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| Tuesday, February 10 2015 |

Profiling works.

Average attempted SSH logins using invalid credentials on any given machine in my network on a given day: ~6,000.

Average attempted SSH logins of the same after blackholing all of China and Korea: 3.

No doubt that'll make me a war criminal in Obama's internet.

posted by Mr. Lion @ 13:07 EST | comments (0)

| Wednesday, February 4 2015 |

Doing it right: Cayman GT4

I'd just about given up on Porsche, who has steadily been alienating the hardcore driver crowd with more and more PDK nonsense, even on the purist cars like the 911 GT3. You can't get a manual on any 911 worth buying any longer, or anything like a RWD Turbo. They have their reasons, of course. It's the same decision Ferrari, Lamborghini, and pretty much every sports car maker other than BMW and Ford made: If you build fast cars for idiots who can't drive, those idiots will buy them, and as a bonus you get less warranty claims from said idiots toasting clutches and breaking axles.

It should be noted that this is the same mentality that transformed Toyota from the over-engineered mecca of Japanese performance into Chevy, circa 1985. While more money is always good, if it comes at a cost of your brand and hardcore fans who buy lots of cars, the end game isn't pretty. BMW understands this better than probably anyone in the German fast things market.

For me, that was extremely disheartening. I love Porsche. I've owned many of their cars, and look back to the 60s through the 90s-- when Porsche had cars running in basically every form of motorsport known to man-- and wonder what the hell happened.

Evidently someone in Stuttgart felt the same way, because they made this: The Cayman GT4.

Manual only. 3.8 L engine. Brakes, wheels, and by the look of it many other bits liberated from the GT3. In fact, it has the same 'ring lap time as the previous GT3, which is probably one of the best cars I've ever driven, if not THE best.

So, thank you Porsche for seeing the light. In return, I'm going to give you a bunch of money for one.

posted by Mr. Lion @ 13:38 EST | comments (0)

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