With November volume at UPS in full swing, surgeries and vacations in our building have left us short of people qualified to do certain tasks. It looks like I'm going to be working double shifts this season.
Layers of Fact Checkers...That Work
I haven't played online RPGs to any great extent and am unaware of the nuances of the cultural tics of those that do. Likewise, I've pretty much given up on dating because I simply do not understand the female of the species.
A couple of our readers have helpfully taken the time to intelligently fill in some of the vast amounts of context related to those matters that I missed in a recent review.
"Midlife crisis my arse"
See? The comments here are not just for practicing katakana and reading about knockoff footwear!
It's a mistake to think of spammers as one group-mind that can learn. It's more like a disease, operating mindlessly and taking advantage of any opening.
Over on Metafilter there's a pattern of people who join the site, make a couple of comments on existing threads and then make a spammy front page post. It happens again and again and the mods always spot it and delete the spam. You might wonder why "they don't learn" but the reason is that each new guy who does this isn't aware of any of the others, and thus can't learn from their mistakes.
There's also the question of their incentive to learn. I mean... at the end of the day we're talking about spamming operations. There's no "reputable spammer". They're fly-by-night operations by design, because the moment you nail one of them down they get dropped on a million ban lists anyway. That said, what's their incentive to provide "effective" SEO rather than crappy SEO? It's easier to flail around, run some automated spam-attack scripts that generate a few pages you can point to, cash your check, and then go find the next sucker... and if it doesn't actually sell more handbags, what do they care?
I've been informed that some people are having difficulty commenting. Specifically, I'm told that comments are being sent to moderation and I'm not approving them.
Well, I don't moderate comments. In fact the blog does not even have it as an option, so something is amiss. I tried commenting myself and had no problem so this may be specific to certain users.
Anyway, if you are having any problem commenting, please leave a comme.....
Oh well. While our crack team of datapixies work on that problem, I can at least do my bit to help my readers avoid heartbreak. In 1992, I learned to my considerable dismay that the following line does not, in fact, work.
I get logged out a lot, but the name, mail and web lines appear filled in. But if you don't see the "Hello (name), you are logged in to Minx" line under the preview and post buttons, you're not logged in, and after you hit post, the page reloads, the text box is cleared, and the comment doesn't post.
This can cause a lot of confusion.
Posted by: Mauser at Sat Sep 13 19:22:02 2014 (yigXr)
Aw Come ON!
I didn't put in any pictures, center anything or use an animated .gif inside the spoiler tag of the last post and yet the spoiler tag put every bit of text that was inserted into it, on the outside.
Just checking to see if we can
replicate the foul up in the recent RWBY post.
To that end we'll post a random picture, (of a World War 2 Thai gunboat) and center it...
We'll also caption it, mentioning that the ship carried four 8 inch naval rifles on 2300 tons full load. That's smaller than a Fletcher class destroyer.
Next, we'll express our confusion and discomfort at this animated .gif
Seriously guys...What the HELL?
Then we'll bring about an end to the spoiler tag text by typing [ / s p o i l e r ] but all scrunched up like so
Now we'll type some text outside the spoiler tag and just for good measure we'll post some surreptitiously taken footage of Steven Den Beste enjoying his hiatus. However, out of consideration to our readers we'll put it behind a NSFW tag...
Aaaaaand let's see if it works....
The blog does indeed seem to be broken.
(Though thankfully the NSFW tag still works.)
Let's try a simple spoiler tag with only text inside it here
It wasn't Scotty. It was REDJACK!
UPDATE 2: It looks like the hidey tags just don't like centering. Of course I eliminated the centering on the RWBY post at one point but that did not fix the problem.
Now I'll try de-centerizing the images and captions and see if that works.
UPDATE 3: Nope. That did not fix the problem. All but the first line of the spoiler text is still visible and now the formatting just looks bad. Obviously the blog is possessed so we'll re center everything and call in the exorcists from Oceania.
Be advised gentle readers that Tiki torches may present a burn hazard.
I can see the problem; the WYSIWYG HTML editor combined with the BBCode tags is producing what is known as "tag soup". That's when the tags overlap each other, like this:
<i>This text is italicsthis <b> is italics and bold </b>and now your browser throws a fit.</i>
This is tricky to prevent at the source, but I think I can fix it in post.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sun Aug 17 09:11:50 2014 (PiXy!)
On second thoughts, nope. That didn't work at all.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sun Aug 17 10:46:45 2014 (PiXy!)
Well, just to nit pick a little, what you posted wasn't overlapping tags.
Posted by: RickC at Sun Aug 17 15:42:42 2014 (0a7VZ)
Meanwhile, Russian naval otaku seem oddly interested in a 5-second fragment of a video, which seems like a first glance of some kind of new destroyer (could be a pipe dream of a shipbuilding company).
...to all my readers who are not members of the Mee.Nu blog hosting service.
I just deleted over 30 pages of spam comments that took the form of a cascading cornucopia of katakana. At least for the time being, I simply have to switch to allowing comments by registered users only.
Note though, that it's real easy to become a registered user. Just click on this hyperlink and fill out the form. After that, you can just log in and comment away!
I know it's scary, but it's perfectly safe!
You don't even have to use the free blog you'll receive, so it's just like registering for disqus or any chat forum,.
It's not just the ease of registering though, because now, more than ever, there are good reasons to become a Mee.Nuvian.
For instance, if you have a Facebook Page and find yourself asking the question "What can a Mee.Nu blog do for me that Facebook can't?" then I assure you, gentle reader, that you are asking the wrong question.
The correct question is "What awful stuff is Facebook doing to me that a blog based in Naru and managed from Australia absolutely won't?".
Unless you get ALL you're news from a Facebook feed, you may have heard about some of this. However, if you did you were probably afraid to say anything because deep down inside, you know that Facebook is run by the sort of people who thought that Police song was charming and romantic. Well, fear not , because as a Mee.Nuvian, you would be able take off your mask....
... be yourself, and not worry about your every interest, donation and keystroke being recorded and sold to those who would spam you, scam you or struggle against you...at least you wouldn't have to worry about it being done by Mee.Nu.
You see, Mee.Nu is run by Pixy Misa, a champion of justice who fights evil from his secret bases in New South Wales and Niue. Facebook is run by Baron Von Zuckerberg... a super-villain who feeds on the souls and personal information of his customers.
It should be noted that in Australia such acts of villainy are actually frowned upon by the media, providing another layer of security for people who use an Australian affiliated service.
But wait. There's more!
Mee.nu has all manner of spiffy keen features that are exceedingly easy to use via the user friendly and intuitive dashboard widgets.
For instance, YouTube video's embed just as easily as on Facebook...
*Mee.Nu is absolutely guaranteed not to cause scorpions to menace those at or near one's computer work station, However, Mee.Nu cannot and does not claim to remove preexisting scorpions from ones domicile. If you currently have a scorpion infestation, please contact a licensed exterminator...immediately after signing up for Mee.Nu.
Not sure what happened, but there was a glitch in the post below.
We have called in an expert who is so good that he regularly fixes IT systems WHILE UPSIDE DOWN!.
In the meantime, we have provided a compensatory beach bunny below the fold.
UPDATE: Fellow MeeNuVians, Thanks to our crackerjack team of antipodean technophiliacs, we have been informed that some formatting and visible HTML issues associated with cutting and pasting can be solved by turning off smilies.
As some of you may have noticed, there was something of an issue here over the last few days. If you didn't...then I need to up my blogging game rather dramatically.
As I understand it, this is what happened.
A large number of razorback hogs with beehives straped to their backs were set loose by unknown parties in the Texas bunker containing our RAID server, sucsessfully distracting the staff long enough for a number of trained Ghost Faced Bats to plant their C-4 charges in the facilities fire control computer without being noticed which precipitated the destruction of the buildings point defense system thus allowing a low flying UFO to fire an asteroid into the server building with the following results...
Actual footage from the Mee.Nu Zeppelin which was arriving with a shipment of Vegimite at the time.
Despite this, our crackerjack team of antipodean tech unicorns have restored everything except for any images or files uploaded after mid-March. Restoring some of those will be problematic as the frame grabs were discarded. In any event I've restored the images on the front page as I type this.
In all seriousness, Kudos to Pixy (our Antipodean tech unicorn) who has been working his Aussie posterior off the last three days rebuilding everyones websites despite a disasterous hardware failure and the difficulties inherent in being upsiode down all the time.
In possibly (but probably not) related news, my Twitter account got hacked yesterday as well, sending all 45 of my followers 150 solicitations to invest in a bitcoin enterprise. Between this and the spoofing a few weeks ago it's been a bad month for me and tech.
This guy would like someone to read what is written on these WW-2 Japanese cigarettes.
Posted by: jon spencer at Wed May 14 21:09:21 2014 (jfISJ)
I almost deleted your comment because it just looked so spammy.
That being said, the link is pretty interesting. It looks like Japanese cigarettes had branding on the individual cigs.
Trigger Warning (@Wonderduck)
There is an oddity regarding the story though, the Battle of Midway did not involve small unit infantry actions and was two years before Truk, so the Battle his father was wounded in was certainly not Midway.
Perhaps It's Just My own Insecurity...
...but I have come to the deeply disheartening conclusion that all those complementary comments from Michal Kors and Oakley may not, in fact, be entirely sincere.
Also: If you haven't already, you should go watch Nichijou. It makes the bad news bearable.
I've been using the Epic web broswer for 20 days and have gotten
a feel for it.
One of its features is a little pop up window
that tells what trackers it is blocking.
To the right is the NY Daily News. Interestingly
4-chan of all places had only one, and that’s only on certain boards. I probably
need to stay away from those boards anyway...I already wear glasses.
Of course the browser’s extreme focus on privacy
comes with a few quirks, with a lack of
spewlchek being the most keenly felt. Since it carries no cache data it
is a bit slower to load. Occasionally one finds a site that reacts badly to anything
that doesn't let it track its viewers and demands that you its their
cookies like some rabid girl scout. I haven’t been blocked from any site
Aside from the slightly
slower loading, the only functionality quirks I’ve found so far are as
follows. Occasionally embedded videos on some Wordpress blogs do not show up.
There are a few quirks with the Dashboard in Minx (The Mee’n You blog engine) but
said quirks are present in Safari and Opera as well.
On the plus side, it
seems to have the amazing ability to disable only the bad pop-up windows.
Let me explain.
ODU’s website opens
certain features in pop-up windows and pop up blockers (like the ones ion the
ODU learning commons computers…) generally disable that functionality. However,
they work fine in Epic. On the other hand, I have not seen a pop-up AD since I
started using the browser. I have had no issues with Paypal, which surprised
me. I understand that Epic allows people to view HULU from outside the US and
while I cannot confirm that, I can say that I was able to access one Japanese
site that normally blocks US access…and
I was thoroughly scarred by the experience.
One's mileage may vary, but I
think the slightly slow loading is a small price to pay for the added privacy.
This of course is assuming that
the whole thing isn’t an NSA honey pot to snare us paranoids .
Posted by: ReallyBored at Sat Apr 26 13:17:23 2014 (n3V1X)
STOP THE PRESSES
I've been working on this post for hours. It is a scandal that exemplifies the terrifying abuses of power many of us have come to fear. The fact that it has not been getting a lot of coverage is in and of itself disturbing.
After considerable digging, here's what we know....
"It originated with an Info-Wars link."
It has been a beautiful day here in Virginia. I'm going to go back outside and partake of it.
5Yes, there was a comma in your comment. There were also two typoes in the space of the 17 words of my comment. You win this round Pete. Savor your victory, for I have nearly recovered from my afflictions and shall soon return...with a Harvey's.
So, the day revolved around trying alternatives to Firefox...I have tentatively settled on Epic, which is basically Chrome without the Google. It's extreme privacy philosophy adds some annoying quirks (like a lack of spewllchek) but it is otherwise very nice and as a happy coincidence, the dashboard at Mee.nu is slightly more functional with it (I assume that holds true for Chrome, though I've never blogged with Chrome). All in all it's nice and the privacy features, imperfect as they likely are, have a special appeal now.
While appalled, I had not initially intended to dump Firefox, indeed when the notion first came up I thought it silly. To do so is a rather impotent gesture and giving up an admittedly splendid browser is a contender for the most comically gimp, first-world example of self flagellation there can be. Furthermore, I detest the hyperpolitization of everything and I loathe the purity police of any political stripe even more.
However, those despicable trends of modern life are at the core of the Firefox scandal where they are intertwined with the moral cowardice that facilitates them.
3 With Epic, the lack of spellcheck and password amnesia are annoying but I've probably grown too dependent on spellcheck and autofill anyway. I did note one minor Mee.Nu issue with Epic, the recently instituted "drag with cursor to embugulate/debigulate image widget" does not work in Epic (or Safari). One has to use the file operations menue in the images directory, which will break animated .gifs. Note for those with PCs, this awesome gift from Pixy works fine in IE, which I have on my netbook.
Just in case you're looking for another option, I took Vox Day's advice on this and switched to Pale Moon. Works beautifully and the transfer was seemless, as Pale Moon is basically Firefox without the Mozilla. It's about the most painless switch I can imagine.
Posted by: Tom at Sun Apr 6 22:30:11 2014 (bdCln)
My desktop is Linux and I insist on actual open source, so Pale Moon may not be an option. I was going to look into Midori. Maybe dab in its development as well.
No, I thought you made it pretty clear that you were being sarcastic and didn't hate Catholics, and that your "advice" was satirical in nature.
To be fair, the large number of real anti-Catholics out there... well, it makes a lot of Catholics see certain words and react. Those Catholic bloggers who have called themselves "Papists" as part of their shtick have experienced similar grief. And there are always people mistaking fake stories on the Onion or Eye of the Tiber for real news. So occasionally somebody argues that all humor should be stamped out lest we be misunderstood, only to be howled down by those who have senses of humor.
It's sad that people call good evil and evil good, and it's not pleasant to have people do that to you; but it happens (and especially in Lent, when people seem to do crazier things). You have my sympathy.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Sun Mar 30 19:42:18 2014 (mpHLh)
Some people have such poor reading comprehension that if you quote a Nazi in order to denounce his words, you'll be called a Nazi for quoting him. And half the time they won't even know it was a quote.
Posted by: Mauser at Sun Mar 30 20:33:28 2014 (TJ7ih)
Eating Crow With Verve
R.S. McCain isn't the only one dealing with contributors publishing unfounded rumors.
Bearing Drift is a conservative blog focused primarily on Virginia politics. Love or hate their views they have built a reputation as a bunch of straight shooters. Well, Friday one of their contributors, a Willie Deutch, announced that Governor McDonnell was resigning...and their traffic shot through the roof...and made the local radio station.
However, this story appears at this point to be utter bull squeeze.
The next day Bearing Drift put up this post. They are not throwing Deutch under the bus...yet...as he may have been burned by a source but they do acknowledge that the story is at best dubious. As corrections go, it's pretty decent, being on the front page and all.
It also stands as a reminder that reputation is not easily gained once lost and there are a LOT of BS stories out there. We here at Brickmuppet Blog are not immune to getting stories wrong. It's easy to get burned if ones normally reliable source is on crack that day...but it's important to remember that much of what is out there is crazy. Theres a LOT of BS stories floating about now...it seems to be more than usual....I know of several bloggers who've had to retract posts when they found out that stories they got from normally reliable sources were tracked back and found to ultimately come from Alex Jones or something.
"Animated png" isn't really a thing, so if it works in FF, that's just the latest thing in a long line of Netscape people making stuff up. There was a .mng spec proposed but never adopted for animated pngs.
Chrome doesn't animate them either.
Posted by: RickC at Wed Apr 3 19:13:53 2013 (WQ6Vb)
When I said '"Animated png" isn't really a thing' I meant as opposed to .mng files...
Posted by: RickC at Wed Apr 3 19:14:23 2013 (WQ6Vb)