New Features for the Fake Name Generator!

Hurray! New features! I’ve been working hard to bring some new features to the Fake Name Generator, and here they are: A handy terms of service that you are required to accept before viewing a generated name! Hurray! Actually I was forced to add this by my web host. Oh well. Canadian addresses. This much requested feature has finally been added. We now can generate addresses for 10...

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Fake Name Generator Updates

Wow. Lots of changes today. First, fixed quite a few bugs. There was some corruption in the data, and some inaccurate data, so I cleaned that up. Fixed a few typos, too.  Also fixed the bug where credit card numbers weren’t being saved. And the bug where the gender selection links don’t work if you are viewing a saved identity. On the server side, I updated the queries to be much...

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eBay Suspension – The saga continues!

As you may or may not know, my eBay account was suspended over 1 1/2 months ago for the vague reason of being “associated with a previously suspended user”. I was given that users name, and that is it. This user hadn’t used his account in 5 years, and so I thought it was strange that somehow I (and my mom, and my dad) were randomly selected to have their accounts suspended....

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Weighted Randomness using PHP and MySQL

So when making my Fake Name Generator, I ran into the problem of how to select a random record, but still have it weighted so some records show up more often than others. My first step was to prepare the database. My table looked something like this: Rank (1 = most common, 2 = second most common…) Name Percentage (For example, 1.006% of the sample had the last name Smith, so this column...

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What the German spam?

Just got this weird message in German: Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, Im Internet habe ich Ihre Adresse gefunden. Mit diesem Brief möchte ich Sie fragen, ob Sie mich beschäftigen könnten. Ich bin Pole, 25 Jahre alt. Deutsch beherrsche ich im Wort und Schrift. Ich habe Germanistik studiert. Arbeit bei Ihnen würde für mich eine große Chance für weiteres Studium, und um meine Sprachkenntnisse zu...

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