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post #1 of 26
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I don't know about anyone else, but I just experienced a total blackout of EpicSki for about the last 40 minutes.

That happened to coincide exactly with the running of the last 15 or so women in the Olympics Super Combined. 

Does NBC have enough reach and clout to take Epic off the internet entirely at exactly the same time the most important racers are running?  Could NBC be THAT mad about folks here at Epic sharing real-time links that can give you live video feeds from other countries?

I wonder.
post #2 of 26
Yes
post #3 of 26
Sorry, that was my fault. Bode came round for a beer and one thing led to another and he accidentally spilt a magnum of Champagne on the server...
post #4 of 26
Has anyone heard any response from NBC?  Has all the complaining from this site really caused any ripple?  I tried to give NBC a piece of my mind this morning, but didn't find the proper venue on their website.  Isn't eveyone else happy that Vonn won the downhill because of her men's skis?  I know I am.  Thanks for enlightening me NBC.  I thought it was hard work, talent, and dedication, when all along....men's skis were the secret. 
post #5 of 26
I was getting an error 504 Portal Timeout myself. Theoretically NBC could have launched a DDOS on the the site, its not beyond their realm of power. That would have to be a question for the Dev Team to answer though.

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I don't know about anyone else, but I just experienced a total blackout of EpicSki for about the last 40 minutes.

That happened to coincide exactly with the running of the last 15 or so women in the Olympics Super Combined. 

Does NBC have enough reach and clout to take Epic off the internet entirely at exactly the same time the most important racers are running?  Could NBC be THAT mad about folks here at Epic sharing real-time links that can give you live video feeds from other countries?

I wonder.
post #6 of 26
Bob Peters, I was thinking the exact same thing.  Only I thought Bob Peters was more powerful than NBC and he would be sure to bring Epic back on line.

Anyone in the US yet to find a way to watch this stuff live online?  Many have been kind enough to provide links but none seem to work.
post #7 of 26
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I was getting an error 504 Portal Timeout myself. Theoretically NBC could have launched a DDOS on the the site, its not beyond their realm of power. That would have to be a question for the Dev Team to answer though.

 



 


Coooome on Dev team, let us know!!!  I was getting the same thing.  Did I miss the link for live coverage?  Must have been in the 30 minute DH thread...
post #8 of 26

Gotta' love a good conspiracy theory.  Would doubt that NBC cares or even knows this site exists.  We are a very small pool compared to their major markets.  Sad but true. 

I would believe Fax Hat's Bode champagne story, that would be plausible.    At least the champagne part.

post #9 of 26
I watched it online. First it was canadian broadcasters, but that stream didn't work so well so I switched to the Russians?. Very good picture but extremely jerky video.
Look at Downhill combined thread for links.

The Olympic commitee has taken stuff down on youtube. You can't post videos of the olympics that you shot. I suppose after the games it might be overlooked, but not now. So if Bob goes out to the slalom course and shoots a video, it can't be posted.
post #10 of 26
The reason that it is not too far fetched is that it is not unusual for a site server to know which site you are coming from. 
post #11 of 26
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Originally Posted by akaplan9 View Post

Bob Peters, I was thinking the exact same thing.  Only I thought Bob Peters was more powerful than NBC and he would be sure to bring Epic back on line.

Anyone in the US yet to find a way to watch this stuff live online?  Many have been kind enough to provide links but none seem to work.
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Coooome on Dev team, let us know!!!  I was getting the same thing.  Did I miss the link for live coverage?  Must have been in the 30 minute DH thread...

I've been able to watch live both days (yesterday and today) with this link, which was provided yesterday by someone whose handle I've forgotten now:

www.fromsport.com/video-179673.html

It does have a little bit of a tendency to drop every now and then and refreshing or whatever doesn't seem to work, so I've had to open a new browser window and repaste the link. 

Also, the commentary is in a foreign language (perhaps Italian?) that I don't understand but they make more sense than the NBC bozos anyway.
post #12 of 26
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Gotta' love a good conspiracy theory.  Would doubt that NBC cares or even knows this site exists. 


Actually, you'd be surprised.
post #13 of 26

Are you being serious or sarcastic?

post #14 of 26
yes ,I just received a e-mail reply from NBC. they asked me to join their consumer advisory panel,my input would be much appreciated.

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Has anyone heard any response from NBC?  Has all the complaining from this site really caused any ripple?  I tried to give NBC a piece of my mind this morning, but didn't find the proper venue on their website.  Isn't eveyone else happy that Vonn won the downhill because of her men's skis?  I know I am.  Thanks for enlightening me NBC.  I thought it was hard work, talent, and dedication, when all along....men's skis were the secret. 
post #15 of 26
 You know the more I think of it the more it seems like a DDOS and not just the servers being offline. When it first happened epic really bogged down and took forever to load a thread. A bit later I couldn't even get to the homepage anymore. If it was a server dropping off it would be more instant.
post #16 of 26
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Sorry, that was my fault. Bode came round for a beer and one thing led to another and he accidentally spilt a magnum of Champagne on the server...

Another argument that people who dive down icy cliffs in spandex should be celebrating with tea...
post #17 of 26
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Originally Posted by guroo270 View Post

Has anyone heard any response from NBC?  Has all the complaining from this site really caused any ripple?  I tried to give NBC a piece of my mind this morning, but didn't find the proper venue on their website.  Isn't everyone else happy that Vonn won the downhill because of her men's skis?  I know I am.  Thanks for enlightening me NBC.  I thought it was hard work, talent, and dedication, when all along....men's skis were the secret. 
1) You can't complain to NBC on their website.
2) NBC could use Universal Sport's (NBC) Booker and Ryan to add some intelligent analysis, but they choose not to.
3) The best way to complain is by writing a letter to the editor to your local newspaper.
4) Costas really isn't a bad guy, just completely ignorant of ski racing.
post #18 of 26
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1) You can't complain to NBC on their website.
2) NBC could use Universal Sport's (NBC) Booker and Ryan to add some intelligent analysis, but they choose not to.
3) The best way to complain is by writing a letter to the editor to your local newspaper.
4) Costas really isn't a bad guy, just completely ignorant of ski racing.

 
is that tim ryan the old USC football player/chicago bear?  I haven't gotten to see if that's him or not, but i've played golf with that guy...
Costas really is a good announcer for gymnastics.  my fiance is a gymnastics nut, keeps tabs on all their websites and everything, so, from her wants and needs i've grown to like the guy, but he shouldn't be doing skiing the way carillo shouldn't be judging a soprano quartet.
post #19 of 26

So, NBC scouted the net and decided that they would wait until the last 15 contestants were set to go in the women's combined Slalom portion and then they would covertly direct a denial of service attack on a relatively obscure internet site so that a few US-based skiers who want to watch the event live could could not get to links that would take them to offshore portals that allow live coverage. Instead of performing a DOS attack on the offshore portal which supplies the feed to US IP's, they shut down a realitvely obscure internet site so a few people can't get to the links. They would call off the attack once the slalom event was over.
 

My intention is not to insult anyone but do you guys have any idea how utterly rediculous this would sound to an outside observer?

 

post #20 of 26
i love a good conspiracy theory, too.
post #21 of 26
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i love a good conspiracy theory, too.

I don't know if it means anything or not, but there's been a black helicopter circling downtown Jackson for the last 45 minutes.

It's not making any sound.

post #22 of 26
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i love a good conspiracy theory, too.
 It was Swix, because all their racers were not in the top 15.

(BTW, doesn't GE own NBC........the plot and global reach widens.)
post #23 of 26

Or maybe we are all putting the cart before the horse here...perhaps the demand on the site exactly at the time of the slalom event is what caused the crash?  There were alot of threads started yesterday around the time.

Or it could have been Bob Costas and Mary Carillo hacking in.  I mean its just incredible how their knowledge spans across every area of expertise, I wouldn't be surprised that they might be hacking in

By the way, I was a huge fan of Mary tennis analysis but her "expertise" in all other areas now undermines her actual area of expertise. And Bob Costas...dude looks younger every year kinda like Benjamin Button.  Four years from now Bob Costas will be doing the olympics in diapers.

post #24 of 26
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Originally Posted by Alpinord View Post


 It was Swix, because all their racers were not in the top 15.

(BTW, doesn't GE own NBC........the plot and global reach widens.)


 

I'm not sure about that, but i did hear that NBC owns youtube...
speaking of a black helicopter circling around jackson, one of the weirdest things i've seen was when I was going to arroyo seco raceway to shoot a track day for a Ducati club.  I was driving near the mexico border and i noticed something really far away and high up in the sky.  i pulled out my telephoto, and it was a completely unmarked gray blimp.  I've got the picture somewhere on my comp at home, but this thing was so non-descript that it was erie.  I'm sure it was nothing, but things like that perk my interest.  I'm also always curious about those buildings you see a hundred miles down a dirt road in the middle of nowhere when you're on a plane.
post #25 of 26
Your blimp was probably DEA they were using those and still may be for drug running aircraft. 

Could the black out have been HEAD SKI?  Were they that upset about NBC showing all the file LV pics with her Rossie's?  Oh wait we are supposed to crash NBC, oh well. 

I still like the champagne theory.
post #26 of 26
NBC is owned by General Electric, the largest defense contractor in the world. NBC may not care about our website, but they are quite powerful. Given that US presidential candidates are given coverage based on their ability to boost ratings, you may just say that NBC (and the other networks) chose the candidates we had a chance to vote for in November.
Did NBC take down epic?
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