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Examining the FCC claim that DDoS attacks hit net neutrality comment system

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On May 8, when the Federal Communications Commission website failed and many people were prevented from submitting comments about net neutrality, the cause seemed obvious. Comedian John Oliver had just aired a segment blasting FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to gut net neutrality rules, and it appeared that the site just couldn't handle the sudden influx of comments.

But when the FCC released a statement explaining the website's downtime, the commission didn't mention the Oliver show or people submitting comments opposing Pai's plan. Instead, the FCC attributed the downtime solely to "multiple distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS)." These were "deliberate attempts by external actors to bombard the FCC's comment system with a high amount of traffic to our commercial cloud host," performed by "actors" who "were not attempting to file comments themselves; rather, they made it difficult for legitimate commenters to access and file with the FCC."

The FCC has faced skepticism from net neutrality activists who doubt the website was hit with multiple DDoS attacks at the same time that many new commenters were trying to protest the plan to eliminate the current net neutrality rules. Besides the large influx of legitimate comments, what appeared to be spam bots flooded the FCC with identical comments attributed to people whose names were drawn from data breaches, which is another possible cause of downtime. There are now more than 2.5 million comments on Pai's plan. The FCC is taking comments until August 16, and will make a final decision sometime after that.

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The OnePlus 5 won’t be able to copy the Galaxy S8’s best feature

OnePlus 5 vs. Galaxy S8 Display Design

We heard for a while that the OnePlus 5 will not be as cool as the Galaxy S8, and OnePlus CEO Pete Lau apparently confirmed on Weibo that the next OnePlus flagship won’t be able to compete against Samsung’s best new phone feature.

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Feature Request: iPad Workouts Dashboard for Apple Watch exercises

I sometimes use my iPad at the gym to watch videos or read iBooks to pass time while exercising with the elliptical or treadmill. The tablet form factor is sleek and doesn’t draw attention to itself, and the iPad usually lays over whatever screen the gym equipment offers.

This works well because I usually ignore the heart rate trackers and progress indicators on exercise equipment and just rely on my Apple Watch for workout data. I glance at my wrist to check my progress and view metrics while using the iPad for entertainment.

Over the weekend I used a hotel gym that offered exercise machines with large screens and an easy-to-use interface, however, that made me think of how the iPad could be used for more…

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Meet the little box your cable company really doesn’t want you to know about

Best Home Router 2017

What if we told you that there was a tiny little box you could get that would instantly save you $120 each year? And what if we told you that by saving that $120 each year, you’d be stealing it right out of your cable company’s pocket? It might sound too good to be true, but we assure you it’s not. You already pay your ISP enough without coughing up an extra $10 each month for a senseless modem rental fee. Grab a NETGEAR DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem on Amazon, follow the included instructions to configure it, return your old modem back to your cable company, and you’ll see that monthly fee of between $8 and $10 disappear.

Here are some highlights from the product page:

  • ELIMINATE MONTHLY CABLE MODEM RENTAL FEES - Up to $120 per year. Please check your cable Internet service provider web site for data speed tier compatibility
  • Up to 340Mbps download and upload speed. Separate router required for WiFi. 8x4 channel bonding.
  • DOCSIS 3.0 unleashes 8x faster download speeds than DOCSIS 2.0. Ideal for streaming HD videos, faster downloads, and high-speed online gaming.
  • Compatibe with Xfinity from Comcast, Spectrum, Cox, & more. Not compatible with bundled voice services. Please check your cable Internet service provider web site for data speed tier compatibility
  • If the unit does not work , Check the connection of your devices. Ensure that each connection is securely and tightly plugged in. Try to refresh your cable connection by power cycling your network, If power cycling did not work, download the latest firmware of your router. After you have the downloaded the firmware, please upgrade your routers firmware manually, If the above steps did not resolve your issue, you may need to reset your router.

NETGEAR DOCSIS 3.0 340Mbps Cable Modem for XFINITY, Time Warner, Spectrum Cable, Cox, Charter,…: $44.99

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