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Comment: Re:Whirlpool and WebCentral (Score 5, Informative) 297

by Now15 (#24074577) Attached to: AVG Backs Down From Flooding the Internet

As the owner of Whirlpool, please moderate the parent as uninformed.

While I'm not in a position to provide an unbiased opinion of WebCentral, they do cater to a very important market -- people who need a premium quality service. If my experience with the $0 service they provide Whirlpool is any indication, WebCentral are not just technically excellent, their support system is outstanding and reactive. I can only imagine how much better they treat the customers who pay them.

Just because you only want the bargain service, doesn't mean everyone does.

And the only reason Whirlpool isn't blazing fast, is because we're running with a bunch of WebCentral's spare hardware. We're a community service, not a business.

Cheers
Simon Wright

Security

+ - AVG backs down from flooding the internet-> 1

Submitted by
Simon Wright
Simon Wright writes "This is an update to this story:
http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/07/03/1411254

Background:
As a website that is featured heavily in many google australia search results, Whirlpool (Australia's largest technology forum) has been particularly affected by AVG's LinkScanner. We've seen a traffic increase as much as 12 hits per second from these bots. So we've actively and loudly campaigned against this move by AVG, encouraging all users of AVG 8.0 to uninstall the product.

The discussion starts here:
http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=1006623

And AVG's backing down is posted here:
http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=1007329&r=15942208#r15942208

From the URL:
"As promised, I am letting you know that the latest update for AVG Free edition has addressed and rectified the issue that [Whirlpool] have brought to our attention. This update has now been released to users and has also been built into the latest installation package for AVG Free." — Peter Cameron, Managing Director, AVG Australia"

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Censorship

+ - Software companies sues popular Australian forum-> 3

Submitted by Pugzly
Pugzly (441999) writes "In a recent announcement on the Whirlpool front page, it appears that accounting software maker 2clix is sueing the founder of the forums as the founder "allowed statements 'relating to the Plaintiff and its software product that are both false and malicious' to be published on the Whirlpool forums."
Hopefully sanity will prevail, but it is the legal system..."

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United States

+ - Can the internet enable direct action offline? 3

Submitted by
notque
notque writes "We are sitting in a time with so many political scandals, and some would say an illegal war. You would think that given these facts the United States would be a hotbed of political activity and protest. So far this hasn't occurred, although people continue to do difficult work. There are many websites that attempt to coordinate political activity, but there doesn't seem to be a whole lot to show for it. Can the internet actually enable direct action offline? What are some ways that this could be carried out? On another website, digg, there was an article concerning a general strike on 09/11/07 that received 4600 diggs, so it seems that people want to do something, but feel isolated and alone. Does the internet help foster this? Noam Chomsky once said, "By margins that are now so overwhelming that it's even front page news, people are strenuously opposed to everything that's going on and are frightened and angry and reacting like punch-drunk fighters. They're just too alone, both in their personal lives and associations and also intellectually, without anything to grasp. They don't know how to respond except in irrational ways. In some ways it has sort of the tone of a devastated peasant society after a plague swept it or an army went through and ruined everything. People have just dissolved into inability to respond." How can individuals help to change this, and is the internet a useful tool for that? Does the internet just stagnate individuals further? Thanks."
Censorship

+ - Bloggers Code of Conduct

Submitted by
itsonlybarney
itsonlybarney writes "Glenda Kwek from the Sydney Morning Herald, has written a compelling article about whether a Bloggers Code of Conduct is necessary and whether it would 'facilitate a better environment for debate'.

This is not a new topic of course. It provoked furious debate across the blogosphere and in the media last month after an American blogger, Kathy Sierra, received what some people called death threats from an anonymous poster. Tim O'Reilly, the person said to have coined the term Web 2.0, and Wikipedia creator Jimmy Wales recently proposed a draft bloggers' code of conduct that they hope will serve as a guideline for blogging.
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Software

+ - Ubuntu Studio revealed

Submitted by
lukeknipe
lukeknipe writes "Ubuntu announces the April release of the Ubuntu Studio. An exceptionally ambitious project, it is described by Ubuntu as a "multimedia editing flavor of Ubuntu for the Linux audio, video, and graphic enthusiast or professional who is already familiar with the Ubuntu-Gnome environment.""

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