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So does she just give up and go do something else? Because that's not all bad.


Posted by: mcmc | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 10:32 AM
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The post title implies that she just sits there and watches the ad.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 11:09 AM
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Huh. I suppose they do go away eventually. I've never watched one to the end.


Posted by: mcmc | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 11:14 AM
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I feel the similarly about my folks when I remember to turn my blinker off. Sometimes I just leave it on due to my own decrepitude in solidarity.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 11:17 AM
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Maybe she could download Firefox and install the Ad-Block plug-in.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 11:51 AM
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5: Yup, I feel similarly bad about people who don't use Adblock or similar. How can they stand to use Facebook or read Slate?


Posted by: AWB | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 1:26 PM
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I had to disable Adblock on the machine at work a few weeks ago -- it was inexplicably keeping us from doing something -- and I was really surprised by the ads. (a) I guess I don't usually know what everybody else knows about, say, "Skechers", and (b) the internet is a much less accommodating place with all that crap on there. It's downright annoying.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 1:48 PM
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I wouldn't recommend AdBlock to anybody who couldn't handle a "Skip Ad" button. It often screws up sites in unexpected ways. For instance, sites that show those kind of pre-roll (? interstitial?) ads often just won't load at all if you have AdBlock enabled.


Posted by: Yawnoc | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 1:54 PM
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For instance, sites that show those kind of pre-roll (? interstitial?) ads often just won't load at all if you have AdBlock enabled.

I've never had this happen, and occasionally still have to click on an ad to see the page behind it, but maybe I have it set that way?


Posted by: AWB | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 2:00 PM
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7: My little family just got cable TV this week, after depending entirely on online viewing with no or few commercials, and we are appalled. TV ads are so so long and gross and repetitive!


Posted by: AWB | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 2:02 PM
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8: I'd never had that happen either. Possibly had to click on a "skip this ad" button, though usually -- on, say, Salon -- that interim screen would time out fairly quickly and move to the desired target URL.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 2:18 PM
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I'm a little teapot, short and stout.


Posted by: Pauly Shore | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 2:29 PM
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Here is my handle; here is my spout.


Posted by: Pauly Shore | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 2:32 PM
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I can't decide whether I like targeted ads or not. To break the sacred bond of off-blog communication, I recently asked Tweety to remind me of a jacket he had mentioned acquiring, and he emailed me the link. Now, every time I read TPM, I'm reminded that I looked at that jacket. Before that it was Saucony shoes, when I had been shopping for footwear.

Creepy? Yes. But possibly better than when TPM's ad server seemed to think I was sympathetic to ads prompting me to "Tell Obama to STOP CARD CHECK." Um, no.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 2:47 PM
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Google lets you opt out of the targeted ad stuff: http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/


Posted by: Yawnoc | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 3:10 PM
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I'm a big fan of right wing Google ads showing up on liberal blogs - if you click on those ads, money goes directly from the pockets of the Koch brothers to fund the poor, impoverished bloggers that oppose them.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 3:20 PM
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Hmm, my spout sure is tiny.


Posted by: Pauly Shore | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 3:29 PM
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But mom says that doesn't matter and that I'm fine just the way God made me.


Posted by: Pauly Shore | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 3:31 PM
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I love targeted ads. I've written tons of patent applications on different kinds and the technology is fascinating. If only the companies would use the more sophisticated technology, the ads would be so much better! At least I'm now too old to see the belly fat ads. Apparently 28 year old women are VERY concerned about belly fat. Now that I'm 30 the ads are more geared towards products associated with pregnancy and babies.

That being said, the first time that Hulu said "Elizabeth, people like you are 4x more likely to be interested in this show" I was really startled that Hulu knew my name.


Posted by: LizSpigot | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 3:54 PM
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15: I like how they list all the categories of interest. Google thinks I'm male, which is weird considering the categories involving pets, birds and women's clothing that are associated with me.


Posted by: LizSpigot | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 3:58 PM
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19: to be fair, you can figure it out pretty easily from your pseud.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 4:02 PM
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15, 20: Huh. Why does Google contain no list of preferences for me? I would have thought they'd know me better than I know myself.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 4:05 PM
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21: Oh I know. It's very dumb that I was surprised. The email address I use to log into Hulu is Elizabeth.Spigot(not really Spigot)@gmail.com.

22: Maybe you don't let it track your search history?


Posted by: LizSpigot | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 4:16 PM
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5: Yup, I feel similarly bad about people who don't use Adblock or similar. How can they stand to use Facebook or read Slate?

There are ads on Facebook?


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 4:34 PM
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At least I'm now too old to see the belly fat ads. Apparently 28 year old women are VERY concerned about belly fat.

Bad news--they come back when you age out of the child-bearing demo.


Posted by: mcmc | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 4:34 PM
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Apparently 36-year-old men are very concerned about belly fat too, or the targeting is not as precise as you think it is. I believe every third ad on the Internet today involves an animated shrinking-and-expanding waistline.


Posted by: k-sky | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 4:40 PM
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The child bearing demo is why I don't go to Whole Foods on the first Tuesday of the month.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 5:07 PM
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24: A surprisingly common sentiment among the AdBlock-enabled.


Posted by: Yawnoc | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 5:11 PM
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I actually bought exactly one product due to a perfectly-targeted Gmail ad. Slavoj Zizek thinks that Cabinet Magazine makes all other magazines look pointless and shitty? YOU ARE SPEAKING MY LANGUAGE. I wish I had time to read it; I'd resubscribe in a heartbeat.


Posted by: AWB | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 5:14 PM
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How can they stand to use Facebook or read Slate?

People can stand to read Slate? Who? Where? Can we drop a Predator drone on them?


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 5:36 PM
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I must be totally blind to these ads or something, though on the work computer I now see the shrinking-and-expanding waistline ad constantly.

Targeted ads on Google? It's possible I just ignore and/or don't see them. gmail creeps me out with its targeted ads having to do with keywords in recent emails I've been exchanging. I ... should probably do something about that.

LizSpigot is possibly evil for this in 19: I love targeted ads. I've written tons of patent applications on different kinds and the technology is fascinating. If only the companies would use the more sophisticated technology, the ads would be so much better!


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 5:49 PM
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Hm. In 31.last, the portion quoting LizSpigot's 19 should have been italicized.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 5:51 PM
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28, I don't have Adblock. The Facebook ads are mostly text and not very prominent.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 5:55 PM
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I click out of ads whenever possible, and otherwise I turn off the sound and wait them out in another tab, but I've never felt compelled to get AdBlock, partly because some sites I patronize have creators who get a bit of income from them.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 6:08 PM
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34: That's a dilemma, I guess. On the face of it, I don't see why anybody would not use Adblock or some equivalent.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 6:20 PM
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35: I'm really, really lazy. That's why I don't use Adblock.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 6:32 PM
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I don't even see targeted ads.


Posted by: clew | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 6:34 PM
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36: Sweetheart, if you use Firefox, Adblock is here.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 6:41 PM
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I might add that it's very fast to download and install/incorporate. Pretty much seamless.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 6:44 PM
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Maybe she could download Firefox and install the Ad-Block plug-in.

But then she must let go of AOL. AOL has trained my mom to expect everything online to be twelve kinds of counterintuitive, which has destroyed any learning curve she might otherwise have been on. That program is wretched.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 6:46 PM
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You pro-targeted-ads banner-clickers, I consider you all monsters. Listen to parsimon, people.

I also have NoScript, which really does end up being a hassle, but when I just had Adblock I had no issues at all.


Posted by: persistently visible | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 6:49 PM
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38: Not if I don't click it, hon!


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 7:04 PM
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I was too lazy to comment on this thread.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 7:12 PM
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42: Hey. Sorry if I was inappropriate with my "sweetheart", but I'm really stumped as to why people wouldn't use Adblock. So. Huh.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 7:22 PM
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adblock on chrome is even more seamless than on firefox. i was too lazy to install adblock for a long time, but it was the animated ads on okcupid that i really couldn't stand to have blinking in my peripheral vision while i tried to craft the perfect response, etc. facebook's were pretty annoying too "here's a weird tip from a [your town] mom!" what's up with the bait-and-switch ads that promise a weird tip to do tooth-whitening, but when you click it it's a├žai berry for weight loss? i don't know why i clicked. i guess i'm not made of pure laziness.

i also was too lazy to install chrome for a long time, but firefox kept grinding my machine to a halt. i think chrome is better and at any rate i'm definitely too lazy to switch back.


Posted by: ursyne | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 7:22 PM
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44: No worries. I was just teasing. I'll probably click on that later.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 7:38 PM
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44: No worries.

An Australian horse person?


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 7:41 PM
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36: I had not gotten around to installing it on this computer which I had recently re-staged, but just did. For 34 you can easily turn it off for specific domains or pages.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 7:48 PM
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I'm really, really lazy. That's why I don't use Adblock

Ditto. Also there aren't a lot of ads on Unfogged (or many of the other sites I view).


Posted by: James B. Shearer | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 7:50 PM
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47: No worries is Australian? I say that all the time.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 7:52 PM
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46: Clicking on it doesn't initiate a download, in case you were concerned about that. It just takes you to the information page where you can click to download. Duh. You are fucking stubborn. I myself am never like that.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 7:56 PM
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49 is adorable.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 7:56 PM
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Maybe we should start posting "Meet sexxy singles in Westchester County!" links just for James.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 8:01 PM
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No worries is Australian? I say that all the time.

Yeah, me, too. I have no idea what Stormcrow's on about. (I mean, I have an idea, but she's from California.)


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 8:03 PM
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Wikipedia knows what Stormcrow's on about. Apparently we Americans are incapable of really grokking the phrase because we don't have the concept of "mateship".


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 8:07 PM
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I think there was a radio show in the UK where one of the running segments was to phone someone in Australia at random and then wager on how long it took the respondent to say "no worries." Or something like that.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 8:20 PM
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These kids today don't know how much of the lingo came from Australia. Before Paul Hogan hit the silver screen, Americans couldn't even define "knife."


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 8:21 PM
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I don't get why people dislike targeted ads. Once you get past the idea that your activities are being tracked, the ads are actually really helpful. I've bought a lot more stuff through targeted ads because they're finally interesting.


Posted by: LizSpigot | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 8:24 PM
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Sometimes the ads are too targeted and I'm not ready to be that honest with myself.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 8:26 PM
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59: That's fair. The targeted ads I see are usually for Ann Taylor, Tiffany's and funky jewelry stores. You know, now that the belly fat ads have disappeared for a few years.


Posted by: LizSpigot | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 8:29 PM
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All I ever get are ads for ammo, shovels, and quicklime.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 8:32 PM
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Canadian Mom's Teeth Trick sounds both highly relevant and very professional. Much more useful than 1 Trick of a Tiny Belly, which is part of the same group.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 8:35 PM
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61: Yeah, sorry. We've been using your computer to do some oppo research. You can disregard those ads.


Posted by: Moby's House's Stink Bugs | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 8:36 PM
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I had a panicked moment about targeted ads. I share a gmail account with some students for an outreach project. I checked the account from home, and then wondered if it was possible that the account could then start showing targeted ads based on other sites I visited. I couldn't think of anything remotely embarrassing, but it also seemed like there could be lots of unknown variables. Jammies said that the targeted ads would only be based on the content of the emails within the account itself, but I don't really see why that would be so.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 8:36 PM
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Speaking of belly fat and horses (not that anyone was doing both before now), I went by PF Chang's today and I noticed the giant horse statues, the ones flanking the front door, portrayed the horses with giant heart-shaped medallions covering the asshole. My first thought was "How have I never noticed that before?" and my second was "Why did I have to notice that at all?"


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 8:44 PM
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58: Once you get past the idea that your activities are being tracked, the ads are actually really helpful. I've bought a lot more stuff through targeted ads because they're finally interesting.

1. Get past the idea that my activities are being tracked?

2. I may be an outlier, but I actually don't buy much stuff at all, and what I buy isn't stuff suggested to me randomly, even if in a targeted way, on the internet. I buy food, and what are called health and beauty aids (meaning things like bandaids and toothpaste). I occasionally buy clothes, not by brand name.

Ads are an incredible annoyance, since I'm not going to buy any of the stuff they're selling.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 8:44 PM
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65: I witnessed several horses pooping today. My ability to resist the urge to exclaim, with faux outrage, "That's HORSESHIT!" is apparently very strong.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 8:47 PM
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Try putting a heart-shape medallion on their butts and see how that goes.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 8:50 PM
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64: Jammies is right. Gmail only displays targeted ads within the gmail program based on your email content.


Posted by: LizSpigot | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 8:50 PM
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65: For those who like me have a poor visual imagination.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 8:55 PM
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I would have googled an image, but I'm too afraid of rule 34.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 8:57 PM
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Also, teh lazy.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 8:59 PM
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You should see my targeted ads now!


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 9:01 PM
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I don't need to wonder. Your gmail password is in the Flicker pool.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 9:10 PM
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65: I witnessed several horses pooping today.

Taking your relationship to the next level, then?


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 9:14 PM
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I find the way in which the NYT and Le Monde apparently exchange info for the tracked ads to be a little bit weird. I'll be getting english language ads, both generic slim down type stuff and NY stuff on Le Monde, plus French ones for electronics and underwear. On NYT, if I've been recently browsing on Le Monde I'll get French language adds for books and movies.


Posted by: teraz kurwa my | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 9:42 PM
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The gmail targeted ads for a while there were usually for "Meeting Middle-Eastern Singles." Now it's mostly ads for standardized tests and tutoring service (as a still-registered Kaplan tutor, I get a shit-ton of email about tests), no matter what the actual content of the email I'm looking at may be.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 9:55 PM
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Have you guys even noticed that I comment here? My feelings are starting to get hurt.


Posted by: Pauly Shore | Link to this comment | 02-20-11 10:43 PM
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Dead thread, and a stale story, but since this is computing-related, I do think Ken Jennings deserves a shout-out for writing "I, for one, welcome our new computer overlords" for his meaningless Final Jeopardy answer.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02-21-11 11:38 AM
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