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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 22, 2014, 07:29:59 PM
Made me smile lot to read this:
George Harrison memorial tree felled by ... beetles - CSMonitor.com
I suspect that George, had he been alive and with his being a mystic, would have smiled about that and thought it a perfectly fitting tribute from Nature.
As I write this, I am Listening to him singing "All Things Must Pass", with my Logitech G930 headset...
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 22, 2014, 07:20:17 PM
Love the penguin-polarbear one  Thmbsup
Yes, a cute joke. You'd have to be brave to do that.  Pretty special penguins too, to have travelled so far.
Reminds me of the April 1st spoof one of the British TV channels did a few years back. It was a nature documentary about the penguins assembling in preparation for their annual migration - just as they started to fly to a warmer climate for the winter.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 22, 2014, 03:40:32 AM
Very clever educational and amusing music video. The video and the soundtrack are intended to go together.
"Weird Al" Yankovic - Word Crimes

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc</a>
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 8 Pro on: July 21, 2014, 10:17:51 AM
Not sure whether this might be of use/help:
...Then, a couple of days ago, I decided to try and upgrade from Win 8.1 to Win 8.1 PRO (Professional). I wanted to use an unused licence for a Win8 PRO upgrade that I had previously purchased for about US$40 whilst it was just coming to the end of its "special offer" period, back in January 2014 when I was using Win7-64 Home Premium.
So I did some searching and came up with this very helpful post from October 29, 2013 which covered my case almost exactly: Easily Change Windows 8.1 Edition Without Reinstalling.

I followed the steps in that post, and to my great relief the upgrade was painless - it all took place without hitch in about 15 minutes elapsed time, including download and 2 auto-reboots. I then spent 30 minutes migrating/installing other software from my old Win7 disk, including the latest version of W7FC (Windows 7 Firewall Control) - for which I have a paid licence. The W7FC was a bit tedious, as it had to be taught all the rules for the programs as they were run.
I have come to the tentative conclusion that W7FC could well be redundant on the Win8 OS. (Some people may think it was redundant for Win7 too.)

So far I am very pleased with Win8.1 PRO.
If anything, it is/feels faster than the preceding Win8.1 version.
The UI is a bit different/slightly improved, but I still dislike certain aspects of it. I may set about fixing that to something that suits me better, now that the system has arrived at a stable end-point.
I shall now set about exploring the extra functionality that Win8.1-64 PRO offers, to see what use I can make of it.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Homebrewing on: July 21, 2014, 04:10:20 AM
...you show me how to brew a beer better than a pint of Guinness poured from a bar tap and I'll eat my hat.
Tricky. Home-brewers don't have ready access to what would (for them) probably be a relatively expensive nitrogen infusion process.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Guardian report of 17 July 2014 on 7-hour interview with Snowden. on: July 20, 2014, 08:52:28 AM
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
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Edward Snowden urges professionals to encrypt client communications
Exclusive: Whistleblower says NSA revelations mean those with duty to protect confidentiality must urgently upgrade security
• Watch Snowden's interview with the Guardian in Moscow
• Read the full interview with Snowden by Alan Rusbridger and Ewen MacAskill on Friday
    Alan Rusbridger and Ewen MacAskill   
    The Guardian, Thursday 17 July 2014 17.14 BST   

Link to video: Edward Snowden: 'If I end up in chains in Guantánamo I can live with that'

The NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, has urged lawyers, journalists, doctors, accountants, priests and others with a duty to protect confidentiality to upgrade security in the wake of the spy surveillance revelations.

Snowden said professionals were failing in their obligations to their clients, sources, patients and parishioners in what he described as a new and challenging world.

"What last year's revelations showed us was irrefutable evidence that unencrypted communications on the internet are no longer safe. Any communications should be encrypted by default," he said.

The response of professional bodies has so far been patchy.

A minister at the Home Office in London, James Brokenshire, said during a Commons debate about a new surveillance bill on Tuesday that a code of practice to protect legal professional privilege and others requiring professional secrecy was under review.

Snowden's plea for the professions to tighten security came during an extensive and revealing interview with the Guardian in Moscow.

The former National Security Agency and CIA computer specialist, wanted by the US under the Espionage Act after leaking tens of thousands of top secret documents, has given only a handful of interviews since seeking temporary asylum in Russia a year ago.
Edward Snowden during his interview with Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger and reporter Ewen MacAskill Edward Snowden during his interview with the Guardian in Moscow. Photograph: Alan Rusbridger for the Guardian

During the seven hours of interview, Snowden:

• Said if he ended up in US detention in Guantánamo Bay he could live with it.

• Offered rare glimpses into his daily life in Russia, insisting that, contrary to reports that he is depressed, he is not sad and does not have any regrets. He rejected various conspiracy theories surrounding him, describing as "bullshit" suggestions he is a Russian spy.

• Said that, contrary to a claim he works for a Russian organisation, he was independently secure, living on savings, and money from awards and speeches he has delivered online round the world.

• Made a startling claim that a culture exists within the NSA in which, during surveillance, nude photographs picked up of people in "sexually compromising" situations are routinely passed around.

• Spoke at length about his future, which seems destined to be spent in Russia for the foreseeable future after expressing disappointment over the failure of western European governments to offer him a home.

• Said he was holding out for a jury trial in the US rather a judge-only one, hopeful that it would be hard to find 12 jurors who would convict him if he was charged with an offence to which there was a public interest defence. Negotiations with the US government on a return to his country appear to be stalled.

Snowden, who recognises he is almost certainly kept under surveillance by the Russians and the US, met the Guardian at a hotel within walking distance of Red Square.

The 31-year-old revealed that he works online late into the night; a solitary, digital existence not that dissimilar to his earlier life.

He said he was using part of that time to work on the new focus for his technical skills, designing encryption tools to help professionals such as journalists protect sources and data. He is negotiating foundation funding for the project, a contribution to addressing the problem of professions wanting to protect client or patient data, and in this case journalistic sources.

"An unfortunate side effect of the development of all these new surveillance technologies is that the work of journalism has become immeasurably harder than it ever has been in the past," Snowden said.

"Journalists have to be particularly conscious about any sort of network signalling, any sort of connection, any sort of licence-plate reading device that they pass on their way to a meeting point, any place they use their credit card, any place they take their phone, any email contact they have with the source because that very first contact, before encrypted communications are established, is enough to give it all away."

Journalists had to ensure they made not a single mistake or they would be placing sources at risk. The same duty applied to other professions, he said, calling for training and new standards "to make sure that we have mechanisms to ensure that the average member of our society can have a reasonable measure of faith in the skills of all the members of these professions."

He added: "If we confess something to our priest inside a church that would be private, but is it any different if we send our pastor a private email confessing a crisis that we have in our life?"

The response of professional bodies in the UK to the challenge varies, ranging from calls for legislative changes to build in protection from snooping, to apparent lack of concern.

Ross Anderson, professor of security engineering at Cambridge University, said he shared Snowden's concerns about the vulnerability of the professions to surveillance by spy and law enforcement agencies.

"If you think your HIV status is secret from GCHQ, forget it," he said. "The tools are available to protect data and communications but only if you are important enough for your doctor or lawyer to care."

Timothy Hill, technology policy adviser at the Law Society, which represents UK lawyers, said the profession was concerned.

"Legal professional privilege – the right to consult a legal adviser in confidence – is a long established common law right. Its fundamental role in our legal system needs to be reasserted."

The society is pressing to have existing legislation rewritten to include explicit protection for legal professional privilege from government surveillance.

"There needs to be a debate about the implications of the Snowden revelations for professional privilege in the digital age," Hill said. "It is not happening. This is not being debated in parliament."

He said the society was seeking to strengthen law firms' cybersecurity awareness but that a stronger statutory framework was essential.

Michelle Stanistreet, the National Union of Journalists general secretary, echoed the concerns. "For democracy to function, it needs to have a free press and journalists who are able to do their job without fear or hindrance. But this is becoming increasingly under threat."

She added: "Last year's revelations show that unencrypted communications can mean that journalists may be unwittingly handing over their contacts, footage or material, against their will."

The General Medical Council provides guidance to UK doctors about protecting information against improper disclosure.

Niall Dickson, the GMC chief executive, said: "Modern communication offers huge benefits for patients in terms of research, access to professionals, as well as speed of care and treatment. But of course it also carries risk, and confidentiality and trust are at the heart of the doctor-patient relationship.

"We recognise that keeping up with advances in technology and its implications for confidentiality are challenging for all healthcare professionals. We do have guidance which explains what doctors need to do if they are concerned about the security of personal information or systems they have been given to use. But in this rapidly changing area, we also need to keep on top of this ourselves, and we do regularly review our guidance to take account of changes in the external environment."
7  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: DiviFile from Qnomad - Mini-review on: July 20, 2014, 03:18:15 AM
2014-07-20 - Major update to review (in the opening post).
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 17, 2014, 04:22:48 AM
I'm a fan of Weird Al's, though I don't necessarily like all of his stuff.
A lot of it is very clever/funny.
9  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: CLIPBOARD HELP+SPELL LATEST VERSION INFO THREAD - v2.24.01 - July 14, 2014 on: July 17, 2014, 04:14:28 AM
^^ Thanks. That errors out - doesn't seem to work - though it looks like it should.
I don't know what the syntax/rules are for this.
10  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: CLIPBOARD HELP+SPELL LATEST VERSION INFO THREAD - v2.24.01 - July 14, 2014 on: July 16, 2014, 08:01:30 PM
you could put in a custom date expression if you wanted to get a very specific time period.

Thanks. Could you give me an example please?
11  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: CLIPBOARD HELP+SPELL LATEST VERSION INFO THREAD - v2.24.01 - July 14, 2014 on: July 16, 2014, 08:00:53 PM
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Yes, that was what I thought, but I could not figure out how come the "smart" paste works into OneNote but not into Word. Are not both pastes being made by CHS?


First thing to try always, is just copying and pasting using normal windows clipboard, Ctrl+C followed by Ctrl+V.

When you do that, CHS is totally out of the loop.  So that will show you what the programs can really put on, and retrieve from, the clipboard.  Some programs can put multiple versions of a clip into the clipboard, some versions with extra information that only certain applications know how to handle when it is pasted.

Once you do that, you might find that some applications put extra information into the clipboard that CHS does not perceive or store.  If you copy something to the clipboard (Ctrl+C) but then later paste it using the CHS quick paste menu, then you will see what CHS puts on the clipboard during the paste operation, and if it's less than a native Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V.

Yes. You are right, of course.
As a test, I shut down CHS, and tried the copy/paste and the copy-copy/paste, copying from a web page in Firefox and pasting into OneNote and Word.
The result:
  • The copy/paste pastes just the plain, unformatted text into OneNote and Word.
  • The copy-copy/paste pastes the RTF (formatted text and images) into OneNote and Word, but with the difference that a formatted string containing the web page URL is pasted at the end of the clip as, for example:
  • "From <http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=36936.new#new>"

OneNote always specially formats URLs pasted into it, and in this case it presumably collects the URL from the Clipboard (which contains all the available data about the clip), puts angle brackets around it, formats it and precedes it with a formatted text string "From ".

In Firefox, the first Copy is a result of auto-copy on mouse-selected text. The second copy is made using Ctrl-C. If I copy from a webpage in IE, there is no function for auto-copy on mouse-selected text, so the first and second copies are made using Ctrl+C. So there are evidently idiosyncrasies in the browsers. Also, pasting from IE takes a lot longer (even has a progress bar) than from Firefox, which is almost instantaneous.
12  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: CLIPBOARD HELP+SPELL LATEST VERSION INFO THREAD - v2.24.01 - July 14, 2014 on: July 16, 2014, 07:21:03 PM
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There is one niggly annoyance I find with CHS and which has persisted across migration from XP to Win7 to Win8/8.1: the recent clips from the top of the popup Quick Paste Menu (Ctrl+Alt+Q) simply disappear, and you are left with just one or two default items in that list. Is there any way to control this behaviour?

You are seeing the default behavior of CHS, which is to only show on that menu recent clips from the last few days.
You can find instructions on changing that in this post: http://www.donationcoder....=4134.msg357920#msg357920

Got it. Very simple once it's pointed out. Many thanks:
...
To change the default behavior that only shows recent clips on the quick paste pop-up menu, it's a bit trickier -- unnecessarily complex i would agree: On the menu window right click on the "Quick Paste" group, and choose "Edit this Group", then in the box next to SQL, you can DELETE the phrase "AND CreationDateTime > DateTimeMinusOneDay" or perhaps change it to "AND CreationDateTime > DateTimeMinusThirtyDays"

Mine had been set (I guess as the default) to "=DateTimeMinusOneHour".
I changed it to "=DateTimeMinusThreeDays". I shall see how that goes.
It reminded me that CHS has got some pretty nifty features buried away in the back room.   Thmbsup
I must explore it some more...

Just a note for posterity, to record that the edit/change (above) to the virtual folder called "Quick Paste" does not work and produces the error:
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___________________________

Error DBG109: DBISAM Engine Error # 11949 SQL parsing error -
Expected column name but instead found DateTimeMinusThreeDays in
SELECT SQL statement at line I, column 226
___________________________

That appears to be because you can only put certain fixed, predefined date/time field names into the SQL, and "=DateTimeMinusThreeDays" is not one of them, as per the note in that particular virtual folder, which says (my emphasis):
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A virtual folder shows the contents of all other folders, as filtered by an
sql conditional expression based on database fields.  You can use a
virtual folder for example to show all entries in a certain date range, or
just clips marked favorites, or clips from certain groups, or any
combination.

ex.: IsFavorite=true AND Application like ultraedit

You can also use some special fields to test for special folders:
IsInRecyleBin, IsInClipboard, IsInClipboardNew , IsInClipboardOld ,
IsInFavorites

And some special date/time fields: DateTimeCurrent ,
DateTimeMinusThirtyMinutes , DateTimeMinusOneHour ,
DateTimeMinusSixHours , DateTimeMinusTwelveHours ,
DateTimeMinusOneDay ,DateTimeMinusTwoDays ,
DateTimeMinusFiveDays, DateTimeMinusSevenDays ,
DateTimeMinusFourteenDays, DateTimeMinusThirtyDays


ex. ModificationDateTime > DateTimeMinusTwoDays  AND NOT
IsInRecycleBin will show all items added in the last two weeks that is
not currently in the recyclebin subtree.

So I plumped for"=DateTimeMinusTwoDays", which seems to be working fine for my needs, at present.

Yours truly, of course, did not read/register the full import of the above information before making the initial change. If I had, then I would not have created the error.
More haste, less speed...    embarassed
One is fortunate if one learns something new every day.
13  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: CLIPBOARD HELP+SPELL LATEST VERSION INFO THREAD - v2.24.01 - July 14, 2014 on: July 16, 2014, 06:36:36 AM
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There is one niggly annoyance I find with CHS and which has persisted across migration from XP to Win7 to Win8/8.1: the recent clips from the top of the popup Quick Paste Menu (Ctrl+Alt+Q) simply disappear, and you are left with just one or two default items in that list. Is there any way to control this behaviour?

You are seeing the default behavior of CHS, which is to only show on that menu recent clips from the last few days.
You can find instructions on changing that in this post: http://www.donationcoder....=4134.msg357920#msg357920

Got it. Very simple once it's pointed out. Many thanks:
...
To change the default behavior that only shows recent clips on the quick paste pop-up menu, it's a bit trickier -- unnecessarily complex i would agree: On the menu window right click on the "Quick Paste" group, and choose "Edit this Group", then in the box next to SQL, you can DELETE the phrase "AND CreationDateTime > DateTimeMinusOneDay" or perhaps change it to "AND CreationDateTime > DateTimeMinusThirtyDays"

Mine had been set (I guess as the default) to "=DateTimeMinusOneHour".
I changed it to "=DateTimeMinusThreeDays". I shall see how that goes.
It reminded me that CHS has got some pretty nifty features buried away in the back room.   Thmbsup
I must explore it some more...
14  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: CLIPBOARD HELP+SPELL LATEST VERSION INFO THREAD - v2.24.01 - July 14, 2014 on: July 16, 2014, 06:23:56 AM
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Ideally, I'd like the RTF Paste into Word to be "smart"
The RTF paste is a current limitation of CHS -- in that it only stores text and images, and not more elaborate clipboard datatypes.  That is on my todo list to improve.

Yes, that was what I thought, but I could not figure out how come the "smart" paste works into OneNote but not into Word. Are not both pastes being made by CHS? Maybe I misunderstand how it works.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet freedoms restrained - SOPA/PIPA/OPEN/ACTA/CETA/PrECISE-related updates on: July 16, 2014, 06:14:47 AM
Sorry, I didn't mean to duplicate anything you had posted - in fact I wasn't aware of that other discussion thread (hadn't seen it). I bunged it in here as it followed on from the "Right to be forgotten nonsense", as I said:
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I detest the whole idea of censorship of legitimate publicly available information  - in hardcopy media or on the Internet - by those who have something they are ashamed of or simply wish to hide, or would rather the public did not see.
There is such a thing as publicly accepting responsibility and accountability for one's actions, or the actions of one's family or company - something that a great many criminals, perverts, political/financial/scientific fraudsters, ne'er-do-wells and media and other corporates tend to refuse to do. Allowing these miscreant people/organisations to draw a veil over their past sins is an attempt at rewriting history and risks being a step down a slippery slope to Totalitarianism by the dirty-handed (also in the legal sense) members of society.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: July 16, 2014, 06:05:24 AM
@Renegade: Yes, I was concerned when I read about that. As you say:
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These guys are GOOD at what they do.
And there'll be no stopping them. If they were not employed by the State, they'd be classified as criminal hackers.
It's a great country they're making for themselves over there in the UK.
I hear that some people reckon that the UK must be in a race with the US to see who can get to Hell first in a handbasket, but I couldn't possibly comment.
17  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: CLIPBOARD HELP+SPELL LATEST VERSION INFO THREAD - v2.24.01 - July 14, 2014 on: July 16, 2014, 04:03:52 AM
@Mouser: Many thanks for those changes. Though they weren't fixing any show-stoppers, I've needed some of those changes for a while - in terms of priority, they come under "Nice-to-have", or maybe "Highly desirable", for me.

There is one niggly annoyance I find with CHS and which has persisted across migration from XP to Win7 to Win8/8.1: the recent clips from the top of the popup Quick Paste Menu (Ctrl+Alt+Q) simply disappear, and you are left with just one or two default items in that list. Is there any way to control this behaviour?

There are also two unexplained problems I have which seem to be CHS-related:
1. After copying some rich text+images from (say) a webpage to Clipboard, when pasting rich text contents, only the bare unformatted text gets pasted. I have to copy the source material twice (in succession) to be able to paste all the RTF content. This is repeatable whether pasting into MS Word or MS OneNote.

2. When pasting such twice-copied RTF content into OneNote, the result is a sort of "smart" paste - the RTF content is pasted correctly, and is followed by a reference string containing the source URL. For example:
"From <http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=36936.new#new>"
However, when pasting such twice-copied RTF content into Word, the content is pasted correctly, but is not followed by any reference string containing the source URL.

In CHS, I use:
  • Ctrl+C - Copy.
  • Ctrl+V - Paste just the text contents from Clipboard. (Modified by an AHK script.)
  • Ctrl+Shift+V - Paste rich text contents from Clipboard. (Modified by an AHK script.)

Ideally, I'd like the RTF Paste into Word to be "smart" - to include the same reference string (URL) as per OneNote - but I'm not sure how to control this.
I know the URL and other source reference data are in the Clipboard, and I know there's a switch in CHS to set some of this ON in a paste template, but the latter would seem clunky for what I am after.
If anyone could help to throw some light on workarounds to control these dynamically, I'd be grateful.
18  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Clipboard Help+Spell and Windows 8.1 on: July 16, 2014, 03:13:34 AM
I recently migrated from Win7-64 HP to Win8-64 (standard), and then updated that to Win8.1-64 (standard) and then upgraded that to Win8.1-64 PRO.
The Win8 OS seems to grab at least one (if not more) new hotkey combo for itself - "Win+S", which brings up the Search panel on the RHS of the display screen. Previously, "Win+S" was an MS Office hotkey which activated the Send To OneNote cliipping function for clipping a section of the display as an image directly to OneNote's default Unfiled Notes section. However, now, to use that function you have to press "Win+N", then "S" - which is a PITN and has some unanticipated adverse effects.

I have not found anything that upsets my CHS hotkey combinations though.
I mostly use:
  • Ctrl+Alt+A - Show CHS window.
  • Ctrl+Alt+Q - Quick Paste Menu.
  • Ctrl+Alt+Z - Quick Note Add.
  • Ctrl+C - Copy.
  • Ctrl+V - Paste just the text contents from Clipboard. (Modified by an AHK script.)
  • Ctrl+Shift+V - Paste rich text contents from Clipboard. (Modified by an AHK script.)
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google - News + Hate + Lurve on: July 16, 2014, 12:34:12 AM
The above post reflects that it was in the early stages when the MAFIAFire add-ons were being made.
Later on there were some pretty harsh words for Google such as this from torrentfreak:
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
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Google Censorship Initiative Thwarted by ‘Gee! No Evil!’ Add-On
    By Ernesto on June 13, 2011

Earlier this year Google launched a piracy blacklist and began filtering keywords from its Instant and Autocomplete services. A necessary measure to counter online copyright infringement according to the search giant, but not everyone agrees. To partially undo Google's censorship efforts, the “MAFIAA Fire” team has now released the "Gee! No evil!" Firefox add-on.

geenoevilWhen Homeland Security’s ICE unit started seizing domain names last year, a group called “MAFIAA Fire” decided to code a browser add-on to redirect the affected websites to their new domains.

A perfect illustration of John Gilmore’s famous quote: “The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.”

Releasing the browser add-on was a statement more than a technical breakthrough, but it had a bigger impact than the MAFIAA Fire team could have ever hoped for. ICE asked Mozilla to pull the add-on from their site but Mozilla denied the request, arguing that this type of censorship may threaten the open Internet.

This victory for the MAFIAA Fire team encouraged them to come up with more anti-censorship tools. Today the team lived up to that aim by releasing a new Firefox add-on named “Gee! No evil!” which targets Google’s recent censorship initiative.

Starting a few months ago Google began filtering “piracy-related” terms from its ‘Autocomplete‘ and ‘Instant‘ services. The unpublished blacklist includes “torrent”, “BitTorrent”, “uTorrent” and “RapidShare” and was updated with the term “Mediafire” last week.

According to Google, the blacklist is an effective tool to curb online piracy, even if the terms themselves are not exclusively linked to copyright infringement.

“While there is no silver bullet for infringement online, this measure is one of several that we have implemented to curb copyright infringement online,” Google spokesman Mistique Cano told TorrentFreak.

“This is something we looked at and thought we could make some narrow and relatively easy changes to our Autocomplete algorithm that could make a positive difference,” Cano added.

But not everyone agrees that censorship is the preferred solution here. The MAFIAA Fire team, for example, believe that Google has simply caved into pressure from the entertainment industry.

“Although typing a few extra letters is not a big deal for most, the fact that a non-innovative industry like the music industry has so much clout to pressure one of the icons in one the most innovative industry in the world was too much for us to ignore,” a MAFIAA Fire representative told TorrentFreak.

“We had to do something about it, just out of principle,” he added, and so today they released the “Gee! No evil!” add-on for Firefox. As with the redirector add-on, a Chrome version may be released later when enough donations come in.

The plugin reverses Google’s filter and adds the banned keywords to Autocomplete as soon as the user types in the first letter. It also kicks in if the second keyword is on the blacklist, so if a user types “Linux t” it will suggest “Linux torrent.”


“Gee! No evil! at work”

gee uncensored results

In addition to restoring censored keywords, MAFIAA Fire are also considering promoting other P2P services and cyberlockers with the add-on in the future, the opposite of what Google is attempting to accomplish. Site owners who want to support the initiative are welcome to apply.

With “Gee! No evil!” the MAFIAA Fire team have once again made a censorship effort defunct. But Google is not their main target, the pro-copyright lobby (MAFIAA) is what they are after. And their message is clear.

“Our message to the MAFIAA is this; the law of unintended consequences is very much alive. You took down Napster and what’s taken its place is far bigger. You are trying to censor little bits and pieces, but you inspired us to release more tools that will make you cringe for a very long time.”

“Censoring common words like “torrent” to help an outdated business model is not the right approach… and where does it stop? Who decides what goes on this slippery slope?” the MAFIAA Fire representative told TorrentFreak.

The above comment rightfully accentuates how subjective and risky censorship often is. While the U.S. Government is supporting tools to provide anonymous Internet to citizens of repressive governments, they also support drastic censorship measures at home. Although some may argue that it’s not fair to compare apples and oranges, censorship is censorship no matter how you frame it.
________________________________________

And this from http://www.mafiaafire.com/quick_note2.txt :
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I think the US-DHS is quite impressive, mainly because I get impressed with a lot of capital alphabets in a row,
even more so when they have few or nearly no vowels.

I guess that's how the DHS and MPAA/RIAA (MAFIAA) got the vice president to say copyright infringement is "outright theft"
or get the Canadian Mounties do them "favors" which resulted in a young man taking his own life.

Now,  because my idea, which took less than a week to create - and the chrome version 2 days, makes them walk around with egg
on their face after the millions spent (it cost me less than $100) they went running to Mozilla for another favor.

No court order no nothing, which just goes to show how little they have legally - because if they did have something to pin
on MAFIAAFire they already have a sweet lady judge (##Link to article about former RIAA spokesperson now in judges seat##) who is a
former RIAA employee to sign off on it.

They did not even try to contact us.

Hat's off to Mozilla for sticking up to them, at first we were afraid if Mozilla would even host it due to its controversial nature
but they truly backed up their open source supporting words with actions.

Our response:
MAFIAAFire redirector for Chrome is ready (and improved!!)
Our domain is mirrored: MAFIAAFire.ezee.se
The source for BOTH the plugins are now open!
We are going to add more domains to the list

A note to the DHS - as a government entity you are supposed to act within the law, even though the domain seizures were deplorable
you made the (embarrassing ##Link to  article on the screenshots of torrent-finder### ) effort to get some (totally unrelated) screenshots
and go through the courts to give it some semblance of a lawful act.

Have you now dropped the whole facade and are just going to act like the hired goons you are by "requesting" people censor the internet for your bosses?
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20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google - News + Hate + Lurve on: July 15, 2014, 10:57:56 PM
From: http://www.mafiaafire.com/quick_note.txt
I think this was in the early stages when the MAFIAFire add-ons were being made.
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Ok, here's a very rough alpha.
I'm a total virgin to extensions programming in Chrome so if I have taken the long or unorthodox route to get these results... feel free to send me YOUR code to make the corrections!

It may not be pretty but I am a results oriented person and well, this works like i want it to.

Send any bugs, complaints, praises and everything in between via our contact form: mafiaafire.com/contact.php

A pat on the back to Google and it's Chrome team; this was far easier than expected and got me running pretty damn fast - getting me from zero to the speed I wanted and the results I expected in hours. Porting this from FF was a breeze!
Thank you, you guys rock! (As do the Mozilla team).

21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Google - News + Hate + Lurve on: July 15, 2014, 09:25:39 PM
After all that ridiculous compulsory Google+ stuff, bullying and control freak behaviour from Google and to hell with your privacy concerns, would you believe it, but: (my emphasis)
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Google+ kills off “real names” policy | Ars Technica
Users can now make up whatever identity they please on the social network.
by Casey Johnston - Jul 15, 2014 10:07 pm UTC

Google has decided to reverse its long-standing policy requiring users to use their real names to make profiles on the service as of Tuesday, according to a post shared on the official account. The move comes after Google+ head Vic Gundotra suddenly departed in April, marking the beginning of a shift for the service.

"When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what name you could use on your profile," the post begins. As time went on, that rule softened to allow "established" pseudonyms and let YouTube users to bring their usernames over from the service.

Google+ has been criticized not only for preventing users from protecting their real identities, but causing confusion among them. In January, one transgender woman tried to send a text message to a colleague but sent a Hangout from her Google+ profile instead, outing her.

"We know that our names policy has been unclear, and this has led to some unnecessarily difficult experiences for some of our users," the post continues. "For this we apologize, and we hope that today's change is a step toward making Google+ the welcoming and inclusive place that we want it to be."
(For more information and some larfs, go to the article at the link and follow some of its hyperlinks.)
That last bit (emphasised) rather looks like belated damage control and BS. Having tried to coerce users to conform to their ridiculous rules, and having found that that left them (unsurprisingly) with a relatively empty Google+ theatre (empty seats), they are trying the "We're so welcoming and inclusive, see?" approach.
Yeah right.
 ohmy
But it is arguably a good sign, and the word "excited" wasn't used once.
What's that I hear you say? You thought that an apology would have been in order? Hey, who are you kidding? An apology from Google? Don't make me larf.
(I wonder if they realise they've just re-enacted Aesop's fable "The Wind and the Sun"?)

I'm not taking off my coat just yet, thanks.
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By the way, where the post says:
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The move comes after Google+ head Vic Gundotra suddenly departed in April, marking the beginning of a shift for the service.
- it is referring to Vic Gundotra - Google Vice President, Engineering Social.
He headed up the Google WAVE debacle project and the Google+ project (amongst other things).
Resigned 2014-04-24 after 8 years at Google.
22  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Firefox add-on - MAFIAAFire now adds "PirateBay Danciing" - quick review on: July 15, 2014, 07:53:36 PM
Now, I don't know how long the website  has been blocked by MBAM, but to me this looks suspiciously like stealthy censorship
I wouldn't be surprised. I've noticed Chrome giving me errors/warnings when I go to some sites. It doesn't happen very often, but... Those sites aren't exactly mainstream, and I can see why someone would want to censor them.
To me this spills over into a bigger issue, merging "copyright concerns" with "security warnings". I expect a legit "security warning" to be ... about security.
But when the IP gang pressures a browser to report a site as "unsafe" really bugs me, because it tries to play the gen public's honest attempt to be safe, for a few loose ends.
My best example is Primewire.ag showing up in Firefox/related's lists as "an attack site".
Now I'll listen to one of my betters here, but it generally seems like cheap tactics.

That's interesting. The other day I installed Google Canary (Chrome), on my new laptop - having not used Google Chrome for quite a while since migrating to the new laptop. (I had previously used the developer channel release of Google Chrome on my old laptop.)
I clicked on a URL for a website - I don't recall exactly, but I think it might have been one that was offering a Chrome add-on not available from the official Chrome store, or something - and a WARNING!! screen popped up asking "was I sure I wanted to go there?" or something, and suggesting I bitlify the URL (I could not and do not understand why I would want to do that, or what use it would be) - and there was a button I could press to do that. It also had a warning to the effect "Proceed at your own risk". Now, I was going there anyway, proceeding under my own risk as it were, when this stupid popup had intercepted me - so this was none of their bloody business and apparently simply a stupid scare tactic to discourage me away from that URL.
The trouble is, when it seems as though someone doesn't want me to see/know something, I become suspicious and curious to know what it is that they are trying to hide, as, from experience, people hiding things can often mean that there is something unethical going on.
I shall try and repeat this case and copy details to here or to some more appropriate thread in the forum.
Maybe we should start a discussion thread reporting cases of discovered "Internet Censorship" or something (or is there a suitable discussion thread  already).
23  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Firefox add-on - MAFIAAFire now adds "PirateBay Danciing" - quick review on: July 15, 2014, 07:33:56 PM
Just posted this EDIT to my above comment.
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EDIT 2014-07-16 1230hrs:
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One of our old domains was stolen (ilovemafiaafire.net) by our last scummy webhost and they just have an ads page on that domain, this release takes out any references to that domain      
From <http://mafiaafire.eu/MAFIAA-forum/showthread.php?tid=493>
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet freedoms restrained - SOPA/PIPA/OPEN/ACTA/CETA/PrECISE-related updates on: July 15, 2014, 12:54:38 AM
Openness and transparency.
Here is something else of interest along similar lines as the above:
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Bot Tweets Anonymous Wikipedia Edits From Capitol Hill
samzenpus posted yesterday | from the noting-the-changes dept.
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mpicpp writes about a new Twitter bot that reports all of the anonymous Wikipedia edits being made from the US Senate and House of Representatives. Ed Summers, an open source Web developer, recently saw a friend tweet about Parliament WikiEdits, a UK Twitter "bot" that watched for anonymous Wikipedia edits coming from within the British Parliament's internal networks. Summers was immediately inspired to do the same thing for the US Congress. "The simplicity of combining Wikipedia and Twitter in this way immediately struck me as a potentially useful transparency tool," Summers wrote in his personal blog. "So using my experience on a previous side project [Wikistream, a Web application that watches Wikipedia editing activity], I quickly put together a short program that listens to all major language Wikipedias for anonymous edits from Congressional IP address ranges and tweets them." The stream for the bot, @congressedits, went live a day later, and it now provides real-time tweets when anonymous edits of Wikipedia pages are made. Summers also posted the code to GitHub so that others interested in creating similar Twitter bots can riff on his work.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / 'Hidden From Google' Remembers the Sites Google Is Forced To Forget on: July 14, 2014, 11:11:41 PM
Could be worth making a bookmark for this and even putting it in your feed-reader...
I detest the whole idea of censorship of legitimate publicly available information  - in hardcopy media or on the Internet - by those who have something they are ashamed of or simply wish to hide, or would rather the public did not see.
There is such a thing as publicly accepting responsibility and accountability for one's actions, or the actions of one's family or company - something that a great many criminals, perverts, political/financial/scientific fraudsters, ne'er-do-wells and media and other corporates tend to refuse to do. Allowing these miscreant people/organisations to draw a veil over their past sins is an attempt at rewriting history and risks being a step down a slippery slope to Totalitarianism by the dirty-handed (also in the legal sense) members of society.
It is thus perhaps unsurprising that this cack-handed idea was introduced by EU legislators.

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'Hidden From Google' Remembers the Sites Google Is Forced To Forget
Posted by Unknown Lamer on Monday July 14, 2014 @08:12PM
from the freedom-eagle dept.

Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "Hidden From Google, the brainchild of a web programmer in New Jersey, archives each website that Google is required to take down from European Union search listings thanks to the recent court decision that allows people to request that certain pages be scrubbed from Google's search results if they're outdated or irrelevant. That decision has resulted in takedown requests from convicted sex offenders and huge banking companies, among thousands of others."
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