GRUMPY OLD MAN

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Intrusive online advertisement - my netiquette manifesto:

Ads, polls, questionnaires and such content really annoy me if they...

1) Delay or block access to the actual content.
2) Play audio unless the user actively clicks the ad.

Examples:
These two simple rules would exclude lightbox overlays in general, like for example the silly popups asking you: "How do you like this site?" even before you had a chance to see it because that question itself is in the way. It also means that video ads before or during a youtube video are not okay (in fact, they violate both points).

I'm not against ads, polls and all that, but please put them next to the content, not in front of it.
Because only fake news aren't paywalled these days, the truth is now reserved for those who don't seem to need it.
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Difference? Mussolini was a better speaker than Trump, but back then you had to be.
You know that you've finally understood politics the day you've become cynical enough to never talk about politics again.
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Dorothy lost 40 pounds. Is that so interesting it needs to be in the newspaper? Or posted 500 times on imgur.com? I really don't think so. I'm happy for you, Dorothy, but please get out of my newspaper.
Well call me a snob, but some web comics have made it a style to be drawn so poorly that it distracts and offends me.
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By the time they get browsers right, noone remembers the internet anymore.
People who sidetrack themselves are annoying. They'll will start telling me about some topic which then reminds them of something else, for example the wine they bought yesterday which was super tasty but gave really bad hangovers, the way redwine usually does - especially young redwine, I've been told. Apparently it's because of the breaking down of long molecules of essential oils into shorter molecules over time. I mean, it seems plausible unlike most other urban legends about what gives you hangovers and what doesn't. I'm not an expert in chemistry, but I do watch 'Periodic Videos' on youtube once in a while. I think they're well made, and that more people should watch them. Not that TV is a very good way to learn things though. In fact, I think people tend to forget what they see on TV, even when they watch documentaries - if they even stay on the same channel for very long, which I doubt they do. Sometimes I get sidetracked and end up watching something completely different.
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A woman from Philadelphia raised the terror alarm - causing a two hour delay - when she saw the foreign looking passenger next to her write down strange symbols before take-off. Turns out it was math. The guy was a well-known theoretical economist.

If we don't teach people math anymore, can't we at least teach them to recognize math?

(On side note, I guess math contains a lot of greek letters, and considering the current state of the greek economy, introducing this to the US might actually be some sort of attack. But I don't think this was the line of thought involved in this case.)
When people claim they "like any kind of music", it's a clear sign they won't like the stuff I usually hear.
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Why I don't always tell everyone about my nerdy hobbies? Not because of shame, trust me, but because I know how people mostly ask suchs idle questions simply to dodge a bit of awkward silence.

This is exactly the kind of situation where giving a long in-depth speech on the various concepts and intricacies of something will probably just be dismissed with a remark that I have weird hobbies. What a waste of time. So, if you're not ready to open your mind a bit, don't ask me. Silence is okay.
An image viewer that does not support IFF ILBM pictures (Amiga)? Come on, seriously. It only takes something like 10-15 kilobytes to write such a thing, but I guess everyone have forgotten about this image format which was actually the ruling graphics format for more than a decade. Computer history: Who cares?
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Tip of the month: Switching your camera to black & white will make those obnoxious x-mas decorations look far less cheesy.
The coffee machine at work has two buttons. Just two. Obviously this is still too many - causing people to mess up in countless ways:

Heating an empty can: Check.
Heating up water without coffee in it: Check.
Preparing coffee without turning on the machine: Check.
Making coffee that tastes like burnt tar: Check.
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Every third youtube video ends with someone begging for me to subscribe. I mean, come on, I know the damn button is there. I don't need to be reminded every third time I watch a video. The next one begging like a hungry dog at the dinner table will get a down-vote.