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Comment So how many people are still using XMPP? (Score 2) 63

Is XMPP dying right now? Cause if it is, it is sad. Google Chat may be the only XMPP chat that's supported by a big company. Companies want their own privatized protocol and bind their user in their own services: Whatsapp, Telegram, Line, Hangouts, iMessage and etc., and I can't talk to my friends if they're on a different service. Are we entering a age when good old Internet spirits are no more respected? Or is it just how this world should be in the first place?

Submission + - Public Mailing Lists are used for Flooding Attacks 2

Tom Li writes: In last 24 hours, I have received more than 40k subscription confirmation emails from FOSS projects mailing lists (OpenBSD, GNU, Ubuntu, CentOS, etc). My mail have already stopped operating. "Subscribers" are from multiple IP addresses. After I shared my experience, I have found more than 10 victims from the same attack, included a well-known Chinese tech-blog writer (tweet in Chinese).

Since thousands of lists exist, flooding is easy. This is not the first attack. Last year, The GNOME foundation (FreeDesktop.org) faced the same problem, they solved it by adding reCAPTCHA by themselves.There are still no protection for most lists, e.g Fedora. If this method is used widely, such low-cost attacks will serious affects many users and developers.

Comment Re: Ideally (Score 1) 76

A little tough talk? From Wikipedia, and I quote: "federal prosecutors filed a superseding indictment adding nine more felony counts, which increased Swartz's maximum criminal exposure to 50 years of imprisonment and $1 million in fines." Anyone could be crushed by this sort of injust lawsuit.

Crazee Edeee, his prices are INSANE!!!