Link Spammers Are A Bag Of Dicks

This big, cruel world is filled with all sorts of social rifts. Some of you are liberal while others are conservative. Some believe in God while others like to sleep in on Sunday. We’re deeply divided but there’s one thing we can all agree on: link spammers are a bag of dicks!

Your JoeDog is up to his armpits in spam. And if you’re a link spammer spamming this post, go /sbin/fsck yourself.

Google created these monsters. It awards points to sites with incoming links. But here’s the thing: it can’t be just any link. Back in the day, link-weenies created link farms to bump their SEO. A few years ago, the search engine giant started penalizing those type of links. As a result, link spammers now work overtime to add links to your website.

So they’re shitheads. But here’s the thing about these shitheads: they’re nicer than the average Internet. Gawker once chronicled a nasty flame war on a comment thread about a cake recipe. People are nasty but link spammers are nice.

They post compliments! Seriously, they have nothing but nice things to say about you or your site. They appeal to your ego with the hope that your vanity preserves their links.

Frankly, this makes them easier to root out of the comment queue. When I see, “Best site on the ….” kerplunk! I don’t need another word to know that’s spam. But if a comment begins, “Hey, asshole …” well, I need to keep reading because it’s probably legitimate commentary.

To combat this scourge, Your JoeDog uses Akismet. As a C-List nerdblogger, he can’t afford to give them much money but he can give them a linky! Oh! That’s two linkies. Wait, what? You’d rather have money. I give you guys $12.00 a year how much more do you want??!!

Akismet works pretty darn well. For each spammer who manages to find his way onto the comment queue, Akismet deletes hundreds of others ones. The company claims it’s saved Your JoeDog 52 days in comment management since he started using their service. That sounds about right.

Your JoeDog highly recommends Akismet and if your site actually makes money he encourages you to slip them a little more than $12.00 a year.

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Here’s What We Know About The GMail Hacking Incident

Yesterday there was a flurry of reports about five million hacked GMail accounts that were posted online. A large number of people were understandably alarmed. This is the type of breach that can expose a victim to identity theft.

The GMail credentials first appeared on btcsec.com, a bitcoin security forum. They were posted by someone named TVSkit. He was described as Russian, probably due to his penchant for funny characters since the forum is a Russian language site.

Soon after the initial wave of reports, Google weighed in on its security blog. The company harvested the posted login credentials and checked them against their internal records. According to the company, less than 2% were valid and even fewer could be used to access an account.

In the wake of this report, there was another round of breaking news. Google probably wasn’t hacked but you should probably change your password anyway, the media said as it turned its attention to the next shiny object. No. What you should do is setup two-step verification.

In all likelihood, this stir was caused by an adolescent copy-and-paste hacker who grabbed someone else’s credential sheet and used it to bolster a claim about a non-existent GMail breach.

 

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Facebook: How To Stop Videos From Playing Automatically

A few months ago, Facebook changed its policy and began setting videos to auto-play. This is particularly annoying on phones and tablets where you can pay for data usage. But it’s also annoying on web browsers. Your JoeDog uses the Vimium plug-in for Chrome which gives him vi-bindings for navigation. He scrolls down with ‘j’ and up with ‘k’. Auto-play breaks vimium. Oh, noes!!1!!!1!

Here’s how to to stop videos from auto-playing on Facebook.

First navigate to Settings. On mobile, it should be an option on the left hand navigation menu. In your browser it’s a little more tricky to find. Look for the privacy menu on the top blue banner. It’s a small menu with a lock:

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This will present a Privacy menu. Scroll down to the bottom to “See More Settings”  Click that and it will take you to the Privacy and Tools page. On the left hand side you’ll see a navigation menu. Look for “Videos.” On my nav it’s the last item. That link will take you to Video Settings. From there you can turn off Auto-Play

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Annoyance resolved.

 

 

 

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Why Do Investors Love Amazon?

What’s happening at Amazon isn’t suppose to happen in modern finance. Shares are rising as profits are falling:

Amazon shares are up around 150 percent since mid-2010, which perhaps not coincidentally was the last time the company had sizable profits. In other words, investors really decided they loved the company only when net income began to slide.

Any fool can run a profitable company but it takes a gutsy person to build the world’s largest retailer….

[New York Times - All Amazon Is Missing Is a Profit]

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Your JoeDog Loves Coffee, Hates Lines

coffee-houndIt used to be that everybody in America had their coffee cup filled to the same level: full. Now baristas ask if you need “room” for creme. Basically they’ve added a few seconds to each of the more than 100 million daily coffee transactions for the benefit of a few special snowflakes for whom a quarter inch clearance isn’t adequate for all the god damn creme they’re gonna pour into their cups. Just stop it.

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Programmers – Can’t Live With ‘em…

slotnikA programmer’s wife sends him on an errand with the following instructions: “Run to the store and get a loaf of bread. If they have eggs, get a dozen. He returned with 12 loaves of bread.

So she sends him back with revised instructions: “Go to the store and get some bread. While you’re there, pick up some eggs.” The programmer never returned….

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What are worse: Fanboys or Trolls?

Martin Gräßlin, a KDE Window Manager maintainer, posts an interesting article about his experiences inside the free software community. Those experiences would eventually cause him to alter his political views. Gräßlin initially viewed any infringement on freedom as problematic. Freedom of speech, he thought, was democracy’s most important right. Yet now he thinks some forms of censorship should be encouraged. This one-time orthodox liberal now finds himself occasionally deleting comments. What caused this change of heart? “The answer is simple: Fanboys and trolls.”

Of the two, he thinks fanboys are worse….

NOTE: for those unfamiliar with German, ß is shorthand for “ss” and ä can be represented as “ae” so we could Anglicize Martin’s last name as “Graesslin.” And now you know…

 

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