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reiisi (1211052) writes "For several decades, we have enjoyed a visa waver zone, where everyone in the participating countries is allowed up to 90 days in any of the other countries without going to the trouble of getting a visa.
The department of homeland insecurity has seen fit to improve this program by requiring on-line requests in advance for permission to travel to the US. There is a travel promotion fee of ten dollars and a processing fee of four. So an expatriate married to a Japanese citizen and living in Japan, for instance, now gets the privilege of supporting the DHS to the tune of USD 14 in order to travel in the company of his wife to visit family and friends in the States. Paid by any of the convenient big 4 US credit cards.
Oh, and you get to use your brand-new digital passport.
reiisi (1211052) writes "My Japanese ISP (bought out in 2004 by NTT Data) has recently shifted from fixed address DNS servers to only advertising the DNS servers via DHCP. This leads to a number of questions for me, a couple of which I thought would be appropriate here.
In my search for a Japanese IPV6 capable provider, I've noticed that NTT seems to be pushing a "next generation network" plan where there are only three physical network companies, and all the other ISPs become vassals, I mean, dealers for the three physical network companies. They claim this "unified" solution is necessitated by some "multi-prefix" issue that I hadn't yet heard of. (More, in Japanese, here, here, and here, among other places.)
(My memory is that NTT was split into three companies when the Japanese government broke up the monopoly, but I haven't yet been able to track down just who the three companies in NTT's plan would be.)
This seems seriously at odds with Internet standards (in addition to looking like using IPV6 as an excuse in an attempt to commandeer the Japanese Internet).
Am I being too alarmist/paranoid here?
Also, my instinct is that providing the IP addresses of the DNS servers via DHCP on the WAN is just begging for MIM attacks. I'd like to hear qualified opinions on the subject, but I thought I'd also ask for opinions here on slashdot.
Oh, and does anyone want to point me to how I set a Fedora box to be a DHCP client with constant IP addresses? (For the interim.)" top
reiisi (1211052) writes "Odd question, I know. But everywhere I've been here in the Kansai area (okay, just two big stores, Yodobashi Camera and Sofmap in Umeda), they tell me that no one in Japan is selling the EEEPC with Linux pre-installed, and I don't like to use plastic money. (Lame excuse, yes.)
Actually, I'd rather not buy iNTEL, so I've been looking at the cloudbook, but that's definitely heavier. If we could get another G1G1 going, I'd try to have my brother snag one in the US for me, etc. The point is, I need something I can use on the train, to make the commute less of a waste of time, and I need to be able to edit source code and such. (Don't talk to me about hour+ commutes in Japan. I'm not quite ready for the kind of BS you have to be able to put out to be able to successfully set up your own "English Conversation School" here, and an hour commute is nowhere near being below average.) And I need it fairly soon.I have been considering a used iBook or PowerBook at roughly JPY 70,000. (My antique clamshell iBook has the old dead charger, and is not really lightweight). The EEEPC (G4 MSWindows version) is right at JPY 50,000; with additional flash it'll be close to the same, but much lighter. Enough with the rationalizations.
So, does anyone have any experience loading Fedora or Ubuntu over MSWindows on the EEEPC? And how about dual-boot, just in case I decide to try tightening it down and hooking it up to my portable phone, which Docomo's sales crew tells me may run Linux (and where are the sources?) but can only bridge MSWxxx via a USB converter?"