Pattern Recognition in Physics (or, if you prefer, Pattern Recognition in Physics) appears to have finally shuffled off this mortal coil; h/t DM. As late as January 2016 its arid mummified cadaver was propped up at http://www.pattern-recognition-in-physics.com/. But it would appear that either the vast expense of maintaining a domain, or perhaps the sheer embarrassment of the grinning corpse staring back as a reminder of their own mortality has caused whoever owns the thing to pull the plug. Or perhaps it was so unloved that they just forgot to renew the domain. Here’s an archive.is of it showing up as a network error. Or perhaps the nutters can only sustain one enthusiasm at a time?
Domain Name: pattern-recognition-in-physics.com Registry Domain ID: 1844470430_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.ovh.com Registrar URL: http://www.ovh.com Updated Date: 2016-01-28T08:49:58.0Z Creation Date: 2014-01-27T19:30:11.0Z Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2017-01-27T19:30:11.0Z Registrar: OVH, SAS Registrar IANA ID: 433 Registrar Abuse Contact Email: email@example.com Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +33.899498765 Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited Domain Status: clientHold https://icann.org/epp#clientHold Domain Status: clientDeleteProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientDeleteProhibited Registry Registrant ID: Registrant Name: Ouadfeul Sidali Registrant Organization: Registrant Street: pattern-recognition-in-physics.com, office #6707412, c/o OwO, BP80157 Registrant City: 59053 Registrant State/Province: Registrant Postal Code: Roubaix Cedex 1 Registrant Country: FR Registrant Phone: +33.899498765 Registrant Phone Ext: Registrant Fax: Registrant Fax Ext: Registrant Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Registry Admin ID: Admin Name: OIS DZSecurity Admin Organization: DZSecurity Admin Street: RÃ©sidence Yasmine Beni Mered Admin City: Blida Admin State/Province: Admin Postal Code: 09000 Admin Country: DZ Admin Phone: +213.553364247 Admin Phone Ext: Admin Fax: Admin Fax Ext: Admin Email: email@example.com Registry Tech ID: Tech Name: OIS DZSecurity Tech Organization: DZSecurity Tech Street: RÃ©sidence Yasmine Beni Mered Tech City: Blida Tech State/Province: Tech Postal Code: 09000 Tech Country: DZ Tech Phone: +213.553364247 Tech Phone Ext: Tech Fax: Tech Fax Ext: Tech Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Name Server: dns2-r.dzsecurity.net Name Server: hosting4.dzsecurity.net
The status – clientHold – is an odd one, it says: This status code tells your domain’s registry to not activate your domain in the DNS and as a consequence, it will not resolve. It is an uncommon status that is usually enacted during legal disputes, non-payment, or when your domain is subject to deletion. So, likely they just can’t be bothered to pay the bill. If any of my readers are better at reading whois info than me, please comment with any further gleanings.
Update: well I say “funeral” but of course the Dear Departed didn’t have a proper funeral; perhaps this is it.