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Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

stevey Re:Wrong paradigm here (187 comments)

Interesting thanks.

strings says I have the user-space component on my system, but it's been a long time since I used it so I didn't realize the kernel-support might have gone away.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

stevey Re:Wrong paradigm here (187 comments)

Actually iptables does have support for matching based on the process. You might have run commands that include "-m recent", or similar. The "-m" is used to specify a module-name, and there are many matching modules available and included by default.

For example on a CentOS system you might allow your webserver to make outgoing SMTP connections via something fun like this: "iptables -A OUTPUT -m owner --cmd-owner httpd --dest-port 25 -j ACCEPT". (Why CentOS? Because it matches the command against HTTPD. On Debian systems the webserver process is more typically called 'apache2'.)

Hope that helps.

about 5 months ago

Ubuntu One Hits the Million Users Mark

stevey Re:huh (125 comments)

That's actually pretty interesting - As it says that about 50% of the users with the packages installed are using it.

Higher than I'd have imagined.

more than 3 years ago

Tens of Thousands Flee From BT and Virgin

stevey Re:BT are crap. (258 comments)

I agree.

I had virgin internet, telephone, and TV for five years in my flat in Edinburgh. I've only ever suffered about one outage a year during that time, and after the first time I learned it was easier and less effort just to turn everything off and try again tomorrow. Definitely easier than fighting their phone "support".

more than 3 years ago

New Red Dwarf Series Threatened By the Twitter Era

stevey Re:This is why (228 comments)

There were three special episodes - I know because I watched the first two and skipped the last (exactly as I did with the Star Wars prequels!)

Although I love the early series 1-4, 5 at a push, it had changed a lot since the writer split and I just lost interest.

more than 3 years ago

In UK, First "Anarchist's Cookbook" Downloaders' Convictions

stevey Re:Oh no am I in trouble. (418 comments)

Don't worry, you're only a danger to the public if you had sexual thought about somebody < 16 years old...

more than 4 years ago

Ed Roberts, Personal Computer Pioneer, 1941-2010

stevey Re:Didn't have one of those, but (110 comments)

It isn't bad, I just feel a little disappointed that computers are commodities these days and people don't need to understand things. Sure it is a form of snobbery, and I'm sure there are similar groups such as mechanics who feel very similar. But over time we've evolved into a situation where people are no longer encouraged to experiment, or use trial & error to solve computer problems. You see this most obviously in schools where kids are taught little "recipes" on how to use Microsoft Office, but any error message is cryptic and best ignored..

more than 4 years ago

Ed Roberts, Personal Computer Pioneer, 1941-2010

stevey Re:Didn't have one of those, but (110 comments)

I'm still quite amused by the current crop of "hackers" who think they're all that but never built their own computer from chips and raw PC boards. Building a PC these days is something grade school kids can do.

I've been thinking that for a long time now, even though I didn't start that far back myself.

I started with the z80-based ZX Spectrum, and then graduated through a series of early PCs. The earliest one running GEM with a hercules (monochrome) graphics card.

As there wasn't much real software about then if you wanted it you wrote it yourself, reading the programming guides, and Ralf Browns' interrupt list.

These days there are people grown up who've never known anything before Windows 95; they grew up with the GUI and an environment which just worked. They never had to tinker, they never understood from the ground up how the PC works, and have little incentive to experiment. Back in my own personal olden days you had debug, you had built in support for programming. Nowadays its' all hidden away.

Don't even get me started on people who don't understand what pointers are, or how they work...

more than 4 years ago

The Times Erects a Paywall, Plays Double Or Quits

stevey Re:8 pounds a month (344 comments)

I don't really read news sites myself, I read stories that I found links to. But I don't really go to a newspaper site and just read all the stories. So it would be NOT 1 pound per day, but 1 pound per article. So I just wouldn't.

I think this sums up most people's interactions with online news very well.

I do read almost every story on the local Edinburgh newspaper website every few days, but I only do that because it covers local news. Otherwise I read articles I see linked to from places like Slashdot, Reddit, or email from friends.

I imagine the immediate effect of a paywall is that fewer such links will be shared, unless there is something akin to's "make a free link" which allows a subscriber to share a protected article for free for a period of time. (That is something I love about; and I have a paid account there.)

more than 4 years ago

Correcting Poor Typing Technique?

stevey Re:On the other hand... (425 comments)

I find people don't want to touch my keyboard, because I have one of those "split" ones.

more than 4 years ago

Why Has No One Made a Great Gaming Phone?

stevey Re:Because (303 comments)

Because phones are for TALKING. :P


more than 4 years ago

What SciFi Should Get the Reboot Treatment Next?

stevey Re:Some Don't Seem Clear on what "Reboot" mean (922 comments)

I have to say that I thought that "Batman Begins" was a fantastic film, and easily my favourite of the whole series.

Mostly though I'd agree with other comments there are a few series that would be nice to be reset, but on the whole I'd rather see new things.

(e.g. My personal pick would be Dark Angel.)

more than 4 years ago

Preventing My Hosting Provider From Rooting My Server?

stevey Re:If they do this.. (539 comments)

Indeed I work for a hosting company and although it isn't frequent if a user reports random outages my standard response will be "Look at the server logs, or if you'd like me to do so please supply some login details".

Too many people don't know what they're looking for so offering to do if for them. I assume that if they don't trust me (as admin) they'll be hosting elsewhere and I'd always suggest they change their password(s) afterward.

more than 4 years ago

Project Honey Pot Traps Billionth Spam

stevey Re:Spam = spy chatter? (118 comments)

Attempting to subvert bayasian filters such that future real spam can slip through more easily.

more than 4 years ago

The Book of Xen

stevey (88 comments)

By contrast I've never heard of this book, or this guy, but I wrote xen-tools & xen-shell...

more than 4 years ago

Robbery Suspect Cleared By Facebook Alibi

stevey Re:Probably wasn't the case here.. (160 comments)

The difference is the site you go to:

  • Go to and post an update - works as normal.
  • Go to and post an update - shows up as mobile.

If think there's a mobile/touch subdomain too - but I know when I visit facebook from my palm pre I end up on

more than 4 years ago



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