Troll Update

Friday’s Troll attack on TBP generated some fascinating stats.

Number of attempted comments:  212
IP Addresses used: ~60
Names Used: 12

Kudos to Movable Type — once I labeled his comments as spam, their
system very quickly identified the pattern and eliminated 95% of them prior to their showing up on the blog.

In addition to Nostradame, he also used Panzner’s and my name, as well as others he pulled off of comments list in an attempt to hide his identity (anyone accidentally banned or deleted, please let me know).

The Nostrodame troll had IP Addresses randomly assigned, through a corporate, or more likely, a University network. But these addresses aren’t truly random — they are all assigned via the broader ISP trunk, and are readily traceable. And because he used so many IP addresses, its a simple matter to track down the school. In fact, my IT guys tell me they can identify the precise dorm room it came from.

And trying to post over 200 comments was probably via an automated system. Still, manually punching in 200 captchas, only to see them deleted moments later must involve an extraordinary lack of anything better to do. Who is that bored or has that much spare time? Amazing.

Anyway, the upshot of it is that Typepad has initiated an investigation. Their security personnel and lawyers will determine if its prosecutable. I’m not sure if being an asshat is technically a crime, but because
of the systemic automation, my IT department tells me it could be.

Regardless, the behavior surely violates any University’s code of behavior. Wonder what they are going to do when the data and IP addresses are turned over  . . .

Nostradame — I had fun! I hope you did too!


Spam Comments from Nostrodame


Category: Weblogs

Jobless vs. Unemployed

Category: Currency, Economy, Employment

Joseph Stiglitz On The Economy

I have been meaning  to post this since Thursday morning : An interview with Joseph Stiglitz, the Columbia Professor who is a Nobel Prize-winning economist, with his overview of the economy.

Stiglitz recent books include Globalization and Its Discontents (2003) and Making Globalization Work (2006).

The professor pulls no punches — about the economy, President Bush, and Fed Chair Bernanke.


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Stiglitz on the Economy
Thurs. Apr. 10 2008 | 7:00 DT[08:07]

Joseph E. Stiglitz Home Page
University Professor

Category: Economy, Employment, Video

Friday Evening Jazz: Kind of Blue

KINDA blueA few months ago, Hale took an eclectic look at some of the lesser known works of Miles Davis. Tonite, I want to go in the opposite direction, and simply focus on one disc: Kind of Blue.

Why? Not only is Kind of Blue Davis’ best-selling album, it may very well be the best-selling jazz record of any artist, of all time. Even though it was released almost 50 years ago, it still sells over 5,000 copies per week today. In addition to its commercial success, it has come to be described by many Jazz critics as the greatest jazz album of all time.

Writing in AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine noted: “Kind of Blue isn’t merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it’s an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album, a universally acknowledged standard of excellence. Why does Kind of Blue posses such a mystique? Perhaps because this music never flaunts its genius. It lures listeners in with the slow, luxurious bassline and gentle piano chords of “So What.” From that moment on, the record never really changes pace — each tune has a similar relaxed feel, as the music flows easily. Yet Kind of Blue is more than easy listening. It’s the pinnacle of modal jazz — tonality and solos build from the overall key, not chord changes, giving the music a subtly shifting quality.”

The one jazz record to own even if you don’t listen to jazz — the band is extraordinary: John Coltrane,  Julian “Cannonball” Adderley on saxophones, Wynton Kelly and Bill Evans on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums. I recently received a remastered CD of kind the album, thus retiring my scratchy hiss and pop laden vinyl version.  (And another intelligent CD pricing: $7.47 at Amazon)

For those of you looking for some , check out NPR:  Kind of Blue (54 minutes)

videos after the jump . . .

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Category: Digital Media, Friday Night Jazz, Music

The Brushedback Economy

Category: Psychology

Architecture of Information

Category: Data Analysis, Web/Tech

Surprise: Gee! No, G.E.

Category: Earnings, Economy, Financial Press, Valuation

WSJ Economists Survey

Category: Economy, Employment, Inflation, Wages & Income

Taking Moody’s to Task

Category: Credit, Derivatives, Real Estate

No Bottom Yet

Category: Credit, Economy, Federal Reserve