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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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Web Development / Re: Terchnical SEO : You Should Read
« on: November 29, 2018, 03:31:03 PM »
I have to say that I thought I could have an application/ld+json schema block inside the closing body tag, so I've learned something.

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Hardware & Technology / Re: Camera Suggestions SLR/compact
« on: November 14, 2018, 11:51:17 AM »
You've asked at a time when both Nikon and Canon have just released entirely new full frame mirrorless platforms. If you were looking to commit to a brand, you couldn't have worse timing. ;)

Personally, I don't think the type of photography you're asking about is particularly challenging *for a camera body* and pretty much any SLR or mirrorless interchangeable lens camera will cut it. If it were me I'd want a wide angle zoom (as you've suggested) for the real estate work. I don't know much about product photography, but my impression is that great work is as much about your shooting environment (tripod, lighting etc.) and post-processing as it is your choice of body/lens. Take a look at https://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/how-to-photograph-a-bottle-of-beer/ which illustrates this very well.

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IIRC, variations of this have been part of US Government plans on and off since Reagan's Star Wars/SDI in the early 80s.

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I'm sure it's keyword matching, not measuring stress in the voice or "emotion" directly.

Probably. A number of machine learning tools offer this, including Alexa IIRC. E.g. IBM Watson's Tone Analyzer: https://www.ibm.com/watson/services/tone-analyzer/

Effectively: Voice > Text > Tone Analyzer > Action. All in real time. Very impressive.

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