Monday, May 24, 2010

More Stuff You Didn't Know About Online Privacy

On a tip from TYWKIWDBI:

You Deleted Your Cookies? Think Again

More than half of the internet’s top websites use a little known capability of Adobe’s Flash plug-in to track users and store information about them, but only four of them mention the so-called Flash Cookies in their privacy policies, UC Berkeley researchers reported Monday.

Unlike traditional browser cookies, Flash cookies are relatively unknown to web users, and they are not controlled through the cookie privacy controls in a browser. That means even if a user thinks they have cleared their computer of tracking objects, they most likely have not.

I installed a Firefox add-on called BetterPrivacy. If you read to the bottom of the article linked above, they have some other options listed.

Not, mind you, that I much care who sees that I browsed some photos at Flickr... but better safe than sorry.

Anyone besides me ever feel like they're playing whack-a-mole, trying to stay ahead of all the possibilities?

Cross-posted at the Monterey Bay RWA Members' Blog

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Anybody Remember This?

One of my favorite audio bits that made the rounds online a few years back....

Somebody has done a nifty little Youtube video.

Why? Just because I still think it's funny. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Just Hangin' Out.

Su Lin (the 4-1/2-year-old) proves what the keeper told us at our visit, that pandas have all-but-rubber bones and joints.

A bit later, she found a slightly more comfortable-appearing position in which to take her next nap.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

I'll Be Very Surprised If Anyone Recognizes This.

(Except Bonnie... that's her husband singing.)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

WWF... or WWF???

Both at once, I guess.

Image borrowed from

Friday, May 7, 2010

I Am Truly Evil. (Updated!)

Remember that alleged "professional" bulletin board I keep getting banned from?

Well... the trolls and the paranoids are still at it. Interestingly, the company I work for is one of the biggest targets of their spewed venom, and if anyone dares to poke their head up and say they're actually happy with their job, they are accused of being a "suit" or a "plant" because nobody could possibly be happy working for that company.

I keep maintaining that I am not a suit, I am a pajama, and besides, if the suits have it so good, why on earth don't these people claw their way up the ladder and BECOME a suit, so they too can sit around on their pinkytoes eating bon-bons all day, which is more or less what they accuse the suits of doing, while collecting a ginormous paycheck at the expense of us minions down in the trenches? (I've been a suit. It's overrated, and nary a bon-bon in sight.)

But I digress. Early this morning somebody mentioned that management "stalks" the board, so the complainers better hope nobody ever finds out who they are.

Well. You know me. An opening like that? Watch and learn.

So I posted a message titled "Rats! They're onto us!" which read as follows: "Initiate secret code protocol Alpha Alpha Whiner Finder. Execute in three, two, one, MARK!" and I signed it, of course, "The Suits."

One of the real "suits" with whom I am in contact had a good laugh, at least.

UPDATE: Some humor-impaired maroon actually took my post seriously, if you can believe it, and wrote "Quick! Just keep calling everyone who doesn't blow sunshine up your butt a whiner!"

Good freaking grief. Our society (and our profession) is doomed. Doomed, I tell you!

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