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Postby Flumble » Wed Aug 05, 2015 10:36 pm UTC

What's "fucking hot" in SI? About 300K or more like 310K? (and the follow-up question: is the air humid or dry?)

I'd rather have 303K humid air than the neverending* rain and cold of the last weeks.

*until the end of last week

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Postby Jave D » Wed Aug 05, 2015 10:47 pm UTC

"Fucking hot" is one step above "hot," which is another step up from "average," which is measured not in SI units, but in units of subjective relativity to my own personal perception of my experience of hotness.

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Postby freezeblade » Wed Aug 05, 2015 10:59 pm UTC

Auditing all of my planner underling's plans, and I learned that hardly any of them are using the tool that was created for them. Follow the flowchart and you should have no issues, it's not that complicated.

Instead I need to go back to all 30 plans and make sure they did it right, after we've already installed 10 of them, because they were pretty much all wrong. The planners that got it right, did so out of dumb luck.

how hard is it to understand how tall a shoe fixture is in a retail store? We sent a company to measure the frame, all the planners need to do is take that height, put it in the tool, and pick the resulting number out of a pallet.

This isn't fucking rocket science. If you got it wrong it's because you willfully fucked up.
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Postby Sableagle » Wed Aug 05, 2015 11:19 pm UTC

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(spoiler : it's just various artist's take on that time Wonder Woman damn near ripped a guy's head off, knowing she was being live broadcast. And not really giving a damn, as it was not really a bad call)


That they (two players and the GM) were able to list, from memory, at least a dozen people Batman has killed didn't make me feel any more kindly towards them.
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Postby Yablo » Fri Aug 07, 2015 3:47 am UTC

Isaac Hill wrote:Are you still paying for these extra services? If you cancel their cable and internet, that will make mooching off you less appealing, while not kicking your nieces/nephews to the curb. They'll probably stop paying whatever meager amount they are now, but does that even cover this extra cost?

Not any more, no.

Isaac Hill wrote:You also mentioned that you rent this house. Does your landlord approve (or know of) a second family living in what I'm guessing is considered a single-family dwelling? That may not be OK, and your landlord may be willing to play the heavy and take steps you aren't. On the other hand, (which has even more watches), this may put you on your landlord's bad side.

It's big enough for two families, but yes, it's a single family house. I told the landlord last March that we were going to have guests for a few months until they got on their feet. It's been more than a year since the 'okay' has run out.

Isaac Hill wrote:Have you seen the alleged ferry tickets? Did you see any last time?

I didn't see them last time, and it turned out that they didn't actually have them, or they decided not to use them. I haven't seen them this time either, but my wife assures me they just got them last week.

I thought we had reached an agreement, and my stress level has been going down a lot since they announced they were going to be out on September 2nd, but now I'm more upset than ever. First, my wife's sister unfriended her on Facebook and is keeping the kids from being around us which I think is stupid, but whatever.

I'm one of the most laid back, easy going people you'd ever care to meet, but they've set me to where I'm visualizing violence. I'd never actually cause any, but I'm picturing it a lot. A few days ago, they asked a friend of theirs to come over and watch the kids even though my wife and I were home. They went out and came back an hour and a half later. It turns out, they paid $130 for a hotel room so they could have sex for an hour, and they didn't even stay the night. That. Pisses. Me. Off.

They supposedly took out a personal loan so they could get the ferry tickets to move back to live with his mother, and then they pay for a hotel room and only use it for an hour. That's simultaneously the most disrespectful and irresponsible thing I've seen someone do in a long time. I mean, who the hell does things like this? Not only would my parents be ashamed and disgusted with me if I acted like that, but also I would be sick just knowing I'd acted this way.
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Postby Pfhorrest » Fri Aug 07, 2015 3:56 am UTC

Reminds me of something my mom did this past Mother's Day. Short backstory reminder: she owes me a few thousand dollars that I spent to bail her out of her own stupidity in January. In May, she started talking about not being able to pay me back on schedule, because she moved into a place that was too expensive for her, against my advice, and insisted that she would just deal with the shortcomings. In spite of that I still treated her to Mother's Day lunch AND dinner. And literally within minutes of reminding me that she's not going to pay me on schedule (to the tune of about $100/mo less), she asks if we can stop by a Wal-Mart we're passing because she saw an ad that you could buy a TV there for ONLY $100. What. The. Fucking. Fuck. You can't fucking pay me back on schedule for going way the fuck out of my way to save you from yourself, but you can spend THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY YOU CAN'T GIVE ME on a fucking new TV!? Fuck you, you stupid fucking cunt.
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Postby eran_rathan » Fri Aug 07, 2015 1:47 pm UTC

Pfhorrest wrote:Reminds me of something my mom did this past Mother's Day. Short backstory reminder: she owes me a few thousand dollars that I spent to bail her out of her own stupidity in January. In May, she started talking about not being able to pay me back on schedule, because she moved into a place that was too expensive for her, against my advice, and insisted that she would just deal with the shortcomings. In spite of that I still treated her to Mother's Day lunch AND dinner. And literally within minutes of reminding me that she's not going to pay me on schedule (to the tune of about $100/mo less), she asks if we can stop by a Wal-Mart we're passing because she saw an ad that you could buy a TV there for ONLY $100. What. The. Fucking. Fuck. You can't fucking pay me back on schedule for going way the fuck out of my way to save you from yourself, but you can spend THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY YOU CAN'T GIVE ME on a fucking new TV!? Fuck you, you stupid fucking cunt.


My father in law is the same way, unfortunately. He lives with us as his health is terrible (multiple cancers will do that to you, as well as a cigarette habit), and receives disability and a military pension (go go Agent Orange!). He receives his checks twice a month, and I swear, he goes and blows them the very same day he gets them on stupid crap he doesn't need (a power washer? really?), and then the next day. the VERY NEXT DAY, asks if he can borrow some money for gas. W-T-flippity-fuck.
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Postby addams » Fri Aug 07, 2015 4:07 pm UTC

eran_rathan wrote:[

My father in law is the same way, unfortunately. He lives with us as his health is terrible (multiple cancers will do that to you, as well as a cigarette habit), and receives disability and a military pension (go go Agent Orange!). He receives his checks twice a month, and I swear, he goes and blows them the very same day he gets them on stupid crap he doesn't need (a power washer? really?), and then the next day. the VERY NEXT DAY, asks if he can borrow some money for gas. W-T-flippity-fuck.

Your problem might be fairly easy to fix.

There is a legal tool.
Designated Payee.

It's like a Screwdriver.
It's just a tool.

Any number of people can be the Designated Payee.
You or his attorney or your sister in Bangladesh.

The Designated Payee takes a legally responsibility to do book-keeping.
As Designated Payee you can give him his stipend daily, weekly, bi-weekly.

That would stop his Hardware Store Retail Therapy sessions.
Retail Therapy does make people feel better. Like Spa Tx.

Buying a new PowerWasher or a new Airless Paint Compressor is...
...well...It's fun!

Not as much fun as using the Washer and Compressor.
Those are two fun tools. I've used them. It's fun.

Oh! Thank your lucky Stars!
He buys and does not use.

Do you know how much damage even a weak, sick old man can do with Power Tools?
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Postby Yablo » Fri Aug 07, 2015 4:42 pm UTC

Pfhorrest wrote:Reminds me of something my mom did this past Mother's Day. Short backstory reminder: she owes me a few thousand dollars that I spent to bail her out of her own stupidity in January. In May, she started talking about not being able to pay me back on schedule, because she moved into a place that was too expensive for her, against my advice, and insisted that she would just deal with the shortcomings. In spite of that I still treated her to Mother's Day lunch AND dinner. And literally within minutes of reminding me that she's not going to pay me on schedule (to the tune of about $100/mo less), she asks if we can stop by a Wal-Mart we're passing because she saw an ad that you could buy a TV there for ONLY $100. What. The. Fucking. Fuck. You can't fucking pay me back on schedule for going way the fuck out of my way to save you from yourself, but you can spend THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY YOU CAN'T GIVE ME on a fucking new TV!? Fuck you, you stupid fucking cunt.

Yeah. I'd say you know just how I'm feeling.
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Postby Angua » Sun Aug 09, 2015 8:57 am UTC

Dear Jeremy Hunt,

In order to pay our council tax, we apparently need to get a reference number before we can pay it online (we can set up an online account, but can't just pay for the council tax by that). In order to get one, we apparently have to contact the council office during normal office hours, which does not include weekdays or weekends, and is only 9-5/5.30! This is extremely unflexible of the government, and what is more, is hurting tax payers by presumably forcing them to take a day off work just to get a number. Please arrange for extended opening hours immediately - you wouldn't even have to pay them for antisocial hours, as I understand that you feel that sociable working hours are 7am-10pm Mon-Sat.

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Postby Mutex » Sun Aug 09, 2015 6:59 pm UTC

Angua wrote:Dear Jeremy Hunt,

In order to pay our council tax, we apparently need to get a reference number before we can pay it online (we can set up an online account, but can't just pay for the council tax by that). In order to get one, we apparently have to contact the council office during normal office hours, which does not include weekdays or weekends, and is only 9-5/5.30! This is extremely unflexible of the government, and what is more, is hurting tax payers by presumably forcing them to take a day off work just to get a number. Please arrange for extended opening hours immediately - you wouldn't even have to pay them for antisocial hours, as I understand that you feel that sociable working hours are 7am-10pm Mon-Sat.

Best wishes,
Angua


You can't phone them up to get the reference number?

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Postby Angua » Sun Aug 09, 2015 8:02 pm UTC

Possibly? I don't really get much time to do phoning during the day though. You generally eat quickly through lunch and then get backing to doing jobs otherwise you end up working much later than the 8.45-5.30 that I'm paid for (as it is, the earliest I've managed to leave so far is 6.15). My bf will try and phone them tomorrow as he's starting nights next week.

I mean, the whole point of the rant is that Jeremy Hunt is demonising consultant doctors for being able to opt out of weekends (even though an extremely small percentage of them actually do opt out) as though that's the only reason the NHS doesn't offer everything 24/7 (ignoring the fact that consultants are not the be all and end all of a functioning health service - you also would need 24/7 support staff like radiographers, specialist nurses, secretaries, etc), and is also quietly trying to effectively get a pay cut for junior doctors through by making social hours 7am-10pm Mon-Sat which means that you don't get paid extra overtime. Also, Michael Gove's wife complained about the NHS not being open 24/7 because they didn't get given an x-ray for what they said could have been a broken foot on the weekend (Mr Gove thought it would be inconvenient to attend this place during the weekdays because he was way too busy) - despite the fact that they went to a privately-owned, nurse-led minor injuries unit (which would have referred to A&E which would have x-rayed his foot if they thought there was a need for it).

So, yes, I could phone during my working day, though I don't know how long that will take. I don't see why they can't have it all online - the oxford city council website allowed you to do that.
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Postby Quercus » Sun Aug 09, 2015 8:24 pm UTC

Angua wrote:Also, Michael Gove's wife complained about the NHS not being open 24/7 because they didn't get given an x-ray for what they said could have been a broken foot on the weekend (Mr Gove thought it would be inconvenient to attend this place during the weekdays because he was way too busy) - despite the fact that they went to a privately-owned, nurse-led minor injuries unit (which would have referred to A&E which would have x-rayed his foot if they thought there was a need for it).

Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't x-rays pretty much always unnecessary for excluding a broken foot (or it might be just ankles?), because physical examination has got a ridiculously high sensitivity?

Surely the Goves should be pleased at the cost savings of avoiding unnecessary testing.

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Postby Angua » Sun Aug 09, 2015 8:29 pm UTC

There's definitely the Ottowa ankle rules for getting xrays for ankles, and I imagine that broken feet are pretty similar. But, some people are too good for the expertise of a specially trained nurse and need a consultant's opinion for everything. Especially if they're wanting to make a point about how lazy doctors are.
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Postby Fractal_Tangent » Sun Aug 09, 2015 8:30 pm UTC

I really, really dislike Michael Gove. I really didn't like him as an education minister - he seemed to be in the school of 'let's revert everything to the way it was 50 years ago'. I do not want that man in charge of anything.
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Postby Isaac Hill » Sun Aug 09, 2015 8:40 pm UTC

Yablo wrote:I thought we had reached an agreement, and my stress level has been going down a lot since they announced they were going to be out on September 2nd, but now I'm more upset than ever. First, my wife's sister unfriended her on Facebook and is keeping the kids from being around us which I think is stupid, but whatever.
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Postby Quercus » Sun Aug 09, 2015 8:45 pm UTC

Angua wrote:There's definitely the Ottowa ankle rules for getting xrays for ankles, and I imagine that broken feet are pretty similar. But, some people are too good for the expertise of a specially trained nurse and need a consultant's opinion for everything. Especially if they're wanting to make a point about how lazy doctors are.

That's what I was thinking of! It turns out that there are also Ottowa rules for feet and knees (although I didn't know this before googling it)

There's a disturbing amount of if-by-whiskey in this government's rhetoric about the NHS. They're wasteful and need to become more efficient, but when they implement evidence-backed measures which result in said efficiency suddenly they are not providing essential services.

Fractal_Tangent wrote:I really, really dislike Michael Gove. I really didn't like him as an education minister - he seemed to be in the school of 'let's revert everything to the way it was 50 years ago'. I do not want that man in charge of anything.

He is truly odious. British education was finally making some progress - getting kids to think critically, assess evidence and plan their own work, and he comes along with his "what kids really need is to memorise more stuff" bullcrap.

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Postby Fractal_Tangent » Sun Aug 09, 2015 8:49 pm UTC

His plan for GCSE English 'well, they need to memorise all the poems out of their anthologies!' Uh, no. Stress-based forgetting is a hobby of mine and just because some arsehole wants me to be able to memorize a bit of Shakespeare doesn't mean that it will actually stick.
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Postby Quercus » Sun Aug 09, 2015 9:30 pm UTC

Fractal_Tangent wrote:His plan for GCSE English 'well, they need to memorise all the poems out of their anthologies!' Uh, no. Stress-based forgetting is a hobby of mine and just because some arsehole wants me to be able to memorize a bit of Shakespeare doesn't mean that it will actually stick.

Also, what's the bloody point? Sure, memorizing poems is nice (I have a few memorised because I like to have the ones that are important to me in my head), but given that most everybody carries around a device with instantaneous access to pretty much every poem ever written, it's hardly an important life skill.

If you're going to do memory stuff with kids you need to be teaching them universally applicable methods for remembering stuff (and lots of them, because different stuff works for different people) - memory palaces, flashcards, mnemonics, mental journeys etc. That way they are prepared for whatever they do actually have to remember in their adult life, be it foreign languages, passwords, lines from a script, points to cover in a business meeting, mathematical formulae, or CD numbers of cell surface proteins. Even then it needs to be a minor part of the curriculum, because while some degree of memorization is still needed by most people there are far more important skills these days.

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Postby Fractal_Tangent » Sun Aug 09, 2015 9:59 pm UTC

Flashcards for revision is so helpful. I have maybe hundreds of the things for equations. Wake up, flashcards, lunch, flashcards, break, flashcards, just before bed, flashcards. 3x a day for a week or so and you can remember the bastards.

However, I have forgotten most of them now. So there's that. I'm pro-flashcards to remember things in the short term. I don't really get the point in memorizing things just because someone thinks that nostalgia is a good thing for education.
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Postby Echo244 » Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:27 am UTC

+1 on the low opinion of Gove and Hunt and their ilk. I think they're so used to having people scurry around to fulfil their every whim that they don't understand the importance of an actual service, which isn't constantly being squeezed and cut, and is available to everyone.

Gove in particular seems to be a dangerous lunatic pushing an education system with a narrow national focus and focus on what he thinks children ought to be taught - nationalism and memorisation - which is unsuited to an increasingly globalised, always-online world.

And as for council services... a pattern of this government and the last has been to push service delivery to a local level, and then provide the councils with less money than necessary to deliver a good service. Hence everything gets squeezed, is more difficult, there's no money to invest in moving things online, and people have to take days off to get anything sorted.
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Postby Fractal_Tangent » Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:44 am UTC

With government resources I always feel like I should be able to do things online. If they're desperate to cut everything, put the services online at least. Though I will say it was really easy to register to vote online and I appreciated that.
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Postby Yakk » Mon Aug 10, 2015 2:16 pm UTC

Quercus wrote:
Angua wrote:There's definitely the Ottowa ankle rules for getting xrays for ankles, and I imagine that broken feet are pretty similar. But, some people are too good for the expertise of a specially trained nurse and need a consultant's opinion for everything. Especially if they're wanting to make a point about how lazy doctors are.

That's what I was thinking of! It turns out that there are also Ottowa rules for feet and knees (although I didn't know this before googling it)

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Postby Yablo » Mon Aug 10, 2015 5:31 pm UTC

Angua wrote:So, yes, I could phone during my working day, though I don't know how long that will take. I don't see why they can't have it all online - the oxford city council website allowed you to do that.

It's not a lot better in Alaska. I live in the capital, and most state and federal buildings close down by about 5:00, and they're not open on the weekends. It took my wife several months to get her name changed after we got married, and I still don't know if she's finished with Social Security (after a year and a half). Their office is only open for about three hours a day during the week.
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Postby Giant Speck » Tue Aug 11, 2015 4:40 am UTC

I'm currently visiting Las Vegas for the second time since moving away two years ago.

There's a chain of neighborhood markets in the southwestern United States called "Fresh & Easy". It was originally owned by the British grocery conglomerate Tesco, but after losing a shit-ton of money on the mainly failed concept, they sold the company back in 2013. Since then, the store sells most of the stuff that they used to, only it's more expensive now, clearance items are stocked with regular items, and the entire floor plan has changed.

Also, they got rid of my favorite chips.

They used to make these multigrain baked chips that were similar to SunChips/Sunbites, but were baked instead of fried, so they had a softer, less crunchy texture.

They were my favorite thing ever. I would go to the store just to get those chips. Part of my list of things to do while on vacation here -- as stupid as it sounds -- was to go to Fresh & Easy and stock up on several bags to ship home.

But they don't sell them anymore.

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Postby Djehutynakht » Mon Aug 17, 2015 8:29 am UTC

Whoa whoa whoa whoa.

Stop the internet for a second, folks.

So, I was on YouTube. Pretty regular occurrence, no?

Well apparently they've added a new kind of video ad to the demonic hellspawn which already comprises the lengthy repertoire of mini-purgatories that are existing video ads.


In short, they've started putting video ads in the middle of videos.

What the hell is this?

Now, I'm not talking one of those hour-long videos that has a commercial break every 20 minutes. Those are annoying, sure, but television has pretty much conditioned me to accept those as normal.

I'm talkin' a 15 second video ad smack dab in the middle of a 3-minute video.

Whose bright idea at YouTube headquarters was this? Maybe a saboteur, perhaps? Or a sadist? Maybe Google has finally decided to turn evil?

Seriously though? What is this nonsense? I want answers.

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Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

Postby Diadem » Mon Aug 17, 2015 11:31 am UTC

It's actually not youtube which puts those ads there, but the uploader of the video. The uploader chooses how to display ads.

So don't watch videos from uploaders who do this.
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Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

Postby SecondTalon » Mon Aug 17, 2015 3:05 pm UTC

Djehutynakht wrote:Whoa whoa whoa whoa.

Stop the internet for a second, folks.

So, I was on YouTube. Pretty regular occurrence, no?

Well apparently they've added a new kind of video ad to the demonic hellspawn which already comprises the lengthy repertoire of mini-purgatories that are existing video ads.


In short, they've started putting video ads in the middle of videos.

What the hell is this?

Now, I'm not talking one of those hour-long videos that has a commercial break every 20 minutes. Those are annoying, sure, but television has pretty much conditioned me to accept those as normal.

I'm talkin' a 15 second video ad smack dab in the middle of a 3-minute video.

Whose bright idea at YouTube headquarters was this? Maybe a saboteur, perhaps? Or a sadist? Maybe Google has finally decided to turn evil?

Seriously though? What is this nonsense? I want answers.


Like... something like this where it's a joke, or..

I already know the answer, I think.
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Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

Postby Deva » Mon Aug 17, 2015 3:11 pm UTC

Ran sixteen minute "advertisements" (of independent films) once. Allowed skipping within several seconds, per usual.
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Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

Postby Zohar » Mon Aug 17, 2015 4:06 pm UTC

May I suggest adblock?
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Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

Postby SecondTalon » Mon Aug 17, 2015 4:18 pm UTC

Though I use Adblock Plus, Scriptblock, Ghostery, Privacy Badger and probably a few other things I've forgotten about (which often means it takes me 10 seconds to two minutes to even get a website to work the first time I visit), it's gotten to where that's not the point anymore. A complaint of "These ads are really intrusive" shouldn't be met with "Install an adblocker" but with a course of action that will actually resolve the issue - addresses for Youtube to complain, advice on how to contact the company and complain that their advertising in this particular manner is creating an incredibly negative image that is hurting their brand, not helping, and so on. Something that would actually resolve the problem.

The more adblockers are used, the more creative ways to get around them will be found - like tying the ad even deeper into the content. And I really don't look forward to the day where even minor Youtube celebrities are offered deals to talk about soda while doing their streaming or whatever it is they do.
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Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

Postby Carlington » Mon Aug 17, 2015 10:08 pm UTC

Although, by some unknown mechanism, someone did once get the entire film "Horton Hears A Who" as a YouTube ad. So, y'know, occasional free movie.
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Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

Postby addams » Mon Aug 17, 2015 11:04 pm UTC

SecondTalon wrote:Though I use Adblock Plus, Scriptblock, Ghostery, Privacy Badger and probably a few other things I've forgotten about (which often means it takes me 10 seconds to two minutes to even get a website to work the first time I visit), it's gotten to where that's not the point anymore. A complaint of "These ads are really intrusive" shouldn't be met with "Install an adblocker" but with a course of action that will actually resolve the issue - addresses for Youtube to complain, advice on how to contact the company and complain that their advertising in this particular manner is creating an incredibly negative image that is hurting their brand, not helping, and so on. Something that would actually resolve the problem.

The more adblockers are used, the more creative ways to get around them will be found - like tying the ad even deeper into the content. And I really don't look forward to the day where even minor Youtube celebrities are offered deals to talk about soda while doing their streaming or whatever it is they do.

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This sounds important to you and it may impact my life, too.

It is Jolting to be taken from a clip to an Advert in less than 3 to 10 minutes.
I think it has something to do with our attention span and Evolutionary Psychology.

That's beside the point.
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Maybe, you could invite them to an xkcd thread in SB devoted to our interest in their business.
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Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

Postby phlip » Tue Aug 18, 2015 6:26 am UTC

Deva wrote:Ran sixteen minute "advertisements" (of independent films) once. Allowed skipping within several seconds, per usual.

That's usually the result of filmmakers clicking the "promote this video" button without completely understanding what it does... (ie "use this video as an ad", not "make ads that point to this video").

Longest I've ever seen was a full 45-minute long infomercial that wanted to play during a Twitch adbreak.

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Postby Xeio » Tue Aug 18, 2015 3:34 pm UTC

I... actually watched the whole one of those once.

It was something with I think Uma Thermon being... Thor's wife or something? I think?

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Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

Postby Isaac Hill » Tue Sep 01, 2015 11:15 pm UTC

Fuck Discover. And PayPal and stores. And probably Hasbro. I tried to apply for a credit card on-line. I get to the end, and the website says to call a phone number to finish the setup. I call, and the guy says I have no FICO score. Something's gone wrong with the application. Maybe it's my fault for not typing something in correctly. That's not what pisses me off.

Rather than spend any time helping me solve this, the Discover phone monkey says I'll get a letter in the mail explaining what I need to do to contact the credit agencies. But, I am calling from a house I bought myself, and just had my score checked last year when I bought a car. Clearly the problem is with this application, not that I don't have a credit rating. So, contacting the credit agencies won't help, and will probably be a big pain in the ass.

I tried filling out the on-line application again today, but got rejected. I think the rejection message meant that I already had an application in process.

The thing is, I don't even WANT a credit card. I'm setting up a PayPal account so I can buy things on-line. But, PayPal requires either a credit card or bank account number to setup an account. I'm not using my bank account, because if (or more likely when) PayPal gets hacked, I don't want the hackers to have access to all my money.

Ideally, I would mail PayPal a check for $500, they would credit my account for $500, and I would then spend that $500 on-line. That's probably not possible because it'd be too easy for me. I could write my parents a check for $500 and have them transfer the money to me via PayPal. But, PayPal still won't let me finish setting up my account without the credit card or bank info.

On top of that, I don't even really want the PayPal account. I want to buy a few niche Transformer figures, like the reissue coneheads, or Masterpiece Wheeljack. But, stores near me don't actually stock them, because they're a niche market. So, I'm trying to get a credit card I don't want to setup an on-line account I don't want because stores won't sell me the things I do want.


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Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

Postby speising » Tue Sep 01, 2015 11:22 pm UTC

How would hackers get access to all your money by hacking paypal? Knowing your account number won't help them a lot.

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Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

Postby Pfhorrest » Wed Sep 02, 2015 3:30 am UTC

speising wrote:How would hackers get access to all your money by hacking paypal? Knowing your account number won't help them a lot.

You can authorize PayPal to pull money from your bank account to send payments to people.

(And this kind of authorization is, I assume, what's being asked for... though last I recalled you could use PayPal just as PayPal with no card or bank connection, you just can't make your account "verified" until you link it to one of those. But that shouldn't prevent you from sending or receiving money to or from PayPal accounts, though I don't know how you'd plan to get money to spend into your PayPal account to start with without pulling it from your card or bank, unless you plan to receive money via PayPal first and then just spend that).

So if someone were then to get control of your PayPal account, they could use it (and its standing authorization) to pull money from your bank account to send payment to themselves.
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Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

Postby addams » Wed Sep 02, 2015 3:48 am UTC

Isaac Hill wrote:Fuck Discover. And PayPal and stores. And probably Hasbro. I tried to apply for a credit card on-line. I get to the end, and the website says to call a phone number to finish the setup. I call, and the guy says I have no FICO score. Something's gone wrong with the application. Maybe it's my fault for not typing something in correctly. That's not what pisses me off.

Rather than spend any time helping me solve this, the Discover phone monkey says I'll get a letter in the mail explaining what I need to do to contact the credit agencies. But, I am calling from a house I bought myself, and just had my score checked last year when I bought a car. Clearly the problem is with this application, not that I don't have a credit rating. So, contacting the credit agencies won't help, and will probably be a big pain in the ass.

I tried filling out the on-line application again today, but got rejected. I think the rejection message meant that I already had an application in process.

The thing is, I don't even WANT a credit card. I'm setting up a PayPal account so I can buy things on-line. But, PayPal requires either a credit card or bank account number to setup an account. I'm not using my bank account, because if (or more likely when) PayPal gets hacked, I don't want the hackers to have access to all my money.

Ideally, I would mail PayPal a check for $500, they would credit my account for $500, and I would then spend that $500 on-line. That's probably not possible because it'd be too easy for me. I could write my parents a check for $500 and have them transfer the money to me via PayPal. But, PayPal still won't let me finish setting up my account without the credit card or bank info.

On top of that, I don't even really want the PayPal account. I want to buy a few niche Transformer figures, like the reissue coneheads, or Masterpiece Wheeljack. But, stores near me don't actually stock them, because they're a niche market. So, I'm trying to get a credit card I don't want to setup an on-line account I don't want because stores won't sell me the things I do want.


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This post makes perfect sense.
I have not done, but I have seen done and spoken to people that did.

What they did was go to a store called Fred Myers.
I suppose, it is a little like Wall Mart.
Wall Mart might work.

At that retail store they buy a credit card they use only On Line.
They put money on the card, they spend the money, Repeat.

I am fairly sure those people were telling me a truth.
They don't want Pay Pal or any other casual internet relationship
to have a way of worming back to their main bank accounts.

That is your main concern, too.
Correct? Have you tried a pre-paid card?

I've not done it.
It sounds like a good idea.

So funny. I see the humor in it. How could they treat You like that?? You are a somebody!
You have Great Credit and you get turned down like a single mom working minimum wage.
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Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

Postby Giant Speck » Wed Sep 02, 2015 6:00 am UTC

addams wrote:What they did was go to a store called Fred Myers.

Oh man, I miss Fred Meyer.


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