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diricawl
Looney

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Posted - 04/08/2008 :  04:35:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This whole "virtual identity" thing can get quite scary. Remember the Hobbes/Aidan explosion way back when?

Weird thing was, IllegalEagle went all William Gibson and tried to claim that no, Tobbes had in fact existed and had actually died, a virtual being in the virtual world.

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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
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Posted - 04/08/2008 :  10:24:04  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by AMC

Are you sure you're really you?


I beat Gothy in his Lord of the Rings trivia challenge, how's that for a bit of proof? Real evil is so hard to come by these days-- and handmaidens of evil are increasingly scarce.

I missed that whole blow up, but I remember the fall out. I think I was just off the boards for a while when it happened. In a bout of nostalgia the other day I looked up Rames' blog and then Pixel's.

In our case (here) someone hacked my account, logged in as me, apparently modified some of the board settings, and posted casino spam under my user name. People are fascinating and inexplicable sometimes. Why would anyone bother doing such things? It seems such a lot of trouble to go to simply to have the trash removed-- especially here where the traffic is so low.

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AMC
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Posted - 04/08/2008 :  11:42:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Possibly it's a program that searches the web for sites it can break into? I'd doubt that anyone personally went to the trouble.

I never get all that het up over internet deception. I simply assume that there's a 10% chance someone is not telling the complete truth and a 1% chance that someone is out-and-out lying. The chances are very good that you can trust people but there's a small chance that you can't. So don't send money to or invest your emotions in someone you don't know all that well. That's not a lot different from real life. You meet someone in class or at work, they seem very nice, you talk a lot but you've never met their family or friends or seen their home... you can assume that everything they say about their home-life is completely true and you've got a good chance of being right - but there's a small chance that you're wrong. If you find out later that they misled you - big deal. They lied or exaggerated or possibly omitted some information. As long as you didn't marry them or give them your credit card, it shouldn't be a personal crisis.

I know a lot of people feel differently - we had a HUGE blow-up on another board because a woman who had been posting with us as a "Mom" for 3 years turned out to be a college student (kind of dumb one) who was imposing on other members of the board financially and emotionally. Now I never liked this "woman" and had never lent so much as her my ear so I thought it was kind of funny - but other "Mom"s practically had nervous break-downs over it.


And I love you, I love you, I love you.
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diricawl
Looney

United Kingdom
1078 Posts

Posted - 04/08/2008 :  12:59:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Siobhan

quote:
Originally posted by AMC

Are you sure you're really you?


I beat Gothy in his Lord of the Rings trivia challenge, how's that for a bit of proof? Real evil is so hard to come by these days-- and handmaidens of evil are increasingly scarce.

I missed that whole blow up, but I remember the fall out. I think I was just off the boards for a while when it happened. In a bout of nostalgia the other day I looked up Rames' blog and then Pixel's.

In our case (here) someone hacked my account, logged in as me, apparently modified some of the board settings, and posted casino spam under my user name. People are fascinating and inexplicable sometimes. Why would anyone bother doing such things? It seems such a lot of trouble to go to simply to have the trash removed-- especially here where the traffic is so low.



Because it takes very little effort and maybe, just maybe, it might be up long enough for somebody to fall for it. I'm not sure, but it's conceivable that it took no effort at all. You could have been hacked by a bot. They can do wondrous things these days. Maybe you should put up those bendy letters that bots can't read.

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JKRisSuperior
Mediwizard

USA
694 Posts

Posted - 04/08/2008 :  15:37:44  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Who is William Gibson?
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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 04/08/2008 :  16:28:18  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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You could have been hacked by a bot. They can do wondrous things these days. Maybe you should put up those bendy letters that bots can't read.

We have a security question for new memberships that requires typing in an answer to an HP related question. If you log out and then try to apply for a new membership, you'll see what I mean. I'd be very surprised to find that a bot did that. It seems more like an individual who has nothing better to do with their time than spam.

AMC, I know what you mean about such overreacting. I'm a member of another discussion board that feels pretty "intimate." People get upset that "their" public forum is even readable without membership. How they expect to have any new members, I don't know.

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AMC
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Posted - 04/09/2008 :  01:44:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Siobhan, my guess is a program could find a way around your board security by reading the stored configuration data for this board. Because message boards aren't built from "scratch", I'm assuming the storage of user IDs and passwords are in standard tables on whatever server directory holds the board info. Once the program located and read the tables, it "knows" your user ID and password. Then it wouldn't need to answer any security questions, it would just log on as you.

I support a large software package and there's lot of security to keep me from destroying stuff. But I know enough about the software that if I wanted to build something that took down the system completely, it would be child's play for me to do so, security or no security. Happily, I'm not a sociopath (insofar as you know) so I've never been tempted to destroy anything.


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diricawl
Looney

United Kingdom
1078 Posts

Posted - 04/09/2008 :  04:09:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by JKRisSuperior

Who is William Gibson?



William Gibson is a scifi writer; one of the elite cadre, alongside HG Wells, Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov and Arthur C Clarke, who have invented a concept in their writings that has since come true. In his case, he coined the term "cyberspace", and invisioned it as a kind of electronic hallucination where places and people were virtually represented in 3D. He coined it fifteen years before the internet. Low and behold, 25 years later, he's giving talks in Second Life, which many people see as the prototype for the web's second incarnation. Gibson and a small group of believers created the "cyberpunk" literary genre, which debated issues about identity and reality in cyberspace long before avatars and sock puppetry became social problems. His characters included dead people whose personalities and memories had been recorded and uploaded onto computer networks, artificial intelligences who lived entirely within the web, and celebrities who turn out to be completely constructed entities with no existence outside the media. Basically he's become a kind of guru to the wired.

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diricawl
Looney

United Kingdom
1078 Posts

Posted - 04/09/2008 :  04:12:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by AMC

Siobhan, my guess is a program could find a way around your board security by reading the stored configuration data for this board. Because message boards aren't built from "scratch", I'm assuming the storage of user IDs and passwords are in standard tables on whatever server directory holds the board info. Once the program located and read the tables, it "knows" your user ID and password. Then it wouldn't need to answer any security questions, it would just log on as you.

I support a large software package and there's lot of security to keep me from destroying stuff. But I know enough about the software that if I wanted to build something that took down the system completely, it would be child's play for me to do so, security or no security. Happily, I'm not a sociopath (insofar as you know) so I've never been tempted to destroy anything.




That's the scary thing about internet security. Anyone smart enough to know how to construct a security wall is also smart enough to know how to knock it down.

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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 04/22/2008 :  11:02:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
And so we've been hacked again. This time we were not alone, though. Several other sites were attacked. If nothing else, it proves that this is not an isolated, chance occurrence. The hackers are hurting paying clients, too-- just adds a little more urgency to the matter.

If we appear to be offline, it might simply be Mad-Eye installing some new Dark Arts detectors. Remember to try retyping the site address (hpgalleries.org) into your browser-- I had to do that this morning.

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AMC
Mediwizard

1710 Posts

Posted - 04/22/2008 :  19:08:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes, I noticed a "sex attack" but I couldn't fix anything - then the site was down.. so I just kept trying. After the Yo-yo boards, we aren't easily discouraged.


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Jokelly
Barking

USA
1509 Posts

Posted - 04/23/2008 :  00:29:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ought-ohh, we've been attacked? I missed it.

Been busy. Work sucks. Need a nap.

I'm still doing my accounting job, but only until May 19th. They've got a replacement, but I'm staying a month longer because it's actually only three weeks because the meeting is earlier and I could use one more month's pay, especially if it's a really short month. I actually told them June 1st was my last day, but it's going to be May. My other job sucks, too.

I am so glad the PA primary is over! I'm so sick of campaigning. My region of the state voted around 75% for Clinton, but I'm so tired of the coverage. She was at my local college, but we had such conflicting reports on times and days that nobody I know got to go. It wasn't well publicized. I actually have no idea who I'm voting for in the national election. It's amazing how bitter Clinton and Obama fans are with each other. McCain is a shoe-in for the Presidency if people stick to their guns and refuse to vote for the winning Dem candidate if theirs doesn't win. This is a weird race that was handed over to the Democrats on a silver platter and they just handed it back to the Republicans.

We've had such a beautiful April. Usually we still have snow coming down, but it's been really nice, thankfully. I turned down the furnace and it hasn't ran in a week. This is really great because I can't afford to get another tank of oil before this fall. I've also gotten to do some gardening. I'm currently moving big boulders for landscaping and it's slow going, but eventually it will get done. I'm scared to plant because we usually plant the end of May because of heavy frosts into May, but people are planting now. I'm trying to resist.

I need a haircut. I'm getting bangs. I haven't had bangs for a long time, but I miss them and my forehead wrinkle, that I've had most of my life, needs covered. The only problem is I look too young with them. I'm trying to not cut them myself so I'll just have to wait.


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AMC
Mediwizard

1710 Posts

Posted - 04/24/2008 :  02:02:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sorry both jobs suck, Jo. I love my job and HATE my boss. Every day I say to myself "One rotten #$@&! shouldn't be able to ruin such a good job" but he does. I keep telling myself I can wait him out (he's looking around) but I'm not sure I can. I'm not very patient.

I had a really nice thing happen today. My 2nd grader daughter was diagnosed last year as dyslexic (the genetic kind, not the "acquired" variety - she's had good teachers and support since she was 5 but still couldn't sound out letters). We had her tested 2 weeks ago to see how much progress she'd made and in one year she's gone from 16-24th percentile in reading to 50-65th percentile. She only had the remediation program last summer, since then it's just been her practicing her reading at home and at school but obviously the summer program was worth it. We're so relieved to have her testing clearly at or above grade level, it's a huge accomplishment for her.

Jo, the Democrats are just shooting themselves. It's so ironic - two viable candidates after all these years of no one and McCain is laughing all the way to the convention. The Republicans have to be loving this - with such an unpopular president in office, they were a sure bet to lose this election until the Democratic primary became such a battle. I know people who say they'll vote for Hillary or if she loses the primary, McCain. I'm thinking "What policies exactly do they have in common that is determining that kind of vote?".


And I love you, I love you, I love you.
Like never before, like never before.


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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 04/24/2008 :  11:04:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The sore-loser policy?
I've always found it amazing that people could campaign so dogmatically for one candidate, then switch allegiances after the conventions. I guess I'm not so much party-loyal as I am interested in the individual. After wading through the candidates's websites, I was less than impressed by any of them.

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AMC
Mediwizard

1710 Posts

Posted - 04/25/2008 :  01:12:42  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well I hate all politicians as a matter of habit. It makes it easier to stay even-tempered as the campaigns wage on and on...


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Siobhan
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USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 04/25/2008 :  13:58:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
and on....

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diricawl
Looney

United Kingdom
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Posted - 04/28/2008 :  11:01:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The worst part is I started out supporting Clinton. I still think she would make the best President, but she has treated the democratic process, and the voters, with such open and brazen contempt over the course of her campaign that I really don't think she deserves to win. She saw the Democratic nomination as her right, and seems genuinely shocked at the idea that she'd actually have to compete for it.

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Theowyn
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1078 Posts

Posted - 04/28/2008 :  14:27:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi everyone. I've been away for the last month because my mother passed away. She'd been ill for quite some time, so it wasn't really a shock, but there's been loads to do, of course. Anyway, I did want you to know that I haven't fallen off the face of the earth. It's lovely to know that you're all still here, carrying on as usual and I hope that you're all well.

Theo

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Posted - 04/28/2008 :  15:03:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My condolences on the loss of your mother, Theowyn. It must have been a difficult month for you and I'm glad to hear that you're all right.
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JKRisSuperior
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USA
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Posted - 04/28/2008 :  15:20:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sorry for your loss, Theo.
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Bee
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846 Posts

Posted - 04/28/2008 :  18:51:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very sorry about the loss of your mother, Theo.

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sunsethill
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USA
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Posted - 04/28/2008 :  20:16:06  Show Profile  Visit sunsethill's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I'm so sorry for your loss, Theo. I lost my mother several years ago and I remember the sheer amount of work involved when you really don't want to be doing anything. I never would have made it if my sister wasn't the type to subsume grief in work. Glad to have you back.

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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
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Posted - 04/28/2008 :  22:42:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh, Theo, I'm so sorry to hear about your mother.

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diricawl
Looney

United Kingdom
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Posted - 04/29/2008 :  04:15:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh Theo, I'm so sorry to hear about your mother. If there's anything we can do to help you through this, let us know.

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Theowyn
Looney

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Posted - 04/29/2008 :  13:34:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you all so much for the kind condolences. I genuinely appreciate it. I really am doing okay. I was very fortunate to have a good deal of closure with my mom before her death, so while I know that there will be times when I miss her, I feel love and nostalgia when I think of her, not grief.

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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
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Posted - 05/02/2008 :  10:50:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Tonight, tonight, it's coming tonight!
*does dancies worthy of Ralphie Parker's dad in "A Christmas Story"*

Actually it's coming today-- as in between 10am and 2pm. For those shouting "what???", I mean our new bed. Tonight will be the first night in two weeks that we will be able to sleep in our bedroom instead of acting out the Neverending Campout in our living room (I really wish I'd had Hermione's purse!). Unfortunately we won't be able to sleep in tomorrow. We have to be out and about in the morning for our Spring karate tournament. Hmmmm. Today sounds like a good day to take a nap.

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AMC
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Posted - 05/02/2008 :  12:19:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Congrats on your new bed, Siobhan!

Theo, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I'm glad that you feel at peace with her death - it's hard enough to lose someone you love but devastating when you're not even prepared for it. I hope you let other people in your family circle take on some tasks for you. Grief and loss, even in the best of circumstances, is emotionally exhausting.


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Wizard from Milan
Barmy

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Posted - 05/03/2008 :  19:15:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Theowyn,
I join in the condolences for the passing of your dear mother.
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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
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Posted - 05/08/2008 :  13:13:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
As an update of sorts, our bed is finally beginning to suit us. It really is nice, but we are hot sleepers. Wednesday morning Mad-Eye was ready to return the whole thing after having to get up at four because he was too hot (I notice he didn't seem to think it was a big deal when I woke up in the middle of the night from the same cause). We decided to try removing the 3" foam pad from under the pillowtop and that seems to have helped. I just stuffed our feather bed topper in to replace the pad for softness.

My Mum is doing well. She's still undergoing chemo. They skipped a week because her platelet count was slightly down so they will be making that treatment up in June. Last week they were going to do a CAT scan, though I didn't hear why. It could be routine at half way through. We're going out to stay for a couple of weeks at the end of May, but I plan to pop in here from time to time.

Daughter is almost finished up with school for the year. We have another week of lessons that I have to decide what to do with. Perhaps we'll get in some field trips. I'd rather not rely on educational opportunites presenting themselves on our trip, though we do seem to do a lot of things that would qualify.

I need some tea-- could we have some sweet iced tea in the tea shop?

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sunsethill
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USA
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Posted - 05/09/2008 :  17:13:54  Show Profile  Visit sunsethill's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Siobhan
I need some tea-- could we have some sweet iced tea in the tea shop?

It's getting warm enough today that that sounds like a great idea. The wild roses are blooming here in Georgia around our house and it smells divine.

Thanks for letting us know about how the bed is working out. With Southern summers, the fact that you got hot in mid-May is definitely something to be aware of.

It's amazing how many educational opportunities present themselves when you're out and about, isn't it? I hope you find your mother doing as well as can be expected at this point in time. She's in Oregon? It's usually beautiful there this time of year.

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