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Incompetent hosting companies (Arvixe?)

26 Mar

Yes: we will be having a post about hosting companies, complete with sales emails and ‘support’ logs.
We will show how some of these companies just waste your time and in particular request you to upgrade to packages that JUST DO NOT WORK

First up will be: arvixe
You can find avoid them at : http://www.arvixe.com

So….. here we go.
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Well done Google ‘hot Tw*t’ == Hot, Thailand

08 Mar

Finally a Google tracking function that is functional as well as amusing.
Sick of google automatically setting my location and thinking that I am somehow interested in local news.
I decided to reset the Google location on the Google “news” page.
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Tips for using GitHub

25 Feb

GitHub is great for finding code and then forking it, however one issue is that there are a significant number of idiots forking projects and then making insignificant formatting changes, maybe they want to see their name up on the web or even claim that they are part of the project (great for job interviews)

So when forking a project you need to ensure you have the actual base project and not some numpties re-fork of a re-fork.

Here is a classic example taken of a FULL Git patch:

@@ -6,7 +6,7 @@
6# Datatypes (KEYWORD1)
7#######################################
8
9-DHT22 KEYWORD1
9+DHT22 KEYWORD1
10
11 #######################################
12 # Methods and Functions (KEYWORD2)

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Finally, someone gets a set of testicles

15 Jun

It has been announced that the UK government will be investigating Facebook.
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How to have a high traffic, massive member Forum (A forum with lots of people)

14 Jun

Often you will see Forums for sale with tens of thousands of members plus a high through-put rating(something that says the forum have active postings).

How to some of these forums accomplish such high readership?

Simple: By not running anti-spammer software or plugins.
Currently this forum is under attack from such people, as can be seen below from my anti-spammer plugin.

Now interestingly to get this far, they have to enter a valid name & email address, plus they need to defeat a CAPTCHA and finally need to reply back to the email that is sent to them.
So either they have some fairly sophisticated software/scripting to perform this process or they are doing it manually in which case it is costing them money.
After all that hard-work, they ultimately end-up being caught in a massive honeypot sting.

So the moral of the story is, do not believe everything you read or see on the web and if something seems too good to be true, then usually it is.

 

70 million victims as the Sony band played on……

27 Apr

So what went wrong?
Computer networks get hacked every day, recently my own details were spread on the spam lists by the morons over at Marriott hotels.
One day after the hack at Marriott my email account started to fill with spam. Marriott claim my credit card details ,address and other personal information are safe, sorry Marriott I do not believe you.

 

I have one question to  Marriott,Sony and the other fuck whits who think other peoples personal information is just data:

Why do you employ such complete morons to be in charge of your data networks?

Sure networks get hacked, but WTF (WHY ******), do you not keep the data on your networks encrypted?

Oracle has had encryption functionality built into its database for at least the last 5 years. Exactly what allowed these hackers to gain access to the data of  70,000,000 users, why was this information kept as unencrypted data?

People reading this news, may all think this has no bearing on them, but it does:  since every Credit Card loss is a loss of each and every Credit Card holder, not to mention an increase in insurance and bank charges.

Sony  should be royally shafted by both the people whose data was compromised  and by the credit card companies.

But you know how this is going to turn out:

A few mid level Sony representatives will do a bit of bowing and shed a few crocodile tears, then they will go back to their happy lives.

HC

 

 

 

UPDATE

 

Here we go!!!!!!!
Sony No.2 Bows deeply

 

 

IBM Hard Drive Crash

20 Feb

Digging through my old photo library , I came across the following painful photograph.

Specifically  the pain related not to loosing the disk-drive or data (it was a scrap drive) ,but rather to the fact that the platters exploded on my workbench, throwing micro-fragments of glass into my right hand.(I was trying to disassemble the platter stack)

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