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Submission + - DOS Freeware (freewarehof.org)

reybo writes: Younger FreeDOS users may not know of the Freeware Hall of Fame, a source of old DOS freeware some of which is on-line 24/7 at www.freewarehof.org .

This file base of free programs was begun in 1984 to help small businesses enter the world of computers. It became an international file base distributed to BBSs around the world via floppy disc until Bobbie Sumrada in Memphis gave it a home on CHEERS, her premier BBS. The entire history is on the FreeHOF web site.

Also there are downloadable copies of PCBoard, one of the great BBS platforms of all time. Anyone can create a dial-up BBS with this to see what they were like, so long as they have a DOS partition for it. I think MS DOS is also there to download, version 5.n or 6.n.

Something you won't find at this site is games. FHOF never distributed games.

Submission + - Was SpamCop compromised? (spamcop.net)

reybo writes: I've been reporting spam to SpamCop for many years. I average 2 to 4 reports a day, about 100 a month.

Last week they became hard to connect to, and once connected, they were slow to accept a report if they accepted at all.

When a report was accepted, it was followed by a message that I had unreported spam, and did I want to report it.

At the first one of these I said yes. The spam that was reported was the one I reported previously. After that I said no to additional reporting. That was followed by a message that nn unreportecd spams were deleted, nn being 10 or 12.

Twice I wrote to service@admin.spamcop.net to call it to their attention. The response was this, cancelling my account.

"In the 24 hours starting Mon Jul 9 12:48:20 2012, you have submitted over spams for processing, which exceeds our daily submission limit. No more submissions will be accepted. Your reporting account is disabled. Please reply if you are reporting spam in good faith and feel your account should be reinstated."

The place for a number in the message was blank. Does that seem normal? My responses to the email address they gave were ignored.

Then today,Thursday, I got this, a promise from SpamCop/Cisco that everyone registered at SpamCop will get $15 worth of fuel. Huh? And the message itself is bizarre, leading me to think the site's been captured.

"News: (Last Modified: July 12, 2012 2:51:27 AM EDT -0400) (Email-account news)

SpamCop Access and Performance Issues:
Cisco recognizes the performance issues many users of SpamCop.net have been experiencing, and would like to apologize
to the community for the service delays. Over the past week our researchers have been actively monitoring increased
global spam volumes caused by heightened botnet activity. Our investigations have revealed this as a global event not
specific to SpamCop. In the past, the service has successfully processed higher volumes of spam, but our team has
identified performance issues within our infrastructure. SpamCop remains an important part of our technology, and
Cisco is working diligently to restore SpamCop to its previous service levels.

Even as we continue the investigation, the spam and botnet data collected from SpamCop is improving Cisco’s
industry-leading anti-spam solution for our customers. To show appreciation to the SpamCop community, Cisco is
offering $15 worth of fuel to all registered users of the SpamCop spam reporting service. Registered users will
receive an email notification within 3-5 days with further instructions and details on the credit.

Cisco remains committed to the community and we acknowledge their contributions are integral in the continuing fight
against spam. We remain a committed partner to the cause.

Again, we apologize for the intermittent delays, and as our investigation continues, we will provide regular updates to
the SpamCop community."

Has anyone had a similar experience?

Submission + - Has SpamCop been compromised? (spamcop.net)

reybo writes: I've been reporting spam to SpamCop for many years. I average 2 to 4 reports a day, about 100 a month.

Last week they became hard to connect to, and once connected, they were slow to accept a report if they accepted at all.

When a report was accepted, it was followed by a message that I had unreported spam, and did I want to report it.

At the first one of these I said yes. The spam that was reported was the one I reported previously. After that I said no to additional reporting. That was followed by a message that nn unreportecd spams were deleted, nn being 10 or 12.

Twice I wrote to service@admin.spamcop.net to call it to their attention. The response was this, cancelling my account.

"In the 24 hours starting Mon Jul 9 12:48:20 2012, you have submitted over spams for processing, which exceeds our daily submission limit. No more submissions will be accepted. Your reporting account is disabled. Please reply if you are reporting spam in good faith and feel your account should be reinstated."

The place for a number in the message was blank. Does that seem normal? My responses to the email address they gave were ignored.

Then today,Thursday, I got this, a promise from SpamCop/Cisco that everyone registered at SpamCop will get $15 worth of fuel. Huh? And the message itself is bizarre, leading me to think the site's been captured.

"News: (Last Modified: July 12, 2012 2:51:27 AM EDT -0400) (Email-account news)

SpamCop Access and Performance Issues:
Cisco recognizes the performance issues many users of SpamCop.net have been experiencing, and would like to apologize
to the community for the service delays. Over the past week our researchers have been actively monitoring increased
global spam volumes caused by heightened botnet activity. Our investigations have revealed this as a global event not
specific to SpamCop. In the past, the service has successfully processed higher volumes of spam, but our team has
identified performance issues within our infrastructure. SpamCop remains an important part of our technology, and
Cisco is working diligently to restore SpamCop to its previous service levels.

Even as we continue the investigation, the spam and botnet data collected from SpamCop is improving Cisco’s
industry-leading anti-spam solution for our customers. To show appreciation to the SpamCop community, Cisco is
offering $15 worth of fuel to all registered users of the SpamCop spam reporting service. Registered users will
receive an email notification within 3-5 days with further instructions and details on the credit.

Cisco remains committed to the community and we acknowledge their contributions are integral in the continuing fight
against spam. We remain a committed partner to the cause.

Again, we apologize for the intermittent delays, and as our investigation continues, we will provide regular updates to
the SpamCop community."

Has anyone had a similar experience?

Comment PR, not policy (Score 1) 70

Any advanced information on supposed White House budget requests a year away are public relations. They release what they want us to believe. The DHS budget newly approved added 900 strip screeners to what they already have. That's the news that matters, fellow subjects.

Submission + - Why are there already hundreds of comments?

reybo writes: "How come every Slashdot entry has 200 or more comments by the time I see it? Does it go to the states in alphabetical order? (I'm in Virginia.)"

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