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The SEO Spammers Behind Online Infographics

Cheech Wizard Re:Golly - The internets are a' changin'! (55 comments)

You have aged (as we all are). I ran a BBS on phone lines in the 1980's up until 1990 when my work over took my hobby. It was fun. It was somewhat personal. It was a great hobby!

You have to accept a certain amount of "change". I pine for the "good old days" when I was in my 20's and 30's and had a dick as hard as a rock (and the gals always "approved" of the size {length *and* width}). In fact, my current GF of almost 8 years now is a gal whose husband died. She and I screwed around so many years ago. When her husband died she got in touch with me and I was unattached and she fucked me the first night she "stopped over to say hi". A couple years later she admitted she liked fucking me so much years ago that if only to "satisfy her desires" she made sure I fucked her that night. We've been "fuck buddies" for almost 8 years now. She stays here from Friday evening to Sunday morning every week, and she still comments on how "big" I am. I know she's lying (it was back then, but it isn't these days - And I refuse to take "boner" pills). But those days are long gone. I'm 62, over weight, and understand I can't pick up late teens and early 20's gals in bars any more, if only because I'm not "rich" which significantly changes things... Life is a bitch. The internet is no different, except it's happening faster and faster every year.

As to politics - Yeah. It has always been bad but these days - Well, I just keep out of expressing political views for the most part. I'm getting too old to care.

As to Salon, I gave it up years ago although I generally stop by every month or so as is the case with many web sites I used to visit regularly (You should see my bookmarks - Many go back to the mid and late 1990's). I look at politics this way - There days it's theatrics and greed to the max. It always has been to some extent, but the internet has definitely changed things for the worse *and* for the better, just as cell phones with video and cameras have. . I'm old enough to know one can not win political or religious discussions so I stay out of them. On the other hand, I don't give a rats ass if I do post something and I'm ripped up. That's the way open public forums are.

Now if you want to want to read about science and tech stories, the internet is one hell of a lot bigger than it was even 5 years ago. Search and ye shall find. From Scientific American to PBS - From the TED talks to Ars. There is so much online these days that it's hard not to be able to find sites that fit your expectations.

I don't mind what I see as the eventual demise of /. - And I can say the same about some other sites. It's simply move on. No one can stop what is essentially the evolution of the internet. Just as the Gutenberg press totally fucked the dark ages, and how Faux news changed real, unbiased new programs (Cronkite, Murrow, et al) to "Infotainment", the internet is an information distribution system which has changed the world so dramatically that many things will never be the same.

As a last thought - Now and again there are some excellent discussions here on /. Yes, it's harder to weed out the crap from the good stuff, but it's there. You just have to work harder to weed out the crap. Allowing anonymous posts doesn't help things. If I owned /. the first thing I would do would be to eliminate anonymous posts. If a person can't "own up" to what they post they shouldn't be allowed to post.

about a year and a half ago
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The SEO Spammers Behind Online Infographics

Cheech Wizard Golly - The internets are a' changin'! (55 comments)

The whole internet is changing (for the worse in my opinion). Even Google - Once an excellent Search Engine, now not so much. Even places like Webmasterworld aren't what they used to be. Facebook idiots and corporations are taking over. Get used to it. As to politics, yeah - The "interwebs" have changed that, too. Remember it wasn't so many years ago home computers were not particularly common so discussions on boards like /. were more "professional" (for lack of a better word off hand). These days every idiot has at least one computer. I run forums and these days even a lot of old timers who stayed around and monitored, and participated in, the forums are spending much of their time on Facebook or LinkedIn or Google+ rather than hanging around the forums. Slashdot is still one of my "daily check-in" sites. Admittedly these days I usually just scan the headlines, but now and again I drop into a thread (like this one) and read it or some of it. As to commenting in threads, I'm not typically into it posting and never have been even though I keep some forums online. --> My 2 cents

about a year and a half ago
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A US Apple Factory May Be Robot City

Cheech Wizard Re:Automation and Unemployment (602 comments)

As processes become more automated, the things we want become cheaper because the cost of labor is the dominant cost in almost every business. This means people have more spare money available, and it will be spent on things that before would have been considered too wasteful. This creates new industries and new jobs.

Totally wrong. You *assume* that because it becomes cheaper to manufacture something a company is going to lower its selling price. That is basic business school rhetoric that doesn't reflect reality. I used to manufacture a low volume product as a side business. I found that I could automate and reduce expenses 70% (this was in the late 1990's). I didn't reduce my price to consumers. I increased prices 15% within a year because my product was better made (in part no human errors in build), was more reliable (lower returns and warranty costs), and in part I found many people buy on price (higher price means better). Unit sales went down less than 10%. It did help me retire in 2003 at the age of 53. I do not deny that in *some* fields prices may come down, but almost all price reductions are due to competition, to some degree volume, and to some degree obsolescence.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Way To Add Forums To a Website?

Cheech Wizard Re:vBulletin (259 comments)

In my case, when Jelsoft allowed "Owned" licenses and a "Brand Free" license some years back, I paid for them and I can't say I'm even looking to upgrade in the near future. My forums are so highly modified that it will be a while before I *have* to move on.

I haven't tried 4 or 5 but I have read enough about them to know not to waste money on them. I can't say I felt screwed when they changed their licensing changes - Nothing is forever and as with all software, when a major revision comes out I pay for an upgrade or, if they don't give update discounts, I just buy it and get on with life.

This is a case of where there were a few very talented people who turned out very good software, charged for and licensed in a way I thought was fair, but was bought out by a big company which killed it which is the norm - Big company buys small, but innovative company and destroys it through greed and incompetence. vBulletin today stands only on its reputation from years ago.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Way To Add Forums To a Website?

Cheech Wizard Re:vBulletin (259 comments)

I would suggest that you really think about vBulletin and read about the history. It was great when Jelsoft owned it, but it was bought out by Internet Brands and is now a mess. The last "good" version was 3.8.7. Version 4 was a disaster. Version 5 is being sold and is in beta but it really sucks. vBulletin is no longer a "best choice". It was some years ago but these days it isn't. I've been running vBulletin forums since 2001 but stopped "upgrading" at 3.8.7. To make it worse, the Internet Brands people have terrible technical support and - Well, vBulletin used to be the "gold standard". Today, not by a long shot.

about 2 years ago
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France Applies Tax Pressure To Google For Republishing News Snippets

Cheech Wizard Re:Banned from Google? (350 comments)

Brand recognition among other things.

about 2 years ago
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Why Are We So Rude Online?

Cheech Wizard So - "No Shit Sherlock" (341 comments)

Ah! Rudeness due to Lack of Accountability. "And your point is? And this is important why?"

I guess I've been around so long I have seen the differences in the interactions of people whether face to face, whether an audience is present, whether on the telephone (especially back before cell phones), whether on CB radio, whether on "ham" radio, whether by telegram, whether by the old BBS system, whether by internet forums and - Well, I did read the article and it was all stuff that was neither surprising or new or unexpected to me. So - When I see someone write up some Captain Obvious article like this one, to me it's a "No Shit Sherlock" moment. When it gets down to stuff like "...Another study found that people who browsed Facebook for five minutes and had strong network ties were more likely to choose a chocolate-chip cookie than a granola bar as a snack...." I say "And your point is? And this is important why?" This is nothing more than an article about some over priced "studies". I just love the title: "Why We Are So Rude Online". The same stuff was going on in the old POTS line BBS's. Online rudeness isn't new, and the reasons for it are, I'm sorry to say, pretty obvious without expensive studies.

I'm betting it started with the telephone so many years ago ("multiple personalities": face to face vs. via an intermediate such as a telephone), it's just that we were a small group of "nerds" in the 1980's BBS days whereas today you have Facebook which is full of millions of people (that's one big herd, pardner!).

But then again, now that I think about it, it probably goes back to when humans developed speech. It was one things to speak to someone face to face (accountability), but to yell down the hill "Hey, asshat" was much safer if they wanted to insult someone (less accountability unless the guy down the hill is faster than you).

Anyway, I thought article was useless. My opinion. Basic stuff I learned in psychology classes in college many, many moons ago. As always, YMMV As far as I'm concerned, the WSJ had some space to fill with some stupid "Oh My!" fluff.

about 2 years ago
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Why Are We So Rude Online?

Cheech Wizard Re:No Shit Sherlock (341 comments)

Can't edit, so.... Actually, the more I think about it this was true in the BBS days, so I correct myself having been involved "way back when" - Not 15 years late - More like 30 years. Wow! And an MIT professor just figured this out!

about 2 years ago
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Why Are We So Rude Online?

Cheech Wizard No Shit Sherlock (341 comments)

Leave it to the WSJ to be 15+ years behind the times in figuring this out.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hacking Urban Noise?

Cheech Wizard Re:are the windows.. (474 comments)

Gas filled triple panes made a *very* big difference for me. Several friends of mine did their windows and say the same thing. The difference is night and day. No doubt about it.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hacking Urban Noise?

Cheech Wizard Re:are the windows.. (474 comments)

I did the same about 5 years ago. Triple pane, xenon(?) gas filled, with UV glass on the outside pane. Luckily I live on a relatively quiet road so noise isn't much of a problem to begin with, but times like now when the temperature is about 70F and I have all the doors and windows open reminds me of how it was before. With doors and windows closed I can rarely hear any outside noise. I did it for insulation reasons, but after it was done I was amazed at how much it eliminated outside noise.

about 2 years ago
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What's Next For iRobot?

Cheech Wizard Re:Neato XV-11 (88 comments)

I have to agree. I have one of each. The Neato XV-11 is "smart" and 2 years later I'm still on my first battery. I don't remember the XV-21 from when I bought my XV-11. If I was buying one now I'd get the XV-21. I use it for all the rooms (1 floor) except the master bedroom in which some of the furniture is too low for the Neato to get under.

The Roomba I now only use in my master bedroom. Gone through 2 batteries in 2 years, and *every* time it finishes I have to remove the "brushes" and cut (with small surgical scissors) the hair, carpet fibers and such that collect on the ends. It is *really* a PITA. The only advantage is it's a bit shorter than the Neato so it can get under a few things the Neato can't.

about 2 years ago
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Would You Pay an Internet Broadband Tax?

Cheech Wizard Re:Universal service. (601 comments)

Of course - The government is so in cahoots with corporations and corporate welfare they want competition killed. The voters of any state who allow such a law to be passed deserve exactly what they get. They voted for their lawmakers. Let them live with the laws the lawmakers make. These days the corporations are important, not the "people". Oh, wait! Corporations ARE people (NOT). Yet, people vote against their own interests all the time. That's just the way it is.

about 2 years ago
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Would You Pay an Internet Broadband Tax?

Cheech Wizard Re:Universal service. (601 comments)

This isn't the days of early telephone communications. These days people who live so far out that they need government assistance for broadband internet should get together with others in their area, form a cooperative and do it without asking me for money (through federal taxes) so that they can get broadband. This is not to mention the billions the telecoms have already been given to provide solutions. These days they slap on a tax and then end up using it for something entirely different, anyway. Should *we* be paying for Dick Cheney's "cabin" in the wilds of Wyoming to get broadband access?

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would Your 'I've Got To Disappear' Plan Look Like?

Cheech Wizard Re:WWAD - Assange isn't hiding, ass hat (789 comments)

Assange isn't hiding. Why do you keep saying he is? The whole world knows exactly where he is. The two girls who accused him traveled off to who knows where. All this over Sweden wanting to "question" him? Get friggin' real. If Sweden wasn't in cahoots with the US in an extradition agreement of some sort, the ass hats in Sweden could travel to the UK and question him. The two girls were *groupies*. They wanted his penis in them. Nothing more, nothing less. If they gave a damn they would have stayed in Sweden to press charges. Serious sex crime? Give me a break. Two groupies became pissed off when they talked and found out he was fucking both of them. Cry me a river...

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Using a Sandbox To Deal With Spambots?

Cheech Wizard Re:I will sell you this solution already debugged! (167 comments)

Because it will be trivial for a spammer to check his posts from another account?

It depends. For example vBulletin has their "Tachy goes to Coventry" option. I did use it in the past but haven't now for several years because all the person has to do, assuming the site is open to the public as my forums are, log out and view the thread their post is in (or if it's a thread they started and thus just has their post in it, just look at the forum listing they posted in) and they will see their post/thread isn't there. No need for a different user account. What I do with all spammers is BAN them. In vBulletin it locks out that email address. The spammer may have many, but since it's time consuming to make another account and try again, especially when they see their first attempt failed, they generally go away. NOTE: I'm referring to HUMAN spammers as opposed to script BOTs, which are a whole different story. I found a way, and it has nothing to do with IP or email address blocks, to completely block script bots from completing the Registration process in my forum. I just put in a timer so that if it takes less than 10 seconds (you can set the time you want, I chose 10 seconds) for "someone" to complete the registration, it's going to be a script bot so the registration is aborted. I just last Saturday saw a wave of script bots start registering. I personally have never seen so many script bots in such a short time on my site. A long time ago I set up the board with "non-standard" screens to post in or start a new thread in {I edited templates} so the bots don't know how to post or start a new thread on my forum so they couldn't actually post any spam. But - It was annoying me - something like 45+ BOT registrations in less than 6 hours. I put the registration timer in and BAM - No more BOT registrations. Script BOTs are relatively easy to defeat if you remember that 1. They are FAST, and 2. They are just scripts, so when they run into a situation that they're not programed for (such as "non-standard screens) they have to stop. As always, YMMV

about 2 years ago
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The Decline of Google's (and Everybody's) Ad Business

Cheech Wizard Branding (313 comments)

I agree. I sell ads on my sites directly to companies. I have never solicited ads, companies contact me wanting to advertise, so obviously the advertisements are relevant to visitors. I keep things simple. I make it clear that I don't track clicks, I don't track using cookies, and they get an ad spot which is theirs for as long as they want. There is no ad rotation. Ads are .gif or .jpg files on the server and unless someone blocks images (which would make the sites useless) they will see the ad. They can look up site statistics (I post them monthly) but other than that, nothing. I also ensure the advertiser fully understands I sell advertising space as "Brand" advertising. Most of my advertisers have run for over 4 or 5 years (such as Underwriters Laboratories). I have not had an opening for a new ad on a site since around June 2011. Several of the advertisers track their ads by giving me a distinct URL for their ad and some send me their stats now and again. I thank them but as I tell them, I know nothing about how they figure out their ROI or any other aspect of advertising on the web. Point is, apparently they're all happy or they would be staying on year after year. I will say I probably sell ad space relatively cheaply, but I'd rather have long term, consistent income than try to gouge an advertiser and lose them.

more than 2 years ago
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The Nation Is Losing Its Toolbox

Cheech Wizard Re:Argon filled, triple pane windows (525 comments)

What ever. This is the company that did my windows and sliding glass doors and the front door: Gilkey Windows. I'd have to dig in my files to see who I hired for the attic insulation, the insulated garage door (attached garage) and the door in the back of the garage (also triple pane, argon filled with UV film). The house was built in 1967 and I've had a lot of work done on it over the last 7 or 8 years. It has single pane windows that leaked like a sieve. This house is tight as a drum now. I can have the place at 72 inside when it's 105+ outside and the AC hardly breaks a sweat keeping it cool in summer. And in winter, its really cheap to heat. Still Renovating, though.

more than 2 years ago
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The Nation Is Losing Its Toolbox

Cheech Wizard Argon filled, triple pane windows (525 comments)

A few years ago I replaced all glass (windows, sliding glass doors, etc.) with triple pane, argon filled, and they also have a UV film on them. The difference (after also adding 18"+ of attic insulation) is unbelievable.

more than 2 years ago

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