Going Dark

Well that was massively entertaining.

Carry on …

(There really doesn’t seem to have been any need for this shut-down. XS confidence in its webhost has been seriously undermined. They can’t even manage a warning mail? The sooner a move onto Urbit can take place, the better. Any more of this nonsense, and it will be time to try out these guys, who have been highly recommended.)

Also: XS is no longer interested in any political order than doesn’t include capital punishment for spammers, or at least a plausible system of micro-payment incentives that will reliably exterminate the vermin.

April 9, 2015admin 14 Comments »


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  • Going Dark | Neoreactive Says:

    […] Going Dark […]

    Posted on April 9th, 2015 at 3:40 pm Reply | Quote
  • Alrenous Says:

    Since this is 333, shouldn’t you say going light? If nothing else, this page is black and the placeholder wasn’t.


    Posted on April 9th, 2015 at 3:58 pm Reply | Quote
  • E. Antony Gray (@RiverC) Says:

    “Light in extremity causes blindness” – paraphrase of Aristotle on the soul


    Posted on April 9th, 2015 at 4:36 pm Reply | Quote
  • Mr. Archenemy Says:

    Nick, I don’t know if you saw my tweets about this, but I don’t think Cloudflare is a host, but rather just a service hosts can provide to their customers. So, you could stay with bluehost and start using cloudflare there, or if you’re really unhappy with them, move to some other host, possibly one that offers cloudflare, and use it there if necessary. If you want to use cloudflare where you are, instructions are here.

    If I’m wrong about this, I’m sure someone will correct me soon enough.


    Posted on April 9th, 2015 at 4:43 pm Reply | Quote
  • Hegemonizing Swarm Says:

    Great to see XS is back. I was starting to worry that the site was black-bagged and thrown into the memory hole.

    > Also: XS is no longer interested in any political order than doesn’t include capital punishment for spammers

    Time for the Daemon to be instantiated, in that book one of its first stages is setting into motion the “final solution” to spammers. We need that, desperately.


    Erebus Reply:

    My sentiments exactly re: the return of XS.

    Aside: Is Daemon something you’d recommend? Is it good pulp-SF, or bad pulp-SF?


    Hegemonizing Swarm Reply:

    I found it pretty good. It’s more a near-future techno thriller than SF. As I remember it, none of the tech is unimaginable to exist right now. The daemon is not the classical out-of control AI just an eerily very well-planned expert system.


    Posted on April 9th, 2015 at 5:09 pm Reply | Quote
  • Lesser Bull Says:

    It seems rumors of your Exit were greatly exaggerated. Good to see you back.


    Posted on April 9th, 2015 at 6:54 pm Reply | Quote
  • vxxc2014 Says:

    Welcome back.

    Speaking of retaliation against spammers and hackers in general, have you heard of this?


    Cyber-privateering unto ruin for hackers.

    As well as Letters of Marque and Reprisal.

    Which was of course in terms of causalities a more civilized form of war all around.


    Hegemonizing Swarm Reply:

    I haven’t heard of it. The idea is interesting, but the difficulty of attribution in ‘cyberspace’ could make this devolve into total war very soon. Urbit boating analogies aside, the internet is very much unlike the ocean. A closer analogy would be a crowded room. If you authorize people to shoot back naively they’ll likely hit a random bystander.

    (On the other hand, spammers are usually dumb fucks, but they may have hired a botnet to perform it thus implicating other users which happen to have the bot sneaked unto their pc…)

    Funding research and tools to produce actually secure software and hardware – even if it requires beginning from scratch – would be more constructive use of defense money than today’s HAR HAR cyberwar posturing. When an attack is possible, and discovered, you’re already too late.


    Posted on April 9th, 2015 at 9:54 pm Reply | Quote
  • vxxc2014 Says:

    Letters of Marque and reprisal for cyberspace.

    A provision of the American Constitution we have wisely not dispensed with…



    Posted on April 9th, 2015 at 9:56 pm Reply | Quote
  • Sidney Carton Says:

    Welcome back, your dreams are what led you out. Or nightmares perhaps…


    Posted on April 9th, 2015 at 11:36 pm Reply | Quote
  • SanguineEmpiricist Says:

    Just use digital ocean as a hosting back up, it has auto-installs for wordpress/ghost and stuff and you can ssh in and fix it if you want, it also has auto-backups/restores and is much more modern than generic hosts.

    Other stuff@lowendbox


    Posted on April 10th, 2015 at 3:54 am Reply | Quote
  • OblivionKnight_ Says:

    Phew! Absent my daily dose of XS I started to think there might be hope for western civilisation. How quickly we fall back into bad habits…


    Posted on April 10th, 2015 at 7:16 am Reply | Quote

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