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  • 1 day ago
    Comment StarFlower

    Haha yeah! I never thought we'd see the day where wearing a foil hat would ACTUALLY protect us from anything... but looks like it's happening!

  • 1 day ago
    Comment StarFlower

    They don't make it easy to find the Linux products, that's for sure! I did find some here https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/think-workstatio...series-towers/ThinkStation-P520/p/33TS3TPP520 but the price tag for that option is HUGE! It's the "developer AI" version of the standard one.

    I personally would NEVER buy one of those as a way of getting Linux!! For those looking for an affordable custom-built workstation with Linux pre-installed and with no other OS, I'd recommend ThinkPenguin instead.

  • 1 day ago
    Comment StarFlower

    Yeah me too about the headphone jacks. Instead, mac users are forced to wear these giant things inside their ears with bits sticking out that look like Q-tips. Maybe some people like that look, but it's definitely not for me!

  • 1 day ago
    Comment StarFlower

    This is why I'd never buy a Tesla product - they're trying to bundle in too much other junk that I don't want and that can cause problems like this. Even if I wanted (and if I could afford) an electric car, I'd buy one from one of the mainstream carmakers, not Tesla.

  • 1 day ago
    Comment StarFlower

    This is exactly why I don't buy anything brand-specific on Amazon, nor anything that I would ingest or put on my skin. Amazon has offered sellers tools to take down fraudulent listings by others, but I feel it's too little too late. This bribery scandal is just one more reason why I would only buy things like books from Amazon. For other items, I buy from online retailers who have control over their supply chains.

  • 1 day ago
    Comment StarFlower

    I don't see why they can't call it XBox Two, or XBox Next, or something sensible like that. They could've crowdsourced the naming for free and gotten a decent name (from gamers who actually use their products) instead of paying huge sums to marketing people who come up with a sucky name.

  • 1 day ago
    Comment StarFlower

    LOL!! So true!! Love the comment and yeah I never thought of that but it's so true!

  • 1 day ago
    Comment StarFlower

    100% agree!! In actuality, FaceBook would never do it, since they'd pretty much be guaranteed of a start of a death spiral. So many ppl use it to catch up w friends and family overseas, that cutting the EU-to-other link is going to cause a lot of non-EU ppl to quit too.

  • 1 day ago
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    Magawa the landmine detection rat given gold medal for bravery

    Giant African pouched rat has cleared more than 141,000 square metres of land - the equivalent of 20 football pitches

  • 2 months ago
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  • 2 months 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 months ago
    Comment StarFlower

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

  • 2 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months ago
    Comment StarFlower

    LOL!! Exactly!! Agreed.

  • 3 months 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 months 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 months 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 months ago
    Comment StarFlower

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

  • 3 months 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.

  • 3 months 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).