Icefilms is Down Again But Not For Good

Icefilms.info down

It looks like the TV and video file distribution site Icefilms.info will be back up and running soon. Icefilms admin Russtonic issued the following statement via a the sites temporary forum that has been erected to keep users informed during the blackout:

Sorry for the bump in the road. But we will be back soon. We have all the Back-ups and just need a new home for our SuperServer

Service to the site was cut off on December 16th 2014 when the hosting service they were using abruptly shut down their VPS accounts. We know now that the hosting company gave in to pressure from BRIEN, the Dutch recording and video organization (something like the MPAA and RIA combined). There have been many scares like like this in the past but this time there was relatively little administrator feedback leaving some to believe the site may have been shut down permanently.

Although a timeline has not been communicated, administrators are looking to restore Icefilms.info from backups and it up and running in the little while.

RLSLOG.net, atdhenet.tv and torrenthound.com All Down After Hosting Raid

PRQ raid brings down rlslog torrenthound and others

Police raided the Swedish hosting company PRQ today bringing down dozens of file sharing and torrent sites including torrenthound.com, atdhenet.tv, RLSLOG.net, tankafetast.nu, linkomanija.net and hahasport.com. The hosting firm was started by two Piratebay co-founders and has been as a reliable “no questions asked” hosting service that has been raided by the police at least twice before in 2006 and 2010.

At this time, we don’t know exactly what they were looking for, only that it was a set of servers belonging to PRQ and as such, we don’t know if the affected websites will be back up. It seems pretty clear at this point the police were there on the grounds that PRQ was hosting sites with IP violations but which sites were targeted is not clear yet.

The Piratebay is also down at this time but the two incidences are unrelated as they moved their hosting from PRQ in 2006 after the first raid. Its down for technical reasons and should be back some time soon.

We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Use Your WordPress Site as a Pirate Bay Proxy

wordpress site to Proxy The recent SOPA/PIPA row has been making mass media headlines and bringing the censorship and copyright row to the main stream. Though SOPA/PIPA were temporarily defeated, there is no doubt that another iteration of these bills will resurface in the United States (as Maddox eloquently posits). Around the world, governments are imposing sanctions on ISP’s to block certain sites, the most frequently targeted are, of course, the pirate bay and wikileaks. Now, a group of evangelist WordPress developers from the Netherlands based Greenhost have built a plugin so that you can easily turn your blog into a proxy for these heretic sites, allowing internet users to bypass restrictions.

Enter RePress project

If you have a WordPress site that is autonomously hosted (ie it cannot be hosted on wordpress.com) then all you have to do is download the repress plugin found here, input some information about your server, input the site you want to act as a proxy for and away it goes. The site will now be available by default at http://yourblog/repost/thepiratebay.org but it can be configured to be available from a directory/URL of your choosing.

Don’t worry about going over your allotted bandwidth, the proxy will simply redirect traffic to the blocked sites with almost no expense to your host’s resources. For now the plugin is only available through the all4xs.net website but it should be available from the wordpress plugin database in the near future.

Will it Work?

The plugin was built mostly in response to the upcoming censoring of The Pirate Bay in the Netherlands. Technically it will work fine in getting around restrictions imposed by interventionist governments but they could always just block the site hosting the proxy or, in more extreme cases, persecute poeple for hosting the proxy in the first place. The more websites that do this the better as government groups don’t have the resources to scour the internet for all proxies, but just be careful if you’re in an area plagued with extremism that your site cannot be easily traced back to you.

9gag down | 9gag.com down by 4chan with DDoS attack December 21

The popular image posting website is going down sporadically tonight due to a 4chan led denial of service attack. The login, search registration and voting features are also failing on 9gag.com and no posts posts have been recorded since 17 hours ago. This was presumably to keep 4chan users from uploading obscene images and up-voting them to appear on the front page.

It appears that 4chan users, specifically residents of the /b/ section, are fed up with their content being re-published and shared on 9gag. The attack is also in retaliation to yesterday’s 9gag.com DDoS attack that brought down 4chan’s homepage. The image bellow, originally posted on 4chan.org, sums up their beef succinctly.

4chan ddos 9gag

Devout channers are using an open source DDoS application called Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC) as well as it’s successor High Orbit Ion Cannon (HOIC) and directed their packets towards 9gag’s domain and DNS servers. The call to arms was initiated on 4chan.org/b/ and instructions were issued on pastebin.

A few 9gag users posted this in response to the attack

9gag ddos by 4chan

Important Ip list | IP Adresses Incase SOPA passes

So SOPA is on the verge of being pushed through. One of it’s main features is that it allows copyright holders to request a black list of certain domains on a service provider’s DNS record. Websites will still be available through their ip adresses so in the event that any site is blocked you can either copy the associated ip into your browser url bar or edit your etc hosts file to point the blocked domain to it’s ip.

If you are an American Citizen please sign this electronic petition on whitehouse.gov to have the bill vetoed.

Social media

reddit.com 72.247.244.88
digg.com 64.191.203.30
imgur.com 173.231.140.219
hotmail.com 65.55.72.135
theonion.com 97.107.137.164
hush.com 65.39.178.43
gamespot.com 216.239.113.172
ign.com 69.10.25.46
cracked.com 98.124.248.77
sidereel.com 144.198.29.112
stackoverflow.com 64.34.119.12

Social networking

facebook.com 69.171.224.11
twitter.com 199.59.149.230
tumblr.com 174.121.194.34

Search engine / Link sites

google.com 74.125.157.99
yahoo.com 98.137.149.56
bing.com 65.55.175.254
torrentz.eu 46.19.137.189
torrentbutler.eu 209.44.99.122
filestube.com 149.13.65.52
watchseries.eu 85.9.47.34
tvlinks.com 208.223.219.206
1channel.ch 208.87.33.151
free-tv-video-online.me 89.187.142.52
tubeplus.me 93.114.46.163

Torrent sites

thepiratebay.org 194.71.107.15
mininova.com 80.94.76.5
btjunkie.com 93.158.65.211
demonoid.com 62.149.24.66
demonoid.me 62.149.24.67
tvtorrents.com 77.53.144.11

Live Streaming Content

stickam.com 67.201.54.151
blogtv.com 84.22.170.149
justin.tv 199.9.249.21
chatroulette.com 184.173.141.231
omegle.com 97.107.132.144
own3d.tv 208.94.146.80

Porn sites

redtube.com 209.222.138.10
spankwire.com 95.211.112.220
youporn.com 173.192.60.242
linkindexxx.com 146.82.201.229
xnxx.com 69.55.53.105
pornhub.com 146.82.204.113

Streaming sites

youtube.com 74.125.65.91
megavideo.com 174.140.154.32
gorillavid.com 178.17.165.74
videoweed.es 91.220.176.248
novamov.com 91.220.176.248
movshare.net 49.19.139.54
divxstage.eu 91.220.176.251
movpod.net 178.17.165.76
vidxden.com 184.164.144.110
videobb.com 173.199.123.19
vidbux 173.192.225.167
ovfile.com 173.249.145.57
videozer.com 173.199.127.184

Shopping

amazon.com 72.21.211.176
newegg.com 216.52.208.187
frys.com 209.31.22.39
ebay.com 66.211.160.88

Filehosts/cyberlockers

megaupload.com 174.140.154.20
mediafire.com 205.196.120.13
dropbox.com 199.47.217.179
fileshare.com 208.87.33.151
multiupload.com 95.211.149.7
uploading.com 195.191.207.40
warez-bb.org 31.7.57.13
hotfile.com 199.7.177.218
gamespy.com 69.10.25.46
warez.ag 178.162.238.136
putlocker.com 89.238.130.247
uploaded.to 95.211.143.200

Manga sites

batoto.net 208.89.221.24
Mangareader.net 62.75.183.27
Mangafox.com 173.192.36.120

Reference

wikipedia.com 208.80.152.201
anonymouse.org 193.200.150.137
wolframalpha.com 140.177.16.29
eyebleach.com 69.164.215.49
hackthissite.org 67.21.66.230
textbooknova.com 78.159.102.104
matrix.itasoftware.com 65.221.113.61

This list was transcribed from the boingboing/reddit google doc. If you have anything you would like to add, post it in the comments.

Find Actual Ranking in Google

Google’s search algorithm is one of the most complicated on the interent, factoring in a multitude of data about both the keyword you’re searching for as well as you the searcher. If you’re logged into your google account (gmail, youtube, ect.) then Google search will be able to read their own cookies to try to better personalize your search results. Even if you’re not signed into your Google account, Google search will still be able to gather search optimizing data from you based on what sites you’ve navigated to from Google in the recent past, your current location based on ip address, ect.

This is highly useful for an average web surfer looking to find the most relevant content. For webmasters who want to see how their website is ranking on a certain keyword, this can be a bit annoying as you will ussually observe a search engine position that is inflated compared to everyone else’s results.

To fix this, what we have to do is first turn off Google instant search by changing it in your settings if your logged into your google account (gear in the top right hand corner), otherwise there should be an option to the right of the search bar.

Next search for the term you want to check rankings on. After Google populates it’s results, append &pws=0 to the end of URL. So if your search for ACN scam in google the origional url will be (with some extra paremeters added)
google.com/search?q=apple
Now just append the &pws=0 to the end like so:
google.com/search?q=apple&pws=0
and submit the URL. This should populate un-personally filtered search results for any keyword! You can also use Google webmaster tools to find aggregate average position for your site in Google search results.

Worst Comments Ever

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Online comments that reference blogs, podcasts, Youtube, memes, etc. can reveal a lot about the content in question. They give insight to the quality of the content and, in some circumstances, act as a microcosm that represents a larger community or fan base.

After watching a video, listening to a podcast or reading a blog, it is refreshing to view comments that are more telling then the original content it insinuates. On the contrary, it’s frustrating when the highest voted comment is one of the of the comments below.

Comments that claim that modern day music, movies and/or culture are Dead

Annoying Comments
Annoying Youtube Comment

I’ll be the first one to admit that mainstream popular culture, collectively, might not be at its best state (this is a topic that would take a lot more than a quick blog entry to discuss). With this said, it can be frustrating when the top rated comments have a fetish for nostalgia. This is probably because most of the users who publish and vote for these comments are teenagers that are upset with modern mainstream popular culture (sometimes I don’t blame them), and instead of digging deeper to find the quality content, they trash ‘modernism’, and try to live in (and sometimes overvalue) the past. I did the same thing when I was a kid – they’ll grow out of it. Quality music, movies, opinions are out there, the only thing that has changed is that you probably wont find it on MTV or FOX – you have to look it.

Comments that add zero value

Most Annoying Comment
Really Annoying Comments
Most Annoying Comments on the Internet
Video is best between X and y

I think the foundation of most of these comments are to provide a “camaraderie” feeling – I’m part of…“team I hate Justin Beiber”, “the ACDC legion’, “Oasis is the best brit-pop band team”’. I suppose, through creating and voting for these comments, people feel included in “something” – a movement, school of thought, team…whatever.

I’ll leave you to stew in this comment…

Worst comment ever

I was actually thinking about ‘liking’ this comment until the author dropped this astute personal survey on us; “The Music Industry is becoming more about marketing and less about musical quality”… Bleh

Do you have a most hated comment? Post it here in the comments or email your picture to firstsearchblue@gmail.com and we’ll throw it up!

Quick Silver Screen Down – November 3 2011

November 3 2011

It looks like the popular quick silver screen (qss divx) site is down, giving a timeout error when accessed. The forum is a hotspot for the newest video links from 3rd party hosted services.

The downtime is most likely related in some way to the community’s discontent with the Quick Silver Screen administration. The origional administration, who had let site fall into a state of somewhat disrepair, sold the site to a new party who was looking to capitolize on the efforts of many upaid volunteers. The community was offended and started a new community at Daily Flix.

A few disgruntled contributors of the QSS divx community began to wreak hovoc on the boards, flooding it with multiple accounts that would post rude and outragious comments about the owners of the site, as well as threatning to “hack it.” It looks like they may have succeeded as Quick Silver Screen has been rendered un-connectable for two days.

Google Do a barrel roll

Seriously try it!
It’s probably one of the coolest Google search quirk/fringe to date.Click here to google it.

The effect pays homage to the Nintendo 64 Starfox game, from which a friendly character’s advice to Do a Barrel Roll has turned into a geek cult saying. When typed into the Google’s search bar, the site will spin around the center bottom of the browser screen. It doesn’t work on mobile or antiquated browsers right now, so heres what you missing if your using one of those:

Do a barrel roll

Enjoy Ultimate Television Experience on Internet TV

Internet TV is catching fast for its range of new-generation features and easy-to-watch tag. Its popularity is so widespread that watching TV online has become a part of modern day life. Thousands of channels, video on demand, any time TV watching, uncontrolled access across the board genres, easy to install, no monthly subscription, and worldwide access on Internet TV provide viewers a truly world-class service. You can connect to all networks, browse anything you want, and watch TV anywhere. And all these facilities come without any additional cost or hardware.

The popularity of Internet TV rests on the fact that it offers unlimited possibilities for online TV viewers. Watching TV online has not only proved successful, but also immensely beneficial for millions who look for uninterrupted entertainment. Viewers can connect to major network websites directly and watch popular programs, including live streaming. Unlike regular cable TV, there is no restriction on what viewers should watch or not. You can pick up or order any video irrespective of language, channels, and geographical distribution and enjoy while sitting in any corner of the world.

Viewers watching TV online can enjoy unrestricted freedom and experience incredible technology. The Internet repository is growing and new content is being added everyday by people, channels, and broadcasters from various places in the world. The advent of Internet TV has made it possible to watch these videos according to viewers’ choice and taste. There is no restriction on the content, as viewers have unlimited access. The regular TV experience is limited to big production houses, sponsored programs, censored documentaries, and restricted programs. However, Internet TV is the platform where you can watch programs by both large and unknown producers, independent documents, uncensored videos, and unlimited movies.

Internet TV experience is ultimate and distinct. First, you can fix your own schedule. Viewers can log in and watch television programs at any time. It is not the television schedule that decides their timing, but they decide when and what to watch. Whether you are in office or at home, you are not restricted by channel time frames or program schedule limitations. You can download and watch any program according to your own convenience. Second, viewers face hardly any commercial interruptions while watching TV online. There are just few seconds of commercial breaks at the beginning and end of the programs.

The mobile nature of Internet TV offers an altogether new experience. This significant advantage puts it far above the regular cable and satellite TV. With the advent of 3G and mobile broadband services in most parts of the world, anyone carrying a compatible cellphone, iPhone, or laptop can watch TV online while traveling or working in the office. The new technological improvements have led to the development of latest gadgets or dongles for Wi-Fi broadband services and mobile TV software. You can use these devices and enjoy truly mobile TV on your laptop or cell phone.

Internet TV has become an essential part of modern lifestyle because of its unrestricted access. One does not need to be a technical expert to watch TV on computer. The installation can be completed within a minute and no extra equipment or retrofit is required. You can also beam the TV programs on multiple computers by networking them with one another. Uninterrupted entertainment, portability, and mobility along with better picture and sound quality make watching TV online the best possible experience.

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