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Stupid, Inconsistent, MF Girlie Shit


Okay, so I've read an article on a girlie subject I know nothing about. Actually, I've finished reading five articles, and have moved onto reading some tips for the first timer with this particular girlie subject, what to expect, what will be gotchas, what to watch out for, and what to do post procedure.

All good. Some of it is about adjusting how one washes, or applies makeup, or sleeps, all reasonable points to mention.

At the bottom of the article, there's the Ultimate 11-step Guide to this procedure, which is a video. Great! I think, and start to watch the video, which is saying something, because I pretty much detest watching a video when I can read the information probably 20x faster than you can present it in video format.

The video has text overlay of the points in the article I just read, and the video has demonstrations of EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT THE OVERLAY SAYS TO DO.




Who does the f'ing editorial on this? Someone spent money, time, on producing this video. Did they not actually read the words? Did they not understand that when the words say "do not do X," that showing a video of a woman doing X in the background is EXACTLY WRONG?

In case you are wondering why I hate girlie things, here's an example why. Beauty companies have no logical sense, it's all about feeeeeeeel this, and look pretty that. I don't f'cking care if random guy on the street doesn't find me attractive. Do. Not. Care. At. All (now, if said guy wants to talk tech, web performance, ultimate, baseball, desalination, machine learning, ceramics, or robotics, let's talk). This lack of internal consistency between words and pictures in this girlie product thing? Gah!

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The Current Shopify Scam


I've received this email from my Shopify store contact form:

Name: Daisy Wright
Email: Daisy1986@mailforce.net
Body: hi my son-in-law made an order on your store 82 days ago, but still didn't receive it.. this is the order screenshot: https ://bit.ly/[removed] any updates? Thanks regards. Daisy.
Phone: 7113637567

Rather than, you know, f'ing clicking on the bit.ly link (take away: never, ever click random links from unknown senders), I logged into my store.

HEY LOOK, exactly ZERO orders, much less one 82 days ago, or 42 days ago, or whatever.

So, I downloaded the webpage without, you know, actually viewing it, by using wget

What did we get? Well, look at all these redirects:

bash-3.2$ wget https://bit.ly/[fuck-off-spammers]
--2019-08-07 09:01:51--  https://bit.ly/[fuck-off-spammers]
Resolving bit.ly (bit.ly)...,
Connecting to bit.ly (bit.ly)||:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 301 Moved Permanently
Location: http://beststuffsinmylife.com/im/click.php?c=1111111111&key=OH-LOOK-HERE [following]
--2019-08-07 09:02:01--  http://beststuffsinmylife.com/im/click.php?c=1111111111&key=OH-LOOK-HERE
Resolving beststuffsinmylife.example.com (beststuffsinmylife.com)...
Connecting to beststuffsinmylife.example.com (beststuffsinmylife.example.com)||:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 302 Moved Temporarily
Location: https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/OH-LOOK-HERE/1?icep_id=111&ipn=icep&toolid=11111&campid=1111111111&mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Ftrending [following]
--2019-08-07 09:02:08--  https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/OH-LOOK-HERE/1?icep_id=111&ipn=icep&toolid=11111&campid=1111111111&mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Ftrending
Resolving rover.ebay.com (rover.ebay.com)...,,, ...
Connecting to rover.ebay.com (rover.ebay.com)||:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 301 Moved Permanently
Location: https://www.ebay.com/trending [following]
--2019-08-07 09:02:19--  https://www.ebay.com/trending
Resolving www.ebay.com (www.ebay.com)...
Connecting to www.ebay.com (www.ebay.com)||:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: unspecified [text/html]
Saving to: ‘fuck-off-spammers’

You can see a number of domains that are now blocked on the network level on my site (and no, they don't have .example in them).

So, if you own a Shopify store, ignore these spam messages, report them to Shopify (take away 2: shopify is your friend if you have a shopify store: they succeed when you succeed, so, yes, forwarding such spam to safety @ shopify.com is the right action, see https://help.shopify.com/en/manual/your-account/account-security/phishing ).


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