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"hot and recommended" appears to actually be "vaccine FUD". The first 8 hot and recommended are all vaccine related (I did not scroll any further), and 7 of those are posts by people in denial of reality. Whether it is measles is harmless, the mercury levels will kill you or (and this was my favourite) a lawyer's view on vaccines (I am hoping for a follow up- an accountant's attempt at open heart surgery...). The 8th post may be too, I just could not stomach reading it by that stage.

No-one I know promotes this kind of drivel, so who is recommeding it? I wonder what the vaccination rates are for kids whose parents work at google?
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Why is my home page full of anti-vaccer misinformation? What have I done to deserve this? It is one of the most annoying things I can imagine, and what is worse that I can do nothing about it in any meaningful way- there are no downvotes and if I comment, it will just promote it further.
They seem to believe some paranoid conspriacy theory, that reads like a parody, but sadly isn't. Thank you google for marking it has "hot and recommended"
AAARRGGGGHHH!
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+Peter Bauck - maybe I will give that a go. I doubt I will be missing anything they would post on other topics :)
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that's a new one- someone has just signed up for a netflix account using my email address and their credit card details...
Free Netflix? not so much...I would rather just get my email taken off the account and let them get theirs added.

Unfortunately Netflix seem to have no email contact (chat here we come) and there are no additional contact details in the account to reach the owner.

#netflix  
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Same thing happened with me with the Starbucks Rewards Card...
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FTL is more than a little addictive. How did I miss this before? If you like #roguelike games, this is great and it has quite a bit more depth than I expected- lots of spaceships, options upgrades, crew, random events and the occasional meaningless death because things just conspired against you. A game is less than 90mins (and you can save in the middle) so it does not suck too much of your life, if you don't play it too often....
I got mine from www.gog.com (PC), but there is also apparantly an iOS version. The PC version is nicely polished and it all just works.

If you do go for it, one word of advice- easy="normal", normal="punishingly difficult", hard="I have no idea/words"
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+Brian Chu I think one of the great things about FTL is that it is not too difficult with the first ship on easy, but each ship gets progressively harder so it's more challenging than frustrating. When you add in the fact that getting some of the further ship unlocks requires compromising your play style you can tune what you are going for as the game goes along.
Sometimes on your first jump you get an event that eats your only crew member, but hey, it's a roguelike- what do you expect?
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Kickstarter gets hacked. I am glad I use a password manager so my password was hard to guess, unique to only that account, and easy to change.
Total time for me to address the problem 2mins. If you don't use a password manager....why not?

#kickstarter #keepass  
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Welp.
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I have just had to temporarily stop my cloud backup solution so my wife can watch "The Voice" streaming as our DVR failed (she is now the only person in the house who can use the internet for more than static webpages, or the stream turns into a slideshow, and this is still only postcard sized  video). Why would I need to do this you may ask? Well BT's quality broadband gives me a download speed of <1MB.

The people across the road have had fibre installed this week, but BT's terrible database still says "BT fibre is not available in your area yet". We were promised Fibre a year ago, but still no luck.

British Telecom- showing why monopolies are a bad thing for as long as I can remember.

#BT  
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What are everyone's thoughts on the bunker upgrade?

When I saw it I realised that it was the perfect addition to stronghold to allow me to do what I want to do, but £40 is quite a lot and I am a bit strapped for cash- I have already borrowed my Christmas present allowance to replace my digital camera which died (surely gaming terrain is more important? I hear you say, but I have 2 small kids and my phone just won't cut it for everything).

I was not sure I could sensibly afford the standard package, but it was so jaw-droppingly amazing I just had to get it, and the bunker pushes it over the £100 barrier. I am sure I can find the cash for it, but I am not certain I should. If I knew it would be available at retail in 6 months I guess I could live with that, but if it's not..

What say you fellow addicts?
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Its worth the money but that still makes it pretty expensive just for a cosmetic part of your building.  I have to get it since I dont like the look of the openness the layouts have.  It looks a bit weird to me.  I was also planning to build fairly large things with my double stronghold, but will have to settle with using the bunker on just 3 of the outer 4 walls since it wont be enough, and I cant justify another 40 pounds on this.  I also dont have the money for it all but I'm biting my tongue and hoping it'll be ok in the long run.
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Today I was thinking about advertising, particularly how I ignore or filter virtually all of it.

 I watch most TV pre-recorded so I can skip breaks (not fast-forward), on the radio I will station hop when an advert break comes on (and the BBC helps with this one too), when going to the cinema I will normally arrive 10mins late to skip the ads while still getting most of the previews and online I ignore the periphery of pages and just the other day I noticed that with any pop ups/"skip in x seconds" ads I automatically look for the cross/skip button and totally ignore the rest- the last one I skipped before I consciously realised it. If I am watching streaming TV I will surf the web while any unavoidable adverts are on.

If my behaviour is anything like typical, I would be worried if I were an advertising exec.

The other problem is that most of the adverts are irrelevant to me- I don't need debt refinancing, cash for gold, adult dating, dubious lottery products, get fit quick schemes, plastic surgery, dieting etc. Even technology sites such as +Ars Technica  serves off topic ads, maybe because I am in Europe.
However, I am a busy married professional homeowner with kids (and my wife is a professional too) so there are quite a few products I do need and can afford.

The one exception to this advertising filtering/mismatch is on podcasts. I find that I don't mind the adverts on specialist interest podcasts, they are all generally on topic (which I am interested in or I would not be listening the podcast in the first place) and I have much better connection with the show hosts as they are generally small operations, often read the ads themselves and they are quite open about the need for advertising to keep the product free. Ad breaks are also short and not too often. And you know what? I have looked up products, used discount codes, tried new vendors, all from in-podcast advertising. On occasion I have even relistened to an advert spot to get the details down.

How can I get more of the latter and less of the former, without sacrificing  my privacy (too much- I certainly don't want to give the likes of +Facebook+ free reign with my data)? I am sure we could all win that way.

#advertising #podcasts #privacy
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Yep, I use Google Reader to view all of the sites I used to visit, so I get exponentially less ad clutter.

When I do see advertising or even subtle placement/marketing, my brain automatically ponders all of the calculated steps taken to place that product, and it pretty much overrides any lizard-brain desires to "buy-buy-buy!"
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If you are interested in a particuarly damning indictment of Wakefields MMR research, this British Medical Journal (BMJ) article is very good. If you look at nothing else, the popup chart (scroll down about half way to find it) shows that the full claims in his article did not match the medical records of any of the 12 children.

While it must be truly upsetting for the parents of children with the disorders Wakefield investigated, fabricating the results and thus misleading the parents in the study,  and subsequently many other parents around the world, about their origins is nothing short of criminal.


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trust me to back a quality smartwatch....

I don't even have mine yet so I cannot confirm first hand how terrible it is, but my expectations are very low....

It's safe to say I won't be buying any more products from Kreyos....
Crowdfunding complex hardware is risky business, and it seems that risk is something backers of the Kreyos Meteor smartwatch are becoming all too familiar... by David Ruddock in News, Smart Watches
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Curses. My more than reasonable graphics card in my home theatre and lightweight co-op box is dead.

Oh, the chips, heatsink, connectors etc are all fine. Just the fan has died and, as it is embedded in the rather elaborate copper heatsink with air channels and a screwed on cover (which can only be unscrewed after you remove the heatsink from the card itself), I can't replace it. Believe me I have tried. So I have to replace a whole videocard because a <£1 piece of plastic rubbish failed.

On the plus side, at least the integrated graphics are good enough to run the dual-head home theatre setup and it look pretty good.

Why does everyone skimp on fans? I would quite happily pay £5-£10 more for a graphics card/motherboard if I knew the fans would last as long as the hardware. It can be done as CPU fans show. Grrrr.
At least it was pretty while it lasted :-/

This post is brought to you by a half hour session 3 nights running spent crawing under my desk in the dark and fluff. :(

#shoddy #PC   #fans   #false_economy  
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my motherboard has 2 slots- one takes the graphics card and the other the TV tuner card (which also runs quite hot). This means there is not room to put a fan on top of the heat sink- it has to go into the heatsink like the current one. The current one also sucks air in at the top and blows it out the sides, this air flow is controlled by the plastic cover into the copper heatsink channels. I would need to find a relatively similar fan (roughly similar size, all support structures at the bottom not the sides, designed to blow air out sideways) and then machine the heatsink so it fits and/or rebuild the plastic cover to ensure the air goes where it's supposed to. As the heatsink runs along the whole length of the card I can't just throw it away and replace it. Whatever I replaced it with would need to work well, as the card ran a bit hot at the best of times anyway.

It sucks, but there seems no reasonable way to fix it without hours spend looking for suitable parts and then more hours spent trying to get it to work. :(
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I hope everyone I talk to on the phone realises I have kids, or they must have some very odd ideas about me!
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Interested in Science, Technology, Christianity and Gaming (not necessarily in that order :) ), with a bit of ballroom dancing, swimming, running and reading thrown in on the side. You may know me from Ars Technica
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Gamers used to be a great little boardgame shop, stocking a wide range of boardgames, wargames and card games like Magic. Unfortunately, discount internet sellers have had the same effect on this shop as many others. The owners have combined their two businesses so it is now a cycle shop with a single metre wide display of games, and by games I mean Magic the Gathering, as apparantly that is what the locals mainly play/want (they said they occasionally have a bit of stuff like Xwing too, but not much more). The 3 star rating is because, while it is not really a games shop any more, it could be a fine cycle shop, but that is not what I was looking for.
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