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July 01, 2012

Facebook alters everyone's email address, erases address books, loses email

Facebook's dick move this week of changing every user's email address to an @Facebook.com address has had some devastating effects. Besides countless lost emails, it has also overwritten stored addresses on some Android phones effectively losing millions of people's contact info. Facebook e-mail mess: Address books altered; e-mail lost | Internet & Media - CNET News
An alarming number of people are reporting that the new e-mail address Facebook forced on users this week is changing their address books while intercepting and losing unknown amounts of e-mail. Facebook users say contacts' e-mail addresses on phones and personal devices have been altered without their consent -- and their e-mail communication is being redirected elsewhere, and lost. . . . . . . this disaster is happening despite the fact that, like many others, she rushed to replace the @Facebook e-mail with their correct e-mail address once they'd found out about Facebook's change. When Facebook forced its hundreds of millions of users into an @facebook account, commenters across the Internet talked about alterations that had begun in their contacts and address books outside Facebook -- valid e-mail addresses were being changed for @Facebook without people's awareness or consent on their phones and computers.

June 28, 2012

How To: Fix a shrunk shirt

Soak it in warm water and hair conditioner for five minutes. Then stretch it out to the right size. Fix a Shrunk Shirt with Warm Water and Hair Conditioner

June 27, 2012

How To: Fool Orbitz that your Mac is a Windows PC

So it has come out that Orbitz, the travel booking site, charges Mac users $20 to $30 more a day when booking hotels than PC users. Presumably because they will pay it, or because Orbitz thinks mac users are wealthier. All I know is that I already never use Orbitz because their prices for me--a Mac user--are too high. But here is a handy trick to force Safari to tell the world you are a PC user, so you can avoid being charged extra by duplicitous merchants. Fool Orbitz that your Mac is a Windows PC
Recently Orbits made the news headlines because of their marketing strategy to offer Mac users more expensive options than PC users. This doesn’t mean that as a Mac user you will not find the same deals as a Windows PC user are offered. Its just that Orbitz figured out that Mac users typically prefer a nicer room and are willing to spend a bit more on their travel. As apposed to the average Windows PC user who is typically most interested in a low price. Therefor Orbitz offers a Mac user by default the options they thing you are most likely interested in. Upsetting? Hmm maybe. Surprised, no not really… When you visit any website the owner of that site will receive an array of statistics and data that is used for adapt their online marketing strategy.

June 22, 2012

Netflix is going to have to start providing Closed Captioning for streaming videos

I am looking forward to this. I have a baby and the only time we really watch tv or movies is at night when he is asleep. And for for some infernal reason, the sound mix on every Netflix Watch Instantly video has people talking in a hushed, muttery whisper while all the sound effects are set at BOOM COLON RUMBLE SHAKA SHAKA THUNDER GUNSHOT level. So yeah, sometimes I like captions. Also, when watching Deadwood. Netflix may have to provide closed captions online
A federal judge has taken a step toward requiring Netflix to provide closed-captioning for the deaf on its video-streaming website, ruling that federal disability laws cover businesses that serve their customers online. Netflix, headquartered in Los Gatos, is the dominant provider of movies and TV programs on the Internet, with more than 20 million subscribers. The National Association for the Deaf accused the company of violating the law by withholding closed-captioning from most of the videos on its "Watch Instantly" on-demand website. Netflix sought to dismiss the suit, arguing that the Americans with Disabilities Act requires accommodations for the disabled only in stores and other physical structures - an argument accepted in the past by some courts, including the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

June 01, 2012

Lego Lord of the Rings looks adorable and fun

Due out this fall on every possible system (except Mac) this looks pretty cute. I have a lot of faith in the LEGO games as they have all been shockingly fun and surprisingly deep. They are using the voice cues from the actual LotR trilogy, which is an interesting choice. I'll be curious if that makes it all feel too serious amidst what are likely to be jokes aimed squarely at the kids (witness: the Balrog belching in Gandalf's face).

My Fellow Humans: Can't you see we're playing with fire here?

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