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Comment Re:The attackers (Score 1) 122

This wouldn't involve the ISP, it'd be entirely within the router. The router could access any DNS server, but hosts on the internal side could only access the router's caching DNS server unless the user authorized an exception for them. It wouldn't entirely prevent attacks like this one, but it'd prevent direct attacks and forcing the attacks through multiple levels of caching would blunt the attack to a degree and make it easier to throttle the sources of the malicious requests.

Comment The attackers (Score 3, Informative) 122

Ultimately, it's the groups that initiated the DDoS who are to blame. But others have to take some responsibility for failing to do what they could to mitigate the opportunities to initiate attacks:

1. ISPs could implement measures based on RFCs 3704 and 2827 that would make spoofed traffic difficult to impossible to generate.

2. Router makers could implement RFC 3704 and 2827 rules in their firewalls by default, could implement default rules that blocked access to external DNS to everything except the router (with the option for the user to allow some or all access), could provide a separate network for IoT devices that defaults to no Internet access and the user has to specifically authorize access per device, and could make randomized default passwords the standard for factory-default configurations.

3. IoT manufacturers could make randomized default passwords standard and design their devices to not require Internet access to configure.

4. Consumers could acknowledge that they're responsible for their own networks and routinely make use of the available tools to check on the health of their networks and the status of the devices on it.

Comment Re:Because Windows Sucks (Score 1) 265

It's common now for a freshly installed Windows 7 system to spin for 36 hours before finding it first major set of updates.

Ridiculous, but true.

if you've migrated recently, might I recommend XFCE as a Desktop Environment? It's slightly less modern (based off GTK version 2 rather than 3) but much snappier. I found a ten year old laptop works much faster with Mint + XFCE than it ever did with XP.

Comment It's not a matter of those reasons (Score 1) 547

"We can't create a culture that says it cares about diversity and then excludes almost half the country because they back a political candidate," Zuckerberg wrote. "There are many reasons a person might support Trump that do not involve racism, sexism, xenophobia, or accepting sexual assault."

Certainly there are reasons, but that's not the point and not why Project Include won't work with Y Combinator. Support of Trump involves considering sexual assault, racism, sexism and xenophobia to be acceptable. That holds regardless of the reasons you have for supporting him. Project Include is saying "No, those things that Trump loudly and proudly stands for are not acceptable, period. We don't care why you think they're acceptable because we don't believe there's any reason you could give us that could make them acceptable.". And this isn't just the candidate's supporters espousing those positions, it's the candidate himself making his enthusiastic support of those positions the centerpiece of his speeches and campaign.

Comment Re:Bribe? (Score 1) 120

Why not both ?

As an aside, can you imagine the unholy shitstorm that would be making the rounds if any of this were happening to Apple ?

Exploding iPhones... The internet might not cope with that, and then Apple bribing people to keep quiet about the whole thing ? We might have a singularity event...

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