DeviantART.com now allows pornographic pictures, apparently (NSFW)

So, today I was browsing through DA and found a gallery who’s owner seems to have had a penchant of posting pictures of ladies bending over, so that their buttholes are wide open and other parts are on display.

Nudity has always been allowed on DA, and rightly so. Since the beginning of time people have been drawing pictures of nude men and ladies, making statues and when the camera was invented, nudity was at the top of the list.

Alongside nudity, there is something called pornography. Nudity in itself isn’t classed as porn, but porn usually involves nudity of some description and is intended on giving people sexual arousal. It is porn that is banned from DA, fortunately DA provides its users with a reporting tool.

Having used this tool to report a pornographic picture, I was presented with the following:

deviant art allows porn

Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen you read that correctly. DA does not consider this artistic masterpiece to be porn! Incidentally, theres 1000’s of pictures similar to this one!

Whilst DA has a ‘mature content’ filter, by our reckoning, there should also be a ‘porn’ filter.

Despite DA being turned into a porn gallery, we reckon there are much better places to visit should you want a community which you can ‘get off’ to.

Try these social networks: http://www.kinkpeeps.com or a more fetish-orientated http://www.fetlife.com

For some artistic nudity (non-porn) on DA, try this: http://lizzisaurus.deviantart.com/

Enjoy!

No, facebook HAS NOT stolen your baby photos!

(or people uploading pictures of kids, and then wonder why their friends can see them)

Recently there has been some scaremongering and misinformation being passed on facebook.

Facebook has a system where a URL is generated if there is enough interest in a subject. When your browser asks facebook for this URL, facebook instantly pulls an article (usually Wikipedia) and displays it.

An example page (and the one that everyone is talking about) is:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/New-borns/114962655181942

Underneath there is a gallery which reads ‘Photos of my friends and New Borns’. You are the ONLY person that can see this gallery. For each person that views the page, it is different as they have different friends with different babies. The photos are still in the control of the people who post them. You will NOT see photos from people who are not your friends. You will NOT see photos that are not viewable to you.

Similarly, if you place photos of your children on facebook, they may show up on this page ONLY to your friends. Your photos are not shown to anybody other than your friends. If your album privacy is set so your friends cannot see them, then your friends will not see them underneath.

These have not been copied by facebook nor have they been uploaded by another person.

FACEBOOK NOR ANYBODY ELSE HAS BEEN POSTING YOUR KIDS PICTURES. Think about it… there would also be thousands of pictures of babies belonging to people you don’t know, wouldn’t there?

The biggest clue to this is the title ‘Photos of MY FRIENDS and NEWBORNS

 

 

2checkout.com – A Payment Processor to Avoid?

If you regularly buy items online, you may want to be wary of vendors who use 2checkout.com

It has to our attention from several readers that 2checkout.com waive their obligations as a payment processor, perhaps facilitating unscrupulous vendors to commit fraud and theft.

In one example, a Joomla developer (we will call John) bought a subscription to a website called ooopa.net. Ooopa used 2checkout as a payment processor to sell templates and support.

John soon downloaded the template he wanted. After installing it on his Joomla website he discovered it to be incompatible. Posting the problem on Ooopa’s website he was told that an update would be coming very soon.

The after waiting for months, the update failed to materialise. The product he bought wasn’t fit for purpose and support was lacking.The website has since disappeared has have all support lines. In our opinion and that of others, the transaction was fraudulent. Complaints about ooopa.net abound.

A year later, he is still battling to get his refund. 2Checkout say they are only acting as a ‘payment processor’. Which is true. But they also have a moral and legal obligation to protect their customers from fraud.

Recently John has been in contact once again, and yet again told him he needs to contact the developer and supplied a telephone number which does not work.

It is clear the 2checkout.com shirk their obligations to protect customers from unscrupulous vendors, and do not seem to be able to show an understanding of basic english.

This language problem was evident when we emailed 2checkout for any comments before publication of this article. This is their response in full:

A staff member has replied to your question:

Hello,

I apologize for any inconvenience received, but I will be unable to assist you with
this matter due to the fact that the email address listed on this ticket does not
match the email address listed on your sale page. You will need to create a new
ticket from the email address listed on the order or verify on this ticket the email
and first six and last two numbers of the credit card used on this order.

Thank you for contacting 2CO and have a great day!
Sincerely,

Autum
Client Services
2CO

 

This is typical of email responses that we have been shown and which we plan to publish at a later date once John has compiled them in full.

If you have had any problems with 2checkout.com we would love to hear from you, comment below.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer actor Robin Sachs dies aged 61

British actor Robin Sachs, best known for his role in the hit TV series Buffy The Vampire Slayer, has died at the age of 61.

His villainous character Ethan Rayne was the arch enemy of regular character Giles, played by Anthony Head.

The London-born actor also played the evil General Sarris opposite Tim Allen in Galaxy Quest.

His ex-wife Casey Defranco called him “a wonderful person, extraordinarily talented as an actor.”

Staff on his official website wrote: “Please join us in raising a glass to Robin – goodbye, dear friend. Thank you for all the laughter and the cookies. We will miss you so very much.”

Sachs’ first role was with the British Hammer film studio, in the movie Vampire Circus.

He went on to play Adam Carrington in the 1991 miniseries Dynasty: The Reunion when the original actor Gordon Thomson was unavailable.

Scene from Galaxy QuestSachs was closely associated with science fiction

Sachs worked on several sci-fi shows, with appearances in Babylon 5, Star Trek: Voyager and Torchwood: Miracle Day.

His stage work included touring productions of Hamlet and Twelfth Night.

In 1999, he appeared heavily disguised under layers of heavy make-up as the baddie Sarris in the satirical comedy Galaxy Quest, which co-starred Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman.

Later in his career, Sachs provided voices for several video games including Mass Effect 2 and 3 and Resident Evil Damnation

Powerful earthquake strikes off Solomon Islands

A powerful magnitude 8.0 earthquake has struck off the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean, generating a “potentially destructive” tsunami.

The quake struck at 01:12 GMT near the Santa Cruz islands, part of the Solomon Islands nation, the US Geological Survey said.

A tsunami warning was issued for the South Pacific islands by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre.

The centre said the tsunami could be destructive near the epicentre.

“Sea level readings indicate a tsunami was generated,” the Hawaii-based centre said.

“It may have been destructive along coasts near the earthquake epicentre and could also be a threat to more distant coasts.”

Initial reports by the USGS said the quake had a shallow depth of 5.8km (3.6 miles) but it later revised the figure to 28.7km (17.8 miles).

The tsunami warning was issued for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, Kosrae, Fiji, Kiribati, and Wallis and Futuna islands.

A tsunami watch was issued for other nations in the South Pacific, including Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia.

However, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology later said Australia was not at risk from a tsunami.

Evacuation

France issued a tsunami warning for its New Caledonia territory, saying that the wave could strike at about 03:00 GMT. Residents near the coast were being advised to evacuate.

The tsunami warning centre said a wave measuring 0.91m (3ft) had struck Lata Wharf in the Santa Cruz islands.

Irene Scott, a reporter with Paoa FM on the Solomon Islands, told the BBC there were reports of houses being inundated in eastern Temotu province, but no serious damage or injuries.

The Solomon Islands form part of the Ring Of Fire, a zone of volcanic arcs and oceanic trenches encircling the Pacific basin.

The 8.0 earthquake was followed by several aftershocks, the largest measuring 6.6 magnitude.

The region has been experiencing a series of smaller quakes in recent days.

In 2007 an 8.1 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami that killed at least 52 people in the Solomons and left thousands homeless.

Boffins find 17,425,170-digit prime number

The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS) has struck again, finding the largest-ever Mersenne prime number.

The number, the 48th Mersenne prime found, is most comfortably represented as 257885161-1 has 17,425,170 digits. The previous record-holder was a mere 12,978,189 digits. If you want to read the whole thing, you can do so here, but be warned: a 22.45 megabyte download awaits.

 Mersenne primes, are one less than another number to the power of two. 17th century French monk Marin Mersenne was rather fond of them.

So is Curtis Cooper, a professor at the University of Central Missouri who participates in GIMPS, a distributed prime number hunter that works in the mode made famous by alien-spotting app SETI@Home.

Both use individual PCs to work on small portions of larger tasks and collate results centrally.

Marin Mersenne

The GIMPS project says “primality proof took 39 days of non-stop computing on one of the University of Central Missouri’s PCs” before tests using the same app, but on other hardware proved the result. An NVidia GPU took 3.6 days to do so, an Intel i7 CPU needed 4.5 days and a 32-core server chewed up another six days on the problem.

The existence of the colossal prime number is largely a curiosity, as while large primes are used for applications such as cryptography it’s hard to imagine a 22 megabyte number being pressed into service.

A more likely reason for the ongoing pursuit of primes is the $US50,000 prize on offer to the finder of the first 100-million-digit prime number.

YouTube’s hilarious cat videos could soon cost you $5 a month

YouTube is reportedly “experimenting” with the idea of charging people to watch some of the videos on its website.

Google, which operates the vast library of funny cat footage, has asked 25 or so producers to put forward applications to create channels of videos that would cost viewers $1 to $5 a month to access. This is according to Advertising Age, which cited multiple people familiar with the dealings.

The same report added that YouTube execs are also mulling over applying what in effect would be pay-per-view fees for live events, content libraries, self-help or financial advice programmes served up by the website.

A Google spokesman told the magazine:

We have long maintained that different content requires different types of payment models.

The important thing is that, regardless of the model, our creators succeed on the platform. There are a lot of our content creators that think they would benefit from subscriptions, so we’re looking at that.

YouTube could start charging for such content as soon as this spring, apparently, and is likely to split the subscription revenues 45-55 favouring the filmmakers – this is similar to how money from advertising on free-to-watch videos is divvied up between the web giant and its content-uploading users.

Has fetlife popped its bubble?

Launched in 2008, fetlife describes itself as a community of kinksters by kinksters. By the end of 2012, the member count was over 1,700,000 users. Fuelled by those into the scene, those curious, and those that have read the 50 Shades trilogy. It certainly seems to be the place to be… or is it?

Claims about lack of safety and bullying on the network are rife. There are countless stories to be told. Moderators are known to have breached users privacy by sharing private email addresses of popular female members at fetlife gatherings. Some of this information was used to locate a person’s home.

Another occasion, a young lady in Belfast took to fetlife to share an unpleasant experience she had. She told how she had been assaulted on a night out. Instead of words of kindness from her ‘community’, she was told by fellow members that it was all her fault because she ‘smiled’. Read more of this story here: http://jezebel.com/5958113/kink-community-tells-sexual-assault-victims-its-all-their-fault

If you’re new to the scene, you’re out of luck.
Other fine tales tell of younger folk with a genuine interest. When they join groups with the aim to learn more and further themselves they get told they are sluts, that they should not be on the site. On one occasion, a young looking girl was banned from the site within an hour of posting an introduction which then recieved in comments that belong in the domain of pedophilia. Instead of banning the commenters, the girl herself was banned.

Fetlife claims that their community is safe. However, this claim is false. In reality, no social network is safe. Most social networks take action based on cyber bullies whom are often banned. But, not on fetlife. Speak out about about the way you or others are treated and you will soon find yourself in trouble.
On Christmas day 2012 a frustrated fetlife user posted this open letter on fetlifes facebook wall:

Dear FetLife.com,
All I want is peace, safety and the ability to trust you when I’m being a victim of Cyberbullying.

I don’t want enemies, I don’t want wannabe Kinksters and I definitely don’t fucking want psychotic serial killers running around on your website, making me feel unsafe about having a awesome and fun SSC kinky lifestyle that was supposed to promise awesome adventures in KinkLand…

Instead it’s become a breeding grounds of sorts for psychopathic predators.

John Baku, you are not fit to run FetLife if you continue to let Cyberbullying go on longer and you let it all go too far and it rots in Internet Hell.

So I started this:

https://www.change.org/petitions/fetlife-com-stop-cyberbullying-and-anti-lgbtiqqa-discrimination-2

You’re finished. Expect a subpoena soon.

Sincerely,
Amy Draconian Lovecraft (Known as MurderedLove on FetLife)

 

Amy then followed this up with the following announcement the very next day:
‘I’m leaving FetLife.com today! Yay! I’ll be a proud member of CollarMe, Homemade BDSM, SlaveRegister, bondage.com and BDSMFriendBook effective immediately today since FetLife’s just a baby wannabe Kinkster website who doesn’t care about real BDSM. If you wish to add me on my new profiles, hit me up. No more drama from the wannabe Kinksters, no more Cyberbullying torment from predatory assholes, no more serial killers, no more flakes who is obviously vanilla folks and no more bullshit! Yay!’
As of today, (28th Jan 2013) Fetlife have not commented on the facebook posts, yet suprisingly, they haven’t removed them either.
Amy isn’t the first to make such comments, others are leaving in droves. Fetlife’s community is no longer a kink one, the real kinksters are leaving for other alternatives. They are fearful of being tarnished by these countless tales. If fetlife doesnt change its ways soon, its bubble is going to pop.

 

What are the alternatives?
Amy mentioned the following “CollarMe, Homemade BDSM, SlaveRegister, bondage.com and BDSMFriendBook” However, Amy missed another: kinkpeeps.com (now rebranded as bdsmspace)

Maybe Amy hasn’t heard of it. Not suprising because kinkpeeps is probably one of the internets bestkept secrets. They have a very strict anti-bullying, anti-trolling policy. It also has a more social network feel to it and perhaps more feature-rich.

Edit: Since the original publication, fetlife claim to be investigating and clearing up the problems with greeters, pedophiliac comments and several other issues. It appears they are trying to correct some wrongs, but have they shot themselves in the openly admitting to allowing some pedophilia content? Not wanting to be tainted, I myself have removed my profile from the site and joined one of the newer up-comming sites.

Edit: Updated for clarity.

If you have had negative experiences with fetlife, or if you have another tale to tell, drop them in the comments below.

Update: We have been consistently getting reports that we said that, and we quote “Fetlife is sending people out to rape women”. To clear this up, I would like to state here and now that we never, ever, at any point stated nor implied this. That comment solely belongs to the person(s) who have been writing articles on other blogs and websites. Please direct all such comments to them sites.

The purpose of this article is to highlight problems that existed at the time of writing. No website or social network is immune and you should exercise caution when signing up, such as creating an email address specifically for a website and keeping it separate from your eBay, PayPal and Amazon and other accounts that may hold your personal name and home address.

How Stepchange can help get you out of debt

I recently discovered a charity called stepchange through a friend. She was in serious financial difficulty after loosing her job.
Like many people she was in debt with constant phone calls and letters from banks, kept missing payments which caused various other charges to be applied on top.
It was impossible for her to match the charges, let alone repayments. Something had to be done and she received valuable advice from Martin Lewis, Money Saving Expert after sending a direct message to him on their forums.
He pointed her in the direction of stepchange.org (formerly consumer credit counceling service – CCCS) and thanks to them, she has managed to reduce her debts considerably and will be soon debt free.

The charity does an amazing job. If you are struggling to meet repayments, it is well worth a visit, the site offers great advice on dealing with banks, how to deal with threats and the debt collectors.

However, their main task is helping you sort your debts out. They will help you work out how much money you have coming each week, how much you spend on essentials such as bills etc, and then draw up an action plan based on what you tell them. Once this is done, they will break down your debts in order of importance.
You will then be told an amount you can afford to repay each month, this is usually negiotiable if you feel it is too much to part with.

Once you have an agreed amount, stepchange will write to all your creditors on your behalf and make them an offer. Almost all creditors will accept reduced payments and freeze any interest and charges as long as you keep to your scheduled repayments.

You pay a lump sum to stepchange each month, and they divide it up and send it out on your behalf.

Beware of other debt management companies who claim to do the same thing, you have to pay them a rather hefty fee and they do exactly the same as stepchange, except most of your money goes to the company managing your debt to line their profits.

Stepchange is a leading charity and is recommended by all the major banks and financial institution.

If you’re curious, want advice or interested in managing your debts, visit their comprehensive yet easy to understand website at www.stepchange.org

A miscarriage of life

Status

Well today, one of my dear friends wrote this. I think life treats some people in a bad way, beyond what most of us could ever imagine. I’m sure she would not mind me sharing this, besides, I’m not going to identify her. She knows who she is…. My love and thoughts are with you

Ok, here it is. Here’s the big time post. Ready???

As many of you know.. i was 4 months pregnant.
Technically.. I still am. Until 10:10am tomorrow.
Yesterday, I lost my baby.

They said it was “natural causes”. A genetic fuck-up that happens when the baby is created. Apparently, it happens very often, so I know I’m not alone in this.

The worst part is how I feel. I was so happy. So excited. Andnow… I’m empty. I can actually FEEL that the light has gone out of my eyes. I feel beaten down and broken. And, for that reason…
I am also leaving my Sir.

The past couple of months have gradually opened my eyes to the fact that he is not what I need. He is not what I DESERVE. I loved him. I still do. I was devoted to him. I was his.

Well… not anymore. I need to stop letting him drag me down to his level, and work my way back up to having a life that I need, want, and deserve. I deserve someone to care about me. To put me first above all things. Someone whos not going to take his friend to the store cuz he needs a ride to get cigarettes, and make your fiance, who is bleeding from pregnancy complications, call her parents to take her to the doctor.

Having a miscarriage is FUCKED UP!!!!!! The worst part is the WAITING. The waiting to have it… gone. Most times, your body will reject the pregnancy on its own, and you will pass the baby naturally. They say mine isn’t going to come out on it’s own, and to wait could take WEEKS. I go tomorrow for a procedure to… clean out my body.

That’s the worst part of it all… having my baby still inside me, but knowing that it’s not alive. To have seen that ultrasound yesterday, and not see a heartbeat just a few days after seeing my baby alive, and moving around, and having a strong, healthy heartbeat… fuck, man. It HURTS. Everything hurts.

I have no clue what I’m thinking. I feel numb. I have a numb feeling, and I am surprisingly calm. I don’t remember a time when I ever felt this calm. Its like… Im just… here. But, inside, I want to scream and yell and break things. The calmness is unnerving. I’m attributing it to shock. I think I’m actually experiencing some of the symptoms of shock.

All of that doesn’t matter. What matters is that I am going to make it through this. One step at a time. I deserve a good life. A happy life. Where I am loved the way a woman deserves to be loved by a man. Vernon just wasn’t the right man.

I am currently back at my parents’ house to get away from the horrible situation at home. My parents, of course, are thrilled to have me back, and they want me to stay. I think I will for a while. They say they feel better knowing where I am, and that I’m OK. Honestly, I feel better being here too, cuz I can look after them, whether they know it or not. 😉

I have the best family in the world. I couldn’t ask for a better Mom and Dad. They make me want to be like them. I want to have a good life, and be able to give my children a good life. I want my kids to grow up like I did. Happy, carefree, loved. Not a want in the world. So, I’ll take this opportunity to start saving money again. Recover from my miscarriage. Relax. Pull myself back together by using the love and support of my family and friends as glue.

I’m rambling now, I think. But… like I said in my status. Please be patient if I don’t get back to you in a timely manner. I have a lot going on, and it is still really hard to talk about.

Just know this:
I love you all.

I am GLAD I have people like you in my life who actually care. I know some of you have even gone through this same thing, and I am thankful for your advice and support, because I have NO IDEA what I’m doing, or how to fix this, and not feeling so alone is a huge help.

Thank you all in advance for the messages, posts, love, and condolences I know I’ll be getting, as well.

I’ll be OK. One step at a time…
One.. step.. at.. a… time.
xoxo