Dear Dr Laura, Freedom of Speech Does Not Protect You From Criticism

August 27, 2010 at 11:37 PM (Uncategorized) (, , , )

“I want to regain my First Amendment rights. I want to be able to say what’s on my mind and in my heart and what I think is helpful and useful without somebody getting angry, some special interest group deciding this is the time to silence a voice of dissent and attack affiliates, attack sponsors. I’m sort of done with that.” – Laura Schlessinger on the Larry King Show

This is a rant that has long been coming. If you’ve followed me on Twitter for any length of time, you’ve probably seen me say this several times. I am sick to death of whiny, childish morons on the right who mistakenly believe that they alone have the right to free speech. Whiny, childish morons like Laura Schlessinger.
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Retweet of the Year

August 26, 2010 at 9:47 PM (Uncategorized) (, , )

This has to be the funniest retweet I’ve ever seen.

God retweets Jesus

Although this one is a strong 2nd.

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Introducing The Highway Douchebag Elimination Act

August 26, 2010 at 12:07 AM (Uncategorized)

Mike Masnick asks the question, “Is there a better way to text while driving?” The only correct answer to that question is “No. Pull over.”

This issue enrages me and never fails to leave me standing in stunned, open-mouthed disbelief at just how much self-important douchebaggery exists within some people. I am constantly amazed at the willingness of so many people to risk killing themselves, their families and random strangers rather than simply letting a phone call go to voicemail.

And people who want to text while driving… Seriously? Texting?? REALLY??

Someone please enlighten me here. What could possibly be said during any phone call that outweighs the importance of not dying in your car?
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We haz a retweet button!

August 12, 2010 at 9:41 PM (Uncategorized) (, )

All of us freeloaders with free blogs here at WP can finally have our own Twitter retweet button without all the copying and pasting we’ve had to do in the past. Very awesome.

Just go to Appearance > Extras to enable it.

(h/t RWW)

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How To Remove The RLZ Tracking ID From Chromium Browser

August 2, 2010 at 3:35 PM (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Please Note: This post is old, written in August 2010. This information may be out of date now.

The tl;dr version

I’ve ignored Google’s Chrome browser ever since it first came out. I don’t like some of its behavior, particularly the automatic updates that cannot be controlled by the user. Google tends to include auto-updaters in nearly all of their desktop software but never provides a way to disable them. They simply cannot seem to understand that they do not acquire ownership of a computer just because someone installs their software on it. I have refused to have any Google software installed on my computer for years for that reason.

Because I’ve never paid any attention to Chrome, I didn’t realize until just the other night that Chromium browser existed. Chromium browser is an open source version of Chrome without any Google branding, with fewer things that call home to Google by default and, most importantly to me, no automatic updater. In other words, it’s a better behaved version of Chrome that doesn’t do most of the things I dislike.

I downloaded Chromium last night and stayed up late playing with it. I have to say, I am impressed. Now I see what the fuss over Chrome is all about. I’ve been a loyal fan of Firefox for several years but they really do have serious competition here.

One thing I noticed was that, while Chromium behaves itself better than Chrome, it still acts naughty in a couple of ways. When you use it to search Google from the so-called Omnibar (fancy name for the address bar), it inserts a tracking ID into the address [pic] so that Google can record and track it. As I understand it, the number is unique to the server from which you originally downloaded the browser. Not a huge deal, but unwanted nonetheless.
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