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Facebook Overtakes MySpace: I Wonder How?

According to an article on PC Pro, media giant Rupert Murdoch was provoked into an “angry outburst” over the fact that somehow, Facebook has managed to overtake MySpace.

Thing is, I’ve got accounts on both sites and I have to say that without doubt, Facebook is the slower, more aggravating site to use.  And I’m just talking about using the site to do something simple like MySpace blog posts or Facebook Wall posts.  I find that for much of anything more than that, it’s necessary to shut down most of my programs in order to have enough memory for the resource hungry flash apps on Facebook.  If I were a futures broker, I wouldn’t be betting much on Facebook in the long run unless they do a major re-design and efficiency improvement.

Just offhand, I’d say that Murdoch shouldn’t be fuming about Facebook overtaking MySpace, he should be completely puzzled.  In my experience, MySpace is worlds faster than Facebook.

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A Cooling Look At poolfloatsmart.com

poolfloatsmart.com is one of those sites that, especially in the hot weather we’ve had locally in recent days, almost cools you off a touch just looking at it.  It’s images of inviting pools and people relaxing in pool floats is a hard one to pass up when it’s 90 degrees in the shade like it’s been recently.

Carrying a full line of foam floats and lounges and a line of inflatable floats, the site is easy to navigate.  Clicking on the thumnail image of a product gets you a page with a larger image of it and full details about it.

Go ahead, take a look at it and see if it doesn’t make you think of a refreshing afternoon in a pool, I dare you.

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MediaDefender DOS’s Revision3

Revision3, an “Internet television” company was attacked over the weekend in the form of a Denial Of Service (DOS) attack.  It turns out that the attack came from MediaDefender, a name many will recognize as an outfit doing a lot of dirty work for the RIAA, MPAA and various “Big Content” providers.

The attack consisted of a flood of A TCP/IP request packets that request a new TCP/IP connections to be established.  Known as a ‘SYN’ packet which is an abbreviation for Synchronize.  MediaDefender’s attack had over 8,000 SYN packets per second directed at port 20000 on their server, which is the port used by their BitTorrent tracker.

Why did MediaDefender launch this attack?  Because they have an ongoing war, they’re attacking BitTorrent trackers and P2P networks in an effort to stop the trading of copyrighted files.  The problem with this is that Revision3 wasn’t doing anything like that.  They’re weren’t involved in trading copyrighted music, xbox 360 games, movies, software or anything else.  They use BitTorrent to distribute THEIR OWN CONTENT.

They discovered that somebody (who turned out to be MediaDefender) was injecting a lot of torrents into their server.  They took action to de-authorize torrents that were pointed to non-Revision3 files.  When they did that, MediaDefender started sending in excess of 8,000 SYN packets per second.  The flood was too many requests coming in too fast, which resulted in the server going down. (you can get the full details of the attack on Revision3’s blog)

MediaDefender, and other RIAA / MPAA goons need to be held accountable for the damage caused by this kind of thing.  Not only that, but Attacks like this are illegal twelve different ways from Sunday and they *SHOULD* be prosecuted for it.

Unfortunately, it’s looking like nobody’s going to see the inside of a courtroom, let alone a jail, for this and many other such attacks.

Technorati Tags: internet television, dos attack, p2p, file sharing, music, bittorrent, syn flood, mediadefender, revision3, bittorrent tracker, piracy, movies, denial of service, copyrighted files, dos

Andromeda Strain Contest

Simply Stating The Obvious is having it’s first contest and it’s a good one.  Read on…

Serious Science fiction fans of all ages are no doubt familiar with the Michael Crichton novel, The Andromeda Strain.  It was destined to become one of the great classics in Science fiction writing.  Then in 1971 it was made into a movie starring Arthur Hill, David Wayne, James Olson, and Kate Reid.  Like the book before it, this movie has long since been considered a classic work of science fiction.

Now some 37 years later A&E has taken up the task of remaking this classic story.  This version is starrring: Benjamin Bratt, Eric McCormack, Christa Miller, Daniel Dae Kim, Viola Davis, Ricky Schroder, and Andre Braugher.

This version will be airing as a four hour event over two nights, Monday, May 26, 2008 and Tuesday, May 27, 2008 from 9-11 PM Eastern.  With this version being nearly twice as long and having access to SFX and other production techniques that weren’t possible when the original was made… It ought to be great.

Check out the The Andromeda Strain Website

If you want to get in on the contest, you’ve got until Sunday, May 25, 2008 to be eligible for the prize.

Speaking of prizes…..
The Prize Packages (yes, there’s two of ’em) Include:

  • a The Andromeda Strain t-shirt,
  • The Andromeda Strain DVD Collection featuring both the 2008 A&E miniseries and the Oscar-nominated 1971 film
  • The Andromeda Strain novel by Michael Crichton

And lest ye forget, it airs Monday, May 26, 2008 and Tuesday, May 27, 2008 from 9-11 PM Eastern.

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A Ride Not Soon Forgotten.

Wanna see something funny?  Take a look at the stair lift website for Jameson Medical, Inc.  Once the page loads, hit your “Page Down” key once.

You’ll be greeted with an animated .gif of a lady on a stair lift chair, up she goes, then it cuts to a wide shot of a roller coaster and then cuts back to close up as the extremely frazzled woman arrives wide-eyed at the bottom of other side of the stairway.

Any company that can put something like that up poking some fun at their own product is worth looking at.  This page isn’t just selling the stair lift chairs either.  It’s also loaded with a bunch of practical advice concerning what types of devices to buy if you’re in the market for one.

They’ve certainly managed to get the recognition factor down though, that roller coaster thing is funny.

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