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Did the Spamhaus DDoS Really Slow Down Global Internet Access? 70

CowboyRobot writes "Despite the headlines, the big denial of service attack may not have slowed the Internet after all. The argument against the original claim include the fact that reports of Internet users seeing slowdowns came not from service providers, but the DDoS mitigation service CloudFlare, which signed up Spamhaus as a customer last week. Also, multiple service providers and Internet watchers have now publicly stated that while the DDoS attacks against Spamhaus could theoretically have led to slowdowns, they've seen no evidence that this occurred for general Internet users. And while some users may have noticed a slowdown, the undersea cable cuts discovered by Egyptian sailors had more of an impact than the DDoS."
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Ship Anchor, Not Sabotaging Divers, Possibly Responsible For Outage 43

Nerval's Lobster writes "This week, Egypt caught three men in the process of severing an undersea fiber-optic cable. But Telecom Egypt executive manager Mohammed el-Nawawi told the private TV network CBC that the reason for the region's slowdowns was not the alleged saboteurs — it was damage previously caused by a ship. On March 22, cable provider Seacom reported a cut in its Mediterranean cable connecting Southern and Eastern Africa, the Middle East and Asia to Europe; it later suggested that the most likely cause of the incident was a ship anchor, and that traffic was being routed around the cut, through other providers. But repairs to the cable took longer than expected, with the Seacom CEO announcing March 23 that the physical capability to connect additional capacity to services in Europe was "neither adequate nor stable enough," and that it was competing with other providers. The repairs continued through March 27, after faults were found on the restoration system; that same day, Seacom denied that the outage could have been the work of the Egyptian divers, but said that the true cause won't be known for weeks. 'We think it is unlikely that the damage to our system was caused by sabotage,' the CEO wrote in a statement. 'The reasons for this are the specific location, distance from shore, much greater depth, the presence of a large anchored vessel on the fault site which appears to be the cause of the damage and other characteristics of the event.'"

Comment Re:What about XP mode in Windows 7 (Score 5, Informative) 646

Is Windows XP Mode supported throughout the lifecycle of Windows 7?
No. Windows XP Mode is a full virtual version of Windows XP and follows the same support lifecycle as Windows XP. Windows XP extended support phase ends in 2014.

Unfortunately IE6/7/8 will live on and I have nightmares that we will be supporting them until 2038...

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Submission + - Samsung says their TV aren't really spying on you ( 1

lightbox32 writes: Samsung has finally responded to an article recently published by HD Guru titled "Is your TV watching you?" which discussed the fact that new features in Samsung's top 2012 models — including built-in microphones, HDTV camera, wireless and wired Internet connection, built-in browser with voice to text conversion, face recognition and more — could be used to collect unprecedented personal information and invade our privacy. Samsung has now provided their privacy policy, which may or may not lay the issue to rest.

Submission + - Study: Amazon Trouncing Google in Android App Revenue (

suraj.sun writes: Amazon's decision to pursue its own app store appears to be paying off, according to Friday data from analysis firm Flurry(,2817,2402443,00.asp), which examined a "basket of top apps" that were released for Apple's iOS, the Android Market/Play Store, and Amazon's own Appstore. The firm found that for every dollar spent on the iOS version of the app, 89 cents were spent on the app within the Amazon Appstore, but just 23 cents was spent on the Google Play version of the app.

In total, the apps covered 11 million daily active users, Flurry said. The study covered 45 days over January and February of this year. Flurry concluded that the decision to fork Android was a profitable lesson that could be imitated by a company like Samsung. In part, that's because Amazon and Apple's core business is selling products to the consumer, while Google's strength is in search.

Comment Re:Passing on Viruses (Score 4, Informative) 396

I'm guessing this was meant to be a troll but really things aren't as bad as you make them out to be these days...

If you're setting up a mail server there are packages available which integrate all of the things you mentioned above into easier to manage / maintain systems. For example one popular one is iRedMail which can be set up by an intermediate user in around 1 Minute [Video:

If you are implying it's much more complicated for the end user then you're kidding yourself as well. These days there are guides for most popular distributions and usually it's not much more difficult than installing the software and/or configuring an addon. For example, the Ubuntu community guide has easy to follow instructions for configuring Thunderbird with ClamAV. The process is by no means difficut (install, set ports, install addon) and takes less than a minute to complete for a novice user capable of following some instructions.

There are of course users who would find following such a guide too difficult but really these users simply lack the experience, confidence, patience or time to do so anway. They're likely the same users who pay somebody else (or come to you, their friend / relative) to install the software for them ;)

Point I'm trying to make for people thinking of giving it a try is that it is a lot easier to do than the parent implies - even for novice-intermediate users.

Submission + - Cyber Bullying Legislation incomming for Victoria (

An anonymous reader writes: The new law, nicknamed "Brodie's Law", will add serious workplace and cyber bullying to Crimes Act provisions already governing stalking with offenders facing up to 10 years in jail. Children who use Facebook to threaten or harass could be caught up in the change, although those under 10 cannot be brought before a criminal court.

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