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  • Current Event
    6 years ago
    +18 18 0

    Silent cafes attract solo Japanese in search of peace

    Young Japanese are embracing all things solitary, with silent cafes and solo weddings among an array of activities, products and services created to cater for a relationship-shy generation

  • Text Post
    7 years ago
    +19 19 0

    What was your most glorious revenge on someone?

    OK, this is inspired by the practical joke thread, but somehow revenge can take on a much different flavor of cunning/evil.

    Mine was way back when I was throwing papers as a teenager, back when they still allowed kids on bikes to have paper routes. Usually, 4~6 kids would make up a 'station', and that's where they'd drop off the papers for us. Wednesdays and Sundays always came in two different deliveries, the middle section with the ads and coupons came first, then the headline section later in the night. Well, I noticed that our station was always short about twenty papers or so on Sundays, and doing a bit of digging, I find out that two brothers at our station were sneaking to the station early, taking twenty extras, counting out their own and taking them to an undisclosed location to 'protect' them. After their route, they'd take the extras they stole, and sell them outside the local coffee shop to make pure profit on these papers. This left the last guy to show up short, and it took forever to get replacements. It sucked when all you want to do is get your route down and go back to bed.

    Anyhow, I complained to the management, but they couldn't do much about it unless they caught them red-handed. I actually did catch the brothers in the act, but I couldn't persuade anyone to do anything about it. I wasn't adverse to resorting to violence, but I really didn't want to deal with the repercussions of that. One Sunday, as the brothers were getting their stuff ready, one had started to take their headline sections away for safe keeping, and the other one left to take a leak. Well, the station was on a sidewalk next to some gravel, and cats would occasionally use the gravel as a litter box. While the brothers weren't guarding their middle sections, I quickly dug up about five pieces of fresh cat shit and smeared it deeply into the coupon sections of about five papers. The beauty of this is that 1) they didn't think to protect these sections because without the headlines, they're worthless, 2) This was their delivery route papers, the ones that would get placed on doorsteps, and 3) the large portion of their customer base was retirees who LOVED clipping coupons.

    Anyhow, the very next day, the brothers got notices that they had lost six customers, and to not deliver them any longer. (Not sure how it was six, I can only assume that one of the five unlucky recipients told another customer) Management did start asking questions about that incident, but all they got out of the other carriers at that station was how we were always short on Sundays, the brothers were on the take, we had seen it, and management hadn't done anything about it. The brothers were given a harsh warning, the manager actually told me that 'he understood' how something like the cat shit incident could happen given the circumstances and dropped it. We were never short a single paper again.

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  • Text Post
    7 years ago
    +31 31 0

    What book have you read that the ending left you very disappointed?

    I just finished reading 'Cryptonomicron', and was really into it. It took a while for me to read, but only because finding time to read it was an issue. I was floored when the ending basically wrapped up in a handful of paragraphs, and even then with a lack of detail and such an improbable manner. The entire book was sooo good on the 'hows & whys', and then it just dropped a brick on your head, telling you that it's over.

    I mean really?! The great ending was to hose down the main chamber with fuel oil, light it, and melt the gold out of it? What about all the gold that would just pool on the floor, or go down another shaft? What about the jewels? And how the hell do you drill a hole sideways at a slight upward angle without needing men to go up there and work it? Why not just send men in there and claim all the gold if that was the case? And what was the deal with that crazy lawyer Andrew Leib? He seriously shows up in the jungle in a business suit and stalks the group? Ugh, so many questions.

    Oh well, the rest of the book was great.

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  • Current Event
    7 years ago
    +2 2 0

    $75,000 in rewards to catch drone operators who interfered with firefighters

    By Mark Frauenfelder at 8:49 am Thu, Jul 30, 2015

  • Current Event
    7 years ago
    +11 11 0

    The adblocking revolution is months away (with iOS 9) - with trouble for advertisers, publishers and Google

    The thing about print adverts was that they stayed where they were. Photo by Bethan on Flickr. TL:DR: when Apple's iOS 9 comes out in September, there's going to be a dramatic uptake of ad blockers...

  • Text Post
    7 years ago
    +26 26 0

    OK Snapzu, I just got a new laptop. Hook me up with some anti-virus/anti-malware!

    As the title says, I just got a new laptop to replace my desperately aging one. I'm running Windows (hey now, don't judge!) and it's been a while since I needed anti-virus. I'm careful with my surfing habits and pretty up to speed when it comes to attachments, phishing, etc. I have strong, unique passwords and use 2FA whenever I can, but I'd like some anti-virus/anti-malware to really keep me protected, even if it is from just some bad cookies.

    So what say you? What software is king in this department?

    Edit: I should add, I'm running FireFox & Chrome (Chrome pretty much just for the Google part; Music, Keep, InBox, etc) and I am using LastPass, NoScript and ABP with FireFox.

  • Current Event
    7 years ago
    +1 1 0

    NSFW Virtual reality is the new hope of the porn industry with headsets like Oculus Rift set to go mainstream

    LET’S face it, we are a red-blooded, sex-obsessed species. Behind every new technology, pornography has been hot on its heels, and the brave new world of virtual reality is right now climbing its way to a hyper-real climax.

  • Current Event
    7 years ago
    0 1 1

    Spitting armadillos have given leprosy to 9 people in Florida

    By Mark Frauenfelder at 11:54 am Wed, Jul 22, 2015

  • Current Event
    7 years ago
    +3 3 0

    Roman Builders May Have Copied Volcanic

    The rock of the Campi Flegrei Caldera, west of Naples, Italy, has an intricate network of mineral fibers—just like the famed Roman concrete. Christopher Intagliata reports.

  • Unspecified
    7 years ago
    +2 2 0

    Death by Flatulence and Other Shortcomings of Big Data

    Bizarre fatalities and the limitations of the data revolution emerge from a review of CDC records

  • Text Post
    7 years ago
    +20 20 0

    Aah, nothing like that new site smell.....

    Hello all!

    Been trying out this new playground for a week or so, and just wanted to say that I am very impressed. I'm coming from Reddit, and I have to say that the contrast in how people interact there vs. here is night and day. I love that I can go to a post's comments and see that there is obvious disagreement, but it remains completely civil. Having gotten so used to Reddit's flighty moods and absolute pounding of unpopular opinions, I find this incredibly refreshing. It's nice that calm discussion is the norm here, and I look forward to adding in to that.

    Anyway, nice to meet you all, be talking to you!

  • Text Post
    7 years ago
    +19 19 0

    What are some of best Science Fiction books you've read?

    I was just curious as to what others may have read that they would recommend.

    To start out, I just finished up 'The Martian' and was blown away. It is a very fast paced read that I absolutely devoured, and didn't find anything that dragged or was even remotely boring.

    'World War Z' was also a great read, and I was incredibly disappointed with the movie. NOTHING like the book. Boo!

    'Wool - The Silo Series' isn't quite as fast a read, but still very easy to sink into.

    So what does everyone have to recommend?