elbales: (Unimpressed!River)
Drave asked what the changes are. They are many! In the default comment style, we now may enjoy:

• no subject lines, always a winning strategy when wrangling very large numbers of comments
• no drop-down icon menu but rather a pop-up browser that takes forever to load
• no compatibility with screen readers for the visually impaired
• spotty compatibility for mobile users and Firefox users
• a background that's blinding white, so much white space that folks are reporting headaches and worse, and gradient color in the bars where users' names appear with the date and time of posts. Eye strain ahoy!

BTW, if I'm understanding correctly, only paid users have access to S2 styles, so users with free accounts may enjoy their migraines free of charge.

Also, community maintainers are reporting that S2 styles do not interact well with the large numbers of comments common to many LJ comms, so the management cry of "Let them use S2!" is, in short, bunk.

To avoid the layout/eye strain problem and make sure Subject lines appear as intended, go to Settings > Display and make sure "View all journals and communities in my own style" and "View comment pages from my Friends page in my own style" are both checked. Save any changes and then go to Journal > Journal Style > Customize Journal style, scroll down to Presentation, and set "Disable customized comment pages for your journal" to No.

Of course, if you don't have a paid account, you are SOL. Thanks, LJ!

Anyway, hope this helps. The whole situation is just stupid and should never have happened in the first place.

elbales: (Hacked off!Nine)
Soooo... apparently, the new default comment layout? Is causing some people to suffer migraines and seizures.

Suffer. Migraines. And seizures.

It's something to do with the amount of white space and the gradients that are now part of the blue fields in the default view.

Also? Many visually impaired users are reporting that their screen readers aren't working properly any more.

Also also, a lot of people who are on slow connections or are using mobile devices like iPhones are reporting that the new icon selection tool is essentially rendering the site unusable.

Apparently there's been a five-figure surge in Dreamwidth signups. Yep. I'm getting more and more tempted to move over there. I'm hesitant to do so because so many of my friends are here and have stated no desire to move, and I would miss reading all your news. But these changes are materially affecting a LOT of users, and LJ's official response to the literally thousands of complaints has been... lackluster. (She said, ironically understating the case by a factor of a frillion.) This whole situation is just FUBAR, and it was just totally unnecessary. It's clear to me that this "upgrade" was not tested adequately, if it was tested at all by anyone outside the LJ staff offices.

Failiest of fails.

elbales: (Can of wup-ass)
So that comment thing where you are forcing me to browse my user icons instead of giving me a nice efficient drop-down menu?


Stupid assholes.
elbales: (BadCat)
Holy Moses. I take back every bad thing I've ever said about the ads and copyright statements that run at the beginning of American DVDs. At least you can skip the ads. Right now I'm watching a DVD from Malaysia, and you're forced to sit through nine minutes of trailers and such. Seriously?
elbales: (I can kill you with my brain)
(because the only "delete account"-like link on their site just deactivates your account rather than throwing it out, and they still claim ownership over your stuff)...

This thread on the LJ news post announcing this latest round of bullshit has a very useful bit of information on the topic. Just in case LJ "loses" the news post, I've pasted the whole thing in below.

ETA: Good question from the audience: Who is this from? Her user ID is [livejournal.com profile] fairymonkey.

As a lawyer, I think Facebook is the worst company in the world. They own everything you post (even if you set everything to private) and can sell it to the highest bidder without your having any recourse. See your picture of your grandad being used to sell viagra on a billboard? Too bad. Can't do a thing about it except cry and wonder why you were dumb enough to continue using Facebook.
Want to go delete your account now that you know? Go ahead and see if thats an option. I'll wait...no "delete my account" option? Only "deactivate"? Suspicious now? Thats because you cannot delete your account from Facebook unless you know about this secret link:

Now you have to wait 14 days before its fully purged. Until then, everyone and every thing can still access your account. So be careful not to allow programs like LJ login for you.

NB: The commenter also notes: "By the way, when I posted this in my own LJ, I tried to hyperlink to the delete page. LJ CHANGED the hyperlink when it posted and linked to FB's contact center! It did it twice. I had to go to the html type posting and past it as plain text and tell people to copy and paste." What the FUUUUUUUUUUUCK.


(I'll still be keeping my FB account for the foreseeable future; it's a useful way to share links, and I've found a lot of people there whom I'd lost track of over the years. I just have no intention of posting anything very personal.)
elbales: (BAAL SMASH)
Okay, so. This crap just keeps getting better.

Someone on Dreamwidth did more research (for science!) and discovered that the pingback feature on LJ is so completely loaded with bugs that it does pingback for your journal EVEN IF YOU HAVE PINGBACKS DISABLED.


Dear LJ:

Sep. 2nd, 2010 12:03 am
elbales: (Wolf - piss off)

Seriously? When you comment here in my LJ, please be careful not to accidentally click Repost when you make your comment. I don't want potentially sensitive information getting plastered all over FB; I use my real name in both places. [livejournal.com profile] dysonrules did an experiment (for science!) that shows exactly what such a comment would look like. I love you all, but violators will be baninated, for reals. And that would be sad. :(

ETA: Late to the party, I guess? My feelings still stand, though.
elbales: (Can't be serious!Rimmer)
BP boss admits job on the line over Gulf oil spill

Tony Hayward, the beleaguered chief executive of BP, has claimed its oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is "relatively tiny" compared with the "very big ocean".

In an bullish interview with the Guardian at BP's crisis centre in Houston, Hayward insisted that the leaked oil and the estimated 400,000 gallons of dispersant that BP has pumped into the sea to try to tackle the slick should be put in context.

"The Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean. The amount of volume of oil and dispersant we are putting into it is tiny in relation to the total water volume," he said.


Shut up.

No, really. For the love of God, SHUT UP. Moron.

I won't be buying BP gas in the future. In fact, I think I'll write them a love letter to let them know that. I've been mulling it over since the spill; after all, Exxon and Chevron are worse in a lot of ways. (Valdez, anyone? How about that wonderful East Bay air?) But the way that BP is actively trying to weasel out of responsibility, and the way that they and Transocean are playing the blame game, has pretty much put it over the line.
elbales: (Bitch PLZ!Romana)
Ikea is owned by a "charitable foundation," pays only 3.5% tax


Ikea's corporate structure is insanely complicated. It is technically owned by a Dutch charitable nonprofit -- a strategy that allows the group to pay 3.5% tax on annual profits of €553m. However, the charity itself appears to do almost no charitable giving. Most of the money disappears into generic line-items like "other operating charges" which it refuses to explain.

I mean, really. You make money off the labor and ideas of your workers, who get educated for free and get health care for free, and it's all paid for by... taxes. Which you're not paying? WTF.

Yeah, I know businesses (well, all the people who can afford fancy accountants) all try to get out of paying taxes as much as they possibly can. But you know? I don't have to give people like that my money.
elbales: (Can't be serious!Rimmer)
Their newly remodeled store at the shopping center across from my school has tons of power outlets. UP BY THE CEILING. You want to plug in your laptop, you have to ask an employee to come out with a step stool. I fired off a cranky letter to their Customer Service dept., because really, that's moronic. Next time I want to work on my laptop and drink a chai latte, I'm going back to Starbucks.

elbales: (Bitch please - BSG)
Every Year Capital One Reopens My Account And XBOX Live Debits Money

Every year Erick gets a Christmas present from Capital One. They reopen the credit card he closed 4 or 5 years ago. At that point, Microsoft gets into the act and starts billing that account for XBOX Live service he canceled at about the same time.


Gah. I'd have been demanding to talk with the CEO of Capital One the second time this happened. Glad the guy's finally involved an AG's office. There really is no limit to the incompetence of most credit card companies, is there?
elbales: (Mal - That went well)
[livejournal.com profile] liz_marcs has once again summed up the issue really well.

This bit made me think, WORD. Loudly.
6A/LJ is, like it or not, private property. Our Corporate Overlords (be they 6A/LJ or some other blogging/journaling service) have the right to decide what they will and will not host on their servers. They also have the right to refuse service to potential customers they don't want. They also have the right to decide how their existing customers may and may not use the service they provide. Furthermore, they have to do it in accordance with the rules and regulations and laws not just in the U.S., but also within the state of California (where the servers are located). I guaran-fucking-tee you that those rules and regulations and laws are a hell of a lot more restrictive than any First Amendment (and, as it turns out, a few European and Asian countries).

Here's my actual problem with 6A/LJ:

Bad customer service.

Yep. That pretty much sums it up for me, too.
elbales: (Bitch please - BSG)
In a nutshell, [livejournal.com profile] liz_marcs reports that someone from LJ Abuse has said that we, the users, are responsible for checking our links regularly to be sure we're not linking to anything prohibited by the TOS.

All of our links.

Every. Single. One.

*looks at years' worth of posts linking to all sorts of stuff*
*headdesks repeatedly*

AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH GOD how can these people be so CLUELESS?! This is completely crackhead unworkable! We're their customers and they're making the site unusable with all these ridiculous rules. No wonder people are deserting LJ in droves.
elbales: (Bitch please saw-whet owl)
Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda, who points to the article on Teresa Nielsen Hayden's blog Making Light, which in turn points to the original blog post at the Sydney Morning Herald. [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda sums it up beautifully:

"Australian bookstore chain attempts to shake down small publishers for several thousand dollars each; Tower Books' Michael Rakusin, in turn, takes the bookstore chain to school. As Teresa Nielsen Hayden herself says, 'I just hope Rakusin autographed Rimmer's ass before he handed it to him.'"

His response begins with this volley:
I have to say that my initial response on reading your letter as to how you propose to “manage” your business in the future was one of voluble hilarity, I literally burst out laughing aloud. My second response was to note the unmitigated arrogance of your communication, I could not actually believe I was reading an official letter from Angus & Robertson on an Angus & Robertson letterhead.

elbales: (DO NOT WANT cat)

Warning! Warning! Mind-blowingly awful story ahead!

Don't know how I missed this the first time 'round.
elbales: (Kidding!Nine)
Dagnabbit! I step away from the Internet for one lousy day and you kids get up to all kinds of mischief!

Homophobic Oregon CEO stirs hisself up a whole lotta trouble, yessiree Bob.

Why am I talking like a Texas hick? I have no fucking idea.


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