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Comment: Anecdote! I almost quit my job over this. (Score 1) 70

by StealthPanda (#43311017) Attached to: Did the Spamhaus DDoS Really Slow Down Global Internet Access?
On Tuesday afternoon, GMT-6, I could do exactly zero of my job functions, as none of my remote server connections would stay up for longer than 5-7 seconds. Not knowing what was happening, I did hours of troubleshooting on my own connection, before finally just calling it quits for the day.

I was about ready to just walk away out of frustration before things just seemed to magically fix themselves the following morning. So yes, I think this did affect parts of the internet as a whole, and not others. I am not surprised by this.

Comment: Re:life-long updates (Score 1) 687

by StealthPanda (#43233771) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Is a Reasonable Way To Deter Piracy?

The fraud was reported the day after and STILL it took over TWO MONTHS to give my money back

That sounds like a debit card, and not a credit card. Don't send money to the credit card company for fraudulent transactions. They are liable, not you, other than a few hundred bucks, which most CC companies waive for customers.

Comment: Online Backup (Score 1) 499

by StealthPanda (#37558416) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Long-Term Video/Picture Storage?
I am a huge fan of online automatic backups. Things like Backblaze, Crashplan, etc are neat. If, in many years, technology is changing to make your file types obsolete, you will have everything available to convert during that time. If your backup company of choice goes out of business, then choose a new one. As long as you keep something current, you will be set. I bought backblaze for all of my family members for Christmas last year. It sure does feel good to not have to worry about grabbing my PC if my house is on fire....just my wife.

Comment: Video Game Suggestions (Score 1) 458

by StealthPanda (#36586522) Attached to: US Supreme Court: Video Games Qualify For First Amendment
So I have read through a lot of the decision, and I have come out of it with some video game "recommendations" from the Supreme Court:

Not Safe For Work, most likely:

15 Lah, “RapeLay” Video Game Goes Viral Amid Outrage, CNN (Mar. 30, 2010), game.rape_1_game-teenage-girl-japanese-government?_s=PM:WORLD.
16 Graham, Custer May be Shot Down Again in a Battle of the Sexes Over X-Rated Video Games, People, Nov. 15, 1982, pp. 110, 115.
17 Scheeres, Games Elevate Hate to Next Level, Wired (Feb. 20, 2002),
18 Thompson, A View to a Kill: JFK Reloaded is Just Plain Creepy, Slate (Nov. 22, 2004),

Have fun!

Comment: Re:Oh no! (Score 1) 339

by StealthPanda (#35799946) Attached to: AT&T Lowers Data Access To Just $500/GB
You are missing the point. For many poor people, a cellphone is the only access point they have for the Internet outside of public computers in public buildings, with often-restrictive operating hours. (Libraries, etc.)

Not everyone can afford to have home computers and internet connections. Get a little perspective.

Comment: Backblaze and other online backups. (Score 1) 266

by StealthPanda (#35782372) Attached to: I back up personal files...
I have been using Backblaze for the last year or so, and it has increased my calm by a lot. It is cheap, unlimited, and doesn't require me to think about files.

As I am not a shill, Carbonite and Spideroak offer similar plans at similar prices. I am just a HUGE fan of encrypted (private key) offsite backup.

I have only had to recover a file once or twice, but it is so nice to know that all my stuff is available if "something bad" happens. I have actually removed my tower from my "Things to grab if the house is on fire" list. I haven't told my fiance that she was #2 on the list before I had my offsite backup set up....

All life evolves by the differential survival of replicating entities. -- Dawkins