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+ - Coin a new term: Dumbwall

Submitted by ve3id
ve3id (601924) writes "After talking to my ISP about an outage which affects several of my friends, and finding them totally unaware of the fact that they had thousands of users out of service, they told me to remove the TCP/IP stack from my windows box and reinstall it, When I said that I did not have any windows machines, and the problem was happening in several PCs running linux and a VAX running NetBSD, they were thoroughly confused. I went out and got drunk, and when I came back all my systems were back running without me removing anything.

Can we coin the phrase "dumbwall" for this system where ISPs provide help desks with people who cannot do anything except read from a set of prepared scripts?

We have firewalls, and paywalls, why not dumbwalls, designed to keep the people who can solve problems isolated from the people who have information about the failures!"

+ - Meebo closing down-> 1

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ve3id
ve3id writes "For years I have used meebo to make an ssl connection past my local subnet to all my IM services, so nobody there or at my ISP can see what I am saying.

Now they say they are shutting down their chat as they have been bought by google.

Can anybody suggest a way to access Y!IM, MSN messenger, Gmail chat and others using ssl? Preferebly something native linux."

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