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Twitter Offline Due To DDoS 398

The elusive Precision dropped a submission in my lap about a DDoS taking down Twitter running on CNet. It's been down for several hours, no doubt wreaking havoc on the latest hawtness in social networking. Won't someone please think of the tweeters? Word is that both Facebook & LiveJournal have been having problems this AM as well.

Comment Re:Oh hey no problem (Score 1) 364

So how did myself and tons of others upgrade to 3GS models in an apple store?

I left with my 3GS fully activated and able to make calls (with no data synced) and my 2G iphone with no service. No SIM card was changed.

Your phone number can be activated to a different SIM card... in the Apple Store.

Soooo....

Apple has no mechanism to transfer the registration of the SIM card to your phone number and set it up on the new phone.

is just outright wrong.

Comment Re:You cannot use viruses/bugs as an example of co (Score 1) 691

That makes sense. Common sense is that they bought a site license from an anti-virus vendor.

So how much is that Norton/Symatec/?? license for those 30,000 computers? Is that part of the Windows TCO, the mandatory virus protection and lcoal system firewall?

An answer from most people running windows is that linux systems should also have anti-virus measures in place, but in my limited experience (only ~100 machines), that was never needed since rarely was root access given out to users.

Comment Re:doesn't even boot (Score 1) 239

if you have driver problems with the desktop LiveCD... you should use the alternate install CD, it's what it is used for.

From https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation

"If your computer is not able to run the standard Desktop installation CD, you can use an Alternate installation CD instead. The Alternate CD also allows more advanced installation options which are not available with the Desktop CD. "

Comment APIs (Score 1) 175

How do you break this down? Are they just pinging twitter.com and waiting for timeouts on html returned?

I ask, because lots of twitter is their distribution via their APIs. How many of those other moblog sites have http GETs to non-html documents? Check for yourself: http://apiwiki.twitter.com/

I wonder how many statuses were updated from facebook.com or pulled there from a twitter API poll. It would be nice if a site like facebook could post their timeouts on their user status polls they do from their site. That might give people more of an idea of the complete twitter uptime.

Education

O'Reilly Now Competing With Sun Java Certificates 44

Joel Aufgang writes "O'Reilly Media's O'Reilly School of Technology in partnership with the University of Illinois has just launched a Java Programming Certificate Series, which looks like it's intended to compete with the Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP) certification. According to O'Reilly's press release, this is not an exam-based certification but rather a series of project based instructor-led courses that, if you pass, earns certification backed by the University of Illinois. Also interesting is the use of Eclipse as the preferred learning platform as opposed to Netbeans."
Security

World Bank Under Cybersiege In "Unprecedented Crisis" 377

JagsLive sends in a Fox News report on large-scale and possibly ongoing security breaches at the World Bank. "The World Bank Group's computer network — one of the largest repositories of sensitive data about the economies of every nation — has been raided repeatedly by outsiders for more than a year, FOX News has learned. It is still not known how much information was stolen. But sources inside the bank confirm that servers in the institution's highly-restricted treasury unit were deeply penetrated with spy software last April. Invaders also had full access to the rest of the bank's network for nearly a month in June and July. In total, at least six major intrusions — two of them using the same group of IP addresses originating from China — have been detected at the World Bank since the summer of 2007, with the most recent breach occurring just last month. In a frantic midnight e-mail to colleagues, the bank's senior technology manager referred to the situation as an 'unprecedented crisis.' In fact, it may be the worst security breach ever at a global financial institution. And it has left bank officials scrambling to try to understand the nature of the year-long cyber-assault, while also trying to keep the news from leaking to the public." Update: 10/11 01:15 GMT by T : Massive spyware infestations might be good cause to reevaluate the TCO of non-Windows systems on the desktop.
The Internet

Wikimedia Simplifies By Moving To Ubuntu 215

David Gerard writes "Wikimedia, the organization that runs Wikipedia and associated sites, has moved its server infrastructure entirely to Ubuntu 8.04 from a hodge-podge of Ubuntu, Red Hat, and various Fedora versions. 400 servers were involved and the project has been going on for 2 years. (There's also a small amount of OpenSolaris on the backend. All open source!)"
United States

Viewing Tool Provides Scrutiny of Debate Footage 144

The New York Times has an interesting tool for reviewing the debate. Alongside the actual video, there is a transcription (which you can click on to go to that section of the video), a search tool (that counts the number of usages by each candidate), a topic segmentation view, and even a fact checker that links to corrections.
The Internet

Comcast Outlines New Broadband Policy 350

Slatterz writes "US cable provider Comcast has presented its long-term solution for managing broadband traffic. The new system is set at putting to bed a minor scandal that erupted around the company when it was found that Comcast deliberately limited traffic for certain applications. The company said that under its new system, traffic will be analyzed every fifteen minutes. Users who are found to be occupying large amounts of bandwidth will be placed at a lower priority for network access behind users with less bandwidth-intensive traffic. The new system will not replace or be related to the company's earlier installment of bandwidth caps, which limited a user's data intake to 250GB per month."

Road to WAR Website Launched 64

Last week Mythic launched their "Road to WAR" website, allowing users to declare their allegiance, recruit friends, gather gold for the fight, and participate in a simple battle for self, state, and realm every week. In addition to the "prestige" of being on the leaderboard, you also have the ability to win in-game items and titles for launch. Looks like they really are hitting the warpath.
Networking

Submission + - Internet Pioneer Unveils Flow Router (theglobeandmail.com)

No_Weak_Heart writes: From this article in the Globe and Mail: "Lawrence Roberts, once part of a group that developed the world's first major computer packet network in the 1960s, started up Anagran Inc. in 2004 with the aim of developing a router that can better handle Internet traffic. The FR-1000 Flow Router, Anagran's first product, uses what the company calls behavioural traffic control, instead of existing methods of delivering data "packets" across networks, to ensure online video and voice services are delivered without interruptions."

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