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saw metallicadude today

offline ijonspeches from 109P/Swift-Tuttle on 2020-11-12 17:39 [#02606839]
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looked like straight from the stage ´84...
the blonde locks, the stache, the clothes, sweatband.
for a moment i stood there and asked myself if i just
witnessed a glitch in the timelime.


offline mohamed from the turtle business on 2020-11-12 19:25 [#02606840]
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metallicadude, top fun with him around the board

ya remember?!


offline Zephyr Twin from ΔΔΔ on 2020-11-13 15:43 [#02606854]
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It's only now dawned on me that it mermaidman and
metallicadude might not be the same person.


offline ijonspeches from 109P/Swift-Tuttle on 2020-11-15 09:00 [#02606871]
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all i seem to remember is that it ended in blood


offline Portnoy on 2020-11-15 12:21 [#02606872]
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indeed, not the same afaict

metallicadude is wavephace. He cleared that up on discord.

mermaidman seems like tussle toss maybe..or maybe
not...someone old. He won't ever say. He's too stubborn.
Will carry on that schtick to the grave.


offline poppydog on 2020-11-15 14:00 [#02606873]
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Tussle Toss is josso. Mermaid man is Tussle Toss. Josso is
mermaid man. Josso is English. Mermaid man is Turkish. Dupes
are so confusing.


offline Portnoy on 2020-11-15 15:01 [#02606874]
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not unlike ethnicity.


offline mermaidman on 2020-11-15 23:04 [#02606876]
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i already told you guys i'm tussle toss


offline ijonspeches from 109P/Swift-Tuttle on 2020-11-18 11:35 [#02606892]
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we need a zilty brainmap.
users are displayed as rectangles of different sizes
according to number of posts,
dupes have the same color/pattern/pic as original account,
lines connect circles according to number of responses or
posts within the same topic,
one map for every year this place existed with accounts.


offline recycle from Where is Phobiazero (Lincoln) (United States) on 2020-11-18 17:26 [#02606895]
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offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2020-11-19 04:13 [#02606911]
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i could theoretically do this. what's a good thing to
generate the graphics, based on the assumption that i can
mash the data into whatever it requires as input?

because the only thing that comes to mind is React D3, and i
refuse to engage with React unless someone is writing me


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2020-11-19 04:15 [#02606912]
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is there imagemagick for... charts, i dunno, doesn't quite
cover it. data visualization would, but that's dangerous;
the phrase ropes in all sorts of crap we don't want. no,
really, just, say i had all the data, in a phat sqlite db,
what's the fastest path towards generating all those
rectangles? because how would you even do the layout
programmatically? it's not impossible but it's certainly not


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2020-11-19 04:27 [#02606913]
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oh, dupes. that part is hard too


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2020-11-19 04:31 [#02606914]
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if, instead of staying up all night writing some php scripts
to scrape xlt (at a polite rate, akin to what a human on
lots of coffee could manage with a keyboard and mouse [don't
want to break the poor old board]), i had a full DB dump...
zilty clearly stores IP for registrations, because it only
allows one username per IP. or, well, it did, when
registration worked... the dawn of the IPv6 era utterly
fucked this as a gatekeeping measure, and thus the dupe
overload middle of the 2010's. i figure, though, if XLT
happens to log IPs for individual posts -- entirely possible
-- then once you've rolled through on some cheeky internet
config to make a dupe, fuck it, hard part's over, just use
your normal home IPv4 to post afterwards, and, from that,
you probably could just churn out a list of likely dupe
connections with two pages of code and ten seconds of
tapping your foot


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2020-11-19 04:42 [#02606915]
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i guess basic infosec be like: you can use your IPv6 proxy
99% of the time, but just once is enough to connect it with
anything else you've posted from just once. but then are
these the same person or is it just mermaidman climbing into
a window, having a wank on an honest non-dupe xlt poster,
then using their computer to log in as a dupe and post

also things like, even if you are using a proxy, you could
probably use the IPv6 subnet to pool dupes around likely


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2020-11-19 05:01 [#02606916]
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while we're here -- i suspect new member registrations could
be turned on with the flick of a switch, but that switch was
installed and set to off because of IPv6 and other fings.

i am fine with this.


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2020-11-19 05:10 [#02606917]
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in general, i've found this board to be a rewarding spiral
of information; charming to think what i could do with more


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2020-11-19 05:22 [#02606919]
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hmmm. even without the IP data you could probably bucket
time of day all the posts are made and reasonably guess a
part of the world, maybe even a particular time zone. didn't
the board used to show that with all the posts? with idm
names for all the zones? that may still be there. i'm not
sure i'd advocate scraping user profiles or anything that
requires login; unless i'm sent the mysql dump should draw
the line somewhere. but, now i am thinking, should i snag
all the profiles... it's a larger context for the board that
i am not capturing


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2020-11-19 05:33 [#02606920]
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i don't think i have the stomach for trying to
programmatically identify possible dupes based on a bunch of
algorithms that identify similar writing styles, but
certainly also a sideband channel open to the public

that's actually a big part of why i never got into dupes
myself. i tried, but them it was was like -- wait, shit, i'm
writing like myself, i'm going to telegraph it

and even without computer science i've seen some people
telegraph it. should probably be keeping a list


offline ijonspeches from 109P/Swift-Tuttle on 2020-11-19 22:15 [#02606929]
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certainly we cant identify the dupes
the maps would still be really nice to have imo
also i kinda was expecting someone to draw a mock map ^^


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2020-11-20 02:38 [#02606930]
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don't think i'm capable of just tossing off something that
informationally complex. just look at what happened when i
tried to map all the members of the wtfmm board to
characters from Escape From New York


i could have just used photoshop or something, but, no, it's
a shell script using imagemagick to build the image with a

you can never identify dupes with absolute certainty, but
you can comb the data and establish something like
"there is a 90% chance these two users are related, even the
same person." even without the IPs, you could pile up some
heuristics: which accounts post at what times? do two users
often show up in a cluster, with posting, then the other,
but never seemingly at the same time? post length (i'd be
obvious there). average word length. how often commas are

but, yeah, without the IP address data, i don't think it'd
really be enough to extract the juicy details i know we all
want. with the IP data, though... trick alone with ipv6
subnets would probably rope you a few right off the bat,
then if XLT also logs IP of a user logging in, or the IP
address every XLT post comes from... i think you could
probably shake at least a third of of them loose with code,
and human eyes, knowledge of this loony crate, could
probably bump that up to half, even.

i think this is the sort of shit people use hadoop for.
something like tableau is probably more my speed.

doubt i'll have time for this, but quite amusing myself
figuring out how i'd do it if i did


offline ijonspeches from 109P/Swift-Tuttle on 2020-11-20 18:54 [#02606941]
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ip´s are long gone with the wind,
but youre angle sounds promising.
bet there is some programs out there companies use to gather
info about their users already
not my field of expertise though


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2020-11-21 02:48 [#02606949]
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mine either, but it is only a degree or two removed from my
field of expertise, and, shit, what was that, i know a thing
for this... then i'm googling "big data software" and
checking wikipedia and i'm sure you can imagine the trash
like "25 top big data softwares" to surf through, then,
like: tableau. yeah, that sounds like it. i'm not 100% sure,
but it feels right.

the one-sentence snippit about themselves they've provided
to search engines (they get one, and i'm sure some people in
a room somewhere argued over it because search engine
rankings and millions of dollars) is: "Tableau is visual
analytics software for business intelligence. See and
understand any data with Tableau."

stitching together statistically likely dupes and "business
intelligence" are not far apart at all, and it seems like
it's good at generating shiny infographs as well. monthly
subscription of $50 or something. i'll read up on it more if
i get a chance


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2020-11-21 03:02 [#02606950]
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i started looking around out of curiosity, and already, this
company is a mite irritating. i'm pretty much trying to
ascertain: what's the workflow? where's the documentation?
and i keep getting bullshit like "select your way to learn."
no, not live training, instructor training, no training
videos, so finally i click "eLearning" and it's like, yes,
would you like the $15 or the $5 plan? so i dial back up and
i see "dive deeper, see all our white papers" and i click
that and it wants me to register. i try the training videos,
and, yep -- please register. i am going to try a bit more to
find a publicly available manual, or something, for a bit.
then sign up. and if i still get off-script donald trump as
a value proposition, well, this may not be the enterprise
solution zilty is looking for


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2020-11-21 03:14 [#02606951]
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so far this almost seems like a glossy layer above the old
tradition of slaving across hot spreadsheets all day -- a
nice tool for manually digging through a pool of data. i
wager you can go more serious with scripting or something,
but i haven't gotten that far yet. biggest up so far is
they've clearly stolen the chart wizard crown


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2020-11-21 03:38 [#02606952]
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the "dupe connection" problem -- it's really up for debate
w/rt how far you could get, especially with just public
data. deep, open-ended, quite interesting. especially when
it comes to leveraging what inside knowledge you have in the
number crunching.

mo has a very specific writing style, for instance, due to
english not being his first language. i can't simply cough
up a list offhand... but, if i sat there with a notepad, i
could probably define a reliable signature, and it would be
the sort of shit you could never dredge up with code; it
requires human cleverness. a pile of esoterica a computer
would never figure out -- like, all i need is his capital
letter policy, comma policy, average word length, and then
always this verb tense malfunction over and over, many

but, even that in hand, how do you program it into the
computer? all of those metrics are individual problems, some
of which are much harder than others -- like, spotting verb
tense mistake, there are entire other ~enterprise solutions~
on sale. just think of how spellcheck is reliably stupid in
certain ways; extend that to finding grammatical errors

sideband: apologies to mo. i have no problem understanding
you. there is nothing wrong with having your own style. and
it'd just be a hassle to be a schoolmarm about your writing;
i only poke you about it if you made a mistake that gives me
a particularly good laugh

anyways, i'm not sure tableau is what we want for automated
dupe analysis, but it does seem like a good way to, like,
you know in jaws, they cut the shark open and start seeing
what's in there, a license plate, a car tire, like what
could i get out of this pile of nfoz and what's the best way
to get it. more like determining what will actually yield
results before i program anything. i might spring for the
free trial


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2020-11-21 03:50 [#02606953]
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ahaha, jeez, neural networks. i clearly have all the
training data i'll ever need...
so you train a network that determines "was this post
written by mohammed" and it spits out a probability that is
mohammed, 0-100%. you feed it mo posts and loads of random
other xlt posts, it guesses yes or no, over a bajillion
rounds it has some unfathomable salad of hidden variables.
you then test it by running it on all of mo's post (should
clear all) and then all of someone else's posts (should
clear few to none). if it seems in order, try a few other
people. if it's still nailing it, then you turn it loose on
every xlt post and see what comes back

so there is an argument for nibbling at it rather than
trying to blow up the safe


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2020-11-21 05:25 [#02606954]
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i now have all sorts of silly ideas. like: train NN
simulations of all active posters, create a clone of xlt,
and it's just a locked-down board with a bunch of
simulations of us all replying to each other's simulations.
scrape new posts and update models daily

dupe thing is a nice thot, a charmingly stupid pursuit, but
bottom line, i feel like i have to do something silly with
all this


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2020-11-21 05:34 [#02606955]
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anyways, i'm not sure tableau is what we want for
automated dupe analysis, but it does seem like a good way
to, like, you know in jaws, they cut the shark open and
start seeing what's in there, a license plate, a car tire,
like what could i get out of this pile of nfoz and what's
the best way to get it.

in the end, the shark was a dupe.


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