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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.

Comment: Re:blackberries in seattle? I'm Shocked. Shocked (Score 5, Interesting) 290

by IonOtter (#47087641) Attached to: Should We Eat Invasive Species?

Blackberries can be controlled, you just have to invest a little time. Basically? When you pick, tie a small ribbon on the branch you got it from. At the end of the growing season, cut out anything with a ribbon on it, because that vine will never produce fruit again, it will only become a "stringer", which spreads to produce more vines.

This way, the plant can be controlled and kept to one area. But again, you have to invest time, which not many people have a lot of these days.

Comment: Why Limit Yourself To A TV? (Score 1) 93

by IonOtter (#46970203) Attached to: Eavesdropping With a Smart TV

I bought a LCD projector, and high-end computer speakers, years ago when I was on a ship. Everyone else on board bought nice LCD screens, and the moment we hit heavy weather, I could hear all those nice LCD screens falling all over the place.

My projector was strapped down, and never moved. By using a bed sheet, I had the largest "TV" of anyone on the ship. All with the footprint of two boxes of Ritz crackers.

It migrated with me to my current home, and it works perfectly against the wall, again, giving me the largest screen for the money. If I were to paint a silver-backed white screen and edge it with molding, I'd have a proper movie screen.

I can use it with my Linux box, my Windoze box, my laptop, a guest's laptop, their iPad, the DVD player, Boxee, X-Box 360...pretty much anything out there. The only thing I *can't* use with it, is the Kinect or similar devices.

Comment: This Isn't Necessarily A Bad Thing (Score 4, Interesting) 440

by IonOtter (#46617137) Attached to: Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

This sort of thing has happened before, and it will happen again. An even better example was when the MV Cougar Ace almost sank, and 4700 brand new Mazda cars hung at a 60 degree angle for several months. They never moved, and they were all in seemingly perfect condition.

Mazda chose to err on the side of caution, rather than risk a lawsuit. Or even worse, there was a very valid concern that they would become "Katrina Cars". A coat of paint, and they would be bundled up and sold in some other unsuspecting country. (On a side-note, the destruction process is really cool!.)

With waivers not being worth the paper they're printed on, it's simply not worth the risk of getting sued.

And finally, there's the "soft damage" to take into consideration? Remember the kid in preschool who "had cooties"? That kid KEPT those cooties, right up until graduation day in high school. Costco might never allow a single jar to hit their normal distribution system, but just the simple fact that the peanut butter even exists at all, is a risk that someone, somewhere, will say, "Whoa, Costco peanut butter might have salmonella."

Play "Telephone" with that for a while, and suddenly Costco can't pay someone to take a jar of peanut butter. This is actually a very safe, very beneficial tactic for Costco.

Now consumers can be absolutely guaranteed that they will never have to think about whether Costco peanut butter is safe.

And in retail, that's money in the bank.

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