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GoDaddy Backs SOPA

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the if-you-don't-have-anything-good-to-say dept.

Censorship 353

redletterdave writes "Website hosting company GoDaddy has officially voiced its support for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) Bill in 2012, which is designed to thwart movie and music piracy on the Internet by empowering copyright holders to effectively shut down websites or online services found with infringing material. If passed, the U.S. government could blacklist any website it deems in violation of copyright, which could range from a few posts in a Web forum to a few links sent in an e-mail. GoDaddy supports SOPA for 'protecting the intellectual property of hard-working Americans, U.S. business and the American public from the harm that necessarily flows from the purchase of counterfeit products.' Yet, of the 142 companies that support the SOPA bill, GoDaddy is the only Internet company on the list."

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GoDaddy (5, Insightful)

InterestingFella (2537066) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468496)

Anyone in the industry has known to avoid GoDaddy for domains. Their sole existence is based on commercials and advertisements, not good service. It's a perfect example that advertisements works too. This news isn't exactly surprising and will do nothing to GoDaddy's market share.

Re:GoDaddy (5, Insightful)

ChromeAeonium (1026952) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468512)

Ugh, some of those ads were reason enough to avoid them.

It's about the prices (4, Insightful)

TheMiddleRoad (1153113) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468716)

And their prices after coupons are low enough that I don't care about their ads. Does anybody else have better prices for .com or anything else for that matter? Not that I've found.

Re:It's about the prices (5, Informative)

xombo (628858) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468742)

http://internet.bs/ [internet.bs] has great deals on domains and it's located in the Bahamas.

Did I mention they have an API?

Re:It's about the prices (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38468782)

Christ alive! It is a pus that you're even such awakened...

Then, soon after your bootyass landed on top of the teddy bear, a "vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv" sound was heard, and it was sucked up your ass as if your ass was a gigantic spaghetti noodle...

Your bootyassness minuteness... it becoming something else entirely! What is it!? Such a thing...!

Re:It's about the prices (4, Funny)

brusewitz (1510021) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468808)

Now that is a great domain (.bs). They should not have given it to a country but used it for more relevant purposes such as: politics.bs, ads.bs, sales.bs, and of course steveballmer.bs.

.bs domains (5, Informative)

naroom (1560139) | more than 2 years ago | (#38469032)

My favorite .bs domain [boo.bs] (Yes, it is SFW.)

Re:It's about the prices (4, Informative)

lothos (10657) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468850)

+1 for internet.bs, I've been using them for about 18 months now with absolutely no problems. Clean interface, great pricing, no upsells.

Re:It's about the prices (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38468950)

"And their prices after coupons are low enough that I don't care about their ads."

Yes, they only need to make money for the 600 Nitro-Express ammo their CEO needs to kill elephants.

NSOL's SRS Plus (5, Interesting)

jbov (2202938) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468954)

For anyone managing a large amount of domains, an SRS Plus partner account from Network Solutions would be the way to go. There are two benefits:
1) The prices are cheaper.
2) They are not GoDaddy


With a partner account you have access to change contact information, DNS servers, request auth codes, etc...

Oh, and like xombo said about internet.bs below, SRS Plus also has an API.

Re:GoDaddy (2, Insightful)

erick99 (743982) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468798)

I've hosted five commercial sites there for my customers over the past three years with zero problems. Their customer service has been excellent for me and their pricing is great. I can understand that they may not be everyone's cup of tea but they have worked out well for me.

more interesting links (5, Informative)

Weezul (52464) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468602)

Cheezburger network CEO Ben Huh may pull over 1000 domains from GoDaddy [gizmodo.com] in protest of GoDaddy's support for SOPA [slashdot.org] . Gizmodo has a list of companies supporting SOPA [gizmodo.com] . Jeff Epstein has instructions for bulk transfers away from GoDaddy [jeffepstein.me] .

Adam Savage has also warned that SOPA could destroy the internet as we know it. [popularmechanics.com] Reddit concurs that SOPA could destroy them. [torrentfreak.com]

Two congressional staffers, Allison Halataei and Lauren Pastarnack, who helped write SOPA/PIPA become entertainment industry lobbyists [techdirt.com]

Discounts (5, Informative)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468906)

Use "NODADDY" a Name.com [slashdot.org] for 10% off transfer ins (COM, NET, ORG, TV, INFO, IN, US, CO, ME & TEL) and also receive 40% off any hosting plans.
HostGator [hostgator.com] is doing 50% off Shared / Reseller / VPS first month. Coupon code: NOSOPA
Name Cheap [namecheap.com] has a "special discount deal": BYEBYEGD
DreamHost [dreamhost.com] use NOTOSOPA you get your first registration free.

I can't claim credit for this, all came from Reddit [reddit.com]

Re:more interesting links (2)

Nugoo (1794744) | more than 2 years ago | (#38469018)

I get all the publishers and entertainment companies, but what's up with the support from the cosmetics industry? L'Oreal and Revlon?

Re:GoDaddy (1)

Hadlock (143607) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468764)

What do you mean "not good service"? I've been with them since 2006 or so (with 5 domains) and would rank them right up there with T-Mobile - one of two companies whose phone support I don't completely loathe calling when something goes awry. Sure, their hosting is a little anemic compared to some newer options like slicehost and similar, but they spell out pretty clearly what you're paying for.
 
That said, I'm sort of disappointed on their stance on SOPA, although from a legal standpoint it doesn't seem out of character given the business they're in.

Re:GoDaddy (1)

InterestingFella (2537066) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468794)

The question is not who's phone support is best, but why would you need to call them in the first place. And this is strictly limited to /. geeky persons, I do understand why normal businesses rather just call them to set up stuff. But if you have any intelligence about domains, it takes like half a minute to set up your stuff. At least with good providers, like Namecheap or Gandi.net.

Re:GoDaddy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38468856)

I'm in the industry, they have a good price point.

Re:GoDaddy (2)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468910)

Their sole existence is based on commercials and advertisements, not good service.

I thought it was based on cheap prices. I've used them, but I've never once seen a commercial or advertisement for them.

Re:GoDaddy (5, Interesting)

AngryDeuce (2205124) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468962)

I started boycotting GoDaddy earlier this year when their CEO, Bob Parsons, went to Africa to get his rocks off killing an elephant for sport.

And no, I'm not anti-hunting, but I am anti-hunting endangered animals, especially if there is no cultural norms involved, and I am definitely anti-hunting if your sole motivation is just to kill something for fun.

So it must be time (5, Insightful)

medcalf (68293) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468502)

to move my domain off of GoDaddy. My laziness only gets them so much revenue.

Re:So it must be time (0)

Shadyman (939863) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468580)

Anyone have any recommendations for domains/webhosting?

Re:So it must be time (3, Informative)

Shikaku (1129753) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468656)

http://hostgator.com/ [hostgator.com]

They offer great hosting and domain management with support for everything you'd ever need, even with shared hosting. Technical support is also great and instantaneous.

Use coupon code nosopa25percent for 25% off your entire order as well.

Re:So it must be time (2)

lothos (10657) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468858)

internet.bs is a good registrar.

Name.com, namecheap, and domain.com all have transfer specials right now because of Godaddy's support.

Re:So it must be time (4, Informative)

butalearner (1235200) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468662)

Namecheap. They currently have a coupon code SOPASUCKS for domain transfers.

Re:So it must be time (2)

Kagetsuki (1620613) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468860)

Ok, that's awesome. They're on my list as registrar-to-consider if I ever need to move a domain for that.

Re:So it must be time (2)

ethan0 (746390) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468886)

seconded for namecheap. I've had good experiences with them, albeit for my very-limited needs.

Re:So it must be time (5, Interesting)

Lexx Greatrex (1160847) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468926)

Namecheap. They currently have a coupon code SOPASUCKS for domain transfers.

I can happily confirm that all of my godaddy domains have been successfully transferred to namecheap (eNom) without any noticable downtime. The geeks have spoken.

Re:So it must be time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38468970)

I've been waiting for my expirations to get closer for an xfer - final nail in the lid of the coffin - geenrating EPP codes now...

The coupon code works! Thanks!

Re:So it must be time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38468670)

Anyone have any recommendations for domains/webhosting?

I moved all my domains from godaddy to namecheap.com a couple years ago and can readily recommend them. I have no connection to namecheap other than the fact that I'm a happy customer.

Dreamhost (4, Informative)

404 Clue Not Found (763556) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468676)

Dreamhost is great for consumer/personal sites.

Reasonable prices, sort-of-unlimited bandwidth and disk space, shell access, an excellent control panel, lots of users and support wiki, etc.

I've used them for almost a decade and recommended them to many friends and organizations. Couldn't be happier.

I use them for my personal websites, the site for a nonprofit I work for, a friend's home business, and soon another small business.

The only reason not to use them, IMO, is if you need more reliability/uptime (in which case you should be hosting redundantly across regions anyway) or if your bandwidth and disk space needs are so great that it'll start affecting your shared server, at which point they'll likely have a stern talk with you.

Re:Dreamhost (3, Interesting)

404 Clue Not Found (763556) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468706)

PS - Use coupon code Shadyman for $97 off a one-year signup.

(It's a referral code, but I don't get anything from it because my bonus is inversely tied to your discount. You get the max discount this way and I get nothing.)

Re:So it must be time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38468650)

I'll be switching my domains to a different registrar as well. I've seen Gandi suggested on slashdot before, so I'll give them a try and I'm telling everyone I know to do the same.

Gandi.net - ethical registrar that don't advertise (5, Informative)

dopeghost (107650) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468992)


Gandi.net are a sizable international registrar i first heard of back during the last 'elephant sized' Godaddy debacle.

They support a load of projects like Debian and the EFF, along with charities like the International Federation of Human Rights and the WWF.

They cost a tiny bit more than Godaddy but it's a pittance given the manner with which they conduct themselves.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gandi [wikipedia.org]

https://www.gandi.net/supports/ [gandi.net]

So GoDaddy are Mental (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468504)

No surprise there. Aside selling domain registry, what else they got?

Rather like saying it's OK to invade some country because you have an ally who's a pin-prick in the Pacific willing to go along with you.

Re:So GoDaddy are Mental (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38468608)

Inexpensive domain registration along with reasonably inexpensive hosting and ssl certs... among other crap most of us don't care about. Also, you know they're not going under next week.

They're like a walmart for web products. Nobody likes them, but lots of people use them for practical reasons. And I'm sure they've got a gajillion of those "web site tonight" customers just from a combination of name recognition and "oh yeah, i guess I do need an intertubes webhome and $8 a month sounds ok". Awfulness, but that's the world we live in.

Bad Decision GoDaddy (2, Interesting)

muphin (842524) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468506)

i have all my domains hosted with them, if this bill gets passed i'm moving them.
i live in Australia but this bill is rediculous.

Re:Bad Decision GoDaddy (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38468522)

Moving your domains now and sending them a note will help *prevent* this bill being passed.

Re:Bad Decision GoDaddy (5, Insightful)

amazon10x (737466) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468526)

Don't wait for them to pass it.

Do it now, and email them to tell them why you're doing it.

Re:Bad Decision GoDaddy (2)

muphin (842524) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468610)

any suggestions to a good provider?

Re:Bad Decision GoDaddy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38468672)

http://www.cheapnames.co.uk/ is getting good reviews. Just make sure you don't go with one that is a subsidiary of GoDaddy.

I like Hover.com (4, Informative)

Sycraft-fu (314770) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468810)

Nothing exceptional, but they do the job well. Price isn't bad, nice little web interface to change everything. I'm sure it isn't the be all end all, but I've been pleased with it.

Re:Bad Decision GoDaddy (1)

kyrio (1091003) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468980)

dynadot.com - pass it on to others as well.

Re:Bad Decision GoDaddy (1)

ganjadude (952775) | more than 2 years ago | (#38469020)

lucky me, my domains are up as of this week, looks like im moving about 25 domains over to someone else, going to read the rest of the comments to see what others are saying but they are losing out on a fairly large, for a consumer anyway, account.

Re:Bad Decision GoDaddy (2)

HauntedGhost (2075374) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468542)

Well..this bill is directly/indirectly going to affect the whole world as a significant number of internet companies are hosted in US. If they get blocked, the whole world dont get to see them.

Re:Bad Decision GoDaddy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38468750)

You're some kind of slactivist troll, right?

Weird (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38468510)

One of the biggest scumbag internet companies supports SOPA.

Oh wait. It's not weird. they'll find some way to make a profit off siezing domains even more than they do now.

Of course they back SOPA... (5, Insightful)

pr0f3550r (553601) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468516)

Regulatory requirements are hardest on smaller entities to implement. This is exactly the kind of barrier that would make it unprofitable for a small DNS provider to implement. Just as HIPAA favors large HMOs over smaller ones, and SOx helps mega-corporations.

Re:Of course they back SOPA... (4, Insightful)

Trepidity (597) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468566)

Sarbanes–Oxley is an odd one, because it affects companies in a sort of inverted U shape: small businesses owned by fewer than 500 shareholders are completely exempt, but it hits "medium-sized" large companies more than very large ones.

small business still feels the pain.... (4, Interesting)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468990)

because it affects companies in a sort of inverted U shape: small businesses owned by fewer than 500 shareholders are completely exempt

Perhaps by the letter of the law they are exempt but they still feel the pain. My small employer (60+ employees) is privately owned but our accounting costs almost doubled after SOx. I'm willing to bet the bottom line hit from this represents a higher percentage of our income than it does for random mega-corp.

Re:Of course they back SOPA... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38468582)

Mod this up!!!

Re:Of course they back SOPA... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38468604)

Many people likely know that HIPPA is the 'Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996', I doubt many here know SOx is the 'Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002' http://www.soxlaw.com/

Re:Of course they back SOPA... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38468700)

I doubt many here know SOx is the 'Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002' http://www.soxlaw.com/ [soxlaw.com]

Really? It factors quite heavily in IT; it's quite a big deal in my job.

Re:Of course they back SOPA... (1)

mabhatter654 (561290) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468704)

Um, if you do t know what SOX is then you're not quite a "real boy" in the IT world. Pretty much ant company big enough to hire IT staff has to deal with SOX now.. Even just to prove they DON'T need to do it.

If you don't know what it is, learn it, love it. The majority of the requirements are good IT practice anyway.

Re:Of course they back SOPA... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38468930)

Any company big enough to hire IT staff? There are something like 25 million businesses in the US. ~17,000 of them are public companies.

I agree that everyone should try to be familiar with it though.

Re:Of course they back SOPA... (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468710)

Might surprise you, but I know SOA but not HIPPA. Maybe because SOA affects even me, across the pond in old Europe (because that piece of turd affects our companies here, too), but HIPPA doesn't.

Re:Of course they back SOPA... (4, Interesting)

Maxo-Texas (864189) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468784)

Sox slows down productivity of mega corporations by a factor of 10.

What took 4 days in 2000 takes 40 days today.

We had a production emergency with a huge client today... it took FOUR HOURS to get permission for a programmer to debug the problem in production.

A few years back we had a 1 line change to a program. It took 47 days.

Both of these used to be much faster and easier.

I agree big companies can afford to pay the legal costs.

But they suffer invisible massive productivity costs.

And it does NOTHING to stop massive fraud (see MF Global).

Reddit Boycotts GoDaddy (5, Funny)

souravzzz (2001514) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468530)

Reddit users [reddit.com] are planning to move domain names from GoDaddy to other registrars over this. /. readers also thought of a similar protest, but the 3 guys who still used GoDaddy were nowhere to be found.

One more reason... (1)

JoeMerchant (803320) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468532)

I never liked GoDaddy much in the first place.

"...the purchase of counterfeit products." (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38468544)

So...as long as no one purchases said pirated materials, it's all good then? Whew!

Seriously though, you fuck up my internet, and my fury will avert the big crunch...

wow, a reason to like GoDaddy even less (1)

KingAlanI (1270538) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468546)

wow, a reason to like GoDaddy even less
I was already skeptical of a company that feels the need to resort to crass sex-appeal ad blitzes

Re:wow, a reason to like GoDaddy even less (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38468606)

I don't mind the sex appeal, it's the crass that puts me off. Their pitches have all the class of an ExtenZe ad.

Plus, when I started to register a domain through them ages ago, they pitched so much annoying upselling garbage at me that I aborted and decided to pay *more* to register my domain through Tucows (now Hover) rather than deal with such a sleazy outfit.

Re:wow, a reason to like GoDaddy even less (1)

RazorSharp (1418697) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468994)

This is why I never dealt with them. It never even crossed my mind that they might have a good/inexpensive service. I don't have a problem with advertising blitzes as long as they aren't completely tasteless. Take Geico, for example. If they stop advertising I'll be sad, and I'm well aware that their crappy insurance doesn't cover shit. Their commercials are funny and well made and they always come up with new ones. GoDaddy's commercials don't even make sense. They don't even tell you what they sell.

Money (4, Insightful)

mcelrath (8027) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468552)

I suspect GoDaddy stands to make a lot of money blacklisting, blocking, banning, and otherwise screwing up the DNS, for a price...and that is why they signed.

So under SOPA.... (2)

mark-t (151149) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468560)

Could the USA shut slashdot down if an AC's posted some torrent links for content that infringed on copyright?

What metric does the US government use to determine if some content is infringing that makes it worth shutting down access to the entire website?

Will the USA also be shutting down irc, which is also used by many people to send copyrighted content to others illegally?

Re:So under SOPA.... (2)

sidthegeek (626567) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468578)

What metric does the US government use to determine if some content is infringing that makes it worth shutting down access to the entire website?

Whatever they don't like.

Re:So under SOPA.... (4, Insightful)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468666)

"What metric does the US government use to determine if some content is infringing that makes it worth shutting down access to the entire website?"

The standard one court order. Just needs a single judge to sign the paperwork. The entire point of SOPA is to shut down sites that are hosted and operated from outside the US, so a full trial is not possible.

Re:So under SOPA.... (1)

mark-t (151149) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468756)

Yes... but what does it take to make a site worthy of getting that court order in the first place? Is there no metric, and could it be absolutely any website that somebody in the US government dislikes?

Re:So under SOPA.... (2)

404 Clue Not Found (763556) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468744)

If not now, soon. If you want the freedom to host your content as you please, you should not consider any US webhost.

The government is owned by the corporations here, and they hardly have your best interests at heart.

Re:So under SOPA.... (1)

mark-t (151149) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468776)

Isn't the point of SOPA to block people within the USA from accessing content outside of the USA that they cannot otherwise claim jurisdiction over?

The parallels between what it seems to propose and China's famous firewall seem obvious.

Re:So under SOPA.... (5, Insightful)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468996)

Isn't the point of SOPA to block people within the USA from accessing content outside of the USA that they cannot otherwise claim jurisdiction over?

Nope. The point of SOPA is to abuse Verisign's US jurisdiction by seizing the domains of content on .COM/.NET/.ORG outside of the USA (and inside, too. Let's be honest. Why go through the trouble of a trial when they've got their new rubber stamp to meet the same end?) so that NO ONE can access it. They're trying to be the great firewall of China for the whole world.

It won't work that way, of course, but it's still the intention.

GoDaddy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38468570)

Dear GoDaddy.com,

You guys are a bunch of farking idiots.

*post*

[DMCA'd] FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUU-

As a web business owner, I hereby sever GoDaddy (2)

dajjhman (2537730) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468592)

I have hung onto GoDaddy because of how cheap they are, and that I've so far never had a problem. But this just goes too far for a mediocre service. The service works, and is cheap, but I'd rather pay more for a better service, even if I don't need it, than support them anymore. As soon as the holidays are over, I am moving over EVERYTHING from them. I also will no longer advise any of my clients from using them (though they were never really "recommended" except for how cheap things can be with them thanks to promos).

Re:As a web business owner, I hereby sever GoDaddy (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468714)

I dont dis them, my dad actually uses them but I switched to hostmonter a long time ago because I could not get them to understand that my FTP access was just plain old not working at all

"No sir its your DSL connection, that is why you cant upload a 18k text file"
"No sir our servers are running fine, its your FTP client"
"No sir we will not even bother looking into the possibility that there might be something wrong, other people on the same server are experiencing no issues, nevermind they have not uploaded anything via FTP in their entire life"

this went on for quite a few months, at least once a week with them

so now, though I have to pay up front, I enjoy cheaper service, with bigger numbers in the important area's, and after 6 years my only complaint is that my hosting service is not spending my money to come up with a lame Superbowl commercial featuring some money whore out some fad girl no one cares about.

Wide, wide open to abuse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38468596)

Oh, I don't like what they are saying on their site. They are infringing on periods which I use at the end of my complete thoughts (when written down). COPYRIGHT VIOLATION! COPYRIGHT VIOLATION! (rinse, repeat). And you can suppress anything you want. This is so ripe and open to abuse. Companies who don't like customer complaints shut down sites that make them look bad on anything trumped up (and with the US government the wild west mentality wins: shoot first, ask questions maybe later, maybe not, it might not matter). Likewise politics, victims of the government (people who suffer from bad policy, etc). This is sooo open to abuses of every kind. Free speech is on the line, and the government doesn't mind violating the US constitution (once again). Any reasonably large site the government doesn't like will have to maintain servers in jurisdictions the US government control (hello Wikileaks). Talk about curbing civil liberties!

Nerf 'em (1)

lightknight (213164) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468614)

Nerf 'em.

Yea its really hard work (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468640)

For an "artist" to show up late to the recording studio drunk and stoned off their ass and speak into a mic connected to a protools loop and autotuner. I have been in around the loop quite a few times in recording studios, the only difference tween a pro and the bum on the corner is the ability to not waste tape.

Re:Yea its really hard work (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38469048)

What in the bloody fuck are you going on about?

Alternative Provider (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38468642)

Alot of people on Reddit are recomending namecheap because they have good service and well they are cheap. You might want to check the thread on Reddit for more options.

CRAP (1)

drb226 (1938360) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468654)

They just auto-renewed me last month. I was looking into other options, but since my website has ~0 traffic, I didn't worry about it too much. Now I have more reason to be sad that I didn't switch.

Anyone else do an easy Domains by Proxy? (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468726)

I like to debate politics online. It is important to remain anonymous when debating politics, because there are a few extremeist crazy people around who believe it is their patriotic duty to utterly destroy their opponents. I've heard some real horror stories about that - one blogger I used to debate was known for impersonating his opponents and posting in support of child porn, even going so far as to buy a domain under a false name. I'd rather not risk setting off one of those nuts and having them send false accusations to my employer. I work with children in a very sensitive country, the mere hint of suspicion is enough to not only get me fired but ensure I never work in the sector again.

I used godaddy solely because they also offered Domains by Proxy, allowing me to keep my real identity secret. I don't use them for hosting though.

Re:Anyone else do an easy Domains by Proxy? (1)

forkazoo (138186) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468792)

I used godaddy solely because they also offered Domains by Proxy, allowing me to keep my real identity secret. I don't use them for hosting though.

I use dreamhost, and my domain whois info is all under "Dreamhost Customer." I have the option to fill it in, but have never bothered, so I seem to get this "special privacy proxy service" just by default. This is what happened with getting the domain as part of my hosting plan. Not sure if they similarly proxy for people who bring their own domains, but it is certainly worth asking. Several other slashdotters appear to be using their services as well, so it is a reasonably well respected hosting company. (I like my ssh access and mySQL access and such. I barely even use it as a 'real' website. Quite slashdotter friendly, IMO.) I suspect it would be similar with other providers. Of course, my domain name is just my real name, so I obviously wasn't terribly careful about keeping that a secret, but I think the principle obviously applies with more clever domain names:

      Registrant Contact:
            willrosecrans.com Private Registrant willrosecrans.com@proxy.dreamhost.com
            A Happy DreamHost Customer
            417 Associated Rd #324
            Brea, CA 92821
            US
            +1.2139471032

      Administrative Contact:
            willrosecrans.com Private Registrant willrosecrans.com@proxy.dreamhost.com
            A Happy DreamHost Customer
            417 Associated Rd #324
            Brea, CA 92821
            US
            +1.2139471032

      Technical Contact:
            willrosecrans.com Private Registrant willrosecrans.com@proxy.dreamhost.com
            A Happy DreamHost Customer
            417 Associated Rd #324
            Brea, CA 92821
            US
            +1.2139471032

      Billing Contact:
            willrosecrans.com Private Registrant willrosecrans.com@proxy.dreamhost.com
            A Happy DreamHost Customer
            417 Associated Rd #324
            Brea, CA 92821
            US
            +1.2139471032

Here we go... (1)

hugh nicks (754727) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468732)

Let the boycott begin...

How to Leave GoDaddy (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38468738)

Jeff Epstein has put up a step-by-step guide detailing the easiest way to leave GoDaddy:

http://blog.jeffepstein.me/post/14629857835/a-step-by-step-guide-to-transfer-domains-out-of-godaddy [jeffepstein.me]

Take special note of that trick to confirm the transfers at the end, because it can save you a five day wait. There are also ways to export your zones if you made the mistake of using GoDaddy as your DNS provider. Several other registrars are running deals right now, too. I've heard people saying that NameCheap (which is anti-SOPA [namecheap.com] ) will let you keep the time you had paid for, so if you registered a domain for 10 years, you won't just lose it all. They even have a coupon of SOPASUCKS

While NameCheap appears to be the most active anti-SOPA registrar, other honorable mentions include MediaTemple (the CEO has tweeted that he is opposed to SOPA [twitter.com] ) and DNSimple (which offers a discount for those escaping GoDaddy [dnsimple.com] ),

Re:How to Leave GoDaddy (5, Informative)

mariasama16 (1895136) | more than 2 years ago | (#38469046)

For those who get to this far down in the threads, NameCheap also has a coupon of BYEBYEGD. Disclaimer: I have no domain, so can't say whether they're good or not (the Reddit thread has lots of happy people, their Social Media contact involved, quite a few people switching to them and directions for how to get off of GD as well).

There are really no comments (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38468812)

on their facebook page ? They must be up late deleting all of them. Also, they disabled the comments on their own site mentioning SOPA. Leave the net free. Im sure they were promised something from the government for supporting it.

I remember an awesome quote (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38468820)

From an episode of the apprentice, Trump said "It only takes one stupid decision to ruin a company".

"GoneDaddy" has a nice ring to it xD

Screw you Godaddy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38468854)

This is the last straw, I had my domains parked on your servers out of sheer laziness. I've put up with your b.s., now you backhand the people that give you money, you will not see another dime from me

Why is this even news? (2)

drunkennewfiemidget (712572) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468888)

GoDaddy is unbelievably evil, and most people already know that. Did this surprise anyone?

Re:Why is this even news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38468986)

Did it surprise anyone that a tech company supports a bill that is set to break the very infrastructure of the internet? Yes, you can be smart and evil or dumb and evil. You never know which one the evil company is being, but stuff like this shows us and so we adapt and change to avoid the dumb and evil especially hard.

It's their own fault (1, Funny)

SpaceLifeForm (228190) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468914)

If those chicks were not so hot, no one would be pirating their commercials.

i'm ashamed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38468916)

of my laziness. A-hole elephant hunter. consider my humble transfer imminent. Its worth nothing by itself but might be worth something as a whole /.

NASCAR (3, Insightful)

RazorSharp (1418697) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468924)

NASCAR, need I say more? NASCAR depends on ESPN and the networks who are part of the media conglomerates who are pushing SOPA through in the first place. GoDaddy's primary advertising partner is a NASCAR driver.

Personally, I don't know how advertising through Danika Patrick ever worked out for them. It's not like they have advertisements on their website, so it's not like tricking rednecks into thinking there's Danika Patrick porn on there really brings in any revenue. I've had to explain to several people what GoDaddy actually is, because even after they visit the site in the vain hope of seeing Danika take it all off, they still don't understand what it's for.

As far as purchasing domains and web hosting. . .I don't know anyone who uses them. Obviously some people do, but I've always assumed they have some advertising scheme worked out. The way they exploit Danika just seems to imply there's no sense of business ethics, or even the desire to appear to have some, at the company. Of course, supporting SOPA proves this theory of mine.

Bye Bye Go-Daddy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38468928)

I know someone who just lost my business and all the business of my clients ^_^

Monetizing the Copyright Screening (1)

Cogent91 (2203516) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468940)

I bet they're banking on monetizing the "copyright" screening tools that are going to cost us all an absurd amount, making entry into the internet damned near impossible for those of us without thousands to invest. Shameful Godaddy.com. I hope consumer confidence is shattered in their business because of this poor decision, placing profiteering over protecting basic freedoms. They should know better.

GoDaddy is to Blank... (1)

MoldySpore (1280634) | more than 2 years ago | (#38468942)

GoDaddy is to Web Hosting Services what AOL is to ISP's circa 2011.

Transfer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38468978)

I transfered my last domain from GoDaddy 5 minutes ago to another provider, now I can sleep happy again.

I reply to support moving away from GoDaddy (1)

jsse (254124) | more than 2 years ago | (#38469008)

Actually I hate their name since day one but since they were the cheapest around I moved all my domains from networksolutions, which has suck services.

Thank you for all the good tips above. I will celebrate on the day GoDaddy is going out of business.

Thank you, 1&1 (1)

scottbomb (1290580) | more than 2 years ago | (#38469052)

That is all.

moving domains tomorrow (1)

richardkelleher (1184251) | more than 2 years ago | (#38469056)

Well, I guess I have to move a half dozen domains to a new registrar now. Along with hosting for 4 of them. What a pain in the a##, but it must be done. I cannot support a company that supports SOPA in its current form.
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