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Published on May 15, 2008 By erathoniel In Blogging

    Spam in the Middle of Nowhere

    Ok, some of you know I'm the admin on the GearHead wiki. Now, we don't have a chronic problem with spam. It's just a small part of maintence. Our problem is this: Why are there spammers on a wiki that sees ten people a day? Including spammers, lurkers, and myself (and the fellow admin), we have a population of about 50, but we have little traffic (or so I estimate) off the main page. So why bother spamming if you don't have a link to your spam and nobody will see it but the admin deleting it anyways?

    Was Religion Ever Wrong?

    Now, this is a response to Scotteh's posts of "Why didn't religion admit it was wrong" or something like that.

    Was religion ever wrong? I never count anywhere in the Bible where the rules of science are broken by any man. Sure the church had some things wrong, but the medieval church was corrupt and full of lies and treachery, more similar to an communist society than a theocracy. When you say "Religion is wrong.", where is it wrong? It is the only scientifically and historically accurate book dating back more than a thousand years, so, tell me exactly, why is it wrong again? Is it because you don't believe it? I don't believe in Macro-Evolution, because I cannot fathom life without other life (or forces) causing it, does that make it wrong? So tell me, how was religion wrong? Use quotes of Jesus to prove that he ever lied, use excerpts from the Bible to disprove it.

    Internet Woes

    Why is the internet so slow? I pay for supposedly 4MB/s down cable, and I'm lucky to get 1MB/s off of a three-way split, with one computer inactive all the time. Same with the up, 3 computers, 1/4th each. Also, why does my internet go down so often. I have my TV on the same service, so it takes out all my news and media, and I don't wanna use a radio (because my attention span is zero and I won't hear a thing the people are saying)! It's not like I don't pay these dingbats a lot of money each month to give me downtime. And then they find a subtle way to increase the price. Their prices? They're probably paying less. So why am I paying more to have repairs done on something that they err in?


Comments (Page 1)
on May 15, 2008
I'm curious erath. With all the ranting about you style of posting massive amounts of articles at one time and the advice some here gave you on how to group some of these articles into one article. Why do you post these "daily features" with 3 completely different topics in a single article? Can you imagine how complicated it could get to know who is talking about what topic if people began to comment about all 3 topics at one time? Imagine you comment being a response to another comment but gets confused with another comment, especially if the quote feature wasn't used since not everyone uses it and one doesn't always remember to use it.

It's kinda nice you decided to take some of the advice of not flooding the forums with multiple articles at one time. But this could actually be worse in the sense of not getting any or very few comments at all due to the galore of topics on a single article.

Maybe you should try combining opinions with similar topics on the same article. But hey, it's just a suggestion.
on May 15, 2008

I don't write enough for three articles on one subject, and until I have more free time I won't be able to queue up multiple articles of one subject that aren't too assimilated.

on May 15, 2008
I don't write enough for three articles on one subject, and until I have more free time I won't be able to queue up multiple articles of one subject that aren't too assimilated.


Well, to each his own. Good luck.
on May 15, 2008
Spam: Could have been a bot.
Bible: Internal consistency and references to some provable historical events do not necessarily make a reliable book.
Internet (Speed): Could depend on where you are downloading from, or (if cable) how many people in your neighborhood are using it.
Internet (Reliability): I don't know. What's funny is how I'll lose my internet, but still have television. Same company, same exact line. With the rate usage is growing, I wouldn't be surprised if they have to upgrade hardware/software fairly regularly to keep up with demand. (More often than not, my internet outages are from my router overheating. Luckily, all I have to do is unplug it for about 5-10 seconds and do the same with my cable modem.)
on May 15, 2008

Bible: Internal consistency and references to some provable historical events do not necessarily make a reliable book

Can you elaborate on this?  Why wouldn't it be considered reliable if what it preaches shows credibility? 

 

on May 15, 2008

Spam: Yes, it may have been multiple bots, but I've banned at least four accounts, and the other admin's much better than me.
Bible: Historically proven. Incredibly historically proven, and never contradicted. It's the world's best ancient history book. It even provides census numbers. Internal consistency would probably mean that it never contradicts itself. That's not anything I'm using to judge it.
Internet (Speed): I'm talking Filefront, huge speeds always. It never has any problems.
Internet (Reliability): It's been good for a few months. I know all about the router/modem crap, it's not the problem. I count that as my own bad, not the internet company. I'm still angry about it, though. It took way too long to get it fixed last time when I had a project I was working on online. Major crapstorm. 

on May 15, 2008
Spam: Yes, it may have been multiple bots, but I've banned at least four accounts, and the other admin's much better than me.

Well then it really just depends on the spammer. Maybe they ran out of other sites?

Bible: Historically proven. Incredibly historically proven, and never contradicted. It's the world's best ancient history book. It even provides census numbers.

40 years in the desert and no artifacts left as evidence?

Internal consistency would probably mean that it never contradicts itself. That's not anything I'm using to judge it.

You don't require a book you base your life on to be internally consistent?

Internet

Who is your ISP? Could they be throttling you or certain ports you use? I know some throttle default ports for torrent clients.

I'm still angry about it, though. It took way too long to get it fixed last time when I had a project I was working on online.

I feel your pain. There is nothing like working on a project that requires remote access, in my case a senior software design and development project, and having your connection drop out.
on May 15, 2008
I know some throttle default ports for torrent clients.


Death to the throttling, those sons of bad words.
on May 15, 2008
Bible: Internal consistency and references to some provable historical events do not necessarily make a reliable book

Can you elaborate on this? Why wouldn't it be considered reliable if what it preaches shows credibility?

My point is that even if the bible didn't contradict itself, and depicts some provable historic events, that does not mean it is reliable or credible overall.

I may be able to tell you it didn't rain last Tuesday where I live, and that it won't rain for a month from now; but that doesn't mean I know jack about meteorology, and it in no way lends credence to what I may tell you in completely unrelated topics. Especially considering I live in Nevada and that statement, made on any day of the year, would be more often right than wrong.

As a fan of vampire and werewolf stories, I've read quite a few by authors that did their homework on the eras they were writing in, incorporating a lot of real history into their internally consistent fictional stories. That doesn't make them any less fictional.
on May 15, 2008

Cox? Do they do throttling?

The Bible has not, and cannot be disproven. It is not fictional, either. It records events otherwise lost to man, that wouldn't add any depth to anyone any more.

on May 15, 2008
well what if I were able to tell you for the next ten years that it was going to rain on any given day and I nail it with 100% accuracy?

Would I be credible then?

Because that's what the bible has done. Time and Time again. Much of the bible is prophecy and so far it's been 100% accurate. I'm not talking 20/20 hindsight. I'm talking prophetic predictions that came true.
on May 15, 2008

Yes, it's 100% accurate in prediction and history.

Except for the few prophecies that have not come true yet. And they're decreasing. I know of some I can prove happened.

on May 16, 2008
Cox? Do they do throttling?

Certain ports, but as a general rule not that I know of.

The Bible has not, and cannot be disproven. It is not fictional, either. It records events otherwise lost to man, that wouldn't add any depth to anyone any more.

That is a statement of faith.

Much of the bible is prophecy and so far it's been 100% accurate. I'm not talking 20/20 hindsight. I'm talking prophetic predictions that came true.

You are talking about subjective interpretations of those things. People have been saying the world is about to end since we could say the words...and probably in some manner before that. How many "anti-Christs" have we had now?
on May 16, 2008

BitTorrent works fine for me.

Evolution is a statement of faith.

And? Your subjective interpretations weigh in everything you say. There is nothing subjective about my interpretations, because I read before I heard others' opinions.

on May 16, 2008
Evolution is a statement of faith.

No, it is an induction from observed phenomenon.

Your subjective interpretations weigh in everything you say.

While I do not deny making subjective observations of things, I couldn't say I like ice cream otherwise. I very rarely (if ever) put such things forth as though they are objective fact. If you could please show me an example...

At times I am almost objective to a fault.

There is nothing subjective about my interpretations...

You remind of this guy I encountered over on the amazon forums about a year ago. He believed he had discovered some sort of divine code to the bible...he was convinced the end of the world was going to begin in June or July...of last year.

...because I read before I heard others' opinions.

Read what? Reading something does not make you objective, and not hearing others opinions does not mean you will not have preconceived notions.