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  • 12 days ago
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  • 2 weeks ago
    Comment StarFlower

    It's a great move. But I suspect it's only because they have to, instead of that they want to. I bet that many others such as myself have stopped buying products from there because they are worried about brand authenticity. I don't mean fancy brand items - I don't buy those anyway. I mean things like skin care products - you don't know if you're getting the same item as what you get on the shelves at your local pharmacy. It could be a knock-off (yes, even of a non-fancy brand), and some things in it might even be toxic. So I only buy books, music, or movies from Amazon now, because they're some of the few things that are unlikely to be counterfeit (and if they are, they're unlikely to actually harm me).

  • 2 weeks ago
    Comment StarFlower

    Hmmm. Will it be something that virtually everyone with a Google account is signed up for, but no-one uses?

  • 2 weeks ago
    Comment StarFlower

    100% agree with what the previous 2 commenters said. This is really an issue for website owners, it's 2020 and there is no reason to still be running flash. I'm actually surprised how many websites out there are apparently still running it!

  • 2 weeks ago
    Comment StarFlower

    Hmm. I'm not convinced I'd want it. It says "he worked on a scent exhibition for which he recreated the smell of the inside of the Mir Space Station". I'm pretty sure there'd be some scent of BO on the space station, even with the astronauts using wipes or something as a substitute for bathing.

  • 2 weeks ago
    Comment StarFlower

    I really liked this article. Thanks to the instructions, I was able to set it to auto-delete data after 3 months. I wish options for shorter timeframes were available, but 3 months is an infinite improvement over "never"! I never want to make it easy for tech giants to collect data on us. Anything I can do to make it harder for them, I will.

  • 2 weeks ago
    Current Event StarFlower

    Aon to restore most salaries cut by COVID-19 pandemic — and pay employees back what they gave up

    Two months after cutting pay for most employees by 20% in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Aon is restoring their salaries, repaying them for what they gave up -- and adding a bonus. The global insurance giant announced Tuesday it was ending most of those salary reductions, in part because the likelihood of a worst-case macroeconomic outcome had “decreased significantly” since the pay ...

  • 3 weeks ago
    Comment StarFlower

    It helps if restaurants have an online ordering system that's for pickup and that doesn't connect to Grubhub or Uber Eats. I've never ordered using any of those delivery options, but I've noticed some restaurants don't offer any alternatives. They're shooting themselves in the foot! I'd happily prefer to pick up my order at the restaurant if I could order online. Yet even in this day and age (and during a pandemic when they really need it), many restaurants don't even offer that option. Most do let you order over the phone for pickup, but what I don't like about that is there's no real paper trail so I worry things could go wrong or slip through the cracks somehow. Plus for people who aren't as confident with language or who are hard of hearing, ordering online for pickup is helpful yet I'm surprised that there are restaurants who don't do this. They could easily stop their partnership with Grubhub and Uber Eats if they offered online order for pickup. For people who wanted delivery, restaurants could expand into private delivery (hire a delivery driver) OR if they don't want to take on that risk and expense, point people on their ordering system toward PostMates or other delivery service that only costs the customer not the restaurant.

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  • 3 weeks ago
    Comment StarFlower

    I agree and actually I've never had a Facebook account. Most people aren't all on the same social media anyhow, so generally invitations to events IRL or on Zoom are sent via text message or email. I think Facebook needs people more than people need Facebook. I love the extra free time I have and the feeling of happiness I get knowing that I'm not bogged down by all that stuff on Facebook.

  • 3 weeks ago
    Comment StarFlower

    LOL!! Exactly!! Agreed.

  • 3 weeks ago
    Comment StarFlower

    That's a good idea to try to improve the quality of Twitter, but I feel like it's too little too late. I rarely log in to Twitter now because it's gotten so unprofessional. It used to be a great place to share informative articles and/or to do business networking, but now it's degenerated into "adult content". What's worse is the automated filters are not working well anymore! I've been presented with adult content in my feed despite my settings saying the contrary. So I've kept my account but I just don't bother with it anymore. They've really let it go downhill, IMHO.

  • 3 weeks ago
    Comment StarFlower

    Maybe, but I still think they were being selfish and ridiculous. There is nothing wrong with making sure you have 1 extra package on hand going into lockdown (I didn't; I was more concerned with having powdered milk and staples like that than toilet paper). But I don't have any sympathy for the people who stockpiled toilet paper, even though the article said they are just looking for a symbol of safety. I was honestly quite happy that some big retailers were not accepting returns of toilet paper, that way people who stockpiled didn't get "rewarded" for having too much.

  • 3 weeks ago
    Comment StarFlower

    An intriguing article, but I was a little disappointed that it did not match up to The Verge's usually high standards. Nowhere could I find any mention of the theory behind the video game being beneficial for kids with ADHD (as opposed to other video games). I'm sure there must be a reason why THAT video game was supposed to benefit kids with this diagnosis, yet it was not mentioned, at least I couldn't find it and I looked.

  • 3 weeks ago
    Comment StarFlower

    Agreed. It's times like these that I'm glad I made the switch to Linux, which is a standalone desktop.

  • 1 month ago
    Comment StarFlower

    A wonderful and well-researched piece of journalism. I loved getting to read the behind-the-scenes info. I use DuckDuckGo as my default search engine for almost everything. The exception for me is local and hyper-local searches, where Google still excels.

  • 1 month ago
    Comment StarFlower

    Also, there is another part of this debate that is often not mentioned: even for those people who don't have an issue with GM per se, there's still another reason to avoid them. In situations where the food is GM for RoundUp resistance (or any other herbicide) then those crops wind up getting heavily sprayed with those weedkillers, which then make their way into the food chain. So, if I want to avoid foods that are heavily sprayed with weedkillers, I would avoid GM foods (and/or buy organic, although that is pricier). To me, that's a really big issue, since many of the GM foods are made for herbicide resistance (as opposed to something like drought tolerance or extra vitamin A, where the crop isn't going to get deliberately sprayed with something harmful).

  • 1 month ago
    How-to StarFlower

    How to stop automatic subscription payments in PayPal [with pics]

    Here is an illustrated step by step guide for how to stop automatic subscription payments in PayPal.

  • 2 months ago
    Comment StarFlower

    Agreed. We cut the cord quite a while back. Not only is cable far pricier than Netflix, the other issue is, as you mentioned, the ads. Plus, with cable you're at the mercy of what's currently running. If it's halfway through your favorite show, too bad, you lost the first half. I don't want to pay $$ for that type of service model! I like that Netflix has tons of stuff, you can browse by genre, and it recommends stuff that's in line with what you want. And of course, no ads, and you can start watching at any time. Too busy to watch a show in one sitting? No problem - it saves your place for you! Cable can't do any of that.

  • 2 months ago
    Comment StarFlower

    This is actually why I don't use delivery companies for food. I'm suspicious of where the money is going.

  • 2 months ago
    Comment StarFlower

    Well, I'm betting that no-one released them on purpose with the intent to do that. I strongly suspect they probably came over in a shipment of cargo. It's still really bad to have that happen - I thought there were rules about stuff like making sure biological species are not accidentally introduced that way.

  • 2 months ago
    Comment StarFlower

    You're an artist?! Cool! Can you tell us more about that? Like, what medium you use, etc?

  • 2 months ago
    Comment StarFlower

    Hilarious!! I loved this!

    Posted in: Party like it's 2020

     
  • 2 months ago
    Comment StarFlower

    I really wanted to learn about this, but I was dismayed to see it was a video instead of an article. Dear BBC, I'm sorry but at the rate time is speeding up for me, I simply don't have time to watch your video!

  • 2 months ago
    Comment StarFlower

    This was an interesting and well-researched article. I enjoyed reading it. Sounds like there are a lot of people trying to make a living from something that looks like it doesn't really work, or at least not long-term.

  • 2 months ago
    Comment StarFlower

    Hmmm.... I don't know if I can watch it then! The previous seasons were so scary I had nightmares!