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Insanity ends as automated Forum registration is turned off (forever)

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One of my more irritating colleagues was prone to repeatedly spouting the same few euphemisms over and over again, but that didn’t necessarily reduce their relevance – although it increased his irritation rating.

He loved to bend over people’s work if they were having problems and say “You know, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result!”

I reached a self-imposed limit for one such function today, as I reviewed the 1,000th automated spam registration in our Forum.

Thanks to Stop Forum Spam (SFS) this problem was reduced to one of manageable proportion a year or two back, leaving us with only 4 or 5 such registration to deal with in the course of a whole week.

Now, having noted that we were only about 40 spam registrations away from out 1,000th on Sunday night, we have already blown through that number, and are only at Tuesday lunchtime.

Since each successful spam registration really needs to be shared with SFS by entering the details into their database, each takes a few minutes to deal with.

While I don’t mind taking the time to do this if it is effective, and helps others, the spammers have just reached a steady attack level where the law of diminishing returns takes over, and there’s no benefit. I spend all my time checking notification and deleting data – on top of updating SFS. This is supposed to SAVE time being wasted, not add to it.

While they can’t post spam, they are still registering in the Forum until identified and logged as spammers, and they seem to have a near infinite pool of invented or hijacked identities and IP to fall back on, no matter how many are barred – and SFS reports 66,112,977 in its database. A big number, but tiny in terms of spammer numbers.

Manual registration by request only

So, sad to say that as of today, 3rd February 2014, Forum registration is only going to be possible by emailing the Admin, rather than filling in the registration form and merely waiting for approval (if you are a Good Guy, at least.)


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The flooded Clyde at Cambuslang

I’ve noticed the shallow bank of the River Clyde at Cambuslang before, but this is probably the first time I’ve been there at a time which shows the after effect of the swollen river, no doubt resulting from the recent amounts of rain we have received recently.

This particular view is seen over the edge of the road bridge next the the industrial estate, where one of the banks is very shallow, and would be interesting to see when the river is running in spate. All but the strongest trees and bushes have been washed over, and the ground is coated with silt.

It would be interesting to witness this as it happens, but the chances of this are low, as I’m just too far to walk there comfortably in the sort weather likely to produce this result, which is a pity. When it does happen, it almost double the apparent width of the river here, which would be a nice pic to catch. Maybe one day.

I saw the same evidence of the river breaking its banks behind Daldowie Crematorium, where the river is only a matter of minutes away from the gardens. I was surprised at how dry and firm the ground was, as it had clearly been overcome by the water, the soft undergrowth had been forced flat by the current, and silt still covered large areas – and was best avoided, as it was very soft.

River Clyde flood bank

River Clyde flood bank

While I was there, I noticed a sign for the Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Project.

Not particularly interesting in its own right, its presence is at least worthy of comment, since I came across the Fire and Rescue Project a while ago.

Back then, given the way the entrance to the place seemed to buried at the back of the industrial area, I was thinking any service personnel sent there would be likely to get lost before the fund the way in.

Fire and Rescue sign

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Project sign


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Hunter Wellies finally confirm their status as fashion toys rather than serious footwear

Hunter Wellington

Hunter Wellington

The once famous and reliable Green Hunter Wellington boot has confirmed its status as nothing more than an over-priced fashion toy, a plaything for wasteful celebrities, as it prepares for its appearance in the glamorous world of fashion, and display by models on the catwalk at London fashion week later this month.

Models will be wearing a new “bespoke” version of Hunter’s original boots, and completing the rural look with a “water-resistant original clear smock”, also made by the company, as part of its autumn-winter 2014 range.

Hunter wellies get re-boot at London fashion week – The Scotsman

The company is not the original though, which collapsed into administration in 2006, and was bought out of this status two years later,  as Hunter Boot Ltd. This company closed the original plant at Heathhall, near Dumfries, ending production in Scotland, relocated it headquarters to Edinburgh, and shifted production (apparently not the manufacturing plant and equipment) to China. The plant was sold of, and seems to have gone to Serbia.

By 2012, turn-over was almost £75 million – but customers were finding their Hunter Green Wellies were falling off their feet and leaking – I’m not saying this, those who post comment on the original story are:

Hunter Wellies wade off into the sunset

You can still buy proper wellies made using the original equipment, as it seems that the former Hunter production equipment was bought up and moved to Serbia, to a company named as Tigar Corporation:


(Comment are closed on this post, but can be made on the originalHunter Wellies wade off into the sunset )

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