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Chromium doesn't redraw the screen properly when I switch workspaces in Xubuntu 14.04. Anyone else seeing something like this?
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That's the one! Added myself as also affected.
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Fucking doubled words get me all the damn time.
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Rocknerd: A librarian reviews her husband's "Stupid Record Collection." All of it.
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I should photograph my record wall some time.
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The helium balloon in a minivan video. http://io9.com/prepare-to-have-your-mind-blown-by-a-balloon-and-a-mini-1565303363 This is completely worth watching.
If you don't already know why a helium balloon tethered to the floor of a minivan has the power to make your jaw drop, you're going to want to see this. Seriously – set aside five minutes of your time, have a seat and watch. You won't regret it.
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The fundamental problem with the copyright monopoly is the same now as for the last 20 years. New column on TorrentFreak.

The fundamental problem with the copyright monopoly today is that it can't coexist with private communications as a concept. Our sharing of culture and knowledge happens as part of the private correspondence that leaves our computer, and therefore, the monopoly cannot be enforced as long as private correspondence exists.

http://torrentfreak.com/the-fundamental-problem-with-the-copyright-monopoly-140420/
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+Jasper Janssen 'Still'?
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I've been having some fun for the last year or two with an awful, corrupt phone scam operation. I don't know how I got on their list (actually, I have a guess, but I'll skip the details). But they call me every couple weeks, usually from a different number, but with the same pitch:
* (recording) "This is Card Services with an important message about your account. Please do not hang up. Please press 1 to speak to a representative."
* I press 1
* Somebody comes on the line, with some vague phrasing that makes it sound like they work for a major bank I have a credit card with, and a question like: "Do you currently owe at $2000 or more on your credit card?" or "Would you be interested in lowering your credit card's interest rate?"
* My response: "Please tell me what business you are calling from."

This used to lead to some highly entertaining discussions in which they would continue to try to feed the illusion that they work for Wells Fargo, or Bank of America, or whatever. Sometimes they would even lie outright, but more often it was mumbling fast so I couldn't exactly make out what they said, or even something like "Why do you think I should tell you that?"

More recently, it just leads to an immediate hangup. They must be training their staff about questions like that!

Anyway, I always add these to a contact in my phone named "Asshat," which is set to go straight to voice-mail...so I never have to take a call a second time if they use the same number.

This most recent one came from a number that caller ID named as "Senior Shield." This was a fun Google Search term -- check it out: http://www.fitsnews.com/2008/11/13/senior-shield-more-like-a-senior-scam/

Anyway, if anybody feels like blocking a few numbers from your phone, here are the various phone numbers I have accumulated for "Asshat":
* 417-800-2309
* 616-613-2092
* 339-502-6710
* 469-251-2025
* 610-922-8910
* 201-243-3402
* 360-322-6714
* 360-322-6714
* 682-224-7055
* 253-245-2701
* 469-251-2273
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I get multiple calls a day from 'card services' or variants. I have dozens of numbers in my blocklist. I started asking them who they were, then I tried feeding them a line for a few minutes, just to waste their time, then I just told them I was on the do not call list. Now I just block them. The last time I hit '1' to talk to them I got routed to a tone generator.
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