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July 16th, 2008

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10:43 pm
The new breed of LJ spambot (the Nexus-6, if you will) cunningly creates free LJ accounts with vaguely human-sounding names, then posts comments that it's culled from other people's posts. Their profiles are always empty, but there's at least one entry in their journal which is nothing but keywords and then links to Sites You Probably Don't Want To Visit.

They're trying to be insidious, but they're really just incredibly annoying. I've had about 10 of them so far today (two of them posted the exact same thing to the exact same entry, how uncreative!) and it's a pain to manually delete them and flag them as spam and then make up mean cuss words to mutter under your breath. If anything, they've robbed me of that precious, delicious "Oooooooh!! Someone made a comment! In my LJ!" feeling you get if you've got email notification set. It's just not thrilling anymore, dammit. You get your hopes up and oh, look, it's "janisoxafu". ...whose journal still exists, even though I've flagged at least three comments as spam. Something tells me LJ ain't exactly got the best and brightest at work on this.

In other news, I've been super busy. I'm going to Readercon on Saturday to participate in a radio drama panel (12:00 noon in some room or another! Check your schedule!) and possibly actually say something useful and intelligent. The odds are 12 to 1 against Useful and Intelligent, so get your bets in now. Apart from that, I'm 13 pages into Episode 4 of RotRB and everything is almost resolved. I got to write a catfight tonight and you didn't. It's not exactly hard to do, all you have to do is write something like this:
I also had written "TOO BAD NONE OF YOU LADS ARE PRESENT TO ENJOY IT" but that broke the page count and I don't like that, so out it went.

Judging from what we've done and what we're about to do, the final projects (both RED SHIFT Missions 1 and 2) will be real delights, I hope. Some of the cast members are quoting lines on the Internets already. That's a good omen, right? I mean, they like the lines and they had to say them over and over again into microphones! So maybe you listeners will find some to quote, too! And then there'll be t-shirts and memes and lolcats and I'll clutch my head and go OH MY GOD WHAT HAVE I WROUGHT. And then I'll love each and every one of you. But probably silently.

Now it's off to bed where I'll read some amusing anecdotes about Al Boasberg or Bob Benchley, and then turn off the light and await the cat's 4 AM adventures. What a day.

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Date:July 17th, 2008 03:51 am (UTC)
I wish Readercon wasn't always the same weekend as Somerville ArtBeat. If it weren't, I'd love to attend your panel.

The LJ spambots have been infesting davis_square as well. They pick really old posts and then add non-sensical comments to them. I only noticed when they started replying to some of my old posts and comments. See here and here for more info.

I don't want to turn davis_square into a Closed and Gated Community, but I may be forced to if LJ doesn't get a handle on this problem and the spambots start learning how to join open communities.
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Date:July 17th, 2008 05:18 am (UTC)
Heh, yeh, that bizarre comment on a post from waaaayyyy back...
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Date:July 17th, 2008 11:53 am (UTC)
I had one of those a few months ago. I sense there might have been a human behind it somehow, though, as it was all a giant ad for Paris Hilton tabloids or some crap like that. It was weird, because it friended both me and a local friend of mine, and maybe 20 other people, and then posted the same comment on our journals. Considering only one of my entries is unlocked, it was a little odd. I did flag it as spam and delete it and all that, but it was maybe 3 weeks before LJ suspended the account.
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Date:July 17th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)

I totally watched a special on Hot Fudge for a Detroit PBS fund drive a few weeks (months?) ago and was mesmerized. Looking at it as an adult, the show seems, well, creepy. But holy cow I loved it so much!
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Date:July 17th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
i know you're really enjoying your rockstar video games, so i'll invite you to a free screening of The Rocker tonight at 8pm at loews boston common. just show up and if they give you a hard time, you're "on the list."

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