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Comment Same problem here (Score 2) 619

I too have a very common For personal emails, I just reply and let them know they've got the wrong falloutboy. One guy, a screenwriter in LA, gave my address to a lot of his family, so I had to have kind of an awkward exchange with his mother and one of his aunts who CONTINUES to send me photos of her young son. This is weird stuff I don't want in my inbox.

For the DirecTV emails, I submitted like 15 messages to their general customer service inquiry form. That took like four months to get completely cleared up.

Once I got looped in on an email thread where the other three people were high school kids using Facebook, so my only method for actually communicating was that I had to add as a friend a high school girl. I'm a 30 year old man. My wife was less than thrilled.


Texas Schools Board Rewriting US History 1238

suraj.sun picked up a Guardian (UK) piece on the Texas school board and their quest to remake US education in a pro-American, Christian, free enterprise mode. We've been keeping an eye on this story for some time, as it will have an impact far beyond Texas. From the Guardian: "The board is to vote on a sweeping purge of alleged liberal bias in Texas school textbooks in favor of what Dunbar says really matters: a belief in America as a nation chosen by God as a beacon to the world, and free enterprise as the cornerstone of liberty and democracy. ... Those corrections have prompted a blizzard of accusations of rewriting history and indoctrinating children by promoting right-wing views on religion, economics, and guns while diminishing the science of evolution, the civil rights movement, and the horrors of slavery. ... Several changes include sidelining Thomas Jefferson, who favored separation of church and state, while introducing a new focus on the 'significant contributions' of pro-slavery Confederate leaders during the Civil War. ... Study of Sir Isaac Newton is dropped in favor of examining scientific advances through military technology."

Comment Busted up experience with "large fonts" (Score 1) 549

Somewhere in the Windows Vista control panel garbage is a setting for cranking up the size of fonts which includes buttons and dialogue boxes and stuff. I did this on my 40" LCD at home running in whatever-by-1080 resolution so that I can read text from the couch with a wireless keyboard and mouse. It works mostly okay, but because software apps don't scale up with the increased font size, you end up with some really strange looking dialogue boxes and some other unexpected behavior.

The fancy buttons on the top of the Chrome browser window, for example, don't respond to clicking at all. Obviously they're expecting a click at some location on the screen and Windows is drawing the buttons in a totally different place. Its okay if you know keyboard shortcuts (like windows key + m to minimize), but still annoying. Would drive me nuts if it was my work PC.

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