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The modern world is amazing. I can watch delivery drivers get lost trying to find my house IN REAL TIME from ANYWHERE in the world !

A stopped clock might be right twice a day, but what about one which runs backwards ?

Pro London tip : London Bridge station is named after the bridge, which is called London Bridge. Please don't abbreviate the name to 'Bridge', it's really confusing.

Then The Verge comes along and injects a dose of FUD with their article theverge.com/2016/2/4/10916264 , which quite literally leaves you believing that any new USB-C cable could cost you your laptop.

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And, by the way, wiring up a cable like that is not part of the USB-C spec. Same way wiring the live cable to the earth is not part of the UK electrical wiring spec. Its a manufacturing fault. Not a specification fault. Its not USB-C that's in the wrong here.

Not convinced with the Amazon Treasure Truck thing. Getting bored of notifications a out how I absolutely need to go somewhere to get something I didn't want or need.

This MTurk requester wanted to pay me $0.05, to draw a box around every human in a packed baseball stadium. I think even AI would just be like "yeah, f*** that".

If the point of Mechanical Turk is that it's a service that provides humans pretending to be a machine, then is the MTurk sandbox machines pretending to be humans pretending to be machines?

Dear Apple hardware engineers of old. Thank you for building a half decent headphone amp into the MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015). Insomniac Chris appriciates this decision.

Looking a MTurk and found someone trying to get workers to transcribe invoices with an effective hourly rate of $0.35 per hour. This is actually ridiculous.

The story ends with a fresh new installation of macOS, a Backblaze subscription, two user accounts ("no, look, I know you're married but you're not 'one person' - do you share an email address? phone number? passport? driving license?"), LastPass for both users with browser extension, and their master passwords written down somewhere safe.

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Turns out, before this happened, they were logging in using the Guest account to log in on a daily basis (for some reason). Which meant as soon as they logged off, macOS dutifully deleted all of their files from the Mac. Like their weekly take spreadsheet. Which weren't backed up anywhere.

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Parent: "Can you give me the details for the social media account you set up for my business?" "Sure, just log into facebook...", "I don't know my password", "OK... lets log you into Lastpass", "I forgot the password to it", "Right... lets do Screen Share", "I can't log into my computer", "...<silent facepalm>... OK lets reset your password with your iCloud account","I can't log into that either"

If you have an app with VIP flags on users, try not to creep on them and watch their usage, then email them about it later. Its a bit... unsetting :)

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