Okay, Best Buy, why the hell do you need my email for a return?
When did this evil practice start? I already gave you my driver’s license and phone number, why do you need my email?
Anyway, gripe long enough for the counter guy to call his supervisor, who’ll then come over and tell him to put in a bogus address. (That’s what happened in my case anyway.) What this tells me is that there is no valid reason for Best Buy to request this information. Bastards.
Well I stopped in at the body shop Said to the guy, I want stereo FM installed in my teeth And take this mole off my back and put it on my cheek And, uh…while I’m here Why don’t you give me some of those high-heeled feet?
But seriously, the problem with any of these password schemes (e.g., string three words together, as mentioned in the article) is that every account seems to have a different set of rules for acceptable passwords (restricting the number of characters to a certain range, must have numbers, must not have numbers, disallowed characters, etc.) so that one scheme won’t work on all of them—and trying to remember which scheme works with which account is just as bad as trying to remember individual passwords for them. On top of this, aren’t we supposed to change our passwords on a regular basis? That’s a lot of complicated information we’re being asked to remember without external help (which is a problem that “simple” passwords schemes promise to solve, but don’t).
“Upon reflection, it is very obvious where the problems are. There’s no universal health care to handle the randomness of poor health. There’s no free higher education to allow people to develop their skills outside the logic and relations of indentured servitude. Our bankruptcy code has been rewritten by the top 1% when instead, it needs to be a defense against their need to shove inequality-driven debt at populations. And finally, there’s no basic income guaranteed to each citizen to keep poverty and poor circumstances at bay.”—Mike Konczal in Parsing the Data and Ideology of the We Are 99% Tumblr | Rortybomb (via quotingthecrisis)
“I think people are quite unhappy with the state of the economy and what’s happening. They blame, with some justification, the problems in the financial sector for getting us into this mess, and they’re dissatisfied with the policy response here in Washington. And at some level, I can’t blame them. Certainly, 9 percent unemployment and very slow growth is not a good situation.”—Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, on why he doesn’t blame the people who’ve joined recent protests on Wall Street and elsewhere. (via officialssay)
Most infographics aren’t accessible for the visually impaired.
Most infographics aren’t search-engine optimized.
Those super-long infographics are practically useless on a mobile device.
Of all online infographics, 89% contain statistics of dubious veracity. (Err, percentage is madeup, which is sort of her point.)
Many infographics are just plain bad.
We get a lot of e-mails about infographics to link to, but we tend not to do them if they’re not super-short and super-clear. And the really long ones we’ll crop and link. It’s because they can be visual overload. Simplify. Don’t confuse.
THIS. However, while poor search-engine optimization may be an intrinsic problem for infographics, that’s not where the problem lies with infographic overload. The real problem is people creating infographics to use as linkbait. When that’s the goal, quality goes out the window. It’s visual spam.