back to article El Reg blows chow down at Justretch.com

While checking out some exercise options in inner London, as you do, we stumbled across a class devoted to resistance stretching, and whatever on God's green earth that is, its website URL suggests you'd be well advised to have a bucket handy. Welcome indeed to Justretch.com or "just retch.com", as our auto-correct insists on …

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Perhaps it is a support group...

...for wannabe size zero models?

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Re: Perhaps it is a support group...

... well, yeah. That was kinda the whole point of the article.

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Journalism.

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Friday.

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So Friday is, and always has been, Middle English pun day?

This shit is shit. Raise your standards.

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Re: raise your standards

El Reg has raised its standard and the flag they're flying says 'IT with irreverent lulz' if you don't like the lulz bits just ignore them and stick to reading the dull stuff that'll get you a pat on the head from the boss at work. You do have a choice. If you've made the wrong one don't bitch about it.

At least this one has an IT angle so thankfully we won't have the comnents filled up with those complaints.

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"thankfully we won't have the comnents filled up with those complaints."

Too late, surely?

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Oh BasicChimp, it's not Punday it's Friday.

Middle English Pun Day does have a nice ring to it though.

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*sigh* these humourless Mary Whitehouse types

Getting their righteous rants in, bemoaning the very idea that all the highbrow tech talk should be polluted by things that might tickle other folks' funny bones.

'Must...click...link..looks...like...people...having...fun...must...stop...the...fun'

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In Middle English

It would be 'Punen Day'

While you're out getting a life, make sure it's one that has a sense of (juvenile) humour included.

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Pint

Bootnotes and Friday. Beer o'clock is coming. Get a grip.... it doesn't always have to be Apple/MS/5-eyes/Google/etc./ad infinitum/ad nauseam...

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That's sick yo.

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But powergenitalia.com, funny though it was, was a spoof

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/06/18/powergen_denies_ties_with_powergenitalia/

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Re: But powergenitalia.com, funny though it was, was a spoof

Actually, it was not. It was real.

As someone who was more or less living at a terminal prompt at the time, the first thing I did when I heard this (days before this went public) was pull a WHOIS of the domain name, and that DID say Powergen, with details matching the powergen.com domain.

It is possible that someone matched the WHOIS details (and in those days registrars were less retentive about domain ownership) but that felt like far too much work for a joke. Having worked at several large organisations I think I can picture pretty much what happened:

1 - some marketing/branding type comes up with this idea and gets it approved;

2 - it hits tech, someone starts to compile the list and eventually hits on this one;

3 - not being stupid, an email goes back, asking if it has to be executed exactly as described, listing a few sample names but very carefully omitting the Italian, er, job for reasons I really don't have to explain in this esteemed forum :). Naturally, irritated confirmation follows;

4 - rear end suitably covered, tech registers the domains including the Italian one, then gives friends a heads up (which is why it was known in tech circles days before it became public);

5 - eventually this leaks, board members hit the roof;

6 - sa(i)d marketing type gets torn a new one by the boss, with the instructions to make it go away;

7 - Egypt happens (denial). The press buys it. We don't, because we saw the facts well before they got buried but we've had our fun and we have other mischief to get on with, so we let it slide.

According to the WHOIS before it got public, this was real. It changed rather fast afterwards, though :)

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Were they all real?

Citation based on a non-lolz-email source?

I seem to remember www.molestationnursery.com in the same email.

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[citation needed]

Penisland.com was/is a prank.

A shufti with whois against whorepresents.com returns

Registrant Name: LEVERAGE COMMUNICATIONS

Registrant Organization: WHO REPRESENTS INC.

so that's likely to be real, and the joss song and whalesmoke whiff emanating from the registrant name makes me think they themselves are blissfully unaware of the alternate interpretation.

The others you can investigate the same way, and decide for yourself.

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Re: [citation needed]

Remember some of those names were from a decade ago, so a current whois is a little late.

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Re: [citation needed]

While in Akureyri(*) a few years ago I came(**) stumbled across a sex shop whose web site was pen.is.

* Iceland's second largest urban area, pop ~18,000.

** Quick rethink of verb.

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"Penisland.com was/is a prank."

Not originally. I actually was a shop that sold specialty pens, but they were losing quite a bit of money hosting the website when no one wanted to buy anything, so when a porn company came along, offering to buy the domain for a ridiculous sum of cash, they jumped on that as quickly as possible.

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"stumbled across a sex shop "

I take it that wasn't hard?

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Pretty funny

But it takes second place in the unintentionally-funny-URL stakes to WindowsPowersHell.org.

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expert sex-change, dot com

Revelation!

I used that site innocently for years and never noticed the glaring issue with its URL. Now that El Reg has kindly brought my attention to this matter, its SO FRIKKIN' OBVIOUS.

I feel a fool. Off to buy the beers.

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Re: expert sex-change, dot com

You and me both, d'oh!

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Re: expert sex-change, dot com

I used that site innocently for years and never noticed the glaring issue with its URL.

Don't worry. It's simply a sign you don't come here often enough (unintentional pun there), eventually spotting things like this will become second nature :)

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> You and me both, d'oh!

Yup, me too. Often comes up when I'm looking for solutions, is it the one that won't let you read the answer unless you're a member? Bit like stackoverflow but for people who like walled gardens?

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Re: expert sex-change, dot com

The things your mind misses when your focused... I never saw that. I tried using the site, but sadly it was back in the days of you've seen your free tech tip, now pay up.

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Re: expert sex-change, dot com

" you've seen your free tech tip, now pay up."

Except if you were smart enough to just look at the source... They eventually fixed that, but it was a pretty hilarious failure on their part. Maybe they were charging so they could hire a proper web developer.

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Re: expert sex-change, dot com

I visited a porn site like that several years ago.

I was browsing the free samples, contemplating a membership when I discovered that if you changed the picture number in the address bar it would take you to the desird picture.

Saved a few tens of dollars a month there l.

Took them almost a year to find the vulnerability. :)

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Re: expert sex-change, dot com

"if you changed the picture number in the address bar"

Yeah, the 17-year-old me loved that little trick. Then there was also logging into the 'members-only' sites by just going to http://www.<domainName>/index2.html or /members.html, depending on the template they used to build the site... Of course, back in the 90s, very few admins bothered to disable directory browsing, so you could freely poke about on the server to see what it would offer up (which is how I found index2 and all the other pages that were supposed to be secure).

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Re: expert sex-change, dot com

Ssssssh! Don't give away details of UK bank security. HSBC will hate you for it!

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picture caption

Rachel never did figure out the <ctrl><shift><up arrow> combo to undo the prank by her coworkers

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You're holding it wrong.

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Ju stretch - worse than waterboarding

Ju stretch - a medieval anti-Semitic torture regime?

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I always liked molestationnursery (which I believe was in mole station) and penismightier (than what kind of sword?).

Speed of art,or speedofart was a good one too.

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We're sure it isn't a variation on the <multinational>sucks.com protest site?

Shirley it's for people with 'motion sickness' after eating a Justeat delivery?

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its legit

Its a genuine business/site and not a spoof.

Despite the play on words.

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what about strategyinaction

At El Reg you should like this - a strategy company that may have missed out completely on the concept of marketing and branding.

I think what they meant to say was "Strategy In Action", but if you knew them you'd use the alternate reading of "Strategy Inaction". I even attempted to explain it to them and they didn't see it.

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"I think what they meant to say was "Strategy In Action", but if you knew them you'd use the alternate reading of "Strategy Inaction"

I once had a manager who had two in-trays on his desk

One labelled "In Action", one labelled "Inaction"

Knowing where to look for what was an art

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