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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    I use Facebook, for several reasons, but it's not exactly news that they make quite a lot of money on ad revenues from fringe sites and aren't going to turn it down.
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    One of our regular auction goers died last weekend she was 91 or 92 we had a couple of moments of respect for her. In a couple weeks we have to pack up and sell a household of stuff from another woman who passed away this week, she went and married a cousin before he died, never met her. Both are not related to Covid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    I use Facebook, for several reasons, but it's not exactly news that they make quite a lot of money on ad revenues from fringe sites and aren't going to turn it down.
    I keep up with you here, my wife does on Facebook. Different strokes and all that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    I use Facebook, for several reasons, but it's not exactly news that they make quite a lot of money on ad revenues from fringe sites and aren't going to turn it down.
    Facebook is holding my parents prisoner. I wish they'd escape so I could stop using.
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    My other forum has a couple of recently arrived Covid deniers, one of whom is full-on anti-vax, homeopathy, "allopathic medicine bad", etc. Also blames everything on one political side. Claims to be a woman in her 80's, which I doubt. My block list got longer yesterday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I keep up with you here, my wife does on Facebook. Different strokes and all that.
    Yup. I do find Facebook useful and enjoyable, but I understand people who don't, necessarily.
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    Lost my password to Facebook couple years ago. Feel great now that I have nothing to do with it.
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    I've tried to use Facebook and not let it use me. So far I think it's a draw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    Facebook is holding my parents prisoner. I wish they'd escape so I could stop using.
    I see people saying stuff like this, but I'm not clear on how that works.
    I have plenty of friends and relatives who use Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, but they're happy to keep in touch with me using other means. There's a level of mild (occasionally slightly patronizing) amusement involved on their part, but it's not a big deal for them. And it's not like I suddenly stopped communicating with my parents just because they refused to use email.
    I can see how once you're in it's awkward to get out again, but is there a real danger of losing contact with friends and family if you walk away from Facebook? That seems quite disturbing to me.

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    I dumped Facebook for the second time several years ago when I decided in a fit of anger that it was a criminal organization (Yeah, I know that's harsh but I don't care).

    I'd deleted an earlier account about eight years prior because I was getting friend requests from people I dislike and not enjoying the time I was spending on it. I reluctantly signed up again because it was the platform chosen for planning an event. I'll never agree to that again.

    It was easy to ditch it and life is better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    I see people saying stuff like this, but I'm not clear on how that works.
    I have plenty of friends and relatives who use Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, but they're happy to keep in touch with me using other means. There's a level of mild (occasionally slightly patronizing) amusement involved on their part, but it's not a big deal for them. And it's not like I suddenly stopped communicating with my parents just because they refused to use email.
    I can see how once you're in it's awkward to get out again, but is there a real danger of losing contact with friends and family if you walk away from Facebook? That seems quite disturbing to me.

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    My parents are in another state and not the most tech savvy people. I very often see response to emails or phone messages returned on their Facebook statuses. "Dear Phil, Glad to hear from you the other day... Love, Dad."
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    A few days ago I wrote about Facebook stopping access to Australian news sites in protest to a new law being introduced to force them to negotiate with media companies with the threat of forced arbitration if the financial details could not be agreed. The Australian Government then withdrew its advertising on Facebook in response to the bans.

    Today, Facebook have announced that they will drop the restrictions and are negotiating directly with the news organisations in "good faith". They claim the government has changed the proposed law sufficiently to make it acceptable. The changes include a provision " that final offer arbitration — something both Google and Facebook were strongly opposed to — is considered "a last resort where commercial deals cannot be reached by requiring mediation, in good faith, to occur prior to arbitration for no longer than two months". I am sure both parties will claim a win but on the face of it there does seem to have been some blinking by Facebook but without inside information you can never be sure of the real winner.

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    Nothing whatsoever happened in the entire world today, except for a has-been sports personality having a car wreck. At least according to the USA media.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Nothing whatsoever happened in the entire world today, except for a has-been sports personality having a car wreck. At least according to the USA media.
    I've heard he's out of the woods though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Nothing whatsoever happened in the entire world today, except for a has-been sports personality having a car wreck. At least according to the USA media.
    I hope the guy recovers, but I noticed the same thing. I even commented to Mrs. EV that the network evening news spent an inordinate amount of time on the story. They even had a career retrospective.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    I hope the guy recovers, but I noticed the same thing. I even commented to Mrs. EV that the network evening news spent an inordinate amount of time on the story. They even had a career retrospective.
    The news organizations finally had something other than COVID or politics to talk about. And Tiger of course is the most well-known sports figure in the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    I hope the guy recovers, but I noticed the same thing. I even commented to Mrs. EV that the network evening news spent an inordinate amount of time on the story. They even had a career retrospective.
    Yes, the morning news is overloaded with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Nothing whatsoever happened in the entire world today, except for a has-been sports personality having a car wreck. At least according to the USA media.
    To be fair, with the lockdown, relatively less IS happening than at the same time last year.
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    If nothing at all happened, the papers would have to headline "AMAZING NEWS-FREE DAY BAFFLES EXPERTS -- Read Lots About it Here."

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    I dunno, this could go in any of several threads, but this one will do.

    There's a quote attributed to Mark Twain (among others) that was modified to be a bit more Texican in nature. "No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the Comanches are on the warpath or the legislature is in session." (Apologies to the Comanches.)

    The Texas Lege meets every two years, and they are in session now. Since we had a bit of a cold snap a few days ago and a few folks lost power, the Lege decided to hold hearings to get to the root cause and fix it as only they can. (Lord have mercy.)

    The hearings are being televised. Think Kabuki without the makeup. (Apologies to the entire Japanese culture.)
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    Some Non-trivial Things That Annoy Me.

    I just received a text message stating
    Weekly Update
    Good Afternoon,
    This is your weekly update. We continue to maintain your information in our database. As we receive...
    I assumed it was some kind of phishing attempt, but googled the link. It is from Everbridge, a legitimate company (For example, they handle emergency alerts from my employer)

    I suspect this is from one of the vaccination lists Iím on, but have no idea who. Iím not inclined to respond.

    ETA: It was the county health department. They also sent an email. It had more information, such as the name of the sender. Iíll just say that this reinforces my opinion of their competence.
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    We just had our first vaccinations. Both of us were very impressed with how well the process was organized and handled by the local health department and healthcare organization.
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    I should probably add some context. There are four main ways of getting vaccinated around here.
    County Health Department, Hospital Systems, pharmacies, and mass-vaccination centers.

    The counties were the first to go online, with mixed results. Mine has had multiple screw-ups, including sending out easily-sharable sign-up links, signing up ineligible people, and the text messaging I mentioned above. Our neighbor county has done much better. I haven't heard much about other surrounding counties.

    Hospital Systems haven't made the news much, but also haven't been getting many doses to distribute. The same is true for pharmacies. Each has a different sign-up method. Hospital systems seem to maintain giant lists, while pharmacies rely on "refresh webpage to see if there are any new openings".

    The current big push is for state-run Mass Vaccination Centers at large venues. Reports are that they are operating well "on the ground", but currently have separate and disparate sign-up methods. That is supposed to be consolidated next week. My appointment is at one of those centers, but sign-up could have been better.
    I was presented with open slots, but no "hold" was place on my selection. After selection, I had to enter my personal information and appease one of those "Captcha" image things. By the time I was done, the appointment was snatched by someone else. This was repeated five times before I was successful. A five minute hold on the slot while they verify your eligibility would save a lot of frustration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    I should probably add some context. There are four main ways of getting vaccinated around here.
    County Health Department, Hospital Systems, pharmacies, and mass-vaccination centers.
    .
    That sounds like Ohio, though I don't know of any mass-vaccination centers close by. But its a hodge-podge and nothing centralized. I'm not eligible yet, but my wife is. She is registered with the hospital system we use and the county health department, but haven't heard from either, beyond "you're in the system".

    I'm waiting to hear the stories of people who get vaccinated three or four times from the various different systems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    I'm waiting to hear the stories of people who get vaccinated three or four times from the various different systems.
    Iím worried about people not canceling appointments after already having gotten vaccinated elsewhere. At best, this will slow down distribution. At worst, vaccine will have to be discarded at the end of the day.
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    It seems that people are resorting to creating bots to deal with the complicated and multithreaded booking systems in the USA.

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    I received three letters from EDD (state unemployment department). The only thing is that they are addressed to someone that has never lived at my house, but they have my address. It turns out this is very common these days. EDD couldn’t keep up with the huge increase in unemployment claims and fraud is sky-high. It may even be an innocent mislabeling, as they are said to be massively overwhelmed and normal processes just aren’t working.

    Here’s an article from way back in September last year about this:

    https://www.cbs8.com/article/news/lo...0-048774d6432d

    At that time they say you couldn’t get through to the fraud line, but I’ve done a “return to sender” and will try to contact them.

    It is very disconcerting to say the least.

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    Yesterday I had to go see a Dermatologist to have some red 'rashes' on my forehead examined. (Unfortunately I have a lot of forehead as my hair has retreated almost completely to the back of my head.) As was suggested by my GP who referred me to the specialist, it was sun damaged skin (Actinic Keratosis). I have now been prescribed a cream (Efudix) to chemically peel off the damaged skin. This means that I will have to be even more careful about sun exposure for the next few weeks. But at least a 'skin check' of the rest of my body, including the feet, revealed no sign of skin cancer.

    As someone of English/Celtic ancestry who spent a lot of time swimming, surfing and playing sport in the Australian sun in my early years it was not a real surprise. After all Australia does have the unfortunate claim to having the highest rates of skin cancer in the world - just in front of NZ & Norway.

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    Well after 13 days the 'chemical peel' has come along very nicely. My left temple has turned a lovely shade of scarlet from below the ear to just above the eyebrows. There are also a few patches that have become 'crusty'. The right temple has not had as dramatic a reaction and has instead displayed a patchwork of separated raw red spots. There is some ongoing pain like a rash or sunburn. All of this is what the cream is supposed to achieve.

    I have mostly stayed homebound as much as possible and when we go for our morning rides I have trowled on a big slather of 50+ sunscreen. Unfortunately when I start to sweat it aggravates the raw skin very nicely. But happily now the 'crusting' has occured I can stop using the cream. It will apparently take about 4 - 6 weeks for most of the inflammation to clear and then I will start on a few smaller spots on my forehead.

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    My dog likes animals. All animals. The other day, we startled some deer and the took off running. Except a pretty big buck. He stood guard as the others escaped. I vaguely knew that deer can make noise, like a chuffing noise when annoyed. Seeing a large buck do it is rather impressive.

    Now for the annoyed part. This big deer is staring me and the dog down and I backed away slowly until I heard a second deer chuffing behind me. I gave a very side eyed look over my shoulder to see what I was backing towards. It was not a second deer, it was the dog mimicking the deer. One deer was bad enough, thinking there were two was too much. I've never been so angry at her. I whispered, "Bad dog!" at her.

    She mocked me with a low, "Boof booo" which is as close to "bad dog" as she can get.

    I've known the dog can mimic people and animals, but some of her behaviors are rather crazy. For the longest time, she would shy away from the kitten when the kitten purred. She was acting as if the kitten was growling at her. Now she lays down near the kitten and tries to copy the sound. It's more like a weak growl that sometimes slides into a whine or raspy sigh or pant, but is rather unmistakable when the kitten is already purring. That and the tail wagging like crazy is a sure sign that she's trying to fit in.
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