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DDoS attack may lead to potential service disruption this week

FastMail Blog

On Sunday, 8 Nov 2015, at around 01:08 UTC, FastMail was hit by a DDoS attack that briefly made some services unavailable before we enabled mitigation strategies to block it. A further attack followed on Monday, 9 Nov 2015 at around 00:34 UTC. These attacks were accompanied by an extortion demand that threatened further attacks this week if we did not pay the attacker 20 Bitcoin (approximately US$7500).

First of all, we would like to make one thing clear. We do not respond to extortion attempts, and we will not pay these criminals under any circumstances. We have dealt with DDoS attacks before, and have recently been strengthening our defences to deal with such issues. However, there is still a chance that the attacks will cause some disruption for our users, so we are publishing this as an advance warning and to give as much information as we can on…

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FastMail supports Roundcube Next development

FastMail Blog

FastMail have always been a strong supporter of open source and open standards. We retain customers by providing an excellent, reliable service which is great value for money — not by locking them into our platform.

At The Kolab Summit we had an opportunity to meet like-minded developers from the Roundcube project, the most popular open source webmail client in the world.

FastMail is already investing heavily in open source email with our server-side work on Cyrus IMAPd, currently employing three developers, a writer, and a tester for the project.

We have also been preparing the fully open JMAP protocol to replace our current custom web API, with another two developers working on JMAP client and server code.

To safeguard a future where protocols are open, and interoperability doesn’t mean speaking both the protocol of Vendor A and of Vendor B, the world needs freely available, modern email software…

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Planets in the Fourth Dimension

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You probably that planets go around the sun in elliptical orbits. But do you know why?

In fact, they’re moving in circles in 4 dimensions. But when these circles are projected down to 3-dimensional space, they become ellipses!

This animation by Greg Egan shows the idea:


The plane here represents 2 of the 3 space dimensions we live in. The vertical direction is the mysterious fourth dimension. The planet goes around in a circle in 4-dimensional space. But down here in 3 dimensions, its ‘shadow’ moves in an ellipse!

What’s this fourth dimension I’m talking about here? It’s a lot like time. But it’s not exactly time. It’s the difference between ordinary time and another sort of time, which flows at a rate inversely proportional to the distance between the planet and the sun.

The movie uses this other sort of time. Relative to this other time, the planet…

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