How dare the guys at Dropbox try to use a soccer field they reserved

Employees from Dropbox, a San Fransisco-based company that provides a popular file hosting service, reserved a soccer field in a local city park. They paid $27 for an hour of soccer time.

When they showed up to play real football during their allotted time, they found the field already in use by neighborhood youths in a pick-up soccer game. The guys from Dropbox tried to get the pick-up players to leave the field.

One of the youths videoed part of the exchange with the Dropbox guys:


My favorite part of the video is when one of the men refusing to leave the field asks one of the Dropbox guys, in broken English, to see his papers.

How ironic.

The problem is that the neighborhood youths didn’t recognize the concept of reserving the field, even though there’s a sign posted at the park that clearly states permit holders have priority over non-permit holders:

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The guys from Dropbox are being crucified online. They’ve been portrayed as entitled, gentrifying douchebags. I don’t understand how they’re the bad guys. The people refusing to leave the field are the ones who acted entitled. They believed they had a right to something even though they hadn’t paid anything for it, while the people who paid for it, were being denied access.

Like it or not, we live in the world where things cost money. If I were Conor, the guy who paid the city of San Fransisco $27 for the permit, I’d be calling my credit card company and filing a chargeback. A link to the video is all the documentation I’d need.

Who knew storing nude photos on the Internet was a bad idea?

I think what surprised me the most about the Apple iCloud naked celebrity photo scandal is that it’s 2014 and people, celebrities in their 20’s, thought the Internet was a safe place to secure their private nude photos.

Since when was the Internet a safe place to store anything?

Edward Snowden, the American hero coward who leaked highly classified information about NSA monitoring capabilities, currently hiding in Russia, told the world that nothing you do online or with a cell phone is private. He said the government had access to anything. If you believed Snowden, why would you think anything was private on the Internet?

If you own an iPhone, by default, it sends any photo you take to the cloud, specifically, the iCloud. The reason? In case you lose your iPhone or it becomes damaged, all your photos will be backed up and obtainable. I like it because I can take a picture with my iPhone and then immediately have access to the photo on my desktop or laptop. You can always turn this feature off if you want to.

Did any of these naked victims know that they cold turn this feature off? I’m guessing not.

Some people love taking naked photos

Having worked for years in the photo finishing industry, I know for a fact that a lot of people like taking naked pictures of themselves. When I got out of the Air Force in 1994, I was hired by Wal-Mart Photo to work as a repair technician in a new, gigantic photo lab they were building here in Maryland. If you dropped off film at a Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club for two-day processing anywhere in the Mid-Atlantic or North-East region, it would be sent to us, processed, and then sent back. Most of the process was completely automated and normally the images were not seen by human eyeballs. As a repair technician working on the high-speed, automated photofinishing equipment, that standard didn’t apply to me. I would see a lot of the photos being processed.

There were a lot of nude pics, much more than you would think coming from people who shop at Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club.

Whatever you think the percentage is of people taking nude pictures of themselves is, double it and then double it again.

The takeaway from all this is that if you’re a celebrity who enjoys taking nude pictures of yourself, make sure the technology you’re using to capture your nakedness doesn’t automatically store the photos on the World Wide Internet Web, protected with the same simple, stupid password you probably use for everything else. Depending on your level of celebrity, you may have someone working for you who is in charge of your security and technology. If so, they should have ensured this didn’t happen.

If however your level of celebrity is on a downward journey, you can just go on Twitter and blame the technology you never bothered to learn:

If Kirsten Dunst is smart enough to know how to put a pizza icon with a poop icon in a Twitter post, creating the phrase piece of shit, how did she not know that photos taken with her iPhone, even “private” naked pictures, would automatically backup to the iCloud?

I don't understand the Ice Bucket Challenge

You know you’re getting old when you see stuff happen on the World Wide Internets Web and you don’t understand it. For me, this has been the case with the Ice Bucket Challenge. It’s where people pour a bucket of icy water on themselves, record it on video, and then challenge three other people to do the same. The three people challenged have 24 hours to complete the challenge. If they fail to do it in the allotted time, they’re supposed to donate $100 to ALS disease, research. If they carry out the challenge, they only have to donate $10. You’re also expected to post a video of your dumping to prove you did it and to publicly challenge three more people.

If I understand the Ice Bucket Challenge, and chances are, I probably don’t, people are choosing a bucket of ice water instead of making a $100 donation to a worthy cause. The Ice Bucket Challenge seems like a weird version of Truth or Dare, where the truth is donating $100 to ALS research and the dare is always a bucket of ice water and donating only $10.

If the goal is to get more money for ALS research, wouldn’t it be better if no one dumped ice on themselves? As far as I can see, this stunt only helps the ice industry, Big Ice, and Google, which owns YouTube. The Ice Bucket Challenge videos I’ve seen always start with a commercial for a cell phone provider or some car I don’t want to own.

ALS is a terrible and horrifying disease. Whatever money is put towards ALS research, it’s not enough. Personally, I’d like to see the United States take what it spends on military defense and use that money on finding cures for diseases like ALS. If we really want to spend money on defending people, we should spend it on stopping what actually kills them. The chances I’ll get killed by a member of Al Qaeda are really quite remote, but the chances I’ll get killed by cancer or heart disease are actually quite high.

Instead of donating $10 or even $100 towards ALS research, we should be pestering our elected officials to flip what we spend on military defense, $931 billion for the fiscal year 2013, and medical research, $29 billion in 2013.

4zXxmuNThat, of course, will never happen, so I guess we should all just dump a giant bucket of ice water on our heads and call it a day.

How to find any website’s IP address

I got a strange call at work yesterday. At least I thought it was strange. It was from a web developer asking for the IP address of our payment gateway. She had the URL, but her network administrator wanted the actual IP address. Our payment gateway requires a special port for all traffic. This is a port that’s not always open by ISPs. Not only does it have to be open, but it has to be open bidirectionally.

Evidently the network administrator didn’t like the idea of this port being open and wanted to restrict its access to only our payment gateway. For this, he needed the IP address.

I thought the call was strange because what kind of network administrator doesn’t know how to figure out a website’s IP address? It’s pretty simple. On a Windows machine, do the following:

1. Go to Start, Run, and type “cmd”.
2. type “ping” followed by the website you would like to know the IP address of.
3. Take note of the IP address displayed in the results.

As the above screenshot shows, the IP address of this blog is 98.128.229.38. At least right now it is.

That’s how you find the IP address of a website. If it seems incredibly easy, that’s because it is.