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Stephen Mack
Venmo: A case study on why e-mail verification is absolutely required by any web site with account creation -
[Screenshot of Venmo's cancellation screen]
Excerpt: "It’s not so much that I’m 'dissatisfied' with your 'free service' as I am completely mortified at how horrifically terrible your security practices are." - Stephen Mack
They kept writing "free" as if it's a get out of jail free card. Also, Attention World: Don't mess with the Zeigen. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Heh, thanks Micah. - Stephen Mack
Weird, Venmo just came on my radar today because of this post - Laura Norvig
Laura, that's hilarious. There is definitely a age line going on these days. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Laura: Haha, amazing. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Um, wow. Thanks, Laura. - Micah
Todd Hoff
An Oasis in the American Desert -
An Oasis in the American Desert
Tucson could harvest rain water and reestablish its river system instead of bringing salty water 300 miles from the colorado river. Which requires a huge carbon producing power plant. - Todd Hoff
Fascinating exploration of swales built during the depression. The swales capture water and produce impressive amounts of organic matter. It produced an oasis. An example of how good design can harness water and produce lush green fertile land. Without maintenance. - Todd Hoff
These systems are self irrigating. Self replicating. Soil fertility continues to increase. Which is much better than the irrigated agriculture. - Todd Hoff
The swales could have been much longer and they would have had an enormous effect. Giving production for minimal energy input. - Todd Hoff
Guten Morgen. Die Verkehrsdurchsage: Kein Verkehr weit und breit. Gute Fahrt. #nurmalsogesagt
Vielen Dank für diese Informationen, aber ich glaube nicht, ein Auto zu fahren. Haben Sie einen guten Tag zu und vergessen Sie nicht, Ihre crunchie essen! - Halil
LOL Vielen Dank, Halil. - Uli
Amit Patel
Couldn't sleep. At least I got this.
Too lazy to use a tripod. I'm happy that my camera lets me take 1/4 sec shots handheld. - Amit Patel
Dang, mine eyelids occluded the view last night. - Todd Hoff
Beautiful! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Got up in time, but it was cloudy :( - Glen Campbell
gorgeous! where do you archive most of your work, Amit? Do you have a smugmug or flickr account you use? Or picasa ...? - Laura Norvig
Laura: I am on flickr and 500px — — but I try to share photos with my friends on FriendFeed first :-) - Amit Patel
For example the northern harrier I took on Sep 28, shared with FF on Sep 30, and put on flickr on Oct 8. I don't interact with the flickr or 500px communities much :( - Amit Patel
We're happy to see your photos here. :) - Anne Bouey
Oh nice how do like the EM-1? I'm still using the original EM-5. - Rodfather from Android
Are you using a 3rd party lens with an adapter for those telephoto shots? Oh never mind. It's the 75-300mm lens. Amazing shots. - Rodfather
Beautiful. - Jenny H. from Android
Thanks! Rodfather: the main thing I like is that there's a built-in grip, and that helps a *lot* with the 75-300mm lens. I had gotten an add-on grip with the E-M1 but it wasn't nearly as good. The E-M1 has phase detection autofocus, which helps with flying birds. If I didn't spend 90% of my time on the 75-300mm lens, I would've kept the E-M5. The E-M1's ergonomics are a little better, and it has more buttons and features. Image quality doesn't seem any better. - Amit Patel
Sleep is unproductive and a waste of time. - Louis Gray
I try to sleep double to make up for Louis - Amit Patel
Leo Laporte
Twitter Sues the US Government: Tech News Today 1109 -
Twitter Sues the US Government: Tech News Today 1109
Stephen Mack
How to get the FF bookmarklet working in Chrome again (thanks to user "sizofroid")
EDIT: Forget these steps, just go to - Stephen Mack
1. In Chrome, open the page 2. Copy the entire text from that page by hitting Ctrl+A and then Ctrl+C - Stephen Mack
3. Show your Chrome bookmarks by hitting Ctrl+Shift+B (if they're hidden) - Stephen Mack
4. Right-click on an empty area of Chrome's bookmark bar, then select "Add page..." from the shortcut menu. - Stephen Mack
5. Under "Name", put in whatever you want the button to appear as (such as "FF+" or "Share on FF"). - Stephen Mack
6. Under "URL", press Ctrl+V to paste in the text you just copied. - Stephen Mack
7. Click Save - Stephen Mack
8. Bookmark stuff. Happy FriendFeeding! - Stephen Mack
Credit to user "sizofroid" ( due to his comment on a post from Amit Patel here: - Stephen Mack
I don't know if sizofroid fixed this code or not (since both the github repository here and the code it calls on Google Drive are anonymously contributed), but whoever wrote this and fixed it, THANK YOU! - Stephen Mack
Per sizofroid in that comment, this replacement bookmarklet works on Safari as well (but I haven't tested that). My instructions are from the perspective of a Windows Chrome user; if I need to modify any of these instructions for MacOS, please let me know. - Stephen Mack
I don't see anything dangerous in the code ( but bear in mind that in theory whoever created this could change the code to be malicious in the future, and in theory possibly add a keyboard logger or blah blah blah so caveat emptor. - Stephen Mack
The code was written by Bret or Paul, no diff from, It's literally just a rehost. My guess is the only thing that needed changed was http://friendfeed to https://friendfeed in the bookmarklet, as has been required for Firefox for 2 years. - NOT THE CRICKET
Just checked and there is a diff, at line 300 iframe.location has been changed to iframe.src (in the working version). - NOT THE CRICKET
Ah, I see -- thanks for checking, Jimminy. - Stephen Mack
Thanks VERY much all -- it works! Reposted to Quora friendfeeders: TLDR for Firefox: go to your Bookmarks library, and manually edit the entry for the Friendfeed bookmarklet --change the part of the one-line javascript code from "http://friendfeed" to "https://friendfeed". - Adriano
Adriano, interestingly, just changing the http to https alone doesn't solve it for Chrome, it looks like the other change listed by Jimminy is needed to solve it on Firefox. - Stephen Mack
I backed up both the bookmark code and the bookmarklet code here: - Stephen Mack
Thank you, Stephen. \\ Also, the code for rendering embedded YouTube videos is not part of the bookmarklet. It's on the Friendfeed server side, so hopefully a kind FF engineer will fix the problem to work with the current YouTube API. - Adriano
Hmm, for YouTube, I just manually change the URL to http instead of https, and it usually works. - Stephen Mack
THANK YOU - lris
Mike Tyson does not work :( so wondering what works consistently for YouTube. - Adriano
Youtube, has to be posted manually or while not logged in to google. Friendfeed's linkify on the backend only handles http:// links. Google forces https:// on all pages while logged in. - NOT THE CRICKET
Or you can just delete the pesky "s" before posting. - lris
Iris, when posting from the bookmarklet, it doesn't let you modify the URL. And Google will automatically redirect to the secure protocol, so you can't open the bookmarklet on a non-secure page. - NOT THE CRICKET
Ah, my bookmarklet has been kaput for so long I'd forgotten that. :) - lris
So being logged into Google has a hidden side effect, wow, thx. - Adriano
Asking from ignorance: does this work on Macs? - bentley
Adriano, well not all pages, just Google owned sites, like Youtube and stuff. It's pretty common to force logged-in users into using a secure protocol while logged-in as best practices. - NOT THE CRICKET
true, and for Quora pages one must manually append "?share=1" to URL for the benefit of non-Quora viewers. - Adriano
Betsy, it's not a machine problem, merely some bookmark code in the browser one uses. - Adriano
From what I can tell, the iframe.src is a recent Webkit change (effecting Chrome & Safari), and the protocol issue has been prevalent for all mainstream browsers for a few months, due to blocking Mixed Active Content (trying to access HTTP content on an HTTPS page [images get a pass, due to common caching systems]). - NOT THE CRICKET
This is great, thanks Stephen. I've posted an alternate hosting solution for those who want to use dropbox (or extrapolate the idea to other platform to self-host and control one's version of the code) - Micah
Thanks, Adriano. - bentley
Thanks for this useful info :) - Ozgur Uckan
Thank you!! - Amit Patel
Thank you, Stephen! - Maitani
You guys, use Micah's version! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Thank you! :) - Pea Bukowski
Just updated! I can't use Micah's version because dropbox is blocked at work. :( - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
I self hosted the target javascript, works like a charm. - Andy Bakun
For the interested, I added a feature to make it work with flickr (SEE ) - Micah
Very good - Thank You - YoNews
\o/ - nomnomski
up - ebru
Hmm... did this stop working in Chrome again? Doesn't seem to work w/Version 37.0.2062.124 m. - rönin
Bump: -- version 1.03 by Micah from June, now a draggable image - Stephen Mack
Thank you very much! - pm10
vicster: hon. canadian
Gah. I think I'm going to have to replace my Ultra soon. It just doesn't seem to hold a charge for more than a few hours. It's spending more and more time on the charger instead of on my body. :-/
But I guess 2 years is a good run, given the daily use. - vicster: hon. canadian
Bummer. :-/ - Jenny H. from Android
Zip is better in this respect -- just put a new watch battery in it every few months. - Bruce Lewis
2yrs is a pretty good run but bummer you have to spend the money to get a new one. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
That's strange. My Ultra is nearly 2.5 years old, and still holds a charge for more than a week, wearing it daily. - Nils Sandin
Mark H
Abandoned Places - Battery prison Tallinn. Hospital and administrative building. - http://abandonedplaces.livejou...
Abandoned Places - Battery prison Tallinn. Hospital and administrative building.
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Mark H
Jason Toney
RT @yahoo: .@Marriott fined $600,000 for jamming guests's Wi-Fi, forcing purchase of hotel wireless plan:
RT @yahoo: .@Marriott fined $600,000 for jamming guests's Wi-Fi, forcing purchase of hotel wireless plan:
RT @absolutspacegrl: Boys get chemistry, engineering, and astronomy. The girls get "science with a sparkle". It's shit like this, people.
RT @absolutspacegrl: Boys get chemistry, engineering, and astronomy. The girls get "science with a sparkle". It's shit like this, people.
The Many, Many, Many Things You Should Say "No" To At Work
The Many, Many, Many Things You Should Say "No" To At Work
Interesting. When my wife worked for a bank she was expected to participate in a lot of charitable activities, in her own time. Thankfully, she always refused. I always considered that bank abusive. - Stephan from iPhone
Mark H
Where did you shoot these? - Anika from Android
The Bishop's Palace Gardens in Chichester. They're formal gardens at the back of Chichester Cathedral. - Mark H
They're very pretty flowers. So my next (easily searched if I wasn't so lazy) question is what the pronunciation of 'Chichester'? - Anika
Chich to rhyme with snitch; ester to rhyme with wester. - Mark H
RT @bnd_deutschland: Wir präsentieren zum Thema #BendGate nun, das neuste Apple-Logo:
RT @bnd_deutschland: Wir präsentieren zum Thema #BendGate nun, das neuste Apple-Logo:
Victor Ganata
25 Facts Even Trekkies Probably Didn't Know About Star Trek - Diply
So does this mean that the species that burrowed into Starfleet officials' brains in that TNG story arc was supposed to be the original manifestation of the Borg? - Victor Ganata
I always wondered why that storyline fizzled out as much as it did. It felt like they had a great idea, and then just rushed to finish it. - Jennifer Dittrich
point number 11: i never knew that about Doohan. - Big Joe Silence
I still wish they had thought of the Founders/the Changelings already when they did that Conspiracy story arc. - Victor Ganata
No, Trekkies have heard all this before. But lovely for them to try. :) - Hookuh Tinypants
When Trek is sold to Disney none of this will matter. - Todd Hoff
Mark H
Todd Hoff
Louis Gray
Our water use is down 40% year over year, due in part to going with Rachio for our smart sprinkler system. We're also down about 60% from two years ago. More to do, but the right direction.
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We went 54k gallons over a 60 day period in 2012 to 24k this year. Our kids still take too many baths, and we do too much laundry, but the trajectory is good. - Louis Gray
We too have been cutting back on water usage. In completely unrelated news, we had to have 17 trees taken out this summer. :( Oh, wait, that's not completely unrelated, is it? :( - Amit Patel
Our well is producing a few gallons a day per person. Around here the water truckers have been overwhelmed with business since june as wells have run dry. We're using bottled water and eating off paper plates. #prayforrain #sacrificepeopleforrain - Todd Hoff
Looking at the data makes me feel like we're still using a ton of water, but unless we never bathe or wash clothes, we're hard pressed to take it dramatically lower. - Louis Gray
That's 12K gallons a month? That's 400 gallons a day. With 4 people that's 100 gallons per person per day. Which is average. So that's very good progress. Good work. Using no water landscaping is a good next step. That will be coming soon enough for everyone. Without better monitoring data it's hard to go that next step in reducing usage. Here are some more water savings tips: - Todd Hoff
Aldercroft Heights is now rationing to 50 gallons per household per day. - Todd Hoff
@todd, but we have five people. :) - Louis Gray from Android
It's extreme, but you can give one away to a family of 3. - Todd Hoff
Louis Gray
New person record achieved: 60k+ on Fitbit, and I've got an hour-plus to add on!
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Side note: One benefit, I believe, was beating Stephen Mack's personal record too. I'm petty like that. - Louis Gray
Grats! 10 hours of steps! Impressive. How do your feet feel? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I was wearing my Teva sandals for the first 43,000, so I have some red/blistering on the arches where the straps come in contact with the skin, but otherwise, no problems. I switched to regular socks/shoes for the last 18,000 when I left the house around 8 and broke through my old record. - Louis Gray
I think 100k is achievable, and this proves it. It just takes 16 hours of solid work, which allows for 8 hours of flex. We should make it a charity thing and get it done. - Louis Gray
Sixteen hours doing two steps per second? That would be most impressive. - Bruce Lewis
Bruce, do you have access to the overall Fitbit data? What's the record for most steps taken in a day? - Stephen Mack
If you do a public event with witnesses who can say you were really taking steps, then that would truly be the record. Getting a maximum from the data would probably turn out to be something like - Bruce Lewis
Yeah, I guess there's no way to distinguish the real steps versus someone, say, leaving it in front of a fan all day. - Stephen Mack
I once did three flights of stairs by pacing back and forth in the elevator. I didn't try it again, so I don't know if it was a fluke. - bentley
That wasn't a fluke -- it would happen every time: - Bruce Lewis
I thought so. For the record, when I go on my stair-climbing binges (it's been a while), I'm not pacing in an elevator. - bentley
My 60k were real. Do my 6 year olds count as witnesses? - Louis Gray
Louis, only if a FriendFeeder who has met them vouches for their honesty. - Bruce Lewis
His six year olds seem very honest to me! - Stephen Mack
OK, it's official. - Bruce Lewis
Mark H
Todd Hoff
Smell the freedom - Florida Makes Off-Grid Living Illegal – Mandates All Homes Must Be Connected To An Electricity Grid -
Smell the freedom - Florida Makes Off-Grid Living Illegal – Mandates All Homes Must Be Connected To An Electricity Grid
"It’s no secret that an opposition to sustainable living exists. Earlier this year, Texas state brought several SWAT teams to a sustainable community and threatened to shut it down. Each one of the community members were initially handcuffed at gunpoint. It was called “The Garden of Eden Community,” and was totally self sustainable. You can read more about that here. This time, it’s Robin Speronis that’s come under fire. She lives off the grid in Florida, completely independent of the city’s water and electric system. A few weeks ago, officials ruled her off-grid home illegal. Officials cited the International Property Maintenance Code, which mandates that homes be connected to an electricity grid and a running water source. That’s just like saying our dependency on corporations isn’t even a choice. The battle to live without most utilities has been ongoing for Robin, the self-sufficient woman has lived for more than a year and a half using solar energy, a propane camping stove and rain water." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
RT @saladinahmed: I'm pretty sure this is the most horrible termination letter in the history of employment.
RT @saladinahmed: I'm pretty sure this is the most horrible termination letter in the history of employment.
Wrong - Eric - Regulate
Wow, that is terrible! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Geez :( - Stephen Mack
"You're fired. Good luck with the whole cancer thing! As always, Dr. Heartless" - Stephen Mack
No need to read, the letter says "let the air out of my tires and put flaming poo on my front porch". What a guy. - Eric - Regulate
That's harsh. - Stephan from iPhone
Whoa. Is that illegal or just asshole-y? - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
And by being fired, doesn't she lose her health benefits to pay for her treatment? This is so wrong, immoral and in most civilized countries illegal. - Nils Sandin from iPhone
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Anne Bouey
Every Comment On Recipe Blogs -
Every Comment On Recipe Blogs
"“I didn’t have any eggs, so I replaced them with a banana-chia-flaxseed pulse. It turned out terrible; this recipe is terrible.” “I don’t have any of these ingredients at home. Could you rewrite this based on the food I do have in my house? I’m not going to tell you what food I have. You have to guess.” “I don’t eat white flour, so I tried making it with raw almonds that I’d activated by chewing them with my mouth open to receive direct sunlight, and it turned out terrible. This recipe is terrible.” “Could you please give the metric weight measurements, and sometime in the next twenty minutes; I’m making this for a dinner party and my guests are already here.” “i dont have an oven, can i still make this? please reply immediately” “Does anyone know if you can make this ahead of time and freeze it?” “Have you thought about making a sugar-free version of this?” “Can you give us a calorie breakdown for this?” “I followed this to the letter, except I substituted walnuts and tofu for the... more... - Anne Bouey from Bookmarklet
hahaha so much this. drives me crazy. - holly #ravingfangirl
"“a warning that if you cook this at 275°F for three hours instead of at 400°F for twenty-five minutes its completely ruined. do you have any suggestions?” “I didn’t have buttermilk, so I just poured baking soda into a container of raspberry yogurt. It tasted terrible.” “I love this recipe! I added garlic powder, Italian seasoning, a few flakes of nutritional yeast, half a bottle of... more... - Anne Bouey
OMG, this is brilliant!!!!! I have to answer these questions as part of my job!!!!! - Melly - #TeamMarina
Chickpea & Milo Brownies - I don't have chickpeas or milo, what could I make this with instead? - Melly - #TeamMarina
I'm laughing so hard because it's true. Along with sugar-free requests are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and sodium-free. I saw a mac n cheese recipe where the lady asked for a carb-free, dairy-free, gluten-free version. Did a search and found a few recipes in a few seconds time. Why didn't she do that? - Anika
I've just shared this with my colleagues; our Food Editor is on a plane right now but I can't wait for her to see it! - Melly - #TeamMarina
Hilarious. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Todd Hoff
Milky Way is on the outskirts of 'immeasurable heaven' supercluster | Science | The Guardian -
Milky Way is on the outskirts of 'immeasurable heaven' supercluster | Science | The Guardian
Milky Way is on the outskirts of 'immeasurable heaven' supercluster | Science | The Guardian
"Astronomers discover that our galaxy is a suburb of a supercluster of 100,000 large galaxies they have called Laniakea" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Perhaps this is why we don't get visitors from other planets. We live in the sticks. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Which could be a good thing. - Todd Hoff
A cosmic cul-de-sac? - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
this is an awesome simulation video.. shows how small our earth is - Peter Dawson
Barry, It's like UPS. When you live in the sticks, the deliveries don't arrive until later in the day. - Ken Morley
Todd, yes indeedy. Ken, yup. I wish my brain were big enough to take all this stuff in though. But even my tiny little brain is fascinated by this stuff. By the way, a big ol' comet is supposed to pass near Mars around Oct. 18th. Should be visible with a pair of binoculars. Or so I'm told. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
RT @jayrosen_nyu: A huge deal. Millions of historic images have been posted to Flickr "No known copyright restrictions" on all of them.
RT @jayrosen_nyu: A huge deal. Millions of historic images have been posted to Flickr "No known copyright restrictions" on all of them.
Steven Perez
U.N. urges U.S. to stop police brutality after Missouri shooting -
Also, I can’t report the outage because my number doesn’t match the bill (though I’ve done that many, many times). Welcome to 2014.
Todd Hoff
The executive order that led to mass spying, as told by NSA alumni | Ars Technica -
"President Ronald Reagan signed EO 12333 within his first year in office, 1981, largely as a response to the perceived weakening of the American intelligence apparatus by his two immediate predecessors, Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. Later, EO 12333 was amended three times by President George W. Bush between 2003 and 2008. “Reagan did this at every opportunity: with military exercises, challenging the Soviets in their own airspace and waters, across the board. The gloves were coming off,” Melvin Goodman told Ars. Goodman was the CIA's division chief and senior analyst at the Office of Soviet Affairs from 1976 to 1986. He’s now the director of the National Security Project at the Center for International Policy in Washington, DC. Bush's reasons for strengthening EO 12333 were similar. After the United States faced another existential threat in the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks, Bush—and later President Barack Obama—used EO 12333 to expand American surveillance power. But if EO 12333 is essentially a reaction, how was mass surveillance handled beforehand?" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
I had the misfortune of tuning into some right wing radio stations that complain heavily when a black democrat dares to issues executive orders, but were strangely silent before. - Todd Hoff
Nothing To See Here, Just An Eagle Playing In A Sprinkler -
Nothing To See Here, Just An Eagle Playing In A Sprinkler
Did you see the elephants dancing to Bach, Uli? - Marina's Godmother :-)
Um no, not yet. - Uli
Wow. - Uli
Ain't it cool? I think Starmama originally shared it :-) - Marina's Godmother :-)
It wants to make me cry happy tears. - Uli
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