Australian Stupidity: Compulsory ISP Level Censorship

If you havent heard already, Senator Conroy is a complete tool and wants to censor our internet.
Its an ok idea on paper, but it'll cripple our net up to 75% and the censorship will cover a "grey area".

Sooner or later, stupid lobbyist groups will whinge and want to add more things to this "grey area" so more and more things become compulsory on the censor list, making our internet more restricted, much like China.

This is a knee jerk reaction to a bigger problem. They are shooting the messenger rather than locking up the sickos producing the child porn in the first place. Lets all just hide it from the internet and pretend it doesn't exist.

I dont send these sort of emails out very often, but this blows chunks.
If I wanted censored internet I would of bought net nanny or moved to China.
Restricting the amount of information people can view will only make them dumber.
eg. hillbillies, texans, bogans, etc.

Please take a quick moment to sign the petition.

- Twig

ps. Honestly, I just don't want to end up in the awkward situation where my dad is going to ask me "hey, why cant I visit this *insert xxxsomethingfilthyxxx dot com* site?" or even worse, he'll ask me for ways to get around the filter for him.

More info at:
Filtering out the fury: how government tried to gag web censor critics

'Appalled' opposition hits back at Conroy’s Internet censorship
The Government’s attempts to silence criticism of content filtering sparks outrage.

Net filters may block porn and gambling sites
Guys, do you really want your porn censored?

Minister under fire: IT Professionals say net filtering won't work
Every organisation with an axe to grind and any kind of political clout will be lobbying the government to extend the blacklist to block access to whatever it is that pisses them off

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Disable Automatic Updates in Adobe Acrobat 8

Method A:
The fact that you're here reading this probably means that you've already tried unticking "Automatically Check for updates" when cancelling the automatic update.

If that is case, you ignore these instructions from Adobe on how to disable Automatic Updates as they just don't seem to work.

Method B:
The first comment (by Overlord) in this post proves to be much more useful than anything else on it.

His instructions? Simply delete the folder "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Updater5". Simple as that, no more annoying updates. I like to be on the safe side and rename rather than delete, and this method seems to have worked quite well so far.

Method C - 1:
This method may seem a bit barbaric for some, so something a bit more "official" could be up your alley. These instructions from Adobe provide a download link to, containing a registry file to simply double click and import. I have not tried this method, so let me know if it works!

Method C - 2:
If for some reason that link no longer works, the contents of the registry file is pasted below.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\7.0\FeatureLockdown]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\7.0\FeatureLockdown]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\FeatureLockdown]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\8.0\FeatureLockdown]

Simply paste it into notepad, save as a "kill automatic updates.reg" and then double click the file. This will kill the automatic update for both Acrobat 7, Acrobat Reader 7, Acrobat 8 and Acrobat Reader 8.

Method C - 3:
The instructions above have been simplified so it'll run in the start menu. Go to the Start menu and click Run, paste the following and click OK.
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\FeatureLockdown" /v bUpdater /d 0 /t REG_DWORD /f
The downside of this is that it will only work for the Adobe Acrobat Reader 8... unless you're a crafty little bugger and can figure out the registry above and what to do with it ;)

Rockman X7 (Korean to English Patch)

I'm just migrating some data from the free webhost address so I can unsubscribe from their stupid spam emails.

11th of February, 2010
- Dr Cossack has been kind enough to upload the patch files to his server and allow me to link to them. Give a big shoutout to him on the forums when you download!

19th of October, 2008
- migrating data off
- reworded a bunch of things
- combined the info and screenshots page into one
- reordered history
- checked some links

11th of June, 2008
- fixed broken link to download text patch v1.1

29th Jan, 2006
- initial release

The translation was done by ripping the PS2 files into the PC version of the game.

The patch setup will overwrite your existing Korean files. I take no responsibility for any damage caused by these patches.

Back up your game before applying these patches.
Don't say I didn't warn you.

Please be sure to select the correct folder upon setup. Otherwise the patch just won't work.

You cannot uninstall the patch unless you backed up the original "data" folder. Simply delete the current one and replace with the original content.

Translated stuff

Minor defects/problems

Half-translated stuff

Download and install the English patches you want.
- Text/Graphics Patch v1.1 (28mb)
- Voice Patch v0.8 (23mb)

- Big thanks to xomegasamaster for uploading the files! Filefront kept deleting my files!
- An even bigger thanks to Dr Cossack for providing stable download links that will remain on the internet forever!

Spanish Patch (by Wesker)
- Text/Graphics Patch (link seems to be dead)

Version History:
Text Patch v1.1
- Included a file to patch the subtitles for the ending movie.

Text Patch v1.0
- Initial release.

Voice Patch v0.8
- Initial release.

Unresolved Issues:
Text Patch

  • Stage Select/Saved Reploids/Stage Options screen show wrong button to change screens. (R1/R2 instead of S and X)
  • When confirming selections, Yes/No is still in Korean.
  • "Game Level" difficulty levels are still in Korean.
  • Random underlining on translated text.
  • Load/Save messages still contain PS2 information.

Voice Patch
  • Voices for bosses are currently unchanged, until someone can help me out with it. (I don't know what the attacks are in Japanese/English).
  • Axl's voice files may be incorrectly ported.
If anyone can help me, please download this file and leave me a message on the forum
After a few years, I guess that link doesnt work anymore. I no longer have a copy of that file on my computer either.

Of course all this stuff is owned by CAPCOM since they made the game.
I just took the time to use the PS2 English files and replaced the Korean files accordingly.

For more information, or any bug reports, please visit the following forums: or

Disable OpenDNS Guides (Automated search)

If you're like me and tend to get lazy with typing the whole URL in your Firefox browser so it just takes you to the first result automatically, you'd notice that OpenDNS has overridden that feature by default.

Instead of letting Firefox take you to the Google search page, it will take you to an OpenDNS Guides page such as

To disable this, open up the OpenDNS dashboard to configure the advanced settings.
Untick everything on this page and it will work, although I believe the main culprit is "Enable OpenDNS proxy".

I still have "Enable stats and logs" enabled, but unsure whether this still works or not.

Disable Optus mobile services (Also works for TPG/Virgin/Soul/etc)

Just signed up for an Optus based carrier, and god-DAMN they've made it hard to set things up.
Optus, why have you become so corporately fat and bloated? =(
Vodafone's website is much easier to navigate looks a whole lot nicer without so many links and stupid terminology with Zoos, animals, misleading service/content names, etc.

No I do NOT want to fucken sign up for your stupid SMS notifications about celebrities or daily jokes!

Why the fuck does "See my mobile bill" take me to a page full of advertising and plans that are NOT MINE!? Does the term "counter-intuitive" ring a bell?

And what the hell is this stupid "Missed Call Service" ?
Does Optus think I'm so stupid that I cannot read the "Missed Call" message on my phone when someone tries to call? Let alone thinking they have to spoonfeed me yet ANOTHER notification via SMS and charging the caller.

No, I dont want my callers to be charged if they cant get through just to leave a stupid SMS notification telling me the number of the person that called. Voicemail was created BEFORE this, and absolutely trumps it in terms of usefulness.

Ok, to start disabling all these useless services (wow, this sounds alot like configuring Windows after you first install it), follow the instructions below for the features you dont want.

Call Redirect:
To disable everything at once, type in ##21# and press the "call" button.
To only disable "no reply" messages, use ##67#, and so on with the pattern ##code#.
To re-enable the options, use **code*.

The codes are defined below.
CodeRedirect typeDescription
21UnconditionalAll calls are diverted
67BusyPhone is in use
61No ReplyPhone 'rings out' not answered
62Not ReachableOut of Coverage area or switched off

Adjust Ringing Time:
To configure the ringing time (in seconds) for "no reply" diversions, call **61*321**XX#.
Values of XX can be any whole number between 5 to 30 which is a multiple of 5.
ie. 5, 10, 15, etc.

Missed Call Services:
Firstly, register your mobile on this ridiculously named website "Optus Zoo" found at

The setup pages are embedded deeply in a number of highly confusing links on the Optus Zoo website, so be careful not to register for shit unknowingly like I did =\

Then go to "My Mobile", then "Set up my mobile" in the left menu.

Click on "Set up missed call service".
The direct links to these configuration sites are

Voicemail Services:
While you're at it, you can disable voicemail services too!
Under the "Set up my mobile" menu, click on "Set up voicemail"

Within the voicemail service setup page, there is also "VoiceMail Call Recall Setup".
Call-Recall is the SMS notification when you get a missed call, something your mobile is already quite capable of doing notifying you of.

Well, 2 days later and I keep getting calls from the Voicemail service telling me to set it up. I just hung up, but for every hour later, it keeps calling me!
The lady at the customer centre gave me some handy advice and told me to call ##002#. Hope that works.

You can also configure your mobile internet here, but the site below does the job much better.

Internet for mobile phones:
These fall under the categories of
  • GPRS
  • WAP
  • email
  • and MMS
Fortunately, there is a nice clean wizard-style site to set this all up, which can be found at

PHP Parse error: syntax error, expecting T_PAAMAYIM_NEKUDOTAYIM

What the hell?

PHP Parse error: syntax error, unexpected ')', expecting T_PAAMAYIM_NEKUDOTAYIM in file.php on line 12345

According to Wikipedia:
Paamayim Nekudotayim is the official name for the Scope Resolution Operator (::) in PHP. It means "twice colon" or "double colon" in Hebrew.
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