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Submission + - GoDaddy appears to be offline (godaddy.com) 3

An anonymous reader writes: It appears that all of GoDaddy's sites are offline including large numbers of sites hosted by GoDaddy. Twitter is indicating anonymous is claiming responsibility.

Current DNS lookups for some hosted sites are failing and the main GoDaddy sites aren't able to be reached.


The Secret Origins of Microsoft Office's Clippy 263

Harry writes "Most folks think that Microsoft Office's Clippy, Microsoft Bob, and Windows XP's Search Assistant dog were perverse jokes — but a dozen years' worth of patent filings shows that Microsoft took the concept of animated software 'helpers' really, really seriously, even long after everyone else realized it was a bad idea. And the drawings those patents contain are weirdly fascinating." The article, a slide show really, spreads over 15 pages.

If in any problem you find yourself doing an immense amount of work, the answer can be obtained by simple inspection.