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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

avgjoe62 No and Hell No (339 comments)

If a developer or vendor cannot tell you what ports and protocols their software uses it is time to re-evaluate how much you need their software.

In most companies of any size that I have been involved with an application portfolio would need to list the ports and services that it would use.

You could also turn off the firewall, run nmap against the system and see what ports are open. Ask the developers what their application uses from the ports discovered and then turn the firewall on again. Then block what you don't need and open what you do. Yeah, it's a pain in the ass, but not every machine inside your network is always going to play nice with everyone else, so firewalls on important systems are needed.

12 hours ago

Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

avgjoe62 Re: Not Just Phones (281 comments)

Hell, I'm a lot slower than I used to be.

Wonder where I can get a firmware upgrade?

4 days ago

New Mayhem Malware Targets Linux and UNIX-Like Servers

avgjoe62 Re:Whitelisting with mobile admins (168 comments)

VPN to an admin workstation in the DMZ. That admin workstation will of course be on the access list.

Or you could run a virtual firewall (running an Open VPN client to your main firewall) and admin station inside your laptop and tunnel from your workstation to your firewall.

There are a ton of ways to do this depending on the time and options you have access to.

about two weeks ago

New Mayhem Malware Targets Linux and UNIX-Like Servers

avgjoe62 Re:Derp (168 comments)

Firewall. Whitelist. Limit access to SSH to systems on the whitelist.

No need to block entire countries - just allow SSH access to those systems that need it.

Now, if you want to talk about blocking access to your web or mail server from anyone in East Elbonia, then you can implement a package like Country Block, or use a service like this one, depending on your firewall.

The lesson from this? Restrict access to important services via a whitelist, block access to public services with a deny list.

about two weeks ago

DNA Study: First Farmers Were Also Sailors

avgjoe62 Re:Hard Not To Farm (40 comments)

I wonder if any of these farmer-sailors were growing spinach and eating olive oil...

about 2 months ago

Strange New World Discovered: The "Mega Earth"

avgjoe62 Re:Remember the state of cosmology (147 comments)

I also lay aside all ideas of any new works or engines of war, the invention of which long-ago reached its limit, and in which I see no hope for further improvement... - Sextus Julius Frontinus, governor of Britania, 84 C.E.

Mathematics is inadequate to describe the universe, since mathematics is an abstraction from natural phenomena. Also, mathematics may predict things which don't exist, or are impossible in nature. - Ludovico delle Colombe

The abolishment of pain in surgery is a chimera. It is absurd to go on seeking it... Knife and pain are two words in surgery that must forever be associated in the consciousness of the patient. - Dr. Alfred Velpeau

When the Paris Exhibition closes electric light will close with it and no more be heard of. - Erasmus Wilson

This `telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a practical form of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us. - Western Union internal memo, 1878

Rail travel at high speed is not possible because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia. - Dr. Dionysus Lardner

That the automobile has practically reached the limit of its development is suggested by the fact that during the past year no improvements of a radical nature have been introduced. - Scientific American, Jan. 2, 1909.

There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will. - Albert Einstein

Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. - Lord Kelvin, 1895

There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home. - Kenneth Olsen, president and founder of Digital Equipment Corp

about 2 months ago

B-52 Gets First Full IT Upgrade Since 1961

avgjoe62 Oh Damn... (190 comments)

Now Skynet has bombers!

about 2 months ago

Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP

avgjoe62 Re:Excellent (322 comments)

If you can, watch The Inner Light. It is about the only episode of ST:TNG I will watch whenever it is available.

about 2 months ago

Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

avgjoe62 Re:What's the problem? (1198 comments)

Apples and oranges - there is a difference between killing those that you are certain beyond any doubt are trying to kill you and killing those that you are sure only beyond a reasonable doubt killed someone else.

about 2 months ago

Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

avgjoe62 Re:What's the problem? (1198 comments)

I too would prefer the guilty walk free over the innocent being condemned to death. This has nothing to do with the crime, but rather the punishment. I would rather imprison every convicted murderer for life rather than execute one innocent person.

"Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends." - Gandalf, The Lord of The Rings

about 3 months ago

Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

avgjoe62 Re:...a doubling of carbon-dioxide levels in the a (869 comments)

February 2014 was the 21st warmest February on record since 1880. The temperature was yet again above the 20th century average, for the 348th consecutive month. That is every month above the 20th century average for the last 29 years. Please, tell me just how you determined the temperature is going down?

about 4 months ago

Waves Spotted On Titan

avgjoe62 Re:Why doesn't it explode (73 comments)

Alex, what is "Lack of sufficient free oxygen to react with"?

about 4 months ago

Is One Laptop Per Child Winding Down?

avgjoe62 Re:Winding down? (111 comments)

That "Obamafone" program that you are referring to was actually started during the Reagan Administration. Kinda hard for something that happened in the nineties to predate that...

about 5 months ago

Jewish School Removes Evolution Questions From Exams

avgjoe62 Re:If you don't like it.... (431 comments)

I hereby sell my soul to Satan for a bag (let's be specific here - biggest size currently available, not a snack size) of Cheetos. Also included in this deal are the souls of everyone in my family.

Now let's see if my fingers turn orange...

about 5 months ago

NASA Wants To Go To Europa

avgjoe62 Re:What could possibly go wrong (216 comments)

The first person to write it down - in other words, history is told by those that wrote the book - is the "Discoverer", because when people two hundred years later wonder who 'discovered" this place, they go look in a book.

about 5 months ago

NASA Forgets How To Talk To ICE/ISEE-3 Spacecraft

avgjoe62 It's The Same Old Story (166 comments)

Like in any relationship, thing are always changing. One partner moves a little further away, the other becomes disinterested and soon one of them just doesn't understand the other.

I would suggest couple's therapy.

about 5 months ago

Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

avgjoe62 Apples and Oranges (794 comments)

I regularly shop at three different supermarkets, one of which is Whole Foods. I like their produce. I like Publix for bulk goods like pasta and flour and TP. I like The Fresh Market for their fish and meat. I can separate the pseudo science at any one of these from the products I am buying. I only worry about price and quality of what I am buying, not the hype that surrounds it.

The Creation Museum does not sell me anything useful. The hype surrounding their "product" is exactly what they are trying to sell and I am not buying any of it.

At Whole Foods I can buy an orange without buying a belief system. At the Creation Museum, the apples come with a whole set of beliefs attached to them.

about 5 months ago

Facebook Analyzes the Impact of Love On Their Business

avgjoe62 An Old Quote (37 comments)

Why are there so many sad love poems as opposed to happy ones? When you're happily in love there are better things to do than write poetry.

I suppose the same applies to Facebook postings - when you're happily in love, there's better things to do than write on someone's wall.

about 5 months ago

A Strategy For Attaining Cuban Internet Connectivity

avgjoe62 Re:Not going to help (119 comments)

I am certainly no fan of Castro's, but I do not blindly hate the man and froth at the mouth every time his name is mentioned. While I do not think it is worth anywhere near the price the people have paid, there are some things that Cuba does get right.

Look at this page from the CIA World Fact Book and look at the relative positions of the US and Cuba.

about 6 months ago


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