Did Network Solutions’ Security Flaws Allow Comcast’s Domain to be Stolen?

May 31, 2008

The recent Comcast’s domain name theft, where two kids took over the domain name and redirected it to another site, may reveal problems in Network Solutions that are just the tip of the iceberg.

The kids said that their technique “relied on a flaw at the Virginia-based domain registrar”. A poster on Slashdot, in a post called “Everything old is new again” said that Network Solutions has had this flaw for a long time. His site tells how his own domains were stolen while on Network Solutions too, and how “Network Solutions were of no help” in helping him regain his domains back, so he had to “steal” them back again.

So here’s the tally sheet of Network Solutions’ problems:

  1. They hijack subdomains hosted with them.
  2. They steal domains from people who search for one at their site, thus getting sued for it.
  3. And now, if these people are right, they allow domains bought from them to be stolen by others.

Filed in Outraged, News, Web design, Opinion.


MediaDefender Launches Criminal DDOS Attack Against Revision3

May 30, 2008

Looks like MediaDefender, lapdog for RIAA and MPAA, has shown itself to be the criminal that everyone suspected they were. They have just launched a DDOS attack against Revision3. Someone should bring the criminals in Media Defender to court and jail them.

They should also track who ordered the hit, and get those people too. (MPAA?) Just like what the justice system does when someone perpetrates a crime indirectly by hiring another person.

Unlike some people, I’m all for protection of intellectual property. But when they resort to illegal criminal activities to do this, they need to be punished like any other hoodlum or criminal. In fact, they are behaving worse than any music or movie pirate they’re targeting.

Filed in Outraged, Opinion, News.


The Hilarious Internet FAQ from Google Blogoscoped

May 21, 2008

Google Blogoscoped has released an Internet FAQ from 2085. It’s a hilarious read. It parodies the misunderstanding of the past that is assumed to come from the future. For example, in answer to a question about what “NSFW” stood for (“Not Safe For Work”), the FAQ replied:

Scientific research at the late Mars Research Laboratory came to the conclusion that NSFW announced the display of a widely popular human called Britneyspears in the 1970s. Why warnings were issued before the viewing of this human is unclear.

Another hilarious thing is that it called email “electromail”. A truly funny read.

Filed in Humor.


RIAA to Pay $107,834 to Tanya Anderson

May 16, 2008

A court has ruled that RIAA owes $107,834 in court and attorney costs to Tanya Anderson. RIAA sued Anderson some time ago and lost. RIAA deserves its come-uppance for its disregard for the law. Let’s hope Anderson wins her malicious prosecution lawsuit against RIAA too.

Filed in Entertainment, Opinion.


Vista’s DRM Blocks Popular Shows: More Reasons to Hate Vista

May 15, 2008

As if Vista was not already notorious for its driver issues, application problems and slow performance. Now, the DRM riddled into Vista’s system that the famous computer scientist Peter Guttman warned us of when it was first released has reared its ugly head.

CNET and Ars Technica are reporting that Vista’s DRM has inexplicably blocked its users from recording NBC shows. The problem is still not resolved, so those trying to record such shows will continue to miss shows until Microsoft and the content providers deign to lift their fingers to fix it.

Two things:

  1. When you use DRM, you are totally at the mercy of the content providers and software makers. At any time, a software glitch can get you. Or the company may go out of business, or terminate that particular branch of business, and leave you high and dry. And these things have already happened.
  2. Vista is a bitch. It’s newest features over XP, and thus claim to fame, are DRM, driver problems, slow performance and application compatibility problems.

Filed in Outraged, Entertainment, Windows.


Windows XP Service Pack 3: General Public Release

May 9, 2008

XP Service Pack 3 has been released both as a separate download as well as over Windows Update. I guess MS kept their word and released it in 1H CY2008, as they cryptically put it.

Unlike Vista though, XP SP3 can be slipstreamed.

Filed in Windows.


The Disgusting State of Health Care and Hospitals

May 9, 2008

I read this post about someone whose father was hospitalized for heart trouble and his experience with one of the premier hospitals in the country. It’s disgusting. The post was appropriately titled Hospitals are No Place for Sick People. The callousness, carelessness, lack of training, and so on in health care is frankly horrifying, especially when the person hospitalized is so helpless to do anything about it.

Filed in Outraged.