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(Some Guy)   A flag in your corner   ( divider line
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4358 clicks; posted to Main » on 12 Oct 2001 at 10:19 AM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2001-10-12 10:25:47 AM  
It's a plot by the terrorists...after a week everyone's computer who has this thing is going to go down.
2001-10-12 10:27:19 AM  
But I'm MacIntosh and it'll only work on pc. Boo Hoo....
2001-10-12 10:28:39 AM  
Shameless promotion of a patriotic symbol... Almost as bad as the flag bikini, atleast I liked that one. :D
2001-10-12 10:34:34 AM  
I like it, but i wish I could move it around to another spot on the screen. The translucency is nice though!
2001-10-12 10:35:15 AM  
Yep this patriotism is getting old real quick with all these hanger ons.

Now does anyone wanna buy my "GO USA!" shirt with matching cap and luaggage. Throw in the sunglasses for free" Only $499.99. 0.000001% of my profits go to some charity.
2001-10-12 10:45:55 AM  
Like, I want to stand at attention at my keyboard all day...
2001-10-12 10:56:39 AM  
Like I want an American flag on my desktop at all.
2001-10-12 10:58:17 AM  
like i'm going to let some dumb flag block the porn on my screen....
2001-10-12 11:01:08 AM  
can you say FUTILE?????
2001-10-12 11:07:15 AM  
We had to have users remove this. It was screwing up our software.
2001-10-12 11:14:20 AM  
ok guys, i can understand why some might not want it... but there's no reason to call it a "dumb flag"... i would really hope for better from my fellow farkers!

as for the flag... a coworker of mine actually sent me a link to it just about 20 mins ago... and i d/l it. then i saw it here.... anyway... we'll see. so far it's not bothering me at all.

yes... the constant flags everywhere seems a little hipocritical since we hadn't shown our patriotism so openly before the attacks... but hey, better late than never.

i am trying my best to teach my kids about patriotism now... should have done it before, but like so many others, it took the attacks to really wake me up and notice what was going on in the world. since, i have bought my kids flag tshirts, stickers, red,white& blue beads they made necklaces out of... you name it...

and i have patriotic screen savers and wall paper on my computer at home and work...

anyway... it might not be the thing for you... to have it on your monitor all day, but please dont disrespect the flag and what it stands for with your ignorant remarks.

thank you, and have a great day
2001-10-12 11:25:52 AM  
wow....the patriot patrol is on a rampage.
2001-10-12 11:26:39 AM  

Do you have your kids recite the pledge of allegiance and sing the national anthem every morning too?
2001-10-12 11:27:23 AM  
This flag is the bane of my existence, It has been crashing desktops in my office all week. Ive been hacking the registry and am a bit concerned about its motives. I can only wonder why it is using Winsock??
2001-10-12 11:29:08 AM  
i doubt it's terrorism related..i'm sure it has more to do with crashing PCs in the name of mac elitism...and god bless that.
2001-10-12 11:31:55 AM  
Lowcash - using winsock?
2001-10-12 11:32:38 AM  
I appreciate the sentiment and all, but I would never download such a program. Viruses, trojans, etc are all to common, and their statement in their FAQ that if you email this program to someone and it is bounced because of a virus alert, it is probably because the company has a 'draconion' email policy prohibiting email program attachments. I don't think that is draconion, it is just smart network administration. Why would they take such a disparaging (sp?) tack on the subject? I'd be interested to see what my firewall would report after installing this program, but I am not a masochist.
2001-10-12 11:38:16 AM  
id rather have a stripper on my
2001-10-12 11:43:12 AM  
I think thet'd give me epilepsy after about 30mins fluttering in the corner of my eye - mind you, that stripper would probably just leave me going blind
2001-10-12 11:43:24 AM  
You'd be amazed at the sheer number of programs that send back data. Even though they are seemingly harmless...

I hate little programs like this. They piss me so badly because people don't want to understand why it's not always a good idea to install them. Not only do they cause some strange problems on some machines, but they could be a potential risk to the network.

I wrote a small little log parser for my firewall to very quickly detect programs sending and recieving data.

This link is not "cool".
2001-10-12 11:45:29 AM  
We hope that in some small way, using this program helps people demonstrate their condemnation of this senseless act.

2001-10-12 11:55:37 AM  
2001-10-12 12:11:09 PM  

"disparaging" was correct, but it's "draconian".
2001-10-12 12:13:28 PM  
Trojan horse risk. No thanks.
2001-10-12 12:25:13 PM  
Finally I beat Fark to something. (very hard to do nowadays) Some schmuck forwarded this to me in an e-mail like a day or so after 9/11.

Of course I tossed it, because I dont install unnecessary crap on my pc.
2001-10-12 12:44:09 PM  
The fact that there's no Mac version makes me very happy.

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2001-10-12 12:49:47 PM  
-->>Arschloch - Thanks. Darn FARK comments thingee needs a spell checker.
2001-10-12 12:50:14 PM  
Bob Able... they say it in school every day, yes.

and i'm not saying anyone should d/l the flag... just that there is no reason to be such a jackass about it
2001-10-12 01:08:02 PM  
hahaha FAQ has a question "Why is my flag upside-down?"

Because you are pure evil and the flag knows... only the purest of heart are allowed to use this crappy program..

It got sent around at work and I immediatly removed it from everyones computer because it's buggy as hell and I wouldn't doubt that it has some kinda backdoor built into it
2001-10-12 01:14:04 PM  
2001-10-12 01:16:07 PM  
I like the paranoia factor... Gosh, any free expression of patriotism and you may think its a trogan virus. That makes me laugh. Now, please, change your stupid AIM Buddy Icons, take some (not all) of your sympathy comments off your websites, and allow yourselves to get back to normal... Remember!!! Condit killed that Intern and Anne Hiesh is psycho!!!
2001-10-12 01:30:10 PM  
Quaz, they do have a point. Why does an animated "desktop buddy" need to send data over the internet? I don't install any of this sort of crap software at home because of this. Maybe it's slashdot style paranoia but I can just as easily add an active desktop item that's less obtrusive as far as screen real-estate and doesn't try to "phone home".
2001-10-12 01:34:20 PM  
This flag is only mediocre. It *should* reference the National Weather Service IWIN database, retrieve my local weather forecast and determine to what degree the flag should be waving. Windy day? No wind? Raining (damp, dragging flag)?
2001-10-12 02:01:09 PM  
I'm just amused by the fact that any IT department that doesn't let users install toys like this is "draconian". I can speak from experience - things like this flag, or that bloody farking 'Sheep' thing that makes sheep wander your desktop... may SEEM like they won't affect anything, and may SEEM like they'd be perfectly harmless... but they CAN and frequently DO blow corporate software all to pieces.

Blocking them isn't draconian, it's just good sense - unless you LIKE wasting your whole day fixing or reloading machines that have been trashed by these "harmless toys".
2001-10-12 02:13:17 PM  
It is NOT using winsock. It is pretty lightweight, and has not caused any trouble with any of my software. It also has not opened ANY ports tcp/udp or anything..... geez... at least look before you make an assupmtion like that.....
2001-10-12 02:21:08 PM  
Woohoo I am so cool, I have a flag and being patriotic is so much the fad. I am so cool because I don't question my country or its actions. I don't even truly understand why people attack us, it must be because they are mean and they hate our freedom. Freedom is really in now, even though I don;t know what it means, but we are free and they aren't so that is why they did it. Anybody who doesn't have a flag or expresses anything but 100% support of our country hates America.

Americans are stupid, no wait just the 90% who support what is happening.
2001-10-12 02:38:03 PM  
Well I guess it gives christians and soccer moms something else to do that try and take away people's freedoms by protecting 'the children'. Now they will just take them away with Anti-terrorism laws.

2001-10-12 03:12:45 PM  
It's people like you that cause networks to go down.
It's also people like you that compain about them when they are down.

It's not all unnecessary paranoia. When you have things that you need to keep somewhat secure you need to monitor what users are downloading and installing.

Here's an example.
There was a small little jukebox style player that was somebody installed. It monitored keystrokes so that you could assign any key on your keyboard to manipulate it (e.g. F5 for play, F6 for pause, etc...)

Now, this little thing seemed kinda cool cause you could control it from anywhere (it didn't need to be in focus).
The problem was that it was sending the data over the network (if it was connected to a steam... Don't ask me why it felt it necessary to send data over the network because I don't know). Well, it turns out that the program was not "sophisticated" and was essentially acting as a keylogger. Therefore, unencrypted text was being sent back and forth (e.g. logons, site access, etc...) and anybody with a packet sniffer could have easily (and I mean very easily) gained access to just about anything.

Granted most people don't even know what a packet sniffer is, but those so inclined can monitor at will.
2001-10-12 03:26:20 PM  
we have even been *warned* about cyber attacks!

if you have loaded this onto your computer then you are probably too stupid to have anything important on your hard drive anyway

installing it IS a risk
2001-10-12 07:37:47 PM  
I have enough icons and shortcuts on my PCs at home and in the lab at work. It's like a friggin' safari hunt trying to find the one I need!

Do I need a cheaply-programmed flag "flapping" lamely on my monitor?

Do I need another colo-rectal exam three days after my last one?

Case closed. You'll always regret downloading crapola like this. You may get the program off your desktop, but getting it completely off your drive? Fuggetabuttit!

Anybody remember Bonzai Buddy? I never downloaded the damned thing, but I heard some real horror stories about it.
2001-10-12 08:00:23 PM  
useless. more crap to clutter our desktops.
2001-10-12 09:17:34 PM  
Damned straight! Back to green screens and command lines.
2001-10-12 10:08:34 PM  
This is garbage. Besides, if you need a constant reminder about your level of patriotism, then maybe you aren't as committed to America as you think.

While I'm on this rant, it has bothered me to no end that all these people flying flags don't have the slightest clue about proper etiquette. To wit....You NEVER and I mean NEVER fly the American flag at night unless you are in a forward military position. No, the slit level duplex in the 'burbs doesn't count.

It's nice that people are rediscovering patriotism, but it's obvious who was a Boy Scout and who wasn't.
2001-10-13 12:36:24 AM  
Oh quite Tostfeld. If we want damned flags onour desktop to show our patriotism then by god we'll have our little flags. Who the hell are you to say that "if you need a constant reminder about your level of patriotism, then maybe you aren't as committed to America as you think" Its not a reminder dumbass. Its a funny little flag that waves.
2001-10-13 04:12:20 AM  
Tostfeld is right.

I ate some fish the other day.
The packaging that it came wrapped in had a price sticker with a Canadian flag on it. Did I salute a fish-smelling piece of cling wrap? Hell no... I promptly threw it in the trash.

Most people think that having a flag of x country handy makes you patriotic.
Then again, these are the same people that convince themselves that they are making a difference in the world by doing nothing.
"Yeah I'm patriotic!"
"So what have you done recently?"
"I downloaded a funny little flag that waves to my desktop".
"Right on!"
"j00 r0cks d00d"
"d4mn 5tr41ght"
2001-10-13 08:19:28 AM  
Funky_Thrasher: Hey, listen punk. This is your BOFH talking. Your kind like to fill up your desktop with every stupid little bit of spyware out on the Internet. Not on my network, maggot. You want cats and monkeys and flying flags, and all sorts of other shiat sending data about your machine back to DoubleClick, do it to that pos Windows ME machine back in your parent's basement.

Seriously, I'm a network admin, and crap like this just sucks donkey balls. And I repeat, if you need this flag flying on your desktop, I'll bet you also get emotional listening to Celine Dion on the Titanic soundtrack.
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