technology preview release with most features in place and ready to take a test drive with you. It was back in October at the Gallery Sprint when the Gallery crew set out to create a new Gallery application with simplicity in mind. Three months have passed, the new Gallery version is up and running and indeed much easier to use, customize and extend. Check out the announcement on our website for more details and download information:

Submission + - Get High-Quality Audio From Your PC

audiophile writes: Just because it's a PC doesn't mean it can't output good-sounding audio. In the same vein as specialty A/V products, you can find PC-based A/V systems with extensive audio processing and step-up performance specifications, including Signal-to-Noise ratio, which can make a significant difference when using the analog outputs. Media center manufacturer Niveus shares tips for getting high-quality audio from a PC.

Feed The 2006 Engadget Awards: Vote for Peripheral of the Year (

Filed under: Announcements, Peripherals

Now's your chance to cast your ballot for the 2006 Peripheral of the Year! Our Engadget Awards nominees are listed below, and you've got until 11.59PM EST on Sunday, April 15th to file your vote. You can only vote once, so make it count, and may the best tech win! The nominees: Apple wireless Mighty Mouse, Belkin Cable-Free USB Hub, Logitech MX Revolution, Microsoft Xbox 360 HD DVD drive, Nintendo Wii remote, Verizon V640 ExpressCard EV-DO.

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Submission + - IBM System i to compete with x86?

BDPrime writes: "IBM just came out with new entry-level System i boxes that aim to compete with x86 Windows and Linux servers. The smallest one starts at $7,995.

IBM has been trying to market to the young, "hip" crowd lately, most notably with its lame iSeries videos on YouTube that basically consist of a couple of punks smashing up server equipment.

My question: No matter how inexpensive or how "cool" IBM tries to make System i, will it ever catch on big or just continue to slowly leak revenues ?"
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Submission + - Canada's mobile access worse than 3rd world

Gharbad writes: Unless there's a major problem with the data in this poll, I'm surprised at what this article means to Canadians. Canada Worse than 3rd World Countries when it comes to Mobile Data Access. From the article "This chart charts the best rates available from all carriers. And all levels of government say that "ICT" competitiveness is key factor in Canada's future economic prosperity. Ya. Right. I would like to say that Canada is a 3rd world country when it comes to Mobile ICT, except you can clearly see from this chart that even *Rwanda* has orders of magnitude better Mobile Data service than Canada."

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