Linked by weildish on Sat 20th Dec 2008 00:24 UTC
Internet & Networking Though the cause is still unknown, three of the four undersea Internet cables that run from North America to Asia were cut, causing outages in Egypt, India, Saudi Arabia, and a dozen or so other countries. That is a lot of angry World of Warcraft players. It's supposed to have been from ships' anchors, though even two downed cables at one time is very rare, so who's to say it wasn't sabotage?
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RE[2]: Spam
by kev009 on Sat 20th Dec 2008 03:01 UTC in reply to "RE: Spam"
kev009
Member since:
2006-11-30

Great, cover up the problem or pretend it doesn't exist because it doesn't affect you. That's like saying, "well my cable modem works well and I'm in Asia, so that fiber transit must not be important". Meanwhile all the data is being rerouted through the US at much higher cost.

There is a whole world a lot bigger than most PC users can comprehend when it comes to planning and running large systems they've come to rely on.

For those of us that administer mail servers, Spam is and will always be a problem no different than a DDoS attack. Bayesian, RBLs, OCR of images - they use a lot of computing resources that aren't free, not to mention bandwidth sucked up by this crap. Last I saw, over 90% of email was spam.

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RE[3]: Spam
by Moredhas on Sat 20th Dec 2008 04:03 in reply to "RE[2]: Spam"
Moredhas Member since:
2008-04-10

I didn't mean it wasn't a problem at all, I meant it wasn't a problem to me. My comment was intended to be tongue-in-cheek. There's no reason any home user should have to deal with spam these days thanks to well-run mail servers, yet so many still insist on using Outlook Express with their ISP's mail server and plunging cash into ineffective client-side anti-spam software.

Edited 2008-12-20 04:04 UTC

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