Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Ask Slashdot: P2P Liability On a Shared Connection?

FliesLikeABrick Re:Log NAT Translations (346 comments)

Right, blocking is a whole 'nother thing as compared to logging. In this case I don't think it'd go over so well with his roommate if he tried to block the torrent traffic, since the question was about protecting himself legally, not preventing the roommate from torrenting.

more than 3 years ago
top

Ask Slashdot: P2P Liability On a Shared Connection?

FliesLikeABrick Log NAT Translations (346 comments)

Granted it's a lot of logs - but if you put in a linux+iptables or bsd+pf box as your router, you could log every connection to file - at least text zips well. store them for 6 months, only log connections which become fully established (since if you log half-open connections you'll likely be logging orders of magnitude more). It probably wouldn't take up a huge volume of space if you compress them, and you could also probably not log outgoing connections terminating on port 80 or 443 (though undoubtedly peer clients try and use those from time to time, it'd help you shave your logs if you hedge your bets that someone looking to sue your roomate isn't using 80/443 for their endpoint).

This in addition to truthfully answering lawyers' questions should cover your ass plenty sufficiently.

more than 3 years ago
top

US Wants Cybersecurity Protection Plan For Cars

FliesLikeABrick Re:Here is a start: (87 comments)

Agreed. My first thought was that carmakers just need to leave the sensitive/important control elements of a car decoupled from those which are network-enabled. I believe that airliners are designed similarly in that their in-flight entertainment systems are always 100% not connected to flight systems (regardless of whether or not the entertainment systems are Internet-connected, there's definitely a parallel to be made here).

more than 3 years ago
top

Wal-Mart Jumps Into Video Streaming

FliesLikeABrick vudu (150 comments)

Doesn't wal-mart already own VUDU.com and has for some time now?

more than 3 years ago
top

Geohot Battles Back Against Sony

FliesLikeABrick Re:An important precedent hangs in the balance (255 comments)

I should add that this kind of cause is why I intend to continue to make regular donations to the EFF as well. These are important issues for the tinkerers, geeks, researchers, developers and students amongst us.

more than 3 years ago
top

Geohot Battles Back Against Sony

FliesLikeABrick An important precedent hangs in the balance (255 comments)

While I don't care about modding systems for the purpose of playing pirated games (I own a PS3 and Wii and am fine with buying games), I think this is an important case for hobbyists/hackers and anyone who thinks they should have the right to hack on their own hardware - which as far as I'm aware is what Sony is trying to set a precedent against.

I want to be able to mod my PS3 or anything else I own for whatever reason I want - whether that's to put Linux on it or do something more unique with it as part of a research project or just for fun. The fact that this can be used for copyright infringement/piracy is secondary. It is the act of pirating the material that should be illegal and enforced, not any of the technological means that allow it to happen. (similar examples: outlawing VCRs instead of the sale/exchange of copyrighted material, outlawing torrent programs instead of the action of sharing copyrighted material, outlawing guns instead of crimes committed with guns, outlawing cars instead of hitting people with cars, etc etc.)

As such, I donated a nontrivial amount to Geohot's "give me donations to help my legal defense" plea a month or two ago. I want the ability to do whatever I damn well please with the hardware that I've purchased.

Aside: I think it's amusing that Sony requested Geohot's paypal transaction records to try and help prove parts of their case. I wonder if they'll be discriminating between "people who paid Geohot for modding-related things" and "people who donated for his defense." Clearly this should be easy based on the amounts there, but I almost wish I knew how much he was accepting for modding jobs before I donated, so that I could have donated that amount N times to approximate the amount I ended up donating, just with the hope that Sony would confuse defense donations for payment for modding jobs/chips/whatever and cock up their case against him even more.

more than 3 years ago
top

Time Warner Cable Cuts iPad Live TV Access 50%

FliesLikeABrick Re:Quickly kill it before it grows too strong! (225 comments)

http://www.twcableuntangled.com/2011/03/heavy-demand-crashed-our-ipad-app-last-night-it%E2%80%99s-not-a-good-party-unless-you-run-out-of-beer/

It was actually because they had capacity issues and have temporarily reduced the number of channels available so as to not knock the whole service offline again.

(full disclosure: I used to work for TWC)

more than 3 years ago
top

If You Think You Can Ignore IPv6, Think Again

FliesLikeABrick Re:"equivalent to the Y2K problem" (551 comments)

For some number of companies I'm sure the publicity and thought that went into the [potential] Y2K problem helped them avoid problems. For others it didn't, but at least they knew it wasn't going to be a showstopper for them. Now, whereas Y2K was a "maybe it will impact us, maybe it won't" deal, IPv6 will eventually impact every person and business in that it requires the attention to equipment support and enabling v6 connectivity on their networks. Regardless, evaluating a company's IPv6 readiness likely won't hurt anything, just like it didn't hurt to be ready for (or better yet avoid) Y2K issues.

more than 3 years ago
top

Half of .gov Sites Fail DNSSEC Test

FliesLikeABrick Half *not signed* not *failing* (34 comments)

It looks like this really should be "Half of .gov sites are not signed, thus not in compliance with the mandate to deploy DNSSEC." Meaning "the sites cannot be validated because they're not signed" *not* meaning "people with validating resolvers can't get to these sites"

more than 3 years ago
top

Yahoo IPv6 Upgrade Could Shut Out 1M Users

FliesLikeABrick Re:1500 byte MTU (290 comments)

No, I think you were missing my point that an end to end path with a normal MTU has a slight edge over one that is slightly reduced, that's all I'm saying.

I wasn't trying to get into the details of how those mechanisms work, I understand them fine and wasn't commenting on the difference in mechanisms between IPv4 and IPv6, or commenting on the difference between IPv4 fragmentation or TCP segmentation.

more than 3 years ago
top

Yahoo IPv6 Upgrade Could Shut Out 1M Users

FliesLikeABrick Re:1500 byte MTU (290 comments)

I'm aware, it will be fragmented if the path MTU is reduced somewhere down the line, regardless of whether it is at an intermediate router or the original host (note that I didn't specify that it would be fragmented at the intermediate router or reduced in size at the source host after ICMP signals it is needed). Either way it makes the IPv4 path at least slightly less appealing than the IPv6 one.

Regardless, it sounds like we are in violent agreement on bigger picture

more than 3 years ago
top

Yahoo IPv6 Upgrade Could Shut Out 1M Users

FliesLikeABrick Re:Good for them (290 comments)

I believe the company you're thinking of may be T-mobile. They are doing what you described (DNS64+NAT64) in their IPv6 beta program now. My mentions of MTU changes were really only for DSLite, not NAT64+DNS64.

more than 3 years ago
top

Yahoo IPv6 Upgrade Could Shut Out 1M Users

FliesLikeABrick Re:1500 byte MTU (290 comments)

Well I didn't say "relying on the MTU" but it's better for everyone if fragmentation isn't needed. If there's no end-to-end 1500B MTU path for IPv4, then the traffic is going to be fragmented all day every day, and likely with NAT involved as well (I'm envisioning a DSLite deployment where the v4 connectivity is NATed as well). Being able to provide content over v6 avoids both of those.

more than 3 years ago
top

Yahoo IPv6 Upgrade Could Shut Out 1M Users

FliesLikeABrick Re:Good for them (290 comments)

I found it interesting that the article mentions 4G smartphone yahoos as being motivators for content providers getting IPv6 going (finally, I might add). That makes me think that Verizon's 4G smartphones will be like their 4G data users are now - private, NATed IPv4 access and a public IPv6 address.

From a content provider's point of view, this should make it desirable to deliver content over IPv6 since it is not NATed, etc. Hopefully more content providers become aware of this because it'll be the case with any end systems which use NAT64+DNS64 or DSLite in which case the IPv4 may not have a full 1500B MTU to the end user, etc etc.

Especially as we get closer to being out of v4 addresses I suspect v6-only hosts will be appearing and these factors will (should) start to play more of a role in the decisions that content providers are making with respect to how they prioritize deploying IPv6 to their networks and services.

more than 3 years ago
top

Yahoo IPv6 Upgrade Could Shut Out 1M Users

FliesLikeABrick Summary misrepresents article (290 comments)

The summary and to some extent TFA spout off with some FUD ("1M Internet users" not Yahoo users. "potential yahoo.com users" and some other details). I love how the summary says "at first 1M people could be shut out" but doesn't really finish the thought. "at first nobody used computers" ... and then what, the world exploded into hot dogs? dogs started using them? when starting a sentence with "at first" it makes sense to finish the thought instead of leave people hanging with some FUDish thoughts.

The article overall does a decent job of explaining the causes of this initial IPv6 brokenness, but I'm not crazy about how TFA and summary need to exclaim about 1M Internet users in order to draw attention.

more than 3 years ago
top

After IPv4, How Will the Internet Function?

FliesLikeABrick Re:Dual stack failed? (320 comments)

Every user on Verizon 4G LTE gets an IPv6 address and an IPv4 address as well.

more than 3 years ago
top

Time Warner Defends Comcast In Level 3 Dispute

FliesLikeABrick Time Warner CABLE (315 comments)

Time Warner != Time Warner Cable != Time Warner Telecom

This is about Time Warner Cable, whereas the vague term Time Warner is often used to refer to Time Warner Cable and/or Time Warner Telecom which are separate companies. (granted, the does the same thing)

That said, having another company say that what Comcast is doing is unfortunate. Comcast is trying to bully L3 into settlement-based peering, but it is Comcast's end traffic (as an eyeball network, not a transit provider) that is causing this imbalance. If you ask me, Comcast should be the one paying L3 as a customer (like they probably were at some point).

more than 3 years ago
top

Claims About China's April Internet Hijack Are Overblown

FliesLikeABrick Re:It's not the 15% that mattered (78 comments)

BGP prefix hijacking
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_hijacking

the 15% number came from the number of prefixes hijacked, not the actual amount of data (as TFA says here)

more than 3 years ago
top

5.5 Earthquake Hits Canada; Felt in US Midwest, New England

FliesLikeABrick Syracuse, NY as well (560 comments)

I felt shaking in my apartment for 25-45 seconds in North Syracuse, accompanied by my LCD and desk wiggling

more than 4 years ago
top

Open Source Router To Replace WRT54GL?

FliesLikeABrick Re:Linksys Refurbished WRT610N-RM (344 comments)

I have dd-wrt running on a WRT610Nv2 just fine (stable and great performance):
root@AptGetMooN:~# uptime
  03:26:38 up 46 days, 1:23, load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00
root@AptGetMooN:~# uname -a
Linux AptGetMooN 2.6.24.111 #785 Tue Feb 23 05:15:36 CET 2010 mips unknown
Release: 02/23/10 (SVN revision: 13972)

I had originally bought it because my apartment compelx has so many 2.4GHz access points and other devices in the band that I can't get any reasonable, sustained throughput and levels of packet loss on any channel.

I bricked it at first by using a kernel 2.4 image by accident, but it is trivial to mod a serial port/jack into the case for serial access (I bought a cheap Nokia 3.3v serial to USB adapter and gave it a 3/32" audio plug to plug into the WRT610N with)

I can hit 12MB [yes bytes]/s to wireless clients from the wired LAN, and 18MB/s from wireless clients to the wired LAN

I'm definitely happy with this since unbricking it, in all respects. With the serial port, now I don't need to worry about future software updates going sideways either.

more than 4 years ago

Submissions

top

Soldat 1.5.0 Released!

FliesLikeABrick FliesLikeABrick writes  |  more than 5 years ago

FliesLikeABrick writes "Soldat 1.5.0 has officially been released by the independent game development group TransHuman Design. Soldat is a fast-paced 2D side-scrolling shooter that everyone should play at least once, though it is highly addictive and has an amazing international following that really has shaped the game into what it is today. This new version includes loads of bug fixes, lobby chat, updated maps, new effects and more! While as of right now it is not open-source or cross-platform, it has growing support through Wine. TransHuman Design's future games are planned to be completely cross-platform. This is the first version of Soldat to be publicly beta-tested. Find bugs/need help/got comments/questions? Head to the forums"
top

FliesLikeABrick FliesLikeABrick writes  |  more than 7 years ago

FliesLikeABrick writes "Soldat 1.4 has finally been released. After 19 months since the announcement, this version adds multi-byte language support, many new features available to registered players, a ton of bugfixes, and a new lobby server and protocol. It took a lot of time and effort, but the largest update to Soldat has finally been posted and made available. While there are surely going to be some new bugs introduced, the new version is available for free (as always) at http://soldat.pl/ discussion and questions at http://soldatforums.com/

From MM himself, " Ladies and Gentlemen, I know you have all been (im)patiently waiting for Soldat 1.4. Thanks to all that contributed to this version. This version was a collaborative effort and it wouldn`t happen without you. ... So without further delay, it is with your encouragement, criticism and support from you all that I can happily release Soldat 1.4 to you all to enjoy. Please use the torrent link provided to help distribute Soldat 1.4 for others and ease server load, and seed for as long as you can.""
top

FliesLikeABrick FliesLikeABrick writes  |  more than 7 years ago

FliesLikeABrick writes "The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter has unveiled that Linspire announced that they will be switching to base their distribution off Ubuntu. With their polished KDE desktop this makes Linspire the latest in the impressive list of operating systems based off Kubuntu.

It was also announced that Linspire's Click and Run install programme would be added to the Ubuntu archive, giving users of all Ubuntu distributions easy access to a large range of free and proprietary software."

Journals

FliesLikeABrick has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?