February 20, 2012

Site recovery and notes

So. We rebuilt the site.  We had no choice.  The hackers had buried themselves deep inside the old one like bacon bits in Michael Moore’s colon.

A few announcements to that end, then: the archives are still coming in piecemeal, and we’re still sorting out the authors.  Also, the Pub is going to be down for a little longer. Also also, you all need to re-sign-up in order to comment — and those of you who had authorship accounts need to send me  the email addresses you’d like associated with your user info so that I can give you the proper permissions.  Also also also, you’re all of you probably going to want to set new passwords, etc., just to be on the safe side.  No telling what the hackers did while we were busy trying to root them out.

Oh.  And of course, also also also also, though Obama is a Marxist nightmare, Mitt Romney doesn’t seem to care:  the real enemies who need them some Northeastern pimphand are those opposing his rightful coronation, and if Mitt doesn’t get to be President, no Republican will — even if it costs him hundreds of millions of dollars in ad revenue and the complete devolution of the GOP as a viable party, starting with many erstwhile conservatives who were taken in off the mean streets of rightwing new media and turned out by the establishment as painted up squish whores with modest conference stipends.

But that’s merely an aside.

Anyway, the upshot is, things might look a little different here and there with the site; if you start having problems, email me and I’ll see what I can do about fixing them.  But I make no immediate promises.  Because I’m tired and sick.  I’ll leave this post up top for a bit, too, so that people know what all happened.

Now. I need to sleep.   And perchance to dream.  Of tits, hopefully.  But I’ll take, like, whatever at this point.

Posted by Jeff G. @ 11:30pm
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Comments (124)

  1. I kinda like the new font.

  2. It’s crisp. That’s what it is.

  3. I like the blockquote formatting.

  4. Let’s try a few things.

    USDOT issues new guidelines on “distracted driving”.

    While the “voluntary” guidelines issued this week are directed at manufacturers, it’s obvious that NHTSA/DOT has greater plans for their involvement in your driving. The current guidelines are only the first phase of the process.

    The guidelines will be developed in three phases. The first phase will explore visual-manual interfaces of devices installed in vehicles. The second phase will include portable and aftermarket devices. The third phase will expand the guidelines to include auditory-vocal interfaces.

    So despite Sec. LaHood’s earlier remarks about not wanting to ban hands-free cellphones, that’s undoubtedly being considered, as is regulation of other voice-operated and vocal recognition technologies.

  5. First two comments ever?

    Spam.

    Yay!

  6. That’s probably a good omen, right?

  7. The place looks different. Change scares me.

  8. body {
    font-family:georgia, ‘times new roman';
    color: #4C4C4C;
    background-color:#fff;
    }

    If you’ve got Georgia installed, you get that; otherwise, Times New Roman.

    Text not quite black: RGB 76 76 76

    #showingOFFconsiderableHTMLfu

  9. Glenn Beck’s WaPo editorial on “Why We Are All Catholics Now” gets the kind of comments you’d expect, but still makes you despair for the Republic.

    (BTW, Glenn was Catholic before converting to Mormonism.)

  10. Neat. You know that annoying toolbar at the bottom of the screen? You can disable it in your profile. Or keep it if you like it. Pretty cool.

  11. Howdy! I like the new look.

  12. Lot of hacking going on. My site got hit over the weekend.

  13. Ha ha ha. That’s pretty funny. Bacon bits. Ha ha ha. Colon. You know, I just saw a picture of that guy and I thought, “Wow. He’s let himself go, innit.” Frightening. Skin problems. The way Kenneth McMillan depicted Vladimir Harkonnen. I was simultaneously repulsed and maliciously cheered.

  14. Now. I need to sleep. And perchance to dream. Of tits, hopefully. But I’ll take, like, whatever at this point.

    Not Michael Moore’s, I hope. For your sake.

  15. Ahhhh! Fresh linens, and the smell of Clorox and Pine Sol. I just love it after a nice spring cleaning! )

  16. Mmmm! Minty fresh!

    Meanwhile, Climate hysteric fights fire with forgery and theft:
    Statement by The Heartland Institute on Gleick Confession

  17. Hey, did they get into the liquor cabinet? Did they get the pie?

  18. Present, sir.
    Smells like……………………………..Ewwww! Armadillo farts.

  19. The OccuTards are again attacking anything that’s supporting our native economic system, capitalism; this time, targeting ALEC. The fact that such attacks support Democrats and other dirty socialists and far-Left-leaning groups never occurs to them, I’m sure of it.

  20. I still liked the Turing words, and curmudgeonly request that you stay off my lawn. (Wow, a new tone even for me.)

  21. It looks too clean, too shiny. Needs a few hours of armadillo rumpus to give it back that “lived-in” look.

  22. We got a new clubhouse! It’s like moving out of the parents house. I love it.

    Dicentra, Glenn must read here. I said “We are all Catholics now” at least a week ago. I call plagarism.

  23. No more “double tap” to login and comment, like it was before all the troubles. Nice.

  24. From McGehee via twitter as it fits into this thread.

  25. Looks great on my shiny new totally unhip but awesome windows phone.

  26. LMC, what did you get? I’m pining to be Android free without plugging into the iBorg.

  27. So much white space, seems kind of, you know…

  28. [thunk thunk] Is this blog on? [squelch]

  29. And of course, … though Obama is a Marxist nightmare, Mitt Romney doesn’t seem to care: the real enemies who need them some Northeastern pimphand are those opposing his rightful coronation, and if Mitt doesn’t get to be President, no Republican will — even if it costs him hundreds of millions of dollars in ad revenue and the complete devolution of the GOP as a viable party, starting with many erstwhile conservatives who were taken in off the mean streets of rightwing new media and turned out by the establishment as painted up squish whores with modest conference stipends.

    Yeah, What’s up with that anyways?

  30. Rush spent about an hour yesterday talking about this article from Saturday’s WSJ.
    The premise is that Republicans win when they run towards social issues and lose when they run away from them.

    Yeah, it’s more SocCon shit stirring on my part.

    But, like Tommy Crown likes to say when he blows $50k on a goddamn golf swing,

    “what else is there to do?”

  31. Woo hoo… now the dts can subside.

    It’s insane how hooked on Outlaw! you can get.

    My latest photos were starting to look like Gene Wilder after a bender in the chocolate room.

    BTW the new font size and style are a blessing for these crazed old eyes.

  32. “what else is there to do?”

    Double or nothing next hole?

  33. I kinda miss the zombie alert.

  34. Me likey new format.

  35. Can we get the technical details of the hack? I’m thinking in terms of “an ounce of prevention” for other WP users.

  36. Meh.

    PS: Are we really having a big to-do over abortion/contraception, morality and religious freedom?? Could it possibly be a diversion from the real issue, namely “I’m goin’ fuckin’ BROKE here!”

    I need a Bull Moose party.

  37. PS: Are we really having a big to-do over abortion/contraception, morality and religious freedom?? Could it possibly be a diversion from the real issue, namely “I’m goin’ fuckin’ BROKE here!”

    No. More like individual freedom and the fundamental relationship between the individual and the state, which many would note a battle over which is the raison d’etre of our very founding as a nation.

    So maybe being broke is the distraction. If you think of it that way.

  38. Can we get the technical details of the hack? I’m thinking in terms of “an ounce of prevention” for other WP users.

    I don’t really know them. We were overrun.

  39. So maybe being broke is the distraction. If you think of it that way.

    Never let a good (economic) crisis go to waste, as FDR might have said, if anyone would have dared quote him on it.

  40. I’m not sure technical details of something like that would be something I’d want discussed in public if I had a WordPress site. I’d want to know, but I wouldn’t want it to be front-page news.

  41. If we are having a big to-do it’s because, to borrow from George Carlin, Obama needs to keep the bitches obedient.

  42. Heh.

    Bastiat might have suggested that there are two kinds of “to-do’s” possible, those which are seen and those which are unseen. Barry had better hope he doesn’t get caught by one of the latter sort. Me, I’m counting on that.

  43. I have to say that everyone looks just a little bit scarier with the clean separation.

  44. You’re daughter’s bathtub hair looks fab, mv.

  45. So maybe being broke is the distraction. If you think of it that way.

    It’s almost as if they planned it. Never let a crisis go to waste, as Rahm says…

  46. testing . . . Damn, I lost my chicken.

  47. I, for one, motionview, regret that my inane comments that wander off into the wild will no longer have other comments to hide amongst.

  48. Pablo,

    It’s an HTC Trophy. I spent a week with an iphone before trading it in. For work, this thing is the bomb. Full MS Office, Outlook, and I don’t have to grow that itchy soul patch.

    Oh yeah… xbox live.

  49. Is everyone else getting the no. 1 beside each comment?

  50. The posts are not numbered at all, that I can see.

  51. She can go Wolverine at the drop of a hat leigh, don’t mess with her. First time I gave her the “Unfunded Liabilities” bill she and her generation will be indentured to pay off, she nearly took my head off.

  52. First time I gave her the “Unfunded Liabilities” bill she and her generation will be indentured to pay off, she nearly took my head off.

    Like that’s *your* fault, MV. You gotta figure out how to aim her at Barney Frank…

  53. Barney’s retiring. I think I’d just aim her at congress in general.

  54. Hi. I wondered what happened to you last night when I went looking. Take me a little bit to get used to the new look, but it’s OK.

    Granted we don’t know who hacked you, but what about the why, unless it’s just the John Clark line “someone who doesn’t like us a whole lot”.

    Anyway, welcome back.

  55. Russ–Wordpress has a ton of exploitable issues. Other web management tools such as webdav do too. Depending on what the back-end database is and how well inputs are sanitized, it can also create hacking opportunities.

    If you’re live on the internet, everything needs to be kept fastidiously up to date, unnecessary ports and services disabled or blocked, and all inputs sanitized, or you’re open to getting successfully attacked.

  56. I wouldn’t give him a pass just because of that, Leigh.

  57. Oh, me either, Jim. After she gets done with the sitting congress, it’s on to the retirees!

  58. Just testing the mobile device. It’s identical to regular web interface, which is fine.

    Jeff, you twittered a link to a post written back in ’10. Good times; Sarah Palin still mattered.

  59. One cosmetic request, if I may?

    There’s no space between the left column and the center column. 10 px ought to do it.

  60. Oh goodie.
    Toys.

    I regret that there be but one meme to mention …and that it withstands not the tilde tides of tenacious tinfoil tenderness that triumph o’er turmudgeonly termagants

    I loves me some toys.
    Are there paragraphs toys?

    Well, yes. Differentiation apparently resolves upon resolution of regnant reigning rules.

  61. “…like bacon bits in Michael Moore’s colon.”

    Good god, quite the nauseous and disgusting image right there….

  62. “Darn Hackers!” *shakes fist*

    I like the new look as well. Then again, it might just be a case of “Hey! Somebody re-arranged the furniture!”

    I look forward to many more years of awesome.

  63. OWS at work, no doubt!

  64. ….aaaaaaaaaand test.

    Suspecting that someone finds Jeff’s ideas to be a threat.

  65. Suspecting that someone finds Jeff’s ideas to be a threat.

    His ideas, and the effectiveness with which he espouses them. Readers then carry them throughout the blogosphere (heh) and sow the seeds far and wide.

    If it were only us kommentariati doing the work, Jeff could continue to be a threat with a mailing list — but I suspect we are outnumbered and outperformed by a host of lurkers.

    We need a declared PW national holiday to honor the lurkers.

  66. Lurkers of the world, unite!

  67. “And perchance to dream. Of tits, hopefully.”

    The new site layout has obviously throw sdferr off his game;)

  68. Spleef.

  69. So is the lack of numbers some kind of protest thing?

    I feel like a number!

  70. Boobies? Or tits?

  71. So now all we need is for Silver Whistle to stop by and remind us that things are still the same;-).

  72. Egg # two is in the nest, mama sits asleep, head under wing, Danger.

  73. Awesome eagle stuff!

    I watched a little of it the other night and thought for sure the camera’s cover was blown and the show was gonna end.

  74. Here’s a general page with accesses to cameras all over the joint Danger. World-wide, even.

  75. Thanks,
    Bookmarked

    One more:
    G’night moves

  76. Another cosmetic request?

    When using blockquote in the comments, the style won’t put spaces between paragraphs, thus:

    word

    word

    word

    I put two hard returns after each of those words, but nada. I’ve also tried P tags and BR tags to no avail.

  77. Jeff, you were right. It went to the Spam filter. Welcome back.

  78. Speaking of hacks. Anonymous takes on the government of Greece.

  79. Spam on aisle 83.

  80. “But you can’t win. Gingrich is a hypocrite, an eccentric, a woozy futurist; he is lacking in wit, given to schematic political constellations . Why, he even makes you-know-who look good! Newt cannot wear the white hat of Ronald Reagan. ‘He wears his black hat proudly and squints, looking back to the future.’”

    B. Buckley

    TITLE : Nuking Newt
    SOURCE: National Review v46 D 31 ’94

  81. “Now that kind of rhetoric betrays true fear, and one wonders what are the grounds for this fear . That under Newt, Americans will be permitted to starve? That isn’t really, very likely, but under pre-Newt, Americans are very widely permitted to be killed, mugged, raped, casually impregnated, exposed day and night to the sepsis of modern culture, rendered illiterate by indulgent inattention . . . Dear Newt is not going to change all of that; the prophet Jonah would not succeed against Nineveh . But what we are learning is that those nice people at the opinion stands of American liberalism just don’t like Old Testament sounds . Scary.”

    B. Buckley

    TITLE : Nuking Newt
    SOURCE: National Review v46 D 31 ’94

  82. Testing, one, two, five… (“Three, sir!”)

    OpenDNS had been giving me a notice that PW had been blocked as a phishing site; glad to see you back again.

  83. So is the lack of numbers some kind of protest thing?

    I feel like a number!

    Yes, I definitely miss the numbered comments. Numbers make it much easier to bookmark a thread.

  84. My frickin’ chicken had gone missin’. But the Glorious Cock(TM) has returned!

  85. Shoot, where are the HTML hints now? dicentra, you got any html-fu you can send my way?

  86. Test for rss feed.

  87. “html-fu”

    Use Firefox install this add-on,

    Text formatting toolbar.

    Set it for HTML in its drop down menu.

  88. I humbly request a debate open thread and — for fun — request that all other requests are denied.

  89. If the toolbar in geoffb’s link won’t install, try version 0.1.4.10 here instead.

  90. OT: this is worth a look just for the Mara Liasson faces. I got a buck that says one of those are also her O-face.

    (Yes, it’s the frowny one.)

  91. Ahhh, very good. Thanks, McG, I have the toolbar back. Yay!

  92. bh, here’s another thing about that.

  93. I like the new look; nice feng shui. Looks a little hinky on an iPad though. Columns jammed on the left.

  94. I have the 0.1.4.10 one installed is there a problem with the.12 one?

  95. Will Rick Santorum look Presidential? Erin Burnett, CNN (?)

    What percentage of regular CNN viewers will turn off for the Republicans? What % will they know what the smudge is on Santorum’s forehead?

  96. Will the Left be able to resist disparaging religious snark? No, that is what someone like Maher or Louis C.K. would redefine to be edgy, Politically Incorrect wit, when it is fact going to be part of a determined ridicule attack.

  97. Ari Fleischer says we can go to a brokered convention; Carville helpfully pitches in on how to get Chris Christie in in time.

  98. Carville – it’s Romney. We’ve been teeing him up for three years you bastards, get that Conservative out of here.

  99. During Tuesday’s edition of MSNBC’s NewsNation, host Tamron Hall had to admit her audience clearly doesn’t pay attention to basic political facts. While covering a Rick Santorum speech at a Tea Party event in Arizona Hall said the following: “I don’t know if this is a joke or not but some people, many people have Tweeted asking why does he have ash on his forehead? Asking if he’s Catholic. Yes.”

    Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/jeffrey-meyer/2012/02/22/tamron-hall-corrects-her-own-viewers-ignorance#ixzz1nA6pOncN

  100. Hi I’m Johnny Mountian with the accucast weather seven chopper radar – oh wait that’s wolfie.

  101. First question prediction- Why do you want the pope to ultrasound-rape women and take away their birth control?

  102. If not previously mentioned, the formatting is a bit off in Chrome. The left sidebar bleeds into the body. Also +1 for the numbers.

  103. Geoffb, at some point I think the post-.10 versions stopped working properly with newer versions of Firefox. I know that I had to remove one of the higher-numbered versions and install .10 to get them to work with Firefox 8 or 9.

  104. Thank you McGehee. I didn’t know that.

  105. iron 308,

    The same in Firefox. Good sized space between center frame and right one and none between the center and the left.

    All these are simply small nits which will be ironed out in time I suppose. The look is great and if this has improved the security then big GREAT!

  106. Only took me an hour to remember what my gravatar login was to relink a pic. Yikes.

  107. Could you tell me how? I’m lost.

  108. Never mind. Got it.

  109. So, any indication re motive for hack? General, spam, political? And where the heck is happyfeet?

  110. Red,

    I believe Happyfeet went on sabatical.

  111. I cannot seem to get my Gravatar to show up….@#$&!

  112. Nice new look. Needs more cowbell but doesn’t everything?

  113. Forced sabbatical or voluntary walkabout?

  114. Dicentra.

    It appeared to be voluntary. His last response to Jeff was “bye”.

  115. It appeared to be voluntary. His last response to Jeff was “bye”.

    Hopefully ‘feets will meet the ng of his dreams, marry and settle down.

    Wait…wron g.

  116. Huh. Missed the thread.

    Musta been getting his butt kicked again.

  117. Jeff,

    A few suggestions for WordPress plug-ins:

    Akismet (I assume you are running it)
    All in One SEO Pack (works very well)
    Google XML Sitemaps (This does too)
    Spam Free WordPress (stops spam cold…)

    and if you want…:

    Disqus Comment System – I used wordpress’s in-house for years. I switched. You can make it as open or closed as you want. totally configurable.

    Just some pointers.

    -Pat

  118. Another one, that I forgot about:

    WP Security Scan (will prevent this from happening again, hopefully.)

  119. Something else I discovered, you know that random quote thing, up in on the left top.

    It’s URLS to various sites look like this:

    http://proteinwisdom.com/\http://tonecluster.com/\

    Something is horribly borked.

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