Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)

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Re: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)

Post by JD » 29 May 2018, 14:19

Jadagul wrote:
26 May 2018, 19:29
I mean, I knew there was a lot of tracking stuff. I didn't think that the tracking stuff added up to multiple megabytes. (I'm still a bit confused about what all those megabytes are actually doing---why do you need that much data to do tracking?)

Basically, I don't mind being tracked at all. Or getting fed ads. I mind the performance hit that the tracking and the ads cause.
That USA Today experience is sadly typical. The requests aren't all for "tracking" per se; some of them are for audience analytics, some for ads, some for performance monitoring, etc. Then you run into the situation where your browser makes one request and it turns into a long chain of redirects, each of which counts as a separate request and necessitates a separate DNS lookup, possibly negotiating a new SSL connection, getting the content and parsing it, etc.

For example, when you load usatoday.com, there's a request for https://match.adsrvr.org/track/cmf/gene ... &ttd_tpi=1, which redirects you to https://match.adsrvr.org/track/cmb/gene ... &ttd_tpi=1, which redirects you to https://sync.go.sonobi.com/us.gif?nw=td ... c227eb7c25.
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Re: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)

Post by Aresen » 08 Jun 2018, 23:53

I never trulyunderstood the concept of "DeepTime" until I waited for a Windows update to finish.
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Post by Dangerman » 10 Jun 2018, 13:49

Seriously, 75% of complaints about Windows are really the user noticing that they don't have a solid state drive.

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Post by Jennifer » 12 Jun 2018, 15:32

Last weekend Jeff and I visited the town of Covington, to visit various thrift and secondhand stores there. (I found a couple of good books, and a very nice Daher tin bucket to add to my collection.) Going there was like going back in time -- there is a "modern" part of town, with the same chain restaurants and businesses you'll find anywhere in America, but most of the places we visited were in the more rural, old-fashioned part -- old-fashioned meaning, the buildings were not even air-conditioned. Two or three of the stores we visited were made of painted concrete or cinder block or some other fake-stone substance: very thick walls, very high ceilings to let the heat rise, very small high-set windows, and while it was cooler inside the buildings than out, "cooler" is NOT synonymous with "cool."

To add to the old-timeyness, that was also the day Jeff's car eventually overheated, so on our way home we had to turn off the AC and drive home with the windows open. On a humid, 90-plus-degree day. Once again, I am horrified to contemplate what living here must've been like before cheap refrigeration and air-conditioning.
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Post by Kolohe » 26 Jun 2018, 21:51

The Freedom Rock commercial has now aired about twice as long ago as the time between that commercial and the era for which it invoked nostalgia.
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Post by Fin Fang Foom » 26 Jun 2018, 22:01

Kolohe wrote:
26 Jun 2018, 21:51
The Freedom Rock commercial has now aired about twice as long ago as the time between that commercial and the era for which it invoked nostalgia.
That's still on?

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Post by Eric the .5b » 27 Jun 2018, 19:24

I'm starting to want to go all "Tell me about the band on your t-shirt!" to everyone who straight-facedly mentions "the algorithm", especially in a generic sense.

1) Do you know what an algorithm is?
2) Whose algorithm are you talking about?
3) To do what?

Because, as best as I can ell, a lot of people can't answer those questions beyond, "It's a computer thing used by them to...do stuff."
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Post by Aresen » 27 Jun 2018, 19:39

Eric the .5b wrote:
27 Jun 2018, 19:24
1) Do you know what an algorithm is?
I thought it was a person with a lisp who supported the ideas of the 2000 Democratic Presidential nominee.
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Post by Jennifer » 27 Jun 2018, 19:41

Eric the .5b wrote:
27 Jun 2018, 19:24
I'm starting to want to go all "Tell me about the band on your t-shirt!" to everyone who straight-facedly mentions "the algorithm", especially in a generic sense.

1) Do you know what an algorithm is?
2) Whose algorithm are you talking about?
3) To do what?

Because, as best as I can ell, a lot of people can't answer those questions beyond, "It's a computer thing used by them to...do stuff."
[Blush] Uh-oh. I may be guilty of this myself, such as two years ago when Anthony Weiner again made headlines for sexting, so I (after looking at that day's Google News) made this post:
Jennifer wrote:
29 Aug 2016, 13:28
When I first saw headlines about "Anthony Weiner" and "sexting," I initially thought the algorithms screwed up and I was seeing years-old news stories presented as new. Does the man have any sense or impulse control at all?
Dare I hope you're talking about a more Illuminati-ish use of "the algorithm?"
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Post by Eric the .5b » 27 Jun 2018, 20:56

Aresen wrote:
27 Jun 2018, 19:39
Eric the .5b wrote:
27 Jun 2018, 19:24
1) Do you know what an algorithm is?
I thought it was a person with a lisp who supported the ideas of the 2000 Democratic Presidential nominee.
You're the only person today who's gotten it right. Jesus.
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Post by Eric the .5b » 27 Jun 2018, 21:00

Jennifer wrote:
27 Jun 2018, 19:41
[Blush] Uh-oh. I may be guilty of this myself, such as two years ago when Anthony Weiner again made headlines for sexting, so I (after looking at that day's Google News) made this post:
Jennifer wrote:
29 Aug 2016, 13:28
When I first saw headlines about "Anthony Weiner" and "sexting," I initially thought the algorithms screwed up and I was seeing years-old news stories presented as new. Does the man have any sense or impulse control at all?
Dare I hope you're talking about a more Illuminati-ish use of "the algorithm?"
Nah, yours actually makes sense in context. It's specifically the phrase "the algorithm" as this techno-satanic thing that causes bad stuff. It's a phrase lifted from a very specific criticism of YouTube video recommendation methodology, but it's applied by idiots to any mentions of social media or the internet.
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Post by nicole » 28 Jun 2018, 07:40

I feel you are a bit late to this train



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Post by Jasper » 28 Jun 2018, 12:46

I'm totally in the [death] camp of folks who think "the algorithm" is basically computer code voodoo for a program or app that takes some input, fucks around with it within a larger framework, and spits out results based on the initial inquiry.
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Post by Mo » 28 Jun 2018, 13:38

*Furiously hides screenplay for a remake of The Net called The Algorithm*
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Haha

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Post by dhex » 28 Jun 2018, 13:48

Haven't they already made a movie like that with some Facebook stand in?
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Post by Eric the .5b » 28 Jun 2018, 21:48

dhex wrote:
28 Jun 2018, 13:48
Haven't they already made a movie like that with some Facebook stand in?
The Social Network.

The Tweet is coming any year, now.
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Post by Warren » 28 Jun 2018, 23:31

Eric the .5b wrote:
28 Jun 2018, 21:48
dhex wrote:
28 Jun 2018, 13:48
Haven't they already made a movie like that with some Facebook stand in?
The Social Network.

The Tweet is coming any year, now.
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Post by Ellie » 28 Jun 2018, 23:35

Did I already ask why this thread is called "C.A" and I just forgot the answer, or did I forget to ask in the first place?
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Post by Aresen » 29 Jun 2018, 00:16

Ellie wrote:
28 Jun 2018, 23:35
Did I already ask why this thread is called "C.A" and I just forgot the answer, or did I forget to ask in the first place?
I believe Mo was referring to the approx 306 pages of the previous "Random Observations" thread and accidentally put the opening bracket after the "C.A." instead of before it.
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Post by dead_elvis » 29 Jun 2018, 14:29

Apparently Astronomy.com is getting comment posts from THE FUTURE.

They want to tell us how all this space-time fabric stuff works and they can't even keep their own website free of rifts and leaks. Sad.

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Post by Jennifer » 29 Jun 2018, 14:45

dead_elvis wrote:
29 Jun 2018, 14:29
Apparently Astronomy.com is getting comment posts from THE FUTURE.

They want to tell us how all this space-time fabric stuff works and they can't even keep their own website free of rifts and leaks. Sad.


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Maybe their servers rely on the computer John Titor was looking for?
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Post by thoreau » 29 Jun 2018, 16:52

As if astronomers weren't intersectional enough, now their world-lines can intersect themselves.
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Post by Jennifer » 29 Jun 2018, 18:05

When and how did the use of "-ass" as an intensifier get started? As in, someone is not merely a "stupid jerk," but a "stupid-ass jerk?"
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Post by Eric the .5b » 29 Jun 2018, 18:22

Jennifer wrote:
29 Jun 2018, 18:05
When and how did the use of "-ass" as an intensifier get started? As in, someone is not merely a "stupid jerk," but a "stupid-ass jerk?"
You also see "stupid jerk-ass", though the -ass is not so common at the end of nouns.

I'm going to guess ultimately AAVE in the last 20ish years, with some re-aplication in broader use. "Punk-ass" as an adjective dates back to at least the 90s.
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