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Comment Re:Tampa here, rejected move to Seattle (Score 1) 100

Similar story here, turned down a job offer near NYC for the same reasons. Not only did salary barely cover the outrageous living expenses, if that job were to go away there was no other company there where my skills were marketable. There was no way I could afford to own a house much less live there, and I don't make chump change for a salary.

Comment Fool me once: Cable TV (Score 1) 316

I'm old enough to remember when most of the channels on Cable TV had few or no commercials. I was more than happy to pay $$$ to get away from the marketing junk on ABC/CBS/NBC back then. Then the ads started creeping in and getting more frequent. Then cable news outlets started showing ads disguised as "news stories". Then the "ticker ads" started rolling in the margins during programs. Then a 90 minute movie stretched to three hours with commercials every ten minutes.

The ads were so intrusive that I pulled the plug back in 2000. While staying at some hotels while traveling I found cable TV to be utterly worthless to watch so I'm not missing much.

The abuse of ads soured my experience enough that I refuse to pay $$$ for any media that shows ads. I will cancel any service with no hesitation. Ads on DVD with fast forward or skip disabled get played with the sound off and I leave the room to do something else until the main menu of the feature movie is displayed. The marketers pushed too far and I'm sick of ads.

It's another reason why I enjoy traveling by train anymore - I'm tired of the billboards on the highway (trucks trailers included), tired of the marketing in airports, tired of the ads played on the screen in my face on the seat of the plane.

Comment Most News Websites are Tabloids (Score 1) 159

I'm 53 years old and have seen a lot of rot in journalism. Journalism is going through a serious identity crisis the last twenty years. Due to very biased influences infiltrating the news sources such as newspapers and broadcast news, very rarely are we getting the whole story and many stories deemed important are getting suppressed. I look for a healthy balance of all views (Faux News does NOT count). I took a very interesting college course that highlighted the manipulation of journalism, especially in broadcast TV.

I ceased watching broadcast news since 2000. They only report part of the story and they emphasize anything that can be sensationalized in a visual context. I also got tired of ads for movies and TV shows disguised as "news". The bias is far worse today as the power of reporting is too concentrated in too few hands.

Newspapers are getting more biased. It doesn't help that many areas only have one local newspapers when fifty years ago there were multiple resources. That concentrated the source of news into one place which was exploited when powerful interests infiltrated a central source and exerted their influence. I live in a small community and we actually have two newspapers - one has a healthy balance while the other is blatantly biased. Many times both have the same story, but the biased one omits some text that changes the story. I don't like that manipulation and deception.

Having abandoned TV and largely print news, that leaves the internet. But many news websites are NOT journalism, they are tabloids disguised as news outlets. I stopped visiting some legitimate news sources because the ad content is too dense or too disruptive. The decent news outlets are few and far between and it really takes some cherry picking to find them. The bright side of legitimate news websites is that as more people have abandoned the biased print media they are showing signs of collapsing, which may finally break the cycle of power concentrated into too few hands.

FB is hardly a beacon of journalistic integrity. I ignore the trending section. Too many news stories in my feed are blatantly false or biased. When a headline uses tabloid catch-phrases like "This is HUGE!" I get really p!ssed for them wasting my time. I make it a point to do fact checking before passing on a story on my timeline, and even then I seldom do that more than once a month if at all. I block many of these because my FB friends keep passing around the junk and don't take the effort to check the source. I block some of my friends from my feed because they spout some really offensive stuff.

A lot of the junk tabloid websites bring up pop-under ads that can be potential malware if I close them (telltale sign "Are you sure you really want to close this?"), so I have to pull the internet and use Activity Monitor (I'm on a Mac) to safely force the application to close. Any tabloid that spreads malware really grinds my gears so I maintain a list of websites to avoid.

Comment Re:Maximum Transaction Time exceeded (Score 2) 365

Three months ago I cut off a dating scam. It dawned on me that the only place the scammers would had seen any public profile was LinkedIn, which can be found easily on Google. So I promptly deleted my LinkedIn account, which has never been any value to me anyway.

Seeing the mass exodus after M$ announced their acquisition, I am glad I had the foresight to delete my account before the "Slashdot" effect.

Comment IG post left vacant during Clinton's SoS tenure (Score 1) 371

During Clinton's SoS tenure, the post of Inspector General was intentionally left vacant the entire time. The IG is a presidential appointee position and the OIG pointed out that the SoS IG vacancy was the longest of any of the IG posts. Had the IG been in place at that time, that official would had not allowed Clinton to exploit the private server and abuse the classification system without government oversight.

Comment Internet Popup Malware (Score 1) 564

This is as bad as those internet popups that nag you about leaving the website when you close a page, then install malware no matter what button you click.

I never click on those popups. When I get these anymore I pull the plug on the internet, use System Monitor (I'm on a Mac) to force the browser to close (bypasses the popup), re-open the browser and close ALL pages except for a blank page (check for pop-unders!), close the browser, THEN it is safe to re-connect the internet and open the browser.

I don't regret my move to Mac one bit after seeing Microsoft go this low. Way to lose customers to Apple, Microsoft! What's next, a Sony-style rootkit on music CDs?

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