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Ask Slashdot: Cyber Insurance. Solution Or Snake Oil?

iritant Cybersecurity is hard (71 comments)

And here is a great article from researcher Rainer Bohme that explains why it's hard. It's a fairly technical paper, but one big issue is that insurance companies operate on a reserve that assumes catastrophic events are bounded, perhaps by region. That's not the case with correlated cyber-risks. This is explained in Section 3.

about a year ago
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Every Day's a Tax Holiday At Amazon

iritant Re:Shipping Costs, Etc. (377 comments)

Of course shipping costs exist for brick and mortar purchases. It's just that they are borne by the brick and mortar store. By the way, depending on where you live, you may be violating state law by not paying the sales tax in your state when Amazon doesn't pay it for you.

more than 3 years ago
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Robust Timing Over the Internet

iritant Re:PTPd? (178 comments)

Thanks for the informative post that was on topic. One question: with 1588 what sort of hierarchy do you set up? Does everyone have a rubidium or cesium clock attached?

more than 4 years ago
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IPv4 Free Pool Drops Below 10%, 1.0.0.0/8 Allocated

iritant Re:Ill bet this will happen (467 comments)

I don't know who in Cisco your SP has been speaking with, but even within Cisco opinions vary. What we would probably all agree, however, is that people should pay attention to what is going on with v4 run-out, and particularly service providers, whose very growth has been tied to their unhindered ability to get address space.

How customers should react, however, is a far more complex matter that requires thoughtful consideration.

(not speaking for Cisco but myself).

more than 4 years ago
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US and Russia Open Talks On Limits To Cyberwar

iritant Re:Big mistake (80 comments)

Many many nations have signed the Council of Europe's Convention on Cybercrime. At least one study in Singapore showed that acceding to the treaty, or even implementing provisions without acceding to it, reduces cybercrime within borders. See http://weis09.infosecon.net/ for the paper.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Is the Internet So Infuriatingly Slow?

iritant I don't buy the premise, just yet (812 comments)

This report is perhaps based on a false premise. While it may be true that 5% of all the users are using 50% of the bandwidth, that's only because the rest of us aren't as demanding. Were we so demanding, TCP, which is what most of the world runs on, would provide more of a fair share. It wouldn't be perfect, mind you, but particularly with WFQ, if you're using more there is a larger chance that your traffic will drop. This doesn't hold true with UDP-based applications that are less friendly to the network.

Also, where is that 50% measured? Is it on peering points or is it at the access point? If it's at the access point then (A) it could be p2p traffic that never transits a backbone and (B) some of that traffic could be dealt with by making arrangements with content providers like Akamai to bring the content closer.

more than 5 years ago

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Firefox 3 Antiphishing sends your URLs to Google

iritant iritant writes  |  more than 6 years ago

iritant writes "As we were discussing, Gran Paradiso or the latest version of Firefox, is nearing release. Gran Paradiso includes a form of malware protection that checks every URL against a known list of sites. It does so by sending each URL to Google. In other words, if people enable this feature, they get some malware protection, and Google gets a wealth of information about which sites are popular (or, for that matter, which sites should be checked for malware). Fair deal? Not to worry — the feature is disabled by default."
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iritant iritant writes  |  more than 7 years ago

iritant writes "After previously telling customers that their billing records aren't their property, irony has had its day, and AT&T has been hacked, exposing 19,000 customers' credit cards and other personal information. Of course they'll pay for credit card monitoring and so that makes it all better, right? Not."

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