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The First 'Practical' Jetpack May Be On Sale In Two Years

capnkr Re:Could somebody... (127 comments)

You'd better "earmark" a portion of that $150K for some serious hearing protection...

Watched the video and *phew* is that thing ever noisy, and in a range which is bothersome - like an overlarge mosquito.

about a year ago
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George Zimmerman Acquitted In Death of Trayvon Martin

capnkr Re: not 'self defense' (1737 comments)

I grew up in, live in, and work full time in the South, proudly, and in just about as small-town South as you can get, for 48 years now. AAMOF, the population of the county I live in is 70% black, and as an aside it is only a few miles up the road from where the opening shots of the Civil War were fired. I live alone, so I do not have a black roomate (as if that would/should qualify anyone for anything...???), yet many of the people in my circle of friends are black, just as I am white. We happened to be born that way, it was not of our choosing.

As to the allegations of the poster above: Yes, there is racism around here, but trust me, it ain't one-sided, and it most certainly is not at all solely on the part of "the Klan", or IOW white people, as you imply. "The Klan"? Really? That "the Klan" is even brought up is so baffling that if it wasn't so sad it would be almost amusing. In my 48 years as a Southerner here in the deep South, I have known exactly _one_ white person whom I can say was at least somewhat acquainted with "the Klan". She was in my 3rd or 4th grade class, this was back in the 1970's, and she was a bit of an outcast to everyone even at that age, as it was rumored her father was a Klansman. To this day I don't know if he was or not, but even that far back, and that close to the 60's, prejudice of that sort was frowned upon by anyone and everyone else I can ever think of whom I know was/is a Southerner.

In all honesty, I actually meet very few bigots of either color here in the South, yet they are exactly that - idiots of both colors. To claim otherwise is disengenuous, misleading, and perpetuates stereotypes which should have long ago been abandoned in the face of reality. Yet it somehow fits the agenda of some people to make Southern white folk seem like bigoted hayseeds who've never changed in the almost 150 years since the Civil War ended, or in the 50 some odd years since the Civil Rights movement.

This totally ignores the fact that nearly *every* large Northern city is de facto segregated, and that the black populations there live in areas with crime rates that soar far above anything we have in the rural South, or that their white neighbors up there have to deal with. If you ask me, *those* places are the bastions of prejudice, they are the more likely breeding grounds for racial discontent, and this is due to a continued economic enslavement of a people who are not being allowed equal opportunity by those around them, the ones who control the money, jobs, and power structure.

tThink about it - why is the South always pilloried over racism, when it is Chicago which has a "South Side", LA a "Watts", NYC a "Brooklyn" or "Harlem" or whatever the 'black area' of the city is up there, etc etc...?

It seems to me that the people who point fingers and decry white Southerners as "prejudiced" and "Klansmen" merely do so in order to keep the focus away from themselves and the conditions in the areas in which they live that continue to perpetuate a strict divide between the races.

My Southerner black friends don't like to be stereotyped, and - surprise surprise - neither do I nor any of my Southerner white friends. If you think that the South is the holdout of racism and bigotry, come for a visit, see how us Southerners work, live, love, and die together as a *community* of people, and after that we'll go travel up north, to one of those urban areas I listed, and you'll see what the *real* face of racism looks like, and where it is being practiced.

1 year,15 days
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Federal Gun Control Requires IT Overhaul

capnkr Re:Shocking? (436 comments)

Is it any surprise that the Federal govt. has knee-jerked and not thought through the repercussions, or the real-world applicability of their solutions?

Perhaps through our better handling of data management these days the War on Guns will prove to be as successful and as effective as the War on Drugs has proven to be.

about a year and a half ago
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US Congressman Wants To Ban New Internet Laws

capnkr Re:1st! (205 comments)

It's better than what I have seen proposed - much less done - from the other side of the aisle top-down for the past four years, which in a nutshell has been increased meddling, decreasing privacy, a disturbing lack of transparency, and attacks on several of our basic rights.

These are all broken campaign promises, things that people voted certain folks into office over, "Hoping for Change", if I can borrow a slogan... It sure didn't!

about a year and a half ago
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Google's Server Cooling Plan Produces 4ft Alligator

capnkr Re:Gorilla won't work (79 comments)

That one is a Gooter (Beta release, natch), not a gator...

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Way To Add Forums To a Website?

capnkr Re:vBulletin (259 comments)

SMF (Simple Machines Forum) seconded, coming from someone who's administered both vB and phpBB forums. Once I started using SMF I never looked back, and converted all the other boards I ran to it.

about a year and a half ago
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More Drones Set To Use US Air Space

capnkr Re:hate my country (223 comments)

It was not I who made this about "Rs" or "Ds" - that is your claim, and yours alone. I say vote out the incumbents, scramble things up, break up the good-ol-boy system of this 2 party hegemony we have.

about a year and a half ago
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More Drones Set To Use US Air Space

capnkr Re:hate my country (223 comments)

Nowhere did I mention members of a particular party. Rather, I mentioned those currently in office. Incumbents, IOW. It would help things too if such persons as yourself would stop playing party politics. Sitting pols may not vote in 'term limits', but we as voters can *create* them. Start now. Have a good day.

about a year and a half ago
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More Drones Set To Use US Air Space

capnkr Re:hate my country (223 comments)

Your country is not the one putting this forth. The current set of "leaders" is. Vote them out next Tuesday.

2008 called, they want their optimism back

Then they too should vote for someone other than the person/group they voted into office back in '08. Because in the past 4 years, we've seen privacy and rights and wealth dwindle to a fraction of what they were prior...

about a year and a half ago
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More Drones Set To Use US Air Space

capnkr Re:hate my country (223 comments)

Your country is not the one putting this forth. The current set of "leaders" is. Vote them out next Tuesday.

about a year and a half ago
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More Drones Set To Use US Air Space

capnkr Re:Who do I have to salute? (223 comments)

You'll have no need for such obscure knowledge in the USSO, Comrade.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Protect My Android Devices From Hackers?

capnkr Re:Try.. (295 comments)

Root it - you paid for it, why not own it, too? Then you can do your own upgrades...

CM7, 9

about 2 years ago
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Thousands of Muslims Protest 'Age of Mockery' At Google's London Headquarters

capnkr Re:Don't watch it (515 comments)

The administration really has no responsibility to tell us ANYTHING until all the facts are known.

Really? You honestly think that? No wonder that the Feds can get away with the stuff they do, with people believing such...

The facts in the matter ARE known - by the insiders, who it seems to me are doing their level best to keep said facts *unknown* to the public, for political reasons, likely. The "ongoing investigation" which matters is the one that is rooting out just which of them knew what, and when, and why that knowledge was not used to avoid the death of an American Ambassador (for the first time in over 30 years) and 3 other Americans.

As far as exploiting it for political gain, your guy isn't any better than Romney - wanna guess who's over in Libya right now? None other than John Brennan, Obama’s current counterterrorism adviser - the same guy who made up the drone assassination lists. What do you think the odds are that he oh-so conveniently fingers some fringe Islamist group or another, and we see some sort of remote attack "on the perpetrators of the Benghazi Embassy assault" a week or so before voting day...

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?

capnkr I can't have been the only Libranet user... (867 comments)

RedHat - SuSe - Libranet - 'Drake - Turbolinux - Corel - Xandros (Beta Tester then user) - Mepis - Knoppix - DSL - Arch - Ubuntu - Mint.

Those were the primaries, as I recall - distros which stayed on the disk long enough to remember having used them for work/play. Libranet always stands out as the first distro I ran across with a graphical install (ncurses). It was amazing and fun to be able to see results so quickly. :) Was a Beta tester for Xandros from the beginning, dropped it when they started getting *very* commercial and climbed into bed with MS. Beta'ed for Mepis, too - Warren did a good job. Besides these, being a "distro 'ho", I've tried out any number of other solutions, a few from the top of my head:

LOAF, Peanut, Yellow Dog, PCLinuxOS, Puppy, Bodhi, etc etc...

about 2 years ago
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The Passing of the Personal Computer Era

capnkr Re:Children are born (329 comments)

Students and business people and IT workers, etc, but not the 'general public'. For "them", it seems to me that we are simply getting back to the then-failed "internet devices" of ~2000 or so, which is all that *most* people really need; an internet-connected device as simple as a toaster, perfect for clueless/non-techie end users. Push a button and it works, no real worries about keeping up the security and updates and all that stuff like that which people with "real computers" have and will have to continue doing. Security for these 'toasters' can be pushed out by the OEM, as needed, and due to fragmentation and customization of the various embedded OS'es by the OEM's, that may be a good thing, creating several smaller targets for black hats instead of the one monolithic MS OS that is around for years to poke at until they find a break in it that puts 90+% of the market into vulnerability phase. Phones, tablets, WebTV (then and now), Audrey, Netpliance iOpener - same paradigm, slightly different form factors. What was old, is new again...

about 2 years ago
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US DOJ Drops Charges Against Two Seized Websites

capnkr Re:No even a "we're sorry?" (152 comments)

Har. Nice try - but check out who wrote that, it's no surprise they're spouting the praise of and defense for Obama.

Author - Michael Linden of the "Center for American Progress Action Fund". Who are they? Wikipedia says:

The Center for American Progress is a progressive public policy research and advocacy organization. Its website states that the organization is "dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action." It has its headquarters in Washington D.C. Its President and Chief Executive Officer is Neera Tanden, who worked for the Obama and Clinton administrations and for Hillary Clinton’s campaigns. Its first President and Chief Executive Officer was John Podesta, who served as chief of staff to then U.S. President Bill Clinton. Podesta remains with the organization as Chairman of the Board. Located in Washington, D.C., the Center for American Progress has a campus outreach group, Campus Progress, and a sister advocacy organization, the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Citing Podesta's influence in the formation of the Obama Administration, a November 2008 article in Time stated that "not since the Heritage Foundation helped guide Ronald Reagan's transition in 1981 has a single outside group held so much sway."

Wow - could they even fit any more Democrats in there? It'd be tough...

No surprise it is funded by none other than George Souros. If you'll take the time to check out the origins and organizational makeup of that "non-partisan" (Hah!) CAP, you'll see that it is a literal Who's Who of Democratic Party faithful power brokers.

"Blaming Bush" is just Obama's lame excuse, that's obvious to see. IIRC, during his campaign he vowed to clean the mess up, and rather quickly. "Epic fail", I believe that is called.

about a year ago
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US DOJ Drops Charges Against Two Seized Websites

capnkr Re:No even a "we're sorry?" (152 comments)

100 trillion dollars isn't exactly a lot of money these days, dr. evil.

Thanks to our recent Government for the fact that numbers previously almost incomprehensible are now simply part of our daily cultural consciousness...

From the May 19, 2012 - (CBS News) (emphasis mine):

The National Debt has now increased more during President Obama's three years and two months in office than it did during 8 years of the George W. Bush presidency.The Debt rose $4.899 trillion during the two terms of the Bush presidency. It has now gone up $4.939 trillion since President Obama took office.

The latest posting from the Bureau of Public Debt at the Treasury Department shows the National Debt now stands at $15.566 trillion. It was $10.626 trillion on President Bush's last day in office, which coincided with President Obama's first day.

Of course, Obama blames it on Bush {roll_eyes}, but that's a little disingenuous, given that at his rate until now he will have eclipsed the Bush spending by well over a factor of 2.5 by the time he leaves office if, Deity forbid, he gets reelected.

Not much Hope, and less Change, is what I've seen out of him and his administration/cabinet during his term in Office. Not that I expected it - politicians of the two parties just tell a different set of lies to get elected.

"The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office." - H.L. Mencken

Let's get the current incompetent boob out of Office and try a new one to see if it can do any better. Maybe things will work better with someone in charge who understands making money, not just taking money...

about a year ago
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Tennessee Crater Inches Toward Recognition

capnkr Re:Megabar Shocked Material = Smoking Gun (113 comments)

Here's a .kmz of the crater, take a look around: http://minus.com/lbuIRyUOrBNfXR

Not much else in the area with similar depressed topology. Seems if it is/was a sinkhole, there would be more like it there or nearby to be seen.

Dusty, I think it is neat that you are gathering this sort of evidence. Kudos! :)

about 2 years ago
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Booted From Airplane For Wearing Anti-TSA T-shirt

capnkr Re:It's even worse (826 comments)

Poke an animal or a person, with a sharp stick, and see what kind of reaction you get - it won't be a smile and a "Let me do whatever it takes to help you...". Instead it will be similar to what this guy saw, by metaphorically poking the bureaucrats that are the TSA and airline security crowd with an offensive-to-them shirt.

As a doctoral candidate, he should be intelligent enough to hypothesize this sort of reaction, yet when that is exactly what happens, he gets all huffy. No sympathy from me, for being a dumbass and now getting whiny about it. Man up, Arijit, stop being a whiny puss.

Should the TSA and airline security be what it is now? IMO, hell no, it is doing no good, it is pointless, security theater. But that doesn't change that this person got pretty much what anyone with a lick of common sense would have guessed would be the sort of reaction one could expect. Newtons Law, and all that...

about 2 years ago
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US Astronomy Facing Severe Budget Cuts and Facility Closures

capnkr Re:Stop being wasteful (157 comments)

Re: wasteful - FTFA: "The savings from divesting from the aforementioned facilities is projected at $20 million."

Wow! That's a bunch of money!

But wait, whats that other thing where a bunch of money was wasted? Ahh, Solyndra... how much?

FTFWikipedia: - "Solyndra's loan approval process began under the Bush administration. However, emails show that two weeks before Obama took office, the Energy Department panel considering the loan unanimously decided not to proceed. In March 2009, one White House budget analyst wrote an email stating that "This deal is NOT ready for prime time." However, Solyndra was the first company approved for a loan guarantee under the Obama administration. On March 20, 2009 the United States Department of Energy made a "conditional commitment" to a $535 million loan guarantee to support Solyndra's construction of a commercial-scale manufacturing plant for its proprietary solar photovoltaic panels. The White House scheduled a press event for September 4 and federal reviewers gave final approval on September 2. After securing the loan guarantee, the Federal Financing Bank, a part of the Department of the Treasury, loaned Solyndra $527 million.

Solyndra also received a $25.1 million tax break from California's Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority."


Based on the chart FTFA, Solyndra cost us more than the *entire* projected astronomy budget *for 2022*, by _20%+_.

Karma be damned - let's put someone in charge who understands how and where to spend my money. Please. Give us more science and scientists, and less government. Obviously, the ones in charge right now have failed miserably at that. Boot 'em.

about 2 years ago

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Steve Jobs' yacht impounded over unpaid bill

capnkr capnkr writes  |  about a year and a half ago

capnkr (1153623) writes "Steve Job's "minimalist" 100 million+ euros yacht "Venus" sits impounded in Amsterdam over contention that only 6 of a promised 9 million euros have been paid to the designer, Philippe Starck. A lawyer for Stark's company said "These guys trusted each other, so there wasn't a very detailed contract.". Jobs was never able to use the yacht prior to his death."
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Enormous Debris Field Headed for West Coast of U.S

capnkr capnkr writes  |  more than 3 years ago

capnkr (1153623) writes "A vast field of debris from Japan earthquake and tsunami is floating towards U.S. West Coast.

"... more grizzly are the predictions of U.S. oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer, who is expecting human feet, still in their shoes, to wash up on the West Coast within three years.

âIâ(TM)m expecting parts of houses, whole boats and feet in sneakers to wash up,â(TM) Mr Ebbesmeyer, a Seattle oceanographer who has spent decades tracking flotsam, told MailOnline.

Several thousand bodies were washed out to sea following the disaster and while most of the limbs will come apart and break down in the water, feet encased in shoes will float, Mr Ebbesmeyer said.

âIâ(TM)m expecting the unexpected,â(TM) he added.""

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Displax film can turn any surface into touchscreen

capnkr capnkr writes  |  more than 4 years ago

capnkr (1153623) writes "Displax is revealing a new plastic film with multitouch sensing. It can be placed over any display or even non-display surfaces, making them into interactive devices.

Portugal-based Displax calls this a “multitouch skin” which can be thinner than paper. The company has been working on it for the past decade and plans to launch commercial products in July."

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Climate Change Scientists Email Leaked

capnkr capnkr writes  |  more than 4 years ago

capnkr (1153623) writes "According to The Examiner: The prestigious U.K. Hadley Climate Research Unit was attacked by Russian computer hackers two days ago. Officials at Hadley, a leading global-warming research center, have confirmed that some 3,000 sensitive documents including decades-old emails from climate scientists are genuine.

However, other sources like news.com.au indicate that the work may have been an inside job.

Whoever did it, the emails and data are out on the 'net, even to the point that there are searchable databases where you can sift through the now-freed emails at your leisure."
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MMCC/GW - A scandal too big for these words

capnkr capnkr writes  |  more than 4 years ago

capnkr (1153623) writes "It’s in fact a conspiracy of many of the world’s leading global warming scientists that involves massaging data, dodging scrutiny, hounding out sceptical editors, fudging figures, the possibly criminal destruction of data under FOI request, tax avoidance, gloating over a sceptic’s death, character assassination of sceptics. admissions of using “tricks” to “hide” inconvenient trends, farming grants, private admissions of grave doubts in their own public warming warnings, close collusion with green groups, the joint concocting of the most alarmist announcements and much more. 'Hackers' (some are proposing whistle-blowers) leak emails from leading MMCC/GW scientists which seem to show massive collusion to defraud and disinform about the 'data' behind man-made climate change/global warming..."
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Red Hat @SCO Bankruptcy - Tells SCO "Not so fa

capnkr capnkr writes  |  more than 5 years ago

capnkr (1153623) writes "Red Hat Linux takes aggressive action against sue-happy SCO in their bankruptcy proceedings. Over at Groklaw, PJ writes:

"Red Hat is letting the court know that it cares about its litigation, it intends to vigorously pursue it as soon as the bankruptcy stay is lifted, and its claim should not be thrown off a cliff without giving Red Hat notice and an opportunity to be heard."

It seems that SCO wants what has been (for them) a very favorable judge to just take care of the matter of that pesky Red Hat litigation they began oh-so long ago..."

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Face transplant patient: 'I'm not a monster'

capnkr capnkr writes  |  more than 5 years ago

capnkr (1153623) writes "From MSNBC, witness the results of a 22 hour operation back on Dec. 10:

"When Connie Culp heard a little kid call her a monster because of the shotgun blast that left her face horribly disfigured, she pulled out her driver's license to show the child what she used to look like. Years later, as the nation's first face transplant recipient, she's stepped forward to show the rest of the world what she looks like now.

Her expressions are still a bit wooden, but she can talk, smile, smell and taste her food again. Her speech is at times a little tough to understand. Her face is bloated and squarish. Her skin droops in big folds that doctors plan to pare away as her circulation improves and her nerves grow, animating her new muscles."


The before and after pictures show what an incredible job the surgeons have done so far."
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If McD's = MS of food, then "Chinese food"

capnkr capnkr writes  |  more than 5 years ago

capnkr (1153623) writes "From the "Submissions Which Aren't Top 10 Lists" department:

Who among geekdom hasn't resorted to snarfing down some take-out Chinese food when in a late night coding frenzy? Over at TED, "Reporter Jennifer 8. Lee talks about her hunt for the origins of familiar Chinese-American dishes — exploring the hidden spots where these two cultures have (so tastily) combined to form a new cuisine."

Late in her talk she makes the point that Chinese food is arguably a form of worldwide Open Source cuisine. Maybe we can have our GNU, and eat it to...

(And while you're there at TED, for more geeky goodness, check out Richard Prestons amazing discussion of the giant trees of the PNW.)"

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Rocket-powered Race Plane League

capnkr capnkr writes  |  more than 6 years ago

capnkr (1153623) writes "Wired has the story: "The Rocket Racing League on Monday detailed plans to move from a sci-fi fantasy to a full-fledged commercial enterprise — including "vertical drag races" using rockets.

At a press conference at the Yale Club in New York, Rocket Racing League CEO Granger Whitelaw said rocket-powered planes will fly their first exhibition race in August at the EAA AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with at least three more races to follow in 2008."
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2008: Year of Linux on the... Laptop!?!

capnkr capnkr writes  |  more than 6 years ago

capnkr (1153623) writes "Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes in his column for eWeek titled "Cheap Laptops Bad for Vista, Good for Linux": "The good news for everyone is that you can get a good, solid laptop for under a grand these days. The bad news for Vista users is that many of those laptops, even though they're sold with Vista, have nothing like enough resources to run Vista decently."

And that is exactly my own experience with a $398 (retail) Vista Home Basic laptop. My impression of the first Windows OS I've 'owned' in over 6 years is that it is rudimentary, slow, and, to my eye-candy chagrin, has no capability of *ever* running Aero. OTOH, Linux installed on the same laptop (w/100% hardware compatibility, no less) is current, complete, very fast, stable, and even runs Beryl.

"The Year of Linux on the Desktop" has been a standing /. joke of years, but given the turbulent economy and lackluster performance and uptake of Vista, might the low price point of these cheap laptops combined with the (increasing visibility and popularity) of a better, free operating system create significant gains in the numbers of Linux users? Perhaps Microsoft should not have 'pushed' Vista onto platforms not really suited to running it?"
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Worst datacenter migration ever?

capnkr capnkr writes  |  more than 6 years ago

capnkr (1153623) writes "What do you do, what *can* you do, when your webhosting company has serious problems that result in downtimes of 70+ hours? Sue them? This is what some customers of Alabanza hosting are threatening.

Alabanza was acquired in August by now-parent company Navisite, and this datacenter migration was to have happened over a month ago. Despite several promises to the contrary, servers are still not up, and the complaints are still coming in.

If you were affected by this, if you'd lost paying customers due to the webhosts foul-up, what could the company offer you that would keep you out of the lawsuit? Free hosting for a time would not seem to be much of an incentive. Monetary compensation would be nice, but how would you prove your value lost, with factors like customers trust in your sites reliability not being easily factored?"

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Anti-scammers become Storm Victims

capnkr capnkr writes  |  more than 6 years ago

capnkr (1153623) writes "It looks like the efforts of the anti-scammers at sites like 419eater, Scamwarners, Artists Against 419, and possibly others have become the target of the Storm botnet.

Spamnation has a post about it, and as of this writing none of the above listed sites are responding. Spamnation reports that CastleCops and other anti-spam forums are being DDOSed as well. Sounds like a massive, concerted effort against the folks who are fighting the good fight...
Although I hate it for the owners and admins of the above sites, I think it shows without a doubt that their efforts to 'get back' at the scammers are working, if the scammers have had to 'rent' Storm in an effort to try and knock them out.

I wonder if this had anything to do with the fake bank site I busted on Tuesday? ;)"

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