Odd Facts You've Just Learnt

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Post by One-armed dwarf » Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:07 am

This isn't an odd fact that I just learned, but anyone ever read these articles about internet addiction?

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/ar ... _page=true
http://paulgraham.com/addiction.html

This one is about smartphones but phone use is probably the most ubiquitous and insidious part of our browsing habits anyway.

There's an argument that it's made us a very instant self-gratification generation whether our vice be facebook likes or achievement points or internet porn. In our modern times stuff like short attention spans and anxiety disorders and even erectile dysfunction have all been alleged to be influenced by how we consume so much content all the time.

In my own situation I feel like my addiction has interfered with meeting deadlines. I try to limit it now by reading my kindle more and more and I don't do the thing of constantly checking my phone when waiting for a bus. No more youtube before bed, that kind of thing.

I'm wondering if anyone else is worried about this type of thing.

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Post by sleepery jeem » Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:34 pm

Ships fooled in GPS spoofing attack suggest Russian cyberweapon


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CJXLVBI-ew


:| so basically next time you order a pizza and its late blame Putin.
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Post by shinymcshine » Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:04 pm

Whilst I knew of more things becoming controlled and controllable via WiFi, I hadn't heard of the collective term "The Internet of Things" which applies to this sort of stuff.

Here from 2015:
http://theguardian.com/technology/2015/ ... ngs-google

More concerning, like the story above, is the security vulnerability and exploitation.

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Re: Odd Facts You've Just Learnt

Post by One-armed dwarf » Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:54 pm

You know if you had your house filled with IOT devices and they all malfunctioned due to bad code it would be indistinguishable from being haunted.

You could create a real life Amityville Horror.

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Post by sleepery jeem » Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:32 pm

:!: never seen that before :!:


Turns out there is a special refuse service for small business, it looks like a normal bin lorry but it has an industrial shredder unit built in, the accountants two doors up had a load of stuff to shred so he hired this lorry.

The driver wheeled out a bin filled it with paper and away it went, it even has a special section for destroying hard drives.


:?: never seen such a specialized device before.
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Post by shinymcshine » Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:17 pm

I've just started watching Parks & Recreation on Amazon Prime TV.

One of the leads is Rashida Jones, who looked oddly familiar from something but I couldn't place where, so I did a google search, and found she was in a often promoted show from E4, Angie Tribeca - which I never watched, but seemed to see the promo a lot on E4 a while ago.

Anyway, the odd fact from her Wikipedia page is:

Rashida Jones is the daughter of Twin Peaks star Peggy Lipton and music producer Quincy Jones.

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Post by shinymcshine » Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:21 pm

Another odd fact I learnt today, is that Blondie's Hanging on the Telephone is actually a cover version !

It was written & recorded in 1976 by a band called The Nerves before being covered by Blondie on their 1978 Parallel Lines album together with a single release.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Nerves

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Post by One-armed dwarf » Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:51 pm

Speaking of Twin Peaks the new season got me trying some green tea latte and this shit is damn good.

Makes my lips green though :cry:

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Post by shinymcshine » Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:46 pm

One-armed dwarf wrote:
Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:51 pm
Speaking of Twin Peaks the new season got me trying some green tea latte and this shit is damn good.

Makes my lips green though :cry:
Someone gave your coffee to Dougie !?!?

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Post by Pious the chosen » Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:47 pm

Toys R Us file for Bankruptcy
IGN wrote:Following some speculation about its financial woes, Toys R Us has officially filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. The company is currently struggling with about $5 billion in debt, and hopes the bankruptcy filing can help them restructure while still keeping their stores open for the holiday season.

As a result of the bankruptcy filing Toys R Us has received over $3 billion in debtor-in-possession financing from a number of lenders. Toys R Us says this money will help them immediately improve their financial situation, and keep their stores and operations well maintained leading into the busiest season of the year.

Dave Brandon, Toys R Us Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, had this to say of the filing in a statement: "Together with our investors, our objective is to work with out debtholders and other creditors to restructure the $5 billion of long term debt on our balance sheet ... and strengthen out competitive position in an increasingly challenging and rapidly changing retail marketplace."

The company has also filed a number of other motions with the bankruptcy court to ensure they can continue their normal operations, such as paying employees, honoring customer programs, and pay vendors and suppliers. Toys R Us' Canadian subsidiary intends to seek similar protection under the Ontario Superior Court of Justice's CCAA.

We previously reported on Toys R Us' financial issues when the company hired a law firm to look into their options earlier this month.
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Post by shinymcshine » Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:12 pm

I suppose in the UK their big out of town stores have started to lose out to competitors such as The Entertainer, Smyth's and Lego Shops, who have generally opened up in more convenient locations

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Post by Pious the chosen » Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:31 pm

I think the age of the superstore is drawing to a close now.
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Post by *OneTwo* » Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:12 pm

I got my N64 from there :cry: Queued up outside in the early hours then rushed home to binge on Mario.
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Re: Odd Facts You've Just Learnt

Post by One-armed dwarf » Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:09 pm

Robin Williams didn't kill himself due to just depression or bipolar disorder or something like that but because he had a very extreme case of a neurological disorder called lewy body dementia.

http://www.neurology.org/content/87/13/1308.full

Doctors who looked at his records said he had one of the worst pathologies they had seen.

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Re: Odd Facts You've Just Learnt

Post by One-armed dwarf » Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:39 pm

You know how there's a fetish for everything? Well some people are really into sinking in quicksand.

There's even a forum dedicated to these people who are really into drowning in quicksand.

NSFW: https://www.quicksandfans.com/bb/viewforum.php?f=5

I uh saw this on Reddit. On r/all. I'm not that big a perv :|
https://www.reddit.com/r/interestingasf ... quicksand/

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