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Ask Slashdot: Can Creating New Online Accounts Reduce Privacy Risks?

singingjim1 Re:That's cute, kid. (164 comments)

I'm glad you brought this up because I've been laughing at exactly the same thing. I don't give two craps about privacy, but if you're going to use my information for your purposes at least do a good job of it. I laugh hysterically every time I see all the ads for something I just purchased showing up over and over on every Web page for days after I already made the purchase. It's not a very smart system of snooping. Show me something meaningful if you're going to go to all this trouble to try to figure out who I am and what I'm into. So far you're just not doing a very good job. And the people who pay the ad rates to these geniuses should be aware of this.

about a year ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Shortcut Ever

singingjim1 Re:Safari? (506 comments)

Hey, you're right. :)

about a year ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Shortcut Ever

singingjim1 Safari? (506 comments)

Nope. My Macbook Pro just clicks at me pointlessly with this "miracle" shortcut. Doesn't work with Safari.

about a year ago
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Yahoo Deletes Journalist's Pre-Paid Legacy Site After Suicide

singingjim1 What happens to the money? (403 comments)

Does his estate get a refund?

about a year ago
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NASA Data Suggests Solar Magnetic Field About To Flip

singingjim1 Re:queue apocolypse theories in 3... 2... 1... (127 comments)

I'm just glad to see I'm not the only one who thinks the use of the lens flare in his movies is WAY over the top. Somebody should say something to him.

about a year ago
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A Climate of Violence?

singingjim1 FUD (184 comments)

facepalm....

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Scientific Research Positions For Programmers?

singingjim1 Re:Dichotomy (237 comments)

I'm working towards selling everything and getting an RV as my only residence to travel and ride my bikes (mtb and road) all over the country until it or I die. :)

about a year and a half ago
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Current Doctor Who Warns Against Facebook

singingjim1 Re:Duh. (218 comments)

LOL! Don't bust on Dr. Who (cares) on \. or you'll get modded into the hospital boiler room. My post was neither overrated nor troll-ish. I was just pointing out that the story is a non-story about someone who is obviously out of touch with what social media is to a lot of people that aren't him.

about a year and a half ago
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Current Doctor Who Warns Against Facebook

singingjim1 Duh. (218 comments)

Thank you Captain Obvious. Of course people use it as a type of alter ego. It's a way for me to write opinion and commentary. Does the columnist say the things he writes out loud in polite conversation? He clearly doesn't understand the point of it all.

about a year and a half ago
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The Average Movie Theater Has Hundreds of Screens

singingjim1 People still go to theaters? (924 comments)

The answer is don't go if you are bothered by it. Just spend a few bucks on a good home entertainment system and then Pay Per View on VUDU or whatever in HD when it's available.

about a year and a half ago
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PayPal Denies Teen Reward For Finding Bug

singingjim1 Re:Why don't businesses get it? (318 comments)

It's just poor form and doesn't instill confidence that any decent people are in charge of anything any more. It should be obvious that the right move would to not only give the guy his bounty, but to make sure they publicized that even though he's only 17 they are grateful that he came forward with the bug and are happy to show their appreciation. Why is this just not obvious anymore?

about a year and a half ago
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PayPal Denies Teen Reward For Finding Bug

singingjim1 Why don't businesses get it? (318 comments)

That's a REALLY good way to generate positive publicity for your company - act like a douche.

about a year and a half ago
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"Dramatic Decline" Warning For Plants and Animals

singingjim1 Re:350ppm (696 comments)

Isn't it about rising temps and sea levels? THAT'S what's supposed to reduce habitat. Not just CO2 levels by itself. Just sayin'.

about a year and a half ago
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USPS Discriminates Against 'Atheist' Merchandise

singingjim1 Re:Maybe... (1121 comments)

We think you're foolish because you believe that if we don't believe what you do then we'll go to a very bad place (get a lump of coal). What you leave out of your argument is all the foolishness other than just your own personal spirituality that is a very unfortunate part of your whole agenda. It's selfish of you to think that just because you believe in pink unicorns that they are perfectly harmless. Those pink unicorns have very nasty ideas (rules and consequences) about how the rest of us should behave and treat each other. There is nothing divine about the Bible and it's bigotry and misogynistic slant. You are a fool if you believe in superstition and the supernatural. Simply. Just because you refuse to accept it doesn't make it any less true.

about a year and a half ago
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For Jane's, Gustav Weißkopf's 1901 Liftoff Displaces Wright Bros.

singingjim1 face palm (267 comments)

Slashdot gets punked yet again.

about 2 years ago
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Scientists Create New Gasoline Substitute Out of Plants

singingjim1 Europe has 50 mpg turbo diesels, but in America... (419 comments)

We don't have high mpg turbo diesels and you'll never hear about this plant fuel story again. I'm no conspiracy theorist, but this technology will never hit the pumps or at least not in a pure version. The oil companies won't let that happen. They'll lobby Washington and find a way to make sure they keep their market share/monopoly on mass transit fuels. I hope I'm wrong. But I'm not.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Stay Fit In the Office?

singingjim1 Re:Any kind of heart rate raising activity will wo (372 comments)

I agree. Some people do enjoy going to the gym. Just not me, which is what drew me to cycling because I do enjoy the hell out of it. I enjoy speed and there's nothing like trees whizzing by you and the sound of the rubber clawing desperately at the trail when carving through the woods, or going 30+ mph in a peloton with 30 other like-minded hammerheads just having the time of our lives. I wish these experiences for everyone. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea. You have to find an activity that appeals to you because in the end it is strenuous work that is very hard to start and keep at it if you haven't been doing it most of your life already. I just know that once people get on a GOOD bike (not a Walmart or Target bike) that works well and doesn't break down regularly, they become hooked.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Stay Fit In the Office?

singingjim1 Re:Any kind of heart rate raising activity will wo (372 comments)

This is true of many everyday activities. I understand the risks, but the daily reward outweighs the chance of getting run over and killed. Riding early in the morning - before rush hour - reduces the risk. I'm also fortunate to live near the ocean so riding along A1A where speed limits are low and traffic is generally light is a luxury for me. I understand not everyone can ride under the same circumstances, but using common sense and being hyper vigilant when riding in traffic will help keep things safe. Riding on roads with good bike lanes. Riding at the right time of day - early morning or just before sunset - are two good choices. Wearing the proper attire and making sure you ride with lights and reflectors, etc. All sound choices every cyclist should follow.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Stay Fit In the Office?

singingjim1 Any kind of heart rate raising activity will work. (372 comments)

But that shit is boring. Don't stay up late watching Colbert Report and get up early and ride a bike. And ride it like someone is chasing you that wants to kill you. I've lost 75 lbs and have turned myself into an elite amateur athlete (won a few races here and there on the road bike and mountain bike) by getting up early and riding. It works big time (I'm proof) and it's WAY more fun than calisthenics or going to a gym to work out. I work in front of a computer all day long. Cycling is literally saving my life.

about 2 years ago

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Sporting Events Swiping D.L. to check age

singingjim1 singingjim1 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

singingjim (1070652) writes "I've gone to plenty of baseball and football games at Dolphins Stadium (temporarily Landshark Stadium — thanks Jimmy Buffet) and yesterday was the first time that my driver's license was swiped on a card reader attached to the cash register to verify my age. But what else is gleaned from that magnetic strip and stored on some not-very-secure server in the basement of the stadium? Should I (we) be paranoid about such things, or should we just enjoy the game and chalk it up to the cost of living in this age of information suck? I asked for a supervisor to look at my ID before the guy could swipe it. I'm sure they thought I was some crackpot — and maybe I am. Any thoughts, rational or otherwise?"
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Wooden(!) 240mph supercar gets 20 mpg

singingjim1 singingjim1 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

singingjim1 (1070652) writes "The world's first wooden supercar has been unveiled — and it's faster than a Porsche or a Lamborghini. The 'Splinter' car can turn out a whopping 700bhp from its twin supercharged, 4.6litre V8 engine — almost 300bhp more than a Porsche 911. And with a top speed of a staggering 240mph, it will leave the Porsche or even the brand new Lamborghini Revanton trailing in its wake."
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semi-amazing story

singingjim1 singingjim1 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

singingjim1 writes "I'm not sure how you would actually post this as a story and I'm no writer, but you really should read this. It actually is very interesting. I know you're busy, but you will like this. This is a post from our forum thread about how and why a certain character set, "wget", consistently brings up 403 or 404 errors whenever it is entered onto any web page on an Australian ISP that the forum is hosted on.

It all started when pyser asked what the ultimate browser of all time was.
I tried to post my answer, but got the 403.
"Ahh, i spammed the forumz and it won't let me post", I thought.
I let it go for a while, trying various things to get my post karma back — posted in other threads, logged out/in etc, and let other people post in the thread.
Then ff3b3 came out, and I posted about it, almost without thinking, "great, my post karma's back! teh forumz like me again!"
Tried to make my post about the ultimate browser, but it 403'd again.
"Ahh crap, hit my karma limit already".
Tried for a day or so to trick the forumz again, nothing would let me post in that thread. other threads were fine, khall could post from the same ip address to the same thread, so by now I was getting a little annoyed.
So I turned to Mark Webber [his alter ego in the forumz — ed.] for help.
I asked him to post for me, with a little comment explaining what happened, but when he tried to post it, he got the same 403.
I have many browsers at my disposal now.
Mark tried several, and got the same result.
I got khall [his girlfriend — ed.] to try posting for me from her PC, it got the same result.
Mark bounced my message off another IP address in a totally independent browser, but he was still locked out.
It was as if I'd broken the thread and locked everyone out.
But not hkg [the forum owner — ed.].
Surely not hkg.
I asked hkg to post my message, but he was locked out too — same 403 error, with the additional 404.
So the next time I see him, he sits down in front of the administrative panel.
We go over every option.
Check the error logs.
Check the database.
All clean.
Still 403ing!!
At this point I believe I'm cursed and the forumz just hate me, so I whimsically suggest to hkg that he post to the same thread, as he normally would, of his own volition, without the message being in any way associated with me.
It worked. the post went in.

whiskey

tango

foxtrot

The forumz hate me? couldn't be. hkg tries posting my message again, changing all instances of the word "grantek" to "gurantekku".
Still 403s!
It's something to do with my message.
So I do what any comp sci guy would do: binary search.
Split the message in half, find the half that causes the problem. If only one half, continue halving it until you see what's going on.
We narrow it down eventually.
The reason I couldn't post my message was because any time I mention the answer to the question "what's the ultimate browser?", it freaks out and 403's.
I'm serious.
We couldn't believe it either.
"Surely I've posted the name of this browser before in teh forumz".
We have the technology [http://hardkore.net/stringcount.php].
Using the php tool I wrote to count the number of times a word has been uttered by a forumz user, we find the true cause of the problem.
It seems I've never uttered the name of the browser before.
Not because the php tool returned "0 results" or "you got burned!!", but because when we hit the submit button, we got a 403: forbidden and an additional 404, right there in the non-forumz related php tool written by me.
It appears hkg's web hosting company has a problem.
Somewhere in its PHP configuration, or its apache configuration, or perhaps as a bug in a module of one of those packages, there is a check.
The check is probably to see if you're trying to h4xx0r their serverz.
And, if you are h4xx0ring their servers, you will of course be doing it with the ultimate browser.
It is, of course, a good idea to panic and return a 403 error message.
When the 403 error page isn't found, you get the additional 404.
What then, is the ultimate browser that breaks the infrastructure that teh hardkore.net forumz are hosted on?
hkg posted it in his thread. it's 4 characters long, and for it to be accepted by the PHP/Apache backend and still render properly in his post, he had to insert PHPBB tags that collapse to nothing in the middle of the word.
If you quote his message and look at the code, you'll see how he had to post it.
Either way, if anyone's posts contain the string with the letters "w", "g", "e", and "t", in that order, you will break teh forumz.
Try it — it's fun :Smile:

Pretty amazing huh? -singingjim"

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