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Aug 2, 2020 3 tweets 1 min read Read on X
I sometimes feel like indies are in a weird place when it comes to stuff like the #HugoAwards. On one hand, it’s a trad industry thing and we’re unlikely to ever even be nominated.

(Seriously, has an indie ever won a Hugo? I might have asked this before.)
On the other hand, it’s also sort of... none of our business, when the Hugos turn into a shitshow? Like there are conversations happening about what the Hugos should be and what Worldcon should be, but do we have a place in that?

I don’t know.
Could just be me tbh. I’m feeling a lot of stuff this morning, reading reaction threads. Mostly disconnected.

I’m an outsider to everything, for better or worse.

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So: DDOS = Distributed Denial Of Service.

Any website you visit sits on a tech stack that consists of servers, network connections, databases, that kind of thing. Each website is built with a certain level of traffic in mind.
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Your local pizza shop is off a side street and has maybe 3 spots.
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We have, in turn:

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I also did some anti-fraud work in online advertising back in the day
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I swear, at this point I'm still on LinkedIn because the messages I get are HILARIOUS.

Case in point: some marketing guy inviting me to a seminar that will supposedly teach me about this new data analytics platform
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Whyyyy do these guys all sound the same
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An API endpoint is just a URL with a value added onto the end that tells the system what you want to get back.
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Okay something I’ve been thinking about this morning: WTF was the actual intention of the MAGAts who stormed the Capitol building?
There’s all these people on Reddit/here saying that this was an organized coup. And TBH I keep thinking that “organized” is a strong word. 90% of them had no aim other than showing up and shouting.

The other 10% are the ones that should worry everyone.
So Trump does his stupid rally, having fired up the MAGAts for actual months, then says they should march on the Capitol and of course they do, then sympathizers among the security forces let them through to the building itself.
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