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Comment: Re:Not quite that simple (Score 1) 800

by user24 (#28219407) Attached to: Buying a Domain From a Cybersquatter

Of course, the name does enormous things for your placement in google

Yes, exactly. This, and regular updates, is how I got to number one on google for my search term.

However: Do you think "google.com" would be more sucessful or less sucessful if they'd bought the domain "search.com" instead? I don't think it would matter one little bit. Why aren't "microsoft.com" called "software.com", shouldn't amazon.com have called themselves "books.com"?

My point is that for small search-targetted things, domain names are important. If you're a guy sitting in your underpants trying to get a web shop or a blog going, then buying zibble.com is probably not a better choice than techblogger.com or flowers2yourdoor.com

But for actual medium-to-large companies with a marketing budget, you could pretty much call your site something totally ridiculous like "bing" or "yahoo" or "slashdot" and you'd still get the traffic.


+ - BlueSecurity - Round Two!

Submitted by
user24 writes "We all remember the Blue Security DDOS attack, and now it looks like the same group of spammers who took them down are attacking several high-profile anti spam forums in a similar co-ordinated botnet DDOS.

zdnet has the scoop:

"The spammers behind last year's destruction of Blue Security are back with a vengeance, using a variant of the 'Storm Worm' malware to launch a sustained distributed denial-of-service attack against three anti-spam services.

SpamhausThe ongoing attacks, which use botnets of hijacked Windows computers, successfully shut down the Web servers that power the Spamhaus Project, URIBL (Realtime URI Blacklists) and SURBL (Spam URI Realtime Blocklists (SURBL)."

Check out the castlecops forum, where members of these antispam groups are picking over the details of the attack."

+ - EBay pulls from Google AdWords->

Submitted by
InfoWorldMike writes "EBay has pulled all of its paid search ads from Google AdWords network in the U.S in an eyebrow-raising move likely to be interpreted in the industry as a sign of deteriorating relations between the two Internet giants. An eBay spokesman characterized the decision to pull the U.S. Google ads as an instance in a continued experiment eBay does to determine the best allocation of its advertising and marketing budget. But a source familiar with the situation said the move is an angry reaction by eBay's management to Google's decision to hold a protest party concurrent with the start of eBay Live, the company's annual conference for merchants."
Link to Original Source

+ - Lip Reading Surveillance Cameras "To Stop Terr

Submitted by mrogers
mrogers (85392) writes "Infowars brings us the following news from the UK, which is fast becoming the front line of the war on privacy:

"Read my lips...." used to be a figurative saying. Now the British government is considering taking it literally by adding lip reading technology to some of the four million or so surveillance cameras in order identify terrorists and criminals by watching what everyone says.
Perhaps the lip-reading cameras and the shouting cameras will find something to talk about."

+ - Help Save Net Radio

Submitted by shdowhawk
shdowhawk (940841) writes "On March 2, 2007 the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) set in action a bill which increased Internet radio's royalty burden between 300 and 1200 percent and thereby jeopardized the industry's future. There is an online movement currently set up to help protest this bill. http://www.savenetradio.org/ was established to shed light on the situation, to help the protest to save internet radio, and to promote all the bills that have been set up to try and overturn the March 2 action bill."

+ - Partial Hack for Short Key Quantum Cryptography

Submitted by sarkeizen
sarkeizen (106737) writes "According to nature.com a team of researchers has, for the first time, hacked into a network protected by quantum encryption. . The MIT group was able to entangle a photons polarization with its momentum. Which allowed them to get up to 40% of the information by measuring the particles momentum without significantly disturbing it's polarization. The researchers agreed that this kind of attack, although interested could be rendered useless by increasing the key length."

+ - PGP for HTTP: The death of phishing and mitm?

Submitted by Mike Haningth
Mike Haningth (666) writes "I was reading an interview published in the Free Software Magazine about Enigform. Author claims that signed http requests can stop man in the middle and phishing. So far, it looks to be a firefox extension using gnupg, and an apache module for the server-side. I think it is quite cool! (resubmitted to Index instead of Askslashdot)"
The Internet

+ - Novablade.com stolen, sold to highest bidder

Submitted by hidingintheclosetwithaplatypus
hidingintheclosetwithaplatypus (785255) writes "Damien & Trisha Buchwald (previously) from Novablade.com have loosed the dogs of war after their registrar, Network Solutions, refused to allow them to renew or transfer their domain name and who have now sold it to another company to be auctioned off. Apparently the name's worth around US$16,000, and the Buchwalds are looking for help from anywhere they can get it.

We are infuriated, upset, and feel like we have had our very souls stolen from us and sold. This is a very disgusting, underhanded act that deserves justification.

If you can't understand it, it is intuitively obvious.