Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?
Plenty of companies do. This is standard Operating procedure for ISP's and online services. Google, Facebook, Ebay all do. If your server needs to be accessible from the public Internet then yes. Firewalls are overrated as a protection measure. If you can run them from behind a firewall then I see no reason not to unless you have to open a bunch of ports to allow access to the server in which case the firewall won't help much. This is usually port 80 and it's where most of your attacks will come from anyway.
If only a select group of people will be accessing this server from the Internet then the safest way may be to make it accessible only via VPN. Users would have to log into the VPN first. Much stronger protection than a server behind a firewall with ports open.
Android Leaks Location Data Via Wi-Fi
I think we kind of figured this already.
Just how is my phone "leaking" this information. I you get my phone then you may know where I have been but I am not going to give you my phone if I want to conceal this information.
Ask Slashdot: Taking a New Tack On Net Neutrality?
Not a large amount of bandwidth involved. If I am a student there all I will do is activate the MyFi on my phone. Why breach a firewall when you can step around it?
Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy
Great! As if one transmission was not enough. Now I will have to worry about the cost of repairing two. The last one that failed cost me over $3k. I think that's one of the great things about hybrids, no transmission.
Malware Attack Infected 25,000 Linux/UNIX Servers
My experience has been the exact opposite. We started way back in the day with all Windoz servers. These were a constant source of headache. They would crash and need reboots weekly. Sometimes things would fail for no apparent reason without any means of fixing them short of reinstalling Windows. We started installing a few Linux servers for radius, DNS, HTTP. These didn't fail and one by one we replaced the Windoz boxes with Linux boxes.
Life is much better now and I spent very little time with server maintenance vs when we ran Windoz boxes. The few Windoz servers we still run take 90% of my time to keep running.
I look back now at what a mistake not using Linux from the start was.
Ask Slashdot: Can an Old Programmer Learn New Tricks?
My wife, who started programming in the late 1970's went back to College in 2008 to complete her BS degree. She learned PHP, Java, Java script, CSS. Graduated with honors from UCF. She is very skilled at web development now. She is 53.
She even completed a MS style Thesis in the honors in the majors program.
Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?
Not biting....Nice try.
Steve Jobs To Appear On US Postage Stamp
I am for this.
Steve Jobs To Appear On US Postage Stamp
That's the reason to have stamps with them. Education.
Killing Net Neutrality Could Be Good For You
I run a very small WISP. We have around 200 residential customers. Most other alternate ISP (not Comcast or CenturyLink) will not sell residential Internet. Why? Less money, more bandwidth. Streaming video uses up to 100 times more bandwidth that typical web surfing does. Comcast gets Level3 (Netflix's bandwidth provider) to pay them extra to deliver there video streams to there customers. We are so small, how are we supoosed to get Level3/Netflix to compensate us without getting laughed out of the room?
The situation is bad enough that we are considering discontinueing our sales of residential Internet.
At least if Comcast was not allowed to charge Level3 for the delivery of there streaming data (Shouldn't Comcast customer my fees cover this?), net neutrality, they would have to pass that expense on to the customer. If there rates went up so could ours. Level playing field.
Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?
While things have slowed down here the other regional IP registars have run out. APNIC and RIPE both have no IP addresses left. Arin has only about 1.4 /8's left.
South Carolina Woman Jailed After Failing To Return Movie Rented Nine Years Ago
She will need to look up the laws in her state but here in Florida the statute of limitations is 5 years for a written contract. This should be easy to make go away.
Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?
Text = Languague
Language is not just how we communicate, it's how we think. If they took your language away could you even think anything but the most simple thoughts?
Britain's GCHQ Attacked Anonymous Supporters With DDoS
This was the first DOS attack I ever heard of. Used against Panix (ISP in NY) back in the day. Now most systems (Linux kerel, etc) are hardened against syn floods.
Network Solutions Opts Customer Into $1,850 Security Service
ICANN has rules for how accredited registrar must handle such things. They could be fined or have there accrediation pulled.
Ask Slashdot: How Do You Convince an ISP To Bury Cable In Your Neighborhood?
Use WISP technology. And before you say our covenant won't allow antennas....
Why Birds Fly In a V Formation
Didn't Mythbusters experimentally show that the V formation saves fuel?
Is Earth Weighed Down By Dark Matter?
I read this several years ago.
Modified Lorentz Ether Gauge Theory
The mainstream authorities are fond of saying that GPS would not work if it weren’t for Einstein’s relativity. Clifford Will of Washington University has been quoted31 as saying:
SR has been confirmed by experiment so many times that it borders on crackpot to say there is something wrong with it. Experiments have been done to test SR explicitly. The world’s particle accelerators would not work if SR wasn’t in effect. The global positioning system would not work if special relativity didn’t work the way we thought it did.
Oh really? What does one of the world’s foremost experts on GPS have to say about relativity theory and the Global Positioning System? Ronald R. Hatch is the Director of Navigation Systems at NavCom Technology and a former president of the Institute of Navigation. As he describes in his article for this issue (p. 25, IE #59), GPS simply contradicts Einstein’s theory of relativity. His Modified Lorentz Ether Gauge Theory (MLET) has been proposed32 as an alternative to Einstein’s relativity. It agrees at first order with relativity but corrects for certain astronomical anomalies not explained by relativity theory. (Also see IE #39, p. 14.)
The Dismantling of POTS: Bold Move Or Grave Error?
Remember that the wire used to deliver POTS service also delivers DSL. No wire, no DSL.
Silicon Supercapacitor Promises Built-in Energy Storage For Electronic Devices
Even if you manged to get 0.1 farad, it would provide 12 volts for only a few milliseconds at 500 amps.
Your average Lead - Acid car battery will put out 1000 amps into a dead short. Don't try this though, things tend to explode.
Super capacitors tend to have very high ESR, no good for power filtering.
Capacitors and inductors are the two things that don't reduce down to chip levels very well. One of the main reasons your cell phone isn't just one chip. Making these on chip is kind of a holly grael. If this were that easy chip makers would have done this long ago.
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