Russian Pirates Offer To Host NASA's Website While US Government Is Shutdown

from the adopt-a-us-gov't-webiste dept

The government shutdown leading to various government websites being taken offline has been the subject of much mocking. But, for people who rely on those websites, it can be quite a nuisance. So perhaps it's time to start an "adopt a federal website" program, where others are willing to host the downed websites until such time as the government gets its act together. It appears that the Russian Pirate Party has kicked all this off by offering to host NASA's downed website. The full statement on the party's website is somewhat amusing:
To NASA, USA
from Pirate Party of Russia

Dear Madame/Sir,

We do care about the situation around your web site and the budget crisis in USA. Thereby we would like to offer you bulletproof collocation or dedicated servers on our hosting platform till the end of the crisis. We stand for Internet privacy, and as the result you would not have to worry about programs such as PRISM and other illegal activities of secret services of different countries. Your traffic, your activity and the activity of your users will be in safety.

We love Mars!
Perhaps we can set up an crowdfunding campaign to get this kind of thing moving.


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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 7th, 2013 @ 3:12pm

    preempting blue's "omg they call themselves pirates" bs

     

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    Shadow Dragon (profile), Oct 7th, 2013 @ 3:16pm

    insert OOTB inane rants and ad hominem attacks

    Typical OOTB,cab.t even resist the urge to post his non-sense just because he bored and have nothing better to do with his time.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 7th, 2013 @ 3:21pm

    "others are willing to host the downed websites until such time as the government gets its act together."

    It will probably only cost about 1/10th of what it costs taxpayers.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 7th, 2013 @ 3:24pm

    Really? This is beyond ignorant. How much can it cost to keep an existing website up and running? This is such a dog and pony show, unbelievable, just unbelievable.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 7th, 2013 @ 3:33pm

    I love the idea, in fact it could be hosted and duplicated around the world.

     

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    Luis Sanchez Perez, Oct 7th, 2013 @ 3:39pm

    Adopt a federal website

    Excellent mockery of the government of the United States. I hope he stays closed forever

     

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    pouar (profile), Oct 7th, 2013 @ 4:03pm

    Hope they take the offer. I would.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 7th, 2013 @ 5:13pm

    Just once I would like one of these agencies to give the finger to Obama and keep their pre-paid websites operating as per usual. If anyone asks, there's plenty of financial records dictating that the websites themselves are paid for in advance.

     

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    6, Oct 7th, 2013 @ 6:11pm

    This is probably prohibited by law :( Furloughed Gov workers can't even volunteer service.

     

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    OldMugwump (profile), Oct 7th, 2013 @ 6:14pm

    Can't they mirror them based on Google's cache?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 7th, 2013 @ 8:10pm

    Re: Can't they mirror them based on Google's cache?

    Not if they have some levels with robot.txt

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 7th, 2013 @ 8:32pm

    Your parents must be so proud of you, Masnick

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 7th, 2013 @ 8:59pm

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    You know, I misread it and thought they were hosting the NSA's website. I thought, who cares, why would anyone want to host that? Now I just read it was NASA's website they were referring to.

    It would be nice if the NSA would be the one with funds removed though. But, no, what gets cut are public programs while programs intended to maintain government oppression remain.

     

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    Pixelation, Oct 7th, 2013 @ 9:17pm

    What we're all thinking.

    It can't be any less secure than hosting it on US servers.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 7th, 2013 @ 9:58pm

    As if they would agree to this. They went out of their way to close open-air memorials. Today I heard that they put traffic cones on the side of a road from which people can see Mt Rushmore, because they didn't want anyone pulling over where they could get a view of the place while it is "closed".

    If the pirates were ALREADY hosting the website for free, they'd order them to close it, because they're that petty.

     

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    PaulT (profile), Oct 8th, 2013 @ 1:20am

    Re:

    "They went out of their way to close open-air memorials."

    Did they? I would have assumed that the costs of patrolling, securing, maintaining and cleaning such properties would still be there and that it would fall under the "non-essential" category. Open air doesn't mean cost-free. Do you have anything to show that they actually went out of their way to do this rather than it being a natural consequence of the shutdown?

    "Today I heard that they put traffic cones on the side of a road from which people can see Mt Rushmore, because they didn't want anyone pulling over where they could get a view of the place while it is "closed"."

    Do you have a citation for that, because that seems to be the type of idiotic right-wing crap that gets thrown around as if it's facts and almost always seems to turn out to be a ridiculous lie. I could be wrong and I'll defer to any citation you can provide, but it does sound like the sort of vague story that some people throw around to generate outrage rather than thoughtful debate.

     

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    Brazenly anonymous, Oct 8th, 2013 @ 5:30am

    Re: Re:

    Two of four war memorials in Washington DC were closed on the first day of the shut down. These just happened to be the two that would be visited by a veteran honor flight.

    This whole shut down? It's all a big publicity stunt in a desperate attempt to distract the nation from demanding the shutdown of the NSA's spying apparatus (other demands should include repealing the Patriot Act, repealing the NDAA, voting reforms because the two-party system is clearly not working).

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 8th, 2013 @ 5:33am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Why am I seeing Poe's everywhere?

    :)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 8th, 2013 @ 7:46am

    Re: Re:

    Here are your citations:

    http://dakotawarcollege.com/federal-government-park-service-blocking-view-of-mt-rushmo re-from-highway-with-tim-johnsons-support/

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/iwo-jima-memorial- closed-barricades-erected_759277.html

    http://www.studentnewsdaily.com/blog/d-c-monuments-barricad ed-during-shutdown/

    http://webnerhouse.com/2013/10/03/closing-the-memorials/

    http://www.weekly standard.com/blogs/wired-shut-barricade-wwii-memorial-reinforced_759193.html

    http://nationalrevie w.com/corner/360423/national-park-service-attempts-barricade-mt-vernon-sterling-beard#!

    Going "out of their way" to block access to open-air memorials means the park service or others constructed barricades where none existed. The Washington D.C. memorials are in parkland and have no gates or other impediments to block access under regular circumstances. As noted in the last sample, Mount Vernon is owned by a privately funded organization, yet the park service attempted to barricade it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 8th, 2013 @ 8:12am

    NASA was going to agree to this, but the NSA wanted a 'back door' quickly built in, just in case!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 8th, 2013 @ 8:24am

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    Ahh, nevermind, apparently the NSA has been affected as well.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 8th, 2013 @ 12:53pm

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    They have also shut down a historical site that is entirely owned, staffed, and funded privately, but that rents land from the park service. So, if they don't get to reopen before the end of the season or get enough donations, they'll have to shut down. http://1771.org/?page_id=1292

     

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    Sriniwas, Mar 3rd, 2014 @ 7:44am

    US Government do whatever they likes... i don't know why?
    Cheap Web Hosting

     

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