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Journal: NDAA Canary

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Similar to the Warrant Canary, it may make sense for someone to create an "NDAA Canary", where it sends individuals an email once a day that each individual must respond to. Perhaps just by clicking a link in the email; or, perhaps by entering "something you know" so that it is less likely to be spoofed. Then, when citizens start disappearing into Guantanamo or wherever, we will be able to know about it even if they are unable to discuss it (through geography, or via gag order).

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Journal: WTF 1

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Why the fuck can't I read the posts that I have created? Slashdot having a bad day? Here's the error I'm getting:

Error 503 Service Unavailable Service Unavailable Guru Meditation: XID: 2024519708 Varnish cache server

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Journal: Changing the signature again, and stupid programming tricks 3

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Old signature: The MIC is in charge; it doesn't matter who the meat votes in.
Wake up! It's 1984. - Oingo Boingo, 1983

New signature: Something positive, for a change.

Stupid programming tricks: the "Write in Journal" button is at the bottom of the page. There's new fancy Ajaxian code to auto-load new items when the user scrolls to the bottom of the page. So, the ability to click that button is a lot like those old annoyance applications with "click the button" which moved around the screen as the mouse got close to it.

In closing: WTF, why aren't my <p> tags working when I preview? This is wall-of-text! Oh well, the info is the important part, but presentation is also useful...

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Journal: Changing .sig 2

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Today is 2010-04-25 SUN, and I'm changing my .sig. Since this changes all previous posts to have the new .sig, my older one disappears, and I liked it and may bring it back if I survive the onslaught of religious oppression that must follow my new .sig. So, here it was:

Science controls nature; religion controls humans.

Wake up! It's 1984. - Oingo Boingo, 1983

And for posterity, here's the new one:

New sig 2010-04-25 SUN: The period at the end of this sentence represents Mohammed --> .

This is a reaction to the South Park death threats.

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Journal: Terry Pratchett Friends

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Anyone who references a Terry Pratchett quote will become a Friend.

Today I friended two people: ConceptJunkie for referencing Ankh-Morpork, and leonbrooks for referencing Nisodemus from Diggers.

I just finished most of his catalog and need more!

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Journal: I friended my freaks 1

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I just friended my freaks. I only had three of them, but I'd like to know what the people who dislike me are saying. It's a pity that the system doesn't give better feedback, like, "Why are these people upset with me? What exactly did I say to cause them to pull the trigger?"

That, and the old saying "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer."

But I'm more interested in what they're saying; if they're bigots or technophobes/luddites or humorless, or if they're just trying out the interface and freaking by accident, or if they're just like me and spend just a couple hours a day and want to see good stuff during that short time. Although I tend toward the carrot more than the stick: I have zero foes, but many friends. And everyone who fans me becomes my friend. It may take a while as I don't check it daily, more like monthly. But when I do, I bring everyone in so I can see what they're saying. I keep my threshhold at 3, but I +1 Funny and some other stuff so if you're making a joke, chances are I'll see it.

At any rate, shouts out to my freaks and hopefully I can turn you into fans! And if not, it's all good anyway. This is the Internet! ;-)

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Journal: With our help, SCO will soon become a "Bunch of Assholes" 1

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I just changed my .sig at the suggestion of a responder to one of my posts (I've somehow gotten more prolific lately, which is odd because I'm working 70+ hour weeks and have so little free time; I guess it's the lacking social life that helps in this regard).

My new sig states "Bunch of Assholes" which is a link to http://www.sco.com. The idea behind this (the post I responded to) was that Google spiders Slashdot, and ranks based on how many pages link to a certain site (PageRank), so the more people who link the phrase "Bunch of Assholes" to SCO, the quicker it'll bubble up in the search ranks and turn up when someone searches for "Bunch of Assholes."

At the time I posted it, SCO was nowhere on the first page of search results (searching with quotes or without). They still aren't, but it's only been a couple days. Won't you join me? (Post a reply if you do.)

Thanks to the 120-char limit, I had to shrink my original .sig but it still makes some sense (Homer's insights are great). Hope this new year's better for you than the last year, especially if you're in IT (I'm working and haven't been for over a year -- woohoo!).

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Journal: Submission: Has anyone tried the "debt elimination" companie 2

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I just submitted the following to Ask Slashdot:

There is a service which purports to eliminate your debt because banks are violating Federal regulations when they issue credit cards. The sales pitch states that all you have to do is write a letter asking them to clarify their compliance with these laws, and they have 90 days to answer or your debt is eliminated.

They then said most banks will write back without answering the inquiry, stating that "you signed the forms, you owe us the money" but they didn't answer the actual question, so you write another letter asking them to clarify and they have an additional 90 days.

They state that you will become debt-free in 6-10 months, and that they've helped 20,000 people do this in the past 5 years. The cost is $2,995 for $40k of debt, and $995 for each $30k of debt above that (so to eliminate $130k of debt, it would cost $995 x 3 + $2995 = $5,980).

This is not a small amount of money, and although they have a money-back guarantee (which they said nobody has ever taken them up on, i.e. they have 100% satisfied customers), I am very skeptical and would like to know if anyone has heard of this, used it, or knows definitely that it's a scam.

They have a few websites with more information: a sparsely-detailed site, a site with more details and links, and a link to the parent company.

I am seriously considering bankruptcy (as I'm sure many of us are after the dot-com crash), and if this "too-good-to-be-true" process actually works then it'll save my credit from being torn to shreds. (They'll also help you fix your credit when you're done.)

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Journal: Rejection

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2003-07-23 16:23:16 Humor: "KILLKILLKILL -- The SCO Group" (articles,humor) (rejected)
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Journal: Rejection

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2003-02-11 00:12:39 Dude, I'm getting a cell! (articles,doj) (rejected)
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Journal: Submission

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I'm recording my submission because the system only records the heading, not the complete text. Just submitted:

Dude, I'm getting a cell!

The "Dell Dude" was caught with a misdemeanor's amount of marijuana on him.

In related news, Hank Azaria (as Apu) said "420!" last night on "Inside the Actor's Studio" with the Simpsons.

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Journal: My first fan! 2

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I saw this blue circle which confused me so I clicked on it and found that I've got my first fan !

I haven't used the Friend/Foe system at all, so I don't know what to do about it. And I've never used the Journal system either; this is my first entry.

That's all.

Weekends were made for programming. - Karl Lehenbauer

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