Gray Flannel Dwarf

8/9/2006

Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out (Lieberman Redux)

(with apologies to the many who have sung this terrific song).

I’ve taken an old classic, and put together a few new verses for it. Maybe someone more talented than I could record it.

Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out: 2006

Once I lived the life of a Sena-taire,
Spit on my voters, I just did not care.
Rebuked Bill Clinton, an unkind attack,
Voted for cloture and war in Iraq…

Then I began to fall so low,
Lost the primary, I did not have nowhere to go.
I get my hands on some respect again,
I’m gonna hang on to it with a goofy grin.

Chorus:

‘Cause no, no, nobody knows you
When you’re down and out.
In your corner, not one Demmy,
And as for friends, you don’t have any.

When you finally get back up all your senses again,
Everybody wants to be your old long-lost friend.
Said it’s mighty strange, without a doubt,
Nobody knows you when you’re down and out.

When you finally get back up all your senses again,
Everybody wants to be your good old long-lost friend.
Said it’s mighty strange,
Nobody knows you,
Nobody knows you,
Nobody knows you when you’re down and out.

Once I had the support of the DLC,
Now they’re all leaving, even Hillary.
John Edwards backs Ned, John Kerry does too,
And Evan Bayh, oh now what should I do?

Supporting Bush’s splendid melee
Def’nitely was the “kiss of death” for me.
I guess now that the only place to go
Is down to Fox News for my own network show…


Tags: , , , — cswiii @ 10:47 am

8/8/2006

Release a statement, MyHostCamp

MyHostCamp, it is time for you to cover your ass.At the time of this posting, if you go to Google news and search for lieberman hacked, you’ll see close to one hundred news stories perpetuating the Lieberman campaign’s story that their website was hacked. There are even two references on the front page:

* Democrat’s Senate campaign alleges (The Age)
* Lieberman campaign says Web site hacked (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

The Lieberman campaign is making thinly-veiled statements that the Lamont crowd is behind it — but in the end, but for a system to be hacked, there would have to be either:

* A failure of the Lieberman campaign to adequately implement security in their PHP web-scripting, or
* A failure on the part of MyHostCamp to implement adequate system security measures.

In both situations, the onus falls, either directly or indirectly, on the host… and it’s for this reason MyHostCamp needs to release a statement.

You see, in the webhosting business, you’ve got to assume the inherent insecurity of your web customers’ scripts. Very few websites go through design review processes and/or security analyses… and even when these things are done, problems still go wrong.

Its for these reasons that hosting companies implement security measures on what clients can and cannot do. They might use chroot jails to assure break-ins are limited to one website, for example. They may limit the execution of certain types of scripts known to allow for malicious mischief. These are just a few rough examples.

Likewise, from a system security perspective, they generally have fallover, redundancy in case something gets compromised or DoS’ed — and they have abilities to block or redirect heavy DoS attacks when they are detected.

Long story short, when the Lieberman campaign implies that their website got “hacked” — it is, more than anything, a direct affront on the security model of their host web provider. Such accusations are black eyes to service providers and can have very real ramifications if it is implied that their facilities cannot hold up or recover from such an attack.

It is for this reason that MyHostCamp needs to make a public statement as to the veracity and accuracy of Lieberman camp’s claims. They need to release a statement as to the reason the Lieberman page (and indeed their own system…?) is down. Is it excessive traffic? Is it a DoS? Is it a failure of the Lieberman camp to pay their fees?

Whatever the case, MyHostCamp needs full disclosure. To do otherwise puts them in the the position of appearing as an ineffective provider. Failing any refutations of the Lieberman campaign’s statements only opens the door to larger questions about MyHostCamp’s capacity.

From your own website:

Overview
myHOSTCAMP’s center of operations in the heart of San Diego, California. We pride ourselves as a quality web host provider offering a simple choice of 3 hosting packages. myHOSTCAMP is an organization premised on the fundamental aspects of simplicity, security, reliability, and stability — driving forces in our current and future success.

MyHostCamp: That Lieberman’s crew is making most likely unfounded accusations at Lamont supporters is one thing. That they are claiming their system got “hacked” at all is a whole different issue, and it reflect squarely on your ability to provide adequate services to hosted customers. It would behoove you to come out and state the reasons for the Joe2006.com downtime.


Tags: , , , , , — cswiii @ 5:15 pm

8/4/2006

I think I’ll go for a walk!

It may be too early to count one’s chickens before they are hatched, but after the recent news featuring some pretty bad polling numbers for Lieberman, and rumours that his attempts to get a GOTV ground campaign going are faltering — he’s unable to get enough people willing to go hit the streets — things are not looking good for the Senator from Connecticut.

There are still those out there who say Joe’s campaign is not dead yet. To them, I wish the best of luck. Nonetheless, such a statement inevitably made me think of Monty Python…

Joe Lieberman Monty Python Parody

(click for larger version)


Tags: , , , , , — cswiii @ 8:28 am