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themeanmachine

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  1. That was my first thought when I saw this. Any other political sign would have brought about the same reaction.
  2. Going over Thanksgiving, I’ll follow up and let you know what we find.
  3. I think these results are fascinating. My vote on this was "probably not". I don't want to say absolutely not, because Facebook (and Google and Amazon) have already clearly communicated they don't care about privacy. But if the Facebook app were listening in on everything we say, that would be a major scandal - a company-ending scandal, with massive lawsuits, congressional hearings, the works. I think there's an extremely small likelihood they are doing this - the benefits are not worth the risks. As pointed out by others in this thread (and in the article), they already know a ton about you without resorting to this major invasion of privacy that would put the existence of the company at risk. So to me, this falls into conspiracy theory territory, but one nearly everyone seems to believe. I'd bet the results of this poll aren't a lot different than what a true statistically significant survey of Americans would look like. But more interesting is the lack of uproar - it seems to be widely believed that Facebook (and Google, etc) is doing this, but people seem to have accepted it. Go back in time 10 years and tell people to imagine a time very soon when we'll all carry devices in our pocket that will listen to what we're saying at all times and report that back to powerful companies, and that would be shocking and unbelievable. Most people seem to think that's actually happening now, and they don't care.
  4. Do you think Facebook listens to what you say through their mobile app, in or out of calls, and presents ads to you based on that information? Background info
  5. A few days ago I read this Wired article from April, sounds like the fault line these are on. Move Over, San Andreas: There’s an Ominous New Fault in Town
  6. I think the transparent pandering and lying is gross. A ton of politicians do this, but it’s just so obvious with her. I have no doubt she’ll pander to the left to try to get the nomination, and if she does, she’ll turn on a dime to pander to the center to win the general. And of course they’ll all do this to some degree. But I believe Warren, Sanders, Buttigieg, and Biden have a set of core values that create some boundaries. Harris’ behavior tells me she likely doesn’t.
  7. She’s gross, I hate this kind of stuff, and she does it often. I’d take any of the other Dem front runners over Harris.
  8. Is the International Gateway open right now? I’m at a conference this coming week at the Dolphin, and get a free ticket to any park. Planning to head into Epcot one evening, but if the IG entrance is closed I may just Uber over to Animal Kingdom instead.
  9. I’ve found this as well. The old adage of cars losing a quarter of their value as soon as you drive them off the lot doesn’t seem to be true any longer, at least for well regarded brands. We’re getting ready to replace our 15 year old Honda SUV in the next year or so, and will likely buy new. When I research 2-3 year old used with reasonable mileage, the small savings from buying used doesn’t seem worth the risk and wear and tear.
  10. That might backfire - I could see people hanging out extra long, hoping they can get stormtoopers to kick them out.
  11. I guess you could use something like Camtasia to capture video and audio on a participant's PC, but it's not free. The best option is to use a video/web conferencing service that lets you record video, audio and content, which means dumping uberconference. Zoom is awesome.
  12. I agree, and to me this was starkly on display during the Kavanaugh hearings. I thought both Harris and Booker did a lot of grandstanding, their primary goal was to give a performance and drive momentum for a presidential bid, it was calculated and transparent. I had never heard of Klobuchar before that day, but she was a stark contrast, asking good questions and taking the moment seriously.
  13. The Predict It prediction market has him as 3rd most likely to win the Dem nomination, ahead of Biden and Beto: https://twitter.com/NateSilver538/status/1112801163580243969
  14. When we went last summer they sent all sorts of a FastPass info ahead of time, I don’t know how you could miss it. But that was with a package with onsite hotel. I could see where if you stayed offsite and just bought park tickets, you might have no idea.
  15. If you want the channels that a traditional cable/satellite service provides, I think this is the right approach. The biggest cost to the provider is programming, so there was no way the internet-based alternatives were going to be able to provide similar services for a significantly lower cost in the long run. They accepted lower margins when first launching to try to gain market share, but it’s inevitable that the prices will be similar to traditional services in the long run since the provider’s costs are similar.
  16. I really like the new free CBS Sports HQ app for Apple TV (I think it’s available for Roku as well, plus browser streaming). Sometimes I just want a live Sportscenter-like highlights show, like Sportscenter used to be a few years ago, when it was actually just sports highlights and not all commentary. In the times I’ve turned this new app on in the past few days, it seems to fill that void pretty well.
  17. Maybe not “bad” seats, but to me, bulkhead is worse than any other seat in first. I’d rather sit in first bulkhead than anywhere in coach, but to me it’s still the worst seat in first. The guy planned ahead and chose his seat, and is not a dbag for not wanting to downgrade his seat.
  18. I wouldn’t have switched either. It’s not a comparable seat, bulkhead is a downgrade to me. If it were for a parent and child I would, but not for spouses.
  19. As far as I’m aware, the basic Hulu package and the Hulu live TV package are unrelated. The shows that appear a day or two later on regular Hulu have nothing to do with what channels are on the separate live TV service. In my experience, ABC, NBC and FOX shows tend to be part of basic Hulu, but CBS and CW generally do not.
  20. Found cheap tickets to Paris over this coming Thanksgiving. 4 of us going, kids will be 16 and 13. Will be in the city for 5 days, then 2 at Disneyland Paris before heading home. Anyone been to Disneyland Paris? Any advice?
  21. I went with Baltimore-Chicago for the SB: Lamar Jackson $22 0.00 Kenneth Dixon $11 0.00 Gus Edwards $9 0.00 Ty Montgomery $3 0.00 Willie Snead $9 0.00 Michael Crabtree $7 0.00 Mark Andrews $8 0.00 Mitchell Trubisky $26 0.00 Tarik Cohen $20 0.00 Jordan Howard $14 0.00 Allen Robinson $14 0.00 Taylor Gabriel $13 0.00 Trey Burton $10 0.00 The other players I picked to get me through: Andrew Luck $21 0.00 Amari Cooper $16 0.00 Doug Baldwin $14 0.00 Mark Ingram $23 0.00 Ted Ginn $10 0.00 Since I picked two WC teams for the end, I should get four high scorers out of those for this week, plus three others for a total of 7 this week. I'm counting on those 7 being enough to get me through the first week. I was pretty confident in the Colts winning, but wasn't sure on SEA-DAL, so I hedged there. So assuming BAL and CHI win today (none of this matters if they don't), I'll have four from them, plus Luck and Cooper, plus two from NO for a total of 8 next week.
  22. In the group I work with (marketing at a tech company), most people are full time work from home. We use video conferencing heavily, and the expectation during meetings is that you are on video unless you obviously just can't, like you're driving or just had face surgery or something. Video makes a big difference for us, it absolutely makes our meetings more productive and enjoyable. I have many co-workers I've never met in person but I feel like I know them well because I see them face to face all the time. But, as much as flexible working lets us hire the best talent no matter where they're located and is a huge quality of life benefit, there is something that's lost not being physically together. My boss (the head of our group of 15 or so) and I happen to both be located near a company office, within easy commuting distance. So we both go in the office Mon-Wed, and work from home Thu-Fri. Even though we don't have much direct work with the other people in that office, and we spend much of our days on video calls. But there's a level of interaction we get in person that just wouldn't be there if we both stayed home every day. I can drop by his office to run something by him. The "hallway conversation" is really beneficial to the exchange of information, especially in our culture which is chaotic and moves very fast. There are conversations we have and details we share that just wouldn't happen if we weren't in person. It's also made him and I much closer than anyone else on our team, and it has been a benefit for my career and advancement. In my opinion, a 50/50 office/home split is most ideal if the team is located in the same general area, at least for the type of work we do. A few years and about 5 re-orgs ago we had 5-6 people from our team who were all based near one of our offices - not the one I work in, but I traveled there quite a bit. And every time I went there, most or all of them were at home, they never came in the office even though all lived within 10-15 minutes. And it struck me as a huge missed opportunity. If they had just picked a couple of days a week when everyone would come in if they weren't traveling, I think they would have gotten a lot out of it. But I know in a lot of cases this is dependent on kind of work you do.
  23. 1st (and only) time we've been to the World was this past summer, and I was prepared for the buses to be a disaster based on everything I've read. Our experience was actually really good, no scooter issues, and really not even that crowded, one or two instances aside. But we also avoided them at specific times - after MK closing we chose to walk to Contemporary and Uber instead. Same with our water park day, we chose to just Uber it. But that was in July, and it sounds like this time of year is just a totally different animal.
  24. We’ve had a few Roombas. A few, because they’ve been unreliable and we’ve had to replace them. So we decided to try a different route, Eufy has gotten good reviews on Consumer Reports and wirecutter. So I ordered this one yesterday on a $149 special from Amazon. It’s back up in price right now, but it will probably drop again before Christmas.