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Comment: NoScript and Adblock Plus (Score 1) 273

by CeruleanDragon (#34405852) Attached to: Facebook's 'Like This' Button Is Tracking You

I turn everyone I know onto these Firefox addon utilities. I know 99% of you use them, I'm sure, but if you are really worried about this sort of behavior, just get Firefox, install the NoScript add-on, and make sure you never Allow facebook.com (or fbcdn.com). I'm fairly certain that will prevent the evil bad FB man from scanning your thoughts. It's like tinfoil for your browser!

Comment: I hit the Share This button (Score 1) 273

by CeruleanDragon (#34405836) Attached to: Facebook's 'Like This' Button Is Tracking You

Apparently everyone on my Facebook are all fake friends, sad teens, and lonely divorcees with nothing better to do than describe the minutae of their tedious lives to virtual strangers. And me too! Oh man, the realization of this makes me sad. If only I were a teen or divorcee, then I'd be extra sad.

The visual of bits of data about me flying around the Internet with nowhere to go is pretty funny. Now everyone out there knows what my favorite pr0n and news sites are! Oh nos!

Comment: There's a reason I call them Oops trucks (Score 1) 480

by CeruleanDragon (#34380484) Attached to: Which Shipping Company Is Kindest To Your Packages?

Two UPS anecdotes:

1) Years ago I was hanging out at my favorite speedshop with my friends (the owners), and a UPS truck pulled up with varied car parts. One of them was an aftermarket fiberglass wing. The package (and subsequently the wing itself) had a round divet in it that looked very much like someone had stored it under a grand piano leg. And then stomped up and down on the piano. Of course the shop owners filed the "do not accept due to damage" form and the driver took it away.

2) I ordered a 22" Viewsonic P220F CRT monitor a while ago, back when they were "top of the line". When the UPS driver backed into my driveway and slid the box back to me, I eagerly went to grab it.... and noticed it was missing a corner. The box was missing an entire corner plus the styrofoam packing, a chunk about as big as a soccerball. The monitor itself was wrapped in plastic, but the corner was sticking out, and the screen itself in that corner was scratched several times. The driver looked at me and said, "Not going to accept it due to, I'm guessing?" Heh, yeah, no, didn't take it. Signed the electronic pad and he took it away. Another showed up a week later, this one the box still looked a little worn, but not like it had been dropped and clipped a shelf on the way down, and the monitor inside was new.

I've never had any issues with FedEx, DHL, or USPS, but those are just my anecdotes. Of the UPS and FedEx places I go to, the FedEx people are generally friendlier (a lot friendlier) but again, that's just my personal experiences with the two.

Comment: Re:Havent they learned.... (Score 1) 377

by CeruleanDragon (#33936388) Attached to: UN May Ban Blotting Out the Sun

That when you try to fix one problem, you almost always invent a new one?

Prime example, using cats to get rid of mice....but than theres to many cats right? well lets roll in the dogs.. what? now too many dogs? ok lets bring in........

Some things are just better left alone

That's when you bring in animal control robots. Just make sure you program them to not be self-replicating... or at least, try to...

Comment: But how do you define "villain" exactly? (Score 1) 419

by CeruleanDragon (#33872330) Attached to: Study Finds Most Would Become Supervillians If Given Powers

Just like most if not all of you, I've dreamt of what I'd do if I were given some sort of incredible powers, powers at least great enough to keep from being taken down by modern police/military means. Essentially powers to step above the law. I have a few different ways I would handle it, but none of them would be inherently "evil". However, I think most of my intents would be "against the law", by the word of the law. And again, that depend a LOT on what country you're in too. I would probably do many things that would land me in jail in the US, but get me lauded as a hero in another country. I would gather physical evidence against any corporation or government official that was doing something to intentionally line his own pockets while harming the greater public in order to bring them to court... but we all know that using superpowers to do that would probably get said evidence thrown out along with the case, and would get me wanted for invasion of privacy and trespass, at least. And eventually I would wind up having to hide and take matters into my own hands, such as harming, if not outright killing, those "bad people". Very Batman-ish, I know, but that is exactly what I would do with such powers. Does this make me a super villian? I think so, technically, by the definition of the word... but how many people would secretly call me a hero?

See what I mean? Most of my "if I had the power" fantasies run in such directions. Never have I considered using it to harm other people, and no one can possibly convince me that I could/would. And I'm sure I can't be alone there.

Will you use your powers for good, or for awesome?

Comment: News Flash! Anecdotal Evidence Not News! (Score 1) 657

by CeruleanDragon (#33463702) Attached to: Flash On Android Is 'Shockingly Bad'

Fantastic, so we have a news story based on anecdotal evidence of a single person at a single hotspot? Not having an Android-based phone, or even coming into contact with one yet, I feel I am superbly qualified to pitch in on this discussion!

The reason I posted this under it's own header is simply because I wanted to say News Flash! even though I know if I scroll up I'll see it at least 50 times. But also, there wasn't any one post I could "reply" to, there were many that I could put this under. So many people say the same thing, "Works fine for me." Obviously the guy in the original article had some issue with his phone. I have a 20Mbps FIOS line at home too, I'm lucky if I get 80KB/sec and I get disconnects all the time. Why? My NIC card sucks (I'm guessing, everyone else on my network has no problems, and I recently put in an old D-Link card that works like a champ).

What is my NIC? It's an Intel CT Gigabit, very common and very well spoken of by reviewers on Newegg (5/5 eggs, 102 reviews)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833106033&Tpk=EXPI9301CTBLK

BUT because it sucks on my system, that must mean that Intel NICs suck! Boo Intel!

Boo Intel! Boo Flash on Android! Yay individual anecdotes!

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