This was the week when Americans came right out and told Pew Research Center what we've all been thinking about Facebook: that sh*t gets old. Pew found that 61 per cent of current US users felt they needed a break from the social network, voluntarily abstaining from baby milestone status updates, pictures of breakfast and videos …
Named after the sound an exploding server makes?
I got sucked into the FB vortex for a while. I ended up sharing funny image macros and friending some really interesting people, some of them famous. But I found myself clicking on notifications and interacting for at least an hour or so. So I decided that this was pure procrastination on my part and gave up.
Much of the reason for not liking FB is that they are making a bubble universe separate from the rest of the web, which I find somewhat against my libertian instincts.
Re: Facebook horror
"I got sucked into the FB vortex for a while."
I didn't. Social networks are simply a way of pretending to stay in contact with people you don't actually give a toss about without the actual "contact" part. If your friends are real rather than pretend then you'll stay in contact the old fashioned way - ie speak on the phone or - gasp - actually go and fscking meet them occasionally.
... was I only person hoo tink about poor poor Amy Winehouse?
Death Star UK
One interesting side effect of the Death Star kickstarter is that the guy raising it is from Leicester. This means that, should he raise the required money of the stretch goal to actually build it, it'll be a UK production, and so under our control and not under that of the sceptics.
Whether or not that makes them more or less likely to view the Earth as an Alderaan substitute depends, i guess, on your nationality.
Re: Death Star UK
A disgruntled (or bored) employee of the National Space Centre, perhaps?
...850 quadrillion-dollar monstrosity.
Didn't El Reg standardise on long numbers?
But even so - it is an obscene amount of money to even consider to spend on a totally unnecessary venture (to allay fears of "terrorist" attacks?). 53 000 times the American GDP for 2012?? Boy, talk about smoking something. Did anyone proposing this even sit down and think where the money must come from?
A MUCH better investment (in world peace and American ease of mind and goodwill towards the US of A) would be to just spend 1/22 of the USA's annual defence budget to eradicate world hunger (http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/jun2008/2008-06-03-04.asp). And if we can get the world's obese (mostly secptics in any case) to stop excess consumption, they could actually save, rather than spend money on eradicating hunger.
Yet they still wonder why the USA's image in the rest of the world is a PR disaster (to put it lightly).
<---- What should be done to those wastrels.
Re: ...850 quadrillion-dollar monstrosity.
I'm pretty sure that "wooshing" noise you here is the joke you're missing...
Re: Didn't El Reg standardise on long numbers?
Their standards have gone to pot, and there is probably no chance, now, of the good work done here in earlier days getting international recognition.
Heck, I doubt that they even know how many a brazilian is these days.
The correct term of endearment for our cousins in the USA is 'septics', from the rhyming slang 'septic tank -> Yank'.
@Kobus Botes - I can't decide if your post is trolling, or if you could really have missed the joke so spectacularly. Entertaining stuff, either way.
Twitter being the repository of good manners and sensible posts that it is . .
Or does the character limit appeal more to those with a short attention span?
It's not been the same since Habbo Hotel (good grief - just checked, it's still there with 2366 on line)
I often think social network types are reason enough to build a Death Star:
What a joke...
...FARCEbook is and the people who use it.