From the Sony pictures incident to the attack on that satirical magazine in Paris to this, it's getting pretty tiresome having to deal with authoritarian types who believe they should dictate what other people can say or access.
It's excessive if your goal is _solely_ to execute a repeating AJAX request. But, if I'm understanding the attack correctly, this script is injected _in place of_ jQuery requested from Baidu's CDN. If you want the affected sites to appear normal, so the users whose browsers you are highjacking will contribute to the DDOS for the longest possible period, then you want to ensure that jQuery does indeed load.
The OP further clarifies why jQuery is injected _twice_: seems the injection is occurring only for 1% of requests. So it appears the code is looking to see if it has triggered the injection itself, and fires another request if needed.
We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita... "Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."
Any engineer worth his salt absolutely understands the consequences of their actions on the world. Sometimes they understand a bit too late.
It's b/c it's the NYTimes-- they actually do reporting & journalism.
There's seems to be a lot of piggybacking/freeloading off of original reporting. I was involved with a project that got a big splashy NYTimes write up and it was astonishing in the coming days to see how many joker press outlets basically crimped off the Times' original reporting. They'd include a link and all that but they'd lift the juciest quotes/content and the only thing they'd contribute was some usually sassy commentary.
> In his book Flat Earth News, the British journalist Nick Davies reported a study at Cardiff University by Professor Justin Lewis and a team of researchers which found that 80% of the stories in Britain's quality press were not original and that only 12% of stories were generated by reporters.
To give 'em the benefit of the doubt-- perhaps perhaps perhaps they needed that particular domain in anticipation of some other instance where they dropped the ball but your conclusion is more compelling.
Heard a story on the radio this morning about a couple in Argentina that cooks meals for tourists in their home. They stopped processing areservations in pesos b/c they couldn't confidently predict the price even two months out. Now they only deal in dollars
I spent 5 months in Argentina - this is extremely common practice. For anything of value (rent, cars, etc.) everyone uses dollars, because you wouldn't want to be stuck with mountains of pesos then have the value slashed in half again.
It's not so much that they can't predict the price it's that every dollar is worth significantly more on the black market as the official market rate. Compare the dollar blue (Blue) row with the offical bank rate (Oficial). 13.19 vs 8.57. Many people change every peso they earn to dollars immediately. (www.dolarblue.net)