google weirdness

Saturday, May 13th, 2017 02:25 am
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This search query ("I'm the fire of your") returns 5 results:

This search query ("I'm the fire of your desire") returns 10 results:

*and* the 2nd one says at the bottom, "In order to show you the most relevant results, we have omitted some entries very similar to the 10 already displayed. If you like, you can repeat the search with the omitted results included."

It doesn't make sense. Yeah, I got the lyrics wrong, but still, it doesn't make sense that adding more words to an exact-match query (within quotes) makes it return more results.

Hmmm. Google must automatically filter out pages with the word "desire" unless you specifically use it in your query. Or maybe it filters it when you put it together with another word like fire. Maybe if I were logged into a Google account when doing my queries, and had my settings set to not filter anything, it would act differently.

no more cross posts

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 11:31 pm
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The following parts of the newly posted LiveJournal User Agreement concern me:

7.4. User shall be subject to Article 10.2 of the Federal Act of the Russian Federation No. 149-ФЗ if more than three thousand Internet users access the Blog (the Blog’s page) within 24 hours.
7.5. User who posted comments in Blog and User keeping such a Blog shall be jointly and severally liable in respect of such comments.

9.1. By posting Content, User shall:
9.1.3. Mark Content estimated by Russian legislation as inappropriate for children (0 −18) as “adult material” by using Service functions.

9.2. The User may not:
9.2.6. without the Administration’s special permit, use automatic scripts (bots, crawlers etc.) to collect information from the Service and/or to interact with the Service;
9.2.7. post advertising and/or political solicitation materials unless otherwise directly specified in a separate agreement between User and the Administration;
9.2.8 perform any other actions contradictory to the laws of the Russian Federation ...

11. Liability
11.1 User shall be liable for breaching the terms and conditions hereof, including the requirements to Registration and Content posting, as well as for violation of applicable laws committed by User, including the laws of the Russian Federation and the laws of User’s residence;

Regarding # 7.4, info in English on that Russian Article 10.2 can be found here:

In skimming that document, much of it seems reasonable. But certain parts of it make me uneasy too.

What most concerns me is that in using LJ, one must now agree to abide by Russian laws. Considering it is owned by a Russian company now, that makes sense. But as an American, I am not likely to know much about Russian laws. I could break those laws without even remotely realizing it. Furthermore, there are certain Russian laws that I have heard about, which I do not want to be bound by. Specifically, their gay propaganda law.

So, henceforth I will not cross-post to LJ anymore. I'm still keeping my account for now, for reading friends' pages and commenting. Eventually I may delete that as well.
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2010/spring. A singing and dancing birthday balloon, a barking broomstick, and a few other assortments.

I may start using or some other site instead of YouTube. Metacafe seems to have more relaxed rules on nudity. It bothers me that some of my videos stand the possibility of getting flagged and taken down even though they aren't sexual in content. One of the people I subscribe to on YT had a couple of their videos flagged and taken down, even though they were only showing how their chest looked after top-surgery. There doesn't seem to be much you can do about censorship like that, other than not using the site anymore.

lights and music

Sunday, March 28th, 2010 11:58 pm
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I wonder why solar-powered yard lights are mostly sold with nickel cadmium batteries instead of nickel metal hydride ones. I seem to recall it being almost 10 years since NiMH started replacing NiCd for rechargeable batteries, due to being better for the environment, no memory effect, and higher capacity.

Ah, this page gives some possible reasons, such as NiCd batteries being less sensitive to temperature extremes and lasting for more recharging cycles.

I'd advise against getting the small yard lights which are sold individually and cheaply. I got 2 of them, and the batteries they contain are not standard sizes, so they can't be easily replaced. They don't look as water-proof as the LED crystal ball I got last year, either. Besides those, I also got a 2-pack of glass/metal stake ones, and a 4-pack of plastic LED lanterns which I plan to hang in a tree (I got those from Lowes - even Lowes has a nice selection of solar yard lights to choose from). The glass/metal ones look to be the best quality of the lot (although I am partial to real glass over plastic, so that may have me biased).


This HMDX Audio portable speaker case for an mp3 player is one of the things I got at Bed, Bath, and Beyond yesterday - I got a pretty purple one. The size is actually 6.5 inches wide, not what it says on that linked page. The sound quality is quite good, and it's louder than a different mini-speaker I got last year.


Dang it, LiveJournal is still returning this message:
Error updating journal: Client error: Sorry, there was a problem with content of the entry

when I try to save any post with a link to an ezinearticles page. I first noticed this was happening in January, and it is still happening. So I had to add an 'x' to the beginning of the first URL above.

Update: was able to get link to post using www. in front.