Automatically generated humans

Who’s this asian girl? Nobody!

This picture has been automatically generated!

By visiting the site at ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com you will get a new random “human creation”, generated by an algorithm! Impressive!

Some results have very evident artefacts, but it’s still impressive!

The video below shows all the possible combinations, millions, and the possibility to adapt it with other kind of photos (after training of the model, with thousands and thousands of sample pics)

Trust no one

In my last post I wrote about Mark Rober’s porch pirates trap.

An Imgur user did a very thorough investigation, from few details he managed to know the address of Cici’s house, and it came out that 2 reactions out of 5 were faked: the package was never stolen.

Why?

As it was later explained in a public apology, Mark asked around his neighbors is someone could host the trap outside the house, giving a monetary compensation for each attempt. 5 attempts in a few days looked many to me, all on the same address!

The neighbor pretended to help, but just wanted to take the reward, faking the attempts!

The trap to find dishonest people worked too well…

Revenge against porch pirates

When I lived in the USA, something that was unbelievable for me, it was that packages were left outside of the door, without even knocking the door! I understand that you need to deliver a lot of packages, but at least ring the bell! When I did my first online order in the US, an AT&T GoPhone, I was totally shocked when the following day the UPS left it outside the door. I thought “if they did this in my country, the package would have been stolen immediately”

Well, it looks like packages are stolen from the porch, there’s people who drive around and when they see a package, they steal it.

Since the police doesn’t care about it, Mark Rober, who has worked for 9 years as a NASA engineer, decided to get revenge: a device that would cause a glitter explosion in the thief hands, with a fart spray. And with four internet connected cameras, to get their reaction!

Awesome!

Your website could be used for a mail bombing

Today, by pure luck, I looked quickly to the mail server logs. Since the beginning of the year it has sent about 1500 emails.

“Ah, ok”, I think, and I move on.

Then I think about it. Hey, 1500 emails sent in a couple of days???

Looking the logs I immediately found the culprit:

After every post of a WordPress website it was enabled “share by email”!

A chinese bot, every minute, was going to the page and was sending the content to the same email address!

Result: a mail bombing!

I hope that my IP address reputation is not tarnished and doesn’t affect my deliverability…. 😡

Adobe sends invoices that are looking like spam

Unfortunately, needing it for work, I had to buy rent Photoshop CC.

After a few days I get the invoice by email:

adobe

Nlar? Who’s that? I almost pressed on “report spam”, when I see that’s an Adobe invoice. I open the email:

adobe2

??? What the…?? They send an invoice (very important, because otherwise I can’t deduct the 19% VAT from it), like this, in an empty email, without a “thanks for giving us money, even if you hate us“???

If I didn’t remember to have bought rented it, I would have definitely deleted the invoice, since they sent it 3 days after the subscription!

UCBrowser is now banned

Today I went to see my access log report (even if I don’t use Google Analytics, I still have complete access to server logs, and I analyze anomalous patterns) and I found this:

ucbrowser

??? Nobody uses UC Browser outside China!

I go to see visitor log:

ucbrowser2

What happends, suddenly the Naruto karaoke become popular in China? I read more details:

ucbrowser3(Green: IP addresses, pink: device; yellow: browser)

The IP addresses in the log file aren’t the actual ones, they’re from CloudFlare, a proxy between this site and the Internet. The real addresses are for example 14.152.64.xxx (Shenzhen), 123.150.183.xxx (Tianjin), 58.215.183.xxx (Jiangsu).

What can be the odds? Either there are thousands of chinese with a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 interested in Naruto karaoke (but they close the page before reading it), either UCweb is doing a “micro-DDOS” to my server, they need to get that specific page (only that page!!!) every few minutes. They’re not identificating themselves as a bot like Google, Bing and the rest of the world is doing, but they pretend to be a Samsung Galaxy Note 2

I hate this abusive behaviour, so I will redirect every visit from a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with UCBrowser, to ucweb.com

Update 9 september: I thought that banning only Galaxy Note 2 with UC Browser (meaning: only bots) was enough, but they just updated their bot. Ok, so, ANYONE using UC Browser is now banned 😡💢

ucbrowser-basta

In Italy an year has 13 months

…this is what the Italian phone companies have decided to do, to get some free money from their subscribers.

How they did it?

They changed every existing contract from “monthly payment” to “pay every 4 weeks”. There are 52 weeks in an year, so they get a full free month every year! A nice way to increase their price almost 10% without let the average customer notice it on the bill!

TIM and Wind got fined 400000 euro from the Government, but that’s not enough. With 20 million customers, they will steal 200 extra millions euro every year (assuming that an average phone plan is 10 euro). Just 400k it’s not enough, they’ll just pay the fine and continue getting the free extra money.

How to add an OneNote button to Firefox

Update: now there’s an official Firefox extension! 😀

So, there’s no need to mess with this and  manually make a button! I’ll leave the instructions anyways, because are useful for other bookmarklets

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OneNote it’s a great Evernote alternative, but has two big problems for me:

  1. The Android app is slow and doesn’t run very smoothly
  2. There isn’t a “save on OneNote” button for Firefox

I solved the first problem with Do Note, for the second here’s the solution:

First of all, install Custom Buttons, the go on the addons setup page: you’ll find a new entry named “Custom Buttons”. Create a new button, and under “startup code” insert this

var link = “javascript:(function(){if(typeof%20OneNoteBookmarklet===’undefined’){window.clipperId=’ON-648444d0-04cf-4206-bf78-bb656ad9cfed’;var%20jsCode=document.createElement(‘script’);jsCode.setAttribute(‘src’,’https://www.onenote.com/Clipper/Root?NoAuth=1′);jsCode.setAttribute(‘id’,’oneNoteCaptureRootScript’);jsCode.setAttribute(‘type’,’text/javascript’);document.body.appendChild(jsCode);}})()”
this.leftclick = function(evt){
openUILink(link);}
this.setAttribute( ‘onclick’, ‘gQuot( event, this )’ );

As icon, save this , then click on “Convert to Base64”, so you can delete it from your drive.

List of online developing environments

Now that there’s the “cloud mania”, there are dozens of websites that allow to code online without install any program on the local computer. That’s perfect for who, like me, uses 2 computers at work, 2 computers at home, and often uses someone else’s computer: the problem is that my free time is limited, but if I don’t have all the tools set up as I need, I can’t develop or continue a project.

In this way I could write something during lunch time break at work, continue it in my train commute, finishing at home.

The most promising online developing environments (cloud IDE) that I found are:

For me, the most important feature is native GIT support. It looks like that all those seven webapps have this feature.

First of all, I will try codeanywhere, because it looks like it’s the only one with an Android app, so, maybe, I can use it from my BlackBerry Z10.

Another “feature” is the price, because almost all my project aren’t generating profits, so I can’t pay big subscription fees. This is the reason I won’t even try Codio, because, if you don’t pay, after 30 days the workspaces become public.

Soon I will publish a review for Codeanywhere 😀