I Go Chop Your Dollar – Nigerian 419 Scam Music Video (Humor)

September 26, 2008

I just watched this hilarious music video “I Go Chop Your Dollar”, hosted on Youtube, featuring a song performed as though it was sung by one of those 419 Nigerian scammers.

The lyrics, deciphered by CrunchGear, are as follows. You’ll need it because in the manner of a typical Nigerian scam, the sentences are replete with grammatical errors so it’s hard to catch what they’re singing.

I Go Chop Your Dollar

I don’t suffer no be small
Upon say I get sense
Poverty no good at all, no
Na im make I join this business
419 no be thief, its just a game
Everybody dey play am
if anybody fall mugu, ha! my brother I go chop am

Chorus

National Airport na me get am
National Stadium na me build am
President na my sister brother
You be the mugu, I be the master
Oyinbo I go chop your dollar, I go take your money disappear
419 is just a game, you are the loser I am the winner
The refinery na me get am,
The contract, na you I go give am
But you go pay me small money make I bring am
you be the mugu, I be the master… na me be the master ooo!

When Oyinbo play wayo, them go say na new style
When country man do im own, them go de shout bring am, kill am, die!
Oyinbo people greedy, I say them greedy
I don see them tire thats why when them fall enter my trap o!
I dey show them fire

Filed in Entertainment, Humor, Video.


Results of Survey of Bloggers

September 26, 2008

TechCrunch points to Technorati’s State of the Blogosphere report, reporting many interesting aspects about bloggers and their blogs.

Did you know, for example, that bloggers rate the success of their blogs primarily on the following, with the most important items listed first and the least important items listed last?

  1. Personal satisfaction
  2. Number of posts or comments on the blog
  3. Number of unique visitors
  4. Number of links to the blog from other sites
  5. Number of RSS subscribers
  6. Your Technical authority and/or rank number
  7. Accolades from other media
  8. Number of people who are ‘favoriting’ you
  9. Revenue
  10. Number and quality of new business leads

How did they read my mind? And are we all really so alike? The above more or less reflects how I feel about my blogs too. How could it be so accurate? I didn’t take any survey.

And like the other bloggers, revenue is low on my list. Of course, on wordpress.com, revenue is non-existent since we can’t put ads. But then, I didn’t start this blog to make money.

The report has other points too. Those who post more frequently are more likely to be top blogs. Or maybe it’s the other way around. The top blogs can afford to pay staff to blog. Bloggers like me blog for fun. There’s no way I’m going to bind myself to a schedule of posting 3-4 times a day.

Filed in News, Web Design.


Why Blu-Ray is in Decline

September 23, 2008

There’s a report that Blu-Ray is in decline, and the Blu-Ray backers are trying to boost its market share by giving away free Blu-Ray discs.

I have my personal computer-centric theory about why Blu-Ray can’t take off the way DVDs do. The software for Blu-Ray drives only work on Vista and not on XP. Look at the web statistics from all the sites. 2 or more years after Vista’s release, XP is still going strong and Vista is still bumping along the bottom of the barrel. This is in spite of the fact that Vista is installed on all new machines.

I’m personally not going to buy a Blu-Ray disc because I can only play it in a special Blu-Ray player attached to my TV. I can’t play it on my computer where I’m logged in most of the time. I don’t use Vista. Maybe there’re a lot of people out there like me.

Maybe they should take away the DRM from Blu-Ray so that the drives can work on XP and Linux. Then all the geeks and new computer owners will start buying Blu-Ray. And when the geeks start using something, you know they’ll influence the people around them.

Look what happened to Vista. Do you think it’s the computer n00bs that pan Vista? They don’t know any better. It’s the geeks that pan Vista. And that has a tremendous effect. Vista now has a horrendously bad reputation that Microsoft is struggling to undo. The geeks are the information guardians and movers in the modern Internet world.

You need the geeks.

And geeks don’t like DRM. And if they can’t run their free software to play Blu-Ray discs on their free OS like Linux or favorite OS like XP, they aren’t going to be buying Blu-Ray discs. And neither are those whom they influence.

Filed in News, Opinion, Entertainment.


RIAA Fears the Truth Coming Out

September 19, 2008

Most people following the questionable RIAA tactics will have heard of Ray Beckerman’s blog Recording Industry vs The People where he exposes the RIAA for what they really are. Ars Technica tells of a recent filing by RIAA accusing Ray of “vexatious litigation” saying that this is like the pot calling the kettle black. They quote EFF attorney Fred von Lohmann as saying “I find it a little perplexing that the recording industry would be complaining about Ray giving the other side of the story.”

But doesn’t that just show the flaws in RIAA’s case? If they were wholly operating aboveboard, they will have nothing to fear from other people given their side of the story. But when someone’s modus operandi is questionable, exposure is something they are afraid of. Their actions speak louder than words.

Other Posts on RIAA:

Filed in Outraged, Opinion, News, Entertainment.


Importance of Sanitizing Your SQL Database Inputs (Humor)

September 17, 2008

After my experience with StupidCensorship’s hacked site, in a fit of curiosity about how sites are hacked, I came across this funny comic from XKCD. It shows how important it is that a program checks its raw input and escape quotes found in it before committing the data to the SQL database.

importance of santizing database inputs

The original Bob drop Tables joke can be found here. For non-SQL programmers: ‘drop table students’ means delete the ‘students’ database table.

Filed in Security, Humor.


Has StupidCensorship Been Hacked?

September 16, 2008

Has Stupid Censorship (WARNING: do not click), an anonymous proxy site, been hacked? When I visited it this morning and tried to get it to surf to another site, it redirected me to another form on another site: scarcup.com, which has a self-signed cert, and which asked me to re-submit the form from their site. Highly suspicious behavior. I didn’t dare proceed any further. I don’t want to risk opening my computer to viruses and spyware.

I then took a look at the WHOIS for the domain and found that, voila, scarcup.com uses a private registration, in contrast to stupidcensorship.com and peacefire.org. Also, thefreecountry’s anonymous proxy list, which was where I learned of the proxy before, seems to have delisted stupidcensorship.

So, have they been hacked? Or were they always like this?

There seems to be an awful number of hacked sites these days.

Filed in Security.


How the CERN Large Hadron Collider Can Improve Your Social Life (Humor)

September 13, 2008

Everyone has their take on the CERN Large Hadron Collider, not least of all, xkcd. Here’s their contribution, and it involves the supercollider’s role in your social and romantic life.

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Who knew that the LHC could become a pick-up line?

Filed in Humor, Science.