No BS Podcast #126: Google's Prime Directive

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Gigabyte

I've used the DNS Nameserver Spoofability Test and the Domain Name Speed Benchmark.

https://www.grc.com/dns/dns.htm
Scroll to the bottom and select “Initiate Standard DNS Spoofability Test”

https://www.grc.com/dns/Benchmark.htm
Select the Nameservers tab > Add/Remove >
I remove everything. There’s way too much stuff in there. It’s a little overwhelming for beginners. It’s easy to restore everything too. 
Select Add System’s Nameservers and type in the desired IP addresses.

Google DNS
8.8.8.8
8.8.4.4

Open DNS
208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220

OpenDNS is free for personal use and internal business use. The Deluxe and Enterprise plans give us more features. An account is only required if you want to access their Web-based Dashboard.
 

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simplymortified

 

Guys we getting a Podcast this week?

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bsweeney

When talking about the Google DNS service, you guys asked if there was a way to test the performance of the service. I haven't used it, but Steve Gibson has a program called DNS Benchmark, that will show you the how a DNS server performs. A quick google search will pull up at least one person who has run the benchmark.

The product can be found here:
http://www.grc.com/dns/benchmark.htm

Unless the google DNS is significantly faster than your current servers, though, I can't see how it would make much of a difference in web browsing performance.

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bsweeney

Argh! Double-post fail :(

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Lepton

Gordon suggests somehow that it is hard to go back to Google Maps after using Bing Maps.  Totally ridiculous.  Google Maps has far more features, far better quality of data, far more data than Bing.  I can go to nearly any major town in the continental US and get street views, street names, block numbers, approximate parcels, and far, far better aerial photos, etc, etc, etc.  Get a clue, Gordon.  You are always talking out of your butt.

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Iceman

There is no place like 127.0.0.1

 Google Fanboy?

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jwalch.hawk

FYI, they didn't really "fix" the problem that allows DNS cache poisoning so much as get ridiculously lucky.  It turns out that there's this random part of the ancient DNS spec. that pretty much allows you to randomly capitalize letters in the name and have it translate into the same IP.  This was *not* designed with security in mind, but the random casing is pretty much acting as a retarded form of cryptography allowing the client to verify the DNS server.  DNSSEC looks to solve this problem by using actual cryptographic signatures, but cache poisoning is still very much an open issue.

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I Jedi

"Comcast is just a big bucket of suck." - Gordon... Wow, you're my new hero for tonight, Gordon.

 Also, I didn't quite catch what movie to see on Netflix from what Norm suggested. Network, or something along those lines?

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Modred189

Hey guys, great episode. 

Feedback on the netbook discussion... I am currently in law school, and I use my netbook for note-taking using OneNote exclusively. It's plenty fast, as all you are doing is writing. I even gave audio-recording a shot, but alas, Acer's built-in mic is not meant to be used for seminar recording.

 

Furthermore, in many of my classes, netbooks have begun to outnumber Macbooks.

 

For reference, my netbook is an Acer Aspire One A150, i.e. standard netbook fare, and I added Windows 7 Pro. 

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