Thursday, August 30, 2007

"Side-Line" Goth Site Hacked

The Side-Line website was knocked down for several days after a cyberattack.

Side-Line, whose magazine covers industrial, ebm, and gothic music, was attacked from Tuesday morning, August 28, and collapsed on 10:30 a.m (CET), due to a denial-of-service attack (DoS attack).

Due to the damage caused at the server facility, the magazine's technical staff took over 48 hours to restore the site and its database. "Luckily enough we have always a backup of all of the Side-Line news and forum data so that relaunching the site did not cause too much damage", said editor-in-chief Bernard Van Isacker.

As of today, Thursday August 30, 11 a.m. (CET) the site is back up with all of the functionalities working as they should. "There is only a minor problem that continues to persist but with a minor impact for the visitors and which we are working on right now to resolve", Van Isacker said.

Side-Line stresses that its activities in no way stopped, as some rumors insinuated. Van Isacker said, "The (online) magazine is in an excellent condition and even such an attack will not get us down on our knees." The magazine thanks War-n Harrison from trip pop band Hungry Lucy for his technical assistance in getting everything solved asap.

The magazine asks that everyone who tried to contact the magazine in the past days resend their email, as it's not sure that all the incoming email was saved.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Shame on Time-Warner Cable

Shame on Time-Warner Cable!

Upon buying Adelphia Cable in Santa Monica early this year, they dropped C-SPAN 2 from basic tier and replaced it with...a blank screen!

All three C-SPAN channels are a vital public service. It's what the lucrative cable monopolies pay for the privilege of operating outside the free market. Sure, C-SPAN 2 is still carried on Santa Monica's City-TV, but not 24/7.

Most other "news" sources are partisan and dummied-down. From neocon Reich-Wing Radio to their knee-jerk opposites on Air America, from biased blogs to YouTube clowns, people go to whichever carnival barker tells them what they want to hear.

Amid this idiocracy, C-SPAN shines as a stark example of unbiased, intelligent, and in-depth political coverage. C-SPAN, C-SPAN 2, and C-SPAN 3 should all be available on the basic tier of every cable system. The media monopolies owe it to us.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Tabloid Reporter Marlise Elizabeth Kast Tells All

Yet another tabloid reporter dishes dirt on her former employers. The Hollywood Investigator has received this following bit of info concerning Tabloid Prodigy: Dishing the Dirt, Getting the Gossip, and Selling My Soul in the Cutthroat World of Hollywood Reporting:

Marlise, the daughter of a minister, grew up in a loving, conservative, slightly sheltered family, and aspired to a career as a respected journalist or television news anchor. But, right out of college, with a journalism degree and few job prospects, she became a star reporter for Globe, playing the high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse with some of Hollywood’s hottest celebrities.

There was almost nothing Marlise wouldn’t do to get the story behind the celebrity facade. Dumpster diving and hiding in the bushes were child’s play compared to ploys like posing as a drunk to crash one star’s wedding or bluffing her way through the L.A. Police Department to confirm the DUI of another celeb’s daughter. Using a combination of charm and brains, Marlise assumed countless identities and managed to convince insiders to confess the juicy secrets of Hollywood stars.

Along the way, though, Marlise felt torn between her journalistic duties and her moral responsibilities. Marlise tried to ignore the battle with her conscience, but was she abandoning her principles in exchange for a shot at celebrity reporting? As this riveting memoir reveals, her redemption is more honest and personal than any celebrity news she’s ever reported.