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Open Letter to google plus: Failboat

Posted by 3ricj on 21 July 2011

Update: I've been revising this blog entry with additional information; they have blocked me two additional times and it looks like they just might delete me outright tomorrow, Oct 25th. See below for details

While I have a love/hate relationships with social networks, I do tend to try and keep up to date in that world by using whatever myspace clone is all of the rage. This year it turned out to be called google plus.

All social networks all have this concept of identity and trust to manage. Reputation, trust and security are important to users; if they get spammed or hacked, they will leave. At the same time, you can't truly authenticate a user without showing up at their house to look at their photo ID. Combine that with XSS, sql injection and homograph identity spoofing - - and you've got a "tricky to meet" set of requirements. These are hard problems. At the same time, they are hard problems they decided they wanted to solve. Sadly, my name falls into this strange edge case of "looking funny" while also being my legal name: A judge signed my name change. That's a bit stronger of a ruling than any community guidelines posted on a dot com.

So I've been working with google over the past 2 weeks regarding my google plus account. Moments after I signed up (using my legal name of 3ric Johanson), I was informed that my account was suspended for violation of community standards.

The really good news is that google has an appeal process - provide more information to them, and "We try to complete reviews within one business day." This is the first social network which seemly provides a clear path for managing this problem. Go google, maybe that's how you earned your plus. There's an amusing back story in here how my name is hard coded into the core facebook application, but I'll leave that story for another day.

I have sent all of the information google has requested 3 times now. I had a kind director at google also inform them it's really my name. At this point they have not responded to a single message in a week. While I understand they may not agree with the judge who signed my name change, it is in fact my legal name. For anyone with root@google, feel free to see the thread on ticket number 83274326.

My hope was that google would provide a level of professionalism which includes responding to their own defined appeal process. Sadly, they have left me disappointed. While I could try phishing around for more contacts at google, my interest in further supporting their project has sadly diminished. Dearest google, if you'd like me to play in your sandbox, you'll have to come to me. Finally, if you are really unsure of my name, please just google me.

Regards,
-3ric Johanson


Update: July 21st, 2011

 
Hi 3ric,
Thank you for contacting us with regard to the name you want to use with
your Google Profile. After further review, we have determined that your
name is within our Community Standards policy. Thank you for your patience
while we reviewed your profile name.

Update: Oct 18th, 2011

Hello,

After reviewing your profile, it appears that the name you entered does not comply 
with the Google+ Names Policy. Please log in to Google+ and visit your profile to 
learn more and take action.

The Names Policy requires that you use the name you are commonly referred to in real 
life in your profile. Nicknames, previous names, and so on should be entered in the 
Other Names section of the profile. Profiles are currently limited to individuals; 
we will be launching profiles for businesses and other entities later this year.

If you do not edit your name to comply with our Names policy or appeal with 
additional information within four days of receiving this message, your profile will 
be suspended. While suspended, you will not be able to make full use of Google 
services that require an active profile, such as Google+, Buzz, Reader and Picasa. 
This will not prevent you from using other Google services, like Gmail.

The Google+ team.

Update: Oct 18th, 2011

 * Sent google a link to this blog entry. 

Update: Oct 18th, 2011

Re: [#892287923] Google Profile Name Review
Hi 3ric,

Thank you for contacting us with regard to the name you want to use with
your Google Profile. After further review, we have determined that your
name complies with our Community Standards. Thank you for your patience
while we reviewed your profile name.

Sincerely,
Duyen
The Google Profiles Support Team

Update: Oct 21st, 2011

Hello,

After reviewing your profile, it appears that the name you entered does not comply 
with the Google+ Names Policy. Please log in to Google+ and visit your profile to 
learn more and take action.

The Names Policy requires that you use the name you are commonly referred to in 
real life in your profile. Nicknames, previous names, and so on should be entered
in the Other Names section of the profile. Profiles are currently limited to 
individuals; we will be launching profiles for businesses and other entities later
this year.

If you do not edit your name to comply with our Names policy or appeal with 
additional information within four days of receiving this message, your profile 
will be suspended. While suspended, you will not be able to make full use of Google 
services that require an active profile, such as Google+, Buzz, Reader and Picasa. 
This will not prevent you from using other Google services, like Gmail.

The Google+ team.

Update: Oct 22nd, 2011
Discovered my google page says the below text, but has some issue where it won't let me submit an appeal (reports "error saving profile")


Update: Oct 22nd, 2011

Re: [#892287923] Google Profile Name Review
Hi there,

4 days ago I received this email.   Yesterday I received notice that I'm suspended 
again.

Any idea what's going on this time?   This makes the 3rd time you've blocked me for 
my legal name. 

Thanks,
-3ric

Update: Oct 24st, 2011

 
 * zero response from google support department.
 * Sent google a link to this blog entry via the "submit additional information" process, again. 
 * backed up all of my data from google.  
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Cracking the Whip

Posted by lindes on 15 July 2011

Just a little something I (ahem) whipped up, from a shoot we had with the Phantom back in Januaary:

Our thanks to Intellectual Ventures Lab for use of the camera!

Fume Hood - NOT for Sale

Posted by lklafleur on 13 July 2011

The fume hood ducting has been completed. Bring on the DIY chemistry. Not much else to say...it's a fume hood...it sucks.

Ducting!
Ducting!Light!
Lisa

Surgical Lights for Sale

Posted by lklafleur on 26 June 2011

Surgical lighting. 4 units, $200 each. Used for home lighting, office lighting, workshop lighting, garage lighting, or DIY dentistry (as shown). Our last operation got shut down and we have no real reason to keep them. Uber bright and focused so you don't have to be. Will mount to your ceiling, which should probably be load-bearing as these things seriously weigh more than your mom (~300 lb). Internally counterbalanced and articulated so they stay where you put them.

Specs: 3 units are round, 2 of these have power supplies (120V 2A). The one without a power supply is $50 off. 4th unit is triple lobed and comes with power supply (120V

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DIY Dentistry

Mill for sale! (update: SOLD!)

Posted by 3ricj on 16 April 2011

A few weeks back we had an amazing garage sale here at HBL. I wanted to offer a huge thanks to everyone who showed up to help out! Thanks!

However, we still have one lingering toy - - An amazing mill. This device needs a good home. We purchased this mill several years ago - - it was our first mill, and we used it quite a bit for all sorts of projects. It's a large beast - - very stiff - - it can really remove some massive amounts of material. Along with the size, comes very clean cuts. One of the core reasons we purchased this mill and not a small desktop mill was our desire for high quality cuts. Benchtop mills are not very rigid - - they flex a bunch while cutting, and this can cause 'chatter' which impacts the accuracy and quality of the cut. This mill does not suffer from this problem, due to it's size and mass.

Anyway, back to my point. We still have this mill, but we also just purchased a fancy pants cnc mill. Thus, we don't need our trusty standby any more. We've treated it with care and love.. and even added our own glass scale DRO to the system. If you are considering taking our lovely mill home with you, here's some of the highlights:

- ~24x 14x19" of travel.
- about 6 tons
- Will fit through a 8x8 doorway.
- We have a relationship with a rigger who can move it. Cost of moving it is dependant on distance, but something on the order of a several hundred dollars (we paid ~500 to have it brought here from Everett, but rigging costs have gone up a bit)
- 240volt, 3 phase (but could be used on single phase with a phase converter, not included)
- NMBT 50 taper, with LOTS of toolholders included. The tool holders alone are worth a grand or two; no tooling is included.
- Something on the order of 5ph motor, max of 1000RPM.
- Manual transmission - so at low speeds this machine has super torque.
- power feeds on all axis.
- Meister 3-axis BC10M DRO, with glass scales. It does advanced mathematics for you, so says the manual. We paid ~1500 bucks for the DRO system.
- Has some minor oil leaks which we've tried to repair, but it's never seemed worth it to rebuild the seals on the spindle (which is working fine otherwise).
- There is an issue with the gibs which reduces the effective longitudinal travel to about 2/3 of the factory specification of 33 inches, but we've never found this issue preventing us from machining anything. This is likely repairable if the table is removed, but it weighs about a thousand pounds, thus... we've not bothered.
- *FULL MANUALS*
- about 5 gallons of way oil to feed the machine as needed (will likely last a year or two depending on usage of the mill)
- Asking price: $2,000
- Photos can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/3ricj/sets/72157626511965684/
- When we purchased the mill in April 2006, we took some photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/3ricj/sets/72057594105800022/
- Interested? email: info ATTY hackerbotlabs DOTTY com

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