Archive for November, 2012

My Kickstarter campaign is blocking on the Amazon Payments tax interview process.

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

I’m about to launch a Kickstarter campaign, which means I need to complete the Amazon Payments online tax interview process (since Amazon is the only payment mechanism for Kickstarter), but I can’t because Amazon repeatedly gives me an extremely unhelpful error message early in the tax interview. Here’s the screen video. First you see the […]

Global Database of Public Wireless Networks?

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

I’ve been traveling and spending a lot of time in caf├ęs, hotels, etc, recently. So I’m on a lot of different wireless networks, most of which are open to the public though they are sometimes password-protected (with the password physically posted in the vicinity of the network). This also happened to be around the time […]

Endorsement.

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

After extensive interviews with all the candidates, and careful consideration of their proposals, policies, and vaccination histories, Rants.org endorses Barack Delano Obama for President of the United States. U.S. readers, please vote today.

Journalistic Responsibility and the Voter Fraud Fraud.

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Today’s New York Times has a perfect example of why journalists need to evaluate what people tell them, and why objectivity can’t mean simply repeating the claims of every party large enough to get a reporter’s attention: In the battles, Republicans are mobilizing to defend against what they say is the potential for voter fraud, […]

Subtle Dokuwiki User Interface #Fail (or, Why User Expectations Matter)

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

I just ran into a (retrospectively) hilarious but subtle user interface #fail. This is the Dokuwiki administrative panel for adding or editing a user account. Can you spot the potential problem here? You might not see it right away, perhaps because you’re used to sites using a dynamic popup window for password confirmation. Password confirmation […]