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subego  (op)
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Jun 9, 2019, 12:14 PM
 
Originally Posted by And.reg View Post
To repeat myself from two months ago:


So I smoked one of them indoors at 3000 Volts with an electric tennis racket.

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Jun 9, 2019, 10:04 PM
 
Receive some sort of email regarding app service or some other service or update from a company. Click unsubscribe at the bottom and click unsubscribe all. Receive no emails for a while and then a new email pops up regarding a new service unrelated to the 1st one from the same company. Click unsubscribe again and repeat process.

Doesn't matter if you click unsubscribe. They will email you something new eventually.
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Jun 9, 2019, 10:57 PM
 
The Chicago Tribune used to do the meatspace version of this with their “Red Plum Circular” a giant pile of ads.

Had a number listed you could call to cancel, but it would start showing up again in a few months.

It stopped for good awhile back. I assume the business model finally became untenable.
     
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Jun 9, 2019, 11:28 PM
 
Snail mail. Among the junk mail, you find a white envelope. Hand-sealed, often with handwritten return address. Recipient address usually missing.

Spend the time to open it. Great deal on auto insurance. Or AT&T offering high-speed internet (dog slow DSL).

Just love those ads in hand-sealed envelopes.
     
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Jun 10, 2019, 01:40 AM
 
Oooh... some joker running for a judge’s seat paid a crapload of money to print up election spam that looked like it was handwritten. It even had pen grooves.

It was effective in one sense. I spent about 20 minutes looking at it trying to figure out whether it was legit, which is more than I can say for most election spam.
     
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Jun 10, 2019, 07:52 AM
 
Originally Posted by And.reg View Post
To repeat myself from two months ago:
Had my first mosquito this weekend. While trying to pour gas into a freshly-painted motorcycle tank. Ended up spilling on the tank.
     
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Jun 10, 2019, 05:29 PM
 
Originally Posted by mindwaves View Post
Doesn't matter if you click unsubscribe. They will email you something new eventually.
If only there was some kind of EU wide directive on data use and privacy....

oh wait there IS. Thank god we are part of the Eu...

oh wait...
This space for Hire! Reasonable rates. Reach an audience of literally dozens!
     
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Jun 10, 2019, 06:26 PM
 
GDPR
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Jun 12, 2019, 11:57 AM
 
Originally Posted by mindwaves View Post
Receive some sort of email regarding app service or some other service or update from a company. Click unsubscribe at the bottom and click unsubscribe all. Receive no emails for a while and then a new email pops up regarding a new service unrelated to the 1st one from the same company. Click unsubscribe again and repeat process.

Doesn't matter if you click unsubscribe. They will email you something new eventually.
Because Mail is kind of stupid when it comes to spam filtering, I go through my Junk folder on a regular basis. I get "please confirm your unsubscribe request" emails constantly. That's what the Junk folder is for, right? But the spamitists are crafty in how their messages are worded, so sometimes it takes examining them for more than an instant to see that's what these are...

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Jun 13, 2019, 10:10 AM
 
Caught a mouse via glue trap at 2:20am by the toaster. You would think that mice would go back outside with it almost being summer, but nope. For whatever reason, me, and a few people that I know, just keep catching mice well past cold temps.
     
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Jun 13, 2019, 11:04 AM
 
but... you have toast.
     
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Jun 13, 2019, 11:34 AM
 
Yep, it's the food. And the comfortable environment. House mice are reliable - they will stay with you year around.
     
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Jun 13, 2019, 12:47 PM
 
They belong in a lab getting injected and high AF, and tested, for science.
     
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Jun 15, 2019, 11:57 PM
 
Auto expiring passwords.

     
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Jun 16, 2019, 07:16 PM
 
Without a warning, having your password expire - especially a password for something you log into not-too-regularly - is much more than a minor irritant.

My work passwords are the other way around. I start getting nags almost a month before they expire. “Your password will expire on July 15. Do you want to change it now?” No option for “buzz off you idiot,” so I just delete at least one email a day until NEARLY July 15, then I change that password, and all the others I use at work. It’s better if I get them all at once, so nothing else starts nagging me.

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Jun 16, 2019, 08:28 PM
 
my work is like that also. Interestingly, I hear microsoft is going to stop doing that.
     
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Jun 16, 2019, 09:35 PM
 
Originally Posted by ghporter View Post
... No option for “buzz off you idiot,” ...
Computer dialogs announcing a problem. A lot are like that - "Unable to blah blah blah", and the only option is an [OK] button. C'mon now, I wanted it to work. It's not OK, give me an option to fix the problem. Or at least a more detailed error message.
     
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Jun 17, 2019, 06:45 AM
 
Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
my work is like that also. Interestingly, I hear microsoft is going to stop doing that.
They are, sort of.

MS have an audit policy tool that flags any "bad policies" used by a company, and not requiring password changes is one of them. This means that if you run that program, you get a red X in that box, which drives people to enable forced password changes. The recommendation that this is based on is now withdrawn - in fact reversed by NCSC - and MS is finally changing their audit tool to reflect that. That doesn't mean that everyone's policy will change automagically, but hopefully it will drive changes over time.
The new Mac Pro has up to 30 MB of cache inside the processor itself. That's more than the HD in my first Mac. Somehow I'm still running out of space.
     
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Originally Posted by reader50 View Post
Computer dialogs announcing a problem. A lot are like that - "Unable to blah blah blah", and the only option is an [OK] button. C'mon now, I wanted it to work. It's not OK, give me an option to fix the problem. Or at least a more detailed error message.
A Windows-specific thing that has bugged me forever is that error windows with an "OK" button also have a red X button to close the window, giving someone the option of feeling like they've successfully bypassed the error by not directly acknowledging it.

     
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Jun 17, 2019, 09:53 AM
 
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Windows
That's about fifteen thousand minor irritants right there.

Plus a small handful of major ones.
     
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Jun 17, 2019, 12:09 PM
 
Ooo, here's another one. Loud hotel HVAC units. I honestly don't know what the difference is, but some hotel have obscenely loud HVAC units. Like...I can't have a conversation over the sound of the AC running without yelling. Like...it wakes me up in the middle of the night when it kicks on.

A hotel guest wouldn't put up with that level of noise coming from an adjacent room all night, but somehow hotels decided it's okay for something vital to their guests' comfort to push 60-70 decibels.
     
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Jun 18, 2019, 08:15 PM
 
The trend, or whatever you call it, to convert written language & words to pictographs or primal glyphs. Especially on the web. It’s becoming increasingly difficult for me to teach elderly how to use computers & navigate web pages... email, a squiggly arrow here a curved arrow there. Why cant it just say reply? A circle inside a circle with a curve under it, a square w a star inside, a sprocket, or just a circle... None of it is intuitive. A massive confusing step backward in the evolution of language.
     
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Jun 18, 2019, 08:44 PM
 
Originally Posted by reader50 View Post
Computer dialogs announcing a problem. A lot are like that - "Unable to blah blah blah", and the only option is an [OK] button. C'mon now, I wanted it to work. It's not OK, give me an option to fix the problem. Or at least a more detailed error message.
I have an app on my iPad for checking Texas Lottery tickets. It reads the barcode and tells you if that ticket is a winner or not. If it says "this ticket is not a winner," the way to get out of that dialog box is to click the "OK" button.

But it is NOT OK that I'm not suddenly wealthy.

I KNOW that buttons for dismissing dialog boxes can be coded with any label you want, so why didn't the coder give us "rats, I have to go to work tomorrow" or something else cool instead?

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Jun 18, 2019, 09:08 PM
 
Originally Posted by el chupacabra View Post
The trend, or whatever you call it, to convert written language & words to pictographs or primal glyphs. Especially on the web. It’s becoming increasingly difficult for me to teach elderly how to use computers & navigate web pages... email, a squiggly arrow here a curved arrow there. Why cant it just say reply? A circle inside a circle with a curve under it, a square w a star inside, a sprocket, or just a circle... None of it is intuitive. A massive confusing step backward in the evolution of language.
I kinda dig it as an art form, though.

Here’s a set from Alien.




From a blogpost about the typography from that movie. Recommended for font nerds.

https://typesetinthefuture.com/2014/12/01/alien/
     
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Jun 18, 2019, 10:26 PM
 
Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
A hotel guest wouldn't put up with that level of noise coming from an adjacent room all night, but somehow hotels decided it's okay for something vital to their guests' comfort to push 60-70 decibels.
I suspect this is not a bug, but a feature, as a loud HVAC is better than hearing whatever the people in the next room over are watching/yelling/doing.
     
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Jun 18, 2019, 11:00 PM
 
Nah, it's the motel not calling for service. The compressor mounts are going, or fan bearings, or compressor bearings (in order of increasing cost). There is no reason why an A/C unit should be noisy. They're saving money not fixing nuisance noise. And they'll keep doing it so long as guests rent anyway.
     
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Apple Music REQUIRES iCloud music to be on. I ripped my CDs in ALAC, and if I want them on my phone, I HAVE to download them from the cloud. When I look at the iCloud status, most say "matched", a few say "uploaded". I downloaded two Beatles CDs that are ALAC rips and uploaded to see what it downloaded. I know that the "matched" tracks will be AAC downloads even when they are ALAC rips. The irritation is when I connect my phone to my iMac, the downloaded tracks don't show, only the albums that were on my phone prior to subbing to Apple Music and activating iCloud music. I want to see if it downloaded ALAC or AAC files.
     
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Jul 2, 2019, 05:57 PM
 
This bugs me too. I put music on my phone and its not there.
     
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Jul 2, 2019, 06:54 PM
 
Yeah Apple Music only lasted a month or two before I ripped it off my phone. Every single thing about it made my music experience worse.
     
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Brenda left a message on my answering machine, wanted to talk about recent changes affecting my federal student loans. Left a number to call back, and a case number.

Scam of course - I don't have any student loans.

She leaves a number to call, instead of trying to get you live. So you call back on your own dime, and the sales pitch can last as long as it takes. This minimizes phone charges for the scammers. I assume Brenda is designed to leave messages & voicemails - probably hangs up if a live one answers. Or a sales pitch runs for a different product.
     
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I assume Brenda is designed to leave messages & voicemails - probably hangs up if a live one answers. Or a sales pitch runs for a different product.
If you pick up, Brenda routes you to a live salesperson. I think the re-routing is triggered by your voice saying "hello" or whatnot.
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Yeah Apple Music only lasted a month or two before I ripped it off my phone. Every single thing about it made my music experience worse.
The Mrs is a heavy streamer of albums we have not bought and about 1/3 of my library is Apple Music. I’m rediscovering my fondness for jazz.
     
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Jul 9, 2019, 02:51 PM
 
Web developers designing sites as if everyone has a 7G unlimited data plan.

And news papers. What a mess. Why cant they be designed/folded efficiently like a magazine? Must be a tradition thing.
     
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Jul 12, 2019, 03:47 PM
 
“Good vision”

They say the correction they want to give me is so minor it’s not worth it.

Feels like I can’t see shit.
     
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I occasionally visit bogleheads.org and one minor irritant is when people write DW and DH. So annoying,
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