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Comment Re: dumbasses (Score 1) 82

If I get any IoT devices they will go on a separate subnet that has no internet access. I will only purchase devices that will talk to a server I control. The firewall will only allow traffic to the device subnet from my trusted subnet and VPN. It's not perfect but it's a lot more secure than handing over control to a company that "cares" about security only after they've been compromised.

Comment Re:Sort of wrong (Score 1) 153

It would be awesome to see an emphasis on home servers and server clusters. I run owncloud and I recently clustered it (two web server VM's, 3 mysql galera VM's; two pfSense/HAProxy VM's). All of this runs on hardware with Intel chips (one Xeon E3, one i7, one NUC - all Haswell). I might even get another server I have so many VM's. :-)

Unfortunately, the biggest barrier to entry for running a home server is the internet connection, not the hardware. Dynamic IP's can cause your cloud to be unavailable until dynamic DNS updates and the cache gets cleared. My encrypted offsite backups to dropbox slow my upload speed almost to a halt (and downloads from my server when I'm not on my network). I'm already paying way too much money for a static IP.

Comment Re: Torn (Score 1) 405

Of course they're doing it for business reasons. The opposition of tech companies to government spying is one of the few situations where corporate interests align (coincidentally) with those of the people. The fact that corporations play a large part in US politics gives a tiny bit of hope that something will be done.

Comment Re: I have been roling my own for years (Score 1) 247

I was waiting for someone to mention pfSense. I used to run iptables / packet forwarding on my server but I've replaced it with pfSense running in a VM. I've since spun up a second pfSense VM on my other server and configured CARP. Last time I tested it I got close to gigabit routing between my subnets. pfSense ( is an enterprise grade firewall / router that is based on FreeBSD. It is completely free and open source (no community vs. commercial edition). If you plan to do anything advanced with your home network, I highly recommend it!

Comment And this is why... (Score 1) 53

I root my devices manually.

I'd rather unlock the bootloader myself (Nexus/OnePlus) and install the su binary I downloaded directly from ChainFire than run some utility written by someone whose reputation I don't know. I also download the su binary directly - not off of a fileshare or forum post. I don't take any chances when I'm gaining root to a machine.

Comment Re:RTFA? (Score 1) 492

I plan to disable all of these through group policy before win10 goes on any of my machines. I don't want to miss any or fat finger my way past one. My question is is this possible with a w2k8r2 active directory? I obviously won't find the win10-specific group policies on my DC's. If i install RSAT in my win8 machine (once released), will that work? Anyone tried this yet? Thanks!

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