GoDaddy Bleeding Domains Thanks To SOPA Support

From Drew Olanoff at TheNextWeb regarding the GoDaddy SOPA support fiasco:

It’s going to get worse before it gets better for domain registration company Go Daddy. Yesterday, we reported that Go Daddy had reversed its decision to support SOPA. Its customer service reps are even taking to the phones to beg you to keep your domains with the company.

It looks like these PR moves to save face, and business, are completely futile. According to TheDomains, 21,054 domains were transferred away from Go Daddy on Friday alone. At $6.99 a pop, that would make for a loss of $147,167, not taking future renewals into account. The day before wasn’t a good one for the company either, with 15,000 people taking their domains elsewhere. That means that even though Go Daddy changed its stance, people have had enough.

I have never liked GoDaddy. They always seemed pretty shitty, like they were trying to scam their customers and take advantage of people. Even if they never did any of that, the perception I get from their site, their advertising and their corporate image is that they are in the game for abuse. It is nice to see karma working the right kind of wonders for a change. (via TBR)

Purportedly from a North Korean history book:

"In 1941, a magical hummingbird visited the People of North Korea foretelling the birth of Kim Jong Il.

Later that year, the hummingbird’s prophecy was fulfilled atop Mount Paektu, the highest mountain ever. Kim Jong Il emerged, walking out from his mother’s Patriotic and Revolutionary vagina six months prematurely and without the aid of a physician, thus rendering the Korean medical community irrelevant. In shame, all doctors fled our Great and Innovative nation never to return.”

Is that not some of the most batshit crazy “history” you have ever read?

Purportedly from a North Korean history book:

"In 1941, a magical hummingbird visited the People of North Korea foretelling the birth of Kim Jong Il.

Later that year, the hummingbird’s prophecy was fulfilled atop Mount Paektu, the highest mountain ever. Kim Jong Il emerged, walking out from his mother’s Patriotic and Revolutionary vagina six months prematurely and without the aid of a physician, thus rendering the Korean medical community irrelevant. In shame, all doctors fled our Great and Innovative nation never to return.”

Is that not some of the most batshit crazy “history” you have ever read?

iTunes Match: Smart Playlists Cannot Nest Playlists

If you are in the process of migrating your iTunes library to iTunes Match and have encountered issues with ineligible songs and playlists then here is why the latter is considered ineligible: smart playlists using the “playlist” option simply do not work. For whatever reason, iTunes Match is unable to nest playlists, thus removing the option of creating playlists based on other playlists (ie. “Playlist is playlist”).

One way around this is to use the option of nesting conditionals within smart playlists, a feature introduced in the release of iTunes 9. This should alleviate most scenarios where you may want to nest a smart playlist within another, but not everyone.

I have run into a situation where I am unable to use my “jarkolicious Radio” playlists because it is built off of a combination of five playlists. Here is how the playlists are broken down:

  • 3-Star Radio: “Rating is ***” and “Last Played not in the last 10 weeks”
  • 4-Star Radio: “Rating is ****” and “Last Played not in the last 3 weeks”
  • 5-Star Radio: “Rating is *****” and “Last Played not in the last 2 days”
  • New Music: “Date Added in the last 1 month”
  • Favorite Music: Not a smart playlist

My “jarkolicious Radio” smart playlists is merely a playlists that combines all of the above five playlists into a single playlists. The idea is to get a good mix between old, new and favorite music, a job the playlist does pretty well. It is my most widely used playlist.

Unfortunately because it is a playlists built off of nested playlists it is ineligible for iTunes Match. I have tried to migrate the combination to a smart playlist using nested conditionals but it just does not produce the same results.

Try as I might, the fact of the matter is so long as “jarkolicious Radio” contains the conditional “Playlist is playlist" then it will continue to remain ineligible until Apple adds this functionality of there is a good way to get the nested conditionals to work properly.

Bottom line: if you are wondering why you have smart playlists which are showing up as “ineligible” for iTunes Match then consider checking to see if you are nesting playlists as your conditionals. If you are, you might have to look for an alternative method.

Hacker Says Texas Town Used Three Character Password To Secure Internet Facing SCADA System

Paul Roberts at threatpost on a Texas SCADA hack:

"This was barely a hack. A child who knows how the HMI that comes with Simatic works could have accomplished this," he wrote in an e-mail to Threatpost.

"I’m sorry this ain’t a tale of advanced persistent threats and stuff, but frankly most compromises I’ve seen have been have been a result of gross stupidity, not incredible technical skill on the part of the attacker. Sorry to disappoint."

When the security people are not involved in a project you end up with stupidity like this. There should have been auditing controls in place to prevent a live system relying on a three-character password from being placed online. (via Brooks Review)

American Censorship Day: November 16

On 11/16, Congress holds hearings on the first American Internet censorship system. This bill can pass. If it does the Internet and free speech will never be the same. Join all of us on the 16th to join together to stop this bill.

Everyone who runs a web site owes it to themselves to participate.

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"I don’t think it requires us to go negative in the sense of us running a bunch of ads that are false, or character assassinations," Obama said, as reported by Univision."It will be based on facts."

"We may just run clips of the Republican debates verbatim," he added. "We won’t even comment on them, we’ll just run those in a loop on Univision and Telemundo, and people can make up their own minds."

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Obama on his re-election campaign.

Sounds quite ballsy methinks. (via boing boing)

"The individuals who linked arms and actively resisted, that in itself is an act of violence," UC police Capt. Margo Bennett said. "I understand that many students may not think that, but linking arms in a human chain when ordered to step aside is not a nonviolent protest."

UC cops’ use of batons on Occupy camp questioned.

I have been leery of the entire occupy movement, mainly because of the lack of a coherent message, but this is just unbelievable. Do the police really think this line of reasoning is going to stand? (via reddit)

PlugBug - One accessory charges two devices simultaneously

So obvious, it’s kind of surprising nobody released a product like this sooner.

First DISA-Approved Android Device No Longer Commercially Available

From Defense Systems:

The Dell Streak 5 smart phone/small tablet computer is the first handheld device using the Android 2.2 operating system to be certified for use in the Defense Department’s secure but unclassified communications, said John Marinho, director of Dell enterprise mobility solutions.

Although the Streak 5 is no longer available commercially, Dell is supplying it to DOD because the military likes the form factor, Marinho said. However, he added that the same capabilities and service can be delivered to other platforms running on Android.

Only DoD would approve a device no longer commercially available.

Studies challenge wisdom of GOP candidates’ plans

From the Washington Post:

“Republicans favor tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, but these had no stimulative effect during the George W. Bush administration, and there is no reason to believe that more of them will have any today,” writes Bruce Bartlett. He’s an economist who worked for Republican congressmen and in the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

As for the idea that cutting regulations will lead to significant job growth, Bartlett said in an interview, “It’s just nonsense. It’s just made up.”

Government and industry studies support his view.

Is anyone really surprised? Sounds like confirmation of what most folks already suspected. (via Alex King)

Softbank iPhone 4S Sales Holding Firm Against au/KDDI Assault

From Asiajin:

BCN Ranking counted the carriers share only within iPhone 4S [J], Softbank took 51.7%, whilst KDDI au gained 48.3%.

BCN Ranking collected the number of sold units from shops, which it claims to cover 40% of Japanese retails. The retail shops do not include Apple Stores and carriers stores.

The metrics could surely use a little more accuracy, considering a great deal of phone purchases are done at carrier stores here in Japan.

Either way, this is an interesting picture being painted. au/KDDI did not have run-away sales like some thought they would. SoftBank does appear to be holding its own until the au/KDDI assault - for now.

I wonder how the landscape will change throughout year. SoftBank’s network, for better or worse, is already proven with the iPhone. The au/KDDI network, while offering far better coverage throughout Japan, has not had to deal with a huge amount of smartphone-based traffic. It will be important for au/KDDI’s network to withstand the exponential resource utilization they will see from iPhone users if the company expects to remain a player in the smartphone arena.

Couple Married 72 Years Dies Holding Hands

From KCCI:

"They brought them in the same room in intensive care and put them together — and they were holding hands in ICU. They were not really responsive," said Dennis Yeager.

Gordon died at 3:38 p.m. holding hands with his wife as the family they built surrounded them.

At 4:38 p.m., exactly one hour after Gordon died, Norma passed too.

"Neither one of them would’ve wanted to be without each other. I couldn’t figure out how it was going to work," said Donna Sheets. "We were very blessed, honestly, that they went this way."

I do not normally consider myself the sentimental type, but that is damn near tear-worthy right there. (via Kottke)

Michael Winslow, the dude who made all those kick ass sound effects from the Policy Academy series, covers Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin.

Wait until about the 0:30 second mark - that is when it turns into an amazing display of talent. (via Kottke)

iPhone 4S Carrier Shootout: AU/KDDI vs. SoftBank Mobile

From SoftBank Sucks:

At best, in a residential area of Tokyo, SBM delivered a 2700 kbps download speed, which is less than 20% of the advertised 14.4 Mbps. At the same location, AU clocked in at only 1300 kbps. However, this is 40% of AU’s theoretical 3.1 Mbps maximum, which is actually quite good. Furthermore, at Shinjuku station, where the SBM iPhone averaged a usable but frustratingly slow 200 kbps, AU provided about 1350 kbps.

Lastly, he mentions two issues I immediately noticed, especially since my wife complained about emoji not working properly on her AU iPhone:

Basically, if you can’t live without emoji, you’ll need softbank until AU’s mail system catches up. the @ezweb.ne.jp mail address can be used but it will be an imap system that gets checked every 15 minutes, instead of being pushed to the phone instantly.

I expect AU will fix the emoji issue but doubt they will offer push email to the iPhone in the near future, if ever.

Peculiar Perspective on iMessage vs SMS

drdrang on iMessage, a new feature of iOS 5:

Here’s the thing. I already have an unlimited texting plan from AT&T that covers everyone in my family. I don’t, however, have an unlimited data plan, so this looks like something that will eat away at my monthly data allotment while giving me virtually nothing in return.

That sure is an interesting perspective on iMessage compared to SMS texting. I find it hard to believe that even 10000 texts a month will have a significant impact on a monthly data plan. This is just a misguided rant against a feature the author misunderstands.

In the end, after an update to his essay, the author does seem to realize that maybe he is in the minority:

My point—possibly not as clear as it would have been had I not written this post late on a Saturday after a couple of Harp Lagers—was not so much that iMessage would add a huge load to my family’s data usage, but that whatever increase in 3G use it creates would come with virtually no benefit to us. Your mileage, as they say, may vary, and I’m not suggesting iMessage is a mistake.