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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] deathpixie at Further info on the LJ DDoS attacks
Grabbed from [livejournal.com profile] alasdair

synecdochic: LiveJournal’s DDoS and Russian Politics

This is an excellent round up of the problems that have plagued LJ of late, which are, in turn an interesting insight into the implications of running something that truly is a global service. The short version: if you are an English language user who is tempted to complain about LJ's recent down time, you should probably shut the fuck up before you embarrass the rest of us. And if you are an English language user who isn't actually *paying* for the service, and you're tempted to complain, please make do so a long, long way away from me, because I'd hate to have to beat you with something heavy.


As annoying as the downtime has been, it has served to bring to light the "other half" of LJ's user base in Russia, and to explain the importance of the journal platform to freedom of speech in that country. Enough so there are those who would see that platform go down. It really makes you think about the difference perspective makes. For us, LJ is a place we keep up with our friends, do memes, roleplay, write. For Russia, it's the place where people get a chance to know the truth of what's going on in the country and for ordinary people to have a voice.

Certainly something to think about, any way.


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Finding out the reason for LJ's downtime made a huge difference in how I react to the downtimes.

Allthough I still think they could've avoided a lot of the irritation from english speaking users by posting a short message to status.livejournal.org/twitter/facebook, it is unimportant right now.

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Hopefully, LJ will survive the attacks, but just to be sure, I added everyone on my LJ flist that I could find on Dreamwidth. If LJ goes down, it would suck to have people just disappear.

If you have a Dreamwidth account and kriscat hasn't added you to her circle, feel free to drop me a line so I can find you.

If you're not on Dreamwidth and think that a back up plan might be a good idea, I have three invites. If you want one, let me know and I'll send it to you.

I'm not leaving LJ, but if feels nice to have a back up where I can find at least some of you if the worst scenario happens.

The cat continues to use the litter box. I think he's mocking me. :/
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Hi! Due to the DDoS attacks on LJ, I'm finally getting of my butt trying to find and add as many of my LJ friends as I can. If the The Kremlin really want LJ gone, it would be nice to know I already have a backup in place. :)
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I bought a harness for the cat yesterday. It was expensive, but due to him being for big for the kitty harness/ tiny dog harness' and too small for most other dog harness, it was the only reasonable option.

This far I've just attched the leash to a mcgyvered collar I made out of the stommach section of the harness he outgrew. It's been ok, but if he gets a little bit better, he'll break out of it in a second.

And since he refuse to use the litter box, but manage to do his needs when I walk him, small price to pay, right?

Tonight, he used the litterbox.

::Headdesk::


Note to self:

LJ was down. :(
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The cat and I are struggeling along. I think he looks a little bit better, but it might be wishful thinking. This far, Operation Keep The Cat Inactive And Off Things is working. Knock on wood...

Note to self:

LJ was down today...
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My baby is in pain. :( He has what the vet calls not quite a broken bone in his hip. I have a hard time finding the correct word for it in english, but as she said it, there's a crack, that's not quite a fracture. Yet. :( So now my cat is in a lot of pain, because if he gets painkillers he'll be too active and risk making the crack a fracture.  So he's trapped in a small room with nothing for him to jump up on (Also of the bad) and only let out once a day with me walking him on a leach like a dog. He refuses to use a litterbox so it's really like walking a dog...

And basically, it's a waiting game, to see if he gets better, or worse. And honestly if it comes to surgery of his hip, I'll probably have to put him to sleep because of the cost versus the chances of him getting a good quality of life after. :(

So keep your fingers crossed for him. He's only eight years old. :(

Also, today LJ was down from circa all afternoon until 10 PM. This is getting anoying. So I've decided to make a post when LJ's been down for more than an hour or so. I bet I'll post much more often from now on. :/
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Livejournal has been down a lot the last month or so. Have anyone else noticed? The down or not site I use showed LJ to be up in the U.S, but not in Europe today. Have there been any notice from the PTB? Or is it just me?

...WTF.

Mar. 14th, 2011 04:47 pm
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Words fail me. :(

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] lavenderfrost at ...WTF.
Well, there goes my good mood for the day.

NYTimes, the bastion of quality reporting, reported on the gang-rape of an 11 year-old girl in Texas  that's led to charges against 18 high-school boys so far - all well and good so far, right?  Shit like this NEEDS publicity to raise awareness. 

Only problem is, they repeated - without refutation or critical commentary - the claims that the girl brought the rape on herself because of the way she was dressed.

Choice Quotes (No cut b/c everyone needs to see this - DEAL.):

“It’s just destroyed our community,” said Sheila Harrison, 48, a hospital worker who says she knows several of the defendants. “These boys have to live with this the rest of their lives.  As opposed to the victim, who's gonna bounce back lickety-fucking-split, right?

Residents in the neighborhood where the abandoned trailer stands — known as the Quarters — said the victim had been visiting various friends there for months. They said she dressed older than her age, wearing makeup and fashions more appropriate to a woman in her 20s. She would hang out with teenage boys at a playground, some said.  TOTALLY BEGGING FOR IT.

THIS IS RAPE CULTURE, PEOPLE.

Now, what's being said and done in this community is bad enough, but the NY Times should be fucking ashamed of themselves right now.

Here's how to contact NYT: )

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* Or God Jul, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy late Hanukkah, or just have a nice day. :)
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The people running Fiction Alley came up with the bright idea to submit FA for a §25000 grant in the Pepsi Refresh program. At the site you get to vote for up to 10 of your favorite ideas every day, and every month the ten highest votes in each price class gets money. FA's competition includes programs for feeding the poor, saving animals, getting kids the school supplies they need, and the list goes on and on.

I'm all for keeping fic archives alive, but I find this extremely tasteless.  I love fanfic and I love fandom, both have given me much joy, hope and support over the years. (Not to mention friends) But I don't think that fandom belongs among the other applicants. I'm not the only one thinking this. But FA have made their minds up. I fear a lot of bad PR for *all* of fandom if FA wins one of the ten spots.

Please fandom, lets work together and stop FA from acting like Mr. Burns and vote on other projects worthy of support on the site.  Today I've voted for:

The Metro St. Louis Cinderella Project has collected over 4000 dresses from the public in the past two prom seasons.  We collect an amazing selection of dresses in sizes 2-12, but as the sizes get larger, the selection of prom appropriate dresses decreases.  The young women that are referred to our project are of all shapes and sizes.  A lot of the girls we see are needing plus size dresses. Our inventory of dresses in sizes 14 + is limited.  Our goal is to have an equal selection of prom appropriate dresses for the plus size girls as there are for the smaller size girls.

Assist victims of domestic violence with basic household necessities in Laurens, SC.


Offer reading and math after school programs to at-risk rural children in Rolling Prairie, IN


Sex Ed for Teens and Parents (that includes birth controll) in Winchester and Frederick County, VA.

Provide dance education scholarships through Project Pirouette in Evansville, IN. The project emerged to benefit teens that are not likely to succeed in school. Recognizing the challenges faced by today's youth, CCDE developed Project Pirouette offering a solution to growing community concerns for youth at risk of failure. Project Pirouette is a situation where participants engage in creative expression, increase their skills, build self-esteem, improve body image, better meet academic goals, and demonstrate what they have learned.

School districts throughout Illinois are facing unprecedented budget deficits.  School District 153 is projecting a $2 million deficit in FY2011.    The school district may be forced to cancel educational field trips where students are exposed to new environments and experiences and where they learn by doing.

Fox Road Elementary School in Raleigh, NC has educated students for over 20 years.  During these two decades, many of the books in our bookroom have become outdated, gotten lost, or become damaged.  As we endeavor to “Rebuild Our Bookroom”, we hope to update our bookroom so it reflects the interests and diversity of our school population.

Provide free therapy to families who have experienced sexual abuse in Lincoln, NE


Help feed pets in low income households in West Michigan.

Refurbish Computers for Children in Foster Care Living in Buffalo, NY


There are so many awesome projects on this site, so please go and vote for the ten you find most awesome. I bet buying FA a server will not be one of them.
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My thoughts about PR, behind a cut since for once there's a chance I'm not the last one online to watch it.

Read more... )

Hold on,

Oct. 23rd, 2010 03:16 pm
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If Martin Freeman is going to play Bilbo, does that mean that more episodes of Sherlock are in danger of not happening? Cause that would be sad. :(
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Top Chef: Just Desserts combines two of my favourite things: Top Chef and desserts. You can't go wrong with that combination! :)

I love watching the chefs make the desserts. It looks so much more fun than the cooking the 'real' Top Chef does. (Don't get me wrong, I love the original too.)

What I don't like is the crying guy. :( He needs to go home an hug his mommy. Seeing people loosing it like that, in that kind of setting, creeps me out. I wish they'd stopped filming. :(

FYI

Sep. 23rd, 2010 01:35 pm
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I really like Castle. Nathan Fillion rules.

Thats all! ;)

D:

Sep. 20th, 2010 12:15 am
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It's a sad night in sweden. :( They got in. They actually got in!! WTF is wrong with people?!

www.thelocal.se/29114/20100919/

Sweden now has a racist party in Riksdagen. :(

::Howl!!::

My mother is spinning in her grave!!
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Any swedes on LJ: Remember to vote! If you don't vote, you don't have the right to complain.  I really hope SD don't get in to parlament...
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I'm amazed with the bit he did from Prisoner of Azkaban. I really want to see him in something other than HP if he could pull that off at 11-ish.

And he really was adorable as a kid. Look at those big blue eyes!
 
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I've just watched Project Runway 0805, and I've never loved Tim Gunn more.

::Hugs Tim::
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Please don't use any of my entries, or comments on my entries, whether public or private, on your Facebook or Twitter account. My facebook and my LJ are very separate. And I'd like to keep it that way.
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