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August 17, 2013
13:19 // 1 year ago
August 1, 2013
Ever wonder what that “one weird trick” was, but too scared to click the ad? Fortunately, Slate reporter Alex Kaufman did all the heavy lifting for you. That’s right, he clicked the ads.

Ever wonder what that “one weird trick” was, but too scared to click the ad? Fortunately, Slate reporter Alex Kaufman did all the heavy lifting for you. That’s right, he clicked the ads.

0:15 // 1 year ago
April 26, 2013

Dutch suspect arrested for biggest cyber attack in Internet history

breakingnews:

International Business Times: The suspect, believed to be Dutchman Sven Olaf Kamphuis, has been arrested in Barcelona  in relation to the cyber-attack on Spamhaus, which has been called the biggest in the history of the internet.

Authorities have only addressed the 35-year-old suspect as SK; however, IBTimes UK understands the suspect in custody is Sven Olaf Kamphuis who is affliiated with Stophaus, a group whose goal it is to shut down the anti-spam Spamhaus operation.

The distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, which took place over several days towards the end of March, was called the largest in internet history and hyperbolically compared to a nuclear bomb going off, by the company helping defend against the attack.

More from the International Business Times here.

The attack took place after Spamhaus, which has drawn criticism for its blacklist program against internet hosts it believes to be sending spam, blacklisted the internet provider CyberBunker.

13:05 // 1 year ago
March 4, 2013

Wondering what kind of spam Google is killing right now? Glance through the company’s “fighting spam” section of its “How Search Works" site. These are actual sites recently taken out of Google’s search results. Feel like you’re missing anything by not getting to read this content?

11:04 // 1 year ago
January 11, 2013
10:40 // 1 year ago
November 2, 2012
dailydot:

Unraveling Markovian Parallax Denigrate, the Internet’s oldest and weirdest mystery 
Spam. It’s the Internet’s most resilient parasite. Millions of messages pollute the Web’s pipes every day. Grow a monster penis. Lose 20 pounds. Help out an African prince. You know the drill.
A lot of it is garbled junk, sentences that read like a computer ingested the Oxford English Dictionary and vomited it back out. The results are bizarre and often unintentionally hilarious, a favorite subject of forwarded emails or, in the age of Twitter, cult celebrity. Spam account @horse_ebooks boasts 120,000 thousand followers thanks entirely to the accidental and absurdist poetry of its tweets.
But back in 1996, users of the proto-Web community Usenet got spammed with messages that reached an almost transcendent level of bizarre—a weirdness so precise it implied the influence of a very human intelligence. [more]

I read this piece all the way through, and it really reminded me of this magazine that no longer exists, but was a cover-to-cover read for me in the late ’90s: Internet Underground Magazine. It had some awesome design for the era, covered edgy topics, and even inspired some notable early memes. It was a great magazine because it seemed much more invested in the culture of the internet than its much-more-heralded competitor, Wired, did. But it closed in 1997, the victim of low ad sales and a change in ownership. It’s too bad. Like Suck.com, they missed out on the good part.
It just hit me that The Daily Dot is the modern equivalent of this magazine, which just made my respect for them go way up.

dailydot:

Unraveling Markovian Parallax Denigrate, the Internet’s oldest and weirdest mystery

Spam. It’s the Internet’s most resilient parasite. Millions of messages pollute the Web’s pipes every day. Grow a monster penis. Lose 20 pounds. Help out an African prince. You know the drill.

A lot of it is garbled junk, sentences that read like a computer ingested the Oxford English Dictionary and vomited it back out. The results are bizarre and often unintentionally hilarious, a favorite subject of forwarded emails or, in the age of Twitter, cult celebrity. Spam account @horse_ebooks boasts 120,000 thousand followers thanks entirely to the accidental and absurdist poetry of its tweets.

But back in 1996, users of the proto-Web community Usenet got spammed with messages that reached an almost transcendent level of bizarre—a weirdness so precise it implied the influence of a very human intelligence. [more]

I read this piece all the way through, and it really reminded me of this magazine that no longer exists, but was a cover-to-cover read for me in the late ’90s: Internet Underground Magazine. It had some awesome design for the era, covered edgy topics, and even inspired some notable early memes. It was a great magazine because it seemed much more invested in the culture of the internet than its much-more-heralded competitor, Wired, did. But it closed in 1997, the victim of low ad sales and a change in ownership. It’s too bad. Like Suck.com, they missed out on the good part.

It just hit me that The Daily Dot is the modern equivalent of this magazine, which just made my respect for them go way up.

19:05 // 1 year ago
September 13, 2012
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