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Convenient Technologies are Making Us Less Intelligent

Just when you think that some newfangled device is the best thing since sliced bread, you then find out that the awesome convenience you now rely on is actually making you less intelligent. This is called “Convenient Technology”. It turns out that human physiology is more complex than simply making some tool extremely convenient.

I contrast convenient technology to demanding technology:

Just what is a demanding technology? Three elements are defining: it is technology that takes time to master, whose usage is highly occupying, and whose operation includes some real risk of failure. By this measure, a piano is a demanding technology, as is a frying pan, a programming language, or a paintbrush. So-called convenience technologies, in contrast—like instant mashed potatoes or automatic transmissions—usually require little concentrated effort and yield predictable results.

Request Header-Based Logging for Apache

When someone, such as a person or a bot, the requester, requests a resource from your server, this request, for Apache, is logged in the raw access log. The requester also leaves some information about itself called http request headers. While not standard to log on Apache, with a little bit of php added to the html, this extra information can be logged and examined to help determine if the requester is a bot or human.

As an additional file will be created daily, I opted to put these files into a subdirectory. The headers, one per line, are being logged into a headers-yyyymmdd.log file, which seems free form. Different requesters leave different sets of headers.

Content Spam: Human or Not? jijikserver Pinsupport

I received this message on my site which on the surface looked like a human. Though they had grammar errors there was enough there to pass. With further analysis I believe this to be a bot.

hey hai this is ashok , i have lg optimusp768 with rooted, unlocked bootloader and also cwm , but i cant find custom roms any wheere please prepare one custom rom , or atleast one stock rom with more features

Human Characteristics:
The comment was on topic. The English, which had grammar and spelling mistakes, was passable.

Bot Characteristics:

Unusually Hot 36C Weather: Toronto

It is very unusual for Toronto to exceed 35C temperatures. Anything above 30C and we simply stay indoors until the weather cools down. Today it hit 36C, with a low of 25C. That is really hot for us.

Unusually hot 36C weather for Toronto that came up from the US. We are melting...

Unusually hot 36C weather for Toronto that came up from the US. We are melting…

Unusually hot 36C weather for Toronto that came up from the US but the air quality is surprisingly smog free.

Unusually hot 36C weather for Toronto that came up from the US but the air quality is surprisingly smog free.

Toronto Weather 2018 Jul 05, 33C, humidex 43C. So hot, we are all melting.

Toronto Weather 2018 Jul 05, 33C, humidex 43C. So hot, we are all melting.

Air Quality

Chinese Tourist to New Zealand: Visa Requirements for Business Owners

My friend from China is going to visit Australia as a tourist and wishes to also visit New Zealand. She owns her own business. This makes it very difficult to get a New Zealand tourist visa, as thee is a requirement for business owners:

If you own your own company, we require the following:

  • Business licence with capital verification report
  • Statement about the business scope and the number of employees Recent business tax returns with income statement Recent bank documents showing daily business transactions

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Simple Formula for Living: Ideals to Live Up To

Life can sometimes be cruel. People lose their nerve and hurt others, often times by neglect or simply not caring. It is difficult to not be like others, but you must. Here is a ditty from a friend Michelle Heany. I will try to strive for these ideals, but it is difficult.

Simple Formula for Living

Simple Formula for Living

China’s Great Wall of Debt: Dinny McMahon, Book

China’s Great Wall of Debt: Dinny McMahon, 2018, Book

-high rate of growth for 4 decades
-emphasis on growth: stimulate economy, short-term growth, pay for it down the road
-China uses foreign nations’ access to economy as political tool
-Beijing willing to intervene, postpone crash, possible greater pain down the road
-debt: why state firms, local govt borrowed so much, how fin systems accommodated, why technocrats allow it, why it has no solution

Walking around Shenyang China: Virtually

I am always up for a virtual map stroll through China. Today was Shenyang, where I tried to locate a shop. This is sort of like virtual geolocating. China is difficult to navigate because the maps are old on purpose, for security reasons. GPS locations are purposely skewed, also for security reasons. Even knowing Chinese, it is difficult to use a map to navigate China.

Shenyang location: 沈阳市 于洪区 洪湖街 29-1 Yuhong Qu, Honghu jie,  于洪再就业社会保障 yuhong zaijiuyeshehui baozhang Yuhong Social Security for Reemployment Office Baidu Maps

Shenyang location: 沈阳市 于洪区 洪湖街 29-1 Yuhong Qu, Honghu jie, 于洪再就业社会保障 yuhong zaijiuyeshehui baozhang Yuhong Social Security for Reemployment Office Baidu Maps

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response ASMR in China

This, is really weird. A girl whispers gently into your ear, and you get an immediate physical stimulus. I can hear her breath and sigh. She seems to not be talking about anything special. I am unsure if this is a sexual response, but I do experience some response. Very interesting, to say the least. You do need to know Chinese, I believe. This is the latest internet space that has been banned as anti-porn in China.

Recovering from Back Pain, Naturally

Pretty much everyone, some time or other, will experience back pain. I do remember moving a large CRT TV from my house and hurting my back. It did eventually heal. I have known others with chronic back pain, some visiting a local pain clinic. They said their visits were near useless.

This back pain article is very interesting, going through MRI scans, surgery implications, opiods, and eventually conservative management. The Guardian article refers to a Lancet series of three back pain articles.