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  • Yet another Photobucket stunt

    I've been systematically going back through the archives - lots of good stuff. In earlier times most of the pics were hosted on Photobucket, and since their fiasco last year the pics have had a large, intrusive watermark. Still, often I could see most of the pic behind the watermark.

    New stunt now: for the last couple of days all the pics have been very out-of-focus. Nope, it's not me or my computer, the pics are OOF but the watermark is nice and sharp.

    Here's an example: http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/thr...594#post530594

    Wonder what they're up to - is this finally the end of PB? It'd be sad to see all those old threads with no pics.

    -js
    There are no stupid questions. But there are lots of stupid answers. This is the internet.

  • #2
    Pics are in focus for me and I can't see any watermark.

    Edit to add: I either see the pics or absolutely nothing, just a blank space.
    Last edited by Arcane; 09-10-2019, 07:08 PM.

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    • #3
      The ones with a watermark are fuzzed out. What a shame.

      Dan
      At the end of the project, there is a profound difference between spare parts and extra parts.

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      • #4
        If you search through the user's album you can find a clear non-watermarked image:



        But PukeBucket will probably find another way to punish those who refuse to pay for their extortion. If you value the content of your own posts, please immunize them against PB's wrath by rehosting the photos elsewhere, or archiving the post as a PDF or screenshot JPG/PNG.

        [edit] It showed up clear when I first posted it, but got blurred when I refreshed the page,

        <img data-link="src{:thumbUrl} alt{:alt}" src="https://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/jstanley/tilttable1.jpg?width=200&amp;height=200&amp;crop=1 :1,smart" alt=" photo tilttable1.jpg">

        Screenshot of thumbnail


        https://photobucket.com/gallery/user...ZXMuanBn/?ref=

        The link above is what seems to provide a clear image:



        I opened the gallery using a private window in Firefox and I was able to get this clear screenshot:

        Last edited by PStechPaul; 09-10-2019, 08:42 PM. Reason: image info, screenshots
        http://pauleschoen.com/pix/PM08_P76_P54.png

        Paul: www.peschoen.com
        P S Technology, Inc. www.pstech-inc.com
        and Muttley www.muttleydog.com

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        • #5
          It's just photobucket's way of trying to extort money out of their "free" service users.

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          • #6
            And now you know why we all replaced the b in their name with an f...

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            • #7
              Weird. Dont get me wrong, hate PB but all the pics are fine with no watermark. JR
              My old yahoo group. Bridgeport Mill Group

              https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/...port_mill/info

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              • #8
                Originally posted by JRouche View Post
                Weird. Dont get me wrong, hate PB but all the pics are fine with no watermark. JR
                Hmmm. Well, I know little about modern internet stuff, but I suspect that PB has multiple servers and is installing the change one at a time. Try tomorrow, will you?

                -js
                There are no stupid questions. But there are lots of stupid answers. This is the internet.

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                • #9
                  It almost seems like PB is somehow identifying the source of the HTTP request, and serving up the transmogrified image accordingly. Perhaps it is attempting to obscure the images for anyone who is not a current paid-up subscriber?

                  BTW, the PB album's user name is jstanley, while the posts are Jerry Tiers. Haven't heard from him in a long time. Did he get PO'd at somebody here?
                  http://pauleschoen.com/pix/PM08_P76_P54.png

                  Paul: www.peschoen.com
                  P S Technology, Inc. www.pstech-inc.com
                  and Muttley www.muttleydog.com

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                  • #10
                    They are placing it on accounts that consume (via linking to the likes of this site) for than 25 mbits each month. I've has a few nasty grams telling me to subscribe at $4.95 per month or they'll fuzz me. They probably have.
                    Last edited by lakeside53; 09-10-2019, 09:53 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by elf View Post
                      It's just photobucket's way of trying to extort money out of their "free" service users.
                      I call it the "Crack Dealer" business model.Give it away at first,then start charging once people are addicted. Doesn't really work with non-narcotic stuff though,as evidenced by PB's rapid decline.
                      I just need one more tool,just one!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Jim Stewart View Post
                        Hmmm. Well, I know little about modern internet stuff, but I suspect that PB has multiple servers and is installing the change one at a time. Try tomorrow, will you?

                        -js
                        Will do. JR
                        My old yahoo group. Bridgeport Mill Group

                        https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/...port_mill/info

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                        • #13
                          I just took a look at the shop made tools thread and all the pics are blurry. If they spent half as much time trying to make their site a better site as they do trying to extort money out of their users they would probably be ahead of the game.

                          Brian
                          OPEN EYES, OPEN EARS, OPEN MIND

                          THINK HARDER

                          BETTER TO HAVE TOOLS YOU DON'T NEED THAN TO NEED TOOLS YOU DON'T HAVE

                          MY NAME IS BRIAN AND I AM A TOOLOHOLIC

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                          • #14
                            fuzzy picture, clear watermark on Firefox

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Jim Stewart View Post
                              Hmmm. Well, I know little about modern internet stuff, but I suspect that PB has multiple servers and is installing the change one at a time. Try tomorrow, will you?

                              -js
                              Ok. It is still good to go on this computer. Old XP machine running firefox ESR 52.

                              Curious I tried it on my new computer. Watermark and fuzzy. Also firefox but newer. JR
                              My old yahoo group. Bridgeport Mill Group

                              https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/...port_mill/info

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