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Websites with domain names containing '' were knackered in Russia today as a result of the Kremlin throttling Twitter. In an attempt to punish the American social network, Russian telecoms regulator Roskomnadzor said on Wednesday access to the service would be slowed on the country's networks. "In order to protect Russian …

  1. SW10

    Let Reg Explain

    I make those kind of mistakes. Would this do it?:


    1. gerdesj Silver badge

      Re: Let Reg Explain

      Although DNS is case insensitive, whatever you are using to piss around may not be.

      Perhaps something like this: /^http?s://t\.co/[.*]/i The capture group gives you the content part of the URL.

      Ideally go in with a Grok pattern: Regex is hard, use tools to make it easier.

      1. PerlyKing Silver badge

        Re: Getting the hostname from an URL

        Can you use a port with You can add that to the pattern, or alternatively use your favourite language's URL library: Java's class will parse the URL and then you call the getHost() method to retrieve just the hostname, which you can compare with a fixed string. Other methods will give you the other parts of the URL if you're interested.

        Where is that army of Russian hackers when you need them?

  2. aregross is apparently up and alive...


  3. Winkypop Silver badge

    Oh Vlad, such an embarrassment

    Hand in your Dictator-for-Life badge immediately!

  4. HildyJ Silver badge

    Why am I not surprised?

    That, officially, this was about child pornography (big excuse in crackdowns around the world), drugs (trending down as an excuse) and suicide (trending up).

    1. Bronze badge

      Re: Why am I not surprised?

      For a country that has always exported a massive amount of child pornography, it's pretty hypocritical that they are using it as an excuse.

    2. Danny Boyd Bronze badge

      Re: Why am I not surprised?

      Somebody finally thought of the children...

  5. JDPower Bronze badge

    So to "protect Russian citizens" from suicide, child porn and drugs they're gonna... make that content load slightly slower. Genius.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    still isn’t very good at implementing them

    it takes practice, and they have no choice. Other than to invade yet another, hopefully weaker neighbour (Russian citizens just LOVE it, this would keep the ratings up for a while).

  7. Cuddles Silver badge

    How long does it take load 140 characters?

    1. Bronze badge
      Big Brother

      Re: How long does it take

      In Russia, characters load you.

  8. Tron

    Technical query.

    If you stood still, would your mobile device become a stationary device?

  9. Phil Kingston

    Mastodon FTW!

  10. Google

    Whenever Telegram is mentioned as a target for censure I'm left wondering why Whatsapp is no target for the ire of the state even though it (unlike Telegram) implements end to end encryption by default. What is facebook doing to appease Turkey, Russia, et al that Telegram isn't?

    Or could it be Telegram's public group functionality?

  11. Danny Boyd Bronze badge

    There goes the myth of almighty evil Russian hackers

    The dimwits can't even throttle Twitter correctly, sheesh!

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