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Thanks Facebook

February 18th, 2009 No comments

So it turns out that Facebook has decided to amend those considered controversial terms of service that they implemented 2 weeks ago. They are now going to be reimplementing the old terms of service while there is some substantial rewording of the terms of service. This change will most definitely help them keep their 175 million users. Here is Mark Zuckerberg’s post on the subject:

A couple of weeks ago, we revised our terms of use hoping to clarify some parts for our users. Over the past couple of days, we received a lot of questions and comments about the changes and what they mean for people and their information. Based on this feedback, we have decided to return to our previous terms of use while we resolve the issues that people have raised.

Many of us at Facebook spent most of today discussing how best to move forward. One approach would have been to quickly amend the new terms with new language to clarify our positions further. Another approach was simply to revert to our old terms while we begin working on our next version. As we thought through this, we reached out to respected organizations to get their input.

Going forward, we’ve decided to take a new approach towards developing our terms. We concluded that returning to our previous terms was the right thing for now. As I said yesterday, we think that a lot of the language in our terms is overly formal and protective so we don’t plan to leave it there for long.

More than 175 million people use Facebook. If it were a country, it would be the sixth most populated country in the world. Our terms aren’t just a document that protect our rights; it’s the governing document for how the service is used by everyone across the world. Given its importance, we need to make sure the terms reflect the principles and values of the people using the service.

Our next version will be a substantial revision from where we are now. It will reflect the principles I described yesterday around how people share and control their information, and it will be written clearly in language everyone can understand. Since this will be the governing document that we’ll all live by, Facebook users will have a lot of input in crafting these terms.

You have my commitment that we’ll do all of these things, but in order to do them right it will take a little bit of time. We expect to complete this in the next few weeks. In the meantime, we’ve changed the terms back to what existed before the February 4th change, which was what most people asked us for and was the recommendation of the outside experts we consulted.

If you’d like to get involved in crafting our new terms, you can start posting your questions, comments and requests in the group we’ve created?Facebook Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. I’m looking forward to reading your input.

http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=54746167130

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Facebook, wth are you doing?

February 17th, 2009 No comments

The news of Facebook’s terms of service changes has hit the blogosphere pretty hard recently. See the page I saw pop up on Digg at the bottom of this blog post.

So Facebook’s change is that they now claim ownership over any and all of the content you post on the site FOREVER. The biggie for most people is the fact that this encompasses accounts that are canceled. It is commonly the idea that if you have information you don’t want on Facebook anymore, you will simply cancel the account, but such is no longer the case. On top of this, Facebook is now claiming 175 million users… that is 175 million users that all have their information at the mercy of Facebook’s whimes. We shall see what happens with this… wonder how many will be lost to attrition compared to the growing numbers that are constantly being gained. Is Facebook becoming the new Google in the sense that they are getting so big that they can do whatever they want?

Source: http://consumerist.com/5150175/facebooks-new-terms-of-service-we-can-do-anything-we-want-with-your-content-forever

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Ridiculous Rules

February 16th, 2009 No comments

I find it ridiculous when health insurance companies enforce ridiculous rules that are binding and even potentially health damaging. I have never heard of a doc not being able to see a patient because “their conditions are not right” though they need medical attention immediately. I just find it stupid to put constraints on when a woman can see her gynocologist according to what time of the month it is. The rules are seriously “if you don’t fall under the 3 following present conditions, than we can’t see you”… ok, done ranting about this.

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D&D Character

February 14th, 2009 No comments

So I actually did one of those silly surveys that goes and classifies you as a certain D&D character class, race, and alignment. I thought the results were pretty funny.

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You Are A:

Neutral Good Human Sorcerer (2nd Level)

Ability Scores:
Strength- 14
Dexterity- 13
Constitution- 13
Intelligence- 15
Wisdom- 15
Charisma- 14

Alignment:
Neutral Good- A neutral good character does the best that a good person can do. He is devoted to helping others. He works with kings and magistrates but does not feel beholden to them. Neutral good is the best alignment you can be because it means doing what is good without bias for or against order. However, neutral good can be a dangerous alignment because it advances mediocrity by limiting the actions of the truly capable.

Race:
Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Class:
Sorcerers- Sorcerers are arcane spellcasters who manipulate magic energy with imagination and talent rather than studious discipline. They have no books, no mentors, no theories just raw power that they direct at will. Sorcerers know fewer spells than wizards do and acquire them more slowly, but they can cast individual spells more often and have no need to prepare their incantations ahead of time. Also unlike wizards, sorcerers cannot specialize in a school of magic. Since sorcerers gain their powers without undergoing the years of rigorous study that wizards go through, they have more time to learn fighting skills and are proficient with simple weapons. Charisma is very important for sorcerers; the higher their value in this ability, the higher the spell level they can cast.

Web page and journal code: Copy and paste the following:

I Am A: Neutral Good Human Sorcerer (2nd Level)

Ability Scores:

Strength-14

Dexterity-13

Constitution-13

Intelligence-15

Wisdom-15

Charisma-14

Alignment:
Neutral Good A neutral good character does the best that a good person can do. He is devoted to helping others. He works with kings and magistrates but does not feel beholden to them. Neutral good is the best alignment you can be because it means doing what is good without bias for or against order. However, neutral good can be a dangerous alignment because it advances mediocrity by limiting the actions of the truly capable.

Race:
Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Class:
Sorcerers are arcane spellcasters who manipulate magic energy with imagination and talent rather than studious discipline. They have no books, no mentors, no theories just raw power that they direct at will. Sorcerers know fewer spells than wizards do and acquire them more slowly, but they can cast individual spells more often and have no need to prepare their incantations ahead of time. Also unlike wizards, sorcerers cannot specialize in a school of magic. Since sorcerers gain their powers without undergoing the years of rigorous study that wizards go through, they have more time to learn fighting skills and are proficient with simple weapons. Charisma is very important for sorcerers; the higher their value in this ability, the higher the spell level they can cast.

Detailed Results:

Alignment:
Lawful Good —– XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX(26)
Neutral Good —- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XX (28)
Chaotic Good —- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (23)
Lawful Neutral — XXXXXXXXXXXXXX (14)
True Neutral —- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (16)
Chaotic Neutral – XXXXXXXXXXX (11)
Lawful Evil —– XXXXXXXXXXXX (12)
Neutral Evil —- XXXXXXXXXXXXXX (14)
Chaotic Evil —- XXXXXXXXX (9)

Law & Chaos:
Law —– XXXXXXXX (8)
Neutral – XXXXXXXXXX (10)
Chaos — XXXXX (5)

Good & Evil:
Good —- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (18)
Neutral – XXXXXX (6)
Evil —- XXXX (4)

Race:
Human —- XXXXXXXXXXXXX (13)
Dwarf —- XXXXXXXX (8)
Elf —— XXXXXXXX (8)
Gnome —- XXXXXXXX (8)
Halfling – XXXXXXXXXXXX (12)
Half-Elf – XXXXXXXXXX (10)
Half-Orc – XX (2)

Class:
Barbarian – (-8)
Bard —— (0)
Cleric —- XX (2)
Druid —– (-4)
Fighter — XXXX (4)
Monk —— (-23)
Paladin — (-19)
Ranger —- XXXX (4)
Rogue —– (-2)
Sorcerer — XXXXXX (6)
Wizard —- (-2)

http://www.easydamus.com/character.html

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Helplessness

February 8th, 2009 No comments

The worst feeling on earth. Feeling like you are helpless and cannot do anything that will help another person is by far one of the worst feelings! I have run into it many times before in the past, not being able to help someone else. That general feeling of not being able to do the right thing when all you want to do is make things better if and where possible.

Feeling helpless when wanting to just help someone else is typically a sign of that person truly mattering in your life. This is the way it is, can’t deny it. We care about our friends, and it hurts to see them hurt. That, in my opinion, is the sign of the best of friends. I like to consider myself as that kind of friend to some of the people in my life. I just hope they consider me the same!

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How to End a Serious Conversation ASAP

February 4th, 2009 No comments

Ever had a serious conversation with someone? Ever feel like “this conversation must happen now!” Have you ever had those conversations ended abruptly? Well here is how to end those conversations ASAP without fail…

Receive a punch in the face. Not kidding. I was having a serious conversation last night with my girlfriend. We were lying in bed, discussing our relationship. I said something that slightly embarrassed her and she reached for the covers so that she could cover her face with them, pulled up, and lost her grip on the blankets… and her fist kept going… and connected with my eye. It wasn’t comfortable, but it was DEFINITELY conversation killing. We will continue that conversation later, I am sure of that much but this first attempt was totally destroyed.

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