KOL Contest lock-down

I posted the general rules for a contest and 5 minutes later it’s locked. I get a PM saying I have to PM the prize to Voivod, and then he’ll unlock my post.

I do, and not only is it unlocked, but he’s removed all traces of the minor hassle he gave me.

To those who don’t play KOL:
“Clovers” are worth about 4.5k “meat” each. Lets assume 4k. 4k * 300 = 1.2 million.

I was going to throw in something really cool and have a second and third place as a surprise, but this … mistrust … has thrown my sweet mood off.

Here, you be the judge:

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Joined: 03 Sep 2006
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Posted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 7:08 am
Post subject: Greasemonkey code contest

Ok, this is my first contest, but here goes:

For the people who write Greasemonkey scripts, this is a contest for you.

To enter, post your auto-update code in this thread, using the tags to enclose it.

The shortest / simplest code that works and has no errors will win... something.

The prize has yet to be determined, but will be worth at least a million meat. The contest ends in a week's time (May 5th, 2007)

Thank you... and clean coding!


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Posted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 7:13 am
Post subject: Re: Greasemonkey code contest

amandakerik wrote:
The prize has yet to be determined, but will be worth at least a million meat.

PM me when you've determined the prize and we'll unlock this.

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Follow-up: Yahoo Answers censoring Open-source options

{Multi-post navigation}
Yahoo! Answers is rejecting Open-Source options in answers (the original post that started it all)

Follow-up: Yahoo Answers censoring Open-source options (a response to the first site to pick up my story)

Yahoo + Open Source Censorship. A second follow-up (responses to comments)

Yahoo Answers Censorship? Follow-up #3 (more responses to comments)

Yahoo Answers + Open Source Censorship. Yahoo’s reason and the question in… question.
Summary: A full recap with Yahoo’s official reason and the question at the center of this issue.

{The actual post}

I figured I should post a follow-up to my surprisingly popular post about being censored.

When it happened I was just shocked, but once that passed I saw it for what it really is…

As someone who linked to the previous post noted, Yahoo and Microsoft are quite chummy. I also wouldn’t find it too suprising if in a few years people would have to find “alternative” search engines to the mainstream (MSN, Yahoo, etc) because of snowballing censorship.

I don’t like the idea… and I don’t like the power struggle it portrays, but with DRM and the root-kit fiasco that the music industry did, and that non-Microsoft programs are given less than 32MB of memory to use in Vista, it’s not a huge leap of logic.

Who knew suggesting a stable, easy to use operating system was risque?

KOL MySQL Connection Error

I was playing KOL today and it stopped responding (I was in chat and it wouldn’t accept / clear my entry). Eventually I got a response:

Could not connect to database server 2:2013 – Lost connection to MySQL server during query

I had seen someone else quote this error about an hour before in chat. I hope this isn’t a sign that KOL’s dying under the stress of everyone playing!

Yahoo! Answers is rejecting Open-Source options in answers

Please go here to have the full story: the question, my answer, Yahoo’s official reason, etc.

Yahoo Answers + Open Source Censorship. Yahoo’s reason and the question in… question.

[Psst! Go to the link!]

I answered a question a few days ago (I can’t find the link at the moment) that was basically:

Someone got a computer from a friend that has some serious problems with Windows. S/he has none of the disks (XP or restore) and was asking for recommendations.

This was my reply after reading some of the other answers:

If you buy the XP disks you just get that – XP. No MS office, no other programs other than the very basics.

If you’re starting over anyways, grab a blank CD and use imgburn ( http://imgburn.com/ ) to burn an Ubuntu ( http://ubuntu.com/ ) or Kubuntu ( http://kubuntu.com/ ) .iso on there.

Put the burned CD in the CD tray and restart the computer. It doesn’t need a hard drive at all to run – it loads into the computer’s RAM (temporary memory).

K/ubuntu comes fully loaded and thousands of other programs are just a few clicks away – you just look them up in a built in installer, it grabs the stuff needed and installs it all. It’s free in both senses of the word – free of cost and free of obligations.

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Slow your pet’s eating for better digestion

Does Your Dog Eat Too Fast?

Slow Your Pet Down!

If you let your dog eat too fast, you risk health complications like GDV or Bloat. Slowing them down also reduces re-eating and associated problems. The Eat-Slow dog food bowl prevents this.

Helps reduce the risk of Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV or ‘Bloat’)
Slower eating makes an animal feel more full and reduces instances of ‘re-eating’
Veterinarian tested and recommended
Works with kibble or canned food
Safe, no-tip shape
Durable, dishwasher safe plastic



    Yahoo oddness – reloading login page every second with no obvious answer.

    Today Yahoo was acting oddly – on the “Sign in to Yahoo!” page it was reloading every second. The actual Yahoo.com or the my.yahoo.com pages were fine.

    I saved the page and took a look… Yahoo uses a tonne of Javascripts! But I didn’t really see anything that would do that – the meta-refresh was fine at 600.

    I then saw that Adblock Plus was turned off for some reason – I turned it back on and tried again. No change.

    I recently changed some settings in CookieSafe and now chose to let Yahoo’s pages set cookies.

    No change.

    I was running out of ideas… except there’s this flash file (.swf) in the middle of the page and it doesn’t actually show anything. I’m sure it’s for storing data.

    Blocked it with Adblock Plus… and now Yahoo’s behaving like normal.


    Upgrade to Thunderbird 2 on Ubuntu


    Update: (Sat. April 28th)

    The page that hosts this has actually moved to here:


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