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Re: [tor-talk] CloudFlare

On 18.04.2013 23:51, grarpamp wrote:
Of course it isn't imaginary. However this is where kneejerkers are
just being dumb... 2^8 exits will *never* ever be anything in comparison
to the 2^30 IP's reasonably estimated to be actually in use. Ten
square kilo's of your favorite big city has more abusable open IP's
than 2^8. Know how many big cities there are? Know how many
laptops and wifi and open wallplates there are? Lots.

The only problem you guys are ignoring is the human factor. It might sound harsh, but it's plain reality: most system admins are too narrow minded to figgure out most things beyond where and how to ask for a loaf of bread. They are just complex drones in a complex system. As long as computers are still not bright enough to autoconfigure themselves, these guys are going to earn a living. So the 15 day crash course says make a rule, block an IP. And they are going to do it as it is the only thing they know.

Throw in the mix the fact that building a community is much harder than policing it. Ever wondered why nice places like England are day by day turning into Airstrip One?

And throw in the mix that this is how the tools are shaped. Because, even if you like it or not, software developers are regular people. Meaning most have an ability to grasp finer concepts way below average in order to give the global average of today. Looking at some of the things done and said by a client to a server and you can believe most of the current conspiracy theorists. Only there is no conspiracy. Only plain stupidity. Take Tails for example: once upon a time they used to default to check.torproject.org. Only that somebody decided it would be cool to have some statistics. Now it defaults to the tails homepage. Same thing went through the minds of the Ubuntu developers. Most people buy from Amazon. Amazon pays for trafic. They just joined the two statements into their interface. And, from a certain point of view, it's obvious: they are giving a fine product that has set an industry standard in just a couple of years gratis. They deserve the money. And they can use the money to give DVDs away and sponsor free software that is not cool enough to get money, but is important enough to have it stable. It's a bad idea. Greased with a lot of honey.
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