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Ask Slashdot: Where To Report Script Kiddies and Other System Attacks?

shadowsurfr1 Re:Absolutely no point. (241 comments)

An easy way to greatly reduce the number of attempts is some iptables rules. After 3 bad attempts in 60 seconds, it drops them. I went from thousands per week to 55 in the past two weeks.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Evacuate a Network

shadowsurfr1 Inventory, then HD's only (331 comments)

1. Inventory *everything* in terms of hardware, disks, monitors, etc. Insurance will want this (and you do have insurance, don't you?)
2. Save all configs that you can to someplace secure/remote. This would make setting things up again more easy if it is the case that your entire workplace gets destroyed. A switch / wireless AP / IP phone is very easy to replace and really not worth saving if there's a fire coming down the mountain.
Consider this: do you really need the entire workstation or just the hard drive? Even then, do you even need the data on it or can you rebuild it with an image and a restore from a network share?

more than 2 years ago

Your Passwords Don't Suck — It's Your Policies

shadowsurfr1 Re:The main problem is... (487 comments)

Seconded. At my workplace, we have a maximum of 8 chars with a limited charset. And we have to change them every 90 days which is silly and just encourages a lot of people to write them down.

more than 2 years ago

Verizon Considering Purchase of Netflix

shadowsurfr1 In other words... (139 comments) to get a large part of netflix's subscriber base to unsubscribe. That'd be the first thing I do if this happens, to be honest. Yes, netflix has had some hiccups, but nothing too bad considering I pay $9 / month for access to their library anywhere I am. The only way this might be good is if they can get even more TV shows on there or somehow fix the media industry's holdback on getting newer TV shows online faster. Lol that'd be the day.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Acknowledges iPhone 4S Battery Problems

shadowsurfr1 Re:Battery problem? (315 comments)

Nothing wrong with enjoying using a mobile device. If you have android, it's ok, we understand.

more than 2 years ago

US Student Loans Exceed $1 Trillion

shadowsurfr1 Re:You think the housing collapse was bad (917 comments)

Eh that's a good point. I've interned at the company I'll be working for after graduation for every summer since I got into college (started right after my freshman year). So far, I've done 5 summer internships and a 1 during the school year. Looking back, that's the best decision I could have made when it comes to my employment.

more than 2 years ago

US Student Loans Exceed $1 Trillion

shadowsurfr1 Re:You think the housing collapse was bad (917 comments)

What's happening is a bubble, it's as simple as that. Looking at the costs of school now, I'm glad that I'm almost out of it. Yes, I'll have loans to pay for years but I also got a job to pay them off, thankfully. Some aren't nearly as lucky as I was, though, and they're moving back in with their parents if they can. Imagine the fun we're going to have when that bubble bursts, though, and people stop going to college because the cost is so unsustainable. Some will get a better education by actually learning more, others will be in a much worse spot. Even for those who have the money, it's not worth it. Would you pay for 4 years at a school that's going to cost you 50% or more as much per year as you're going to make when you get out of it? Probably not.

more than 2 years ago

Is Apple Pushing Away Professionals?

shadowsurfr1 Re:Only glossy screens? (556 comments)

Not to mention that you can hook it up to just about any external screen.

more than 2 years ago

Looking For E-Ink Applications Beyond Ebook Readers

shadowsurfr1 Re:Restaurant Menus (161 comments)

We have a 20 pg beer menu

Ok where do you work? I should come by...

more than 2 years ago

The Cable Industry's a La Carte Bait and Switch

shadowsurfr1 Re:You know... there is life without cable. (447 comments)

I gotta agree with this. I have an antenna that I got from a relative and it works really well, especially in HD. I have all the major networks (Fox, CBS, NBC, ABC) and some other channels, all over the air.

more than 2 years ago

Windows Server 8 Is A Radical Departure From Previous Releases

shadowsurfr1 Re:Server cold war (347 comments)

Agreed on the BASH part. FTA: "[Powershell is] literally an OS itself. You can do anything in it," In other words, MS is saying, "Look at what we have! a command prompt you can administrate the computer through!" How non exciting when the same thing has been available in Linux/other OSes for a long, long time.

about 3 years ago

Apple Patents Cutting 3.5mm Jack in Half

shadowsurfr1 Bluetooth for me, please (369 comments)

Bluetooth headphones work fine for me so I'd have no problem with a change in the headphone jacks. The hard part would be finding a case that covers it.

more than 3 years ago

The End of the Gas Guzzler

shadowsurfr1 Re:Punishment for enjoying speed? (897 comments)

The problem is when I'm already passing people on the right lane but not fast enough for the person behind me. Then they tailgate me and risk destroying their front end if I have to brake. And I would brake if I needed to. Not to be a jerk to them, but because I don't wish to hit whatever's in front of me at 70 MPH.

more than 3 years ago

It's Not a New Ballmer Microsoft Needs; It's a New Gates

shadowsurfr1 Re:It's time for MS to Split (211 comments)

I don't think they really need to split. That'd duplicate resources to some extent, I think. They already fight internally and act like separate competing companies anyways instead of making a better software product everyone benefits from with a common vision. This recent post on Cult of Mac shows this quite well:

more than 3 years ago

Data Still Left on Storage Devices for Sale

shadowsurfr1 Knoppix + Shred = (erased) (403 comments)

The default shred command in knoppix is better than dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda in my opinion. To start, shred will show you progress and what it's overwriting the data with (random, zeros, etc). Second, you can specify the number of times it rewrites the data. All formatting is also erased.

Simply enter the following command:

sudo shred -n 2 -z -v /dev/hda

This shred command will overwrite the drive twice (-n 2). Random data to start (defalut), zeros to finish (-z). The -v tells you the progress on the drive.

about 9 years ago


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