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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 1, 2014, 11:00  Blue 
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Aug 31, 2014, 16:29:
jdreyer wrote on Aug 31, 2014, 16:26:
Strange, I can't post a comment to this story: RAYA Sound Engine. Anyone else having this problem?
No posting in that thread for me either.

My error... left out an </frame> tag. Probably lucky it didn't break more. Fixed now, my apologies.
 
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News Comments > RAYA Sound Engine
1. Re: RAYA Sound Engine Sep 1, 2014, 10:59  Blue 
 
Apologies for the inability to comment on this story when it was originally posted... I made a formatting error.  
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18. Re: Amazon link question Aug 31, 2014, 11:09  Blue 
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 31, 2014, 10:38:
The link does work, but.. amazon.com redirects me to amazon.de ,) not sure it survives that (or you even get anything for that)

Mhh, oh well

I believe that Amazon.de has its own separate referral program, so I don't think there's anything to be done about this besides me looking into becoming an affiliate of theirs as well.
 
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16. Re: Amazon link question Aug 31, 2014, 10:27  Blue 
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 31, 2014, 09:36:
Burrito of Peace wrote on Aug 31, 2014, 09:08:
Howdy Blue,

I'm guessing the link to the Amazon partner thing is based on an ad of some sort? I ask because I'm not seeing it and I've definitely got adblock running full tilt.

Is there a way to provide the referral link as a simple text link for those of us whom would love to support you but have absolutely zero interest in modifying their current adblock settings?

Even when I allow that amazon link to display, it just shows a 404 page for me.. I am guessing it's hosted on amazon servers in some ad space that is blocked by my router by default. ;/

Sorry for the difficulties trying to help here. I added a text link to the the setup that I'm hoping will solve both of these issues. Does that work?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 30, 2014, 17:21  Blue 
 
nin wrote on Aug 30, 2014, 14:27:
Oh, and is your amazon thing definitely working? You should see a ps4 game on there from a day or two ago...

Several games showed up yesterday (you guys rock). I'm pretty sure it's working right... maybe it would be better for people's privacy if you want to ask if a specific item showed up, rather than me keep listing everything? Of course email is fine if your own privacy is a concern.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
2. Re: Into the Black Aug 29, 2014, 08:58  Blue 
 
nin wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 18:21:
HA, you ran with that one...I'm a little surprised!


I guess I'm an utter child, but it made me laugh.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
8. Re: On Sale Aug 29, 2014, 07:44  Blue 
 
Acleacius wrote on Aug 29, 2014, 00:28:
Blue wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 22:10:
Acleacius wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 21:29:
Just so I'm clear, we need to make sure this line is posted at the end of the url? (damn, wouldn't let me post it all together, so I added a space at each = .
?_encoding= UTF8&camp= 1789&creative= 390957&linkCode= ur2&node= 7266959011&tag= blsne09-20&linkId= D47QIUV5NSXLTWSR

Because when I clicked on the All Digital Deals it didn't seem to include blsne09.

I appreciate the effort, but according to Amazon, this is handled via a cookie... no need to manually add tags. In fact, I'm concerned that they'll take that as fishy.
Ok never mind my idea and not sure why cookie isn't working for me either, as nin pointed out. I make it, correctly on the alt link you offered Blue but can't look at the full list, linked on the same page, without losing your support codes.

The tag in the URL may go away, but Amazon stores the affiliate code in a cookie for 24 hours. Even if you are not seeing the tag, this should be working unless you are blocking cookies, or visit another site and pick up their affiliate tag.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
6. Re: On Sale Aug 28, 2014, 22:10  Blue 
 
Acleacius wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 21:29:
Just so I'm clear, we need to make sure this line is posted at the end of the url? (damn, wouldn't let me post it all together, so I added a space at each = .
?_encoding= UTF8&camp= 1789&creative= 390957&linkCode= ur2&node= 7266959011&tag= blsne09-20&linkId= D47QIUV5NSXLTWSR

Because when I clicked on the All Digital Deals it didn't seem to include blsne09.

I appreciate the effort, but according to Amazon, this is handled via a cookie... no need to manually add tags. In fact, I'm concerned that they'll take that as fishy.
 
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General Discussion > Amazon Orders
9. Re: Amazon Orders Aug 27, 2014, 13:33  Blue 
 
Will W wrote on Aug 26, 2014, 08:46:
Both of my items have shipped, the Rotary Chimney Cleaning System, and the Timberland boots, so they should show up on the referral today. I wasn't sure on the chimney brush since that was backordered, but they must have found one stashed in the warehouse supervisor's office or something.

The system seems to be back in operation, and does indeed show both items you mentioned (thanks!).

To repeat this from another thread, the way I now understand this to work is through an Amazon cookie that should store the referral code for 24 hours, or until it's overwritten by a code from another site.

Here is what Amazon is reporting as being purchased with our referral code, so thank you to all who are participating:

The Strain Volume 2
The Strain Volume 3 The Fall
The Strain Volume 4: The Fall
Samsung Galaxy S5 Essential Home and Car Charger Kit - Includes (2) 3 Ft Cable USB 3.0 Charging/Data Sync Cables, (1) Dual Port Car Charger, and (1) H
Samsung Electronics 64GB EVO Micro SDXC with Adapter Upto 48MB/s Class 10 Memory Card (MB-MP64DA/AM)
Breaking Bad: Season 1 [Blu-ray]
Breaking Bad: Season 2 [Blu-ray]
Breaking Bad: Season 3 [Blu-ray]
Downton Abbey, Season 4 [Blu-ray]
For Whom the Cowbell Tolls: 25 Years of Paul's Boutique (66 & 2/3)
Rotary Chimney Cleaning System
Sperry Instruments GFI6302 GFCI Outlet Tester
Timberland White Ledge Waterproof Boot,Brown,10 W
Kobi Electric K8L6 6-watt (40-Watt) Straight Tip Candle LED 2700K Warm White Indoor Candelabra Light Bulb, Dimmable (2)
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2014, 11:51  Blue 
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Aug 27, 2014, 11:03:
nin wrote on Aug 27, 2014, 10:51:
Blue wrote on Aug 27, 2014, 10:48:
1badmf wrote on Aug 27, 2014, 10:17:
just bought an ultrabook from amazon, forgot to use the ad, sorry blue =(

did you ever figure out how the thing works?

Their reporting system is being flaky atm, but I spoke with someone there and I think I have a proper handle on this. Apparently the referral code is stored in a cookie for 24 hours, though it will be overwritten by another referral code if you end up clicking a link elsewhere that uses one (so it's possible you referred it to us anyway).

It seems we will get a small referral bonus for items bought by customers using our code, and they don't seem to have a problem with me presenting it as I am: as an opportunity to support the site.

Thanks to everyone for the interest in this.

Oh well cool then! Hopefully it all works out!


24 hours....nice. I will mess round with it more, hopefully reporting comes back up so i can check if everything I order is working.

/Blue do you have the cookie info? I don't see it in my Bluesnews cookies....I deleted my Amazon cookies and I don't see any indicators in there when it created a new one from the link.....hmmm...I did have the children's hospital stuff in there where they get 2% of my purchases....wonder if I have to delete that....

The cookies handling this would only be the ones belonging to Amazon. I am not sure how this does or does not conflict with the charity thing. I cannot believe Amazon decided to handle that with separate sub-domains for each charity considering how many of their other functions this seems to conflict with.
 
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News Comments > Steam Allows Multiple Game Installs
7. Re: Steam Allows Multiple Game Installs Aug 27, 2014, 10:51  Blue 
 
starttimartti wrote on Aug 27, 2014, 10:14:
So with this I can install DirectX 9 and .net framework 10 times in a row automatically? Finally!

Just thankful I wasn't drinking anything when I read that or it would have come out my nose.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2014, 10:48  Blue 
 
1badmf wrote on Aug 27, 2014, 10:17:
just bought an ultrabook from amazon, forgot to use the ad, sorry blue =(

did you ever figure out how the thing works?

Their reporting system is being flaky atm, but I spoke with someone there and I think I have a proper handle on this. Apparently the referral code is stored in a cookie for 24 hours, though it will be overwritten by another referral code if you end up clicking a link elsewhere that uses one (so it's possible you referred it to us anyway).

It seems we will get a small referral bonus for items bought by customers using our code, and they don't seem to have a problem with me presenting it as I am: as an opportunity to support the site.

Thanks to everyone for the interest in this.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
11. Re: Into the Black Aug 27, 2014, 08:46  Blue 
 
nin wrote on Aug 27, 2014, 08:32:
Creston wrote on Aug 26, 2014, 22:46:
My dog has to go into surgery on Thursday, followed by 8 - 16 weeks of rehab.

Happy dog day, Luna.

Damn, Creston, hope everything turns out ok!

Same here... here's hoping both of you pull through fine.
 
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General Discussion > Amazon Orders
5. Re: Amazon Orders Aug 26, 2014, 18:48  Blue 
 
Will W wrote on Aug 26, 2014, 15:52:
I have to order a serial server for work and Amazon has a good price for it, I'll order it with the referral link if we know that it's working now.

That's very kind of you.

I *believe* this is working, but as of now, I have no definitive answers, as Amazon's reporting system is broken at the moment. I will update here as soon as this clears up.

The good news is that I have confirmed that the referral works through a cookie, so it seems like concerns about whether the referral code is visible in the amazon URL are probably not an issue.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
33. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 25, 2014, 17:41  Blue 
 
nin wrote on Aug 25, 2014, 16:58:
NegaDeath wrote on Aug 25, 2014, 16:56:
SlimRam wrote on Aug 25, 2014, 16:14:
*Standing up and raising my hand and proclaiming* "Fellow Bluesers, I am NOT ashamed to admit that All the 'My Little Pony' material WILL be ordered from me...uh...for my uh...nephew..

I see your pony merchandise and raise you a turkey baster, several jars of nutella and some stainless steel clamps.

Everyone's invited!

Apparently they sell a 50 gallon drum of lube, that got mentioned all over the web a year or so ago...(not googling that at work, sorry).

Silicone Lubricant, 50 Gal Drum, NSF H-1. Price: $2,787.43 + $278.86 shipping.

Note: Not eligible for Amazon Prime.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 25, 2014, 15:44  Blue 
 
SlimRam wrote on Aug 25, 2014, 15:27:
Blue wrote on Aug 25, 2014, 12:16:

I appreciate your guys' willingness to go through some aggravation for this. From what I can see of Amazon's reporting system, I won't be able to see items ordered until the following day, so I may not know about today's activity until tomorrow.
Wait, sooooo like...well this is ALL hypothetical *cough* so...uh...IF someone was to order a book through the ad that MIGHT be called, "Adult Male Bedwetting - A Self-Help Guide To Stopping The Midnight Menace" uh... Blue do you actually SEE everything that people buy...uh...hypothetically ofcourse *cough*

It seems I do, though there's no indication of who bought what.

And nin, I'm looking at those widgets... just trying to figure out a few different things at once as far as design elements go.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 25, 2014, 12:16  Blue 
 
nin wrote on Aug 25, 2014, 12:13:
Will W wrote on Aug 25, 2014, 12:10:
Ok, I emptied out my cart and closed the window. Then I clicked through the link. I did see the referral code on the inital page, but it disappeared once I went past that page. (I am a prime member, don't know if that matters)

Same experience here: Once I did a search, I believe it disappeared. Hopefully it still applies, and is in a cookie or such.

I appreciate your guys' willingness to go through some aggravation for this. From what I can see of Amazon's reporting system, I won't be able to see items ordered until the following day, so I may not know about today's activity until tomorrow.
 
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7. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 25, 2014, 11:21  Blue 
 
Will W wrote on Aug 25, 2014, 11:07:
How does that amazon click-through ad work? I have some stuff in my cart that I want to buy, can I click on that link and checkout for Bluesnews to get the credit, or do I have to add it after clicking through there, or do you only get credit if I buy the item advertised?

Here's what I think happens. If you click through that ad, and add something to your cart and checkout during that session, a small percentage comes back to us. This works if our referral id is part of the URL, but I'm not sure it does if it isn't, so as someone pointed out, simply clicking on the Amazon logo to go back to their front page may be enough to void this. I believe the essential part of the referral code is: "&tag=blsne09-20".

I am still working on figuring this out, and will try to follow the suggestion of making a more prominent link to help with the process. Meanwhile, if it can help us understand how this works, I made a general forum post listing the referrals Amazon is reporting to help understand what does and does not count as coming from here.

Thanks again!
 
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General Discussion > Amazon Orders
1. Amazon Orders Aug 25, 2014, 11:19  Blue 
 
Thanks for your willingness to support the site with your Amazon purchases. Here is a list of items that Amazon says were bought through here, to help figure out what is and isn't being credited as an referral. This list is current as of 11:15 am August 25:

The Strain Volume 2
The Strain Volume 3 The Fall
The Strain Volume 4: The Fall

Samsung Galaxy S5 Essential Home and Car Charger Kit - Includes (2) 3 Ft Cable USB 3.0 Charging/Data Sync Cables, (1) Dual Port Car Charger, and (1) H

Samsung Electronics 64GB EVO Micro SDXC with Adapter Upto 48MB/s Class 10 Memory Card (MB-MP64DA/AM)

Breaking Bad: Season 1 [Blu-ray]
Breaking Bad: Season 2 [Blu-ray]
Breaking Bad: Season 3 [Blu-ray]

Sperry Instruments GFI6302 GFCI Outlet Tester
 
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News Comments > MMOGs Under Attack
19. Re: MMOGs Under Attack Aug 25, 2014, 10:58  Blue 
 
Ant wrote on Aug 25, 2014, 10:46:
Did BN ever get DDoSed?

Well, yes and no. We were not the targets (AFAIK), but we were victims of one of the original DOS attacks on the Internet when the site was still on Panix.com, as Panix suffered a massive attack in late 1996 that prompted us to move to our own domain. Panix was apparently targeted due to their activism on behalf of the EFF.

Found an article on it. According to Cisco, this was *the* original denial of service:

The first DoS attack occurred against Panix, the New York City area's oldest and largest Internet Service Provider (ISP), on September 6, 1996, at about 5:30 p.m. [14]. The attack was against different computers on the provider's network, including mail, news, and Web servers, user "login" machines, and name servers. The Panix attack was a SYN Flood attack deriving from random IP addresses and directed toward server Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) ports. More specifically, Panix's computers were flooded by, on average, 150 SYN packets per second (50 per host), so Panix could not respond to legitimate requests [15]. Because the attackers used spoofed source IP addresses intraffic their packets, the addresses could not be traced and malicious could not be filtered. For that reason the attack was not immediately confronted. The solution was to use a special structure, instead of full Transmission Control Block (TCB), to hold half-open connections until the last ACK packet was received. In that way, the listen queue was large enough to keep all the SYN requests before the half-open connection timed out. The timeout, on the other hand, was adjusted to 94 seconds [16]. However, although Panix overcame this attack, the new threat (DoS attacks) made administrators worry.
 
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