Given the mess concerning Typepad at the moment (they really do seem to be doing their best) being able to actually read this site, let alone post to it, has become a chore so, screw it, I'm taking the rest of the week off (probably). My days are filled enough as it is.
But keep checking in because you never know! And maybe gyma will be able to get a word in between outages!
Here's a young aardvark, full of hope and promise and perhaps ants:
You can now add Typepad, the blogging service owned by SAY Media, to the growing list of technology companies that have undergone DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks, which crash websites and other online services for what are now days a time. In Typepad’s case, the company is entering its fifth day under attack, after a series of on and off again hits began on Thursday night, just ahead of the long Easter holiday weekend.
While DDoS attacks have always been difficult to handle, many victims today are facing a newer, more powerful sort of attack that exploit flaws in older Internet protocols which were never secured particularly well. Meetup.com, for example, fell after being hit by an NTP-based DDoS attack – meaning, an attack that leveraged NTP (Network Time Protocol), which is used to sync time clocks between multiple servers.
SAY Media has responded that they, too, received a “ransom” note which didn’t specify an amount. The company ignored the note and focused instead on mitigating the attack. They are also cooperating with the FBI on this investigation. “We’ve made excellent progress this morning, but still have some customers impacted and we’ll keep you posted when there’s more news to share,” a spokesperson said.
So, everything's gonna be dodgy for a while longer, probably.
As for comments, it's best to write your comment, click "Post", wait a moment to dismiss the gibberish-laden window what pops up, then go away. The comment will appear at some point later. Clicking "Post" multiple time simply means the comment will post multiple times.
Not that this a comments-heavy site, to say the least.
A new study from Princeton spells bad news for American democracy—namely, that it no longer exists.
Using data drawn from over 1,800 different policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, the two conclude that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the country, regardless of or even against the will of the majority of voters.
"The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy," they write, "while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence."
And as the Supremes dismantle any sort of restraint on political spending it will only get worse.
What happened? Beginning Thursday evening, Typepad was hit with a distributed denial of service (DDoS) off and on through today. A DDoS attack is an attempt to make services unavailable … The Typepad blogs and application have been restored. We put in place some roadblocks to mitigate the attack, but we are on high alert as attackers change their tactics regularly.
Labour is expecting a tight election and tough campaign but Barack Obama's election strategist David Axelrod is the best man to have "in the trenches", according to Douglas Alexander, the party's chief campaign co-ordinator.
David Cameron's new star signing, the election strategist behind President Barack Obama's victories, has become embroiled in allegations of a homophobic past just days into his appointment.
Jim Messina, who managed the Obama campaigns in 2008 and 2012, was on Saturday night dealing with allegations – first made in 2002, repeated in 2012 and now being retold on Twitter – that he was behind what has become known as the most homophobic political advert in US history. Messina was unveiled as a consultant to the Tory party on Friday.
Too many of these advisors and strategists see politics as merely a game to be won; actually policies and, more importantly, actual people are an afterthought (and probably not even that). A pox on them.
And as Atrios notes: "I don't understand this practice of hiring American political "gurus" to advise campaigns in the UK. Politics and the media just are not the same there.
That said, the other British political parties must be feeling left out. Surely there's an Obamaton who could offer his services to Plaid Cymru or UKIP. But not the Lib Dems because, seriously, fuck those guys.
Mixing faith and politics is treacherous territory in Britain and it is rare for senior politicians to make their faith part of their political personality. But David Cameron took that risk this Easter when on three separate occasions he highlighted his strong faith, ultimately declaring himself "evangelical" about his Christian beliefs.
Energized by their success, Bundy's supporters are already talking about where else they can exercise armed defiance. They include groups deeply suspicious of what they see as a bloated, over-reaching government they fear wants to restrict their constitutional right to bear arms.
Militia experts interviewed by Reuters said they could not think of another example in recent decades where different militia groups had banded together to offer armed resistance to thwart a law enforcement operation.
In the days since the showdown, right-wing websites have begun searching for other Bundys. Several conservative and survivalist blogs have seized on the case of Tommy Henderson, a rancher on the Texas-Oklahoma border who they say is fighting BLM attempts to seize some of his land.
Somebody starts shooting, others shoot back, people get killed, Obama will be Hitlerstalinmao, some more people start shooting...