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    Google to announce world domination today at noon

    I think the marketing of the gphone and its positioning in the marketplace will be more "revolutionary" than the actual technology its bringing. From a scientific perspective, the phone isn't bringing anything fundamentally new; but the weight of its owner, Google, and the publicity of the...
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    my new addition to my computer: the Drobo...

    To simplify: 1. the advantage of NAS is pre-packaged network-shared file-serving capabilities. You can also achieve this with any computer (ie. a NAS is just a dumbed-down or purpose-specific PC). 2. the advantage of RAID 1 is that it offers reliability (full mirroring), and offers it in...
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    Anybody know PL/SQL?

    I also actually deleted my post because I looked back at some PL/SQL (have not done any PL/SQL scripting in a year or two) and noticed that I re-assign vars within a block ... which led to confusion, and a subsequent meltdown of various logic gates inside my brain. But yah, imperative languages...
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    Anybody know PL/SQL?

    Yep, you're right, which is why I deleted my post. Haha.
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    my new addition to my computer: the Drobo...

    But do you need both 1 and 2 at the same time? Can you be happy with a fast SATA drive on a tricked out PC with file-sharing over a GB LAN while using a separate external drive (also shared) for auto-scheduled backup activity? If so, you can have a solution for about $200 ... or less...
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    my new addition to my computer: the Drobo...

    Don't waste your time with such expensive solutions. You might be confusing your requirements. Do you need: 1. High availability? 2. High reliability? RAID is a solution that caters (or that can cater) to both (1) and (2). Using a NAS might be convenient, but is designed for high...
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    router suggestions

    Yeah, there are a few interesting things to point out about the 150N, but really the baseline I use is driven entirely by the DD-WRT firmware. As soon as I purchase a new router, I upgrade to the DD-WRT firmware and use that as a basis for my recommendations to others! :) I have had zero...
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    router suggestions

    lol ... yeah, I actually have two Linksys WRT150N routers set up in my apartment. My apartment is quite long and many doors/walls separate each end, which meant that even with the new N router the signal was dropping at one end. So I set up WDS Nodes for both routers (1 router at one end of...
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    DNS Cache Poisoning + EvilGrade = End of The Interwebs?

    I was just toning down the sensationalism. As well, the hack here is nothing new, it's just exaggerated more than ever due to the scale and high-availability automation of update services. I agree that various services -- DNS included -- rely on a protocol that do not require non-repudiation...
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    DNS Cache Poisoning + EvilGrade = End of The Interwebs?

    I don't get it ... this is nothing new at all, really. Unless I have misunderstood, upgrade sites are already mitigating by performing auto-updates using asymmetric encryption based on a one-time shared public key from the authentic host. So in this SWF example, if I had the public key from...
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    Accessing a FTP through a company proxy

    Wait, are you saying you can or cannot access your FTP server through Firefox? I'm assuming that you would be using Firefox' ability to specify FTP locations as a URL in the address window ... such as: "ftp://somewhere.com/" If you can access your FTP server through Firefox, then it is likely...
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    Facebook and the CIA

    I tend to agree with most of praktik's comments as well, however I think there is a distinction to be made between monitoring banking activity and monitoring virtual social networks. Infiltration of these two different kinds of systems could have very different objectives, so the value gained...
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    Accessing a FTP through a company proxy

    FYI: Active and passive FTP modes only have an impact when initiating related connections for issuing file transfers (which include directory listing commands, and more accurately, any data streams). They simply represent a variation in the protocol where the server initiates the socket...
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    What is your editor of choice?

    vi is really just for people who have trouble letting go. let go.
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    Accessing a FTP through a company proxy

    I know a few tricks ... I've broken just about every corp firewall in the history of my job. Nothing terribly illegal, just rule-bending behaviour. A simple first test: set up your FTP server to listen on port 443 on your home server (presumably you aren't running an Apache/web HTTPS server at...
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