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[x86] Announcements / Server finally died :D
« on: August 22, 2015, 11:57:55 pm »
I couldn't get MySQL to turn on this morning. I knew it was coming - it's been having harddrive problems for awhile.

So, I moved everything to Linode, and it seems to be good! Let me know if you run into any problems, something always goes wrong when I move the server.

FWIW, my last backup was a week old, so earlier today there were a couple posts missing. I just went back and copied the original files (not backups, but the files themselves) off my old server and loaded them here, and it seems to be working. :)

General Discussion / Re: What's wrong with x86?
« on: August 22, 2015, 11:56:21 pm »
Hitmen - OMG email me or something@ ron at! I was trying to get in touch with you recently but had no idea how!

General Discussion / Re: What's wrong with x86?
« on: April 04, 2015, 07:09:41 pm »
What's wrong is there's no upvote button, even for posts about drawing dicks on Joe's face!

But yeah, I communicate directly with a few x86'ers through FB, and we have a FB group with most of us (if you use FB, send me a link to your account so I can invite you, it's for friends too :) )

[x86] Announcements / Re: Move / disband the forum/site?
« on: March 01, 2015, 08:37:22 pm »
Haha yeah, it was more of a plan, but eh? I didn't check back, and I just renewed the domain for 3 years and fixed the SSL cert. So we won't have to worry about this again till 2018 :)

[x86] Announcements / Move / disband the forum/site?
« on: December 29, 2014, 12:13:22 pm »
Hey everybody, is coming up for renewal in February, and the SSL cert is up for renewal like tomorrow (and it's gonna be a pain in the butt to renew the cert).

I'm wondering if I should bother? Here's my proposal (which makes my life easier):
- Move the forum to a subdomain of (since I have a wildcard SSL cert and will maintain that domain till I'm cold and dead)
- Make the forum read-only (so we can keep it as a monument, since nobody really posts anymore anyways)
- Declare a new 'official' space for us (whether it's the current Facebook group or we make a Google Group or whatever, I don't care)


[x86] Announcements / TEN FUCKING YEARS!
« on: October 11, 2014, 01:08:16 pm »
Holy fucking crap, ten years ago today me and James´╗┐ got the forum online, which I'm counting as our official start. Congrats for remaining such cool people! We definitely did something right. :)

6 of us have managed to gather in San Francisco, it seems. Join us for a virtual drink tonight at 7pm PDT / 8pm MDT / 9pm CDT / 10pm EDT! Here's a link:

(Hopefully that link works! It works for me, but I created it - if there are problems, I'll create a fresh Hangout and post it here)

Note: hanging out with us requires a G+ account ;)

[x86] Announcements / TEN YEARS!
« on: August 01, 2014, 09:02:46 pm »
Hey everybody,

I mentioned this on FB, but for those of you who aren't there or didn't see it...

October 11, 2014 - a Saturday - is our 10 year anniversary as a group. To celebrate, I want to have get together in San Francisco. Details to be determined, but who can make it out!? If people need a place to stay, let me know.

All members/friends are welcome :D

Tabletop Gaming/RPGs / Re: Long shot, Anyone still rolling dice?
« on: August 01, 2014, 09:01:09 pm »
Up till recently, I played D&D. Then I moved. :(

General Discussion / Re: What are you doing now?
« on: February 16, 2014, 04:06:37 pm »
The server it's running on has been sketchy lately. I've had 3 or 4 periods of downtime in the last month, I can usually get it back up first thing in the morning (Pacific time), but weekends are harder.

General Discussion / Re: What are you doing now?
« on: February 11, 2014, 04:09:08 pm »
Happy to see the forum has yet to vanish (kudos iago).
It's not going anywhere. I even recently bought a SSL key and made everything encrypted! :)

General Discussion / Re: Online advertising
« on: January 11, 2014, 12:21:36 am »
That's good to hear, but I can't help but feel it's too little, too late.  The damage from their previous enforcement of a real name policy has been already done.  I do remember reading that Vint Cerf had spoken out against the real name policy, so I'm inclined to believe what you say is true.

It's amusing to hear that internally there are complaints about the "Yes" and "Ask me later" YouTube thing.  I'm glad to see that Google employees feel free enough to openly voice their criticisms of absurd decisions like this.  However, the fact that they haven't gotten rid of this yet, makes me wary that Google still is pushing a real name policy to some degree.
Employees are *extremely* empowered to stand up and disagree. It's a really fantastic culture like that. There is a lot of reasoning behind the 'real names' stuff, which I can't really go into. Whether it was a good or bad decision is a matter of perspective, but the Internet at large certainly hated it, and they've responded, albeit slowly.

General Discussion / Re: Online advertising
« on: January 10, 2014, 01:49:08 pm »
Anyways, the shit that annoys me the most (recently) about Google is the obnoxiousness of their real name policy.
For what it's worth, there isn't really a "real name policy" anymore. This is the message, word-for-word, from the guy that heads that team (and shared with pemission): "We do require that you have a name on your account, but this isn't required to be your name. You can also use initials for your first or last name if you want. It's better if you pick a name that your friends know you by, so that they can find you, but that's entirely up to you."

General Discussion / Re: Online advertising
« on: January 08, 2014, 01:54:51 pm »
There's also this:

And I've done countless training courses that go over those again and again and again.

General Discussion / Re: Online advertising
« on: January 08, 2014, 01:50:46 pm »
The problem I have is that the cost isn't well known. Nobody thinks about how the advertising agencies work, or how Google and Facebook make their money. And they certainly don't directly disclose their business practices to the users. Instead, users see free software and services thinking that they're free (and they're not). That's pretty deceptive.
Google is pretty open if you ask. Most people just don't care.

And by the way, Google is among many that buries its policies in lengthy legal jargon too. At least it makes users aware of policy changes. - linked on every page, written in plain English.

I can only speculate what kinds of information advertising agencies collect and how they use the data. Whether it can identify me as nslay, my Google ID, a cookie number, an IP address, or a behavior pattern is irrelevant. I don't like the idea that Google, for example, can build (and probably does) an almost complete profile of my web surfing history (since many sites host Google Ads). I personally don't want to be tracked and I am opted-in by default. I have to 1) know that I am being tracked (which is generally kept hidden), 2) Find a way to opt-out (if any).
You don't have to speculate. lists everything Google knows about you. As Sidoh said, it isn't a complete history or anything like that, it's simply the interests that it thinks you have. You can add/remove interests or opt out all together (like I do), after which they'll only give you generic ads for the site you're currently on without any behaviour-based metrics.

And again, as I pointed out: Anonymous data isn't necessarily anonymous. Once you cross reference data, you could, for example, build a statistical model and accurately predict the identities* of users. It's been done before and I imagine advertisers do this too (predicting someone's identity* by their web surfing behavior would be an interesting learning task).
Google defines personally identifiable data as the obvious stuff, plus the not-so-obvious stuff that can later tie back to the user, as you said. They're both considered PII, and they're both protected as carefully as possible and only used as outlined in the plain-english privacy policy.

You want my support for Google: Be upfront and direct about the costs and practices. Otherwise, I think you're a bunch of hypocrites to your own motto "don't be evil." Surely Larry Page and Schmidt have nothing to hide from us, the unsuspecting user ... right?
They are almost entirely transparent, barring, as Sidoh said, the "secret sauce" that would be harmful to release. But they aren't secretive about how they track people, how they choose ads, and the fact that they make money off ads.

General Discussion / Re: Online advertising
« on: January 07, 2014, 02:19:02 am »
(e.g. Google Ads will track me when I visit sites that host Google Ads without my knowledge or consent and independent of whether I use Google services or not ... I would call this snooping).
I don't think that's true, depending on what you mean by 'snooping'. They might trigger that somebody has been there, but I don't think they keep information about you.

And Google's executive staff are outright hostile toward privacy.
How do you mean? I've only been there a month or two, but I haven't gotten that feeling at all.

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