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Jun
27
answered How do I disable location services system wide?
Jun
27
comment What is the difference between safety and security?
This sounds most suspiciously like a first-year university CS assignment question… (I don't mean to be rude if it's genuine.)
Jun
27
comment Safe to use high port numbers? (re: obscuring web services)
@wag2639 You're not really doing anything by changing a service's port number but making a script-kiddie find a slightly better script. War-dialing a block of IPs and ALSO portscanning every single port is trivial.
Jun
27
comment Safe to use high port numbers? (re: obscuring web services)
+1 "A good cracker is a patient cracker. They will wait."
Jun
27
comment Safe to use high port numbers? (re: obscuring web services)
No it's not true. Modern (even desktop) multi-core CPU machines with broadband access can scan all 65535 ports in seconds. And even if the attacker decided to space them out to two a second to foil a DoS gates, who cares, you're leaving your system up for more than a day, right? An old maxim is, as others have said below, that "security through obscurity" is essentially useless in the digital world.
Jun
27
comment Intercept email and see its content
I presume that attempting to circumvent your monitoring policy is itself a violation of the policy? They'll eventually catch you. "Hey, so why does this guy have 2 gigs of ssh data in and out every hour?"
Jun
27
comment Intercept email and see its content
+1 "if they're that paranoid about spying on you, then they'd simply block all encrypted connections anyway"
Jun
27
answered Hungry Time Machine
Jun
27
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Jun
27
comment How to speed up rsync?
rsync is so called because it's for remote synchronization and is not really appropriate for a locally-connected volume for this very reason.
Jun
27
comment How to backup Servers to an SSH-Host with low traffic and access to versions and encryption?
Just a note on compressing encrypted volumes (which happens, happily, to be on SF) serverfault.com/questions/89880/compressing-encrypted-files
Jun
27
comment When to stop using a hard drive? What rules/software apply?
+1 That's a brilliant answer.
Jun
27
answered Unplugged my iPhone while Macbook Pro was asleep, now it has a dark screen
Jun
27
answered Personal Finance / Money management software for Mac OS
Apr
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awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
31
awarded  Teacher
Aug
31
comment Running cat5 cable outdoors
@Keck +1 for conduit. All wires are waterproof because they're sheathed in rubber, but you'll (hopefully) never see your telco or municipality running bare wires underground.
Aug
31
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Jul
3
comment Windows 7 default programs won't let me choose Firefox as my default browser
Except doing things like silently installing the .NET Framework as an add-on in Firefox through Windows update? ;)
Jul
3
comment Windows 7 default programs won't let me choose Firefox as my default browser
+1 for lolfactor.