Re: [xml] Windows Binaries And The Web

Mmmm Midgets

Igor Zlatkovic <igor zlatkovic com> wrote:
Bruce Miller wrote:
> Getting even more OT...
> Do you really need FTP? I've been trying to ween away from it.
> The speed advantage seems to have become minimal, and it's trickier to
> secure.
> Our sysadmins insist on configuring the ftp server with reverse dns checks,
> with the consequence that every couple of months (just long enough to
> forget the logic :>)
> I get reports of people with flakey ISP setups not able to connect...

Off topic or not, here is the answer. :)

My former life without FTP was rewarded with a bill for the overtraffic.
I beamed, thinking half of the world came to visit me. The HTTP logs
have shaken me awake. I found that few idiots out there have nothing
better to do than to download one and the same, unchanged file three
times a second, in a massive parallelism, obvi ously automated. Tcpdump
said, even firewalled out, they kept drumming before the gate for days.
FTP was a lot easier to control that sort of traffic with, so I started
offering the files through FTP only.

This is not an issue any longer, because my provider has recently raised
the bandwidth and the all-inclusive traffic by tenfold. Now the idiots
cannot cause overtraffic before I spot them and beautify my firewall
rules with their addresses. But many honest people link to the FTP
resources now.

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