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I'm extraordinarily annoyed by web pages with advertisements that auto-play video. On the desktop, I tend to (massive understatement) open pages in new tabs and read the pages in succession. On mobile, well, auto-pay video is simply rude and brings my phone to a figurative screeching halt. Do others share my annoyance? What solutions are people using for this?
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I haven't been on LinkedIn in quite some time. I visited it today and saw that there was a new User Agreement posted late last month. There were a couple of gems (does anybody read these things?):

In the Don'ts:
17. Deep-link to our sites for any purpose, (i.e. creating or posting a link to a LinkedIn web page other than LinkedIn’s home page) unless expressly authorized in writing by LinkedIn or for the purpose of promoting your profile or a Group on LinkedIn as set forth in the Brand Guidelines;

So, merely by pointing this out and linking to it, I would be violating the agreement. If I'd agreed to it first.

But I also notice that:

2.10. User-to-User Communication and Sharing (LinkedIn Groups, Updates, Company Pages, etc.) LinkedIn offers various forums such as LinkedIn Groups and Network Updates, where you can post your observations and comments on designated topics. LinkedIn also enables sharing of information by allowing users to post updates, including links to news articles and other information such as job opportunities, product recommendations, and other content to their profile and other Services, such as SlideShare, LinkedIn Groups and LinkedIn Company Pages.

So, you can "deep link" to other web sites' stuff, but not to LinkedIn's own.

Next was this gem:
19. Remove, cover or otherwise obscure any form of advertisement included on LinkedIn;

No use of NoScript or AdBlock once I agree to these terms.

How many people are going to abide by these?
You agree that by registering on LinkedIn, SlideShare or Pulse or by using our websites, including our mobile applications, developer platforms, premium services, or any content or information provided as part of the LinkedIn services (collectively, including SlideShare and Pulse, “LinkedIn” or ...
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Amazon is clearly testing me. I've had a movie in my "saved for later" cart for a couple of weeks. Almost every time I access Amazon, the price on this movie has changed. The variance has not been large, but it is usually $0.50 to $5.00 either way.

So, what are they trying to figure out? If a price drop of $x will result in an impulse purchase? If I have a "price point" for similar items that will result in a sale?

Of course, now I'm waiting for the price to fall below the lowest price I've seen so far. I'm in no hurry and may never purchase the movie at all. 
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The only winning move is not to play. :-D
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There is no reason someone with "high blood pressure" and diabetes should be on disability.  Rather than "disability," could we funnel the funds into a public works program? 
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The mere fact of a diagnosis is not sufficient to demonstrate disability. The fuzzy thinking is that diagnosis = disability. It does not. The disability has to be demonstrated.

From diabetes.org: "On the other hand, one of the most common errors in attempting to prove a disability is to mistake diagnosis for disability. At most, a diagnosis merely shows an impairment. But a diagnosis, even a “serious” one, does not reflect whether that impairment substantially limits a major life activity."

When President Clinton tightened the welfare rules, it appears (based on the NPR article) many of those people suddenly became "disabled" where they were not previously disabled. This also shifted costs from the States to the Federal level.

Nobody is addressing my question, however, and are quibbling over definitions with snarky comments. Rather than being fraudulently on "disability," should those persons who were previously on welfare be put on a public works jobs program instead? 
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Iran to sue Argo film makers over the factual inaccuracies in the movie Argo. I didn't know you could do that! Can I at least get my money back for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull for its portrayal of refrigerator-based nuclear weapon shielding? 
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My experiences (so far) with Fedora 18 have been much better than these. But I say that with the caveat that I used 'fedup' in upgrading 3 of my machines. I never touched the new installer. If this portrayal is accurate, I'm glad that I didn't.

Some of the things that has bothered me in recent installs are highlighted in this vitriolic review. But it makes good points. Why do identical discs appear as model numbers with no other identifying information? I generally put identically sized discs in PCs. Insanity. 
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Debian with which desktop environment? Which leads to the question, why Debian and not Ubuntu? Is it because of Unity?

My main box is Fedora 18 with Cinnamon (can't stand Gnome Shell), though that upgrade wasn't entirely smooth either (had to briefly log in to Gnome Shell, uninstall/reinstall Cinnamon and then I was back in business). 
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Due to stability problems with Cinnamon a few updates ago, I've tried Gnome Classic again. Last night I was using Fedora's native VPN client (NetworkManager) to remove in to work. Because I use a password safe, I found that under Gnome 3 shell, I could not switch to any other windows when the NetworkManager password dialog prompted me. Damn Macintosh-style modal dialogs! Why does anyone think these are a good idea? Google helped me find a solution. Only it doesn't work. Anybody know of a solution? I may be going back to Cinnamon.
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In this opinion piece, there is this gem: "Some people think I've put too much emphasis on Windows 8's dismal Metro interface for why Windows 8 has failed. I don't think so. This isn't a matter of judging a book by its cover; the user interface (UI) is everything for computer users. If the UI alienates users, you lose them. It's as simple as that."

That's how I have grown to feel about Gnome-Shell. On Saturday I did an update of Fedora 18, much like I do every week. But, like a recent upgrade of the package gcr that prevented my Evolution mail client to horribly malfunction, an unknown upgrade prevented the Gnome greeter from displaying. I got a black screen with a mouse pointer. I found similar bug reports (Fedora, upstream Gnome, Arch) going back months with no work or resolution. Google searches and the Fedora Users Mailing List turned up little, except for a few folks who had similar problems. But no resolution or fixes. Just a few work arounds. One of which was installing the KDM display manager (via a virtual terminal) and switching to that. Which worked and got me up and running again. 

It doesn't help that the Fedora software updater has a tiny non-re-sizable pane to show the actual bugfix content, so you can't see the entire change record at once without scrolling. I guess they think that is not important, so they borrowed a bad design decision from Pidgin and found a way to make it worse. 

I'm not opposed to change. Nor am I opposed to incremental change and "waiting and seeing" the result of a vision that is not quite finished. However, that Microsoft is struggling with Windows 8 means there is an opportunity for alternative interfaces. Why put that horrible "touch" interface on Windows Server 2012? How hard is that to use, especially when you've remoted into the server? (I can tell you, I hate having to "hover in a corner" in what might be a window that scrolls both vertically and horizontally.)

With Gnome shooting itself in the foot and the abomination of the Windows 8 UX, to what should desktop computer users advocate?
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Those quadcopters are cool. It wasn't long before they were used for marketing. 
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Recently, a vexing problem came my direction. An iPad app that was supposed to be sending email wasn't. The app used IOS's built-in mail app, so there was nothing to configure and nothing to go wrong--or so we thought. The built-in email app, when used by itself, worked fine. But the stubborn little app refused to send email. 

It came to IT from the iPad owner, who had contacted the app vendor. Said app vendor was mystified that it didn't work. Two of my colleagues worked on it to no avail. Then it came to me. I checked the obvious. Having just re-watched Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country this weekend brought Spock's line to mind: "An ancestor of mine maintained that when you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." Of course, he was referring to another fictional character, Sherlock Holmes.

So, when I turned to Google to find the linked Apple page, the last item "Restart iPad" seemed quite ridiculous. That's so cliché! Was this the pilot for "The IT Crowd"?! We had eliminated everything else. 

Rebooting worked.

In all the troubleshooting that went into this, nobody had followed The IT Crowd's Roy's advice "Hello, IT. Have you tried turning it off and on again?" Apparently Windows isn't the only OS that a good rebooting will help.
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Glad there are people who appreciate straight forward honesty. I hope the intern works out. It'd be interesting to see what grows from this seed. 
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It is gratifying when the plot of "Fan Boys" comes to live, only with the roles of "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" fandom reversed! 
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