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…It’s Movie Monday: Death Race?

4 Fast 4 Furious is still far off on the horizon, but for those in need of a bit of automotive adrenaline at the movie theater, Death Race looks like it’s going to be fantastic:

As always, Jason Statham plays the ‘Transporter’ role, and continues to be the man’s man who won’t take shit from nobody without a fight. Hot babes are in abundance, the cars are souped up and tricked out beyond recognition, the action looks non-stop and intense, and even Tyrese makes the transition from 2 Fast to Death Race.

Could you ask for anything more from a summer-time car movie?

[IMDb – Death Race]

…Some monsters are easy to escape from?

Movie Monsters

They just don’t make movie monsters like they used to.

There was a time when you could fight for hours, and regardless of what you did, you were still going to wind up dead. There was just no escape.

However, for a few monsters, escape was a bit easier than it should have been. Just an easy slip or an obvious choice was all it took to get away; though the lead character never seemed to be aware of this fact until it was too late.

If you’re a fan of the horror flick, then check out the list for The 7 Most Easily Escapable Movie Monsters.

[Cracked – The 7 Most Easily Escapable Movie Monsters]

…Problem gambling is not a game?

Youth Gambling Facts

I can understand the need to use scare tactics for certain issues, but underage gambling?

The state of Washington sure thinks so, and has decided to combat this ‘problem’ with a site called NotAGame.org; designed to alert parents of the dangers of youth gambling.

The only problem is, I think they got the direction of their facts wrong.

Instead of “If your kids gamble, they are 3 times more likely to be in a gang fight.” I think it’s a bit more accurate to say, “If your kids are in a gang fight, it’s 3 times more likely that they gamble.”

It’s not that I’m pro youth gambling or anything. It’s just that sometimes I wonder what the motivation behind a campaign like this is exactly.

[Not A Game]

…It’s Website Wednesday: Digg?

Digg

You can call it a fight for their rights, but don’t call it a comeback. Following the removal of an HD-DVD code posting from Digg, users of the “user driven social content website” revolted, posting and digging only stories that contained the code or a code derivative. Abiding by the cease and desist, Digg fought the onslaught by removing all stories that contained the code, but the community would not be silenced. Wave after wave of stories and comments followed, until at last, Kevin Rose, founder of Digg, issued the following statement on his blog, titled

    “Digg This: 09-f9-11-02-9d-74-e3-5b-d8-41-56-c5-63-56-88-c0”:

    Today was an insane day. And as the founder of Digg, I just wanted to post my thoughts…

    In building and shaping the site I’ve always tried to stay as hands on as possible. We’ve always given site moderation (digging/burying) power to the community. Occasionally we step in to remove stories that violate our terms of use (eg. linking to pornography, illegal downloads, racial hate sites, etc.). So today was a difficult day for us. We had to decide whether to remove stories containing a single code based on a cease and desist declaration. We had to make a call, and in our desire to avoid a scenario where Digg would be interrupted or shut down, we decided to comply and remove the stories with the code.

    But now, after seeing hundreds of stories and reading thousands of comments, you’ve made it clear. You’d rather see Digg go down fighting than bow down to a bigger company. We hear you, and effective immediately we won’t delete stories or comments containing the code and will deal with whatever the consequences might be.

    If we lose, then what the hell, at least we died trying.

    Digg on,

    Kevin

Apparently, once you give your community control, a removal of that control results in revolt.

Digg Staff

In case you’re new to the Digg movement, the site features stories that are submitted by the community of users, dugg (good) or buried (bad), and then sorted by popularity. As the Digg movement has grown, users have become fanatical, following Kevin Rose like an idol, and creating all sorts of Digg accessories and tributes to feed their digging need.

What’s interesting is that the code in question, a string of numbers and letters that means nothing aside from this issue, is being claimed as intellectual property. Though it’s easy to see how a company can claim a name or an image, it’s much harder to see how a company can claim a random string of numbers and letters as their own.

What’s going to be fun to watch is the progress of both Digg and this issue in the coming weeks. Will it make its way to court, where the issue of intellectual property over numbers and letters will be decided once and for all? Will the proposed user protest shut the site down and stop its exponential growth? Will this whole thing (and the links that come from stories like this)Di make the site even more popular then it was before? Stay tuned to find out. Can you digg it?

[Digg]

[Digg Blog – Digg This: 09-f9-11-02-9d-74-e3-5b-d8-41-56-c5-63-56-88-c0]

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…Digg doesn’t like Bad Behavior?

Digg

Sometimes it just helps to search!

Recently, I was alerted to a problem with DYH and Digg. Whenever a post was submitted to Digg, the user was greeted with the following message instead of the usual Digg verbage:

    This link does not appear to be a working link. Please check the URL and try again.

A quick Google of [Digg + ”This link does not appear to be a working link. Please check the URL and try again.”] turned up this page, which indicated the fact that this issue was due to an incompatibility between Digg and the Bad Behavior plugin.

Since I’m a huge fan of the Bad Behavior plugin and what it’s done to eliminate the spam that this site was seeing, I was reluctant to just remove it.

Thankfully, there’s a workaround, though it gets into php code, so it’s a bit messy for WordPress beginners. However, if you use the Bad Behavior plugin on your own site, and want Digg to Digg, then do the following:

  1. Open up the Bad Behavior plugin folder
  2. Open up the Bad Behavior subfolder
  3. Open a file called “whitelist.inc.php” in a text editor
  4. Find the following text:
    // Includes four examples of whitelisting by IP address and netblock.
    $bb2_whitelist_ip_ranges = array(
    “10.0.0.0/8”,
    “172.16.0.0/12”,
    “192.168.0.0/16”,
    // “127.0.0.1”,
    );
  5. Add Digg’s crawler address (64.191.203.34) as follows:
    // Includes four examples of whitelisting by IP address and netblock.
    $bb2_whitelist_ip_ranges = array(
    “10.0.0.0/8”,
    “172.16.0.0/12”,
    “192.168.0.0/16”,
    “64.191.203.34”,
    // “127.0.0.1”,
    );
  6. Save, and re-upload the “whitelist.inc.php” file

Moral of the story: Almost any problem can be solved with a little bit of Google.

…DYH fixed the comments issue?

Gears

Bad Behavior is a WordPress plugin that I use to prevent link spam in the DYH comment area, though it recently ran into some issues, and prevented anyone from commenting on any post on this site.

I discovered this issue when I was blocked from uploading an image to my own site, so I’m assuming that it was a no-go for all comments for the past few days.

If you tried to comment on a post, but were unable to do so, I apologize, though the problem has been fixed so you should be good to go now.

BTW: If you have a blog of your own, definitely check out Bad Behavior, as it’s helped me immensely with fixing my spam problems.

BTW Pt. 2: If you’re trying to make legitimate comments and Bad Behavior is preventing you from doing so, please let me know through the “Contact” page. It seems to work well, but if it’s blocking legitimate comments, then I may have to reevaluate its use.

Thanks!

[Bad Behavior]

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I now return you to your regularly scheduled blog…