Linked by Adam S on Sat 1st Apr 2006 18:13 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Folks, as the webmaster of OSNews, I'm sorry to report that the OSNews server was hacked early this morning by a l33t haxx0r known only as "osV_rul3z." Although our database server does not appear to have been comprimised, all of the advertising code was deleted and our code was slightly modified to make everyone a premium level subscriber. Rest assured, we are working on the problem and hope to have OSNews restored to its original state as quickly as possible. UPDATE: As everyone suspected, April Fools!
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Weird?
by CPUGuy on Sat 1st Apr 2006 18:22 UTC
CPUGuy
Member since:
2005-07-06

Is this some wierd April Fools joke, or did it actually get hacked?

Reply Score: 2

Happy
by CrazyDude0 on Sat 1st Apr 2006 18:22 UTC
CrazyDude0
Member since:
2005-07-10

Happy April Fool's Day to Everyone in the OSNews Family.

Reply Score: 5

More hacking
by SlackerJack on Sat 1st Apr 2006 18:25 UTC
SlackerJack
Member since:
2005-11-12

Please, the guy seems to know what he's doing :-)

Reply Score: 5

That explains it...
by JCooper on Sat 1st Apr 2006 18:27 UTC
JCooper
Member since:
2005-07-06

...was just writing an email saying "err, I appear to have been turned into a subscriber?!".

Glad its not just me ;)

Reply Score: 1

Heheh
by weirdnut on Sat 1st Apr 2006 18:29 UTC
weirdnut
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2006-01-19

"13239 days left of subscription"

OSNews for a lifetime ;)
Definitely one of the better jokes for today, thanks!

Now where's my spaghetti tree again?

Reply Score: 1

Different Layout
by Yogurth on Sat 1st Apr 2006 18:30 UTC
Yogurth
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2005-07-20

I can see that subscriber have different layout that us mortals ^^

Reply Score: 1

So this is the premium stuff......
by Arakon on Sat 1st Apr 2006 18:31 UTC
Arakon
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2005-07-06

Doesn't look like I am missing much other than the page layout is nicer with the section menu at the top. Not that I ever look at anything other than the main page anyway but it does feel a lot less "cluttered".

Reply Score: 1

Cool
by emkaka on Sat 1st Apr 2006 18:32 UTC
emkaka
Member since:
2005-12-24

Yeah, 1st April ;-)
New "sidebar" isn't bad ;-)

Reply Score: 1

1 st april
by dmc_dtc on Sat 1st Apr 2006 18:34 UTC
dmc_dtc
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2005-07-07

Happy april fools day ;)

Reply Score: 1

Perfect
by pcbsdusr on Sat 1st Apr 2006 18:36 UTC
pcbsdusr
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2006-01-23

"Although our database server does not appear to have been comprimised, all of the advertising code was deleted and our code was slightly modified to make everyone a premium level subscriber. Rest assured, we are working on the problem and hope to have OSNews restored to its original state as quickly as possible"

Restore it? Why? It's perfect! ;)

Reply Score: 5

Widescreen Edition
by Celerate on Sat 1st Apr 2006 18:38 UTC
Celerate
Member since:
2005-06-29

On a regular sized screen this layout reminds me of an A4 sheet of paper, on my laptop it looks even stranger. If that "osV_rul3z" guy comes around again why not ask him to make the comments wider for people with higher screen resolutions. If that's too much work then how about putting something like a simple pattern on the left and right borders? If I remember my interior design class properly a good scale to use would be 3:5.

BTW. This is an interesting way to advertise the premium subscriptions. Giving peoeple a taste of something usually does help them choose whether they want it or not.

Reply Score: 5

RE: Widescreen Edition
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 1st Apr 2006 18:41 UTC in reply to "Widescreen Edition"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

why not ask him to make the comments wider for people with higher screen resolutions

There's a problem with that. The line length we have now is just about right; you can't make it too long because of decreased readability, as our brain copes very badly with reading long lines.

Reply Score: 5

RE[2]: Widescreen Edition
by Lazarus on Sat 1st Apr 2006 18:46 UTC in reply to "RE: Widescreen Edition"
Lazarus Member since:
2005-08-10

"There's a problem with that. The line length we have now is just about right; you can't make it too long because of decreased readability, as our brain copes very badly with reading long lines."

Hey, if my eyes can adjust to "pinkdot" I'm sure my brain can cope with longer lines. ;^)

EDIT: erm, so long as such does not entail requiring one of those irritating scrollbars on the bottom of the screen :-P

EDIT2: eternal misery and suffering to the one who came up with THAT idea...

Edited 2006-04-01 18:56

Reply Score: 1

RE[3]: Widescreen Edition
by Lighthater on Sat 1st Apr 2006 18:48 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Widescreen Edition"
Lighthater Member since:
2006-03-08

I agree. I do appreciate OSNews making those calls for me and all, but it would be nice to see a non-fixed view for those of us who actually like that. I guess we aren't really worth the extra coding though.

Reply Score: 1

RE[2]: Widescreen Edition
by binarycrusader on Sat 1st Apr 2006 19:30 UTC in reply to "RE: Widescreen Edition"
binarycrusader Member since:
2005-07-06

I have to agree with Thom. The current line length is just about right. Reading text stretched across the entire screen is difficult to read for most people.

Reply Score: 5

RE[2]: Widescreen Edition
by jayson.knight on Sat 1st Apr 2006 20:29 UTC in reply to "RE: Widescreen Edition"
jayson.knight Member since:
2005-07-06

It would be trivial to add a button to allow folks to change from fixed to elastic, similar to this guy's site: http://micahdylan.com/ (upper right hand corner).

Reply Score: 1

v RE[2]: Widescreen Edition
by happycamper on Sun 2nd Apr 2006 11:25 UTC in reply to "RE: Widescreen Edition"
Yay! oh.....
by Jesuspower on Sat 1st Apr 2006 18:44 UTC
Jesuspower
Member since:
2006-01-28

Yay! Im a premium subscriber! Oh......

So, did you guys have a backup? I guess not?
*goes and backs up his code*

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April Fool's Day
by Tom Janowitz on Sat 1st Apr 2006 18:45 UTC
Tom Janowitz
Member since:
2005-12-05

It's meant as a joke - but came to me as a VERY nice surprise, since for about a month your site was impossible for me to open in Opera (tp2) and had to wait ~5min. to open it in firefox - now AGAIN it works perfectly. Dunno what caused this, but I wish myself that from now on every day was a fool's day ;) .
Like the new layout - usually browsing on 200% zoom in 1280 horizontal, so now I won't have to move horizontal scrollbar to reach comments column.

Thanks!

Edited 2006-04-01 18:51

Reply Score: 2

RE: April Fool's Day
by Adam S on Sat 1st Apr 2006 18:56 UTC in reply to "April Fool's Day"
Adam S Member since:
2005-04-01

had to wait ~5min. to open it in firefox

Adcode. Sorry.

Reply Score: 5

RE[2]: April Fool's Day
by Tom Janowitz on Sat 1st Apr 2006 19:11 UTC in reply to "RE: April Fool's Day"
Tom Janowitz Member since:
2005-12-05

I hope you are not trying to tell my that after midnight... oHNo! - do something than ;)
...pleeeeaaassssseeeee ;)

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New "sidebar"
by ValiantSoul on Sat 1st Apr 2006 19:01 UTC
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2005-07-20

Just my 2 cents - I think I liked the now top bar on the side better. If this is how it normally looks for subscribers, there could be an option maybe as to where it is? I like not having to scroll to the very top of the page to do stuff like check how many votes I have left and go into user prefs, etc.

Reply Score: 1

RE: New "sidebar"
by Adam S on Sat 1st Apr 2006 19:05 UTC in reply to "New "sidebar""
Adam S Member since:
2005-04-01

How often do you go into prefs? That would be something I'd be interested in knowing.

Reply Score: 5

RE[2]: New "sidebar"
by ValiantSoul on Sat 1st Apr 2006 19:45 UTC in reply to "RE: New "sidebar""
ValiantSoul Member since:
2005-07-20

True I don't very often however you have so much unused space on the sides. Moving it to the side means you can use up unsed space, the user can see more news before scrolling, and if they for some reason want to change prefs they don't have to go to the very top.

Consider though my resolution is 1440x900 so I have a LOT of unused space - not quite sure how it is at lower resolutions (or not widescreen resolutions).

Reply Score: 1

RE[3]: New "sidebar"
by thebluesgnr on Sat 1st Apr 2006 21:23 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: New "sidebar""
thebluesgnr Member since:
2005-11-14

Just resize your OSNews window and the "unused" space can be used by another window.

You don't have all your windows maximized, do you? That would be a waste on a 1440x900 display.

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RE[4]: New "sidebar"
by ValiantSoul on Sat 1st Apr 2006 23:16 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: New "sidebar""
ValiantSoul Member since:
2005-07-20

No I don't, but when I'm on just to do some browsing I have it using the full screen and I usually only go to OSNews when I'm just browsing around.

Reply Score: 1

RE[2]: New "sidebar"
by kamper on Sat 1st Apr 2006 22:10 UTC in reply to "RE: New "sidebar""
kamper Member since:
2005-08-20

How often do you go into prefs? That would be something I'd be interested in knowing.

Don't you have some kind of stats package that can tell you this? Or, just put log statements in the code for that page?

I never touch prefs, but I go to my user page to review comment history all the time (to see if I've been responded to. It'd be super handy to have the number of responses listed with each post on usercomments.php).

And the new layout sucks for going to said pages. The links are way too small and are farther away from most of the content, which means more scrolling.

Reply Score: 1

Posted at 18:39
by MYOB on Sat 1st Apr 2006 19:04 UTC
MYOB
Member since:
2005-06-29

...my time, anyway

Sorry lads, one years bad luck for attempting an April Fools after midday. I'd stay away from mirrors, etc.

Well, 18:13 my time, actually. Drinking during the day is not good for reading of... stuff.... ;)

Edited 2006-04-01 19:20

Reply Score: 1

Hahaha...
by Don T. Bothers on Sat 1st Apr 2006 19:08 UTC
Don T. Bothers
Member since:
2006-03-15

All your databases belong to us!

Reply Score: 1

RE: Hahaha...
by dylansmrjones on Sun 2nd Apr 2006 00:55 UTC in reply to "Hahaha..."
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

You mean:
All your databases are belong to us ;)

Edited 2006-04-02 00:55

Reply Score: 2

Meh
by miscz on Sat 1st Apr 2006 19:29 UTC
miscz
Member since:
2005-07-17

There is a Greasemonkey script that does it already so I didn't notice any difference ;)

Reply Score: 2

No!
by osV_rul3z on Sat 1st Apr 2006 19:29 UTC
osV_rul3z
Member since:
2006-04-01

I've been framed!

Reply Score: 5

RE: No!
by TaterSalad on Sat 1st Apr 2006 19:52 UTC in reply to "No!"
TaterSalad Member since:
2005-07-06

You Sir, have some good web coding skills. Now if only you could remove the ads on some other sites as well ;)

Reply Score: 2

RE[2]: No!
by dylansmrjones on Sat 1st Apr 2006 19:53 UTC in reply to "RE: No!"
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

Amen, Reverend ;)

Reply Score: 1

I hate April Fool's Day
by rayiner on Sat 1st Apr 2006 19:52 UTC
rayiner
Member since:
2005-07-06

I've only been on the internet for like 3 minutes today, and I've already fallen for both this and the Duke Nukem Forever thing on ArsTechnica. I know the pranks are coming, but I guess I'm just that gullible.

Reply Score: 1

RE: I hate April Fool's Day
by dylansmrjones on Sat 1st Apr 2006 20:04 UTC in reply to "I hate April Fool's Day"
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

I'd say the Web 3.0-thing ought to say a few things ;)

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RE: I hate April Fool's Day
by jayson.knight on Sat 1st Apr 2006 20:34 UTC in reply to "I hate April Fool's Day"
jayson.knight Member since:
2005-07-06

ThinkGeek got me earlier today, I didn't pick up on it until I tried to order the 1-up mushroom (which I really wish they'd make...plastic/rubber/whatever)!

Reply Score: 1

RE: I hate April Fool's Day
by lopisaur on Sat 1st Apr 2006 21:45 UTC in reply to "I hate April Fool's Day"
lopisaur Member since:
2006-02-27

Heh, thanks for reminding me it's April 1st, I was believing Ars' Duke Nukem review too.

Reply Score: 1

RE: I hate April Fool's Day
by Morgan on Sun 2nd Apr 2006 05:52 UTC in reply to "I hate April Fool's Day"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I fell for the World of Warcraft new race joke...for about five minutes I was ticked because the new race was going to be Wisps, when I was SO hoping for Furbolgs!

Then I remembered the date... ;)

Reply Score: 1

What a joke
by microFawad on Sat 1st Apr 2006 19:58 UTC
microFawad
Member since:
2005-12-09

Wow man. Nice joke. First I was shocked but then I remembered that it is Aprils fool.
osnews is a great site and provides a lot of info and I think no one will even try to hack it. Its just a Aprils fool joke....

Reply Score: 1

It's ok...
by exigentsky on Sat 1st Apr 2006 20:01 UTC
exigentsky
Member since:
2005-07-09

It's better this way!

Reply Score: 1

This
by dylansmrjones on Sat 1st Apr 2006 20:05 UTC
dylansmrjones
Member since:
2005-10-02

is one of the better pranks today, but the FireFox-port for Syllable was a nice attempt as well ;)

http://www.syllable-norden.info/news.php

Reply Score: 1

ooh
by frozen5555 on Sat 1st Apr 2006 20:12 UTC
frozen5555
Member since:
2005-12-27

that really did shock me

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Thanks for the April Fools Day Upgrade!
by Wemgadge on Sat 1st Apr 2006 21:03 UTC
Wemgadge
Member since:
2005-07-02

nice to see this ad free. have a great day, and thanks!

Reply Score: 1

Nice
by Umbra on Sat 1st Apr 2006 21:32 UTC
Umbra
Member since:
2006-03-06

.
Nice to see how fast OS News is loading now :
.

Reply Score: 1

There was a change?
by foxmajik on Sat 1st Apr 2006 22:04 UTC
foxmajik
Member since:
2005-10-02

Hey, now the site looks..just like it always looks when I'm browsing through my add-zapping squid. Thanks for nothing. :-)

Reply Score: 1

Why?
by CVDpr on Sat 1st Apr 2006 22:23 UTC
CVDpr
Member since:
2005-10-17

Why people get shocked in April Fools i dont get it, its not mine?

And this layout gime me Headacke....

Reply Score: 1

Nice layout...
by SteveB on Sat 1st Apr 2006 22:35 UTC
SteveB
Member since:
2005-07-10

I like the navigation on top of the page. I anyway strip off the ads with Squid and AdZapper. So I don't see them with the regular layout anyway.

Reply Score: 1

Much better thanks. Keep this way.
by porcel on Sat 1st Apr 2006 23:13 UTC
porcel
Member since:
2006-01-28

It would be nice if this was the way it always looked.

The experience is so much better. I'd come here a lot more if it had this layout.

Reply Score: 1

VenomousGecko Member since:
2005-07-06

Then you have to be a member. That is the layout for those with memberships.

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porcel Member since:
2006-01-28

So, you are telling me that they have a way to increase readesrhip and make everyone's experience nicer and that they have explicitly and consciously chosen to degrade everyone's enjoyment of the site to force people to "upgrade" to the layout that doesn't suck?

Where did these people go to business school? You never introduce a feature and then take it back and you never make your user's life miserable.

Reply Score: 1

Adam S Member since:
2005-04-01

That's one way to look at it, I guess. Of course, we could always just NOT pay the hosting and bandwidth bill and shut down the site. That's another option.

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porcel Member since:
2006-01-28

If hosting is your problem, I would be happy to work with you to find you a host that would provide all the bandwidth you want.

The condition would be no ads and no memberships. In other words, move OSNEWS from a business to a community ruled and community oriented site.

But I suspect that you were not serious and that hosting and bandwidth are not the deal breakers that you make them out to be.

Reply Score: 2

Adam S Member since:
2005-04-01

We're very happy with our host. Server space and bandwidth are never free. This is not up for further conversion. The site needs to support itself.

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Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

None of the editors are paid here, no. The money off advertising and subscriptions is used to pay for bandwidth, an admin, and the colocation, pretty much.

I would agree with you that it doesn't make much sense to pay for a site that rehashes others' stories. However, osnews does have 1-3 original stories every week, offers a good way to communicate your thoughts to a given story, and the subscription gives you a faster-loading site (much more important if you are on dial-up), plus it helps maintaining the hardware and software.

However, it begs the question: why are you here and you got in the trouble of registering to get an account if "sites like this" is of no interest to you?

Reply Score: 5

AdrianRyan Member since:
2005-07-02

I must add that it would have been very nice if you had continued updating the site through the temporary membership, so that we could have actually seen what it is like to be a member, rather than having only this one new thread, which isn't even a news story, to post in. I suppose it is a small leap of the imagination to imagine the faster updating site being easier to read many threads and stories with, but without having actually used the site a lot while in its members-only form, many people (such as me) won't know if it's really worth upgrading for. Not to say it wasn't an appreciated gesture.

And re:porcel, the inclusion of ads is the biggest difference between this and the members' site, and that is common practice on the internet. The OS News bar on the side is to make the site have a better overal layout, for if it were at the top but the ads were at the side, everyone would bitch and moan about the UI.

Reply Score: 1

cute
by davegetrag on Sat 1st Apr 2006 23:27 UTC
davegetrag
Member since:
2006-03-31

Really cute way to introduce everyone to the new OSnews and pass it as a april fools prank...I like it!

If anyone hacked the site I am sure it would be corrected in no time flat so I have to think this is just a prank.

I do like the look, seems a bit barren and could use some extra features...i think ;)

But nice, guess I picked the right time to cruise over and sign up!

Reply Score: 1

WooHoo
by colby1 on Sat 1st Apr 2006 23:31 UTC
colby1
Member since:
2006-04-01

sooo like now I'm a OSNEWS geek.. sweet

Reply Score: 1

Personally...
by Deletomn on Sat 1st Apr 2006 23:32 UTC
Deletomn
Member since:
2005-07-06

I liked this one. But I liked the one in ACM Communications even better.

Has anyone else seen that one?

Reply Score: 1

Oh... BTW...
by Deletomn on Sat 1st Apr 2006 23:37 UTC
Deletomn
Member since:
2005-07-06

Just in case some of you haven't noticed... They have some really funny stuff on Slashdot right now.

Reply Score: 1

RE: Oh... BTW...
by Valhalla on Sun 2nd Apr 2006 00:04 UTC in reply to "Oh... BTW..."
Valhalla Member since:
2006-01-24

Deletomn wrote:
'Just in case some of you haven't noticed... They have some really funny stuff on Slashdot right now.'

hehe, yes, Mattel's BarbieOS is simply hilarious.

Reply Score: 1

L33t haxor
by John Blink on Sat 1st Apr 2006 23:38 UTC
John Blink
Member since:
2005-10-11

Come on Eugenia we know it was you, you l33t haxx0r known only as "osV_rul3z."

Edited 2006-04-01 23:38

Reply Score: 3

RE:More Hacking
by Zeras on Sun 2nd Apr 2006 00:25 UTC
Zeras
Member since:
2006-04-02

Hackers/Codebreakers
all are going crazy, thier
are soo many ways to find
them or punish them, but they still
don't give up, I think they never
felt the same harssness and pain
web-makers and web-hosters feal.

Reply Score: 1

OMG ponies!
by element43 on Sun 2nd Apr 2006 01:19 UTC
element43
Member since:
2006-04-02

This sure beats ponies.

Reply Score: 3

Yay!
by resistor on Sun 2nd Apr 2006 02:59 UTC
resistor
Member since:
2005-07-06

Happy April Fools!

Reply Score: 1

corny
by scuro_falcao on Sun 2nd Apr 2006 03:21 UTC
scuro_falcao
Member since:
2006-03-18

talk about a corny post.

its so corny you just have to laugh!

Reply Score: 1

Evil...
by msg43 on Sun 2nd Apr 2006 04:18 UTC
msg43
Member since:
2005-10-01

Evil I loved the new change to bad it got changed back.
/me wishes april fools day was everyday!

Reply Score: 1

Grease
by netpython on Sun 2nd Apr 2006 06:30 UTC
netpython
Member since:
2005-07-06

Seems to me this monkey had a lot of grease left.

Reply Score: 1

v Nice going Linus Torvalds.
by Eric Martin on Sun 2nd Apr 2006 06:47 UTC
patch
by bl4z on Sun 2nd Apr 2006 09:50 UTC
bl4z
Member since:
2006-03-08

it seems more patch than hack to me ;)

Reply Score: 1

Great...
by JamesTRexx on Sun 2nd Apr 2006 12:56 UTC
JamesTRexx
Member since:
2005-11-06

It's back to normal. How am I supposed to know now how long my subscription will last!?

Reply Score: 1

Wow!
by Anonymous Penguin on Sun 2nd Apr 2006 17:28 UTC
Anonymous Penguin
Member since:
2005-07-06

That was one of the most believable April Fools I have ever seen ;)

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So was that why..
by Ronald Vos on Sun 2nd Apr 2006 20:56 UTC
Ronald Vos
Member since:
2005-07-06

So was the april fool's joke the reason OSnews was unreachable for me in the previous hours? ;)

Reply Score: 1

v Oh well...
by porcel on Sun 2nd Apr 2006 22:06 UTC
Pretty Funny
by Sphinx on Mon 3rd Apr 2006 00:19 UTC
Sphinx
Member since:
2005-07-09

But remember the boy who cried wolf...

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