"When he was around eight...his Grade 3 class adopted an animal at a shelter, receiving an electronic adoption certificate. That lead to a discovery on the classroom computer. 'The website had a number at the end, and I was able to change the last digit of the number to a different number and was able to see a certificate for someone else's animal that they adopted,' he said. 'I thought that was interesting.' The teenager's current troubles arose because he used the same trick on Nova Scotia's freedom-of-information portal, downloading about 7,000 freedom-of-information requests."
Today Lycos, one of the Pioneering web portals of the '90s notified all it's users that:
"On May 15th, 2018, we will no longer be offering free Lycos Mail accounts."
they have been very upfront about the reason:
"Q: Why are you doing this?
A: Providing mailboxes costs us money, and we no longer make enough from ads to support the cost of the mailboxes."
At it's heyday, Lycos was acquired by Terra Networks (a division of Telefonica), then sold to Daum Communications in Korea and then to Ybrant Digital in India.
The search engine and other parts (like angelfire, Tripod and Gamesville) continue working.
In the meantime, instructions are provided to Download all your mail via POP3 for offline archival, or to upgrade to Paid Accounts.
In the wake of the law's passage, its real targets—not child sex traffickers, but adult sex workers and the Internet platforms used by them—have borne the brunt of its effects. Website like the Erotic Review and Craigslist's personals section have either shut down entirely or for U.S. users, while Backpage.com has been seized, leaving many adult sex workers in physical and financial peril.
A new child protection organization, Prostasia Foundation, has just been announced, with the aim of taking a more sex-positive approach, that would allow it to push back against laws that really target porn or sex work, under the guise of being child protection laws. Instead, the organization promotes a research-based approach to the prevention of child sexual abuse before it happens. From the organization's press release:
Prostasia Director Jaylen MacLaren is a former child prostitute who used a website like this to screen her clients. She now recognizes those clients as abusers, but she does not blame the website for her suffering. “I am committed to preventing child sexual abuse, but I don’t believe that this should come at the cost of civil liberties and sexual freedom,” Jaylen said. “I have found ways to express my sexuality in consensual and cathartic ways.”
Nerea Vega Lucio, a member of the group’s Advisory Council, said “Child protection laws need to be informed by accurate and impartial research, and ensuring that policy makers have access to such research will be a top priority for Prostasia.”
A new tool, a DrWatson32 alike, has been created by Mark and added to 0.4.8, so now any application crashing will create a log file on the desktop. This crash dump details the list of modules and threads loaded, stack traces, hexdumps, and register state.