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Google's Image Search Now Requires Explicit Queries For Explicit Results

chimpo13 Re:It is filtering out wikipedia content (369 comments)

I taught in Saudi Arabia during the last year. There's a mandatory Google safe search there. For the first few months I taught English before teaching IT. When students would ask what certain words meant, I'd show them pictures on Google images. Occasionally, the word wouldn't show. These were non-porn words. I wish I could remember what some of those words were because I'd like to check to see if they're also blocked in the US. What a fucked up thing, Google.

about 2 years ago
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Who Really Invented the Internet?

chimpo13 ignore (497 comments)

posting to kill a mistaken mod.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: VPN Service For a Deployed US Navy Ship?

chimpo13 Re:Pair (349 comments)

Sorry, I posted that while doing five other things. On my site, I have 17 out of 600 questions from the MMPI test (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory). That test is owned by NCS Pearson, Inc. They had (have?) their attorneys send out DMCAs. There was an article on slashdot about the same attorney going after someone else for posting 75 questions. http://yro.slashdot.org/story/09/03/23/2324258/dealing-with-a-copyright-takedown-request

I filed a counter-notification because 17 questions is fair use. Two months later I got a 2nd DMCA about the same thing, from the same attorney. I sent Pair my 2nd Chilling Effect notice disputing the same DMCA. Pair said if they get sued, that they'll sue me for damages.

I wasn't sure if Pair paid attention to my first counter-notification. I asked about it a couple times. That took a week or two to get answered since I think they had to consult their attorney. They said I should've just played along and removed the 17 questions and that they'd disable my entire site if they got a 3rd complaint about those questions. They also said I should feel free to move to another provider.

All in all, a long way of saying, that I don't think Pair is big enough to handle the VPN for the Navy ship. Although maybe they've grown in the last few years.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: VPN Service For a Deployed US Navy Ship?

chimpo13 Re:Pair (349 comments)

Thanks for your advice. It's mostly about Pair saying they didn't care about my DMCA dismissal* and telling me if it happened again, they'd yank my site.

The email thing is just a reminder to leave. My contract ends in August and I'll move along.

* Done through Chilling Effects then I had a lawyer look it over. I donated money to EFF.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: VPN Service For a Deployed US Navy Ship?

chimpo13 Re:Pair (349 comments)

I was letting gmail handle my account from Pair. The spam ratio got big enough that Google complained to Pair and Pair cut me off from sending all my email to Google. I went a month without cleaning it out seeing how many spam messages I'd get. 10,000 appears to be the limit for Google.

I've also had a problem by objecting to a false DMCA complaint. Pair said I was the only one who objected rather than just remove the wrongly perceived complaint. They told me if there's another complaint that they will close my account.

I've had a Pair acct for over 10 years on an abandoned site that I overpay for. I think I'll be moving along when my contract ends this year.

more than 2 years ago
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Supreme Court: Affordable Care Act Is Constitutional

chimpo13 Re:First dissent (2416 comments)

Have you been to an ER in the US? I've waited 8 hours before. When I was in Australia and ran out of anti-seizure medication (held up in Customs) getting some more was wonderful. The confusing part was how to bill me since I'm American.

I think mandatory coverage (health care, vehicle coverage) should have a gub'mint provided way of doing it..

more than 2 years ago
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Romanian Accused of Breaking Into NASA

chimpo13 Re:Education (169 comments)

You should buy something small on that card and pay it off because they might cancel it since you don't use it. Small like a book or magazine or bottle of beer. I lost my oldest credit card for never using it.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Trustworthy Proxy Services?

chimpo13 Re:Profit (164 comments)

Using google as a mostly blind search doesn't equal the advice you'd get from /. What you've seen and what's recommended here (even with the grain of salt) are different things.

I'm using IAPS (intl-alliance.com). It works ok. Facebook knows it's a proxy and sometimes won't refresh when other things do. $105/year. I'm not sure if it's worth it, but it's the choice I made. Saudi laws are very strict but it was stopping me from Rolling Stone magazine (reading Matt Taibbi's blog/columns) that got me off my ass.

about 3 years ago
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Drunken Parrot Season Starts in Australia

chimpo13 Re:Why Do Anything? (97 comments)

When I was in Australia, I remember watching drunk parrots chase cats. Most cats back down when something walks at them. What a bunch of pussies. Ouch, that hurt to type.

about 3 years ago
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Ridley Scott To Direct New Blade Runner Movie

chimpo13 Re:No Respect (288 comments)

If so, there'd be a remake of "Citizen Kane" built around Murdoch's life.

more than 3 years ago
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Court Approves TSA Body Scans, But Calls For Public Comment

chimpo13 Re:we could take back control... (292 comments)

Size and security is different in Israel. It's not the same as the US. Security is done behind the scenes. TSA shouldn't be expected to find anything because if a plot has reached it that far, they'd know how to get around TSA.

I'd treat flying as a calculated risk. The cockpits are sealed, so deal with it. It's still safer than driving.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Bans Google+ Ads

chimpo13 Re:More people will notice now... (548 comments)

I think you underestimate the people that look for facebook by typing facebook into the google thingy.

more than 3 years ago
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Court Approves TSA Body Scans, But Calls For Public Comment

chimpo13 Re:we could take back control... (292 comments)

It's only theoretically possible. It got a lot harder after 9/11. I've looked into it.

more than 3 years ago
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New Virus Jumps From Monkeys To Lab Workers

chimpo13 Re:Oh what could possibly go wrong. (160 comments)

I used to work there about 6 or 7 years ago back when one of my co-workers allegedly tried to steal a monkey although it was determined that the monkey must've escaped by crawling down the drain. If there's one thing a monkey is likely to do it's go up, not run for the middle of the floor and try going down a drain pipe. Everyone assumed that it was a monkey heist that went wrong.

If they started arming the security that was there then, that would be far more dangerous. He's likely to shoot himself in the face while scratching his head with the barrel Planet 9 style.

Doors are locked. Doors to the SIV monkeys are always locked. Keys are constantly being changed as people quit or lose their keys. I'm still close friends with someone who works there. Keys are still changed a lot.

more than 3 years ago
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Women Arrested For Refusing TSA Search of Children

chimpo13 Re:Not fear - disgust (1017 comments)

I love traveling by motorcycle, or car when I'm with people. I enjoy travel more than destination in many ways. "Summer Vacation" was ruined for the Griswold's because it was about destination, not travel. Not that I ever had even thought about "What I learned from watching 'Summer Vacation'".

Wyoming is beautiful too. If you stay only on I-80 it's like you're on the moon, and if you're like me (which you aren't since you don't seem to like traveling), stay off the interstates and it's green and hilly depending on the time of the year. I've traveled across the US about a dozen times and my favorite experiences weren't on the interstates. But it depends on families, who you're traveling with, moods and destinations. I can't ride/drive to Australia.

more than 3 years ago
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Man With 10 Million Air Miles Gets Plane Named After Him

chimpo13 Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (249 comments)

When I'm in the US, I prefer to drive, ride or take the train. I'll fly if I have to, but I don't like going through TSA. I'm not a picky traveler. I'll eat whatever and sit wherever but just the general tone of foreign airlines is much nicer. Metal knives and forks (that TSA wouldn't let you bring anyway). Staff that doesn't seem as dickish, often actually polite! I like tilting at windmills and one of them is US based airlines. I see spending the extra $70 as well worth it.

more than 3 years ago
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Man With 10 Million Air Miles Gets Plane Named After Him

chimpo13 Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (249 comments)

I stopped flying US based airlines unless I don't have a choice. I'd rather spend the extra $20 for the much higher level of treatment. I've never paid for a drink, headphones, snacks or meals. Domestic or overseas.

more than 3 years ago

Submissions

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Court Filing on How 2004 Ohio Election Hacked

chimpo13 chimpo13 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

chimpo13 writes "A new filing in the King Lincoln Bronzeville v. Blackwell case includes a copy of the Ohio Secretary of State election production system configuration that was in use in Ohio's 2004 presidential election when there was a sudden and unexpected shift in votes for George W. Bush."
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Amazon through Wikileaks sets back cloud computing

chimpo13 chimpo13 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

chimpo13 writes "In a long and interesting article called "Daniel Ellsberg And Others Discuss The Serious Implications Of Wikileaks", Mike Masnick talks about Amazon's decision to shut down Wikileaks had much further reaching consequences than most people realized. Roy Singham, the founder and chair of ThoughtWorks said, "What Amazon has done has totally set back the cloud computing movement." As Singham pointed out, this move is making many individuals and companies think twice about using cloud computing — especially if it involves servers based in the US or run by US companies. People haven't fully considered the ramifications of this."
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Monster Cable uses bogus DMCA again

chimpo13 chimpo13 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

chimpo13 writes "As it says on Techdirt, "It's no secret that Monster Cable is a notorious abuser of intellectual property laws often just to try to get any other company using "Monster" anywhere in its name to pay up. Of course, it's normally trademark law that it abuses. However, it looks like it may be abusing copyright law as well. The website Jaxed, which is a meta-classifieds search engine (it searches Craigslist, eBay and a few other sites via a single interface) recently had its entire site taken down after Monster Cable filed a DMCA notice against the site." Jaxed still isn't letting people search electronics. They say, "Due to a DMCA copyright notice received on Nov. 2nd 2010, we are currently filtering all Monster Cable products from our listings. Unfortunately, the filter is excluding other listings that may not contain Monster Cable products.""
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DMCA, Univ of Minnesota, pair Networks vs Me

chimpo13 chimpo13 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

chimpo13 writes "My ISP, pair Networks, tells me they'll remove my entire site if they get another DMCA request about my posting 17 out of 600 questions from the MMPI. It's the same issue that slashdot has posted before. My problem is, the same attorney, Carl W. Covert, Jr. from NCS Pearson, Inc., has sent my ISP two DMCAs about the same page, two months apart, and pair hasn't had a customer who sent in a non-compliance response.

With my first DMCA, I went to Chilling Effects and used a boilerplate response. I had a copyright attorney check it before sending it. The DMCA says they have 14 days to sue. I asked pair if it was settled after 14 days went by and only received the "we received your response and will respond". I figured if they ignored that, then the issue was settled. After two months, I got another DMCA.

pair removed my page for 14 days and sent an email saying that if they get another DMCA they will remove my entire site. My site covers a Star Trek band, Sacramento punk rock history, and a blog about riding a crappy old motorcycle round the world. Now I'm in Korea, trying not to fight with an ISP that I was happy with, over 17 questions. I know the easy thing is to edit the single page, and I let most things slide, but issues like this are one my windmills. Any suggestions? Is what pair is doing to me even legal?"
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iResQ (iPhone repair): No refund if you bitch

chimpo13 chimpo13 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

chimpo13 writes "As BoingBoing points out iPhone repair company iResQ: No bad-service refund unless you delete blog posts complaining about the bad service. Apple's authorized iPhone repair service, iResQ, advertises same-day repair and overnight shipping. When Lindsay's iPhone screen shattered, she sent the phone to iResQ, and two weeks later it still hadn't been fixed. After she emailed to complain and posted the email to her (lightly trafficked) blog, iResQ agreed to eat the expedited shipping charge and part of the bill. However, now they're threatening to "rescind the refunds" unless Lindsay takes the blog post down."
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Paying people to say nice things about a company

chimpo13 chimpo13 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

chimpo13 writes "BoingBoing.net writes about Rob Cockerham once again. Rob posted an article about Cash4Gold offering him a few thousand to change his story describing how sleazy they can be. Ripoff Reports changed their story presumably after being contacted by Cash4Gold's PR guy. The PR guy who offered the money says he's innocent. He was busy fishing for dolphins when the story broke."
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The First Fifty Years of the Internet

chimpo13 chimpo13 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

chimpo13 writes "Techdirt posts to an article from Vanity Fair about The First Fifty Years of the Internet. Fifty years ago, in response to the surprise Soviet launch of Sputnik, the U.S. military set up the Advanced Research Projects Agency. It would become the cradle of connectivity, spawning the era of Google and YouTube, of Amazon and Facebook, of the Drudge Report and the Obama campaign. Each breakthrough — network protocols, hypertext, the World Wide Web, the browser — inspired another as narrow-tied engineers, long-haired hackers, and other visionaries built the foundations for a world-changing technology. Keenan Mayo and Peter Newcomb let the people who made it happen tell the story."
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MagicJack's evil EULA

chimpo13 chimpo13 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

chimpo13 writes "Boing Boing posts about MagicJack, a cheapie $20-a-year internet phone service, comes with a shriveled and shaking devil EULA that is hidden from the consumer. In short, it not only has one agree to ads with its paid-for system, but claims that the ads are necessary for it to work. It will also snoop on your calls to target ads more accurately, and has you sign away your legal right to take it to court if it defrauds or otherwise harms you. When you access MajicJack's instant web help page, a bizarre series of "compatibility tests" take place first, reporting lies like "Your MagicJack is functioning properly" even if you don't have one installed. Even the "look how many people came for a free trial" counter on the homepage is a fake, a javascript applet that increments itself automatically"
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chimpo13 chimpo13 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

chimpo13 writes "Phil Yanov talks about how Spoke.com is stealing your soul. Spoke says that it launched it's free service in August and that they have added 3 million new names since August. How did they do that? It was easy! To get access to Spoke's "free" service, you must install the Spoke toolbar. The Spoke toolbar then copies all of the information from your address book into the Spoke database. It's at this point you should be able to smell the burning sulfur. Spoke can sell those names, titles, companies, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers (listed and unlisted), passwords and PIN numbers to direct marketing organizations."

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Looking for a linux laptop

chimpo13 chimpo13 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

I'd like at least a 15" screen so I can watch movies when I'm in other countries. I'd also like to use Skype so a web cam would be good. Any ideas? It's hard to find laptops with linux installed hard to find. I could roll my own, but I'd rather not have to deal with getting everything to work correctly.

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Looking for a new server since Pair is a problem

chimpo13 chimpo13 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Does anyone have any ideas on who I should move my site to? I've been using Pair but they asked me to move along, so I will.

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DMCA vs Me 2: Electric Boogalo

chimpo13 chimpo13 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I basically sent pair Networks another WTF message and they responded again with telling me to piss up a rope:

Dear Dave,

I apologize for your confusion and I also appreciate your conviction.
However, pair Networks is a web hosting provider, not a law firm. Our job
is not to interpret the DMCA or the law in general, but to follow it.
Lawyers are very expensive, and the bottom line is that our Service Contract
states that we can terminate all or any part of an account for any reason
without notice. In this case, we are giving you fair warning that to keep
your site online, the best thing for you to do is remove the contested
material. While we appreciate your business, We also have to look out for
our best interest. While I understand that it
causes a moral dilemma for you, the bottom line is that, if we receive a
restraining order, we are not going to fight it; we are going to follow our
lawyer's advice and disable the site as a whole. If you want to proactively
avoid this situation, then you may want to look into moving your site to
another provider. We are not trying to push you away with this statement;
you always have the option of simply removing the content in question.

Sincerely,

Gary H.
pair Networks, Inc.

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DMCA, Univ of Minnesota, pair Networks vs Me

chimpo13 chimpo13 writes  |  more than 5 years ago My ISP, pair Networks, tells me they'll remove my entire site if they get another DMCA request about my posting 17 out of 600 questions from the MMPI. It's the same issue that slashdot has posted before. My problem is, the same attorney, Carl W. Covert, Jr. from NCS Pearson, Inc., has sent my ISP two DMCAs about the same page, two months apart, and pair hasn't had a customer who sent in a non-compliance response.

With my first DMCA, I went to Chilling Effects and used a boilerplate response. I had a copyright attorney check it before sending it. The DMCA says they have 14 days to sue. I asked pair if it was settled after 14 days went by and only received the "we received your response and will respond". I figured if they ignored that, then the issue was settled. After two months, I got another DMCA.

pair removed my page for 14 days and sent an email saying that if they get another DMCA they will remove my entire site. My site covers a Star Trek band, Sacramento punk rock history, and a blog about riding a crappy old motorcycle round the world. Now I'm in Korea, trying not to fight with an ISP that I was happy with, over 17 questions. I know the easy thing is to edit the single page, and I let most things slide, but issues like this are one my windmills. Any suggestions? Is what pair is doing to me even legal?

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How I Learned Philosophy

chimpo13 chimpo13 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

From the "Paying People to Argue With You" thread.

http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/11/05/1353215

How I Learned Philosophy (Score:5, Insightful)
by severoon (536737)
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=350509&cid=21247745

Actually, it's not the attempt to mathify that I find problematic--I find that encouraging. It is, though, the results.

My (awesome) university philosophy professor had us do a very interesting exercise that was, though more logical than mathematical in nature, similar to what the author of TFA was going for. It goes like this...

Write down a belief that you have. For people new to this process (the entire class), this should be a strongly held belief...doesn't matter how controversial. Let's say, for example: I think abortion should be a woman's choice. (For you controversy-hounds out there, please don't mistake this for my actual belief--I'm intentionally not going to define my actual belief on this topic here.) Don't worry about getting the wording just right--you're free to revisit your initial statement as many times as you like throughout and revise it to more concisely represent your intent.

Now write down the set of "sub-beliefs" that you have which form the basis of your belief. For our example: 1. Life begins at conception. 2. Every life is equally valuable. 3. A life has no quantifiable value, but is inherently precious and ought to be protected if at all possible. Etc. Next we iterate, applying the same process to each belief listed. Obviously, you will very quickly diverge into an explosion of statements that resist corralling at every effort. Do not fret--I haven't told you about the thrust of the exercise yet.

(I should mention here that we did an entire section on identifying context-free statements, and we were asked to make our best effort to ensure that each statement was context-free, or as free of context as possible. "Context-free" means that the statement is true of our beliefs regardless of the circumstances in which the statement is tested. If that's not possible--and it's not often possible--we'd go for "generally" true, where "common sense"--whatever that is--dictates obvious exceptions.)

You will find it unnecessary to list each and every belief supporting your initial statement, which would quite likely fill several thick volumes if you did so exhaustively. Luckily, you don't have to do this to satisfy the point of the exercise, which is: where necessary, skip down to "lowest level" beliefs...that is, at some point you will mentally reach a point where you have identified a belief for which you have no further basis beliefs. When you reach this point, you have identified an axiomatic belief--that is, something you accept essentially on faith, on gut feeling, because you think it is correct. If possible, identify the key beliefs that go from your initial statement to the set of axiomatic beliefs identified.

The next step is to look at your beliefs, both axiomatic and intermediate, for consistency. In every case in carrying out this exercise, one will invariably find a whole host of contradictory statements. Then we did an iteration that attempts to resolve these conflicts by tweaking our initial statement, etc...provided we were tuning up the language to indicate real intent and not moving the statements further away from our actual beliefs, great. The ultimate idea is to identify our beliefs in all their gory, inconsistent, warty detail.

Then, we make up a list of so-called axiomatic beliefs and they are given to 5 random classmates (all double-blind, of course). You then are tasked with taking home those 5 lists of axiomatic beliefs and attempt to drill down further. If they are truly axiomatic, you won't be able to do this--the idea here is that you ultimately get back 5 people's analysis of your list and given another chance to continue the process--most of the time, it turns out you realize your axiomatic beliefs weren't axiomatic for you after all, and that you can actually drill down even more.

Anyway, it goes on like this, the ultimate point being that you arrive at some network of beliefs which you apparently do accept as axiomatic. The focus here is not on the logic that leads you down the path from the initial statement to the final list...the point is to show that your beliefs are not rigorously logical, even after you've done your level best to identify all the logical flaws, ultimately you wind up with a list of axiomatic beliefs that either directly or indirectly contradict each other to some extent. What these beliefs are, where the conflicts are, and how you resolve these conflicts all roughly correspond to your worldview.

As an entertaining add-on at the end of the course, the prof provided us with some very mild statistical metrics that told us how self-contradictory our beliefs were when pegged against our classmates, previous years, different types of statements (it was generally true that the more strongly held / the more controversial the statement, such as the abortion example above, the less self-consistent the foundational beliefs identified).

For a couple of years after doing this exercise, I found it very difficult to make strong statements of opinion about controversial topics. My mind would involuntarily start this process, identifying all the biggest logical hurdles and inconsistencies built into the statements I was about to make. This reflex also made me annoying to others with strongly held beliefs. :-)

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ah, the joy of never using emoticons

chimpo13 chimpo13 writes  |  more than 7 years ago You'd figure people would read a comment and react to what you wrote. But no, it's far easier to skim the comment, read it as the complete opposite of what you wrote and then go with it.

I make a comment about how nukes should be sold to everyone. It's quit obvious that's meant to be taken very seriously.

Doc Ruby takes it as I'm so super-duper pro-gun that he starts rambling nonsense in a crazy rant.

I'm not sure exactly what he meant to be saying, but I do enjoy him calling me a gun fetishist. He was modded up to 5 insightful for something that he took completely wrong. Reading over Doc's journal, I noticed that he has a special friend who says when they have mod points, they look for his posts to mark him down. I wonder if he skims and reacts to people often. It reminds me of Bill O'Reilly only he's doing it from the Left Wing point of view. I'm quite a leftist myself but the O'Reillys of the world, right wing or left wing, are all kooks.

It's great how I've been modded to oblivion as a troll, but someone who agrees with what I wrote, only not saying it so sarcastically has been modded up.

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Google's crappy domain registration

chimpo13 chimpo13 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I decided to give a friend of mine a domain name for Xmas. Instead of using my normal server provider (pair.net), I decided to try out Google. What a mistake.

Google uses GoDaddy. I don't have a problem with GoDaddy. I simply wanted to forward the domain to her Blogspot blog. Blogspot is owned by Google. Google won't let me forward the domain. I talked to GoDaddy for an hour and 15 minutes (using up my cell phone minutes) while they tried their work arounds. Only, it's a Google owned domain. They pointed that out. It's not a domain that belongs to me -- it's Googles. And they weren't allowed to touch it. Of course, I had to talk to 4 different people for that. At least GoDaddy has great hold music.

They told me to talk to Google. Only, I can't get an answer from Google. Nothing but automated answers. I can't even cancel the domain through Google.

Eventually, I'll get this figured out, but it's been a pain in the ass. I think it's just been shifted over the those that are in charge of Orkut or one of the other failed Google ideas.

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Southeast America

chimpo13 chimpo13 writes  |  more than 9 years ago I've put up a blog about the crap job in New Orleans up on my site. Take a peak and let me know what you think.

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Kiwis!

chimpo13 chimpo13 writes  |  more than 9 years ago

There's a lot of people in New Zealand who are visiting from Holland. It's because there's a place in Holland called Zeeland and that's what New Zealand is named after.

Kiwi girls are way cuter than Aussies. Speaking of broken things, the bottom end of my bike went to the land of Wind and Ghosts. Luckily, I've found a way of hiding the White Light from the bike and bringing it back to the present.

Japan in a month and I need to find a dirt cheap car in Christchurch to take me to Auckland.

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Australia is long gone, and New Zealand is the new black

chimpo13 chimpo13 writes  |  more than 9 years ago Finished a lap round Australia. No big deal. Piece of piss, they'd say in Aussie.

I heard Men at Work and "Please help me, a dingo has stolen my baby". Neither were sarcastic. I was hoping to hear, "throw another shrimp on the barbie" to complete the trifecta, but when I heard that, it was sarcasm.

Little Creatures outside of Perth sells great beer. Now to see what NZ has to offer me.

--Dave
http://nokilli.com/rtw/

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Australia almost done

chimpo13 chimpo13 writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I've got a 2 hour ride and I'll have completed my lap round Australia on a '65 Ducati 250cc motorcycle. My ass is sore. I almost met another slashdotter in Perth who offered me a place but never ended up catching up with him.

My bike gets shipped to New Zealand Feb. 2 and I show up in Christchurch on Feb. 18.

Head for Japan late March or early April.

http://nokilli.com/rtw/

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Australia on the Round the World Plan

chimpo13 chimpo13 writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I'm now in Australia. Still haven't seen any koalas, but several dead kangaroos and a dead wombat.

http://nokilli.com/rtw/

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No Kill I show on the 10th

chimpo13 chimpo13 writes  |  about 10 years ago

We're playing (and recording) for free at the Press Club on Sunday afternoon. Oct 10th at 3pm. It's at 21st & P St. in midtown Sacramento. Yup.

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Go Away Party - Oct 9

chimpo13 chimpo13 writes  |  about 10 years ago

The Crest Theater show got cancelled, so you've got a reprieve if you haven't seen No Kill I play.

My Go Away party is Oct. 9th at Alex's house. Milhouse, the Bananas, the Nightmares, Lyme Regis, and the Royal Pains (from Seattle) are playing. That'll start at 5pm so hopefully the cops won't show up. email me for directions. There will be a raffle of sorts. My junk that no one in their right mind would like.

http://nokilli.com/

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Trekkies 2 soundtrack actual review

chimpo13 chimpo13 writes  |  about 10 years ago

Okay, a review since I actually listened to it on Sept 23, 2004 while driving out to the monkey factory and back.

The cd isn't as bad as I'd thought. Still nothing worth paying for. Stovokor is metal and though they bitch about how awful they sound, it's not bad. NKI: Deep Space 9 were influenced by No FX and they're entertaining. NKI: The Next Generation is always entertaining. And NKI is a car wreck in action that I fastforwarded over. The filk bands (sci-fi folk) are pretty good if you like folk music. Warp 11 sounds like a prom party band in a Lifetime movie channel or, if you're old enough, an Afternoon Special. Fred Schneider of the B-52s has done way better work, but you really notice how gay lispy his voice is. Maybe it's because the best bars around my house are gay bars, so I'm more in-tune to that, but I doubt that. I'm guessing he lives in West Hollywood instead of Athens, and that lisp is persuasive. The Mercantile, by the way, serves the strongest drinks I've had from any bar I've been in.

The payment for the bands appears to be 5-8 copies of the promo cd, which is what No Kill I thought would happen. All of us (not just the whiney loudmouthed Dave Smith) figured that's what payment would be. Everyone in the band has/are in other bands: We've dealt with/been on major labels, toured the US and Japan, been on magazine covers, blah blah blah. Sure, that sounds made up, but it's not. Reports are trickling in from other bands who are upset about the payment of a fistful of promo cds, but hey, we told the other bands what to expect. So if you want a copy, look around and find a free one. You're not taking any money away from the bands.

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Trekkies 2 soundtrack review - updated

chimpo13 chimpo13 writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Ooo-eeee, I got a copy of the soundtrack. Don't waste your money on that platter of crap. If you need it for some reason, knock your head into the wall until that desire flushes out of your mind carried out with on a refreshing raft of blood dripping out your ear like a freshly used tampon. "Crap" and "piece of crap" and "crap sandwich" comes to mind. "Crap cracker" as well. Christian karaoke is better. Trust me, I just spent Saturday in the Appalachian foothills hanging out with my hillbilly relatives.

We were out in Leatherwood Hollow (pronounced "holler") and Baptist hillbilly karaoke is a giant step above. The food there was great because I love fried green tomotoes. I'm not kidding about hillbillies by the way. If you've had the misfortune to meet me, I'm sure you noticed the "hillbilly" tattooed on my forehead right before I tried to mooch a beer from you. Which is to say, live albums have never been recorded live. That is a myth. Even great ones like Cheap Trick "Live at Budakon" wasn't recorded live. It's a studio trick. Sure, there's small parts that are recorded live -- usually audience and stage banter -- but "live" albums aren't really live. That is part of The Promotion as played by Label Suits. I'm guessing most people are thinking I'm making this up, but I'm not. If you ask, I can point you towards articles about this. Or spend 8 seconds googling for it.

This soundtrack is chock full of this mighty crap salad toasted over a burning manure pile. If you're some sort of super collector, which isn't possible in the Star Trek universe, don't bother opening the packaging. If you do, skip the live acts and listen to the folk stuff actually filk in the sci-fi world. Folk can be recorded live, although, for some odd reason, one of the bands, who's label put this soundtrack out, somehow has studio recordings when we were told no time for that. Go figure. I need a thesaurus so I can think of more crap food to list. Crap soup. Crap crepe. There's oh-so-many crappy things to say about this soundtrack. If you need to hear it, there's bitTorrents of it floating around clogging up the sewers of the internet.

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gmail and orkut invites

chimpo13 chimpo13 writes  |  more than 10 years ago

If anyone wants one, email me. I've got 'em coming out my wazoo. Same with orkut invites.

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pairnic vs. sponsorship

chimpo13 chimpo13 writes  |  more than 10 years ago

At least now I have a message from pairnic, pair's domain register, saying the problem is on their end. Not that they've fixed it -- although they told me that they did. My site is still down.

It's causing me problems. At first it was an inconvenience, but now it's costing me money. Sponsors aren't so interested when my site isn't working. Speaking of sponsors, Pirelli tires is floating me my first set of tires, and there might be more after those. Ducati International isn't interested, but Ducati Australia might help out.

I got my Psion 5mx in the mail. I haven't had much of a chance to play with it, but so far it's been nice. It runs 30-40 hours from AA batteries, and has Opera. There's even a linux version if I get super geeky. I've never had use for a PDA, but now that I need one, this is nice. It's got a mini-keyboard, so it's more like a tiny laptop than a PDA.

I quit the monkey job at the end of September, so no more monkey stories after that. Although, once I quit, untold stories might be posted.

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server problems

chimpo13 chimpo13 writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Luckily, thanks to pair.com being slack-jawed yokels, my server is down. I transferred my domain to them and god almighty is pair sucking out loud.

Two or three domains registered through them and none of them are working. And they won't answer my questions as to why. They told me to change my nameservers to what they're already set to. Emails sent to my domains bounces too. Aargh!

I sent a question to urgent@pair.com and support@pair.com and no answers. Hell, it's only been 12 hours since I notified them.

I need the nokilli domain to work, as I'm trying to get sponsors for my ride, and the sponsors can't look at my test site.

I need to find a good server host. servercentral really sucked, so I moved to pair. They tried to bill me for someone else's domain and when I said it wasn't mine, they said they'd just let it expire. So I notified the owner of the domain. Then they let my domain expire last week, so I moved it to pair. Argh!

I've had my sites hosted by pair for a coupla-three years, no problem, but the domain names weren't hosted by them. That's when the problems started.

I just need to be able to run movable type. Who's good?

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