Perhaps it is a support group...
...for wannabe size zero models?
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 …
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
"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.
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. :)
"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).
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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