Coincidentally, Ctrl+Alt+F2 is the combination on my luggage.

Oh, Linux. don't ever change.

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Simon Stålenhag body horror

Things from the Flood:

He's got a new book coming out. The previous one, Tales from the Loop, was awesome.

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Today in fuckloaf news

Russel Cameron: Flesh and Bone:

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"Your feedback will be used to improve Facebook" and other lies.

Do they even have a different auto-response than that?

    Your report

    How do I get Facebook to email me notifications any time someone comments on an event I have created with Business Manager? Settings / Notifications / Mail is set to "All except Messages" but I get nothing. Contrary to the FAQ, there is no "Notification Settings" menu item on the event. I am receiving other email notifications, so my email is set up correctly, etc.

    I asked this question yesterday and your response was "thank you for your feedback." Is that your cute way of saying "there is no way to do what you want?" If that's what you mean, you should try saying that.

    Our reply
    Your feedback will be used to improve Facebook. Thanks for taking the time to make a report.

    Your report

    The tab for my app on my page at link is blank. I can see that Facebook is correctly loading the iframe from my web server at link but nothing shows up. How do I diagnose what the problem is? I don't see any error messages anywhere. Needless to say, it used to work fine and I haven't changed anything recently.
    Our reply
    Your feedback will be used to improve Facebook. Thanks for taking the time to make a report.

They don't even email you when they've shitcanned your support request! I'm experiencing nostalgia for the tender embrace of the GNOME bug system.


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Current Music: Allie X -- Prime ♬

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There's a guy at this silly industrial show who is like 20 and dressed as the villain from Karate Kid
No court in the world would convict you
I feel like he can probably ski really well

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You Pokémon players don't understand the forces you're dealing with here.

These things are around us all the time.

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I learned so much about the pokemons tonight.


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Justice department uses aged computer system to frustrate FOIA requests

Shapiro filed his suit on the 50th anniversary of FOIA's passage this month.

FOIA requests to the FBI are processed by searching the Automated Case Support system (ACS), a software program that celebrates its 21st birthday this year.

Not only are the records indexed by ACS inadequate, Shapiro told the Guardian, but the FBI refuses to search the full text of those records as a matter of policy. When few or no records are returned, Shapiro said, the FBI effectively responds "sorry, we tried" without making use of the much more sophisticated search tools at the disposal of internal requestors.

"The FBI's assertion is akin to suggesting that a search of a limited and arbitrarily produced card catalogue at a vast library is as likely to locate book pages containing a specified search term as a full text search of database containing digitized versions of all the books in that library," Shapiro said.

The DoJ has contended to Shapiro and others that only one of ACS's three search functions, the Universal Name Index (UNI), is necessary to fulfill the law. The UNI search does not include the text of the files in the ACS, merely search terms entered -- or not -- by the FBI agent handling the case in question.

Shapiro told the Guardian that the reason the DoJ gave for refusing to use its $425m Sentinel software to process FOIA requests after ACS had failed to recover records was that a Sentinel search "would be needlessly duplicative of the FBI's default ACS UNI index-based searches and wasteful of Bureau resources". [...]

The FBI's chief technology officer during the second George W Bush administration, Jack Israel, [...] said four years ago. "It's based on an IBM mainframe with legacy database and programming technology, and I would say one of the main things that strikes you as a user of ACS is that you're dealing with the old IBM green screens. You're not dealing with a web-based environment, which everyone is used to from the internet."


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Has reading comprehension gone down? The answer may surprise you.

This is a public service announcement:

  1. "16% of the group" means "my just-so story has no actual support from the study".
  2. Especially if that number only appears in the final paragraph.
  3. "Design concept" means "I have created nothing except a pretty picture in Photoshop".
  4. The phrase "Although the project is currently conceptual" appearing a dozen paragraphs in means "the so-called reporter is intentionally trying to deceive you".
  5. "Filed a patent" means "this article is a press release". (It also means "our patent system is a joke.")
  6. If the headline asks a question, the answer is NO. (If the answer was even plausibly yes, the headline would state it as an unqualified fact).

Stop being such credulous, incurious motherfuckers. Thank you.

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Iä! Iä! Blogspam fthagn!

I'm currently getting hit with a bunch of spam comments that aren't getting trapped by Akismet that take the form of a normal sentence with one scrmabled word in the middle, and no links. I mention this only because this sounds like quite a movie:

From: Sunny <> (

I could watch Sc'eldnirhs List and still be happy after reading this.

I'm getting a tentacular The King in Yellow feel here.

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