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Analog
Posts: 1359
Incept: 2010-12-29

arkansas ozarks
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I had FB for a month or two way back. It amused the grandchildren but i quit when i saw how much advertising i got.

It's more than FB. Marketing industry has gone past bounds of decency with their "in your face" countenance .

TV is just one example, those ads for pills that kill you cannot possibly induce anybody to want them.
It has to be pharma industry throwing money at networks so as to keep their news organizations on a financial tether. Ever notice how they dominate news hour commercials ? Plus it's a write-off business expense, whitewashed payola......

I'm getting forty spams a day from all over Yahoo mail. I set a T-bird filter to automatically forward them to abuse@yahoo.com , no effect yet and don't expect any but it's somehow comforting, like swatting back at peaky flies.

If i knew how to send Yahoo mail's sorry ass a Stuxnet i'd do it.

old jim

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Never trust a computer with anything important.
Ptjim
Posts: 359
Incept: 2013-06-26

Pacific Northwest
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I have a couple fake FB accounts created for comment-posting on sites that require it. I never log into the pages except to reestablish a login if it disappears.

I have one real FB account I created to track down a long-ago college roommate for business purposes. Found him there in 5 minutes, haven't used that account since and have no idea if I have any 'friends'.

And I surprised myself by buying and liking something I found while watching a Judicial Watch video on my Roku Youtube channel - a TENS device from Bayer/Aleve for lower-back pain. Never heard of such a thing, checked out reviews, shopped for the best price with return guarantee and ordered it. Amazingly enough, it works. Not a perfect 'cure' but I found it does indeed alleviate enough of the pain annoyance to cut my Tylenol use down from 4-6 tabs/day to one and often zero - that was the goal in giving it a try. I'm annoyingly skeptical about ads for medical products and pills of any kind, but the engineer in me saw a possibility of success.

That's my geeky story; I actually bought something I first heard of via an online ad and it works. I'm as amazed as anybody, because 999 out of a thousand of those go right to the bit bucket and I keep my U-Block adblocker active and up-to-date.

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He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance. - The Declaration of Independence
Gantww
Posts: 1398
Incept: 2011-04-22

Nashville, TN
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http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/crime/2....

So, apparently kidnapping and torture sessions in Chicago are streamed live on facebook now.... Yup. Black thugs torturing a white dude. Yelling "f*&$ Trump!". I'm sure we'll be treated to news stories about some microaggression against some degenerate or other instead.

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Pissing on the host in the middle of the living room with guests present is a pretty good reason for the host to forcibly remove one from the scene, in my humble and correct opinion. - Jack_Crabb
Thystra
Posts: 948
Incept: 2009-07-12

Around the World
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Facebook, like cyber security, is not well understood by the masses. Unfortunately there will probably come a day where that understanding comes, but far too late, and at a far too high price.
Punch_rockgroin
Posts: 2260
Incept: 2008-12-31

Pacific NW USA
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Facebook won't delete you


I'm curious if going into a full on /b/ mode would induce them to do just that. Certainly they must have a limit to the depravity they will tolerate before they kick you off.

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Put the boots to him. Medium style.
Ribbit
Posts: 2428
Incept: 2007-09-10

Wales, UK
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I started using Skype to keep in touch with friends and family when I went to America to buy a boat. Subbed for a phone number for a bit, and was able to call very cheaply for calls home I made (I put in 10 to start me off, and still have over 5 left). Now I'm not wild about Skype either, but it does work, and so far, no ads.
I've looked at Facebook and Twitter, and rapidly exited stage left.

What does hack me off, is sites where I am a user (AOL, Yahoo, etc), are now desperately trying to get ALL my contact info (phone numbers, email addresses, etc), supposedly for 'security' purposes in case I forget my password or whatever. Well no way Jose! With Yahoo accounts being ripped off for 1 billion users, am I REALLY supposed to reward hackers with extra layers of information? So I usually respond with an email address like no.way@youhavegottobekidding.com.
I really don't like being pressured to have banking apps and other barking mad liabilities on my phone either.

All of this is really going to come back and bite everyone in the ass, imho. With a strong toxic venom element in the bite.

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If the State was a Nanny, it would have been fired for incompetence, unreliability, and having its hands in the till, a very long time ago now.
Mtdm
Posts: 298
Incept: 2009-07-23

NH
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I'm curious if going into a full on /b/ mode would induce them to do just that. Certainly they must have a limit to the depravity they will tolerate before they kick you off.


More than likely, they'd block your access but not delete your profile, so then you can't change/delete anything -- worst of both worlds.

That's certainly what Twitter does.
Azzurri_82
Posts: 26
Incept: 2015-02-21

Edinburgh
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One of the best decisions I've made is to delete my FB account (for all intents and purposes).

You do find our who your real friends are, and your productivity skyrockets!

I have a 'dummy' account I use to control FB business page/s I run, but it's an empty account with zero 'friends' attached to it.

Even with the business pages now, I normally only log in once a month to check on activity. Even though some of these page/s have 5,000+ real followers, in terms of revenue generation, they are more or less worthless.

Can it Karl, it'll be one of the best decisions you ever make.


Russell
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