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Submission + - All of Gopherspace Available for Download

An anonymous reader writes: Cory Doctorow tells us that in 2007, John Goerzen scraped every gopher site he could find (gopher was a menu-driven text-only precursor to the Web; I got my first online gig programming gopher sites). He saved 780,000 documents, totalling 40GB. Today, most of this is offline, so he's making the entire archive available as a .torrent file; the compressed data is only 15GB. Wanna host the entire history of a medium? Here's your chance!

Go get yourself a piece of pre-Internet history here!
The Internet

Submission + - Anatomy of an Internet Scam

pongo000 writes: Here's a fascinating and rare look at the endgame of an Internet scam as it unfolds. What makes this account so compelling is how the scammer continues to draw in victims despite the clear warning signs of a scam in progress. It's all here: Greed, avarice, risk, regret, fear. The technique used by the scammer (exposed as the scam collapses) is especially chilling in its simplicity, and explains a great deal why legitimate Internet e-commerce sites are reluctant to ship to alternate addresses.
Networking

Submission + - Comcast Blocking all SMTP 7

JoeRandomHacker writes: Comcast has long blocked outgoing traffic on port 25, forcing users to go through their mail servers, on the grounds that it causes too much spam, but allowed incoming traffic on port 25 for those wishing direct email delivery. Today I found that even port 25 on their mail servers was rejecting traffic, and no incoming mail has gotten through. Online chat with Comcast customer support indicates that this is a new policy, and all users are forced to go through port 587 and use authentication for email. I didn't get a specific answer on incoming email.
So much for having my own private webmail (via Squirrelmail), free from the control of corporate giants. Time to see if Verizon can do better over FIOS.

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