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Today, a large collection of Web hosting and service companies announced that they will support Railgun, a compression protocol for dynamic Web content. The list includes the content delivery network and Web security provider CloudFlare, cloud providers Amazon Web Services and Rackspace, and thirty of the world’s biggest Web hosting companies.

Railgun is said to make it possible to double the performance of websites served up through Cloudflare’s global network of data centers. The technology was largely developed in the open-source Go programming language launched by Google; it could significantly change the economics of hosting high-volume websites on Amazon Web Services and other cloud platforms because of the bandwidth savings it provides. It has already cut the bandwidth used by 4Chan and Imgur by half. “We've seen a ~50% reduction in backend transfer for our HTML pages (transfer between our servers and CloudFlare's),” said 4Chan’s Chris Poole in an e-mail exchange with Ars. “And pages definitely load a fair bit snappier when Railgun is enabled, since the roundtrip time for CloudFlare to fetch the page is dramatically reduced. We serve over half a billion pages per month (and billions of API hits), so that all adds up fairly quickly.”

Rapid cache updates

Like most CDNs, CloudFlare uses caching of static content at its data centers to help overcome the speed of light. But prepositioning content on a forward server typically hasn’t helped performance much for dynamic webpages and Web traffic such as AJAX requests and mobile app API calls, which have relatively little in the way of what’s considered static content. That has created a problem for Internet services because of the rise in traffic for mobile devices and dynamic websites.

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Google Authenticator

After Wired's Mat Honan lost and subsequently recovered his personal data last month, he dove into the world of hackers and found out just how easy it is to obtain secure account information from a variety of sites. Honan was put in contact with Cosmo, a hacker responsible for a number of high profile attacks as part of hacktivist group UGNazi — hijacking 4Chan's DNS, breaking into the WHMCS billing agency and stealing 500,000 credit card numbers, and posting Mayor Michael Bloomberg's address and social security number online multiple times. The 15-year-old Cosmo explains just a few of the disturbingly simple methods for obtaining personal data from companies like Amazon, Paypal, and Netflix and how he managed to bypass Google's...

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The Internet’s Leigh Alexander gave us her take on visual novel, Katawa Shoujo.

It’s with a mix of amusement and chagrin I admit my career as a game journalist might well have never taken off if it weren’t for the erotic visual novel genre. Some of my earliest writing explored the “weirdest” games I could find – bunny girl dating sims, teenage girl “training/raising” games, brutally sexual supernatural murder mysteries, and stuff like that, and I think my work was recognized fairly early on in my development as a writer just because I was pouring so many words onto stuff no one else would touch.

I put “weird” in quotes, by the way, because I actually tasked myself with understanding and explicating them. And when you do that, these games don’t actually seem all that weird. What else would a niche, shut-in audience of otaku want but a gameplay experience that blends anime porn tropes with emotional simulations of human drama – without any possibility of becoming stuck or frustrated, since visual novels are indeed more “story” than “game”?
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About

Rage Comics are series of web comics with characters, sometimes referred to as “rage faces”, that are often created with simple drawing software such as MS Paint. The comics are typically used to tell stories about real life experiences, and end with a humorous punchline. It has become increasingly popular to create the comics using web applications often referred to as “rage comic generators” or “rage makers”.

Origin

The first amateur made comics date back to 2008 on 4chan’s /b/ board with the introduction of FFFUUUU Rageguy 4-panes. As the name suggests, the comics’ stories were mostly about circumstances that lead to anger or rage. While most “rage faces” are not used to express rage, the name has been used due to their Rageguy origins.

Spread

In January 2009, Reddit launched the “FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU” subreddit (widely known as “f7u12”)[1]. This allowed users to submit their own original rage comics, which resulted in the creation of a large number of new characters. Some of the earliest notable examples were the Everything went better than expected and F*ck Yea characters. A full catalogue of rage faces can be found in the Dan Awesome’s Ragemaker site[2].

Rage Makers

As a result of the popularity of rage comics and the need for an easier method for their creation, several “rage makers” have been developed. The most popular makers are the Memebase Ragebuilder[3] and Dan Awesome’s Ragemaker[4].

Advice Animals

Some ragefaces found their way to become successful Advice Animal-style image macros. The most successful examples are Forever Alone and Y U No Guy. Generators can be found on QuickMeme[5][6] and MemeGenerator[7][8].

Terminology

Rage comics tend to use distinct terminology in certain cases.

Le X

Most rage comic creators tend to add a “le” at the beginning of a sentence which signifies an action or as a replacement for the word “the”. Example usage is “le walking around the house” and “le browsing knowyourmeme”.

The origin of the usage of the “le” word in rage comics dates back to the early days of rage comics, with this comic:

Derp

The “Derp” and “herp” are generally words used online to signify stupidity (see DERP). In rage comics, the words are used in two different ways. They can be used as placeholder expressions to unimportant dialogs or conditions and also to give names to characters in a comic:

Like a Boss/Baws

The Like a Boss phrase is a reference to a music video by Lonely Island (see Like a Boss). In the context of rage comics, the phrase is used to mean “in a daring way”.

Brief History of Rage Comics

*: Rageguy is a character commonly used to express serious disappointment, exasperation or displeasure in any given situation.

Origin: Comic strip about the “toilet splashback” experience, first posted on 4chan in August 2008, using a template provided by the original poster.

*: Trollface, a.k.a. “Coolface” is a character used to imply one’s intention to troll another.

Origin: MSPaint comic about the essentially pointless nature of trolling on 4Chan’s /v/, posted by a DeviantArt user named Whynne on September 19th 2008.

*: Cereal Guy is a stick figure character commonly used on discussion forums as a multi-purpose reaction face.

Origin: Cartoon strip about a couple’s argument posted on SomethingAwful Forums by graphic designer Bob Averill in 2007.

*: Okay Guy is a character who always complies by saying “okay” in various circumstances where most Ragecomics characters would be inclined to disagree or react negatively.

Origin: Original Reddit thread posted on August 24th, 2010; still researching

*: Fuck Yea Guy is a self-complacent looking character used to express pride or victorious sentiments, like when you wake up a few seconds before the morning alarm goes off.

Origin: Posted via /b/ board on February 11, 2010.

*: Forever Alone Guy is a lonesome character that is used to express loneliness and disappointment with life. Creators of this variety of rage comic occasionally alter one word or both of the words “forever alone” for a more humorous effect.

Origin: still researching.

*: “Y U NO” Guy is a character using SMS shorthands and carefree grammar as a way to bring someone’s attention on a particular subject or issue.

Origin: Comes from Gantz’ Chapter 55: Naked King (裸の王様), a Japanese sci-fi manga originally released in February 2002.

*: “Me Gusta” Guy is a character that is typically used to respond to an awkward or disgusting event with “Me Gusta,” which means “it pleases me” in Spanish (often understood as “I like it” in English).

Origin: Created by Redditor “Insert” in March of 2010.

See Also

Documented Rage faces

External References

[1] Reddit – fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu

[2] Dan Awesome Ragemaker – Rage faces

[3] Memebase – Rage Builder

[4] Dan Awesome – Rage Maker

[5] QuickMeme – Forever Alone

[5] QuickMeme – Y U No

[6] MemeGenerator – Forever Alone

[7] MemeGenerator – Y U No

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