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[#] Mon Jan 16 2012 08:34:41 EST from zooer

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Apparently the "Sebastian Delmont" message doesn't appear in text mode,
only in the web version.

To the mods, there is a message above that has no header so I can't tell
who posted it or the date stamp of the message. It is large enough you
have to scroll through the message. No other messages appear, that
is the only message in the room.
If you switch from Bulletin board mode to blog mode it is the same. Mail
mode lists the other new messages.
It looks as though someone copied and pasted an article from a website
(plus.Google.com?) and there must be some kind of embedded code messing
with page formatting. Visiting using the web you can see bold, and
there are embedded links.



Sorry about the speeling mistooks above.

[#] Mon Jan 16 2012 08:36:25 EST from zooer

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I was only listing the last five messages, if I do the "R" command
instead of the "L" command I see that the message in question is
from "dothebart" on the 13th.

[#] Mon Jan 16 2012 09:36:31 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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IG, would you kindly dump the TL;DR Sebastian post so the rest of the
room can be read in WebCit?

Ok, I moved it to a quarantine room so I can figure out its brand of brain damage and work around it.

In the meantime I will continue to use Google Maps and all other Google services.
Google are the good guys and we need to support them.

[#] Mon Jan 16 2012 11:48:07 EST from zooer

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Eventually everything becomes corrupt.



[#] Mon Jan 16 2012 12:56:30 EST from Spell Binder

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Jan 14 2012 7:05am from Nite*Star
BTW, always wondered if it were possible to log into one's cable box,

or hook a USB cable up to it (most have USB ports on them for some
reason), or something... Would be kinda neat to get in there and fuss

around with stuff. ;)


You can. Most, if not all, cable modems will let you web browse using the LAN side IP address as a URL so you can view the modem's status and, in some rare cases, modify settings.

I used to do this quite frequently whenever we were experiencing issues with our internet or TV service. The cable modem's web page would have statistics on packets transmitted/received, and, most importantly, upstream and downstream signal strengths over the WAN-side coax link.

Most stand-alone cable modems won't let you modify much, if anything, because the cable companies don't want you breaking anything, or trying to get more than what you've paid for. The all-in-one routers that IG mentioned, though, will usually let you do most of the basic things a stand-alone home router would do.
Spell

[#] Mon Jan 16 2012 17:49:22 EST from Ladyhawke

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Thanks, IG!

Clearly, this was an MS conspiracy.



[#] Mon Jan 16 2012 19:15:02 EST from the8088er

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BTW, always wondered if it were possible to log into one's cable box,

or hook a USB cable up to it (most have USB ports on them for some
reason), or something... Would be kinda neat to get in there and fuss

around with stuff. ;)

You can. The IP seems to usually be 192.168.100.1. The USB port is actually for internet. I remember working onn a Windows 98 box with no Ethernet ports which was receiving cable internet over USB. Weird stuff.

[#] Tue Jan 17 2012 01:01:44 EST from Animal

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Same process the USB-wifi sticks use.

Horrible horrible devices. Internet is NOT meant to be pumped through
USB.

[#] Wed Jan 18 2012 11:50:37 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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You can. Most, if not all, cable modems will let you web browse using

the LAN side IP address as a URL so you can view the modem's status
and, in some rare cases, modify settings.

Does the typical cable modem have NAT built into it now?

Because if it doesn't, I would imagine that pointing to your default gateway would just get you to the provider's CMTS, not your own cable modem.

[#] Fri Jan 20 2012 13:29:38 EST from Spell Binder

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8088er got it right. There's usually a special IP address on the cable modem that you can use to access its internal web page. AFAIK, most modem-only devices are just L2-bridging Ethernet onto the DOCSIS network.

[#] Sat Jan 21 2012 04:15:26 EST from zooer

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Mon Jan 16 2012 09:36:31 AM EST from IGnatius T Foobar
Google are the good guys and we need to support them.

 

I know I saw another article on them from a different source but here is a recent article.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/01/20/google-is-no-friend-internet-freedom/



[#] Tue Jan 24 2012 10:16:19 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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In the world of technology we have long been aware of the old adage "the enemy of my enemy is my friend." It is wise to know when to apply this and when to *stop* applying it.

We are there with Google right now.

It stopped applying to Apple a couple of years ago.

[#] Fri Jan 27 2012 09:46:10 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Google consolidated 60 different sets of policies into a single one that is applied to all of their products and services. This is a good thing.

And it's a completely reasonable policy, but all of the Apple/Microsoft fueled haters, predictably, took the opportunity to dogpile on Google.

[#] Sat Jan 28 2012 09:07:56 EST from zooer

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Google: "All your business is ours"

[#] Mon Jan 30 2012 22:11:53 EST from LoanShark

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THE NEW THEORY OF SOCIAL NETWORKING SITE EVOLUTION

Stage 1: INFECTION

New social networking site gradually catches on. After resisting as
long as you can as your so-called friends pound you with invites, sooner
or later you cave in.

Stage 2: DENIAL

You don't want to delete your profile--not yet, at least; who would
delete their digital self?--but you filter all the email notifications
in an ultimately futile attempt to ignore the beast.

Stage 4: SELF-REINFORCEMENT

Oops, you switched to a new email client but didn't recreate your
filters. Foothold! The Damned Site is now eating a small but growing
corner out of your brain.

Stage 5: FALSE REDEMPTION

Due to popular demand, the site's authors add personal preferences that
allow you to block most notifications. You turn off the emails,
and slowly you forget the Damned Thing exists.

Stage 6: METASTASIS

Some has-been
who runs a portal or search engine wants to get in on the
game. His new social networking site doesn't allow you to turn off
invite notifications until you create an account. But you've already
turned off notifications everywhere else, so slowly your attention is
refocused...

GOTO STAGE 1

[#] Tue Jan 31 2012 13:26:42 EST from Spell Binder

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Hmmm....Stage 3 is missing.

1. Steal underwear.
2. ????
3. Make money.

[#] Tue Jan 31 2012 13:29:48 EST from wizard of aahz

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3. Make money.



Spell - that's what color laser printers are for.

[#] Tue Jan 31 2012 15:58:22 EST from LoanShark

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There is NO stage 3.

[#] Tue Jan 31 2012 17:50:27 EST from the_mgt

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And since google bashing is one of my hobbies:

Yes, right, google uses open standards... like facebook for their chats. Now there are lots of multiprotocol IMs supporting gtalk and fbchat, but no pure and plain xmpp... big win for the open standard.

And yes, they only ask you to create a gmail account for the android devices... I dunno what epic shitstorm would have brewed up if MS made a hotmail account mandatory for win7 installations or things like "Sorry, you can not install Outlook with your Office suite if you don't register with hotmail."

And your "only gmail" account opens up the doors of R'lyeh: Whatever google affiliated site you visit, you are already logged in. They take all your browsing traces and they link it to your search profiles, etc etc etc. This is prime data and I can not even benefit in beautifully personalized ads, since I have been blocking ads for the last ten years.

I needed to create a google docs account for a  project to coordinate better. I only used it in Firefox, since Opera is my main browser and I block all google cookies there. When I realized that FF hat autologged me into youtube, I nuked the FF profile and started using the google account only in FFs "porn mode" (strg+shift+p).

In my oppinion, the only thing "open" about google is you as a user. Open like a book to be read thoroughly. Now, the thing I find most odd i in the time of post-privacy and all that "I have nothing to hide" attitude is: why do people cry out if their credit card information gets stolen from Sony Corp., for example? Might it be that there is data you want to keep private? Or do you simply lock the toilet door behind you out of habit? 



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