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“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

– Albert Einstein

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I won’t lie, I have quoted this to people who weren’t doing well for school however I think its a pretty big load of bull crap. Yes, its true, some people have talents in different areas however honestly I think the school system returns a very good representation of everyones capability. Some people are better at logic subjects, Math, Physics, Chem, etc. Others are better at the vaguer, ‘justify yourself and win’ subjects such as English, Multimedia, Art and History.

For a good idea of how ‘smart’ someone is, the best way to go about it is to let them choose the topics in which they do well in and enjoy, teach them help them learn themselves and then test to see how much they understand and retain in comparison to the rest of the world. I couldn’t think of a fairer way to test people. There are some subjects that are often required, such as math and english. Some people completely suck at those subjects, just are totally crap with them. I am one of those people, math comes second nature to me however english is a really hard slog, lessons seam to drag on for hours and I put in hours of work to get less then average results. It sucks because english is a compulsory subject for me to do, however I don’t consider this a bad thing. English is the language my country speaks, most likely all verbal communication I do for the rest of my life (well until china takes over the world at least) will be done in english, I need it, I’m bad at it so I get bad marks for it. Simple.

I do not see how that is unfair, or “judging a fish by its ability to climb a tree” It’s much closer to judging a fish on its ability to swim, a fish that cant swim well. Of course my other strengths are also taken in, I can do math with my eyes shut, and I do fairly well in sciences.

If someone picks subjects they consider themselves to be best at and ends up with a bad result then they either do not understand as much as most people or they didn’t put in effort, either way this is a valid time to give a bad mark, if this is being used to get into a University/Collage course or looking for employment then of course an accurate representation of what the student is capable of is required. School marks are accurate representations, the school system is not as flawed as people claim (its not perfect, I know, there are some major poo poos in there) but school does exactly what it is supposed to do, and gives you a mark which shows exactly how well you went. This fish tree thing is total crap.

QR codes

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Preface: I have left QR codes with a link to this article in random public places as a test to see if people do infact scan random codes, if you are here as a result of scanning a code, I am sorry if I offend you in any point of the article (Also this kinda proves a point you have no idea what you’re visiting when you scan a code)

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So this morning I saw a poster, with basically a title and a QR code. This is possibly the worst marketing since Buried in Verona’s Facebook page (Honestly, I know about your ‘new’ single I am Hate, It’s been out for 18 months now stop spamming me) But this poster, really, do you expect me to stop, astounded by your generic title, pull out my phone, download a QR code reader (does anyone actually keep those apps?) and scan your code just to get a link to your website, which is probably not mobile ready, and would have taken half the time to just type in the damn URL, in the end I don’t want your extra absorbent tampons, I am a teenage boy I just had no idea what I was scanning because your freaking poster had no freaking information in it about your freaking product.

Ok, calmer now.. sorry about that. All that goes through my head every time I see your poster with a large QR code on it, stop doing it, They have their uses, giving me a 10 character url is not one of them.

Let me list some real and incredibly stupid uses for QR codes I have seen

  • All posters and advertisements
  • The side of coffee cups (to show give a link to their website, why do they even need your website idiots)
  • Art assignments (literally paintings with QR codes next to them, just print the bloody information)
  • Product boxes (really? What information do you need to give me which you could write on the box)
  • The side of a freaking racecar, it is going 300km/h how is anyone meant to scan that?

There are actually good uses for QR codes, they aren’t always crappy (however they are most of the time) I have seen some excellent uses for these things. I think one of the best was a digital coffee stamp app, you know those systems where you buy 10 coffees and get a free one? Like with the cards and little stamps? Well a digital version of them, it was a brilliant idea. Basicly you downloaded this app, which worked for multiple coffee shops (I love it when the world does things right).

When you bought a coffee you simply opened this app, which opened directly to a scanner, scanned the code on the cup (individual for each cup) and your free coffee was counted, when you had earn’t your free coffee redeeming it was as simple as showing the person serving you the code given back from the app, which they mark off and you get a free drink. This was brilliant, a use of a QR code which actually simplified a general task.

Another technology with such potential, being used for all the wrong reasons and making life harder rather then simpler. PS if you came here via a link you scanned with your phone I take back everything I said, maybe people do actually take the time to do these. However I don’t recommend littering the world with QR codes to your website a valid method of advertising.

If you would like detail on how QR codes actually work, or if I haven’t convinced you how stupid they are most of the time check this post out http://gizmodo.com/5969312/how-qr-codes-work-and-why-they-suck-so-hard

Edit: I have forgotten a major use for these things, sending URL’s and app download links to mobile phones. This is a brilliant use, I have nothing against that, however I generally still just iMessage myself the link (someone really should create some sort of really easy method of sending links to phones)

Instagram #notspam

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InstagramNotSpamEveryone quickly! repost this image with #notspam. Instagram is taking down spam and bot accounts but this will tell them that you are not spam and they will not delete your account.

Ok people it’s time to stop being stupid, over the past 48 hours this image has been bouncing around Instagram. People are genuinely believing that their account will be deleted if they do not repost an image with a hashtag.

Firstly check the actual privacy policy on the actual Instagram side, not only is this “Important update” not anywhere to be found but the thing hasn’t been changed in months! Now i’m not saying that Instagram are not culling spam accounts, of course they do and its fairy safe to say they have been for a long time.

From their terms of use

“You must not create accounts with the Service through unauthorized means, including but not limited to, by using an automated device, script, bot, spider, crawler or scraper. “

This is totally fair enough and quite simple, bots and spam Instagram accounts are a violation of their terms, as a result they reserve the right to close the account.

Violation of these Terms of Use may, in Instagram’s sole discretion, result in termination of your Instagram account. You understand and agree that Instagram cannot and will not be responsible for the Content posted on the Service and you use the Service at your own risk. If you violate the letter or spirit of these Terms of Use, or otherwise create risk or possible legal exposure for Instagram, we can stop providing all or part of the Service to you.

So here, clearly Instagram say themselves they they may delete bots and spam accounts however these accounts would be detected by complicated, very clever computer algorithms which are able detect common spam behaviour such as posting close to exactly on the minuet (obviously timer has been used), frequent posting of flyer style images and using many like fishing hashtags (it seems every 14 year old girl also falls under all the behavioural characteristics of a spamming computer).

Finally use some common sense people, why would posting to #notspam mean you aren’t a bot if this was real all the spammers would just post the same image and be ‘safe’.

Stupid people make me cry.

‘Ima hack you’

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These are actual messages from a group conversation with stupid people I was added to on skype (Grammar has been added so you can actually make out what they are trying to say)

 

I have a java server, I can totally brute force you down

Idiot 1

Well Im gonna hack your bank, I know your ip say good bye to your money

Idiot 2

You cant hack my money, I installed a firewall on my server and I know python so I can just write a script to stop your hacks

Idiot 1

You don’t know anything about hacking, I bet you don’t even know Java or how to find someones ip, I can ping you until your internet doesnt work.

Idiot 2

People never fail to disappoint me.