Category: News


Copypasta!

Creepy pasta host a ton of stories. the site itself, is a conglomerate of horror and scary stories meant to be mostly classified as satire. The most Popular one is one known as Slenderman. Slenderman started out as a Internet Meme created by the Something Awful Forums in 2009 who stalks mostly children, And since then has taken hold in vast media. The problem with the CreepyPasta site, where Slenderman is the administrator, is that it’s designed to look like, and report like an actual set of news stories.

And as happens in any form of media, there’s a fan base, And Slenderman’s is enormous.  Yesterday CNN aired a story stating that two young girls attempted the murder of another, Stabbing the girl 19 times, Missing her heart by a millimeter. All three of the girls were 12 years old, and were friends. They are being tried as adults. because, this was a premeditated murder that they had planned out since the beginning of February. Now the question remains, why? Why would they do this. Because, Slenderman required a sacrifice to Enter the realm. The Victim was left to die, and crawled herself to a path where she was  found by a biker, and is currently in stable condition in a nearby hospital.

I saw the story initially on the News Feed in my cafe, and sent it to my eldest daughter, who’s a fan of the site. Purely with the subject line of  “This is what happens, when people take things too far.”  The response I got back was that most of her friends,  think that the site is going to be shut down.

Unless the site gets sued by any of the families of the girls involved the site will probably remain as is.  Unless the site administrators decide to be proactive about it.  I don’t think that the site will get shut down. A warning label, maybe, If they get sued it will probably be that they will remove that content. Forcefully Shutting down the site could be constituted as a violation of the First Amendment, of both of freedom of expression and the right to satire.

This is the same type of scare that comes up when there’s a shooting and they find out that the shooters themselves enjoyed a violent video game. there is really no direct correlation between the two, although people will point fingers and place blame because they don’t want to own up to themselves. Recent studies have shown that people who do play the violent games are actually less likely to be violent in real life.  Two people who performed a heinous act, and murdered others and who also happen to enjoy a popular medium, doesn’t represent the whole of it’s millions of fans. To those that believe that, they are essentially stating that the deeds of the few represent the many.  To reasonable people, making that assertion  beyond ridiculous. To the news, it’s a story to report, and they spin it, to whip up a frenzy because it’s how they retain viewers. it’s how they make money.  I find that for most people, It’s easier to say “its not me” then to say this “it is”.  The parents of the girls involved will probably say that it’s the site. While the specialists will stated “it’s because the parents ignored their children.”  But that second opinion will be completely ignored by the media.

it’s sad, but a true story that we see all of the time.

Social media change.

I posted this picture on G+ today.

Someone commented with how true it was, funny, and proceeded to wonder how long it took for Facebook to become a barren wasteland. I commented that it probably would not, it might however slowly fade away. People will still know about it, and some will continue to use the service. These people will either hate G+, or don’t want to change. This will probably happen to FB if G+ continues to take off like it did. I make this assumption because it’s what’s historically happened to most forms of social media. Take a look at live Journal, Or Dead Journal, How about MySpace? About every 2-4 years we get another new “innovated” Iteration of social media.

Facebook won’t up and die, it might slowly fade into the background but it’ll stick around for at least another 2 years before it moves onward and people say “Mark Zuckerberg? Didn’t he do Napster with that Sean Penn guy?”

But unless google royally screws up, which I don’t see them doing, I don’t think I’ll be leaving G+ any time soon, although I don’t know I’ll completely abandon FB yet either. FB games are annoying as hell, the spam is re-rentless, and yes they’ve given us controls to stop it from showing up, point is we should have an option to have it NEVER show up.  The privacy controls that Zuckerberg sneaks in every few days and seems to randomly disable are annoying. Zuckerberg doesn’t seem to think that Privacy is relevant anymore. While, do a limited degree the man has a point, but that doesn’t mean he’s right. Anything that has ever been put on the internet will forever be on the internet.

 

Don’t believe me, just Google up “the way back machine.”  it has archives back to 2001. It’s frightening. There are things that I wish I could export, pictures and status’s conversations with friends. A search feature through my own wall feed would be epic, but it will never happen. He’s become disillusioned and short sighted and will slowly become irrelevant.  I do hope that to some degree that they put up a fight and attempt to compete with G+. Seeing that at first, Zuckerberg was one of the most followed people on G+ up until a few weeks ago when he either fully blocked or banned his own account – either way, it’s no longer viewable. Now Leaving those reigns of the most followed to William Shatner.

I only continue to use it to keep in contact with a few family members. Mainly my parents, because I cannot foresee them switching, older people find new media types to be overwhelming. In the end Facebook has been like going to work, starts out good, get lazy, Take a break, then listen to people on my wall bitch because it doesn’t fit their needs. FB  you BITCH! You’re lucky I showed up!

Parent responsibilities

I do not understand some parents. I got linked a blog off of G+ today that some parent who allows her 9 year old child free reign of the computer to have a Gmail account. When the child found that it had G+ access the child signed up and put in their birthday. Guess what. Following Federal guidelines Google banned the account. There is a law called the COPPA (Google it.) that talks about what is and is not okay content for children.

The child cried when they found that it had lost its email and G+ access. I keep referring the child to “it” because the parent wouldn’t give a gender specifically. Which brings into question of the Childs existence.

All the parent has to do is send in a paper that gives Google permissions to give services to the child — And the account would be re-instated. However the COPPA says that by doing this the parent acknowledges and accepts all legal repercussions and shall take “Full responsibility” of the internet activity of the child. The Parent in question is not willing to do this. If this issue is damn important to her then she should grow up and do the right thing, not get angry and threaten to sue Google for her being too lazy. The parent claims that by doing so you are just submitting to the control of the government. THEN MOVE lady. Don’t bitch because your feelbads are hurt because you cannot constantly distract the child allowing yourself to remain in a drunken stupor while your child surfs porn.

Take responsibility and be a parent, don’t be one of those that gives your child a computer and x-box then walk out and ignore them until they call you from Juvy. Because they were caught shoplifting a PS4. You are the type of parent that the rating system on games and movies were supplied for, you are the type of parent that needs be held responsible for your Childs actions or in actions due to neglect.
Don’t like the laws… MOVE otherwise stfu.

Fixing a tower

I would shit myself if I had this job.

This was a brilliant Piece of improve.

http://improveverywhere.com/2010/07/14/star-wars-subway-car/

in short 5 people got dressed up. Leia, stormtroopers and vader entered a subway train car and then proceeded to play out the capture scene in A New hope.

In a not so surprising turn of events. When the players decided to take matters into their own hands and started to post information that was publicly attainable and for free the names and addresses of higher end Blizzard and Activison employees they suddenly. To Change their mind on the subject.

Nathaera posted a notice from the co-founder of Blizzard officially changing their tune. The word is that Blizzard isn’t going to force players to use their real names but instead use battle.net names with a number value that will remain static.

Full post is listed here. I’ve posted it below for people who do not have access to blizzard forums while at work.


Hello everyone,

I’d like to take some time to speak with all of you regarding our desire to make the Blizzard forums a better place for players to discuss our games. We’ve been constantly monitoring the feedback you’ve given us, as well as internally discussing your concerns about the use of real names on our forums. As a result of those discussions, we’ve decided at this time that real names will not be required for posting on official Blizzard forums.

It’s important to note that we still remain committed to improving our forums. Our efforts are driven 100% by the desire to find ways to make our community areas more welcoming for players and encourage more constructive conversations about our games. We will still move forward with new forum features such as the ability to rate posts up or down, post highlighting based on rating, improved search functionality, and more. However, when we launch the new StarCraft II forums that include these new features, you will be posting by your StarCraft II Battle.net character name + character code, not your real name. The upgraded World of Warcraft forums with these new features will launch close to the release of Cataclysm, and also will not require your real name.

I want to make sure it’s clear that our plans for the forums are completely separate from our plans for the optional in-game Real ID system now live with World of Warcraft and launching soon with StarCraft II. We believe that the powerful communications functionality enabled by Real ID, such as cross-game and cross-realm chat, make Battle.net a great place for players to stay connected to real-life friends and family while playing Blizzard games. And of course, you’ll still be able to keep your relationships at the anonymous, character level if you so choose when you communicate with other players in game. Over time, we will continue to evolve Real ID on Battle.net to add new and exciting functionality within our games for players who decide to use the feature.

In closing, I want to point out that our connection with our community has always been and will always be extremely important to us. We strongly believe that Every Voice Matters, ( http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/company/about/mission.html ) and we feel fortunate to have a community that cares so passionately about our games. We will always appreciate the feedback and support of our players, which has been a key to Blizzard’s success from the beginning.

Mike Morhaime
CEO & Cofounder
Blizzard Entertainment

Clearly they did listen. A thread that goes 2,600+ pages of outcry is hard to ignore. Blizzard made a terrible PR move even considering this. I’m glad to see it change.

My personal grips were more than just my public name. It’s that they always said that usage of the forums were optional, however I cannot count the number of times I was told that I’d need to Take my issue to the forums Which makes my usage of the forums not-so-much-optional anymore.

Blizzard’s Real ID.

Anyone who plays World of warcraft and frequents their forums knows of how troll infested they are. It’s beyond stupid. Blizzard has implemented something called “realid” It allows us to track our friends by first and last name .. real names across server lines and be able to talk to them This alone is pretty cool. I’d only use it for people who I do know in real life and anything that falls into the gray area is going to be ignored.

Yesterday, Blizzard announced that everyone on the forums is going to be forced to use their Real ID. When this goes live all 11 million players now have their Identities just hanging out there. The reason?

The Trolls. Forums Trolls. There are lots of people who log into the forums to mock, make fun of and otherwise tear down people. If people are held accountable then the theory is that it will stop. This is an interesting Idea in practice but in actually implementation it’s a nightmare.

Currently, there are companies that when they start doing interview request your facebook/myspace account. They want to know what you do on your off times. I know people personally who have lost job opportunities because they play games. Because the supervisors view games as if they are “for children”. Not realizing that it’s an escape for many people from their real lives. It’s a mini vacation every single day.

The amount of damage that can be done by your own name if someone steals your ID information is absurd.
I’ve been playing wow for years, and this may be the final straw. If I ever find that I have to use the forums for any reason at all, I’ll just cancel. My privacy is more important than blizzard trying to get their out of control trolling issues under control. They would be better off re-establishing guidelines making them more strict then start banning people left and right for 3 days at a time

OR.. here’s an EASY TO DO thought for you blizzard. FORCE people to use 1 name. no more hopping characters. While it’s not their real name they will be quickly discounted as being a troll and people will stop reacting to them.

Either way, this is a stupid move Blizzard.

As soon on newspaper headline

“Tiger Woods is out on the course playing new holes.”

Wow.. pushing for advertising much?

My President is a Jedi

My president is a Jedi, your country is invalid.

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The blizzard effect

I’ve come up with a name for specific situations. I’ve deemed this “The blizzard effect”.

Most gamers and non gamers alike know who, what, and/or at least have heard of World of Warcraft. When WoW First went public, it was ran sacked with hackers, item dups, money dups, 3rd party programs that would level your character and craft *FOR* you. To attempt to control this complete out of control situation, Blizzard introduced a monstrosity into the internet with something they called the Warden client.

The Warden client alone is single handed one of the most invasion programs I’ve ever ran through a de-compiler.

It loads with the launcher, then loads into memory and sits dormant for an unknown amount of time, until something is sent over the TCP/IP line to trigger it and turn it on. It at that point scans your task bar, what you have open, what webpages you have open what programs/processes you have running, if you have your Root directory of your C: open in a window it’ll scan through every folder on your drive looking for anything that might be suggestive that you Hack.

They have security reasons for doing this and it has cut down and eliminated this kind of cheating. It doesn’t change the fact that the Warden client is still scanning your tax records, photos of your family and your private porn collection of your spouse/wife. The client can be disabled using the Sony Rootkit, which if you know how to use it will pull it out of memory. Those instructions are readily available but not easily follow. Most are written obscurely.

The reason why I bring this up is because clever hackers have gotten a hold of it, reverse engineered it, and are using its roots to do exactly what it’s intended to do. Personal invasion, secondary effect. Infect people with Viruses, and probably attempt to steal password, and Credit card Social security numbers. They take screenshots of popular scanners and copy their interface they check your processes to see what’s running, download the proper interface to make you *THINK* that you have a virus and wait for you to click a button so it can install itself on your machine. Most of this really high virus technology, is already programmed into the delivery method via the Warden Client, that blizzard now provides to all hackers free of charge!

Blizzard updates the warden client to keep it from being removed, and Sony releases a new root kit for other reasons, which just happens to also remove the new warden client, and viola, the blizzard effect strikes again now new and improved and even HARDER to get rid of.