What Does It Mean To Stop DDoS At The Perimeter?

To stop DDoS at the perimeter can save money, time, and most importantly, customers and reputation. It means to stop visible attacks and concealed attacks before they jump through or over the firewall. Obviously, what the proactive DDoS protection solution does is to spare the potential victim network and IT infrastructure from slowed server or server crash. The potential victim becomes the real victor and can continue to do business as usual!

Customers depend upon their providers and vendors for services and products that are available and working when they need them. A DDoS protection company surveyed 312 customers and industry partners with questions about customer retention and what causes customers to stay with a provider and what moves them to leave and begin using a competitor. The choices were price increase, unsatisfactory customer service, product or service failure, lower prices elsewhere, or other. Five percent fell in the “other” group. Those few said obsolescence and quality comparison via online reviews and social network comments are the main reasons. Price increase totaled 32%, product or service failure at 43%, unsatisfactory customer service at 19 %, and lower prices elsewhere 2%.

Distributed denial of service is when more than one computer system in the world works together on purpose, by accident, or without their owners even knowing they are to cause one or more other networks to slow down or crash. Each of the systems involved in the denials of service are hitting the same victim network at one time with requests to access.

Imagine that a new gaming business Seasoned Sci Fi Stock Fiends’ hosted server package includes the ability for no more than 1000 website visitors at one time, and the hosted server provider includes a flaky security solution. Typically they expect to have no more than 200 hits at one time because they have only 200 customers for their extremely finely targeted audience. Their service is a gaming community with potential customer base of over 60 years of age. The customers are deaf and cannot use their hands, are wealthy, and are into science fiction and the stock market. Each customer has complete bank details and other personal data saved in the company’s backend and lives in the United States. The game site uses a popular global money alternative.

Seasoned Sci Fi Stock Fiends is ripe for hacking attempts and DDoS attacks. Potential DDoS and other malicious threat hackers are on the lookout for businesses like them. They are new, in the gaming business, keep sensitive information in poorly secured storage. They have customers who are rich, physically disabled senior citizens. A security solution is very important in today’s business world that takes place online. Of course, Seasoned Sci Fi Stock Fiends’ solution includes anti-virus and a firewall, but it should be ready to mitigate and protect against the possibility of DDoS and other malicious online activity.

Reactive is good, but proactive is better. Proactive can stop DDoS from causing harm at the perimeter. Stopping DDoS at the perimeter is DDoS protection and it becomes the perpetrators’ frustration and demise and the potential victim, you or Seasoned Sci Fi Stock Fiends to experience triumph and continuity. As online use continues to increase worldwide for legal activities, there is a tendency for an increase of criminal activity. Life imitates art. Art imitates life. The virtual world of the Internet imitates the physical world. Human nature is not repealed online. People crave the rewards of power, money, and fame. They sometimes are swayed to commit illegal activities to achieve one or more of these rewards. Be ready at the perimeter.

WoW – The Ethics and Fun Behind Twinking

First, an admission. I have been twinking in this game since I rolled my first character, a Dwarf Paladin on Kil’jaeden. I picked up skinning and herbalism early on, and immediately got sucked in to the auction house metagame. The next thing I knew, I was level 20, with a blue BoE mace, shield, and boots, and level appropriate greens for the rest of my gear. I had a blue BoE chest piece in my bank, and 30g in my pockets.

I got bored of playing my pally, and rerolled a Human Rogue. I followed a similar strategy with him, and kept him in a mix of blues and greens until I abandoned him at 33 to roll Stray, who actually started life as Eradicus of the Kilrogg server (/wave Girl Scouts of Doom). By this point, I had self-twinking down to a science, and comfortably leveled to around 28 with plenty of gold to spare. This was when the devs made an addition to the game that would bring twinking into the limelight, for better or for worse. Warsong Gulch was added to the game in patch 1.5, and twinked and untwinked lowbies began to regularly clash swords.

Before this, the ethics of twinking were never called into question. It was just something that you had the option of doing if you knew how to make gold, plain and simple. It made leveling easier and didn’t really hurt anyone in the process. Once Warsong Gulch entered the equation, however, things got a little more complicated. Many people who were fine with seeing a rogue with 2 blue weapons enchanted with Fiery rip through an even level mob were significantly less fine with having said rogue tear through them without breaking a sweat.

Nasty posts began appearing on the forums, claiming that twinks were simply players who “couldn’t cut it” at level 60. That accusation has followed ever since, along with many other less relevant ad hominem arguments. Getting back to my personal experience, as a level 30 rogue dominating WSG (the bracket was 21-30 back then) I found it quite amusing that people assumed that twinks were simply level 60s who couldn’t compete. Since that was my highest level character on the server, and indeed my second highest level character ever, all it was for me was a fun break from leveling. I wasn’t fully twinked, my only enchants were fiery on my swords and a %2B50 health enchant that I got free from a guy trying to level enchanting in Crossroads, but I still was more powerful than most of the lowbies in there. It was a great time, and was ultimately what motivated me to get to 60 and keep playing the game.

What I’d really like to get into here is the ethical question of twinking. Non-twinks claim that twinks ruin early PVP for them. For someone brand new to the game, I think that could be a valid point, but for someone who has been here a while and knows what’s up, I think there are two very solid counter arguments to be made. The first is, plain and simple, you knew what you were getting into. The existence, and indeed, abundance of twinks in the current incarnation of the game is blatantly obvious. You know what a glowing weapon means, and you’ve seen level x9’s carrying them unless you play blindfolded.

So when you take your level 16 priest into Warsong Gulch for a break from leveling, you should not be surprised when you run into the enemy base and get ambushed by 3 rogues decked in enchanted blues, and you should probably not waste your time posting on the forums about it. You have 3 choices, you can either go in and accept that you will be nothing more than fodder 90% of the time, you can shell out some gold and twink to a reasonable level, or you can just level past it, and wait to take a break from leveling until you are in the 40’s range, where gear is much less of an issue.

The second point, and in my mind the more weighty one, is that the early Battlegrounds with their twinks and non-twinks essentially represent a microcosm of level 70, with fresh 70’s and veterans. Yes, a level 29 hunter with Master Hunter’s Rifle will 2 shot your fire mage in quest gear. By that same token, a level 70 warrior in Season 2 or 3 gear with a Stunherald will 2 or 3 shot my 70 rogue in quest gear. What’s the difference? Well, there are a few. The first is that players who want to PVP as their main method of progression have to “pay their dues” at 70 in order to get the gear they need to compete, whereas a lowbie twink can wait until he has the majority of his gear to step foot in a BG, if he so chooses.

Advantage: Twinks. The second is that there is a finite gear ceiling in any given twink bracket, versus the soft cap of arena season / pve tier gear at 70. This means that for a twink, there comes a certain point at which gear progression is no longer a factor, and the only reason people are playing is for fun. The third point, which ties in nicely with the last one, is that due to this gear cap, anyone can compete if they want to, and once they get into it, they will find that there is an amazing sense of community, fun, and competition that is lacking from the 70 scene.

There are regular discussion threads on the battlegroup forums, challenges issued between other twink guilds, and 90% of the trash talking is friendly, unlike the 70 arena vitriol. Most importantly, in the battlegrounds themselves, you will generally never see a twink say “Hey, let’s just lose this one, it’s faster honor.”

I would say my stance on the issue is fairly clear. Twinking is a great, enjoyable part of the game that anyone can be a part of if they choose to. In closing, I’d like to simply ask critics of twinking to give it a shot themselves before they knock it. You might end up finding that this game is a lot more fun than you thought it was.

Beating The Odds – A New Approach to Betting on Boxing

Casino Visions and Caviar Dreams

Most of us have heard this before: “I’m going to get rich this weekend. I’m feeling lucky. I’m going to triple this money I have. It was set aside for the mortgage, but I know I’m going to win. I can feel it. I was so close last time.”

It’s beyond cliché. It’s a cultural phenomenon, with the optimistic playing the part of financial lemmings, eager to swim out in the ocean too far to swim back to shore (or in this case solvency).

The people who go to casino’s with such a “plan” usually end up leaving with their tail between their legs.

Casino towns are money siphons, an instant asset reallocation strategy for the hopeful. For every sensible vacationer who takes a preset allotment of discretionary income to a gaming community for some kicks and a show, there is a reckless gambling addict hurtling toward destitution. The trick, as the song said, is to never play the game too long.

So, according to the industry, you can rely on the lady luck long shot, the win some-lose more method long endorsed by the gaming community, or inflict upon yourself the relative tedium of card counting.

What other options are there for the gaming enthusiast looking for a sincere chance to beat the house advantage?

There is, some say, a formula.

The Formula

In today’s computer culture, advanced mathematical calculations are just an app away. Computation professionals are driving technology further, faster.

Is it really surprising that in an era where the numerics of card counting have tipped the scale in blackjack, to have another contender emerge and challenge the notion that the odds always favor the house?

This has indeed happened. It comes from France. It is called the Martingale method, and was considered high tech… by eighteenth century nobility.

The system revolves around the fundamental principal of doubling your bet each time you lose until you win.

The theory is that you are bound to get one right eventually, and you then will get the payoff you pursued in the initial wager.

One interesting point about this method is that at first glance the wagerer appears to be a gambling addict on a bender. Upon closer inspection, what looks like unstable behavior shows itself to be the execution of a discipline within the chaos of wagering. It can pay.

The method practitioner must have researched the technique and learnt the entire formula, which can be fully understood in hours armed with nothing more than elementary school math.

So far so good. The rub? One had better know their game. Losses get expensive quickly. A wagerer could be risking $16 to win the $1 they set out to win. If the first bet was large, the risks can be disproportionate.

Where does this lead the hopeful wagering enthusiast who is not a card counter in possession of a substantial bankroll? This is the dead end. Or is it?

Hiring A Ringer

One can try the internet sports pickers. Called “touts,” these people are willing to do the analyses (thinking) for you.

Touts study a sport or sports, and one pays them for their expertise. Upon swiping your card, the “expert” bestows upon you their predictions, ranging in time from a day to a year.

Touts do not gamble for you. They don’t make wagers: only predictions.

The tout business is competitive, and if you do more than peruse their adverts there are a few things of which you should be aware. First, it is rumored that some of these touts don’t exist as an actual person, but are instead marketing gimmicks.

As I investigated this book, a controversy was brewing about an invented tout with the last name Chan, whose character was allegedly created to appeal to a certain demographic. How could this happen? Touts are often organized into groups. Tout houses are arranged so prospective clients can elect a soothsayer that aligns with prospect preferences.

The more diversified the choices, the more likely a prospective client is to find kinship through familiarity with one of the choices.

Not having a matching demographic option, wouldn’t it make sense for the marketing arm of such an organization to develop as many choices as possible? What if the creation of such a character was the best available option? Is it lying or promotional enhancement?

In any event this forum, like every casino ville, may not be exactly what it seems.

When employing touts, another aspect/gimmick of which you should be aware is the star rating system. Touts diversify their picks between 1 and 5 stars (5 being preferred). The star ratings are meant to establish the confidence level a tout has on a prediction.

For example, say a tout believes one team should beat another, but hasn’t much confidence, that pick would be given one star. Should the tout feel assured about a selection, the pick would receive a rating of 5 stars. Two through 4 stars implies a marginal degree of confidence in the selection.

When one looks at an advert where a tout says they have won six 5 star picks in a row, that doesn’t mean they’ve done the same with their picks made from 1 to 4 stars.

I’m not saying this scenario happens often, but without monitoring, how does one keep track? Does this mean that touts can keep five lists, and advertise the one currently doing well? The answer is yes. Forewarned is forearmed.

In addition, its hard to determine what touts mean in terms of money amounts to place according to their recommendations. Touts use the term “units” instead of dollars or pounds or yen. Classifying currency as “units” is an insurance tactic often used to confuse and mislead the unwary.

The biggest rap on these touts is that most are said to make their money by selling picks and not by using their own product and investing their own money in their predictions.

By the way, this is a flourishing industry. The clientele is alert and attentive. In fairness, the market doesn’t sustain itself on newbies or suckers. Many touts have niche specialties that pay off for their patrons.

The lesson here is to learn the terms before you invest. Only a dupe would try to cheat this learning curve.

Counting Cards

Is there a game available at every casino where the players have the edge over the house? The rumor is that that blackjack, or 21, affords the players just that chance.

Our investigation began with the movie 21, about the M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) blackjack team. The movie was based on a book called Bringing Down The House, and was, allegedly sponsored by the gaming industry itself.

How is it that the gambling machine would support a movie that has as premise that one of the casino’s primary moneymaking games can be outwitted and foiled by a counting approach that can be learned by the average player?

We found that even if blackjack card counting techniques do allow players a mathematical advantage over the house, there is at least one catch.

We spoke to Dennis, a blackjack card counter, who was plying his trade at the Red Garter hotel and casino in Wendover, Nevada. Dennis was willing to talk to us but refused to be photographed because he believes the picture could be formatted to use by industry facial recognition software, which could lead to his eviction by casinos.

Dennis also declined our using his last name, citing the player reward cards that track players through out their casino stay, and use the results to offer freebies and discounts. These cards are considered a substantial perk system linked to a name, making it monitored and tracked.

“The idea that you can beat the game of 21 is correct, but incomplete,” Dennis explained. The missing part of that statement seems to be the word “temporarily.”

How long does it take to become a successful card counter? Not long at all, according to Dennis, who says he has been applying “the system” for 5 years.

Dennis recounts his challenges in card counting: chief among them is not getting caught. “Card counting is 100% legal, AND if you are noticed by the casinos counting, there is a 100% chance you will be thrown out of the casino and blacklisted from ever returning.”

Dennis lowered his voice before continuing. “You are counting cards to get a small mathematical advantage. It might take over an hour to do it. Then, if you get the hand you want you still have to have your count straight and be ready to jump on it, make your money, then get out of the place before security can respond to the large increase in bet size you just made.”

“Upping the bet,” Dennis confided, “is the big giveaway in blackjack. The eye-in-the-sky (remote viewing system) will catch that every time.”

He finished with some advice and an admonition: “If you are having the free drinks the casinos offer, or are distracted by anything, you will miss your chance for profit. If you are smart, you’ll keep your winnings. Many blackjack players blow their profit on another casino game the very day they win big.”

I nodded, now understanding the casino corporation’s motivation in sponsoring a movie like 21, and being able to verify that there is indeed a table game where the player has the odds on advantage over the house, but not by much and not for very long.

The Alternative

We have, in this section, covered some of the approaches to making a profit in the casino world: the shot-in-the-dark, wager sequencing systems, counting cards and bringing in paid experts. Is there another option, one that can bring the best of the best together into a cohesive, reliable whole?

Some are claiming there is such an option. They believe results can be nearly standardized. The game is, surprisingly, the oldest known sport. Like it or not, professional fist-fighting may be the sound investment both the gambler and professional investor have been looking for.

Why boxing? According to believers, the reasons are elementary.

The first attribute seems most attractive to investors: reduction of variables. Anyone who has watched trading on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange tends to believe they are watching uncoordinated chaos, as companies allow complete strangers to monitor the funds of their clientele.

In boxing there are only four conclusions;

  1. One fighter prevails.
  2. The adversary is victorious.
  3. The result is even (called a “draw”). In such a case the investment is returned untouched as a break-even affair, or in sports investment parlance, a push.
  4. Lastly, this fourth conclusion is a biased result, usually assisting the local athlete or contestant with favorable promotional contacts.

One group benefiting from this new investment paradigm featuring boxing are called Boxing Bet Predictors. This lot contends that the above four results, these few component pieces, allow greater chance of victory on a consistent basis than their stock market counterparts.

They charge that contrary to the cultivated image of legitimacy for Wall Street, there are intentional steps taken to give the appearance of neutrality that do nothing more than assure gambling odds on par with the casino game roulette, as thorough investigation in sanctioned stock investments are called insider trading, which is illegal.

Boxing Bet Predictors contend that it is just this sort of investigative limitation in stocks that supply advantage to their own investment game. Boxing Bet Predictors can legally perform insider trading from numerous sources. Such sources include print, internet sites like blogs, forums and YouTube, as well as television options ranging from ESPN to HBO, Showtime and PPV.

Along with variable reduction and investigative liberty comes the skill development necessary to be a successful investor. To many, the science of knowing which prizefighter will best the other seems confusing and random. Boxing Bet Predictors insist it is neither.

First, one must learn when and where NOT to invest. After that, it is the relatively simple process of knowing on whom one should make their pick.

Sound complicated? Not according to the experts, in this case the boxing bet predictors, who maintain that the necessary knack is not in knowing the fighters, but the styles of the fighters, who’s elements seem to dovetail together very much like the children’s game “paper-rock-scissors.”

The learning curve for this strategy specialty doesn’t need to take years, just months. Like any new skill with a short-term learning curve, there is a key focus: upon recognizing how the few styles interrelate, accuracy rates of 75% should not just be considered obtainable, but expected.

The Conclusion

With an absence of trust in stock secured retirements, people are looking at options. This article has covered most of the credible options. Prudence and judgment must go together to benefit from any investment strategy.