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Privacy Statement for the #!/usr/bin/geek Web Site

      Your privacy is important, so we'd like to explain what information we collect when you visit #!/usr/bin/geek, why we collect it and how it is used. We'd also like to explain your options to access and control your information, our data security practices and other matters. This Policy is governed by our Conditions of Use.

Special Note About Children

      This Web Site is not intended for children, especially kids under 13. Children may use this Web Site only with the direct supervision of their parent.

      We do not seek to collect personal information about children under 13 years of age through this web site. If we discover such information, we will delete it. Thus, we typically retain no information about children. However, if a parent requests a review of information we may have on their child and in the unlikely event we still retain such information and haven't deleted it, then we will honor that request. In order to request a review or deletion of personal information that #!/usr/bin/geek may have collected about your child, please email or write:
           usrbingeek LLC
           150 Dorset St. Suite 305
           South Burlington, VT 05403

      When you communicate with #!/usr/bin/geek, we make every effort to ensure your privacy and safety. As an added precaution, however, we still encourage parents to monitor their child's use of the Internet, and to help us protect their privacy by reminding them never to exchange personal information with this or any other web site without the assistance or express written permission of a parent or other responsible adult.

What Information Do We Collect From You? Why?

We May Profile You Individually.

      We may build a profile of your online habits, interests and activities when you use our Web Site. This profile is linked to your personal identity. We compile individual profiles from "real world" contact information (e.g., street address, phone/fax), email addresses, data relating to a specific purchase, information about user PCs (e.g., IP address or browser type), data showing usage of interactive features (e.g., search engine queries), demographic information (e.g., gender, marital status, age, income, job), the personal preferences of users (i.e., favorite color, music, books), user content (e.g., message board postings), and we use these profiles for the purposes described below (please scroll down to each topic for details).

We May Collect Information Needed to Contact You Later:

      If we collect personal contact information (as described below), you may later have us modify or remove it from our system, but you may not access the information yourself.

  • We May Collect Your Name, Address and Phone Number.
          When you use our Web Site, we may request your name, street address, telephone number or other "real world" contact information. This information may reveal your identity or be linked to you personally. We use this information to complete and support the immediate activity requested, administer and run the Web Site, customize and personalize content to your request, improve the Web Site for everyone, tailor an instant offer to you during your visit, build a profile of your habits, interests or activities to treat you as an individual, build individual profiles for ongoing research, analysis and reporting, comply with laws requiring preservation of social histories, and to comply with any requirements of law. This information may be aggregated with similar data in a manner that does not reveal your personal identity and may be disclosed only to our staff and to our immediate agents who are contracted to keep information they receive as part of their assistance to #!/usr/bin/geek confidential.

  • We May Collect Your Email Address.
          We may request your email address or other information needed to contact you online. This information may reveal who you are or be linked to you personally. We use it to complete and support the immediate activity requested, administer and run the Web Site, customize and personalize content to your request, improve the Web Site for everyone, tailor an instant offer to you during your visit, build a profile of your habits, interests or activities to treat you as an individual, build individual profiles for ongoing research, analysis and reporting, comply with laws requiring preservation of social histories, and to comply with any requirements of law. This information may be aggregated with similar data in a manner that does not reveal your personal identity and may be disclosed only to our staff and to our immediate agents who are contracted to keep information they receive as part of their assistance to #!/usr/bin/geek confidential.

We May Collect Other Kinds of Information from You:

      When you use our Web Site, we may collect personal information about you described below. You may later have us modify or remove the information, but you may not access the information yourself.

  • We May Collect Purchase Information.
          We may collect information resulting from a specific purchase you make, such as payment method and credit card numbers, associated with your personal identity. We use this information to complete and support the immediate activity requested, administer and run the Web Site, customize and personalize content to your request, improve the Web Site for everyone, tailor an instant offer to you during your visit, build a profile of your habits, interests or activities to treat you as an individual, build individual profiles for ongoing research, analysis and reporting, comply with laws requiring preservation of social histories, and to comply with any requirements of law. This information may be aggregated with similar data in a manner that does not reveal your personal identity and may be disclosed only to our staff and to our immediate agents who are contracted to keep information they receive as part of their assistance to #!/usr/bin/geek confidential.

  • We May Collect Information About Your Computer.
          When you visit our Web Site, we may automatically collect information about your computer configuration, such as your browser type, operating system, IP address or ISP domain name. In some cases, this information may reveal your identity or be linked to you personally. We use this information to complete and support the immediate activity requested, administer and run the Web Site, customize and personalize content to your request, improve the Web Site for everyone, tailor an instant offer to you during your visit, build a profile of your habits, interests or activities to treat you as an individual, build individual profiles for ongoing research, analysis and reporting, comply with laws requiring preservation of social histories, and to comply with any requirements of law. This information may be aggregated with similar data in a manner that does not reveal your personal identity and may be disclosed only to our staff, immediate agents, and to our partners and affiliates who are contracted to keep information they receive as part of their assistance to #!/usr/bin/geek confidential.

  • We May Collect Interactive Data.
          You may decide to input data while using certain interactive features at our Web Site, such as queries submitted to a search engine, bids placed at auction, purchases initiated at the Web Site and so forth. This information may reveal your identity or be linked to you personally. We use this information to complete and support the immediate activity requested, administer and run the Web Site, customize and personalize content to your request, improve the Web Site for everyone, tailor an instant offer to you during your visit, build a profile of your habits, interests or activities to treat you as an individual, build individual profiles for ongoing research, analysis and reporting, comply with laws requiring preservation of social histories, and to comply with any requirements of law. This information may be aggregated with similar data in a manner that does not reveal your personal identity and may be disclosed only to our staff, immediate agents, and to our partners and affiliates who are contracted to keep information they receive as part of their assistance to #!/usr/bin/geek confidential.

  • We May Collect Demographic Data About You.
          We may collect information about your demographic or social characteristics, such as gender, age and income level. This information may reveal your identity or be linked to you personally. We use this information to complete and support the immediate activity requested, administer and run the Web Site, customize and personalize content to your request, improve the Web Site for everyone, tailor an instant offer to you during your visit, build a profile of your habits, interests or activities to treat you as an individual, build individual profiles for ongoing research, analysis and reporting, comply with laws requiring preservation of social histories, and to comply with any requirements of law. This information may be aggregated with similar data in a manner that does not reveal your personal identity and may be disclosed only to our staff, immediate agents, and to our partners and affiliates who are contracted to keep information they receive as part of their assistance to #!/usr/bin/geek confidential.

  • We May Keep Note of Your Personal Preferences.
          We may gather information concerning your personal likes and dislikes, such as your favorite color, taste in music, books or other Web Site content. This information may reveal your identity or be linked to you personally. We use this information to complete and support the immediate activity requested, administer and run the Web Site, customize and personalize content to your request, improve the Web Site for everyone, tailor an instant offer to you during your visit, build a profile of your habits, interests or activities to treat you as an individual, build individual profiles for ongoing research, analysis and reporting, comply with laws requiring preservation of social histories, and to comply with any requirements of law. This information may be aggregated with similar data in a manner that does not reveal your personal identity and may be disclosed only to our staff, immediate agents, and to our partners and affiliates who are contracted to keep information they receive as part of their assistance to #!/usr/bin/geek confidential.

  • We May Collect Your Online Postings and Content.
          Certain features of our Web Site may allow you to contribute content, such as message board postings, email messages, and the like. By its nature, this information may reveal your identity or be linked to you personally. We use this information to complete and support the immediate activity requested, administer and run the Web Site, customize and personalize content to your request, improve the Web Site for everyone, tailor an instant offer to you during your visit, build a profile of your habits, interests or activities to treat you as an individual, build individual profiles for ongoing research, analysis and reporting, comply with laws requiring preservation of social histories, and to comply with any requirements of law. This information may be aggregated with similar data in a manner that does not reveal your personal identity and may be disclosed only to our staff, immediate agents, and to our partners and affiliates who are contracted to keep information they receive as part of their assistance to #!/usr/bin/geek confidential.

          We do not monitor or gather information from queries (private messages) or private/secret channels on the IRC Network. We may monitor public channels for content but we do not collect or gather information about our users. We will not install or use modules or modify our IRCd or Services to allow our staff to spy on queries (private messages) or private/secret channels. In addition our staff will not enter channels secretly to view or log any private communications.

Outside Sources and Web Sites

      #!/usr/bin/geek contains hyperlinks to other web sites. #!/usr/bin/geek is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such web sites and companies.

      #!/usr/bin/geek may have entered into partnership and affiliation agreements with other web sites and companies. We may share aggregate information with our partners and affiliates as disclosed above. We may also transfer visitors to these web sites to provide certain features. #!/usr/bin/geek is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of these partners and affiliates web sites.

      Beware that some of these partners and affiliates may utilize a design that incorporates and utilizes a virtually identical copy of #!/usr/bin/geek's graphics and layout so it may appear that you are still on the #!/usr/bin/geek web site if you didn't notice the different domain name in the browser's address bar. These partners and affiliates may collect information from you. Before collecting personally identifying information from you our partners and affiliates' web sites that utilize this design will disclose that you are no longer on #!/usr/bin/geek and that the web site is not subject to #!/usr/bin/geek's privacy policy.

      We may use outside companies to display advertisements on our web site. These ads may contain cookies and/or web beacons to collect data in the ad serving process. Some of these ads maybe loaded off of these companies' servers. While we use cookies in other parts of our Web site, cookies and/or web beacons received with banner ads are collected by our ad companies, and we do not have access to this information.

Third-party Advertising Disclosures.

      #!/usr/bin/geek uses third-party advertising companies to serve some ads when you visit #!/usr/bin/geek. These companies may use information about your visits to #!/usr/bin/geek and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, click here.

Additionally, Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve some ads on #!/usr/bin/geek. Google's use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to #!/usr/bin/geek users based on their visit to #!/usr/bin/geek and other sites on the Internet. You may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy.

Certain Exceptional Disclosures and Compelled Disclosure

      We may disclose your information if necessary to protect our legal rights or if we are required by law to disclose the information that you have submitted, we will attempt to provide you with notice (unless we are prohibited) that a request for your information has been made in order to give you an opportunity to object to the disclosure. We will attempt to provide this notice by email, if you have given us an email address, or by postal mail if you have entered a postal address. If you do not challenge the disclosure request, we may be legally required to turn over your information.

What Are Cookies? Why Do We Use Them?

      Cookies are small files stored by your browser in your computer when you visit our Web Site. We use cookies to improve our Web Site and make it easier to use. Cookies permit us to recognize users and avoid repetitive requests for the same information. We mostly use "session cookies" that are automatically deleted after each visit. Cookies from our Web Site can't be read by other web sites. Most browsers will accept cookies until you change browser settings to refuse them.

How Do We Protect Information We Collect?

      We offer secure web pages to collect certain kinds of user information and we store certain kinds of data in encrypted form. We follow reasonable technical and management practices to help protect the confidentiality, security and integrity of data stored on our system. While no computer system is completely secure, we believe the measures implemented by our Web Site reduce the likelihood of security problems to a level appropriate to the type of data involved.

How Long Do We Keep User Information?

      We generally keep user data on our server or in our archives for as long as we reasonably need it. We may alter this practice according to changing requirements. For example, we may delete some data if needed to free up storage space. We may keep other data for longer periods if the law requires it. In addition, information posted in a public forum could stay in the public domain indefinitely.

      Data management requests are administered in an orderly manner to the extent feasible and within our direct control. Note: we have greater control over recently collected data than for archived data. Once data is removed from the system and archived, it may not be feasible to accommodate specific requests. In those cases, our general data retention policy applies.

Your Consent To This Policy

      By using our Web Site, you agree to this Policy. Our Terms of Service take precedence over any conflicting Policy provision.

Legal Disclaimer

      This Web Site operates AS-IS and AS-AVAILABLE, without liability of any kind. We are not responsible for events beyond our direct control. This Policy is governed by Vermont law, excluding conflicts of law principles. Any legal actions against us must be commenced in Vermont within one year after the claim arose, or be barred.

If You Have A Privacy Question

      If you have a privacy question about our Web Site, please email or write:
           usrbingeek LLC
           150 Dorset St. Suite 305
           South Burlington, VT 05403



Conditions of Use for #!/usr/bin/geek

Access and Availability of Service and Links

      #!/usr/bin/geek contains links to other related World Wide Web Internet sites, resources and sponsors of #!/usr/bin/geek. Since #!/usr/bin/geek is not responsible for the availability of these outside resources or their contents, User should direct any concerns regarding any external link to its web site administrator or Webmaster.

Interactive Areas

      User shall not upload to, or distribute or otherwise publish through the web site any Content which is libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, abusive or otherwise violates any law.

      Our interactive areas which include but are not limited to IRC Channels, Guestbooks, Message Boards, Chatrooms, Surveys, and Polls shall be used only in a noncommercial manner. User shall not, without the express approval of #!/usr/bin/geek, distribute or otherwise publish any material containing any solicitation of funds, advertising or solicitation for goods or services.

      Although #!/usr/bin/geek does not and cannot review every message posted in the interactive areas, and is not responsible for any content of these messages, #!/usr/bin/geek reserves the right to delete, move or edit messages that it, in its sole discretion, deems abusive, defamatory, obscene, in violation of copyright or trademark laws or otherwise unacceptable. Users shall remain solely responsible for the content of their messages.

      User acknowledges that any submissions may be edited, removed, modified, published, transmitted and displayed by #!/usr/bin/geek. In addition User warrants that all moral rights in any uploaded materials have been waived.

Representations and Warranties

      Neither #!/usr/bin/geek or it's affiliates, represents or endorses the accuracy or reliability of any advice, opinion, statement or other information displayed, uploaded or distributed through the service by any User, information provider or any other person or entity. User acknowledges that any reliance upon any such opinion, advice, statement, memorandum or information shall be at User's sole risk. #!/usr/bin/geek reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to correct any errors or omissions in any portion of the web site. The web site and all downloadable software are distributed on an "as is" basis without warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including, without limitation, warranties of title or implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, or noninfringement. User hereby acknowledges that use of the web site is at User's sole risk.

Disclaimer

      The material in this web site could include technical inaccuracies or other errors. Your use and browsing of the web site is at your risk. Neither #!/usr/bin/geek nor any other party involved in creating, producing or delivering the web site shall be liable for any direct, incidental, consequential, indirect or punitive damages arising out of your access to, or use of, the web site. #!/usr/bin/geek does not warrant the functional aspects of the web site will be uninterrupted or error free, or that this web site or the server that makes it available is free of viruses or other harmful components. Please note that some jurisdictions may not allow the exclusion of implied warranties, so some of the above exclusions may not apply to you. #!/usr/bin/geek reserves the right to make changes to this web site at any time without notice.




Material Connection Disclosures

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has revised "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising" (16 CFR, Part 255) to include blogs. In accordance with these revised guidelines #!/usr/bin/geek discloses the following material connections:

You should assume #!/usr/bin/geek has a marketing or an affiliate relationship and/or another material connection to the providers of goods and services mentioned on #!/usr/bin/geek and may be compensated when you purchase from a provider. However, we will not endorse anything if we don't actually like and believe in the provider, product or service.

Additionally, on occasion #!/usr/bin/geek may:
  • have received a gift or sample of a product for consideration in preparing to write this content. #!/usr/bin/geek may not have been expected to return this item or gift after the review period;

  • have received a review copy (book, CD, software, etc.), or an item of nominal value that #!/usr/bin/geek may have kept for consideration in preparing to write this content;

  • have received a cash payment or gift from a company affiliated with a brand, topic and/or product that is mentioned herein;


Advertising, affiliate, and sponsored link disclosures:
  • #!/usr/bin/geek displays Google Adsense ads and earns advertising fees from Google Inc.;

  • #!/usr/bin/geek is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com;

  • #!/usr/bin/geek is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Endless.com;

  • #!/usr/bin/geek displays Chitika ads and earns advertising fees from Chitika, Inc.;

  • #!/usr/bin/geek displays Kontera ads and earns advertising fees from Kontera Technologies, Inc.;

  • #!/usr/bin/geek uses VigLink to automatically affiliate commercial links and earns advertising fees and/or commissions from VigLink when one of those links are used to purchase a product or service.;


The Material Connection Disclosures is also supplemented by our Privacy Policy.

If you have any questions about these Material Connection Disclosures please email .




Copyright Notification

#!/usr/bin/geek Content

      The contents of the #!/usr/bin/geek are intended for the personal, noncommercial use of its Users. All materials published on #!/usr/bin/geek (including, but not limited to, feature articles, photographs, images, illustrations, audio clips and video clips, also known as "The Content") are protected by copyright, and owned or controlled by usrbingeek.com or the party credited as the provider of the content, software or other materials. User shall abide by all additional copyright notices, information or restrictions contained in any Content accessed through the web site.

      #!/usr/bin/geek is protected by copyright as a collective work and/or compilation, pursuant to U.S. copyright laws, international conventions and other copyright laws. User may not modify, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale of, reproduce, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, display or in any way exploit any of the Content, software, materials or Service in whole or in part.

      User may download or copy the Content and other downloadable items displayed on this web site for personal use only, provided that User maintains all copyright and other notices contained in such Content. User shall not store any significant portion of any Content owned by or licensed to usrbingeek.com in any form. Copying or storing any Content for other than personal, noncommercial use is expressly prohibited without the prior written permission from usrbingeek or the copyright holder identified in the individual Content's copyright notice.

Copyright Infringement Notification
To file a copyright infringement notification with us, you will need to send a written communication that includes substantially the following (please consult your legal counsel or see Section 512(c)(3) of the Copyright Act to confirm these requirements):
  1. Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site.
  2. Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material. Providing URLs, nicks, channel names, in the body of an email is the best way to help us locate and remove the content quickly.
  3. A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
  4. Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted.
  5. A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
  6. A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
Such written notice should be sent to our designated agent as follows:

           DMCA Compliance
           #!/usr/bin/geek
           150 Dorset St. #305
           South Burlington, VT 05403

           or email .

Under Section 512(f) any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material or activity is infringing may be subject to liability.









This web site is provided "as is" with no representations or warranties, and confer no rights. We are not liable for omissions or typographical errors contained in the content. Use at your sole risk.
The opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent any other entity or party we may have a connection or affiliation with.
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