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(Salon)   So, apparently July 9th, 2012 is the Internet Apocaypse. WHO KNEW?   (salon.com) divider line 46
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2012-05-16 09:27:35 AM
I'll be in my iCave.
 
2012-05-16 09:44:26 AM
Shhhh don't let on. I'm hoping there will be an exodus of idiots shutting down their FB accounts.
 
2012-05-16 09:50:13 AM
I just want my hoverboard and self-lacing Nikes, dammit.
 
2012-05-16 10:00:40 AM

Shostie: I just want my hoverboard and self-lacing Nikes, dammit.


Dammit. Wrong thread.

Still want them, though.
 
2012-05-16 10:28:39 AM
If the feds simply shut down the Estonian servers, the 4 million infected machines - nearly 1 million of which were in the United States - would be unable to reach the Internet.

Why, exactly, would that have been a bad thing
 
2012-05-16 10:57:34 AM
Is that when Skynet becomes self-aware? It's hidden in the code ya know.
 
2012-05-16 10:58:28 AM
That's my birthday! Surprise surprise!
 
2012-05-16 10:59:43 AM

DammitIForgotMyLogin: If the feds simply shut down the Estonian servers, the 4 million infected machines - nearly 1 million of which were in the United States - would be unable to reach the Internet.

Why, exactly, would that have been a bad thing


This^

/Seriously, wouldn't that be a pretty good signal to people with infected computers that they need to fix something?
 
2012-05-16 11:03:27 AM
4 million machines couldn't even shut down a web site running on a Commodore 64.
 
2012-05-16 11:03:38 AM
*sigh*

ANOTHER Apocalypse? Already?

Do we get Zombies? Aliens? Giant, finger-eating insects?

///my kids are never gonna believe how many apocalypses I survived!
 
2012-05-16 11:05:54 AM
Old news is old.
 
2012-05-16 11:06:15 AM
*twitch*
 
2012-05-16 11:07:47 AM
What's an apocaypse?
 
2012-05-16 11:08:10 AM
Just in time for Diablo 3 to be fixed.
 
2012-05-16 11:08:15 AM
FTFA By early February, nearly half of all Fortune 500 companies and half of all major federal agencies still had computers infected with the virus - along with 400,000 other computers around the world.

I'm calling BS on this. Fortune 500 companies and Federal Agencies have security depts and DNS changers are not new and are easily remediated.
 
2012-05-16 11:08:31 AM
There will ALWAYS be an apocalypse just around the corner.

Just far enough in the future, that somebody can make lots of money selling books about it or starting a cult based on it.
 
2012-05-16 11:10:01 AM
Well see, they wrote all this bank software, and, uh, to save space, they used two digits for the date instead of four. So, like, 98 instead of 1998? Uh, so I go through these thousands of lines of code and, uh... it doesn't really matter.
 
2012-05-16 11:10:29 AM
What a nonarticle. Oh, it's Salon. Never mind.
 
2012-05-16 11:11:21 AM

gweilo8888: What's an apocaypse?


Not sure, but an apocalypse is somebody from a carribean island with a speach impediment.
 
2012-05-16 11:15:33 AM
If the net goes down, we all know what we'll miss. This is why I'm printing out all the interweb pics of subby's mom before they're no longer available. No way I'm banging that $2 whore in real life. She burns. The goggles do nothing.
/you really didn't deserve that
 
2012-05-16 11:18:35 AM

quickdraw: Shhhh don't let on. I'm hoping there will be an exodus of idiots shutting down their FB accounts.


I tend to think that the idiots are the ones who would keep their FB accounts and keep trying to get on even when told they won't be able to do so.

Mr. Fuzzypaws: That's my birthday! Surprise surprise!


Hey, same here! Maybe the wife will actually be off of her laptop "checking her work email" (which usually ends up mostly playing around on Facebook) for more than a few minutes that day and help me enjoy my day.
 
2012-05-16 11:18:48 AM
I'm a bit embarrassed for the human race. Virus Checkers. Many are free. Get one.

/DURRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
 
2012-05-16 11:23:30 AM
I'm reading a book called "Zero Day" that seems to be building to this very same ending...
 
2012-05-16 11:23:31 AM
The only people that this will affect are people who probably shouldn't be on the internet anyway.
 
2012-05-16 11:24:23 AM

gweilo8888: What's an apocaypse?


i881.photobucket.com

And in other news, GIS Apocalypse and it brings up a whole wide range of different types of pics.
 
2012-05-16 11:26:36 AM

gweilo8888: What's an apocaypse?


It's pronounced A-Poughkeepsie, a burb of NYC.
 
2012-05-16 11:29:58 AM
Hmmm, that's the day this thing is scheduled to finish downloading all the world's porn.

bramus.github.com
 
2012-05-16 11:32:08 AM
Why not have the FBI servers redirect to a page that says "Your computer is infected with the DNS Changer virus."?
 
2012-05-16 11:33:40 AM
looks like my 32nd birthday will be a memorable one.
 
2012-05-16 11:35:50 AM
It's not the apocalypse. It's the apocalypso!

www.keywestpromo.com
 
2012-05-16 11:41:41 AM

Tricky Chicken: gweilo8888: What's an apocaypse?

Not sure, but an apocalypse is somebody from a carribean carribaen island with a speach speatch impediment.


/FTFY
//pet peave
 
2012-05-16 11:43:05 AM

meat0918: Hmmm, that's the day this thing is scheduled to finish downloading all the world's porn.

[bramus.github.com image 446x309]


Then there is only one solution. We must create more porn at such a rate that it can never finish.

Everyone, grab a camera and as much lubricant as you can afford. The next Fark Party is going to be a doozy.
 
2012-05-16 11:45:32 AM
Apocaypse.

Calypso Apoc brand? (there is a brand called APOC)
 
2012-05-16 11:50:10 AM
Internet

endlesspicdump.com

/bie to the eip?
 
2012-05-16 11:55:49 AM
Just run an ipconfig/all, and verify that your DNS address doesn't fall within the infected ranges (pg5 - sorry-PDF). Then check your router.

A million isn't very many, really. Chances are, you're fine. If you're not, you can fix it.
 
2012-05-16 11:58:56 AM

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: Old news is old.


Cue the "Not this shiate again..." pic.

What is more likely is that some ISP's will have one hell of a day as people call and complain that "the Internet is broken!". I hope they train their staff on how to diagnose DNSChanger and can get people to fix their damn systems.
 
2012-05-16 12:05:49 PM

quickdraw: Shhhh don't let on. I'm hoping there will be an exodus of idiots shutting down their FB accounts.


I just wanted to let you all know that I will be shutting down my Facebook account on July 8th and boarding up my windows in anticipation of the impending doom.

/sings the doom song
 
2012-05-16 12:12:24 PM
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2012-05-16 12:22:30 PM
Want to know how to prevent the Internet Doomsday Virus from shutting down your computer? Just send me $79.95 and a SASE and I will send you my step-by-step instructions on how to defend yourself against Internet scams.
 
2012-05-16 12:50:50 PM
It's all elev8mel8r's fault.
 
2012-05-16 01:27:24 PM

gweilo8888: What's an apocaypse?


It's about two gallons (dry measure) of lips.

And a bushel is four pocks.

/The More You Know ====*
 
2012-05-16 02:50:14 PM

clivecusslerfan: quickdraw: Shhhh don't let on. I'm hoping there will be an exodus of idiots shutting down their FB accounts.

I tend to think that the idiots are the ones who would keep their FB accounts and keep trying to get on even when told they won't be able to do so.

Mr. Fuzzypaws: That's my birthday! Surprise surprise!

Hey, same here! Maybe the wife will actually be off of her laptop "checking her work email" (which usually ends up mostly playing around on Facebook) for more than a few minutes that day and help me enjoy my day.


It's my birthday too! :)

We should ban together and save the internet.
 
2012-05-16 02:59:08 PM
Hey I was told Dec 2012
 
2012-05-16 04:56:13 PM
ugh... cue 'idontwanttoliveonthisplanetanymore.jpeg'

Even microshiats bundled antivirus can take care of this. In this day and age if you are not using some sort of antivirus you do not have an excuse. There are plenty of free AV programs out there that even a lowly luser can find and install. And that goes for you macites and 'nix users too. No excuse for not running some form of AV

/lusers with no av cause me the most headaches
//linux user
///why oh why did I pick IT?
 
2012-05-16 09:37:17 PM
Pffft.
 
2012-05-17 08:17:04 AM
And at the stroke of midnight on that fateful night, some poor sap will have to go and check every card-reader door at every Oregon Department of Transportation building in Salem, OR, to make sure they "aren't all screwed up", just like I had to the morning of January 1st, 2000. That's well over a hundred doors, on buildings throughout the city.

The cardreaders were new enough to not be afflicted with the potential coding issues that supposedly would trigger the Y2K 'disaster'. The computers they are connected to are also managed by a rather competent IT department, so this virus won't be an issue for them. And yet, I guarantee some lowly security pleb will be shaking doors and testing every cardreader, because some asshat at ODOT doesn't think rationally, nor do they listen to their IT staff.
 
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