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Ask Slashdot: What Should We Do About the DDoS Problem?

whitelabrat Two things you can do now (312 comments)

If you're a home user not much you can do aside from releasing and renewing your IP. I work for supporting a fast growing SaaS product and I've had to do my homework on this.

Two things:

1. Make sure your edge firewall / router has a high Packets Per Second capability. A DDoS attack may not involve a lot of bandwidth but rather send a boatload of packets at you. Your edge network will need to process it all, and if it can't you start dropping packets for things you want and don't want.

2. Out bandwidth 'em. I've not tried it, but I'm interested in Akamai PLXrouted service. In a nutshell if you get a bandwidth attack you adjust your BGP routes to push traffic though Akamai, who can provide Terabits of shitfilter for you. DDoS zero, you win. Or cloud it, using Amazon EC2 as a filter with a bunch of proxy instances that self heal if they get knocked out.

about a month ago

My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

whitelabrat You get what you pay for. (278 comments)

Generally I have found the more expensive early generations of CFL and LED lamps last longer. The cheapie ones that come along later likely undergo minimal quality control, if any, and are made of poor quality components.

about 7 months ago

IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive

whitelabrat Re:Fox News? (682 comments)

The Federal IT shops are a shitshow run by bottom feeding contractors who give zero feels. The Feds they support generally are paper pushers for whom computers are magical beings filled with little elves, and robots and give zero feels how it all works.

So yeah. Not hating. Just been there myself.

about 7 months ago

When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?

whitelabrat Re:IPv6 Addresses (305 comments)

IPv6 sort of demands that you forget everything you know about IPv4. Once you get IPv6, you'll ask yourself why anybody still uses IPv4. For example.

There are more /48 networks in IPv6 space than there are IPv4 addresses. Everybody ought to get a /48 network which include 18 quintillion addresses. The first part of the a global unicast address is often referred to as a prefix and all your IP's will have that. The second part may be derived from you NIC's MAC. So there is some good sense to it.

You'll really want to use DNS.

I'm using IPv6 at home and work now and think its time is way overdue.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are Tech Job Requirements So Specific?

whitelabrat HR people (465 comments)

HR people who write these things often have _NO IDEA_ WHAT THEY ARE WRITING.

about a year ago

DHHS Preparing 'Tech Surge' To Fix Remaining Healthcare.gov Issues

whitelabrat Phoenix project? (429 comments)

Not enough stupid? Lets do surge of stupid!

about a year ago

Oracle Attacks Open Source; Says Community-Developed Code Is Inferior

whitelabrat And... (394 comments)

Whatever. Oracle. Pfffft.

about a year ago

Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil

whitelabrat Delusional nonsense (1255 comments)

Article's author lives in a bubble of fantasy of utopian communism. The reality is that parents who care enough are going to choose the best option for their kids if they can.

Some public schools are just shit, and a lifetime of effort cannot fix them.

My fucks given? None.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: IT Staff Handovers -- How To Take Over From an Outgoing Sys Admin?

whitelabrat Questions (195 comments)

Take over right away. Don't let him do anything. Ask lots and lots of questions. Take notes.

1. Get da passwords. Verify them.
2. Support contracts.
3. "What are common problems"
4. "Can I get your email" :)

about a year and a half ago

Why Working Remotely Needs To Make a Comeback

whitelabrat Re:Teamwork (455 comments)

I absolutely agree. In a work environment where collaboration and communication are needed to reach an end goal, telework sucks. The latency and opportunity for misunderstanding are strong. I've been able to hash out more in an hour over a few pints than in several week over email or chat. Just saying. There's a lot to be said for hearing your peer's ideas and for being able to challenge each other in person. Email totally sucks ass, because it's not a conversation. It's one way.

Not to say that being the office is always awesome either. In an undisciplined office environment, constant interrupts can ruin productivity. If everyone respects each other and trusts them to get the job done then it can be cool.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To React To Coworker Who Says My Code Is Bad?

whitelabrat So fix it then. (507 comments)

Ok. If he thinks it sucks then invite him to make it better. Cause you're awesome like that and have so much free time.

about 2 years ago

HP Cuts Workforce By 5%, Looks To Probe GM Hires

whitelabrat Re:Non-compete? (304 comments)

Bah. Non-competes are bullshit lawyer scare tactics. It's very difficult to win these cases in court. If HP wants to persue this they're just Trolling for some money from GM because apparently they can keep good employees or make money any other way.

about 2 years ago

Is Intel Planning To Kill Enthusiast PCs?

whitelabrat Typo AMD not ARM (1009 comments)

Enthusiast ARM computer? Ha ha.

More seriously though how many folks who are "enthusiasts" upgrade CPU or mobo? I'm thinking they probably dump the pair together for an upgrade if they have that kind of money. So in my mind making the cpu a permanent part of the mobo makes sense and can lower cost as well. Sounds like a win to me.

An earlier post made a good point too. Gold has gotten really frick'n expensive. A SMT solder mount does away with that.

more than 2 years ago

Samsung's Galaxy S III Steals Smartphone Crown From iPhone

whitelabrat But iPhone 5? (348 comments)

The iPhone 5 will absolutely CRUSH in Q4. Not a hater. I'm one of the GS3's in that Q3 number. I was about to buy the iPhone 5 but then Amazon was selling the GS3 for $99 and got my attention. That was that.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Can I Protect My Android Devices From Hackers?

whitelabrat FireAMP (295 comments)

I use FireAMP on my phone, but obviously if you are security conscious keep the bluetooth turned off when in public. And only use WiFi hot spots that you trust.

more than 2 years ago

Oracle Open World: Ellison Preaches Cloud Religion

whitelabrat Re:If he really wants to enable "the cloud" (49 comments)

+1 parent

Yeah, you know they're using Oracle VM. There's no polish for that turd. I wouldn't put anything there that I care about, unless I want to loose my job.

more than 2 years ago

Can the UK Create Something To Rival Silicon Valley?

whitelabrat Stop at "gov't" (395 comments)

Government? Really? Mmmmm. No.

more than 2 years ago


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