Open Thread – Site Issues

Here’s an open thread for those of you who can still access the site.

The balloon-juice.com domain name registration expired yesterday, and most of us can’t get to the site because the registrar turned off DNS resolution for www.balloon-juice.com

Those of you who can still reach the site are here because your ISP hasn’t updated its DNS cache, or because your browser has cached the DNS lookup of the site. At some point the cache will expire and you won’t be able to get to the site anymore.

For those of you who know what this means, the IP address of the server is 63.247.142.103. You can put an entry in your hosts file of

63.247.142.103 www.balloon-juice.com

and you’ll be able to get to the site that way.

DougJ and I are trying to get hold of John, who’s apparently traveling, to get him to renew the registration.

Update: I just paid to update the domain, thanks to pseudonymous in nc for pointing out that could be done. I’ll bet 20 other people did, too, so this is probably paid until the next Mayan apocalypse.

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193 replies
  1. 1
    Poopyman says:

    Do we need to throw a rent partay?

  2. 2
    Corner Stone says:

    I just figured Tunch had ate the hosts file since I could ping the site but not see the front door.
    Guess this place is all mine now.
    [soft extended evil chuckle]

  3. 3
    Big R says:

    And mine.

  4. 4
    mistermix says:

    @Corner Stone:


    % whois balloon-juice.com
    [...]
    Registrant:
    John G. Cole
    [...]
    Record expires on 17-Jan-2013.
    [...]

  5. 5
    dan says:

    Yeah, he should have put a reminder on the fridge or something. Milk, eggs, make sure entire website is operational.

  6. 6
    Raven says:

    Why do you think they call it dope?

  7. 7
    SatanicPanic says:

    That’s a relief, I thought my computer had another one of those rootkit viruses.

  8. 8
    Amir Khalid says:

    OMG! No more Balloon Juice! AAAGH! Panic! Panic! AAAAAAAGH!

    (Deep breath.)

    I’m okay now.

  9. 9
    Corner Stone says:

    @mistermix: My web registrar bugs the absolute shit outta me to renew. They start about 60 days before then increase their bullying emails right up til zero day.
    Or at least I’m assuming they would since I never let it get that close. I’m too scared of what they may do if I took it to the edge. Probably horse’s head in the sack territory.

  10. 10
    NotMax says:

    I blame Al Gore.

  11. 11
    NotMax says:

    Attention House GOPers; Paying $$ for something already committed to. What a concept.

  12. 12
    Cassidy says:

    We can always go check out Glenn Greenwald. I’ve been assured he’s a liberal.

  13. 13
    elm says:

    Those of us who can still visit will have to troll extra hard now.

  14. 14
    cleek says:

    i fully expect this URL to turn into a Russian porn site before the week’s out.

  15. 15
    PaulW says:

    They should make it so that these things automatically roll over, instead of forcing you to update every year. Cause some years, obviously, you’ll forget…

  16. 16

    I have been waiting for an open thread to post this. Judge Boyle here in NC told the Federal Prosecutors and Wake Med to take their settlement agreement and shove it yesterday. He told the prosecutor to come back with some federal indictments or fold up his brief case. I love me some Judge Boyle. (Today anyway)

    http://www.newsobserver.com/20.....kemed.html

  17. 17
    cleek says:

    @Corner Stone:
    talkin about NetSol? they’re terrible with the RENEW NOW RENEW NOW RENEW NOW! emails.

  18. 18
    PaulW says:

    @cleek:

    i fully expect this URL to turn into a Russian porn site before the week’s out.

    Ewww. Why not a Czech porn site? Czech girls are sexier.

  19. 19
    Tone in DC says:

    @elm:

    This is B-J, we ALWAYS troll hard.

  20. 20
    Poopyman says:

    Mrs. Cole, if you’re reading, please call your son and tell him to pay his internets.

  21. 21
    Tone in DC says:

    @cleek:

    Like Oliver Klozoff?

    ;-)

  22. 22
    schrodinger's cat says:

    Oh noes, Tunch has eated the domain name registration.

  23. 23
    cleek says:

    @Cassidy:
    i heard he was outraged about something! we’d all better go see what could have upset such a stoic, level-headed gentleman.

  24. 24
    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    I have my domains and my site at GoDaddy. They hound me about renewals and if I don’t respond someone actually calls me on the phone about it.

  25. 25
    askew says:

    @SatanicPanic:

    That’s a relief, I thought my computer had another one of those rootkit viruses.

    Any suggestions on how to get rid of a rootkit virus. I’ve got one hell of one right now that I’ve been trying without success to get rid of.

  26. 26
    Corner Stone says:

    Talk about OMG. The Vice Chairman for the website reputation.com, an online brand management company, is named – Howard Bragman.
    That’s like when Obama had a fund raiser at that guy’s house I think was named Rich Richman.

  27. 27
    kindness says:

    I wondered. I tried logging in very early this am & it came up ‘not found’. But then I tried from work & it’s fine.

    Soooo….you mean I can plunk down $45 and steal the BJ website now? What should I turn it into, a reichtwingnutz site or a porn site? Hmmm, I figure both.

  28. 28
  29. 29
    elm says:

    @askew: For an actual rootkit? Nuke the site from orbit, it’s the only way to be sure. Back up your data, reformat, and reinstall the O/S and all your software.

  30. 30
    different-church-lady says:

    How the hell long you guys been doing this?

    (Yeah, like you need any grief from me at this point…)

  31. 31
    different-church-lady says:

    @kindness:

    Soooo….you mean I can plunk down $45 and steal the BJ website now?

    Thankfully it’s not that simple — there’s a kind of buffer period and if you catch things soon enough you get to have it back.

    But I had a friend who didn’t catch it soon enough, and some squatter scooped it up. Two years later it’s still being squatted on, and she just changed her original domain from .com to .net and moved on with her life.

  32. 32
    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    @askew:
    McAfee has a free rootkit removal utility.

    I haven’t had occasion to use it, but it’s worth a try before using elm’s solution at #30.

  33. 33
    eemom says:

    hmm….misanthropic curmudgeon blog owner town, “forgets” to take simple ministerial action required to prevent massive freak out among hundreds of people upon whom he frequently heaps derision….nah, nothing to see here.

  34. 34
    Todd says:

    Does this mean that I have to do anything to my ipad or android? I notice you’re shut down there, but not here on my desktop.

  35. 35
    mistermix says:

    @kindness: You get some days of grace from a registrar – surprisingly many, actually.

    I looked it up – John’s registrar gives you 40 days.

  36. 36
    different-church-lady says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: Endodontics for computers?

  37. 37
    Mnemosyne (iPhone) says:

    And here I thought it was our router acting up again. I guess I’ll have to do actual work at my job today.

  38. 38
    Machine-Gun Preacher (formerly Ben Franklin) says:

    While we wait for the eviction notice……

    http://crookedtimber.org/2013/...../#comments

  39. 39
    cleek says:

    @different-church-lady:
    many years ago, some asshat in Turkey sent a fax to Network Solutions and got them to give him my biz’s domain. then he started demanding money from me to get it back.

    the FBI said “have you lost more than $5000 in business yet?” i said i didn’t know. they said to call back when i had because they weren’t going to help otherwise.

  40. 40
    mistermix says:

    @Todd: Your desktop either uses a different DNS, or the browser or operating system caches the DNS entry. iPad and Android are memory-limited devices so they aren’t going to cache as much.

  41. 41
    Tokyokie says:

    It’s been hit and miss with me, but I figured it was the fault of my ISP, which goes out for a few seconds every 15 minutes (and is annoying as hell).

  42. 42
    Patricia Kayden says:

    I blame Obama for this!

  43. 43
    Dan says:

    @askew: rootkits are the hardest to get rid of. You really need to process it externally to be sure it is gone. If you have another machine, you can take the infected hard drive out of the machine and put it in another as a second drive and work on it. Or, you can try Kaspersky’s rescue disk. See here: http://support.kaspersky.com/8093. You can also check out Kaspersky’s TDSSKiller: http://support.kaspersky.com/5350

    I have not tried either of those methods but have heard that they can work.

    I have removed one rootkit (VX2) by using the Windows DVD rescue disk, but I am well-versed in how Windows works (former ‘softie) and was prepared to reimage the disk in any case.

    The surest and safest way is to save your data and such and then wipe the disk during a complete reinstall of the OS, then restore your apps and data after you get it fully updated and protected.

    Finally, get rid of Java. Period. I have had to clean my brother’s computer several times in the past few months simply from drive-by Java exploits.

    Dan

    PS: If you are in the Seattle area, I would be willing to help you out in person. I only charge a nice bottle of red wine. Or highland single-malt Scotch. :)

  44. 44
    dan says:

    @askew: Penicillin. And from now on, don’t put your rootkit where it doesn’t belong.

  45. 45
    Citizen_X says:

    DougJ and I are trying to get hold of John, who’s apparently traveling, to get him to renew the registration.

    After all we’ve paid the guy? I want my money back!

  46. 46
    AnonPhenom says:

    Sooooo…
    If I went out right now and registered ‘balloon-juice.com’ then all your base would belong to us?

    Hostage!

  47. 47
    The Dangerman says:

    A morning 63.247.142.103 is no where near as good as a morning BJ.

  48. 48
    Dan says:

    It looks to me that TUCOWS has updated the registration:

    Domain Name: BALLOON-JUICE.COM
    Registrar: TUCOWS DOMAINS INC.
    Whois Server: whois.tucows.com
    Referral URL: http://domainhelp.opensrs.net
    Name Server: NS.HMDNSGROUP.COM
    Name Server: NS2.HMDNSGROUP.COM
    Status: clientHold
    Status: clientTransferProhibited
    Status: clientUpdateProhibited
    Updated Date: 18-jan-2013
    Creation Date: 17-jan-2003
    Expiration Date: 17-jan-2014

    >>> Last update of whois database: Fri, 18 Jan 2013 16:10:39 UTC <<<

    balloon-juice.com is still in my DNS (not cached) so perhaps all is right and true again.

  49. 49
    handsmile says:

    @eemom:

    Answers re arrival and Inaugural weekend activities (black tie? white tie?) awaiting you at the unspooled end of last night’s “Open Thread.”

    But unless John Cole can be swiftly tracked down at his undisclosed location, your proposed gathering of the tribe may be moot, “All communication links broken, Captain!”

    I am planning to be on the Mall Monday morning, however. Maybe I”ll see you there. I’ll be the one wearing the Obama buttons.

  50. 50
    Corner Stone says:

    It’s a little late now because the delightful Thomas Roberts is on MSNBC but Chris Jansing had on some shiny/transparent top during her segment and the lighting made it look like her boobs were glowing.

  51. 51
    Rustydude says:

    If he’s traveling, I hope he is in a good place now. :)

  52. 52
    Machine-Gun Preacher (formerly Ben Franklin) says:

    @Corner Stone:

    L.E.D pasties.

  53. 53
    AnonPhenom says:

    @mistermix:
    Just go get it and have John cover your expenses later. I have no Idea what the cost is, but if it is more than you can swing alone then put up a paypal button & we few, we happy few can kick in a few shekels each.

  54. 54
    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    My registrar has an auto-renew option. I get email reminders once a week for the month before the renewal date.

  55. 55
    thalarctos says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: My host takes it even one step further, and help themself to money out of my card on account. This, 2 months before it expired, And although I have not set up auto pay.

  56. 56
    thalarctos says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: My host takes it even one step further, and help themself to money out of my card on account. This, 2 months before it expired, And although I have not set up auto pay.

  57. 57
    mistermix says:

    @Dan: Good.

  58. 58
    Jay in Oregon says:

    Anyone who is using Mac OS X 10.7 might like to know this:

    http://thecoredump.org/2011/09.....os-x-lion/

    Short form: Apple screwed up in 10.7 and made it so that you have to put your custom entries at the top of the hosts file for them to be recognized. I’m not sure if the same is true for OS X 10.8 or not.

  59. 59
    Amir Khalid says:

    By the way, I just checked my ISP account; a third of my monthly download quota remains, with only two days left in the billing period. You’d think that was plenty; but no, I’m now “running low”, and should “top up” because it would be a shame if P1 Wireless had to choke my bandwidth.

  60. 60
    Corner Stone says:

    @PaulW:

    Czech girls are sexier.

    Has there ever been a time when this was not true?

  61. 61
    Liberty60 says:

    Just noticed this:
    A new study from a think tank connected to the West Point Military Academy highlights the threat of violent far-right movements in the United States…

    The best part is trolling the rightwing freakout at having the Military turning against them, and accusing them of being Terrists.

    Now excuse me while I seek out Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter to hear the lamentations of their women.

  62. 62
    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    @cleek:

    I regularly visit a site that lists domains that have become available. If any of them have a catchy name I register them. A few years back I saw that undergroundmusic.com was available. A good friend of mine had run a music site there for years so, figuring that he’d forgotten to renew, I gave him a call. He had tired of running the site and given it up. I registered the domain because I liked the name and then I forgot about it.

    A year later my registrar sent me an email stating that someone had approached them about buying the domain name and was I interested in selling? Sure was. We got in touch and I sold the domain to them for five grand.

  63. 63
    flukebucket says:

    I think this is very clever.

    Hat tip to my favorite football blog in the whole world.

  64. 64
    Joshua Norton says:

    Can’t fool me. Cole took the millions he’s raised off this site and skipped town.

  65. 65

    he just called and woke my ass up. i’m trying to get the person who can give you your BJ fix on the phone.

    wait. that sounded all wrong.

    yawn.

  66. 66
    askew says:

    @Dan:

    Thanks for the offer and the advice. I am too far away in Minnesota though.

    I think I may just have to abandon this computer. I got it when Vista first rolled out and it has all sorts of other issues anyways.

    I did uninstall Java though and I’ll try the McAfee Rootkit killer app that was recommended above to see if that works for now.

    I haven’t had a virus in 3 years or so. I forgot how much they suck.

  67. 67
    Suffern ACE says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: That is actually awesome. Mandatory Minimums for Corporate Crimes, Too! Or something like that.

  68. 68
    Corner Stone says:

    @Joshua Norton: He’s been running a ten year con and he finally hit his FU Money target?
    All those “ActBlue” fundraisers and blegs to help an “animal charity” were nothing more than fronts for his nefarious intent.
    The bastard.

  69. 69

    @PaulW:

    If so, I’m sure blern-jers.com will still be available.

  70. 70
    Laertes says:

    I wasn’t able to see the site, but now I can. I imagine this means it got sorted?

  71. 71
    Dan says:

    @askew: I don’t care for MacAfee or Norton, but if it works, great!

    You can send me your hard drive after you back up and remove your personal info and I’ll clean it for you and send it back. I have the equipment to do it externally as long as it is a modern SATA hard drive. That’s only half in jest. I like the challenge. :)

    Also, try GMER from http://www.gmer.net/. It looks promising if TDSSKiller and Kaspersky don’t work.

  72. 72
    Punchy says:

    Johnathon Griffin! Pay yer damn bills!

  73. 73
    Studly Pantload, the emotionally unavailable unicorn says:

    I, for one, can’t wait till Cole’s back to cuss us all out over this.

  74. 74
    Jebediah says:

    @Liberty60:

    Now excuse me while I seek out Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter to hear the lamentations of their women.

    Please report back – I have a delicate constitution and can’t take that nastiness first-hand.

  75. 75
    JPL says:

    @Dan: Thanks for the info..
    TUcows…really what kind of domain name is that. I sure hope Tunch attacked him and said speak for yourself bub…

  76. 76
    Jebediah says:

    @Imani Gandy (ABL):

    wait. that sounded all wrong.

    Did not!

  77. 77
    Raven says:

    @flukebucket: Get The Picture!!!! Woof!

  78. 78
  79. 79
    cathyx says:

    Doesn’t anyone have John’s phone number? I bet ABL does. Sheesh.

    ETA: Never mind, I read they are in contact.

  80. 80
    pseudonymous in nc says:

    B-J’s registration is at Hover, and you can renew a domain on someone else’s behalf. So if one of the front-pagers does that, get Cole to reward you with pictures of Tunch.

  81. 81
    Tone In DC says:

    @Imani Gandy (ABL):

    ROFLMAO.

    I need some caffeine right now, too. And I’m on the east coast. Just sayin’.

    Maybe the resident trolls are confused and have gone to thenation.com or the GOS.

  82. 82
    Suffern ACE says:

    @The Dangerman: It’s kind of hard to brand it. I belong t the “.103th Brigade”. I am a .63.bot.

  83. 83
    schrodinger's cat says:

    @askew: Why don’t you
    1. Backup your harddrive
    2. Reformat it
    3. Install Windows7

  84. 84
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    What this means is John Cole is as smart as Microsoft.

    Just let that sink in for a few minutes.

  85. 85

    @pseudonymous in nc: lemme call him again. i could do that.

  86. 86
    askew says:

    @Dan:

    I’ve tried TDSSKiller and Kaspersky and neither found anything. I used AVAST Antiroot key and it found a virus in AppData\Local\Temp\DNS.exe but couldn’t fix it.

    I think if McAfee can’t find it I am just going to get a new computer. I really need one anyways. Thanks for the offer though.

  87. 87
    Elizabelle says:

    @handsmile:

    I’d be up for a DC area meetup. Have been thinking about heading down to the Mall, although back burner idea is doing a brunch with some neighbors.

    Keep us posted.

    The Dubliner would be a lot of fun, albeit packed. (It’s near Union Station and the old Post Office Building.)

  88. 88
    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Corner Stone: I think Ranaiah Tuiasosopo has been putting us on. “Hey, funny favor to ask, can I borrow your fat cat and hyper dog? I need to take a picture for this friend of mine who’s into that sort of thing.”

  89. 89
    mistermix says:

    @pseudonymous in nc: THANK YOU! I just renewed the domain.

  90. 90
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Liberty60:

    The best part is trolling the rightwing freakout at having the Military turning against them, and accusing them of being Terrists.

    Well, it’s what these maggots are.

    Hunt them down and take no prisoners.

  91. 91
    askew says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    @askew: Why don’t you
    1. Backup your harddrive
    2. Reformat it
    3. Install Windows7

    That is an idea as well. I’ll look into it. Thanks.

  92. 92
    Studly Pantload, the emotionally unavailable unicorn says:

    @Imani Gandy (ABL):

    wait. that sounded all wrong.

    I dunno. Define, “wrong”.

  93. 93
  94. 94
    pseudonymous in nc says:

    @mistermix: No problem. I heard about Hover being able to do no-login renewals on one of the 5by5 podcasts, and whois showed that they were the registrar of record, so it all lined up nicely.

    It’s a really good feature: domain registration bites people on the arse so often, because it’s infrequent and separate from hosting costs. I ought to move my domains over there at some point.

  95. 95
    Poopyman says:

    Hey! It’s back! After I dropped a couple of comments up top the thing rebooted and I couldn’t get back on until just now.

    Guess somebody paid their internets bill.

  96. 96
    AnnaN says:

    Travelling? I had a mental flash of John, wearing an ascot, in a convertible, Lily and Rosie front seat soaking up the scents and Tunch in a cat carrier on the rear seat floor, spitting up a storm. Ah. Good times.

  97. 97
    jibeaux says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: I saw that, happily, in the paper this morning. Good on him! What the hell kind of deterrent is it supposed to be against hospitals screwing over Medicare to say, “well, if you should happen to get caught, you will have to pay a small percentage of the money you bilked them out of and nothing else”? Sheesh.

  98. 98
    replicnt6 says:

    @mistermix:

    I just added 4 years. I couldn’t stand the thought of this happening again in a year.

    (My sister recently advised me that if you’re annoyed at someone else’s lameness, just take matters in your own hands if you can. I do everything my big sister tells me to do.)

  99. 99
    Culture of Truth says:

    welcome to Obama’s second term. First, they seize your websites.

  100. 100
    Corner Stone says:

    @FlipYrWhig: Reminds me of a saying my great grandfather used to always caution me about when I was a child, “Never trust a Mormon Samoan American who goes to a Catholic school if there’s a chance he may be gay and you’ve never met his girlfriend.”

  101. 101
    Poopyman says:

    @mistermix: Ah ha! So in a sense, you DID throw a rent partay. Single-handed.

    That sounds kind of sad.

  102. 102
    jibeaux says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: Also, I think but am not sure, that Judge Boyle was the one who, a number of years back, telegraphed some serious skepticism about the OLF project. He brought a map of North Carolina into court and pointed out where on it there were little airplanes and had the Navy fully considered expanding in a place where there were already little airplanes on the map? Good stuff. I think that’s when the fizzling out of the OLF really picked up steam.

  103. 103
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Raven:

    One of the commenters at the site wins the Internets for the day:

    Also: if all the parishioners had guns none of this would have happened.

  104. 104
    Culture of Truth says:

    I don’t see Tunch standing for riding in a carrier.

  105. 105
    Corner Stone says:

    I think we’re all kinda missing the bigger picture here:
    Creation Date: 17-jan-2003

    Does that mean that yesterday was the official 10 year anniversary for B-J?

  106. 106
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @jibeaux:

    We need to seriously think about bringing back the stocks for corporate criminal assholes like these guys.

  107. 107
    gogol's wife says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Oh God, me too. This was a real crisis.

  108. 108
    Cassidy says:

    Maybe our trolls will think they were banned.

  109. 109
    SatanicPanic says:

    @askew:

    Any suggestions on how to get rid of a rootkit virus.

    I wish. I tried all the virus removal kits that other people mentioned. None worked. Finally just stopped using Internet Explorer and switched to Mozilla. It’s probably still on my computer but it hasn’t touched my bank account, so oh well. I’m getting a MAC next time.

  110. 110
    Jebediah says:

    If you all haven’t already seen this, Responsible Gun Owners!

  111. 111
    Tonal Crow says:

    @cleek:

    i fully expect this URL to turn into a Russian porn site before the week’s out.

    This isn’t a Russian porn site?

  112. 112
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @SatanicPanic:

    IE is, frankly, a piece of shit. I had the same problem a few years back, and after a full system reinstall I switched to Chrome and never looked back.

  113. 113

    I couldn’t get on the site about 10 minutes ago, but no problem now. Wonder what’s up.

    Here are my thoughts on the John Mackey/Whole Foods/Fascism thing. Enjoy.

  114. 114
    Fred says:

    Was a blank half hour ago but now…it woiks just fine. Now we’ll see how it continues.

  115. 115
    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Corner Stone: Funny, I learned that from a gym teacher.

  116. 116
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Cassidy:

    FSM does not love us that much, I fear.

  117. 117
    Mike E says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: “The deferred-prosecution agreement being proposed, Boyle said, was used “99.9 percent of the time” in that federal court district for teenagers caught with marijuana at national seashore parks such as Cape Hatteras.”

    Boyle was a Republican nominee, and totally kicks ass.

  118. 118
    Cassidy says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: I’m a half full kind of guy.

  119. 119
    eemom says:

    I do think a JOHN COLE SUCKS thread would be in order. Jussayinzall.

  120. 120
    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    @mistermix

    I just paid to update the domain, thanks to pseudonymous in nc for pointing out that could be done.

    Thank you!

  121. 121
    Tonal Crow says:

    @Dan:

    The surest and safest way is to save your data and such and then wipe the disk during a complete reinstall of the OS, then restore your apps and data after you get it fully updated and protected.

    True, but it’s not a guaranteed fix. Some malware inserts itself into your data files. When you open those files while running as administrator, it’ll take advantage of flaws in the opening program(s) and infect your system again.

    The best cure is prevention. And top ‘o the list on prevention is:

    1. Don’t install anything that’s not digitally signed. That includes browser extensions and the like.

    2. Run all net-facing software (e.g., browsers) in limited user accounts, not in administrator accounts.

    3. Use a good virus scanner and keep it updated.

    4. Don’t install anything that’s not digitally signed. That includes browser extensions and the like.

  122. 122
    Cassidy says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: Oh hell. It’s back. No one takes a fucking hint these days.

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    DH says:

    My worry was that maybe we had been Catfished. ;)

    However, when I thought about it, I realized the amount of computational calculation power necessary to show a fake Tunch in all his Tunchness remains beyond the power of the Earth’s computers.

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    eemom says:

    @handsmile:
    @Elizabelle:

    There will hopefully be a thread about this potential DC area meet up in the near future, so keep an eye out for that….

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    different-church-lady says:

    @Corner Stone: And I’ll bet you didn’t listen to him.

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    different-church-lady says:

    @eemom: I thought that was every thread.

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    Mike E says:

    @PaulW: Sorry…Hungarian women, way hotter.

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    The Dangerman says:

    Well, looks like my old XP box, long since donated to the Parental Units, is finally giving up the ghost; not sure where the problem is. It reboots, almost like a power failure, but the power supply is fairly new and the memory checks out fine and I thought motherboard failures were far more ugly/permanent. Anyway, someone (me) is now out shopping for a new box. Not at all thrilled about buying Win8 (for either me or my Folks; I’m still running happily on a newer XP box).

    So, Box Builders of BJ, any recommendations on a low end box I can build for the PU’s (perhaps I can do some scavenging from the old box)? I still have the XP install disk, which I assume I can use again since the box it is on is rolling over and dying (not sure how that works with MSFT). That way I keep mine (perfectly happy) and they don’t get Win8 (which makes me even happier).

    Shit, it’s Friday, and I need some serious Joe to think this one over; looks like I have my weekend project.

    ETA: Slovak women = yum

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    ADS says:

    Glad you’re back. When I tried to access on Chrome, I was offered a Google cache of each page, and it was actually up to date and a half-decent way to read the site in that dark hour.

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    askew says:

    @SatanicPanic:

    I wish. I tried all the virus removal kits that other people mentioned. None worked. Finally just stopped using Internet Explorer and switched to Mozilla. It’s probably still on my computer but it hasn’t touched my bank account, so oh well. I’m getting a MAC next time.

    I never use IE and got infected using Firefox. I got the initial virus from visiting a site called Awards Daily. I had been using AVG as anti-virus software and it didn’t catch the infection in time.

    My concern now is if I wipe the whole computer and install OS again or if I buy a new computer, do I have to worry about my router being infected?

    Luckily, I backed up my personal files on an external hard drive before I got infected so I don’t have to worry about being reinfected with data files.

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    max says:

    There was a problem?

    max
    [‘Was it an exciting problem? Because it seems really boring.’]

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    @The Dangerman:

    Depends on which CPU is in the box. If it’s a not-too-old Intel then you can probably get a new mainboard for cheap at Newegg.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @different-church-lady: Great Granpappy only had a couple hard and fast rules in life. But when he settled on one he made sure it counted.
    And to this day his wise words of wisdom have repeatedly saved our family from entanglements with possibly gay religiously confused football playing Samoans involved in long distance relationships.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @The Dangerman:

    Cole had a recent thread about doing his own system upgrade, and the comments were invaluable.

    As long as you’re building a new box, you might consider upgrading to Windows 7. You can probably get it for cheap now.

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    srv says:

    Malwarebytes has a beta anti-Rootkit.

    http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/mbar/

    Most people probably really don’t need something that extreme. Worst I’ve had is malware that took over the screen and would take up most of the cpu, with a popup to “download” their “product.” Turns out there is a trick to take the malwarebytes exec (I think mbam.exe?) and rename it iexplorer.exe. Tricks windows into running it at a high priority because explorer is set up that way.

    Covered in here I think:
    http://www.bleepingcomputer.co.....e-tutorial

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    The Dangerman says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate:

    If it’s a not-too-old Intel then you can probably get a new mainboard for cheap at Newegg.

    It’s AMD; I forget what’s on board in detail. I’ll have to get Belarc on it and check. Also, the soon to be dearly departed is a Compaq box and hell if I know at this caffeination level (Defcon 1 approaching rapidly) if the screws would line up (course, I could get a generic box, I guess).

    West coaster here; I know it’s almost 10a local, but feels like I got into the decaf this morning. I may have to toss it to prevent such tragedies in the future.

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    @Tonal Crow:

    In Soviet Russia, porn jacks off to you.

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    LurkyLoo2 says:

    For all of the techies, how do you know you have a rootkit?

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    handsmile says:

    @Elizabelle:

    By the bowels of Christ, “The Dubliner” is where Joe Scarborough is moving his frat party for the Inaugural weekend!

    Unless you’re thinking about re-enacting scenes from the Easter Rebellion, please let us keep our distance from there!

    (I trust you’ve now seen eemom’s #124 above.)

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    @The Dangerman:

    It reboots, almost like a power failure, but the power supply is fairly new and the memory checks out fine and I thought motherboard failures were far more ugly/permanent.

    I know you’re committed to buying something else, but have you checked your power switch/button?

    I.e., disconnected it from the motherboard and completed the circuit in some other way?

    I just mention because something similar happened to me and I was able to move said PC from a brick to a media server for home . . .

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @askew: McAfee has a free rootkit remover that they update pretty regularly, as well as some other tools, like the Stinger, a stand-alone AV engine that is also updated pretty regularly.
    http://www.mcafee.com/us/downl.....index.aspx

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    @The Dangerman:

    Compaq may be a bit of a problem. They used to have a proprietary layout for the mainboard screws. I believe that they gave that up after the HP buyout. The good news is that AMD is slow to change its socket layouts so you may be in luck with the MB.

    ETA: And they’ve never given up using only two channels in the RAM.

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    @LurkyLoo2:

    For all of the techies, how do you know you have a rootkit?

    My first step for someone not tech-inclined would be GMER. Then take the results to someone more tech-inclined to make sure you don’t have a false positive.

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    xian says:

    tpm says gop are caving on the debt ceiling

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    Hill Dweller says:

    It looks like the wingnuts are going to pass a temporary 3 month extension of the debt ceiling, and use another extension as a bargaining chip in the budget fight.

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    The Dangerman says:

    @AA+ Bonds:

    I know you’re committed…

    Not committed yet, but, perhaps I should be (padded walls some rather comfy right now).

    Good tip on the power switch, but, another issue is the thing is slower than Tunch on a really cold winters morning. That’s why I looked at memory, but even that is fairly new (well, I forget if all the sticks are new; did I add or replace and I can’t recall right now).

    ETA: Tunch post breakfast, I mean; I bet that bugger is fast to the morning kibble.

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    GregB says:

    Breaking news! John Avlon reports that the GOP is far more diverse than the Democrats if you exclude the vast bulk of the country and their party affiliation, the President, his cabinet, the House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, the only African-American Governor, and also if you dismiss Senator Menendez from being Hispanic because he possibly has ethics issues and also exclude considering women, gay and Jewish Americans when tallying diversity.

    Political Wire.

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    liberal says:

    @Hill Dweller:
    Ultimately, what they want is for the Dems to “go first” on entitlement cuts and other cuts to popular programs.

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    @The Dangerman:

    Good tip on the power switch, but, another issue is the thing is slower than Tunch on a really cold winters morning.

    Hmmm. Now we’re really far beyond my power to diagnose at a distance. Have you run anything to monitor temperatures? Core Temp or anything like that? That’s probably a long shot but worth trying.

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    YellowJournalism says:

    @Corner Stone: Reminds me of this:

    Cop: Sir, were you born Nathan Huffhines?

    Arizona: Yeah, I changed my name. What of it?

    Cop: Can you tell us why?

    Arizona: Yeah. Would you buy furniture at “Unpainted Huffhines?”

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    LurkyLoo2 says:

    @AA+ Bonds:

    Thank you AA+ Bonds

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    @LurkyLoo2:

    No problem and good luck. Rootkits can give the most accomplished techies headaches.

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    Corner Stone says:

    At this rate, how long until we find out that the #ChuckStrongs was all a fake too?
    Pretty soon you’re going to try telling me Capt Sully really didn’t glide that fucker down safely into the Hudson.

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    Joel says:

    Cole was just pissed that you guys dissed his automobile.

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    bemused says:

    @xian:

    GOP: We were just messing with youse…can’t ya take a little kidding?

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    catclub says:

    @askew: In the day, the response was a link to redhat. Now I guess it is ubuntu.

    I remember slackware, and sls floppies

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    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    @Corner Stone: A friend of mine let her business website expire, and someone else bought it. Luckily, they were able to get it back. It could have been a lot worse.

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    @jibeaux: @Mike E:

    Wasn’t he nominated for an appellate Court seat by Obama and is now in confirmation hell for his sin of being nominated by the Kenyan usurper or something?

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    Corner Stone says:

    @AA+ Bonds:

    Have you run anything to monitor temperatures? Core Temp or anything like that? That’s probably a long shot but worth trying.

    Some things are just old. Some times it’s just their time.
    I mean, it’s a freakin’ CPQ box for goodness sake.

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    Thanks, mister.

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    srv says:

    @Joel: The AMC Gremlin was a fine car.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Belafon (formerly anonevent): I’m reminded of the time my friend Carly lost her website. First to a rabid fan and then that fan was tricked into signing it over to a ruthless archenemy of my friends Carly and Sam.
    That little bastard played hardball and sought to extract a terrible price to return the registration.
    It was an awful time.

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    notgonnahappen says:

    Has Wrong Way Cole Praised Fat Bastard Christie yet for getting his backwoods swamp blog back online? Or defended Lance Armstrong against the haters trying to blame him for the site going offline. Or swooned over Glenn Greenwald over his helpful advice on how not to forget to renew your fucking domain!

    I guess Cole was just too busy finding something else to be wrong about to check his renewal date on his domain.

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    @Tonal Crow: And now we see who actually got here with a “skull fuck a kitten” search.

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    Schlemizel says:

    Thank GAWd BJ is back – now I have something to do while I am at work!

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    Ruckus says:

    @The Dangerman:
    You probably don’t want to hear this. (buy apple)

    I have an old xp box(7-8yrs) and trying to keep it up is not worth the aggravation. I have, over the years, reformatted a couple of times, replaced parts, replaced anti virus software and on and on. I just don’t have the desire to keep doing this any longer. Bit the apple(which by the way is not a completely safe environment either, there are rootkits for mac and unix) but it is better.

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    Woopsies.

    House GOP idea to pass a 3-month increase in the debt limit will include a provision cutting off congressional pay unless both houses pass a budget. Sadly, that idea is unconstitutional:

    Before Cantor gets too excited about this plan, however, he may want to familiarize himself with the Twenty-Seventh Amendment to the Constitution:

    No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.

    Oh, owie. And the Republicans are always the ones screeching about the Constitution and Obama being unconstitutional in everything he does? LOL.

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    liberal says:

    @Southern Beale:
    Well, as people here pointed out many times, Cantor ain’t exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer.

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    Liberty60 says:

    OK, indulge my enjoyment of the rightwing freakout over being labeled as Terrists, but this is classice from NRO’s Corner:

    The staffer then asked: “The $64,000 dollar question is when will the Combating Terrorism Center publish their study on real left-wing terrorists like the Animal Liberation Front, Earth Liberation Front, and the Weather Underground?”

    The Weather Fucking Underground?

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    Eric U. says:

    @The Dangerman: you probably have some bad capacitors on that motherboard. Unfortunately, it seems that low price trumps longevity for system builders. I have saved a number of motherboards by replacing caps.

    I would get parents an Atom ITX system or one of the AMD E350 or E450 machine. Low power and probably just as fast as whatever it is replacing. Some of the Atom boards have a weird graphics chip that doesn’t support XP.

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    Holy Fuck.

    Genius behind “Obama Is My Slave” T-shirt tops himself with latest offensive slogan.

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    Sasha says:

    I thought the ATF thugs had dragged you all off to the FEMA concentration camps or something.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Corner Stone: I bet Vai Sikahema still hasn’t gotten over the disappointment.

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    @Liberty60:

    The Weather Fucking Underground?

    There is an entire bloc of the right in the United States dedicated to teasing out a supposed decades-long conspiracy by which the Weather Underground infiltrated and then dominated every slightly-left-wing movement since, up to and including the Obama campaign. The evidence for this is usually that so-and-so who used to be part of the WU visited the ’90s protests in Seattle, etc.

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    @Corner Stone:

    Some things are just old. Some times it’s just their time.

    I’m a consummate cannibal. Like I said before, I slid a pin into the fried power button of an old PC to get a dedicated media center.

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    liberal says:

    @Eric U.:
    As long as you’re dispensing free advice…I’m looking for a low-power small desktop box to use as a low-throughput Linux server. It mainly runs sshd, apache2, and postgresql. No really big files or tables or anything. Right now the stuff is running on Centos 5.6 on a Dell Precision 490 in my office (I save the taxpayer money by only using surplussed computers, and the surplus guys gave me that, seems pretty reliable but it also reliably dumps a lot of heat into my office).

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    liberal says:

    @AA+ Bonds:
    A much more interesting(*) conspiracy I saw, coming from Teh Left, was that Obama (and maybe his mother or grandparents or something) was a CIA guy from early adulthood. Or something.

    —-

    (*) No, not that I give it any credence, but WU? Passe’.

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    RobertB says:

    Not as painful as letting your domain name expire, but letting your certificate expire will cause you a bit of grief as well.

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    Maude says:

    @The Dangerman:
    I got an XP refurbished laptop at Amazon. It worked like a charm and looks new. Came in two days regular shipping and it didn’t cost a lot. The old XP desktop still runs. I wanted a newer machine.

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    Ash Can says:

    LOL. When I couldn’t access the site this morning, the first thing I thought was, “Hey Cole, pay yer light bill, har har.” Little did I know that it actually was something along those lines. Damn, would I love to have been a fly on the wall when Cole got the call that the site was gefuxx0red. That would be one for the books, I’m sure.

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    @GregB: The spinning by GOP loyalists in the comments is up to a fine hum.

    As they move the goalposts they attempt to say that Black Dems are only voted in with majority-minority Dem primaries. I wish I had a login there. (So much stupid, so little time.)

    Newton, Mass (Mayor Setti Warren) may be a lot of things, but it is MAJORITY WHITE. Oh, and so are the Dem primary voters in Mass who voted for DEVAL PATRICK.

    But Mass voters put the first African-American in the Senate after reconstruction in the 1960s and were one of the ONLY states to have a majority of old white men vote for Obama in 2012. The Mass presidential exit poll demographics are the Dixie-GOP’s nightmare.

    The stupid poster probably thinks the politics of a deep-red Southern city like Jacksonville, which just elected an African-American, D (suck it!) mayor are the politics everywhere, when they’re not. Looking nationally, they’re the frigging exception. Even Tejas has liberal city governments. Lame.

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    @AA+ Bonds: Wow, that’s special.

    If the Obamas were in the CIA, did they meet George “New World Order” Bush?

    Because he really was a spook.

    Unless that was a false flag operation and the Kenyan Usurper, Sr. was the real head of Washington’s Most Ridiculous Money Pit.

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    Ruckus says:

    @liberal:
    It’s like taking a butter knife to a fire fight.

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    pseudonymous in nc says:

    @liberal:

    I’m looking for a low-power small desktop box to use as a low-throughput Linux server.

    How small can small be? Foxconn nettop small? Intel NUC small? Slap in a SSD and you’ve got a low-power, silent server.

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    Maude says:

    @Ash Can:
    We won’t let him forget it anytime soon either.

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    Maude says:

    @pseudonymous in nc:
    I love it when someone reads something and then connects the dots to something else. Good on you.

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    Origuy says:

    @The Dangerman: As far as installing Windows XP on a new system, it depends. This page says that if you have an OEM version, you cannot activate it on another system. If you have a retail version, which I thing means you have the CD key string, you can move it.

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    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    @Corner Stone: Sorry, I missed that comment. I wonder if Carly’s arch enemy will finally get his own show. And what about Freddie?

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    Keith G says:

    @Culture of Truth: Fuuuuck!

    I think you win!

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    Liberty60 says:

    @AA+ Bonds:

    I’ve always thought it was more that the current conservative movement is headed up by aging Boomers who were on the wrong end of the 60’s culture wars, and are still fighting The Other Lost Cause, the one to relitigate the Vietnam War, civil rights, the sexual revolution, feminism, and Stonewall.

    I bet more than a few still have their Abbie Hoffman dartboard, and dogeared copy of None Dare Call It Treason.

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    liberal says:

    @pseudonymous in nc:
    I don’t care about size too much, but rather wattage.

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    pseudonymous in nc says:

    @liberal: about 20-30W max in regular use for both of the little boxes I linked to. (Example.) You’re sacrificing a bit in terms of oomph, but today’s nettops are pretty decent for low-intensity LAMP stuff. (He said, SSHing into a Raspberry Pi.)

    You could just go with a microITX format like a Shuttle barebones, but the microITX cubes seem to come with 250W PSUs minimum. This one’s new, though: 60W PSU, LGA1155. Stick in a i3-3220T and max out the RAM, and you’re probably matching that 490.

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