Sunday, December 21, 2008

Corky is at it again

Corky asked a challenging question today. Will it be banned???

How are atheists a kind of Muslim?
My teachers is making us do papers on different religions and I got assigned atheism. I keep seeing online that a survey says atheists are a kind of muslim but I can't find the survey. Anyone know more on how atheists are a kind of muslim?

Additional Details

OK I'm not interested in atheists apologetics who say they aren't a kind of Muslim. I know they are because my pastor said so and he doesn't lie because he talks to God so does anyone have any real facts or just more atheist propaganda.

While logged in, Corky answered a number of questions with banal, mindless, religions nonsense. I'll post some examples if any are voted best answer, but you can peruse Corky's answers at Yahoo Answers.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Corky the Brewmaster??

How can I make wine?

I've looked it up on many sites but they're all telling me how to make 5 gallons at a time. I can get my hands on a lot of berries, but not that many berries. lol. SO basically, what I'm asking is, can anyone give me some steps on how to make 1 or 2 gallons at a time? (I grow my own berries, but I can also go out and buy them if I need to.)

Corky's useful (No really) reply:

Scale down all the ingredients except the yeast. Just follow the directions you already have with the reduced quantity of grape juice. Try making a gallon to start. Using more yeast at the start will just make the fermentation process a little faster.

Talk to folks at your local brewing supply store. They might have some tips on "Small batch" brewing or information on sources of cheap grape juice.

Try doing a gallon. Get a one gallon glass container. You also need an airtight plug that's been fitted with an appropriate air lock, so air can escape without wild yeasts or bacteria getting in.

Be sure to reduce the sulfides appropriately or the Yeast will be killed off as well as any "Bad" bacteria.

Of course, if the poster didn't already know most of this, it just means his research consisted of about five minutes on Google. A half hour of research should be enough to at least find a few good books to check out of the library. I deliberately left out a few terms just because I was cheesed off by his lack of basic research.

Corky tells it like it is

I decided to post a few answers in using Account 005.

SEO Advice?

Anyone out there have any great advice or system that they use for their search engine optimization?

My Answer:

Yeah, I call it "Editing."

There's no magic software that makes your site perfect and makes Search Engines send a whole lot of data to it. You need to pick your search terms and write your content to use those terms.

Apparently Mexican marriages aren't valid in the USA

Married n mexico and texas?

my dad married his 1st wife in mexico ,but didnt' gt a divorce frm her.Now she wants to claim his benefits and retirement funds can she?? Then he married my mom without getting a divorce here in TEXAS..Oh my dad has passed that's why all this is goign on..what can my mom do does she have any rights..

To paraphrase Pascal, I cannot imagine the confusion of ideas that would lead to such a question. The asker is either a prankster, or somehow thinks Mexican marriages shouldn't be valid in the USA.

I posted the following reply as Alex K:

It doesn't matter what country the wedding happened in. Your Father was a bigamist when he was "Married" to your mother and his marriage to her was invalid and illegal.

He was living in sin with her the whole time they were together.

Alex wants some Advice

I've posted a new question from Alex. I'm interested to see what kind of answers I get if any.

How should I handle this coworker?

I was talking to a coworker about "The Sound of Music" and she insisted the family was Catholic! I told her they were Jewish and that was why the NAZIS were after them but she didn't believe me. THEN she said that you could go to their ski resort in Vermont! I told here "It's just a movie" but she insisted it was a TRUE STORY. I told her in the movie they went to Switzerland but she said after the movie they went to the USA and opened a ski resort.

How would you deal with a coworker like that who thinks a silly musical is TRUE???

And apparently Alex is fairly Conservative to boot.

Uncomfortable with a religious coworker?

The computer guy has a picture of something he calls the FSM in his cube and he talks about Pirates when I bring it up. I ask him about it and he says it's a religion and he follows it, but that thing looks like a demon to me. What do I do about a coworker who worships demons? Should I tell the owner? I'm worried his Satanism might bring demons into the office, like that woman who had a statue of Buddha before we made her get rid of it.

What should I do? I don't want to be seen as some sort of fanatic but I also don't want to expose myself to Satan!

How can I get rid of this evil influence in the office without making my coworkers think I'm crazy?

After getting a couple dozen replies I added the following "Details"

OK, I know some people think I'm being paranoid about this tentacle thing he has at his desk but it's NOT a good thing and I don't care if people think it;s just a joke. It's a DEMON and is UNNATURAL and it's telling him pirates are good but pirates are thieves rapists and murderers.

And the Buddha statue was making people sick and bringing demons into the office until we got rid of it. Satan is real and he used eastern mysticism to attack us and hide his demons which is why we don;t let people bring hippie crystals in either.

Best Answers for Alex!

Alex K. has been awarded a new "Best Answer".

Best Answer - Chosen by Voters
First of all, the link is probably an attempt to steal data from you. While it's an IP address, it's t trying to use the certificate for

Second, the error is that you aren't authorized to view the page. You need a login that will let you load the content at the URL.

You need to get in touch with the folks who run and sign up for an account. It's also possible that their server has a configuration problem that prevents it from serving the object to people on the Internet.


I find it amazing that Account 000 is STILL getting voted "Best Answer" for anything.

Mon Mar 17, 2008
Sat Mar 15, 2008

Remember, these "Best Answers" are being assigned to an account that was suspended in mid September, 2007.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Answers that might get me banned

why do u have to wait a year to donate blood if you got a new tattoo?

You are:
Alex K
Your Answer:
The one year waiting period is a hold over from the early days of the AIDS scares. There was a lot of doubt about how long it took for HIV to show up in the blood stream, and the tests were far more primitive than they are now. As a result, a one year waiting period was instituted in the hope that any blood detected by a dirty tattoo needle would be caught by the tests that existed at the time.

Men who engaged in sex with another man after 1977 are still banned for life.

How to get recipe out there and selling?

I have a great, unique recipe that many love and I want to be able to sell them. Basically, whether it's selling the recipe, starting a business, selling the recipe to a new business, I don't know how to start.

I've read many different tips on the internet about patenting things and attornies, but what should I do? I don't know where to start.
You are:
Alex K
Your Answer:
No one buys a single recipe. You need to write a cook book and sell that. Check out a book called "How to write a cook book" from your library. It's an obvious title but the book gets good reviews.

By the way, you copyright a recipe, you don't patent it.

In which I ask a food question

I've asked a new question:


Teff free Injera (Ethiopian bread) Recipe?

I want to make the spongy bread served as an edible plate in Ethiopian restaurants. The problem is, all the recipes I can find on-line require Teff, and Ethiopian grain that I can't find in the area.
Does anyone know of a good Injera recipe that doesn't require Teff?

I wonder how many people will mindlessly post "Look in a cook book" as a reply.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Updates on Old Friends

Out of curiosity, I checked out some of the old Yahoo Answers Accounts to see what, if anything, had happened to them since I last logged in.

Account001 bulkhater:
Still banned from Yahoo Answers, the mailbox contained nine spam messages and a lone myspace notice that a myspace account I forgot I had was about to be deleted due to inactivity. I tried reporting the Spam messages, but got a slew of errors for my trouble.

Account002 bulkhater01:
Still banned from Yahoo Answers, the mailbox contained the following e-mail:

Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2007 15:31:30 -0700
To: "Anon Annoyed"
Subject: Yahoo! Answers (KMM58596866V28286L0KM)
From: "Yahoo! Answers" Add to Address BookAdd to Address Book Add Mobile Alert


Thank you for writing to Yahoo! Answers.

We appreciate your inquiry. Yahoo! may, in appropriate circumstances
in its sole discretion, remove or edit any content and/or terminate the

accounts of users who appear to have violated the Terms and Conditions.

Any action taken is confidential. We will not release this information
unless required to do so by law or under other similar circumstances.
are unable to make exceptions to this rule.

We invite you to visit the Yahoo! Terms of Service and Yahoo! Community

Guidelines. These documents can be found at:

Thank you again for contacting Yahoo! Answers.



Yahoo! Customer Care


For assistance with all Yahoo! services please visit:

Original Message Follows:


What did I do?????

Account003 lagon.dupri:

Still banned, the mailbox contained...

Well, I wasn't sure at first as I got the error message:

Sorry for the inconvenience.

You've stumbled upon a temporary problem we're having with Yahoo! Mail. Usually this problem gets resolved quickly, without you doing a thing. In fact it may be taken care of now.

Once I did get in I found one lonely e-mail from Yahoo Support:

Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2007 10:13:51 -0700
To: "Lagon Dupri"
Subject: Yahoo! Answers (KMM58572206V9182L0KM)
From: "Yahoo! Answers" Add to Address BookAdd to Address Book Add Mobile Alert


Thank you for writing to Yahoo! Answers.

We appreciate your inquiry about your suspension from Yahoo! Answers
and/or the deactivation of your Yahoo! ID. We reviewed your case, and
decided that your account is not eligible for reinstatement.

Once an account is disabled for a violation of the Terms of Service,
subscriber to the account will lose the ability to log in and access
account and its contents (including email and content stored with any
other Yahoo! service). The account also will not be reactivated.

Should you choose to create a new Yahoo! account, we invite you to read

the Yahoo! Terms of Service and Yahoo! Community Guidelines to help
ensure your new account is not deactivated.

Yahoo! Terms of Service:

Yahoo! Community Guidelines:

Thank you again for contacting Yahoo! Answers.



Yahoo! Customer Care


For assistance with all Yahoo! services please visit:

Original Message Follows:

What did I write to get suspended?

Why was my account suspended? What did I do that violated the terms of

I answered two questions. Was this political? Did one of my answers
offend someone's political beliefs?

Account 004 revealed!

Since Account 004 has survived this long, I've decided to publish all the posts about the account. The "Account 004" category on this BLOG should now have a few new entries covering the last few months.

Responding to Yahoo Answers Spam

Please note, I didn't bother trying to link to the "Site" that the poster was asking about. It was a pretty obvious sham URL, and probably a hack attempt. I did test the URL Links, which is how I learned the information in my response.

I wonder how long it will take Yahoo to delete the original question, if at all.

Q: I need this search
it keep tryin to get to this site and it keep send me a error teel me hoe con i get around this.

A: First of all, the link is probably an attempt to steal data from you. While it's an IP address, it's t trying to use the certificate for

Second, the error is that you aren't authorized to view the page. You need a login that will let you load the content at the URL.

You need to get in touch with the folks who run and sign up for an account. It's also possible that their server has a configuration problem that prevents it from serving the object to people on the Internet.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Pending Revelation

I just answered a few questions as Corky, Account 005. We'll see if any of them get the account suspended. While a bit on the rude side there isn't anything in the posts that I see as likely to get the account pulled. If the account is suspended, it's going to be because someone connected the posts to this Blog.

If Account 004 is still intact the next time I update, I'll probably go through and publish all the "Account 004" posts I've been saving as drafts. The fact that Corky remains uncensored is a good indication that being noted on this Blog isn't enough to get an account yanked. If anyone at Yahoo was watching this Blog they've either stopped or are no longer suspending accounts over it. If there were any Yahoo Answers users reporting the posts they've probably grown bored with the task.

So watch this space to learn all about the much hinted at Account 004!

Celebrity Death Pool, Britney Spears or Amy Winehouse?

Who will succumb to their drug addiction first - dying a lonely death? Britney or Amy Winehouse?
You are:
Corky P
Your Answer:
Amy Winehouse has checked herself into rehab and appears to be trying to get her life back in order.

Britney on the other hand has shown no signs of trying to get help. There's rumors of a personality disorder. There are further rumors that she's turning to Scientology, something that won't help her deteriorating mental state, as Scientology demonizes psychiatry, painting psychiatrists as being worse than the NAZI SS.

Britney is coming apart at the seams in a whole slew of ways, and has psychological issues well beyond the drug addition plaguing Amy Winehouse. Amy MAY have a relapse and OD, trying to take a drug dose she could handle in the past, but my money is on Spears.

Corky appears to be a grumpy old man to boot

Its 160 hard drive in a computer too little?

When I was in College, an 80 MB hard drive was considered HUGE, and you could expect to pay a dollar a megabyte for the privilege of such a roomy drive, and that's if you were getting a hard drive for a desktop. Laptop hard drives were, like now, far more expensive.

What are you DOING that you'd need 160 GB? Is your media library really that massive? Do you know how many MP3s you can store in that space at a decent (96 or so) bit rate???

Corky and the Hippy Dippy BS

This doesn't even answer the question. We'll see what happens.

I'm not stupid but I AM ignorant?

I'm a late bloomer when it comes to computers so I don't understand all the details when it comes to maintence.
When defraging a computer, what happens to the fragmented file, what is a continuous file, and what is accomplished by doing this. I said I was ignorant--I'm still have trouble wrapping my head around how the majic box works.
You are:
Corky P
Your Answer:
We are all ignorant on some topic.

Ignorance is not a bad thing unless you're ignorant on a topic about which you should be knowledgeable. A US President ignorant about foreign affairs is a disaster about to happen. For most people knowledge of foreign affairs is optional.

For example, I am hopelessly and pathetically ignorant on the topic of heart surgery. As I am not a doctor, this is not a problem.

Corky can be a real jerk

We both cheated, be he keeps denying?

I went out with and kissed another guy because I thought my bf was cheating on me. I had a right to worry because he is too friendly with other women, he stays out all night sometimes, and he acts like he doesn't want to spend time with me. But it turned out I was wrong-he never cheated. He was just flirting to make these girls like him, in order to feed his ego. About 1 week ago, I found out he did kiss another girl. He is denying it, of course. I called the girl to ask what was going on, and she told me they go out and kiss sometimes. The next day, she forwarded me a message that my bf left on her voice mail, saying that he was outside waiting for her to answer the door, and it was about 10pm. But he is denying that he was ever there, even though I have the proof. I keep thinking I deserve this because I kissed another guy too. I purposely drove him away because I'm hurt. Can I be upset since I did the same thing? Should I let this go or be upset since he won't tell me the truth?
You are:
Corky P
Your Answer:
You have two options:

1. Accept that this is a toxic relationship and break up.

2. Look into Polyamory as a way to deal with the fact that neither of you seems capable of monogamy.

Corky gets a best answer!

How about that? Posting a useful answer got me a "best answer".

Your engine is toast dude

If you fill your deisel with £62 worth of leaded petrol wot(sic) repair cost?

Head in clouds having recently fallen in love so is it my fault or hers?
You are:
Alex K
Your Answer:
Congratulations, you've blown out your engine. If you're lucky you just need a new engine, but you'd be an idiot to not get the fuel tank and hoses replaced as well.

Basically, if you can convince insurance to cover the cost or it's an expensive car, it's worth the repair. For most vehicles however, the cost of replacing the engine makes replacing the car cheaper.

If you're REALLY lucky, there's a technical school nearby that will take it on as a "training" vehicle, or there's a charity where you can donate it for a tax deduction.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Covering your tracks when surfing porn

Corky is being helpful this time, posting a clear, concise answer.

I was tempted to post a few more answers, but I figure the post below may be close enough to Yahoo's definition of "hacking" to get the account suspended. We'll see what happens.

I'm still using Account 004 and have several posts list as "Drafts." The account still hasn't been suspended.
can you help me please? i need to know how to delete browsing history?

from the address bar in firefox

thank you
Your Answer:
This only works in the more recent versions of Firefox: They made it much easier to do this a few months ago, but you have to upgrade to make it this easy to delete the history.

Click on "Tools"

Click "Clear Private Data"

Make sure "Browsing History" is one of the checked items.

Make sure "Authenticated Sessions" is NOT checked, or you'll be logged out of Yahoo Answers.

Click "OK"

Your Firefox browsing history is now cleared!

Is being gay a form of atheism?

I've answered another question under Account 004. The Question appears to be a bit of deliberate trolling. At least, I hope it's trolling. I knew plenty of people growing up who would follow the asker's logic.

My answer is an attempt at an honest one. I eschewed predictable and typical inflammatory replies and even tried to remain neutral on if being a Homosexual is a sin. I went straight for the compassionate answer I'd expect most pastors.

Is being gay a form of atheism?

Since it is counter to the teachings of most major religions.
You are:
Alex K
Your Answer:
That's a but like asking if having premarital sex is a form of atheism. Committing what your religion describes as a sin does not, in and of itself, constitute a lack of belief in God. Far from it, the conviction that we are sinners and at odds with God's will is the reason Christian belief is so heavily immersed in the concept of "undeserved forgiveness."

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
Grew up Christian

What the f---? Account 000 rears its head

Background: Account 000

I've never posted about it before, but there was an Account 000. It was the Yahoo account I signed up for a number of years ago that I actually used for e-mail, Yahoo groups and the like. I've never written about it before because it's the one Yahoo account where I can understand why it was suspended from Yahoo Answers.

A lot of people post questions asking how they can steal someone else's password. I largely ignored these questions. One day I stumbled upon a web site that had a list of directions that CLAIMED to allow you to get an account's password e-mailed to you. If you actually followed the directions you would in fact e-mail your own Yahoo password to the person whose account you were trying to hack. It was, in short, a way for dumb script kiddies to make total fools of themselves and possibly lose their passwords to someone they were trying to violate. It looked like a wonderful example of instant Karma.

In a moment of reckless, trouble making abandon, I used these directions as an answer to a number of "How can I steal someone's password?" questions. If anyone tried to follow the directions, they'd find the unpopular kid, ex girlfriend, what have you whom they were trying to attack would, in fact, have access to THEIR yahoo account.

Yahoo, naturally, took a dim view of these posts.

My beef was not with the fact that it was suspended, nor the fact that my rationale for the posts was rejected. I got riled up because it was clear from the post-suspension e-mail exchange that this was being handled by a bot spewing out form letters based on keyword matches. There was no indication that a human being had taken so much as a glance at the posts in question or read my appeal. I was reminded of the claim floating around that a guy had his account suspended for asking for advice on hacking his laser tag system. I created a second Yahoo account, Account 001, and this blog, to explore what, exactly, would get an account suspended.

Why I'm grousing about it now

The account, while still active for e-mail, groups and other Yahoo services, has been suspended for doing so much as editing Yahoo Answers preferences. This means I still get e-mail about account activity.

Congratulations, you've got a best answer and 10 extra points!

Account 000 was suspended in mid September. You'd think a suspended account would be, you know, suspended. This is not the case. All the undeleted answers I'd posted sat on Yahoo Answers, frequently being voted "Best Answer"

On Christmas Day, 2007, three and a half months after the account had been suspended, It once again won "Best Answer" for answering a question about Penis Enlargement pills.

According to Yahoo, 18% of the answers I posted under Account 000 were voted "Best Answer." It had been rated a "Top Contributor" a number of times and had a total of 7,188 points, bringing it to Level 5.

I'd be very surprised if Account 000 wins any more "Best Answers" as I doubt there are any pending questions left. Here, in all its glory, is what should be the last "Best Answer" Account 000 will garnish:
Q: Penis Enlargement??
Is Penis Enlargement pills or medicine safe to use.May it cause any type of side-effects.

A: Those pills are just a scam to separate the ignorant from their money.

You won't get a bigger wang out of a bottle of pills kid.

But Wait, there's more!

Why send a violation notice to a suspended account? These nit-wits won't let me turn off the notifications, because that part of the account is suspended. Despite the fact that the account has been suspended, despite the fact that there's nothing more I can do about the account, despite the fact I can't even go back and edit or delete any potentially offending posts, Yahoo Answers still sent me a notice that they'd deleted more of the "How to hack a Yahoo password" posts I mentioned above.

This notice was sent on December 15, Three months after the account had been suspended. I know this is just an automated process, but it's still annoying. What are they going to do, suspend the account again? Suspend the account from other services like IM and e-mail?

It strikes me as a waste of time and resources, and a great way to get Yahoo added to the Spam filter on many suspended accounts.