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A popular computer security Web site was abruptly yanked offline this week by MySpace.com and GoDaddy, the world's largest domain name registrar, raising questions about free speech and Internet governance.
Keep in mind that the registrar is GoDaddy.
MySpace demanded that GoDaddy pull the plug on Seclists.org, which hosts some 250,000 pages of mailing list archives and other resources, because a list of thousands of MySpace usernames and passwords was archived on the site.
So MySpace - who, it should be pointed out, never contacted the site owner - demands that GoDaddy - who, it should be pointed out does not host the site - take down the site. And they do.
I can see an ISP or a hosting company doing this, because the information is residing on their computers, or traveling over their networks. Realize that GoDaddy removed the domain registration, making the site inaccessible through the domain that was purchased, and the information MySpace was concerned about would not even have been traveling through GoDaddy's networks.
Apparently this is something they can do anytime they want to:
GoDaddy's terms of service say the company "reserves the right to terminate your access to the services at any time, without notice, for any reason whatsoever."
They take the 'without notice' clause seriously, because they pulled the site without warning, and as mentioned before, MySpace didn't even contact the site's owner.
And here's my point, this is GoDaddy, the same company that complained when Fox pulled their SuperBowl commercial - without warning - the same company that continues to make an issue of that situation, and here they do the same thing.
Oh, and they do it on behalf of MySpace, which is, of course, a Fox company.
Back to the Drawing Board
For web designers out there - you might want to try this high-tech method of prototyping site layouts.
Ya know what'd be nice...
Whilst reading ericcook29's invention I was greatly ammused and would be very appreciative of a time machine if it was ever invented. But seeing as I'm one of the lazy people referred to I would never submit to the amount of studying of mathematical equations and the like to create a time machine. But my invention, while simple, would still be able to accomplish the same tasks as said time machine... if given enough time.
A recliner with powered wheels. Obviously you would have the choice of a wireless steering wheel (which could easily be stored into one of the recliner's many pockets and drawers), or a remote (because we all know us lazy people are experts at using remotes).
This would also be beneficial to those people constantly complaining about not enough jobs and unemployment percents. My invention would open many new jobs for making the world recliner accessible. Off the top of my head, refrigerators, freezers, the top potato chip shelf at wal-mart, and ice cream lines (my second invention (assuming it wouldn't be too hard to create) would eliminate ice cream lines though).
People would be allowed to choose these recliners depending on tastes and such. Upgrades would also be available (flotation skis with a motor on the back for those "over the ocean" travelers, portable TV for times when you would be traveling outside the house, a shower for those days when you should smell nice in your recliner, ect). There would also be standard things built into every recliner (back, leg, and feet message system, 22.1 surround sound system for those days when you want to watch a movie, a trash can that disposed of trash without you knowing how when or where, and a mini frig for when commercials are too short to travel to the kitchen).
As you can see the possibilities are endless. Because of the greatness of the chair, world peace would probably ensue. It could quite possibly become the greatest invention ever.
It's Just Divisive
The people behind GParted (linux partition tool), just released a live GParted CD.
Of course, the other live cds offer more tools (the GParted CD only offering, you got it, GParted), but if all you need to do is partition - you might want to try it out.
Here's my problem with bookmarks - and I do understand the problem is with me - I just drag them up to a folder in Firefox. No organization, and I just never have been able to bring my self to clicking a bookmark button and filling out a popup window full of information.
So now I got this long list of sites I just don't want to forget, but don't really have the desire to categorize them. Sure a tag system would work better, and I probably should just realize that if the information is worth saving, it's probably worth the time to categorize it.
So what if I just created my 'favorite' custom search. Next time I forget where I found something, I'll just do a search, that's how I probably found it anyway, and this time I won't have to wade through all the other results because I'm only searching my 'favorite' sites and pages.
Think it might work?
Switching It Up
Been changing servers (uh, oh, hope my current host isn't reading this), playing with mail, and trying out a few new web tool of the task/personal information management kind - it's got me thinking, is it time to switch to Gmail? I've had an account for quite a while, but only used it as a backup (my main server forwards mail to both my IMAP mailbox and my Gmail account).
Those of you that have seen my inbox know I have plenty of folders to organize my mail - it's just that I used them so rarely - perhaps the whole tag (or label) and search (let me tell you, IMAP search ain't fun) is more my style. And Gmail's SPAM filter is nice. Like real nice.
But put all my mail into a service I don't pay for? I'm thinking I'll still need to be running a backup, just in case. The Gmail web interface is much cleaner than my IMAP provider's web mail (and it should be), so it's easier to use apart from my normal computer. Am I the only one with an IMAP server that just doesn't seem to know how to download attachments efficiently? Or maybe it's my e-mail reader? Thunderbird is much better than Outlook Express, but it still has its flukes.
I guess the main downside of Gmail is the unknown. Never used a free, web based e-mail system as my main system. Didn't even used my ISP's e-mail for long before I had a hosting account and hosted e-mail.
Guess the only way to see is to try it. I already have two applications open all the time - Firefox and Thunderbird - time to close Thunderbird and see how a monogamous relationship with Gmail works out.
I'll let you know.
[This probably started when I decided to go back to actually using RSS. I put the feeds into Google Reader and into Thunderbird - and found myself never going to Thunderbird. Maybe web based e-mail is a good idea too.]
Missed camp this year - but here's a post from one of the professional cook team.
Next year, next year I return. Maybe.