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Water Cooler / Re: Fun movies for lockdown?
« on: March 31, 2020, 09:23:19 AM »
Some good stuff in there. These are all from the last few years, and fit the original brief:

Yesterday [2019]
Wild Rose [2019]
Where'd You Go, Bernadette [2019]
Blinded By The Light [2019]
Fighting With My Family [2019]
The Shiny Shrimps [Subtitled, 2019]
Love, Simon [2018]
Christopher Robin [2018]
Lion [2017]
Hidden Figures [2017]
Wonder [2017]
American Made [2017]
Gifted [2017]
Midnight Special [2016]
Sing Street [2016]
Finding Dory [2016]
The Lady In The Van [2015]

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Water Cooler / Re: Mates & Music, don't stop!
« on: March 07, 2020, 04:34:14 PM »
It's so easy to become that person as you get older, and lose stuff that used to make you happy. I'd agree that the charts are mostly sh## though, but that's more the change in the way music's consumed than any drop in quality. There's still great stuff out there. My evidence, all released in the last 14 months:

Big Thief - Cattails
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUR-Ad8QcmA

The Black Keys - Shine A Little Light
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jknn7MMszNo

Blake Shelton - God's Country
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEWGyyLiqY4

Bodega - Bookmarks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ah4jZjy9c8

Bruce Springsteen - Hitch Hikin'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCs8U5wwPJ8

Cage The Elephant - House Of Glass
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1ZYRfK2v3E

Eminem feat. Royce Da 5'9", Black Thought, Q-Tip & Denaun - Yah Yah
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZ09A39xECk

Eyesore & The Jinx - On An Island
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=um1GpW1SllE

Judah & The Lion - Quarter-Life Crisis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWdni-JLR8k

Mark Lanegan Band - Radio Silence
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bTsIbzFbLs

Ride - Repetition
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTDRL2OCqHQ

Taylor Swift - You Need To Calm Down
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dkk9gvTmCXY

Vampire Weekend - Harmony Hall
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlkTVMMkCP4

Yungblud feat. Dan Reynolds - Original Me
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP-zl8ruUKE

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Traffic / Re: Home page link "best practices"
« on: February 19, 2020, 11:05:41 AM »
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This sounds like a web designer pretending to be a SEO.

Or a muppet pretending to be a web designer pretending to be a SEO.

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Web Development / Old CSS, new CSS
« on: February 09, 2020, 04:18:32 PM »
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I first got into web design/development in the late 90s, and only as I type this sentence do I realize how long ago that was.

And boy, it was horrendous. I mean, being able to make stuff and put it online where other people could see it was pretty slick, but we did not have very much to work with.

https://eev.ee/blog/2020/02/01/old-css-new-css/

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Hardware & Technology / Re: Useful Browser Extensions 2019
« on: July 10, 2019, 09:50:57 AM »
Firefox:
ColorZilla
HTTP Header Live
JavaScript Toggle On and Off
RESTClient
Fireshot
WCAG Contrast checker
Web Developer

Chrome:
Analytics Pros - dataLayer Inspector
ColorZilla
Google Optimize
Lighthouse
Linkclump
Quick JavaScript Switcher
Fireshot
Web Developer

The only ones that get used regularly are Web Developer and Fireshot. Using Postman means I no longer need RESTClient, so that's going right now...

Worth mentioning: I work in a business with a call centre that uses a closed source booking system with a web interface. Every agent uses Chrome. I've written a Chrome plugin to insert LiveEngage chat on every page and validate email addresses with Loqate. Marketing permissions via MailChimp will soon be added. It was surprisingly straightforward, and just used JavaScript and CSS. One approach is to use the extension to load in a Google Tag Manager container and do all the front-end stuff in that.

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Not familiar with this source BUT drugs play a large part

I can't comment on the US, but in the UK, since 2010, the Tory government's austerity policy has prioritised reducing the budget deficit over public spending. Over the same period, homelessness has tripled. There are over 300,000 homeless in the UK now, for a population of 66m. That's not to mention the 120,000 deaths that have been linked to the same policy.

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Water Cooler / Re: Quotes that hit home
« on: May 03, 2019, 06:39:19 AM »
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Culture eats strategy for breakfast.

- Peter Drucker

I hadn't heard of this one before, but it was was mentioned by Avisash Kaushik in a recent analytics newsletter. He drilled down in to the meaning of culture, with quotes like:

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Culture us the way we do things around here.

which gets trumped by:

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Culture is how your employees behave when no one is watching.

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Hardware & Technology / Re: Favorite Hardware
« on: April 24, 2019, 10:39:45 AM »
I've just swapped out a desktop running four 23" 1920x1080 monitors for two 40" 3840x2160 Samsung TVs powered by a Dell laptop which also has a 4K screen. That would be the equivalent of 12 HD screen if I didn't have to use Windows 10's scaling to comfortably read things. It works, but it's right on the edge of what the hardware's capable of, so can be glitchy.

My favourite hardware is the ice maker on the front of the fridge.

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I lost interest in Matomo (formerly Piwik) when I found out about Snowplow (https://snowplowanalytics.com).

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Hardware & Technology / Re: Peak Iphone?
« on: January 03, 2019, 10:08:26 AM »
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/jan/02/apple-stocks-key-quarter-tim-cook

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Apple cut its sales forecasts for its key end of year period on Wednesday, citing the unforeseen “magnitude” of the economic slowdown in China.

Trading in the company’s shares was temporarily halted as Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, issued a letter to shareholders explaining the reason for the change. When selling started again, Apple shares fell by 7.45%, wiping $55bn (£44bn) off its value.

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Economics & Investing / Re: Brexit
« on: December 19, 2018, 09:47:15 AM »
The "no deal" option is May playing chicken with Parliament. i.e. Unless they vote for her deal, that will be the only other option. It's clearly a lie, and hugely irresponsible. It may also be a tactic that works.

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Water Cooler / Re: Whats Your home assistant called?
« on: December 06, 2018, 12:18:54 PM »
I was tempted to buy some Alexa-connected Billy Basses and change Alexa's name to Billy. I've been told that isn't going to happen.

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Water Cooler / Re: Bundling options by default (EU law)
« on: December 03, 2018, 11:07:56 AM »
Hi Rupert,

There was a bit more to it (below), but I reckon it's illegal in the EU. However, I rented a carpet cleaner yesterday, and HSS tried to bundle in an RCD and damage insurance.

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I believe that the Consumer Rights Directive 2011/83/EU was what I recalled. The press release accompanying this (http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-655_en.htm) stated “A ban on pre-ticked boxes on the internet, as for example when they buy plane tickets”, and this was widely reported at the time. E.g:

http://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/38477/eu-bans-pre-ticked-boxes-on-websites
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-15260748

and again when the regulation came in to force:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/money-saving-tips/10897577/Online-shoppers-get-new-rights-under-EU-rules.html

I believe that the relevant section of the directive is Article 22: “Before the consumer is bound by the contract or offer, the trader shall seek the express consent of the consumer to any extra payment in addition to the remuneration agreed upon for the trader’s main contractual obligation. If the trader has not obtained the consumer’s express consent but has inferred it by using default options which the consumer is required to reject in order to avoid the additional payment, the consumer shall be entitled to reimbursement of this payment.”

The Government also published a response document in 2013 which provided the example:

  • A consumer buys a camera online.  The website has an option to buy an extended guarantee.
  • Under the current law, this option could be ticked automatically on the website. If the consumer did not want to buy the extended guarantee, they would actively have to untick the box.
  • Under the new Regulations, the option must not be ticked automatically. If the consumer did not want the extended guarantee, they would not have to do anything.
  • This means that consumers are less likely to make extra purchases without meaning to do so, and makes the process more transparent.

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Water Cooler / Re: Bundling options by default (EU law)
« on: November 30, 2018, 02:22:00 PM »
Consumer Rights Directive 2011/83/EU

“Before the consumer is bound by the contract or offer, the trader shall seek the express consent of the consumer to any extra payment in addition to the remuneration agreed upon for the trader’s main contractual obligation. If the trader has not obtained the consumer’s express consent but has inferred it by using default options which the consumer is required to reject in order to avoid the additional payment, the consumer shall be entitled to reimbursement of this payment.”

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Water Cooler / Bundling options by default (EU law)
« on: November 30, 2018, 11:09:44 AM »
I'm looking for case law and/or examples of pre-ticking options/accessories/services in shopping carts. I was under the impression that doing so was illegal in the EU, but want to be able to cite some sources one way or another. Can anyone offer any information?

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