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Re: Some Bones to Pick with Tor Admins

     On Wed, 11 Feb 2009 07:49:05 -0500 Praedor Atrebates <praedor@xxxxxxxxx>
>Looks like I may have to create a procmail filter to pre-dump posts.
>Money may be tight now (for lots of peeps) but one should be able to acquire a much more modern windoze for virtually nothing.  SE?  SE?!!!  Why not run win95?  Or 3.5?
>If you are REALLY hurting for money: LINUX!  Download and install a free version - pick a distro.  ANY modern linux will do much more than SE can, you wont miss anything but viruses and trojans (though anyone foolish enough to still run SE doesn't give a f*ck about the trojans and other hacks part of the equation). If you have SE on something, it is sure as hell you aren't running anything demanding on it (by modern Homo sapiens standards).  SE dates back to the Homo erectus period.

     Do you suppose you could avoid putting entire paragraphs onto single
lines of text?
     LINUX is certainly an option, but don't forget the BSDs.  FreeBSD 7, for
example, is very fast.  For those with multi-CPU or multi-cored CPUs, FreeBSD 7
and 8-CURRENT have the *only* efficient kernels for heavy CPU loads.  (See
http://www.freebsd.org.)  PC-BSD 7 is a particular packaging of FreeBSD 7 that
is especially designed to be newbie-friendly.  (See www.pcbsd.org.)
     In any case, there is simply no excuse for running tor on unsafe operating
systems that no longer get security updates.  If the OP would identify his
tor relay by nickname or key fingerprint, I would be happy to add it to my
ExcludeNodes list for my own protection.  Also, a machine like the one
described by the OP cannot contribute much data rate capacity to the tor
network anyway, so if he were to take it offline permanently, it would be no
great loss to the tor community and would have the benefit of removing an
unsafe relay from the network.

                                  Scott Bennett, Comm. ASMELG, CFIAG
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