Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Irritatated by irrationality on skeptics.se

Here is a famous picture of Richard Dawkins irritated by irrationality:


richard dawkins irritate by irrationality















I have a person known to have a strong heavy and strong basis toward atheism. My account description was once:

You are not a believer. You shall not believe in delusions and superstitions. People are born, they grow old and then they die. That's the world we live in. There's no magic, no mysticism, no immortality, no god, no jesus, no sixth sense, no witchcraft, no omens, no prophecies, no real astrology, no extrasensory perception, no vampires, no angels, no miracles, no ghosts, no psychics, no heaven or hell. The supernatural does not exist nor it will ever will. There is nothing that defies rational thought. You are not a believer. You can't be.

And this is how I lived my life starting the age of 16. I am a skeptical person in my nature; I love scientific skepticism. I fell in love at first sight with skeptics.se. My experience was good and bad at this site.

The site is full of religious people, most of them are respected people with high level of scientific skepticism; I don't mind that at all and I respect every religious people as well as I respect their religion. But I get irritated by irrationality sometimes when they post non-scientific stuff.

One member complained once about Richard Dawkins advertisement, and got it removed from the site:



Another member said vaccines are equal to miracles:

On this post I said that miracle questions should be off-topic:


 Guess which response I got: Vaccines are not different than miracles. I got irritated but remained calm.



And so on...


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How to copy files/folders from a server to another server using SSH

I bought a new server for my programming site ifelse.tv, the server company who was renting me their servers has promised to partition my server in a way I could have 2TB of data storage.  I only had 1TB of data storage. I messaged them and they broke the news, they made a mistake and they need to re-format and repartition the server.



I have had uploaded already 150GB of video files, but I wasn't ready to give them up. I wanted a fast, quick and efficient solution.

The quickest and cheapest solution was to copy the 150GB of video files to another server, then add them back when they fix your server.

Both servers had a 100Mbps unmetered internet. That would make on average 14MB/sec. Not bad for 150GB of content files.

The only question was how to do it? Google helped me find my solution and this is how I did it.

1. Login to the server which has files you need backup via SSH. It doesn't matter if you have root access or not:























2. Execute this command (some changes need to be made):
scp -r --ignore-existing /home/admin/domains/s1.ifelse.tv/public_html/ifelse george@5.199.168.114:/home/george/ifelse


scp (constant): This will copy files from server to server.
 --ignore-existing (contsant): This will sometimes ignore the existing files.
-r (constant): means, recursive, it will copy all subfiles and files inside the folder.
/home/admin/domains/s1.ifelse.tv/public_html/ifelse (variable): The folder or file you need to backup.
george@5.199.168.114 (variable): The destination server. As you see, I didn't enter the root account.

/home/george/ifelse (variable): The destination folder on the other server (make sure you create one). 

3. It will ask for the other server's password, enter it:
4. It will begin copying files:

You should leave it for work, as it might take a lot of time. This works pretty well.

Good luck!
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Saturday, April 25, 2015

My top 10 favorite songs of all the time


Here are my top 10 songs of all the time:

10) Elissa - Ayshalak


Arabic music is not really my thing. But Ayshalak is different, it has Western Influence. Ayshalak, the main song of Elissa's third album "Ayshalak" was a huge commercial success. Elissa, the famous pop-diva in the Middle East, turned song upside down with her beautiful voice. Unforgettable song.

9) Kodaline - All I Want

 
This song was featured by Google; that's how got I to know the song. It had me at the beginning: "All I want is nothing more. To hear you knocking at my door. Cause if I could see your face once more. I could die a happy man I'm sure. When you said your last goodbye."



8) Coldplay - Viva La Vida


Viva La Vida is possibly Coldplay's most successful song ever. Coldplay's wikipedia page is twice larger than Kanye West's entire wikipedia page. The lyrics to the song contain historical and Christian references, and the track is built around a repeating string section in unison with a digital processed piano with a timpani background. This song alone sold 7.1 million copies worldwide and has a grammy award. The song is dope, it has been played everywhere and covered by hundreds of artists.

7) Evanescence - Bring me back to life

Along with Immortal, this song is Goddess, bring me back to life is one the hottest rock songs ever written in history.  It also features guest vocals from Paul McCoy of the band 12 Stones. Wind-up released "Bring Me to Life" in 2003 as the lead single from Evanescence's debut studio album, Fallen. The song delivers genres from alternative metal to rap rock and gothic metal, and is considered a nu metal classic. The band won in the category for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 46th Grammy Awards where the song was also nominated for Best Rock Song.

6) Loreen - My Heart Is Refusing Me

Phenomenal and original song. Amazing underrated song. Did not get the justice it deserves. Well, at least 50 million views were expected in the song. The song peaked to number 9 on the Swedish Singles Chart. She co-wrote the song with Moh Denebi and Björn Djupström.

5) Foxes - Let go for tonight

Let Go for Tonight is a song by English singer and songwriter Foxes from her debut studio album Glorious (2014). The song was released as a digital download in the United Kingdom on 23 February 2014 as the album's second single. It entered the UK Singles Chart at number 7. This is the most underrated song of all the time. It deserved at least 100 million views. The talented singer who dropped out of college for good, was attacked and criticized for not being beautiful. 

4) Hurricane - 30 Seconds to Mars

The song was written by lead vocalist and songwriter Jared Leto and produced by Leto, Flood and Steve Lilywhite. The sexual and controversial music video got banned by MTV.


3) Skillet - Comatose

 
Skillet had it made the song for Jesus, but I people have interpretations for it. Comatose is the seventh full-length album released by the Christian rock band Skillet. Released on October 3, 2006, this album continues their previous album's trend of downplaying the keyboard elements that were prominent in previous releases in favor of more orchestral elements and distorted guitars. Comatose has sold over 500,000 units and has been certified Gold as of November 3, 2009, their first record to do so. On December 6, 2007, the album also received a Grammy Award nomination forBest Rock or Rap Gospel Album. A deluxe edition of Comatose was then released in stores on December 26, 2007 and a live DVD of their headlining tour in support of the record was released in the fall 2008.

2)  Another Love - Tom Odell

British talent. This song is legendary; once I listened to it, my life was never the same. Two years after it has been released, I have listened to the song and once I did, the rest is history. The song peaked at number 10 on the UK Singles Chart; the song also charted in Belgium, Ireland and the Netherlands. It became Odell's first top 10 hit in the UK after it was placed at number 10 in the single chart on 29 June 2013.The song was used in the episode "Do You Remember the First Time?" of season 6 of The CW series The Vampire Diaries.


1) Chandelier - Sia

That was obviously predictable. I already have a blog post for the song chandelier.  It was written by Sia Furler and Jesse Shatkin. For me, Chandelier is the best song ever written in history, better than John Lennon's imagine, better than any Metallica song, better than any Micheal Jackson song, better than any Madonna's song, it is the best song ever in the history of music. The song was supposed to go to Rihanna but it was so personal Sia couldn't give it away because the song appeared to be personal for Sia. In the United States, the single peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Sia's first single to appear on the Hot 100, as well as her first top ten single as a lead artist on the chart, and has sold over 2 million copies in the country. The song received four Grammy nominations for Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, with its video receiving a nomination for Best Music Video at the 57th Grammy Awards. A music video for the song was directed by Sia and Daniel Askill, while it was choreographed by Ryan Heffington. It features Maddie Ziegler performing the choreography. In support of the single and 1000 Forms of Fear, Sia performed "Chandelier" on a number of shows including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Late Night with Seth Meyers and Jimmy Kimmel Live!
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Friday, April 24, 2015

Breaking News: ExoClick Bans Publisher Accounts for No Reason

Whether you are an Advertiser looking for a new source of traffic or a Publisher that is looking to generate more revenue, ExoClick.com is your solution!


This is the moto of ExoClick.com on twitter. 

ExoClick is most of the most successful internet advertisements companies in the world, yet ExoClick is one of the most greedy, unloyal and unethical company I have ever worked with. ExoClick should be sued soon.

After having almost 200$ on my ExoClick account, I couldn't login for no reason:


Note that I have never engaged myself in any click-fraud, ever. 98% of my traffic was organic. And I receive provide 100,000 monthly daily impressions for exoclick.

I have 200$ in my account, I was banned without any reason. Apparently, exoclick bans members without any reason, this not the first time, this is how exoClick works, take a look.

Exoclick bans your account if you send traffic from low-paying countries, yes it is true. Here are the evidence I found online:

Case 1: Exoclick banned this user's account because "the clicks aren't worth much".


Case 2: Banning without reason

Case 3: Banning without reason


And so on...

Exoclick should be avoided and not used. 
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The most efficient way to delete all rows of a table in phpmyadmin

The most efficient way to delete all rows from phpmyadmin or from the mysql command line is obviously using Empty the table (TRUNCATE) from phpmyadmin (or the command TRUNCATE).


If you attempt to delete all rows using normal mysql queries, your database is more likely going to freeze and the server might crash also from memory outage.

The "Delete data or table" box can be found from the "Operations" tab. Make sure you select TRUNCATE to delete all the rows. Using DROP will get rid of the table itself, which is a rare thing to do.
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The best way to redirect a page using php

There are possibly 101 ways to redirect a page from a php script, but mostly and most importantly there is one famous method which is the most efficient, the fastest and the safest solution which is:



<?php
header("Location: http://example.com/myOtherPage.php");

die();
?>

That's it, you only have to change the url in the code into the url you would like to redirect to.

You also need to make sure that you don't echo any variables before you do the redirect, otherwise you will get an error. 

For more detailed information, check this answer on StackOverflow.com/
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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Tom Odell - Long Way Down [Review]

I am known to be a music addict, who listens to almost any type of music, I get attached to some albums and I hate some other albums. But there are some albums which leave a trace in my heart, they mark their existence, those albums are legendary for me and I would never forget them.


Among those albums there is this album by Tom Odell called Long Way Down. Odell composed all the songs, he's one of the greatest musicians and songwriters I have ever known. This indie pop album is legendary, unique, soft and professional. It just shows how genuine Tom Odell is.

I will review the album song by song.

Track 1: Grow Old With Me
This song has already its wikipedia page. It is very romantic, starting with: "I can feel you breathing, with your hair on my skin, as we lie here within the night." It has been criticized for having a sexual context when he said "Make me hard, make me cum". Obviously, this is a song about being in love with someone and having a good relationship.

Track 2: Hold Me

"Hold Me" was written by Francis Anthony Eg White, Tom Odell. It is a great track, it has its own music video here. This song is also happy; it is about Tom being genuinely in love with someone, his vocals explode in this song especially at this part: "When you hold me, hold me in your arms, oh when you hold me, I can feel your heart, oh when you hold me, when you hold me in your arms, oh when you hold me, yeah I can feel your heart beating".

Track 3: Another Love
My favorite song in the album. This is main, most famous and successful track of this album. Another Love is a piece of art, a song which I would never forget. It is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. If I want to list in a list of one of my favorite songs of all the time, it would be among the top 5. It has been covered thousands of times, and sang into more than 10 music competitions.  Unlike the first two songs, it is a sad song featuring an angelic voice with a broken heart. It has been featured on the Vampire Diaries. In the song, he talks about feeling love for one of his past partners, and how he can't feel about anything anymore for his current love, "another love, all my tears have been used up on another love, another love, all my tears have been used". you".


Track 4: I know
Great song, in this one his partner has dumped him making it ‘all over’, however in the verses he is still romanticising their relationship and the joy he found in the partner. Tom is portraying the present and the past: highlighting the contradiction between the two. He goes on saying "I know that you told, I know that it's all over, and I know I can't keep calling, that everytime I can keep on falling on you".

Track 5: Sense
This is a very calm and low song, being the longest track in the album, at a length of 4 minutes and 25 seconds.

Track 6: Can't Pretend
Good song also. Tom says "Love, I have wounds, only you can mend, you can mend. I guess that's love, I can't pretend, I can't pretend."

Track 7: Till I Lost
My fourth favorite song in the album. Tom jumps from a low song to very high and energetic song, full of life and energy. It makes you reach a level of chills when he says "But ohhhhhhhhhhhh, I didn't see the sea until I crossed, ohhhhhhhhh, and I didn't feel your love until I lost". Of course, he means that he didn't appreciate his love until he have moved on just as I have ignored many things along the way that were precious and beautiful. It is a very euphoric, and hot song!

Track 8: Supposed to Be
Odell goes to being calm again. I've got to admit this is my least favorite of this album. In the song, he's reminiscing the memories he had with a girl, saying it was always supposed to be like that and nothing could change.

Track 9: Long Way Down
Amazing song also. It is the title track of Tom Odell's debut album. He's begging his partner not to leave, "It's a long way down, you know it's a long way down, feels like a long way down, love it feels like a long way down, so honey don't leave, don't leave, please don't leave me now".

Track 10: Sirens
Euphoric song too. Odell is hearing only Sirens. The hook goes here "Or we'll be, all run run running away, we'll be, all run run running away, all run run running away, when sirens they come our way". This song did not get the justice it deserves as far as I am concerned.  He wants to run away with his love obviously in this song.


Track 11: I Think It's Going To Rain Today
Odell goes back to being calm again. This song plays only on piano. This is a very sad and depressive song by Tom, he says in it "Lonely, lonely, tin can at my feet, think I'll kick it down the street, that's the way to treat a friend, bright before me the signs implore me, to help the needy and show them the way, human kindness is overflowing, and I think it's going to rain today".

Track 12: Storm
My second favorite song of the album, I have overdosed on it and listened to it more than 1,000 times at least. Three minutes and 9 seconds of pure euphoria and unique melody, something you have never listened to before.  After "I need one of these storms, One of these storms, One of these storms, To wash me clean". Really great track.

Track 13: Heal
Tom Odell's heal is my third favorite song of this album. When I feel low I listen to it, it is very romantic, calm and sad. It has been featured at the end of the movie If I Stay, where the song left everyone with tears.

And that's my review for Tom Odell's Long Way Down. One should really buy a physical version of the album instead of downloading tracks online, because the album had inside a text books of lyrics of songs written by Tom:
What a great album.
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