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+ - Did Sundance Vacations Forge A Court Order To Suppress Online Criticism?->

Submitted by IonOtter
IonOtter (629215) writes "Matt Haughey, founder of MetaFilter, has challenged a Cease & Desist letter from Sundance Vacations, a seller of time-shares with a reputation for aggressive sales tactics and suppression of criticism. Only this time, it seems that the plaintiff may have forged court documents ordering Mr. Haughey, Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Bing and other search engines to remove any and all mentions of the links and posts in question. Legal blog, Popehat has picked this up as well, prompting Ken White to wryly note, "...Sundance Vacations is about to learn about the Streisand Effect." The story is gaining traction, and being picked up by Boing-Boing, as well as hitting the first page of search results on Google."
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Comment: What Are These "Ads" You Speak Of? (Score 1) 114

by IonOtter (#47602819) Attached to: How Facebook Sold You Krill Oil

I don't get adverts on Facebook? Nor do I get game requests, pokes or any other annoying thing that intrudes upon my idle time.

I installed the Facebook Purity browser extension, and all of that went away.

I now browse FB with no trouble, no bugging, none of the "Eat this and never diet again!" adverts that look like some kind of tropical disease. I also get a lot of hand customizations that give *me* far more control of Facebook than they're really happy with, which is why they had to change their page from "Facebook Purity", to "Fluff Busting" Purity.

I have noticed that it also blocks Facebook's third-party cookie system, meaning I can't comment on LiveFyre, Discus and other commenting systems on other sites. Annoying, but probably just a configuration issue I haven't figured out yet.

Comment: Shady Transactions (Score 2) 753

by IonOtter (#47446165) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

From Alien: Resurrection:

GEN. PEREZ: Elgyn, these were very, very hard to come by. *slides a stack of cash to Elgyn*

ELGYN: So was our cargo. You're, uh...not about to plead poverty on me, are you, General?

GEN. PEREZ: No. Just saying very few people deal in cash nowadays.

ELGYN: Just the ones don't like to keep business records. Yourself, for example.

+ - TEN: The Enthusiast Network Sheds Failed Branch; Refuses To Pay Debts->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Failed magazine publisher Source Interlink is closing it's doors to re-brand as TEN: The Enthusiast Network. Meanwhile, they're leaving their creditors with huge bills, while the rest of the company breaks free with all the money. In a world where reputation is everything, playing bankruptcy shuffleboard with customers who are adept with social media is not a smart move."
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Comment: Re:WTF? Does Google think people are that insane? (Score 2) 82

by IonOtter (#47289695) Attached to: Google's Nest Buys Home Monitoring Camera Company Dropcam

It's not that Google thinks that people are that insane?

They know for a fact that people are that ignorant of the danger. And they aren't going to do anything to dissuade people of that fact. Keeping the masses ignorant of the danger is how they've made so much money, and will continue to make so much money.

Because at the end of the day, if people have to choose between getting shiny new toys that will give them the delusion of being cool, or living without them, the majority will choose the shiny new toys. They can't help it, after all? It's actually a function of evolution: bird with the prettiest feathers gets the most mates and all that.

While I detest what they've done, I have to commend Google for subverting both common sense *and* evolution at the same time.

+ - Google and the accidental mystery of Webdriver Torso->

Submitted by IonOtter
IonOtter (629215) writes "A series of 11-second videos have been driving the Internet crazy. There are over 80,000 of them, and all they show are a series of blue and red rectangles moving around on screen in seemingly random directions. The soundtrack is equally obtuse, comprised of a series of varying sine wave tones. The mysterious videos, posted by YouTube user Webdriver Torso, have become something of an infuriating web phenomenon. Why? Well, the internet can't resist a good mystery (or a bad one for that matter). Are they encoded spy messages? Contact from aliens? Or, just plain, old test videos that have caught the collective imagination? A lot of internet man-hours have gone into figuring out what, or who is behind them, and we can exclusively confirm the answer."
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Comment: Negative Effects... (Score 5, Interesting) 198

by IonOtter (#47089211) Attached to: Is Bamboo the Next Carbon Fibre?

Well, that depends on a few things?

1. What you plant.
2. Where you plant it.
3. Who your neighbors are, and your current relationship with them.

Plant the wrong kind, or plant it without a 3' deep root barrier, and you will quickly have a neighborhood war on your hands. Expand this to commercial levels of production, and you could make a lot of people very angry with you.

One thing is certain, though? Once you plant it, it is THERE for 15 years, at the very least. And you'll be exceptionally busy for every bit of those 15 years.

Optimism is the content of small men in high places. -- F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Crack Up"