The "I learned something today" thread

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  1. Richard Channing

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    Learn something new today? Why not share it with the rest of us??

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    Ok, I'll start.

    Today I learned the word 'connote'. I'm familiar with the word 'connotation' but I've never heard anyone use the verb 'connote' until today.
     
  2. Daniel Avery

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    Not today, but a day or two ago a friend at work showed me a way around those "paywalls" on many newspaper websites.

    Typically they will allow you to see five articles per month (or three or whatever), but if you reach your limit, you can click on a headline, hit ctrl-A to select "all," ctrl-C to "copy," then open a word or text document, then paste it. If the website's not ultra-secure/fast, you can snatch that baby right out of there before the site knew what hit them. This may be common knowledge, but to a computer-illiterate like me, this was totally new territory.
     
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  3. Richard Channing

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    Actually, you may have inadvertently solved a different issue that I've been having recently. I've always vaguely known what cookies were but never gave them too much thought, but recently the more that has come to light about what Facebook and other companies get up to means I'm a lot more wary/aware now. Since the new EU regulations came in recently now almost every news or entertainment news site you go to has got to inform you loudly and clearly about their use of cookies and get your consent.

    So now I'm getting this message all the time:

    "We and our partners use technology such as cookies on our site to personalise content and ads, provide social media features, and analyse our traffic. Click below to consent to the use of this technology across the web. You can change your mind and change your consent choices at anytime by returning to this site."

    It covers most of the page and you can only read the article if you click 'consent'. And more and more I'm thinking, actually no, I don't consent, and I'm going to see if I can get the same info somewhere else without having to. But your little trick may now mean I can sidestep this altogether.

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  4. Zable

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    On those websites where I see this message, or its like....
    ….I look around the edges of the text field of the cookies message for the X which will close the cookies message box. Sometimes it's found on the upper left corner, so small and 'faded' you can hardly see it. And, usually, when I click on the X the cookies message goes away and I get to read the article.
     
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  5. Richard Channing

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    Thanks Zable. Although it seems that since the GDPR those little X's are now less common, often my only two choices are consent or leave the page.
     
  6. Willie Oleson

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    I don't think it's necessary to be so honest all the time.
    Every time I click "agree" (to the Private Cookie Regulation) I only pretend to agree, so I can read or watch whatever it is I want to read or watch.
    They have no idea that I secretly disagree with it, in other words: they have no idea that they're being massively outfoxed.

    To agree is the key, to disagree is my secret.
     
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    That seems short-sighted of the website. Bummer. Isn't there a "manage" button (in addition to the "consent" button) where you can uncheck every checkbox in all columns (about who gets your data & for what purpose), before clicking "I have finished" or "done" or its equivalent? That should get you access to the contents of the page -- with no one getting your data. The latter, theoretically at least: who knows what websites get up to, to circumvent their visitors' preferences.
     
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    I learned yesterday that Queen's Park Rangers are going to get relegated to League One this season. You heard it here first guys.
     
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    I learned that there is actually a difference between a graveyard and a cemetery. I'd always used the two terms interchangeably. A graveyard is attached to a Church or otherwise on Church property, whereas a cemetery can be anywhere.
     
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  10. Willie Oleson

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    Clue: animals don't go to church.

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  11. Richard Channing

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    I wondered why the spelling is different on the book cover and here's why:

    "Stephen King misspelled it for the title because, in the book, the kids that made the sign for the pet cemetery misspelled it. King explains in a new introduction to the book that a real pet cemetery near his house in Maine had a sign reading "Pet Sematary."
     
  12. Willie Oleson

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    Oooh..thanks, Richard! That was another thing I didn't know.

    Do you think it's possible to become too smart?
     
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  13. Richard Channing

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    Yes, but I don't think you need to worry. :NI:
     
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    I was watching the Columbo episode Undercover recently and in it is a scene in which Tyne Daly plays a heavy drinking ex-prostitute. At the end of the scene Columbo briefly kisses her on the lips which seems so unlike Columbo and totally out of place for how he was interacting with the character up to that point.

    After doing a bit of research, I learnt today the reason was probably because Peter Falk was so taken with how brilliantly she played that scene that he spontaneously kissed her on the lips to signify "well done" and the director decided to keep it in.

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    Today I learned that some ungrateful bastards don't appreciate being told how awful their outfit is. That's fine. Just don't expect me to try to help you again in the future.
     
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    To be fair, royal etiquette states that no one should speak to Queen Elizabeth until she speaks to them first.

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