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Journal Journal: XOOPS, main site hacked again.

Submitted the following, just hope it gets a posting, otherwise, forget it, I won't be wasting my time submitting /. to seems to appreciate my efforts more.

Here is a snippet from main site:
"The main website has been hacked by a destructive hacker in order to destroy the open source spirit of the XOOPS community, and promote another project (without their consent!). We have stopped the hacker..."

The other project is XOOPSCube

Here is a list of some of the damage:

1. Xoops title changed to read, "When you look long into the abyss, the abyss looks long into you".
2. User's PM settings deleted.
3. PM's returned with, "Are you seeing what I'm seeing? yes, I can see... dead people."
4. Posts dated years ago are marked current.
5. Avatar and Rank images deleted.
6. Mikhail Miguel from Brazil, a former supporter recently banned, gets User ID 1.

Looks like there may be dissention in the ranks.
After just reviewing CMS, (Content Management Systems), I can say that this certainly raised a red flag for me.

Maybe it would be a good idea for sites like,, to report this news and track projects with a history of security problems.

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Journal Journal: Slashdot shell script.

Need a shell script to mark /. articles for mod when mod points are delivered.
Should be able to scrape the web page with wget.
Make database entries.
Send email with a tag to unleash points before expiry if any left.
Some can be marked to grab a point automatically.

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Journal Journal: To meet a famous Cowboy.

Some theory.
Way out there I know, (standard disclaimers apply).

I'm sitting here moderating and it occours to me, (wife sedated from tubal ligation btw), what is next on Slashdot, will it evolve or be evolved around.

It certainly is a method of thinking, but more importantly collaborating.

It will be interesting to see the following:

moderation of ones own thread.
moderation and participation.
indication of moderation and participation status to others.
(this serves to show that there may be a bias?)

ip database of verified accounts vs. posting anonomously
and of course...

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Journal Journal: Enhance your Slashdot Experence.

This is just a link list I'm putting together to enhance my slashdot power.

If anyone has others, please do tell.

This one is great to get an idea of story traffic and strong responses:

I really like this one cause it makes slashdot into an audio broadcast:

Wikipedia's great definition and information of Slashdot culture:

Someday maybe I will make my own Slash server:

I've only been stung once so far by excessive trolling, none the less its something to watch out for on Slashdot. Its usually people that like to argue for the sake of arguing and really don't have a clue what they are arguing about.

Been slashdotted?
Try this:

An interesting review of moderation:

User Journal

Journal Journal: Nostalgia

As I work here amoung a christmas tree of LEDs, I can't help but think about those old SciFi flicks with what looks like now, to be a goofy way of representing the future.
Yet somehow it was true.

Star Trek was a good example.
"Those lights represent nothing, rediculous.", I thought.

Yet here I am.
Surrounded by them.

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Journal Journal: Bigger Comment Box PLEASE!!! 1

Please oh pllleeeeaaassseee,
Expand the comment box!
This will fix the wrap around bug,
(You know, the one that inserts the dam space at the right side of the box limit?), when cutting and pasting long URL links AND stop the torture of creating posts in a tiny window.
Would you want to work on a desk 3" x 6"?
Its mental thumb screws!

It can't be that hard to code. Can it?

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Journal Journal: I wish I could Moderate and Participate.

Ok so this is just a request stuffed in a bottle and sent floating into a sea of great expanse.

I like to moderate.
But I also like to participate.
Thats how I successfully moderate.

Although I do undertand conflict of interest.
There are topics and there are threads.
I'd like to have our /. moderation rules restricted to just threads.
Meaning I can still moderate inside a topic and participate. Although, if I moderate a thread, it becomes subject to roll back of moderation points and *not* the whole topic.

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Journal Journal: Search Engine Difficiencies

Trying to find out WHO is "Stanley J Randall"

Searches in all major search engines show only his quotes.
I've spent hours trying to sift through the results to come up with nothing!

Ok lets try

While here, lets try "Rob Malda" on
Charlie Sheen! All right I'm on the trail of CmdrTaco now!!!

The Internet certainly is lacking in results these days.

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Journal Journal: Reading Slashdot and Moderating

Ok, so now I can moderate.

But what the heck is this lovely wasteland of thought?

Who could read just one story, study it, then return to read all the posts and make judgement?

And as I sit here amounst computer screens and wirring fans, it dawns on me.

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Journal Journal: xTLD? Whats the future of Top Level Domains?

TLD, (Top Level Domain)

ccTLD (country code)
gTLDs (generic) (.com, .edu, .gov, .int, .mil, .net, and .org)
- sTLD (sponsored) (.museum, .areo, .coop
- uTLD (unsponsored) (.biz, .info, .name, and .pro)
specialTLD .arpa

The value of the domain name is truly incredible. The internet domain name was sold by Marc Ostrofsky of Texas, USA, on December 1, 1999 for US $7.5 million. In January of 2000, domain name was sold for $3 million. Recently, in December of 2003, Rick Schwartz sold his domain name for $1.3 million. Some of the people would never sell their names .name goes second level like .com 11:30AM EST on 14 January 2004

ICANN "ICANN's role is very limited," ya right!
To propose a new TLD :
$45,000-50,000 which is non-refundable regardless of outcome.
Come on, that's just a ridiculous money grabbing bureaucracy!

Whois database is a great SPAM engine.

Cyber squatting .pro - behind on its second level offering
- Third level domains offered by providing only subdomain names like .tv - A Verisign Company?
- Example of squat, $10,000/year
- Suppose to be country code for Tuvalu

Browser Behavior
-Name without TLD defaults
  IE 6.0.26 - defaults to <name>.com
Mozilla 1.0.2 - Netscape search
Konqueror 3.1.4 - Google search

-Name not registered
IE 6.0.26 -
Mozilla 1.0.2 - Alert
Konqueror 3.1.4 - Unknown host error
Now that I look back on this post from long ago, it hits me like a hammer that this stuff actually slowing the rollout of other names. Firefox should be interesting. Oh and if you plan on a domain transfer, its work, with money grabbing all along the way. $300 from Domainsatcost to transfer a name in redemption, when delays were the fault of the organization. No phone answering possible at any time of the day. Toll Free lines are none existant, so its stressful to watch your long distance phone charge climb into the a couple of hours of waiting with no response!
Finally the fax works, but you need 5-20 sheets of real big type to get a response.
WARNING: This will cause you to bang your head aimlessly against the wall.

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