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  • Do you ever worry about getting slashdotted (dugg, etc) and ending up with a huge bandwidth bill?
    • No. I worry a little bit about getting slashdotted and hacked. Or vandalized. But mainly, I don't worry about getting slashdotted, because I'm not producing anything of that kind of interest. :)

      This whole journal entry was about the fact that becoming a large bandwidth consumer at is now less of an issue than ever, because it'll cost less today than it did yesterday.

      But for the record, with NFS you have a certain amount of money deposited, and that's it. If a sudden surge of traffic eats up your deposit, your site shuts down, and you'll have to talk to somebody to reactivate it. You can never get a huge bandwidth bill, because you'll never get a bill. You pay ahead of time.

      By the way, you'll never believe this, but your question is in the FAQ []. :) Under "What happens if I get slashdotted?":

      A "major slashdotting" of a site hosted on our service will cost you (on average) about $10, one time.

      There's also Why do you want money up front? [] and What happens if my account runs completely out of funds? [].

      I imagine that [] runs quite a bandwidth bill every month, but they are still a prominent customer. NFS is not a trap to make money by tricking people into paying a lot more than they expected.

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers