Maybe it was Mrs Potato head
and she thought it was her husband's body?
1001 posts • joined 9 Jul 2014
Nearly fell off my chair laughing. Facebook - personalized advertising? What a joke. While Facebook knows very little about me, it does know my approximate age (70) and my gender (male). So why do I get adverts (occasionally sneaking past my adblocker) for Botox treatment for my lips? Is there something about my 70 year old peers I don't know about?
I block ads on Facebook (and everywhere else), but in the ongoing war of adblocker vs adblocker-blocker, there are days when the ads get through. The vast majority of them are extremely poorly targeted. I wonder how many seventy year old men are likely to click on a big ad promoting Botox treatment for their lips or for the performance report for a school at the other end of the country? The ads are so irrelevant I just scroll past them all. Besides I've never bought anything from an ad on the internet and never will - I simply don't trust products and services hawked in this way. If I want to buy something I do my own research.
Speaking from experience Shell Energy are total tw*ts regarding customer service. I suspect they only employ one person in that capacity and she's part time one day a month. I changed my email address and there is no facility on their site to update it. Their help system is useless. Their AI chat bot is useless. Their human chat facility is useless - I waited in a queue for over an hour before I got dropped. Had to use Google to find a contact email address for them. Eventually got a reply from them saying I can update my email address on their site, but you can't. Contacted them again and finally after three months, they updated my email address. I'll be changing supplier at the end of the contract. Bunch of wankers they are.
I operate multiple email addresses on my own domain. If I'm dealing with someone I don't know or a one-off purchase etc I use a throwaway email address on my domain. If spam starts to build up I delete it and create a new throwaway email address. I get very few mistaken name emails as I'm using my own domain so someone would have to mess up big - one advantage of not using a common domain like gmail for your email. I recently started receiving invoices and statements to one of my less used email addresses, so rather than trying to contact the sender I just binned the email address, so anything will just bounce back to sender - their problem, they can sort it out.
I had something similar at a previous address. A Capital One credit card turned up to my address to someone I'd never heard of. A couple of days later the pin number and a couple of days after that a bank statement used as evidence of ID by the person who wanted the card. I noticed Capital One had corrupted the address on the person's bank statement and changed their postcode to mine. I tried to phone Capital One but they refused to talk to me as I wasn't the card holder. I sent the whole lot back to them 'return to sender, not known at this address' and a few days later got another letter asking me to confirm my address. FFS.
One the one occasion I went into a McD and ordered a cheese burger they told me I couldn't have one. They were still serving the breakfast menu apparently. So I bought a rather nice cheese burger from a van in the market outside their shop. Not been in a McD since.
A similar thing happened to me a long time ago. One of my clients asked me to develop an off-shoot of one of his packages and it was to work in a particular way. I did my damnedest to explain why it wouldn't work very well in practice but he was adamant he wanted it done his way. So I did it his way and he was surprised that it didn't work as he'd hoped. He then blamed me for not pushing him hard enough not to do it that way in the first place. Sometime you just can't win.
It depends whether or not you like vast open world games. Much of the time is spent exploring in these types of game. There is lots of fighting of course but for me the enjoyment is just wandering around in these landscapes and deciding what trouble to get myself involved with. I guess such games are very much a type of digital marmite.
Origins and Odyssey very good and kept me amused for a very, very long time. The wife complained of becoming a console widow. But based upon experience with a number of bugs in those two games, one serious and required a complete restart of the game, I'm going to wait for others to stumble on the faults and they will hopefully be fixed before I buy the game. It is like the ancient days of DOS and Windows releases, never install a point 0 release, wait at least until the point 1 version comes out.
I just hope there isn't too much sea fighting in Valhalla. I didn't enjoy those parts very much in the previous two games. My fingers are getting a bit arthritic now too, so I'll probably have to play it on the 'story' difficulty level. I couldn't kill any of the bosses in Odyssey, my fingers seized up before I could drop them.
In a former life I was asked to place an IT related advert in a well known weekly computer trade newspaper. I sent an email to them with a query about placing the advert but it kept bouncing back as undeliverable with a message that the email had been rejected because it contained inappropriate content. I sent an email to their advertising team querying them about the problem but that too bounced back with the same message. As far as I could tell there wasn't anything remotely offensive or inappropriate in either email, so we placed the advert elsewhere. It must have been some sort of over vigilant email filter kicking in.
I'm not a fan of Curry's far from it. But they did score a point over Amazon for me earlier this year. My PS4 controller had gone on the blink, so I ordered a new one from Amazon. It was faulty straight out of the box with the right joystick control frequently sticking or activating itself. It was supplied directly by Amazon, not one of their marketplace vendors. I got the strong impression the controller was counterfeit. I ordered one from Curry's and that one is working fine and appears to be robust and definitely not a counterfeit. Maybe it was the luck of the draw, but I'm a bit wary now of Amazon products, even ones they stock themselves.
Exactly this. I still try to persevere with GIMP occasionally, like when I wanted to set a transparent background on some images, but I spent far more time on Google trying to figure it out than doing the job. It seems that anything I want to do is buried deep in the menu systems under incomprehensible names and requires arcane image manipulation techniques along the way.
I've often given up and used a basic drawing editor instead out of frustration just trying to do the most basic things. Back in the days of XP I used Paintshop and that simple program was intuitive and quick to use. GIMP on the other hand...
so steep as to be nearly vertical. The problem is I rarely need to manipulate images other than doing the odd bit of cropping or image type conversion. I find pretty much anything else a real struggle to figure out how to do and GIMP not at all intuitive. I think part of the problem is that it is so sophisticated and offers so many features that I can't see the wood for the trees.
to share your photos with other people or other devices, I don't see the point of such cloud storage. USB sticks with the same capacity are dirt cheap and you aren't beholding to a third party to look after your files. 1Tb drives are now commonplace and cheap giving you a vast amount of storage. If you are worried about data loss, buy two and keep one (encrypted) in the garden shed or car to mitigate the risk if your house burns down.
"I've recently had issues with actual human non-intelligence online."
I recently had the misfortune to contact PayPal's customer service regarding problems with PayPal accepting my postal address. He asked me if I was in the UK and I told him that I was in England. He said "So you aren't in the UK then." Duh.
has one of those crappy so called AI helper bots. All I want to do is update my email address on their site, but there is no feature to do that, alongside my old email address it says to contact them to change it. Clicking contact takes you to their bot. After asking it how to change email address it gives you a link to the previous screen where you can change your phone number but not your email address. So you go around in circles.
Asking the bot if I can speak to a person results in it saying nobody is available. On one "lucky" occasion three months after my email address had changed it actually put me in a queue at position 99 to chat to real human being. Over an hour later I'd got to position 12 in the queue, then got a message saying "reconnecting" and I was dropped from the queue.
I did a google search on how to contact Shell Energy and found an email address for their customer services. Sent them an email and a week later still no reply. I will be changing energy supplier at the end of my contract. Replacing the majority of their customer services staff with a so called AI bot is as useful as a chocolate penis.
"ask why their remote access software for Windows isn't doing so well under Linux, but we suspect the question won’t be appreciated."
In my experience the moment you mention Linux they hang up, so best not to mention it if you plan on winding them up for a long time.
My record is keeping a scammer on the line for half an hour with two follow up calls seeking payment (sorry, the wife was still out shopping and she'd got the card with her).
Every week or so I get a call to my mobile with "I understand you were involved in an accident that wasn't your fault. Is that right?". Previously I've either played along to wind them up or just told them to go f**k themselves. I note that if you continue there is a delay of a few seconds then you find yourself talking to someone in an Indian call centre. No chance of stopping or fining them. Different number every time. As I do get some legitimate calls from unknown numbers, I can't really block all unknown numbers.
Interestingly, after the last such call, the penny dropped that the pleasant sounding woman making the initial call with an English accent is really a bot. Her question is loaded to get a yes or no reply. Until now I've just told them to go f**k themselves and hung up, but it is clearly wasted on a bot. So the correct response is to say "Yes, that's right" and when she says "Can you tell me a little bit more about the accident" the bot is probably looking for keywords related to an accident. So I plan to test this theory on the next call by saying "I was driving to work last Saturday and stopped at a junction when the traffic lights turned red and I was hit from behind by a speeding elephant". If the call then gets transferred to an Indian call centre it will confirm the initial conversation is with a bot. Then I can proceed as normal and question the man in the call centre about his sexual deviant habits.
The latest version of Linux Mint 20 comes with Firefox pre-loaded and with the Canadian English language pack installed by default. Setting the spell checking to English UK doesn't work despite it having that language installed too. Tried uninstalling Firefox to do a clean re-install but it made Cinnamon unstable and it kept crashing.
I ended up reformatting the hard drive and reinstalling Linux Mint 20 again yesterday and I'm back to square one with Firefox ignoring the spell checking language and using Canadian again.
I don't claim to understand the ins and outs of snap vs other strategies, but something is definitely screwed up in Linux Mint 20 regarding Firefox.
"Ebay.co.uk is using it as well as login"
I gave up on ebay, it won't even let me enter my postal address (or any address at all!) Whatever I type it just says "Enter a valid address". So I abandoned the sign-up process.
It must be objecting to Firefox blocking third party cookies or some other privacy setting, but I wasn't going to wade through all the settings to find if one of them was responsible.
On one occasion I filled my shopping basket with specialist items from an engineering site and went to the checkout only to be presented with one of those Captchas to do, except it wouldn't actually show me any pictures to tick! I ended up abandoning my shopping cart and buying the items from their competitor.
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