Who's Jonny? The anti-spam campaign is on!

Alright, folks, listen up. We're gonna get this comment-spamming sucker.

I did a moderate amount of searching and found that "Jonny," who- or whatever he is, is affiliated with the Savvis data center and the hosting company Layered Technologies in Dallas. The WHOIS search on about half the "Jonny" spam gives me this:

Savvis SAVVIS (NET-216-32-0-0-1) -
Layered Technologies, Inc. NET-216-32-64-0 (NET-216-32-64-0-1) -

Occasionally, Jonny pops up elsewhere, such as " Internet Services," a company that appears to have some link to Layered Technologies. If I were a gumshoe, I'd be planning my stakeout. (I'd also be wearing a trenchcoat and a silly hat, but that's by the by.)

Now, let's look more closely at Layered Tech. The company has rules against this kind of thing; unfortunately, it looks as though the company has a record of not enforcing said rules (also, scroll down to "update" for more details). Layered Tech also seems to be involved in a referral spam scheme involving Disney, and the FBI has even paid LT an unfriendly visit in the last couple of weeks -- although, sadly, not on a stakeout for Jonny. Then there's this profanity-laden rant. Finally, there's phishing, one of the sleaziest types of email fraud, in which the writer pretends to be a trustworthy source (say, PayPal, or your bank, or your company's own customer-service department -- we've gotten all three) and then asks you for your credit card information. This post suggests a Layered Technologies client may be involved in that too.

Folks, I'm pretty sure we've found Jonny's lair.

Now, here's where you guys come in -- what do I DO with this information? Is there some way we an all band together and spread the word? Should I bother calling LT? What more proof do I need? And how do I go about bringing down Jonny once and for all?

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Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked

Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user data collected between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 to see which series people were powering through and which ones they were digesting more slowly. By analyzing members’ average daily viewing habits, they were able to determine which programs were more likely to be “binged” (or watched for more than two hours per day) and which were more often “savored” (or watched for less than two hours per day) by viewers.

They found that the highest number of Netflix bingers glutted themselves on the true crime parody American Vandal, followed by the Brazilian sci-fi series 3%, and the drama-mystery 13 Reasons Why. Other shows that had viewers glued to the couch in 2017 included Anne with an E, the Canadian series based on L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, and the live-action Archie comics-inspired Riverdale.

In contrast, TV shows that viewers enjoyed more slowly included the Emmy-winning drama The Crown, followed by Big Mouth, Neo Yokio, A Series of Unfortunate Events, GLOW, Friends from College, and Ozark.

There's a dark side to this data, though: While the company isn't around to judge your sweatpants and the chip crumbs stuck to your couch, Netflix is privy to even your most embarrassing viewing habits. The company recently used this info to publicly call out a small group of users who turned their binges into full-fledged benders:

Oh, and if you're the one person in Antarctica binging Shameless, the streaming giant just outed you, too.

Netflix broke down their full findings in the infographic below and, Big Brother vibes aside, the data is pretty fascinating. It even includes survey data on which shows prompted viewers to “Netflix cheat” on their significant others and which shows were enjoyed by the entire family.

Netflix infographic "The Year in Bingeing"


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