March 27, 2015

Sitemeter -- going to town, or going to hell

I've been noticing lately that links from some sites redirect to something called x.vindicosuite.com instead of going where I want them to. I've got it in my block file, so I just get a fail instead of the bogus advertising they're trying to feed me.

This guy says it's Sitemeter doing it. I have no idea if that's the case. This kind of random redirector is a common characteristic of certain pieces of malware, but Microsoft Security Essentials says I'm clean, so I don't think that's what's happening to me. Also, it isn't happening everywhere; only just a few sites (mostly PJ Media, but just now also Random Curiosity).

Anyway, you shouldn't see it happening here because I deleted Sitemeter months ago. If you do, I need to know about it.

If Sitemeter really is responsible for this, they've apparently decided to commit suicide. This is the kind of thing that can make a company a total pariah.

UPDATE: Yup, It's Sitemeter. I loaded the RandomC page into Firefox and stored it "web page complete" into a directory, then used WinGrep to search for "vindicosuite" and found it in a file called "counter.js". The first line in that file is:

// Copyright (c)2006 Site Meter, Inc.

I think I'll let them know.

UPDATE: And guess where it was loaded from?

http://s22.sitemeter.com/js/counter.js?site=s22randomc

OK, I'm blocking sitemeter.com now.

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Spring 2015 previews

RandomC and Tenka Seiha.

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Strange thoughts

When I'm playing Master of Magic, I have this strange mental image. End of the game comes and I cast the Spell of Mastery, and all my opponents pop like soap bubbles and are gone.

But then the game ends, and I imagine all my loyal people in my cities watching as the universe disintegrates around them. People are running through the streets screaming in fear; mothers grasp their children and hold them; the cathedrals are full of people praying for salvation; and then in an instant they're all gone.

It always makes me feel like a mass murderer.

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server issues

We're having intermittent server issues this morning. I'm sure everything will get back to normal soon; please be patient.

UPDATE: All better now!

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March 25, 2015

Shinmai Maou no Testament -- ep 12

I downloaded the raw for the last episode. I dropped it after two because it was looking like a brain dead fan service fest, so I was expecting the worst from the ending.

It was a surprise. I can't say it was good but it wasn't at all what I thought it would be.

The first half or so was a major battle featuring Our Hero, the Redhead, and some demon I'd never seen fighting against some bad guys. Lots of action, lots of magic, and no MCSA. About all there was for fan service was some gainaxing.

And then the second half was "back home, and they live happily ever after". No shower scenes, no accidental compromising situations, no tsundere antics. Five different girls (I think) all kissed Our Hero, thus establishing the harem, but that was it.

It makes me wonder if I misjudged the show; it might have been better than I thought. (Not good, but not as miserable as I originally expected.)

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You don't want a war, but the war wants you...

It's beginning to look like the crash in the Alps was deliberate. One of the black boxes was recovered and it was the cockpit voice recorder. What they found when they played it back was that one of the pilots left the cockpit, and the door was locked after him. He tried to get back in and couldn't, beginning by knocking and ending by trying to break the door down.

The other black box hasn't been found yet, but we have records from air traffic control telling us that the jet went into a shallow dive which ended with lithobraking.

Some people are trying to say that the cockpit depressurized, leaving a dead or unconscious hand at the controls, but that doesn't explain why one guy left the cockpit, nor does it explain why the plane went into a dive.

As Ace says, "What was this pilot's name?"

For the time being, we don't know which one left the cockpit, but I can't see any reason for not releasing both names (unless they are still trying to reach family members with the news).

I know what ethnicity I'd put my wager on...

UPDATE: Looks like it was the copilot, who did it deliberately. But I was wrong about the ethnicity.

We may never know why he did it.

UPDATE: Oh, boy. There are rumors that the copilot recently converted to Islam.

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Kancolle 12 -- Yay team!

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I downloaded a raw, and I don't know most of the characters, so I didn't fully understand what was going on, but I do know this: what happened in this episode had nothing whatever do with the historical record as I know it. For one thing, battleships never shelled Midway Atoll in my history.

Besides which, the fleet girls used some rather odd tactics the like of which I've never heard of in naval battle.

more...

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March 24, 2015

Not the right way

If you rent and hate your landlord, this is not the way to get revenge.

I hate to think about how many felonies they committed. Start with Attempted Murder, Attempted Arson, 9 kinds of Conspiracy, and keep going from there. If they get caught (and I'm sure they will be) they're going away for a long, long time.

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March 23, 2015

Catching up -- winter 2015

Looking back on this season:

The last episode of Absolute Duo just ran, and I've found two different blog posts that say the show ultimately stunk: Metanorn Aroduc

It's what I expected. As soon as the Lilith character was introduced I knew the show was going into the toilet. So this isn't remotely a surprise, but it's sure a shame. The basic concept had potential, but every time it had the opportunity to develop that potential it didn't do it.

Speaking of other shows, Wonderduck still holds out hope for Kancolle but my money is on that one being a trainwreck too. (I would leave comments about it on his blog, but I still can't.)

Dog Days S3 has been everything we expected it to be: not a masterpiece, but definitely good. It's kind of half way between the first series and the second one in feel, with multi-episode plot arcs and new characters which are interesting and fun. Flognard is a big planet, and it's nice that we're expanding our horizons and seeing more and more of it.

Nanatsu no Taizai has been outstanding. I know most of how it's going to end from the manga and it will be thoroughly satisfying, so I'm sure the anime won't disappoint.

Fairy Tail isn't coming to an end any time soon, but it's a bit disappointing that they've been doing so many anime-original (read "filler") episodes. We're fifty episodes into this round, and they stuck with the manga for the first 25 eps. ep 27 was in the manga, and ep 28 was partially based on a manga chapter, and ep 44 was from the manga. Aside from that, it's all been filler.

The manga is up to chapter 425, and as best I can tell, the last manga chapter which has been used in the anime as part of a continuous story is 340. So there's plenty of material to work with (two entire story arcs) and they seem to be keeping them for a rainy day.

I stopped watching Shinmai Maou no Testament with the second episode, and the only blog I follow which has been posting about it is Fapservice, which just posted the fact that a second season has been approved. Good lord. In essence they're appealing to the same audience as High School DxD, which show I also gave up on. And HSDxD is getting a third season, starting in April. Good lord again.

The Mouretsu PIrates sub hasn't shown up yet. Big surprise. The circle stopped updating status on it a couple of months ago, so at this point I think we can assume it's dead. We probably won't be able to tell what's going on in this movie until a North American BD release, which is a problem because no one here has licensed it.

So overall it hasn't been too bad, compared to some seasons where I had nothing at all I wanted to watch. Some disappointments, but there are always disappointments, and there was good stuff too.

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Kancolle ep 12 preview

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Fubuki becomes a super-saiyajin and saves the day!

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