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Submission + - Progress bars that lie

Dan East writes: While uploading a large video to Facebook using the iOS app, I noticed that the progress bar was moving amazingly fast — it looked like the video would finish uploading in just a minute or two (which is impossible given my DSL uplink speed). 30 minutes later, when I turned my phone back on, FB displayed "Taking a while to post...". That little trick keeps users from getting frustrated and canceling the upload right away. What other progress bars have you seen that are designed to be deceptive?

Submission + - Facebook HTML Escaping Broken?

Dan East writes: It appears that Facebook's HTML escaping has been bypassed or otherwise hacked. Currently this is being used to embed tags in regular FB posts to display gaudy animated GIFs. However this technique should work for any other HTML tags. The user Facebook Art's wall is the current source of these annoying posts, which other FB users are in turn sharing on their own walls.

Submission + - Zuckerberg's Generosity (facebook.com) 2

Dan East writes: Mark Zuckerberg, billionaire founder of Facebook, has decided to share some of his wealth with dedicated FB users, who were ultimately responsible for his fortune. Each time you enter the following key presses into Facebook (max once per hour) you will receive a $5 credit on your FB account (part of the advertising system):
Please repost — it is for TODAY only!

Submission + - Thousands of blackbirds fall from sky dead (reuters.com) 1

Dan East writes: In a fashion worthy of a King or Hitchcock novel, yesterday blackbirds began to fall from the sky dead. Somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000 birds rained down on the small town of Beeb, Arkansas, with no visible trauma. Officials are making wild guesses as to what happened — lightning strike, high-altitude hail, or perhaps trauma from the sound of New Year's fireworks killed them.

Submission + - $1 million to find Toyota acceleration problem (washingtonpost.com)

Dan East writes: Amid the controversy over Toyota's runaway cars, the Edmunds.com web site is offering a $1 million prize to any tinkerer who can figure out the cause of the phenomenon. The prize will go to a person who can "demonstrate in a controlled environment a repeatable factor that will cause an unmodified new vehicle to accelerate suddenly and unexpectedly." Edmunds will make details of the competition available later this month.

Submission + - Avast! Antivirus reporting massive false positives

Dan East writes: Due to a problem with the antivirus definition update 091203-0 on December 2nd, Avast! Antivirus began reporting that many applications were infected with the trojan Win32:delf-MZG. There are widespread accounts of this on the net, and Avast's support forums have been down for close to 12 hours due to the massive amount of traffic from users seeking more information on the problem. The problem has reportedly been corrected with the 091203-1 update, but many installations may not update automatically in time to receive the update before end users are affected. Avast typically prompts end users when infected items are found, asking them how to clean it. If the user selects "Delete" then software, or the entire OS, could be rendered unusable. The Avast! Blog is still silent on the matter.

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.