Verisign’s Wildcard

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Welcome to surrealville. Population: Me.

I think I just lived half of a scene from Office Space. “Good evening, sir. My name is Steve. I came from a rough area. I used to be addicted to crack, but now I'm off and trying to stay clean. That is why I'm selling magazine subscriptions, and I was hoping that you could help me out…” Of course, I am not laundering money, nor am I interested in any print media, be they newspapers or magazines.

In retrospect, it was a pretty mundane thing–but at the time I was in such a strange headspace that it was difficult to avoid laughing out loud at the situation.

In unrelated news: FUCK YOU, VERISIGN!. Thank you for temporarily blacklisting my IP address from your stupid *.com router [1], but can you do me a favor and make it permanent?

[1]
#!/bin/sh
while true; do

URL=`head -n 1 /dev/urandom | cut -c 1-30 | perl -pe 's/[^a-zA-Z]//ig'`.com
echo $URL
#wget -O /dev/null --timeout=5 $URL >& /dev/null
curl -o /dev/null --connect-timeout 5 $URL >& /dev/null

done

Updated 20:28 by adding “–timeout=5” to wget
Updated 20:34 by switching to curl because timeout handling is better

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