Pornography does not go against any of Facebook’s “Community Standards”

I recently ran across an image in a comment on Facebook that is clearly pornographic. The image may not be that of a real person’s genitals, but it is an image of a man’s torso with a huge erect penis. (maybe it’s from an ad for a sex toy? I don’t know…)

Either way, it clearly does not belong in the public view on Facebook for just anyone to see.

I clicked on “Give feedback or report this comment” to let Facebook know that the comment contained pornography so they could take it down, and here was their response:

They claim they reviewed the comment and “found that it doesn’t go against any of [their] Community Standards”?!?! Really??? My god, how loose are their standards anyway?!?

WHOIS PRIVACY completely defeats the purpose of WHOIS!!

Do you own a domain name or two (or more)? Do you know about the WHOIS database that maintains owner and contact information for domains?? Do you know why the WHOIS database exists (at least in its original purpose)??? If so, WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT WHOIS PRIVACY!?!?!

This “service” completely defeats the purpose of WHOIS

Every time I renew my domains, my registrar tries to sell me WHOIS PRIVACY. They claim it protects me from spam – it does not. Using custom email addresses in my WHOIS records, I know if spam is being sent to the contact email address in my WHOIS record. I get so little spam at those email addresses, it completely nullifies any argument a registrar will try to give you that privacy will prevent spam!!

For years now, ICANN has allowed domain registrars to provide a service to hide WHOIS details under the guise of protecting the privacy of the domain owner. These registrars make shitloads of money selling this service which is in direct contradiction to the Domain Registrars’ agreements with ICANN, yet money talks! But no one forces you to sign up for this bogus domain privacy “service” – SO DON’T!

Think about it… if your server gets hacked, how is someone going to find your contact information to let you know about the hack? (especially when the hackers have removed all of your web site’s content!?) A proper WHOIS record with correct and up to date contact information is the only way to make sure someone can contact you swiftly and let you know if your server has been hacked or your web site altered. Maybe your server was hijacked and being use to send out spam. Your ISP may not be so understanding when you tell them “I didn’t know my server was hacked”. Give people the proper tools to contact you for any legitimate reason relating to your domain.

P.S. If you don’t want to use your regular email address in the WHOIS record, just set up an alternate email address and forward it to your regular email address. Also, I don’t recommend you use a Gmail account (or other “free” service email address) because they will filter emails that they deem something looks like spam or phishing. If someone is using your domain name in their phishing URL and it gets reported to Google before you, your “free” account will have it blocked before you ever get a chance to see it. Bad abuse contacts and abuse mailboxes with spam and other content filtering defeats the purpose of having an abuse contact.

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Does this make any sense Amazon?!?

I tried to buy some winter wiper blades on Amazon.com this morning, but they wouldn’t let me.  No, really, I tried and I tried, but they just won’t sell me the second wiper blade!!

I guess there are some products that are classified as “Add-on items”?  Apparently, even though one wiper blade from the product page can be bought as usual with Amazon Prime, etc., another wiper blade on the same product page is classified as an “Add-on item” and can only be purchased once I spend $25 or more on an order.

 

They don’t even give me the opportunity to simply pay the shipping costs and bypass this stupid “Add-on item” policy.  Not very helpful Amazon!!

WEB.COM deletes incoming emails without reading them

We already know that Domains@WEB.COM has a spam filter on a mailbox that is intended to be used to report spam, phishing, malware, and other abuses that may be occurring on their networks and servers.  Kind of makes the Domains@WEB.COM email address worthless!?

It turns out that even when we think the mail just might get through, it doesn’t.  I just received this bounce message indicating “Your message … was deleted without being read.”:

Nice job WEB.COM!!!

Why are many (not all) Human Resources departments so RUDE?!?!?

What is up with Human Resources departments in companies these days?!?!?  Why do they feel they have no obligation to respond to job applicants (let alone even acknowledge them)???

I must have applied for at least 2 dozen positions over the last several months.  If I received acknowledgements / responses from 5 of them, that would be a lot!  Big companies… little companies… all companies…  Don’t they realize people are waiting on them??  Don’t they realize how RUDE they are by not interacting with their applicants and just leaving us hanging??

Furthermore, they refuse to make their contact information available – not on their web site – not in their “auto-acknowledge” (the few that had them) – NOWHERE!

Even ADP – a HUGE accounting company with recruiting as part of their web site – won’t offer up a phone number, even though their web page footer indicates a number should be present:

The footer says “If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please contact number below.”, BUT THERE IS NO NUMBER BELOW!!!!

I don’t get it!?!  How is this game supposed to work???

Anonymous quotes should be taken at face value.

A recent New York Times Op-Ed article critical of President Trump and his policies was published without the name of the author, allegedly someone who claimed to be an inside senior administrative official.  Here’s what I have to say about “anonymous” sources:

If you don’t have the balls to put your name on your statements, there is no reason anyone should take your statements seriously!!

For the record, my name is Patrick Klos.

WEB.COM has a spam filter on their abuse mailbox?!?!

If there is one thing I CAN’T STAND, it’s an Internet Service Provider that puts a spam filter on their “abuse@…” mailbox!

Chicken shit WEB.COM hides their abuse department behind a spam filter

And here is WEB.COM (a.k.a. Network Solutions, Register.com, Name Secure, Snap Names, etc) – one of the world’s largest domain registrars and Internet Service Providers – blocking emails to their ‘abuse@web.com’ mailbox because a report of a phishing site or domain “matches a profile the Internet community may consider spam”?!?!?

How is someone supposed to report a problem to the Internet Service Provider of a phishing site if the simple mention of the phishing site scares the shit out of the abuse department?!?!

Shame on you WEB.COM!! (and all other tech companies that are afraid of their own shadows to run a PROFESSIONAL abuse department)

Hey McDonald’s – you call that bacon?!?

$1.69 worth of bacon at McDonald’s:

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$1.52 worth of bacon at Whole Foods:

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You get about 8 fairly thick slices from Whole Foods for the same price as 2 anemically thin slices from McDonald’s.

McDonald’s used to charge $.69 for their “side of bacon”.  Then it went up to $.99.  Then it went up to $1.29.  Then it went up to $1.69!! McDonald’s: What are you thinking?!?

Need I say more?!?

Why won’t Facebook let us report bogus profiles/contests?!?!

I ran across a fake Southwest Airlines Facebook profile today promising to give away all-inclusive vacation packages to 30 entrants:

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(note how the profile name has a period after the first word: “Southwest. Airlines” – that’s how they make it look like Southwest’s own profile page as much as possible)

I hate to see my friends taken in by these fake contests.  I don’t know the exact angle for these scams – how do they benefit from creating fake contests except to get many Facebook accounts to “Follow” their fake account?!?

Like a good Facebook citizen, I want to report the fake profile to Facebook so they can review it, determine that it’s fake, and then take it down.  Hmmm… how do we do that?  Oh, I know.  Click on the profile’s page, pull down the “…” option menu, and click on “Report Page”:

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Once I click on Report Page, I’m given several options, including the obvious: “It’s a scam”

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Click on Continue, and I get another list of options:

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Two options: “Block Southwest. Airlines” and “Hide all from Southwest. Airlines”.  WHAT?!?!  Where is “Report to Facebook for review”???

Facebook: Why have you REMOVED the most obvious and most useful option for people to report scams to you???  Instead of letting you review the post or profile directly, you simply want users to stick our heads in the sand and hope the problem goes away.  Who gives a shit about our friends and others that might fall victim to this scam, right??

ABSOLUTELY LAME FACEBOOK!!!

 

LifeLock apparently doesn’t take security seriously?!?

I had to laugh when I saw a TV ad for LifeLock.  They talk about how they are “Relentlessly Protecting Your Identity”, and then they say “If you sign up now, we’ll give you this free shredder to help you secure your discarded documents”.

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Really?!?  A strip shredder?  You call that SECURE???  I don’t think so!  That is the favorite shredder of criminals because it makes you (their potential victim) FEEL safe when you use it, but makes it OH SO EASY for them to reassemble your document(s) should the need arise!

Note how this page states: “Pretty much useless. My kids could put the document back together.”

Come on LifeLock – get serious and don’t offend people by treating them like idiots!