Posts Tagged ‘Internet’


June 29, 2009

There’s a reason why you should secure your laptop.

“Everythings amazing, and nobody’s happy.”

November 20, 2008

Comedian Louis CK brings some much-needed perspective on life in this age of technology. We should all stop bitching so much.

The Website is Down-Sales Guy vs. Web Dude

June 28, 2008

Very funny, and scarily accurate. I worked in IT sales a few years back, and the tension between the IT guys and sales/corporate was a constant source of hilarity.

Some NSFW language.

Actual headline: Pirate Bay bitchslaps Swedish law with SSL

June 23, 2008

Sweden just passed a controversial law allowing all communications going out of the country will be tapped, and that information can be shared with agencies outside of the Swedish government, including the U.S. National Security Agency. I’m sure this is done under the veil of making everyone “safe.”

Original story

The Pirate Bay plans to offer encryption services to people who use the BitTorrent tracker site in a direct attempt to combat a new controversial snoop law passed in Sweden last week.

Peter Sunde, who is one of the men behind the notorious tracker site, said in a blog post yesterday:

“Many people have asked me what we’re planning to do – and the answer is ‘A lot!’. We’re going to help out in any way we can with fighting the law,” he said. “This week we’re going to add SSL to The Pirate Bay. We’re also going to help out making a website about easy encryption – both for your hard drives and your net traffic.”

Sunde said that The Pirate Bay also plans to lower the price for a system that runs VPN-tunnels and that it will be opened up for international use too.

He also called for ISPs to boycott Sweden. “More stuff is planned – together with other people that work against the law we’ve talked about asking the international ISPs to block traffic to Sweden,” Sunde said.

“Yes, that’s right! We want Sweden to be banned from the internet. The ISPs need to block Sweden in order to protect their own customers integrity since everything they do on Swedish ISPs networks will be logged and searched.”

The Pirate Bay, which isn’t located in Sweden, hopes that wrapping SSL security around its site will add a layer of protection for anxious Swedes worried about having their internet activities snooped on.

Sweden’s parliament ushered in its contentious wiretapping law last Thursday after the proposal was amended earlier that day.

Under the new law, all communication across Swedish borders will be tapped, and information can also be traded with international security agencies, such as America’s National Security Agency.

On Friday Sweden’s Pirate Party, which strongly defends the BitTorrent site, said it will take Sweden to the European Court of Human Rights because the law is a clear breach of the European Convention for the Bay bitchslaps Swedish law with SSL

Youtube responds to getting its ass kicked by Hulu

June 21, 2008

YouTube has loads of traffic but hasn’t been able to make money on it, whereas Hulu is successfully selling against its free, legal TV programmes and movies
June 19, 2008 5:00 PM

Google’s YouTube was recently given a kicking by billionaire “blog maverick” Mark Cuban, who pointed out that Hulu is kicking YouTube’s Ass. It doesn’t have more visitors or serve up more videos, of course. However, Hulu has 100% legal premium content that it can monetize — TV programmes such as Sex & The City, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, and movies such as Juno and Lost in Translation — and YouTube, basically, doesn’t. Indeed, if it did, YouTube could be forced to remove them.

What makes it even better for Hulu is that it can exploit YouTube. As Cuban says:

Hulu posts clips, not full episodes, clips on its YouTube channel and elsewhere on YouTube. Those clips are preroll AND overlays AND post rolls promoting Hulu and its full episodes of shows and movies. All of which costs Hulu the ginormous cost of ….nothing. From which it generates traffic to its Hulu site on which it sells, to the point of often selling out, display and preroll ads. That’s the ultimate arbitrage. We pay you nothing, and you send us traffic that generates ad revenue for us.

The economics are straightforward, and bad news for YouTube:

the more traffic Hulu generates, the more money it makes. The more traffic YouTube generates, the more money it loses… Maybe they think they will make it up with even more volume?

What YouTube can do, of course, is copy Hulu and offer longer, legal content that it can sell against. To this end, it has emailed its content partners as follows, says Sillicon Alley Insider:

Long Form Content
You now will be able to upload and monetize videos in your account that are longer than 10 minutes. This feature is exclusively for partners. Independent Film makers that partner with us will now be able to upload their feature films on our site. Please note that for long form content, the maximum file size is 1GB.

That’s enough for a full-length movie at YouTube quality. Whether these “independent film makers” will come up with enough good stuff to take on Hulu, which is backed by NBC Universal and News Corp, is another matter. It’s better than nothing, which is pretty much what YouTube has at the moment.

Comment (added later): Hulu is US-only and has a limited amount of content, but it is still new: it was officially launched just three months ago, on March 12, 2008. For more on the background see Hulu starts private beta, while NBC rubbishes iTunes business, below.


Gabe and Max’s Internet Thing

June 20, 2008

“Gabe and Max’s How To Get the Dreamlife of Your Dreams Using the Internet”. Funny stuff.

Trailer for “Iron Sky”

June 14, 2008

I hate moon Nazis. Ck. out the production home page and trailer.

A Federal judge is overseeing a pornagraphy case involving bestiality. Guess what was found on his computer and website?

June 12, 2008

Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on having a video of a “half-dressed man cavorting with a sexually aroused farm animal” on his personal website:

“I think it’s odd and interesting. It’s part of life.”

Huh….ok. Get your mind out of the udder and read the full story.

U2’s manager-“ISP’s are shoplifters.”

June 8, 2008

Blah, blah, blah…..another nonsensical rant from a music industry gent. Career music exec’s just don’t want to understand how their old model is dying..or already dead. Read all about U2’s manager and his ideas about how ISP’s have been ripping off his biggest client…..Nonsense here.

“Nightmare Online Dater” resurfaces on Dr. Phil’s show

June 4, 2008

Last fall ran a very funny story on John Fitzgerald Page. Basically, John sort of lashed out at a woman on an internet dating site that wasn’t interested in him. Here’s his response when informed by the woman that they simply weren’t a match.

I think you forgot how this works. You hit on me, and therefore have to impress ME and pass MY criteria and standards – not vice versa. 6 pictures of just your head and your inability to answer a simple question lets me know one thing. You are not in shape. I am a trainer on the side, in fact, I am heading to the gym in 26 minutes!

So next time you meet a guy of my caliber, instead of trying to turn it around, just get to the gym! I will even give you one free training session, so you don’t blow it with the next 8.9 on Hot or Not, Ivy League grad, Mensa member, can bench/squat/leg press over 1200 lbs., has had lunch with the secretary of defense, has an MBA from the top school in the country, lives in a Buckhead high rise, drives a Beemer convertible, has been in 14 major motion pictures, was in Jezebel’s Best dressed, etc. Oh, that is right, there aren’t any more of those!


John resurfaced in May on “The Dr. Phil Show” for a show about men with big egos. (the irony of Dr. Phil hosting such a show isn’t lost on us here). For a great laugh, click on the following link and read and watch the exquisite douchebaggery. It’s breathtaking.