Wow. Eight hours ago I would not have recognized that. A friend and I just picked up the 16 Ton Megaset this afternoon and watched the first three discs. I pop in here for a quick update and there's a Python quote that's still fresh in my mind.
And yes, I just dropped $50 on a DVD set. Now if James Burke would just reduce the prices on his stuff, maybe I could afford to buy those, too.
Since Amazon has lately been showing what they REALLY think of their customers, I've been boycotting them. When I bought a computer upgrade last month I made sure to buy it from Newegg, regardless of price differences (which were minor) or sales tax.
This just gives me more impetus to keep doing it. Thanks, Newegg.
I'd been occasionally reading several authors at CNET (including Greg Sandoval), but... now I skip over the CNET section on freshnews.org and find better things to read.
A shame, I really liked a lot of the stuff they wrote. I hope those authors end up working for publishers with fewer cranial-rectal inversion issues.
I've been getting occasional "please come back to CNET" e-mails from them (probably because I rarely actually log in, so my account activity has been non-existent even though I'd been viewing the site a lot). I'm thinking of replying. Something along the lines of "go pound sand".
Also thinking of adding cnet.com to my site blocker so I don't wander in accidentally. Guess I'll do that now.
One problem with the "real names only" is figuring out what a "real name" is. For example, I know a young lady whose last name is Student. When she applied to FB, they rejected her application and insisted that she provide them ID before they'd allow her into the boyz club.
Whereas, when I applied they just let me in. Apparently "Nonken" is pretty common (Huh? What?) but Student isn't.
When I was running a BBS I once got a logon application from a guy named Joker. Looked it up... yep, there were several in the phone book. I wonder how many Jokers have been refused by FB?
But I have to wonder: if everybody has to use a real name, and prove it, what's the story behind this?
In the meantime, using your real name is no guarantee of civility. I've met a lot of people who are assholes in person, never mind hiding behind a computer. (Cue Dark Helmet...)
Of course this has all been said before, but the comment is buried under half a ton of garbage. I don't expect anybody to read it. Except maybe Officer Obie.
(P.S. Ms. Student has recently married. I asked her if FB would let her join now that she has a "real" name. She just laughed.)