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Focusing on the idea that people should quit altogether, at the expense of not encouraging the switch to e-cigs, seems... I dunno... ignorant, at best. Murderous at worst. Am I off base here?

Not that the article or OP are against e-cigs, it just seems so taboo to suggest that e-cigs are a good idea for some people.

flopper  ·  1692 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ad Blockers and the Nuisance at the Heart of the Modern Web

Coming from a very billboard-dense state, I once found myself driving through relatively billboard-free Kentucky. The experience was refreshing enough to convince me of the fundamental value of eliminating advertisements.

Aside from the subjective idea that life is just better without ads plastered over every square inch of spare turf, the battle against ad blockers is silly for one simple reason: once some bytes enter a user's computer, they can and will do whatever they want with those bytes, including ignoring directives for displaying advertisements. There's really nothing to be done about that.

flopper  ·  1692 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Today's Writing Prompt: Describe a color

Posts like this make me glad. I love reading other people's words as they do justice to a writing prompt that would leave me flatly typing "Violet, 400nm EM radiation". Thankfully, there are all sorts of beautiful minds out there.

flopper  ·  1713 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Time for another hubski quiz!

It must be in the Andes given the oblate spheroid shape of the earth. That's as good as I can do.

flopper  ·  1722 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why you should never, ever, ever use MongoDB

Well, I've got terabytes of it! Maybe I'm the one Mongo use case, I dunno.

flopper  ·  1722 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why you should never, ever, ever use MongoDB

These "mongo is bad" articles always, always fail to acknowledge that (1) schemaless is a thing people want and need, and (2) nothing else comes anywhere close to Mongo is terms of ease of use for storing big, weird-shaped JSON documents. The kind of data that Mongo is good at makes relational databases melt their disk arrays. Yeah, it's not as fast as a normal relational database, so what. That's not the purpose.

flopper  ·  1724 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: It’s Time to Delete Google Chrome, Vivaldi Browser Now Runs Chrome Extension

Too bad it's closed source, that's a dealbreaker for me. Also, fwiw backtoyoujim, it is the crashes that bother me with Chromium. I get them every day whenever I open a file dialog. Reporting this particular bug has only resulted in finger pointing between the chromium team and the gtk+ team; nobody wants to fix it. Oh well.

flopper  ·  1726 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 15, 2015

For what it's worth I'm with you on the choice of drink, and I didn't imagine the hookers and blow until OftenBen mentioned them, but now I can't unsee them. Maybe everybody should just post a nice photo of their favorite beverage. Then it really will be like a pub: everybody drinking exactly what they ordered!

flopper  ·  1726 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 15, 2015

I mean, you aren't wrong, but... what kind of porn do you consume? Surely the objects of your fantasies are super-idealistic to somebody. At the end of the day, these self-indulgent fictions (whether written, graphic, etc) are mental happy places that I think people should be allowed to enjoy without fear of reprisal or offense to others, so long as everything that goes into the making of them is legal and consent-driven.

flopper  ·  1726 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Pets of Hubski

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee time to show off our rabbits! They are my favorite little fluffballs ever. Here they are!

This is Luna, after our favorite Harry Potter character. She's an adorable grump who has no problem nudging us out of the way and nipping at us when we don't immediately comply:

And this is Timothy Hopper, who got his name from the animal control worker who dropped him off at the shelter as a stray. We loved the name and kept it! He is sweet, gentle, and shy, and loves gettings pets but is scared of literally everything:

We love having rabbits. They are loving, lovable, quiet, clean, and hilarious. They are the perfect pets for us, both personality-wise, and because they are great in an apartment environment. I would have more rabbits, but that would be against our lease agreement and, more importantly, expensive (relatively speaking!).

flopper  ·  1728 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Update: A funding experiment

I second psychoticmilkman, this seems very interesting and I'm eager to see how it goes, but I also wouldn't mind a simple donation mechanism wherein I can just hand over some money to help with costs.

"Young people don't want to own cars anymore! Must be the lack of emoji." - Chevy Marketing

flopper  ·  1737 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Well, I forgot my fiancé's engagement dress and the hotel hasn't found it yet

Well said, again; thank you. Of course some well-adjusted part of me deep down knew I was being silly freaking out so much. But I'm glad to get a bucket of cold water to help me put my emotional horses and carts back in order. And I really appreciate your kindness.

flopper  ·  1737 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Well, I forgot my fiancé's engagement dress and the hotel hasn't found it yet

Fair enough! Hopefully I laugh about it someday. Thank you for your encouragement and congratulations. I appreciate it sincerely!

flopper  ·  1737 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Well, I forgot my fiancé's engagement dress and the hotel hasn't found it yet

Haha, way to put things in perspective, thank you. And yes, it will be okay. I just can't help but be (a) anxious about whether the hotel will find it and (b) sad that we lost this particular dress from such a meaningful occasion. At least we have tons of professional photos of the thing, so that's something. One day a better dress will be had; for now that was easily the nicest item of clothing either of us owned. Oh well, I doubt I will forget to check the closets again on the way out of some place.