Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Medicaid & bad decisions...

As of 9/11/2018, Medicaid has entirely screwed me over with my disability benefits & I'm not entirely certain I'll be able to recover from it this time (this is the 4th or 5th year in a row now)...  Any gaming (much less streaming) time I may get is going to be extremely limited, I'm going to have to focus on trying to get this resolved (if I can, although this is looking doubtful).  It is possible I may even disappear for a while, if not entirely (might see me in the obituaries if it goes as far as I think it's going to).  I will give an update when I can, I'm praying it can be corrected & not be a continuing matter every single year Medicaid decides to do a review, but I have little hope in seeing a positive outcome at this point.

I was intending on doing a birthday stream on the 14th & a pizza party on the 15th with bonus Papa points I had accumulated over the last month, I don't think I'm going to be mentally stable enough with this death sentence Medicaid has hit me with & I know for certain I can't afford a $490 per month spendown (the increase in monthly income after Social Security corrected the matter isn't even $400) to continue receiving medical insurance, so my hopes of getting a positive outcome is currently slim to none, I can't even predict where this is going currently...

UPDATE:  A decision has been made on how to tackle this matter, but it's still in the air as to what's going to happen & what still needs to be done if I'm going to have any medical coverage at all (as well as how Medicaid is going to retaliate when they realize their spendown is not going to be paid).  We're still working out the details to attempt to get things finalized before next month when I will no longer have Medicaid coverage, full details regarding our decision in response to Medicaid's decision can be found at http://www.wondergamer.net/disability/00010.htm.

UPDATE:  As was to be expected, Medicaid is still under the impression that I'm living with somebody & not paying my full expenses, the result is that they keep cutting my programs & expecting me to pay spendowns/premiums to continue receiving medical insurance (doesn't seem to matter that this was corrected 2 or 3 years in a row before the last screwup of this belief, which has been an ongoing issue since December of 2016).

As was already expected, this matter is going to continue sapping my time I could be doing stuff I want or allowing me time to focus myself & de-stress from the constant bullshit they keep throwing in my file, it's not like I really need to even mention that it's going to continue accruing debt that I'll have to pay back when I'm able to & not be able to afford what I need to even continue living...

Full details regarding this most recent update can be found at http://www.wondergamer.net/disability/00011.htm.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Let's discuss self-promotion

Self-promotion is a means where a user joins a channel & attempts to get them to come to their own through advertisements, sometimes using bonuses for new visitors or followers (sometimes bogus, sometimes real).  While this may be a real problem on various sites such as Twitch or YouTube, you have to look at how much can be said before it actually hits the point of self-promotion.

I for one have no problem pointing out certain details about their channels, provided they aren't outright attempting to get my viewers to go to theirs.  To give a few examples, a few channels that I used to go regularly to (regularly enough that I had follows & auto-hosts on them) or even was new to made these accusations, the irony about it was that the auto-hosts (or manual hosts, if I chose to do so) was basically promoting their channels through my own when whatever was said that they felt they had enough detail (however minor that detail may have been) to call me on what they believed to be self-promotion.

To give a few examples:
  • I pointed out that I had some videos of people griefing in games, for use in reports against them or just to get the word out on who they were with video proof of the situation.
  • I made it a point to say I would leave the host on their channel going on my own until I got my own stream up (the irony in this one is they already know they are being hosted & it's in the same sentence where they are already getting promoted on my channel; despite it being in the same sentence, they call you on self-promoting).
  • The channel is getting trolled, the streamer is detailing the rules of their channel & I back up their statements stating the rules on my channel are the same (or at least similar), apparently enough for them to warn you that you're self-promoting where the purpose was backing them up...

I don't know about you, but saying something minimal about your own channel shouldn't be considered as self-promotion & it only makes me wonder how much they run into problems with others self-promoting on their channels to make that much of a hair-trigger conclusion that you're only in their channel for no good (even if it's a channel I've been to many times before).  It's these types of allegations that have had me end a host I had put on their channel prior or remove an auto-host I may have had on them for some time.  Streamers may be able to run their channels as they see fit, but is it worth the negative publicity & loss of potential income if they make the wrong decision?  This is something streamers need to ask themselves before they allow a hair-trigger shotgun misfire on actual viewers that made no mistake other than attempting to speak in chat on those channels to begin with.

My channel bans owners (and sometimes moderators) of those channels when they decide to make such faulty decisions (sometimes with an article being written to my personal site), sometimes including followers of those channels if they are coming to my channel to harass me while I'm streaming (these are extreme situations, I've done this with 2 streamers & their followers coming to my channel in the past); while that might not mean much to larger channels, those that don't have the option to receive donations over Twitch itself (or have a decent income to purchase new games themselves), it does cut them out from being able to accumulate points that can be used to purchase new games with those points (not having to spend actual money or getting them a discount if they want to cover the rest of the points in tips), so those who actually see this (particularly those with smaller channels; I'm sure larger channels don't need this benefit with the income they may be gaining from Twitch simply for streaming, so it won't matter if they get banned or not) need to consider the consequences of their hair-trigger actions, start thinking it out & looking at the full picture.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Illness & YouTube attacks

Seems I may have caught something, this is draining my energy to be able to continue streaming.  I will still stream when I can, but there's no guarantee I'll be doing it as often as I have been if I don't even have the energy to get out of bed...  It appears I may be missing some Fortnite dailies because of this also, this is perhaps the one thing that keeps me running the game every 1 to 3 days, but I can't let my health go to shit because I don't want to have a cutoff on gaining new dailies, I'll just have to take my losses...

Aside from that, I'm currently having an issue on YouTube (again).  Seems somebody actually succeeded in hitting the channel with a false report that YouTube accepted, the result is I have a 3 month strike against it, which lead to this review (5th one on YouTube already, none of them positive) being written in response to it.  New videos & comment moderation has been put on hold on my YouTube channel until the strike period is over; that means if the appeal isn't accepted, the YouTube channel will be getting no further videos or user comments going public (unless a user is on the whitelist) until at least 11/21/2018...  The video that was removed was re-uploaded to the same domain the review was written on regardless & I was able to pull the description from the linked video on my Steam account, so it's still accessible through my personal site, however it's expected there may be more strikes getting piled on top of this one (this video was back from 2014 when I still played Destiny, I expect whoever is responsible will find more videos to complain about; we already know that iBreezyy is organizing attacks against my channels through his & it's expected his actions are to blame for what I received today, these details were including in the appeal when filed with YouTube, including the information regarding the police report, something that has already been reported to Twitch, but I didn't have the ability to file against him on YouTube until now).

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

StreamElements added to channel

I have now added StreamElements to my channel, primarily as a bot for moderation against those who keep breaking the rules in chat, however I have left a few of the statistical commands functional.  Currently I don't have a system for use of the points, perhaps in the future I might use them for game key giveaways (still have a number of them sitting in a TXT file for Steam, as well as a couple on Uplay).

For those who have proven they can be decent in the channel, I've added them to a list to make it so auto-moderation won't be as strict on them, however abusive language or discrimination will hit even moderators (if I ever add any beyond StreamElements), that restriction will not be removed even from subscribers (via Patreon).

I haven't set up a tip option yet, however I will probably do this as soon as I get a chance; currently the only method to donate is on Patreon & this is recurring (meaning it's a monthly donation until you cancel).

EDIT:  I've decided to set up a shop where people who have enough points on my channel can redeem them towards perks, currently this is in the form of activation keys I have had sitting around for a while (a few of them may have expired, let me know if you run into problems after activating them).  The easiest way to gain points is to donate, donations will award points equal to 100 points per dollar donated; subscribing at the minimum on Patreon to gain access to the giveaway list (giveaways I've dug up on the web that you can grab yourself), you'd be getting 500 points per month (in addition to viewer, follower & hosting points).  Note that the activation keys have a cooldown of a week, so if you're going to get one, make sure you get the one of most interest first; the cooldown is to make sure that everybody gets a chance to get a key & it's not limited to just one person with a ton of points.  I have issued points to a number of people on my long-time friend/viewer lists, as well as those who have been hosting/auto-hosting my channel.

Friday, June 22, 2018

June 22, 2018 DDoS attack

Once again this channel has become the victim of DDoS attacks by iBreezyy, I decided seeing as this is apparently going to be a regular situation, I wouldn't be ending the stream when getting hit with them anymore, I would let them continue to gather statistics from the attacks & allow a build of videos to be uploaded to YouTube every time they affected the stream (they may kill the streams or making them unviewable, but the severity is not enough to disconnect me from online games, only cause some lag), every stream & video ends up being used as evidence regarding the attacks & linked to the regularly updated article regarding the attacks started back in February when I first had the misfortune of getting griefed by this individual in Fortnite (it's continued since then after the video of that griefing was published online).  There was at least 13 disconnects from Twitch servers during this attack (I can't say for certain because I lost track, could have been over 15).

I contacted my ISP tonight while the stream was still running, attempting to trace the source of the attacks so an internet crimes report could be filed against him, through subpoena against Twitch if necessary (this seems to be the only time that Twitch actually listens to reports I file against users, when they realize I have gotten the law involved).  I was disconnected from the representative several times during the call, due to the fact that it's a VOIP phone line, so the DDoS attacks on the modem was also disconnecting the phone.  I pointed out the drops in connection only happen when I'm doing a Twitch stream, which gives good motive of being iBreezyy doing it to interrupt my streams, a legal adviser I spoke to about this agreed with me, but stated I still needed more evidence to have a subpoena issued for his arrest, this is why I left the stream going when I contacted my ISP, so they could get the IP address of where the attacks were coming from.  After rebooting my modem & having to call back to get a second representative (the first one stopped attempting to call back after all the disconnects), they stated they are sending a technician in the morning, this may result in a new modem, meaning a new IP address well.  He also stated there would be about a $30 credit issued towards my bill due to the connection problems.

The next call I make will be to my local police, along with a complaint to ic3.gov, where the next complaint to Twitch will include a case number, officer's name & district of police, as it did back when I was getting death threats from PSN user EPICMINECRAFT25 (he disappeared between a week or 2 after that, a subpoena was issued for his personal information after that report was filed; I can't say for certain where it went, I suggested the subpoena be filed against PSN, it may have been filed against Twitch due to the fact this is where the death threats were being made).  Once the law is involved, iBreezyy will be guaranteed to have his Twitch acocunt perma-banned, however he should be more concerned about jail time when it gets to that point; he many be laughing at the idea that he could spend time in jail for it, but I know it to be a fact, a 16 year old was sentenced to 2 years after doing the same thing.

It was determined that due to the fact I had the wrong audio device selected when I started this stream (resulting in no game audio in the stream or recorded videos), I would not be uploading the videos showing results of what happened during the DDoS attack, this will be different when the streams are properly getting audio however.

As has been stated before, full details on the vendetta from iBreezyy can be found here.

UPDATE:  Xfinity Technician came by, determined there was no problem with the lines, showing him the video stuttering in the Past Broadcasts on Twitch (the 5 orphaned videos after the first disconnect) was enough to warrant getting a new modem without question (probably would have had issues proving that otherwise, as the connection was good this many hours after the DDoS attack, it wouldn't be bad until I attempted to stream again).  He gave me his supervisors number in case I have further issues with this problem even after the modem replacement, he thinks it could be a matter on the neighborhood node or the main hub if not the modem; I'm pretty certain it's just iBreezyy getting somebody to DDoS the modem because he's pestered a hornets nest (harassed my channel for over 4 months in retaliation to the video of him griefing on 2/19/2018) & he don't like the results of his actions, so he's resorting to illegal actions to continue his vendetta with a facade on his own channel & through false reports (by himself & others he has doing it for him) he thinks is going to work in his favor.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Broken PS3 Twitch app (part 2)

Considering contacting Twitch over their Facebook page & through their email support STILL has no effect on the functionality of the PlayStation 3 Twitch app, I've decided it was time to try contacting PlayStation to see if they could do something to have Twitch fix their app, otherwise it needs to be removed from the PSN store if the only thing it does successfully is wastes space on the your PS3...  Of course PlayStation was either late on the reply or doesn't intend on replying (there's still the thread I created on the PlayStation.com Support Forums, I'll be either sending them an email or calling them in the next week if no response is given), giving enough time for some trolls to start having their way with the comment regarding the broken app (completely ignoring the second point, being that it should be removed from the PSN store if it's not going to be fixed).  The trolling replies to this post pushed the priority that I get the second video recorded & published (showing that the app no longer is capable of even streaming a channel, even after sitting there loading for over 5 minutes), this video can be found at https://youtu.be/02j-SGpt3JI (as well as embedded below), which has also been added to a playlist that now had 2 videos in it showing how this app is broken.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

June 19, 2018 DDoS attack

Another stream ended early due to yet another DDoS attack, again suspected to committed by iBreezyy or somebody he knows (this second attack happened only hours after pushing an update to the page regarding attacks from him & his crew of internet thugs).  A new video of what could be seen on my side will be added once I'm done processing & uploading it to YouTube from the local recording (exporting from Twitch really isn't an option in this case):

This screenshot shows stats in OBS at the end of the stream, including duration of video (local, although it's how long the stream should have been if not for intentional denial of service attacks), how many & what percentage of dropped frames there were (since the last disconnect, there was 1 total) & the upload bitrate at the end of the stream (which pretty well shows the ability to stream never recovered, just like the ending attack on June 16, 2018):
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The frequency of these attacks told me this was going to become a pretty regular issue, so I decided it was time to add every video regarding these DDoS attacks (including others that I'm certain are going to happen in the future) to a playlist, which is being used to embed videos displaying results of DDoS attacks on the page regarding the attacks from this individual.  Additional details (such as OBS statistics at the end of the stream/recording) can be found in the description of each video.