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John McCain's MySpace Page "Pranked"

kdawson posted more than 7 years ago | from the careful-who-you-leach-from dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 503

Several readers let us know about a little problem with presidential hopeful John McCain's MySpace page. Looks as though some staffer didn't read the fine print of the "credit" clause when selecting a template for the page. The template author and CEO of Newsvine, Mike Davidson, noticed this and didn't care too much. But the McCain page was pulling an image from Davidson's site, costing him bandwidth every time someone visited the candidate's MySpace page. So Davidson changed the image in question to read: "Today I announce that I have reversed my position and come out in full support of gay marriage... particularly marriage between two passionate females." Here is Davidson's account of the "immaculate hack".

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LoL (1)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 7 years ago | (#18512767)

That should make the next list of great hacks.

Re:LoL (1)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513215)

Not really. Changing hotlinked images so that, say, Goatse comes up instead is a time-honored tradition - perhaps even enough to be considered passé.

+1 Funny. (1)

Whiney Mac Fanboy (963289) | more than 7 years ago | (#18512783)

Well done to the prankster - although (from tfa):

Abortion? The Iraq War? Probably too heavy to joke about. Gay marriage seemed like a more of a non-lethal subject to center the prank around.
No nonononono! If you're going to prank, prank the hard issues :-)

Re:+1 Funny. (5, Funny)

ArsenneLupin (766289) | more than 7 years ago | (#18512935)

If you're going to prank, prank the hard issues :-)
I fully agree. He should have said: Today I announce that I have reversed my position and come out in full support of gay marriage... particularly marriage between two hod studs with hard cocks.

Re:+1 Funny. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18513001)

If you're going to prank, prank the hard issues

"Today I announce that I have reversed my position, (placing my ass in front of me) and come out in full support of abortions... particularly abortions resulting from the union of Marines & Iraqi comfort women"

Re:+1 Funny. (5, Interesting)

danamania (540950) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513419)

No nonononono! If you're going to prank, prank the hard issues :-)

Since most people either don't respond, respond with abuse, or tell me I can't dictate to them what to do with their web page, I gave up emailing them to ask nicely if they could host a pic of mine somewhere else if they wanted to use it. Now I just replace it like Mike did with something embarrassing to the particular site owner who's hotlinking to my images, or for myspace - more often than not I replace the image with http://www.danamania.com/temp/dontloadthis.jpg [danamania.com] - I don't know the source of the image, but it's a 964 byte .jpg header of a 10,000 by 10,000 pixel image. It tends to completely ruin formatting on the page it's embedded into so the whole page is unusable, and it's tiny enough not to impact on my bandwidth.

It used to crash X11, make IE perform illegal instructions or freeze, and make OS X browsers beachball - but alas, in the years since I came across that file software has become more capable in handling extreme sized images :)

Let's see how McCain handles it (5, Insightful)

JudeanPeople'sFront (729601) | more than 7 years ago | (#18512795)

If he is a good politician, he should make fun of the whole thing (and gain a few votes :)

Graphic shoulda been a DMCA takedown notice. (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18512797)

They did not credit me for the template, even though the template explicitly requested credit.

Hmm. Sounds like someone broke a software license. Seems awful close to piracy. Someone call Orrin Hatch [wired.com] !

This could majorly backfire (4, Insightful)

donscarletti (569232) | more than 7 years ago | (#18512839)

How long until Mr Davidson gets prosecuted by some lawyer working for McCain who hasn't realised that laughing along with the joke is a lot more dignified than litigation? With the amount the average judge knows about the internet, he could actually be imprisoned for this if some arsehole in a suit and tie crys loud enough. As simple as the case may seem to us, to the general public, defacing a site is illegal hacking, nomatter how it is done and no doubt McCain could get a clueless PHB to testify to that as an "expert witness" if he wanted to.

Re:This could majorly backfire (5, Informative)

chanrobi (944359) | more than 7 years ago | (#18512887)

If you'd even bothered to actually to read the TFA it says this

simply replace my own sample image on my server with a newly created sample on my server
There is no "hacking" involved unlike what the title suggests. The image on McCains page was hotlinked off his site and he simply changed it to something else.

Re:This could majorly backfire (5, Insightful)

Ed Avis (5917) | more than 7 years ago | (#18512963)

Yes - but don't expect any common sense from the legal system in anything related to computers or (shiver) 'hacking'.

Re:This could majorly backfire (3, Insightful)

BlueTrin (683373) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513147)

Well, it will not happen for three reasons:
  • he is campaigning so it could be seen as very negative
  • he modified a picture from his OWN website, it would be something very easy to explain
  • the candidate was stealing bandwidth from his website and not respecting the copyright, although he can always blame the website designers he hired for the blog

Re:This could majorly backfire (2, Informative)

stanleypane (729903) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513521)

While I don't think this is technically illegal, there is the fact that he intentionally replaced it with an image that was directly related to McCain's character. Intent goes a long way in US courts. Had he replaced it with a general image not directly related to McCain (Goatse?) than he'd probably stand a better chance if this does make it in front of a Judge.

Re:This could majorly backfire (2, Insightful)

ArsenneLupin (766289) | more than 7 years ago | (#18512965)

There is no "hacking" involved unlike what the title suggests. The image on McCains page was hotlinked off his site and he simply changed it to something else.
Exactly. But would the general public and some random computer-illiterate judge understand that? That was the point donscarletti was trying to make...

Re:This could majorly backfire (3, Insightful)

kestasjk (933987) | more than 7 years ago | (#18512973)

You bet they can come up with some crime that vaguely matches this though. Anti-graffiti laws maybe, who knows? A bit of creativity and liberal use of words and you can easily make this a crime.

Re:This could majorly backfire (4, Insightful)

pipatron (966506) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513335)

If you know that someone is stealing your lunch everyday, and you know who it is, and you poison the food, I'm sure that they can get you locked up for murder.

I'm sorry, but I couldn't come up with a car analogy.

Oh wait! If you set up the bomb in your car so it will explode if someone steals it, and then someone actually do steal it, thus dies, I bet they can lock you up for that too. If, however, you paint the seats, thus ruining the thief's clothes, I doubt the thief can sue you for the dry cleaning bill.

Re:This could majorly backfire (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18513487)

I did that once before. Every single day when I went to get my lunch it was gone and the bags were in the garbage. I know they were mine because my name was on them. After a few weeks of this, I left some Exlax-enhanced brownies. It worked for a few months. Eventually, though, my lunches started to disappear again so I gave up and just started eating out. Every now and then I leave a batch of Exlax-enhanced food (I vary the type) and just leave it unmarked in the fridge...

Re:This could majorly backfire (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18513509)

If you know that someone is stealing your lunch everyday, and you know who it is, and you poison the food, I'm sure that they can get you locked up for murder.

Noone died here. If someone is stealing your beef everyday, and you replace it vegetables, do you get arrested for tricking him into eating vegetables (if we assume he didn't notice until he put it in his mouth)?

This is closer to what happened here - what the "thief" liked was replaced with something he didn't like.

Re:This could majorly backfire (1)

donscarletti (569232) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513517)

I actually did read the article but enough information is given in the summary to understand that he didn't modify anything but his own content. But my point is many people will not understand this. To most people he changed the content of the page and the US legal system is not made up of slashdot readers or probably anyone who understands computers in anything but the most superficial way. The general public see the end result and there is a good chance that this is how it would be assessed by the legal system.

I should have clearly acknowledge that he didn't change McCain's site but I assumed that we all knew this and wasn't aware that filling out several lines of reading comprehension was a prerequisite to making a relevant comment.

Re:This could majorly backfire (5, Insightful)

whathappenedtomonday (581634) | more than 7 years ago | (#18512911)

defacing a site is illegal hacking

Huh? From the fine summary: "the McCain page was pulling an image from Davidson's site" - how can it be illegal to change the contents of your own website? How could this even be called 'hacking'? If you pull graphics from other websites, prepare to get what you deserve! It says "Pranked" instead of "Hacked" in the summary title for a reason.

I think he did a great prank and I laughed my ass off - there are some funny comments, too:
> Jeff Croft
> Mike, your testicals are very, very large

>> Mike D.
>> Thank you. Please spellcheck your genitalia references though. :)

Re:This could majorly backfire (0, Troll)

Carewolf (581105) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513085)

Huh? From the fine summary: "the McCain page was pulling an image from Davidson's site" - how can it be illegal to change the contents of your own website? How could this even be called 'hacking'? If you pull graphics from other websites, prepare to get what you deserve! It says "Pranked" instead of "Hacked" in the summary title for a reason.


Since when have common sense had anything to do with american law?

Re:This could majorly backfire (0)

ThosLives (686517) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513261)

I don't care why the image was pulled, or that the image was really on Davidson's site, or that bandwidth was being used.

The thing a judge would (or should) look at is that the image was changed intentionally for the specific purpose of having that image appear on McCain's website.

Re:This could majorly backfire (1)

Joebert (946227) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513349)

Come on now, that's little like saying a dog owner puts their dog in the yard for the specific purpose of biting people.
In actuality the dog is there to make burglars think twice about burgling.

There's a sign on the fence, if you get bit it's your own dumbass fault.

Re:This could majorly backfire (1)

ThosLives (686517) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513481)

There's a sign on the fence, if you get bit it's your own dumbass fault.

You would think so, but our courts tend to (rightly) disagree. It's not a property-owner's responsibility or right to prosecute trespassers. That's the responsibility of law enforcement.

Re:This could majorly backfire (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18513071)

Um, excuse me, but as it says in his description, it was "on [his] server". Prosecutable? No way. Defacing a site? More like someone else defacing their own site by posting something on it without realizing where it comes from.

Too bad. That's what you get for linking to material from other sources, and it is why many web sites specifically indicate external links, often with disclaimers.

Because it's popular to do so around here, here's my attempt at an analog analogy. Let's say somebody is consistently taking paper from your stack of letterhead paper, and draining your supply of it. In frustration, you change the letterhead in the pile to read, in small print, "From the desk of Mr. Dumbass".

Of course, the real irony is that by doing such a good prank, he'll have *far* more traffic from a link to his article from /. :-)

Re:This could majorly backfire (2, Interesting)

ThosLives (686517) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513467)

Because it's popular to do so around here, here's my attempt at an analog analogy. Let's say somebody is consistently taking paper from your stack of letterhead paper, and draining your supply of it. In frustration, you change the letterhead in the pile to read, in small print, "From the desk of Mr. Dumbass".

Unfortunately it's not like that. In the case of letterhead, the offender has the opportunity to not distribute whatever it is would require the letterhead; in the "instantly live" world of the Internet such a change immediately reaches the public with no requirement for intervention.

While I don't condone misuse of letterhead or Internet links, abusing the responsibility of respecting the way links are supposed to work (e.g., same-named links are supposed to always have the same general content) is just asking to have the freedom to choose your links taken away.

Re:This could majorly backfire (1)

kv9 (697238) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513275)

How long until Mr Davidson gets prosecuted [snip] With the amount the average judge knows about the internet [snip] As simple as the case may seem to us, to the general public, defacing a site is illegal hacking, nomatter how it is done and no doubt McCain could get a clueless PHB to testify to that as an "expert witness" if he wanted to.

+

TFA

= definition of irony?

You have a point (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18513425)

You might be right about the legal system. There are definitely people out there who would sue for something like this and there are certainly judges who would allow it, but I have no doubt that it would be sorted out in the end. More importantly, in this case nobody's going to sue, because that would be the end of McCain's online campaign. The people whom he's trying to reach know full well what's going on. Embedding a remote image into the site is bad enough by itself, they certainly don't want to look like they don't know what they're doing AND send out lawyers to cover it up (which would be more of "not knowing what they're doing.")

Didn't Last Long (4, Informative)

0rionx (915503) | more than 7 years ago | (#18512847)

The hacked version of the image was only up for about two hours before it was taken down. Of course, it's now been replaced with an invitation to "Add to Gorup [sic]" [myspace.com] .

Will the incompetence ever end?

ATTN: Windows/Linux refugees! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18513253)

Still looking for the "maximize" button when your Mac has "zoom" instead? Take the hint, switcheurs: If you can't deal with multiple windows at once, GTFO of our platform. The Mac wasn't designed for one-track minds.

Re:ATTN: Windows/Linux refugees! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18513393)

I'm using my Palm, you insensitive clod!

Re:Didn't Last Long (1)

Technician (215283) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513347)

I like the fact that he likes sports, baseball, football, basketball, boxing..... I know what baseball and such is, but I wonder what sports he is referring to. Maybe the good sports that changed the graphic he fetched from another site.

Re:Didn't Last Long (1)

Malakusen (961638) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513359)

Wonder if that's the kind of intelligence and attention to detail we'll get if he manages to win.

Re:Didn't Last Long (1)

smchris (464899) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513523)

Yeah, but the hacked-up replacement is floating off-column in an endearingly amateurish way.

Never... er... always check your references (2, Interesting)

Excelcia (906188) | more than 7 years ago | (#18512859)

Any politician who thinks he's going to get votes by making a myspace account deserves whatever he gets dished. Reminds me of the clueless professor from Real Genius who thought his students like it when he would "get down, verbally" with them.

Ya.

Re:Never... er... always check your references (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18512945)

Barack Obama [myspace.com] has quite the myspace presence/fan base...

Obama has quite a few friends...

Re:Never... er... always check your references (0, Offtopic)

Vskye (9079) | more than 7 years ago | (#18512961)

Any politician who thinks he's going to get votes by making a myspace account deserves whatever he gets dished. Reminds me of the clueless professor from Real Genius who thought his students like it when he would "get down, verbally" with them.
 
First off, you're talking out of your ass. This man was shot down in the Vietnam war and a prisoner of war at the famous / infamous "Hanoi Hilton". This man broke both arms and a leg, was tortured and survived. He ejected from his plane back in 1967 and was released in 1974 I do believe. Quite a feat in my book. He might be labeled a bad political choice, but he deserves respect.

Re:Never... er... always check your references (5, Insightful)

Excelcia (906188) | more than 7 years ago | (#18512987)

He's a war hero - ok, fine. What difference does that make to my point? I don't care if he was Roger Ramjet or Captain America himself, having some campaign flunky set up a myspace account to get in touch with youth is just dumb.

Re:Never... er... always check your references (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18513157)

He's a war hero - ok, fine. What difference does that make to my point? I don't care if he was Roger Ramjet or Captain America himself, having some campaign flunky set up a myspace account to get in touch with youth is just dumb.

Captain America is DEAD, you insensitive clod!

*runs off crying*

Connecting with the youth? (1)

Looce (1062620) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513357)

Connecting with the youth? And why?

The youth are not old enough to vote.

Re:Connecting with the youth? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18513515)

Yeah, and by the time they're old enough, 77 year old McCain may be resting in peace.


But seriously, you might be surprised at how many voting age folk have myspace accounts. I don't think it's such a bad thing that he does too, as a candidate. Nevertheless, it needs to be done in a very professional manner, studiously avoiding "talking down" or posing as a bona fide member of the myspace generation.

Re:Never... er... always check your references (5, Interesting)

Oh the Huge Manatee (919359) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513137)

This man was shot down in the Vietnam war and a prisoner of war at the famous / infamous "Hanoi Hilton". This man broke both arms and a leg, was tortured and survived. He ejected from his plane back in 1967 and was released in 1974 I do believe. Quite a feat in my book. He might be labeled a bad political choice, but he deserves respect.

Mod parent ad hominem.

This is the danger of judging candidates not by their policy positions, but by their carefully constructed media hype. Remember that with McCain, one could just as easily assert (as some of his opponents will suggest) -- "After finishing fifth from the bottom of his class at the Naval Academy, McCain was a bad enough pilot (probably flying drunk, given his history) that he couldn't keep his plane airborne and out of enemy hands. While in Vietnamese custody, unlike the many prisoners who resisted torture, McCain willingly signed documents 'confessing' to war crimes, and gave the Vietnamese classified information in order to receive more favorable treatment while in prison. Upon returning to the USA, McCain dumped his loyal and long-suffering first wife who had developed back problems, in order to marry a drug-addicted bimbo who had been his physical therapist. He showed poor enough judgment as to take money from Charlie Keating during the S&L scandals of the 1980s, that whether or not he was a crook for taking the money, he was certainly an idiot whose judgment shouldn't be trusted in more important matters."

Why not just judge the man on his policy positions? Oh, they've flip-flopped enough in the last decade that we can't be sure what his positions are, and all we really have to judge by is his history and his character. Oops!

By the way, many assume the bulge on McCain's cheek had something to do with his war injuries. In fact, it's the after-effect of skin cancer surgery.

Re:Never... er... always check your references (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18513193)

Great sounds like the perfect recipe for the next sociopath president of the USA.

Re:Never... er... always check your references (0)

Trailwalker (648636) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513225)

He deserves respect

You have forgotten the Keating scandal.

The man whored himself without restraint.

Whatever he had done in his past to win respect, he has become just another political whore.

Re:Never... er... always check your references (3, Insightful)

grif_mcrenolds (1076783) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513265)

I wonder how many kids he killed over there. Since when did being in Vietnam make you presidential material? There were guys there who made necklaces out of human ears, so the bar must be set pretty damn low.

Just wandering... (3, Interesting)

Smerity (714804) | more than 7 years ago | (#18512867)

Just wandering, couldn't this be construed as fraud? Taken as an attempt to intentionally deceive people?

Obviously I hope and doubt that anything like that would happen, but I'm just curious if John McCain tries to make an example of this - as so many politicians try to do.

Re:Just wandering... (4, Informative)

ebcdic (39948) | more than 7 years ago | (#18512981)

Intentionally deceiving people isn't fraud, and isn't illegal. Deceiving someone to gain something from them would be fraud.

Re:Just wandering... (5, Funny)

Carewolf (581105) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513093)

In fact making intentionally deceiving people illegal could have catastrophic consequences on Christmas and Easter as we know it.

OH GREAT! THANKS ALOT! (2, Funny)

notnAP (846325) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513471)

I still believed, you insensitive clod.

is Orson Welles's "deceipt " (1)

pitu (983343) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513251)


    concerning the alien invasion still legal if it happened now?

Re:is Orson Welles's "deceipt " (4, Informative)

soft_guy (534437) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513355)

The war of the world's radio broadcast had messages both before and after it stating that it was a play - not news. The problem was that some people tuned in during the middle and were extremely gullible.

Re:Just wandering... (4, Insightful)

soft_guy (534437) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513341)

Deceiving someone to gain something from them would be fraud.
Sounds like pretty much every church and/or politician.

Re:Just wandering... (1)

Dan East (318230) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513309)

Just curious, but as you wander how do you access Slashdot? Public hotspots? Internet Cafés? Mobile broadband?

I figured that other wanderers might wonder about that.

Dan East

Re:Just wandering... (1)

Archtech (159117) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513319)

"Just wandering, couldn't this be construed as fraud? Taken as an attempt to intentionally deceive people?"

Intentionally deceiving people isn't fraud - it's politics.

Could have been worse... (5, Insightful)

L4m3rthanyou (1015323) | more than 7 years ago | (#18512885)

If McCain's people know anything, they'll play it off quietly or joke about it, knowing it could have been a lot worse. A less civil person probably would have goatse'd McCain's myspace instead.

...which would have been goddamn hilarious, but I digress.

heh? And he wants to be president? (1)

sumdumass (711423) | more than 7 years ago | (#18512899)

Why is it that no matter what you do, A myspace page doesn't look good. I'm not trying to be snobby or anything, I don't have a page, but All MySpace sights that I have seen hurt my eyes.

This guy wasn't to be president? Isn't this like getting financial advice from someone with a hotmail address? It just doesn't seem all that encouraging. And feels kind of creepy to boot.

Oh, please... (5, Insightful)

Moraelin (679338) | more than 7 years ago | (#18512985)

Isn't this like getting financial advice from someone with a hotmail address?


Oh please... Here's an idea for you: how about you turn on the brain and judge the man (or woman), not his email address or MySpace page?

Financial advice: either you trust that guy to be a competent economist, or you don't. That's it. If someone has a Ph.D. from Harvard, who gives a rat's arse about whether he has also a Hotmail address or not.

President: either you trust the guy enough to basically give him a hell of a lot of power, or you don't. The fact that he also has some stupid MySpace page should be the least of your worries.

Note that in both cases we're not talking about some Anonymous Coward with a Hotmail address or MySpace page, but about someone who's known and easy to check. We're not talking "Moraelin for president" or "NightElf12345@hotmail.com offers you free financial advice", but someone who's well known, and whose credentials and opinions are known, public and damn easy to check. So how about doing just that?

So you propose... what? That instead of actually checking and judging the person, you'd rather make some superficial meaningless criterion like their email address the top and only criterion? Would you rather take advice from the janitor because he has a more fashionable email address? Geesh...

Re:Oh, please... (1)

BlueTrin (683373) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513209)

Note that in both cases we're not talking about some Anonymous Coward with a Hotmail address or MySpace page, but about someone who's known and easy to check. We're not talking "Moraelin for president" or "NightElf12345@hotmail.com offers you free financial advice", but someone who's well known, and whose credentials and opinions are known, public and damn easy to check. So how about doing just that?


Yeah /agree ...
ahum ..."NightElf12345@hotmail.com offers you free financial advice" ... reminds me something
Oh shite ... I need to call my bank to block electronic payments !

Re:Oh, please... (1)

Paradigm_Complex (968558) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513273)

For the most part we can't get super-intimate with people such as Presidential Candidates or financial advisers, et al. I generically consider it wise to look at little details such as who is hosting the individual's e-mail as indications of the individual's competency. Plenty of people can make themselves seem competent without actually being so, and thus if you can't take people at face value look at the things they probably forgot to give the nice-over.

You can't just "either trust the guy... or don't" by what he says or looks like. One can come to such decisions with those and other things, however. If you want to look at the world as black-and-white, at least look at the world as a whole.

You mean I shouldn't have (1)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513295)

Isn't this like getting financial advice from someone with a hotmail address? You mean I shouldn't have invested my pension in that Nigerian gold mine?

Re:Oh, please... (1)

ajs318 (655362) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513411)

In a perfect world, people wouldn't be judged upon their e-mail address or their web page; nor upon the colour of their skin, nor their clothing or hairstyle.

The fact that businesses are allowed to set dress codes for their customers suggests we are not living in a perfect world.

Re:Oh, please... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18513451)

I thought companys that made employee's conform to a dress code were bad, but they dictate what customers have to wear ?
Now that's tough ;)

Re:heh? And he wants to be president? (3, Insightful)

Corporate Troll (537873) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513103)

Isn't this like getting financial advice from someone with a hotmail address?

Yes, it is... but that is only because you're (probably) employed in IT. I had a real hard time explaining my father in law that he shouldn't be using the equivalent of aol.com (not actually, that, but from a national provider) for his business. The worst part is: he's got his own domain.

No, he keeps using the old address. Normal people don't see the harm in such adresses.

So, for the masses, I expect that a myspace page would be welcomed.

Re:heh? And he wants to be president? (1)

soft_guy (534437) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513375)

Why is it that no matter what you do, A myspace page doesn't look good. I'm not trying to be snobby or anything, I don't have a page, but All MySpace sights that I have seen hurt my eyes.

This guy wasn't to be president? Isn't this like getting financial advice from someone with a hotmail address? It just doesn't seem all that encouraging.
Obviously McCain is getting crappy advice. If he really wants to connect with voters, he would get a .mac email address and create his home page on geo cities. He would also spend a lot of time on IRC and create a usenet group called alt.vote.president.mccain.

Re:heh? And he wants to be president? (1)

pointbeing (701902) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513379)

Isn't this like getting financial advice from someone with a hotmail address?

Although I host my own domain and have a perfectly good mail server I use a hushmail account for business correspondence. My real email address is reserved for family and friends.

Everyone else gets either hotmail or mailinator [mailinator.com] - and I never check my hotmail account ;-)

I for one... (5, Funny)

edwardpickman (965122) | more than 7 years ago | (#18512927)

approve and support McCain's new and elightened postion on female marriage.

Re:I for one... (5, Funny)

Jedi Alec (258881) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513119)

Well, I for one don't. I'd much rather they slept around. Variation keeps things interesting ;-)

A missed opportunity (5, Insightful)

mobby_6kl (668092) | more than 7 years ago | (#18512933)

Opportunities like this don't arises too often, Mike should have just replaced the image with hello.jpg.

Re:A missed opportunity (2, Insightful)

gbobeck (926553) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513025)

I think Mike did the right thing by not goatseing. Mike's image was up for roughly 2 hours. If he had goatse'd instead, most likely the image would have been removed much much sooner.

As a side note, I am a webmaster for a few small sites. When I encounter inline image linking, I tend to replace the image with another which says "I am a Grade A Asshat. I steal bandwidth" or other suitable saying. I reserve hello.jpg for exceptional circumstances (read: someone uses my images on ebay, or some other site which really kills my bandwidth).

Re:A missed opportunity (1)

Bert64 (520050) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513097)

I saw an interesting case where someone had an image hotlinked...
He replaced it with:
http://www.ev4.org/hotlink.jpeg [ev4.org]

Re:A missed opportunity (1)

gbobeck (926553) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513131)

Nice. :-)

A friend of mine uses the image from the site "www bottleguy com" (I purposely borked link for everyone's protection) for anti-inline linking purposes.

Re:A missed opportunity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18513203)

"Bottleguy" is a Kirk Johnson aka Goatse Man image. There's actually quite a few in circulation, featuring such delights as him cranking his ass open with a vice and inserting 2 huge dildos, and at least one film (showing the goatse process in all its glory). hello.jpg is just his most famous contribution to internet culture.

Re:A missed opportunity (1)

gbobeck (926553) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513227)

"Bottleguy" is a Kirk Johnson aka Goatse Man image. There's actually quite a few in circulation, featuring such delights as him cranking his ass open with a vice and inserting 2 huge dildos, and at least one film (showing the goatse process in all its glory). hello.jpg is just his most famous contribution to internet culture.

I am aware of that. I, as well as my friends, believe that most experienced web surfers have seen goatse before and should be exposed to new truely awful images as a means of shock via inline linked images.

Re:A missed opportunity (1)

ocbwilg (259828) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513179)

I bet a lot of people do similar things to deal with hotlinking. I once had an image hosted on my server that I discovered was being hotlinked for use in someone's signature file for a web-based forum. I just changed it so instead of getting the "cool picture" that he liked so much, instead he got a black box with white text that says "I love anally raping small children." You wouldn't believe how quickly the hotlinking stopped.

The half-life of an online moon (1)

ArsenneLupin (766289) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513433)

I think Mike did the right thing by not goatseing. Mike's image was up for roughly 2 hours. If he had goatse'd instead, most likely the image would have been removed much much sooner.
Not really. A couple of years ago, the German TV featured a program [heise.de] whose plot revolved around a music pirate who was murdered. This was intended to scare would-be pirates. The web server of the TV station just happened to run on Windows, IIS, ASP and (*gasp*) sequel sewer

Predictably, the page ended up with a big shiny moon [heise.de] . Surprisingly enough, the moon did stay online for a couple of hours until it finally was taken down.

During that same year, a number of other Sql sewer shites that had the misfortune of being linked by Slashdot or other geeky sites were mooned in a similar fashion. IIRC, one gaming site was mooned early Saturday morning, and only demooned in the very late evening. So yes, even moons can survive more than a trivial amount of time.

Re:A missed opportunity (1)

simm1701 (835424) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513033)

but then he would be serving that image from his server, which would open him up to all kinds of prosecution about indecent materials being displayed to minors without warning screens.

By doing it this way he has an image on his own site which is satire, and therefore probably fair use - the fact that someone else is displaing that image themselves in a rather daft place is not his problem!!

At least he was civil (1)

tehSpork (1000190) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513007)

Off of the top of my head I can think of many worse things that could have been used to replace that image, at least he was civil and used a political joke instead of picking an image from a popular domain with a Christmas Island TLD. :)

Actually.. (5, Funny)

yamamushi (903955) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513011)

Thats the whole reason I would have voted for him, hot one on one chick action legalization... :)

Re:Actually.. (2, Insightful)

Deewun (1059450) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513325)

Hot one-on-one chick action is already legal. There's no reason to believe that marriage would make it any hotter or more frequent. Probably the opposite.

Legalization? (1)

tgd (2822) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513537)

How about making it mandatory as an clause attached to the 19th Amendment?

New twist on old stupidity (4, Informative)

gbobeck (926553) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513083)

This story is very similar to a much older /. story from Sept. 3, 2005: Fuddruckers Called Out on Hotlinking [slashdot.org] .

For those of you out there who don't want to RTF/.A, the children's section of the Fuddruckers website was pwned because they inline linked a flash game. The game's developer set his .htaccess file to redirect the traffic from the Fuddruckers site to a page which bashed the Fuddruckers webmaster and opened numerous popups which contained graphic pictures of slaughter houses. Making matters worse for Fuddruckers was the fact that this all occurred during the Labor Day weekend, so the content wasn't removed for a few days.

Re:New twist on old stupidity (1)

ArsenneLupin (766289) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513483)

Making matters worse for Fuddruckers was the fact that this all occurred during the Labor Day weekend, so the content wasn't removed for a few days.
Hehe, like that infamous Dremel [trendpediawiki.com] mooning [slashdot.org] , which happened on a Halloween weekend, and thus was allowed to stay for much longer than Dremel's PR department would have wished...

Small correction: I am caucasian ;-)

You mean... (1)

taff^2 (188189) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513091)

He doesn't really support marriage between two passionate females? Well he's lost my vote!

How many friends? (5, Funny)

pev (2186) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513121)

Well he's currently got 2813 friends on myspace - If I'm not mistaken, with Diebolds help that should be just enough to take the next presidency!

~Pev

Re:How many friends? (1)

gbobeck (926553) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513183)

How dare you make such a false alligation such as that?

Everyone knows that it takes 2815 friends on myspace to win the next presidency via Diebold's help.

ABC News, Typical Mainstream Media Sensationalism (5, Insightful)

bdub1982 (1080561) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513149)

ABC News has an "interesting" http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2007/03/mc cains_myspace.html [abcnews.com] article about this that shows mainstream media's typical sensationalist hype of things and also shows most people's lack of knowledge and general disregard of technology.

I especially love how the opening line refers to this prank as "a new weapon in campaign digital media warfare", then the article goes on to use phrases such as "McCain didn't give him credit and Davidson sought retribution" and buzzwords like "The Internet battlefield".

I find Mr. Rasiej's comment that "This just goes to show that the Internet is an entirely new battlefield for many of these candidates and they are going to have to develop sophisticated new responses to deal with them" very interesting, since the "sophisticated new response" to this would have been to show some creativity, design your own image, and not leach someone else's bandwidth with an image that has nothing to do with your message. McCain's incompetent Web designer couldn't even be bothered to notice that the image in question said "No requests for design help please". I don't think I'll be asking McCain or any of his peoplefor design help, especially now!

The article also goes on to compare this incident with such things as a genuinely serious security flaw discovered in Rudy Giuliani's website and to Phil de Velis's Clinton/Obama mock political ad. And just to stir in a little more controversy, they had to add that de Velis "formerly lived with a current Obama staffer". Big deal!

Typical mainstream media sensationalistic BS hype! Hopefully nothing bad comes of this.

Re:ABC News, Typical Mainstream Media Sensationali (1)

BlueTrin (683373) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513187)

I find this very ironics that /.-ers are criticizing a website for increasing the traffic of another one after linking to it ..

Re:ABC News, Typical Mainstream Media Sensationali (1)

bdub1982 (1080561) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513297)

1. Linking to a site (hyperlinking) is different than feeding an image or other content from someone elses site and displaying it on yours (hotlinking).

2. I don't recall criticizing anyone for linking (either hyper or hot) to anything, simply posting feedback and commentary on another article relating to this story.

Re:ABC News, Typical Mainstream Media Sensationali (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18513331)

it was not aimed at you ... I think the poster was trying to be sarcastic ...

Re:ABC News, Typical Mainstream Media Sensationali (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513303)

The Internet battlefield also featured a recent proxy fight between the campaigns of presidential candidates Clinton and Obama.
So they're abusing open proxy servers too? Next they'll be hijacking each others IRC channels!

Step 2 (4, Funny)

Registered Coward v2 (447531) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513239)

Now, when the candidate appears at froums, people should ask if he still supports his earlier announced position in favor of hot women marrying.

That would be funny...

A common issue with MySpace - and you have to act (4, Interesting)

Random BedHead Ed (602081) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513281)

When others leech your bandwidth you have to do this sort of thing, unfortunately. Whether you choose a joke like this, or Goatse, or a simple warning is really up to you. It's your image, after all.

I have a lot of reasonably large JPEG images on my site (800x600), and a number of MySpace users started to incorporate them directly into their own sites without having the decency to host them themselves. This is funny, because my CC license would have allowed most of them to use the images without even asking me, and the only real problem was that these JPEGs used a lot of bandwidth because visitors to countless MySpace pages were downloading them constantly. I didn't realize any of this until my site went down due to a bandwidth quota, after which I set up a rule to hand out an alternative image. A dose of Goatse would have been completely justified (and some of my friends were pushing for it), but I decided to make a small, low-quality JPEG containing information about what bandwidth leeching is and why it's rude. (Some people [uga.edu] haven't noticed it yet, four months later.)

Re:A common issue with MySpace - and you have to a (1)

Technician (215283) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513401)

Thanks for the link.. Seeing your graphic is nice. Slashdotting their site is priceless.

Re:A common issue with MySpace - and you have to a (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18513469)

If you don't want your images embedded in other people's pages, why don't you just add alien referrer blocking to the .htaccess in your root folder?

Well.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18513361)

If it were me, it would've been tubgirl or goatse.

Ep... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18513373)

talsk. Research

Got a chance to gotse ... (1)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513449)

... and he fumbled it. Sad.

Appropriate response (1)

Adelle (851961) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513457)

for leeching bandwidth. As for the license violation, an appropriate response would have been to send a Cease and Desist letter to MySpace.

Passionate about image leachers (2, Interesting)

BillGatesLoveChild (1046184) | more than 7 years ago | (#18513507)

> Here is Davidson's account of the "immaculate hack".

That is an immaculate hack. However an even more immaculate hack is the fact we've just Slashdotted him! :-)
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