Friday Funnies

Submitted: Monday, Oct 31, 2022 at 15:38
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Reply By: Life Member - Duncan W (WA) - Monday, Oct 31, 2022 at 15:43

Monday, Oct 31, 2022 at 15:43
Brian, they were stopped a number of years ago. I miss them also.
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Follow Up By: Brian J10 - Monday, Oct 31, 2022 at 15:45

Monday, Oct 31, 2022 at 15:45
Thanks Dunc , have just rejoined here after a few years
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Reply By: b1b - Monday, Oct 31, 2022 at 17:03

Monday, Oct 31, 2022 at 17:03
The "Fun Police" unfortunately struck them out. Pity, coz i always looked forward to them. Add to the list the Sunday History from Doug T (i think), another bit of enjoyment for most.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bigfish - Monday, Oct 31, 2022 at 17:15

Monday, Oct 31, 2022 at 17:15
Land of snowflakes and whiners now. Almost mandatory to be offended at least twice a day. Some people need to grow a set!!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Outback Gazz - Monday, Oct 31, 2022 at 17:49

Monday, Oct 31, 2022 at 17:49
Yep - people these days just seem to get offended at the unoffensive !

I have no doubt that in a few years time " being offended " will be an Olympic sport !!!!


Happy safe and unoffended travels
Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Bigfish - Monday, Oct 31, 2022 at 18:01

Monday, Oct 31, 2022 at 18:01
Hopes its not an Olympic sport. I find that offensive!!!!!!??
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Follow Up By: Member - Outback Gazz - Monday, Oct 31, 2022 at 18:11

Monday, Oct 31, 2022 at 18:11
Hey Bigfish - I'm offended that you are offended grrr !
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Follow Up By: Member - Bigfish - Monday, Oct 31, 2022 at 19:06

Monday, Oct 31, 2022 at 19:06
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Reply By: Bazooka - Monday, Oct 31, 2022 at 19:19

Monday, Oct 31, 2022 at 19:19
There's a thread somewhere explaining why FF was sent packing. Iirc Exploroz was given no choice by Google's (?) restrictive automated "anti anti-social" rules. They (EO) could have dumped Google but the commercial reality is that Google calls the tune.
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Follow Up By: Member - Outback Gazz - Monday, Oct 31, 2022 at 19:48

Monday, Oct 31, 2022 at 19:48
I read that thread Bazooka !

But it's funny how you can still type into Google - Irish, Italian, Pommie, Russian, Eskimo, Aboriginal, sexist, racist, and 1000's of other politically incorrect jokes etc etc and get a million options !!!

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Gazz
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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Monday, Oct 31, 2022 at 19:59

Monday, Oct 31, 2022 at 19:59
Yep. Like Facebook the rules and rulings if said rules are questioned have little consistency and sfa rationality. Personally I think D&M did the right thing for their business/site. Times have changed but as you said Gazz there's a whole gamut of "fun" out there if that's your bag.
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Reply By: dindy - Monday, Oct 31, 2022 at 20:41

Monday, Oct 31, 2022 at 20:41
What happens when you cross a kangaroo with a ball of wool? A wooly jumper of course!!
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Reply By: Aussie1 - Tuesday, Nov 01, 2022 at 10:31

Tuesday, Nov 01, 2022 at 10:31
Can someone update me on what's offensive today. It's hard to keep up !
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Follow Up By: Member - Outback Gazz - Tuesday, Nov 01, 2022 at 15:47

Tuesday, Nov 01, 2022 at 15:47
Hey Aussie

Directly above your post would be a good example !

I reckon there would be a couple thousand people in this once great country that would get offended at the thought of crossing a kangaroo with a ball of wool !!

Cheers
Gazz
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Reply By: Member - Dick L - Tuesday, Nov 01, 2022 at 16:34

Tuesday, Nov 01, 2022 at 16:34

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Reply By: Frank P (NSW) - Wednesday, Nov 02, 2022 at 12:48

Wednesday, Nov 02, 2022 at 12:48
No-one here in the readership or in EO management acted as the fun police. The blame lies squarely with Google and its algorithms.

EO as a business relies on income generated by advertising on this site. (That is why I have whitelisted EO on my ad blocker so that ads are displayed. I urge others to do the same). That advertising is supplied by Google Ads.

Australian humour being what it is, Friday funnies always drew some raunchy content, both verbal (as in the written word) and graphic (as in cartoons). Google's algorithms saw this, decided it was offensive, and more than once stopped serving ads on EO until the supposedly offensive content was removed. There may also have been threats of permanent penalty. Temporary or permanent, the loss of revenue for EO is life-threatening to the business. So to avoid the risk, Friday Funnies were shut down.

You may wonder, as I do, about the hypocrisy of Google's judgement, coming as it does from the society that fosters the world's largest porn industry among other undesirable societal traits. You can get any amount of hard porn with a Google search if that is your want. Google will help you buy military grade guns and other devices that kill and maim, or find advice and methods on how to be an effective terrorist.
But a raunchy non-pornographic joke or cartoon on a little website on the other side of the world is verboten.

D&M also run a triathlon website. Lest they lose the advertising revenue they had to pull a discussion about first aid to bike riders who had crashed because the pictures of bloodied knees and other injured body parts were deemed too gruesome and offensive by the very same self-appointed guardians of moral standards. At the same time these guardians were pushing a graphic ad on this website for a military grade first aid training simulator that modelled a severed leg, with pulsating arteries pumping blood all over the place.

Hypocrisy is an understatement.
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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Wednesday, Nov 02, 2022 at 14:32

Wednesday, Nov 02, 2022 at 14:32
With untrammelled power, and advancing age in some cases, comes tone deafness Frank.

Google and Facebook are impervious to logic, and complaints if anecdote is a reasonable indicator. There are obviously policies from above which tells complaints resolution staff to follow the automated line irrespective of the seriousness of the issue, probably simply to save company resources.

This story, which I came across a little while ago, shows just how bad things can get when you attempt to deal with bureaucratic ignorance and intransigence. Just appalling:

Gooooogle Automation Consequences
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Wednesday, Nov 02, 2022 at 15:18

Wednesday, Nov 02, 2022 at 15:18
Bazooka, that site is not much use for us, it's behind a paywall.
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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Wednesday, Nov 02, 2022 at 16:10

Wednesday, Nov 02, 2022 at 16:10
Sorry Peter. Worked for me originally and today (not a subscriber) but even incognito and clearing cache now gets the paywall.

Similar story in the DM here. Not as complete as the NY Times article but similar gist.

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Reply By: Member - Outback Gazz - Wednesday, Nov 02, 2022 at 19:35

Wednesday, Nov 02, 2022 at 19:35
This is where technology is taking us -------

Hello! Is this Gordon's Pizza?
Google: No sir, it's Google's Pizza.
Did I dial the wrong number?
Google: No sir, Google bought the pizza store.
Oh, alright - then I’d like to place an order please.
Google: Okay sir, do you want the usual?
The usual? You know what my usual is?
Google: According to the caller ID, the last 15 times you’ve ordered a 12-slice with double-cheese, sausage, and thick crust.
Okay - that’s what I want this time too.
Google: May I suggest that this time you order an 8-slice with ricotta, arugula, and tomato instead?
No, I hate vegetables.
Google: But your cholesterol is not good.
How do you know?
Google: Through the subscriber's guide. We have the results of your blood tests for the last 7 years.
Maybe so, but I don’t want the pizza you suggest – I already take medicine for high cholesterol.
Google: But you haven’t taken the medicine regularly. 4 months ago you purchased from Drugsale Network a box of only 30 tablets.
I bought more from another drugstore.
Google: It's not showing on your credit card, sir.
I paid in cash.
Google: But according to your bank statement, you did not withdraw that much cash.
I have another source of cash.
Google: This is not showing on your last tax form unless you got it from an undeclared income source.
WHAT THE HELL? ENOUGH! I'm sick of Google, Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp. I'm going to an island without the internet, where there’s no cell phone line, and no one to spy on me ...
Google: I understand sir, but you’ll need to renew your passport ... it expired 5 weeks ago.
**** Peeeep ******
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Follow Up By: Banjo (WA) - Thursday, Nov 03, 2022 at 10:48

Thursday, Nov 03, 2022 at 10:48
Don't worry about losing your privacy courtesy of Google.
More of a concern is your vacuum cleaner, it's been gathering dirt on you for years!
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Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Friday, Nov 04, 2022 at 07:39

Friday, Nov 04, 2022 at 07:39
Absolutely correct Outback Gaz. Yesterday, I ordered a new battery for our Dyson Cordless Stick vacuum cleaner on line. After completing this, I checked my Facebook page, and what was the first post that came up? An add for Dyson Cordless vacuum cleaners. You can’t tell me Google/Facebook/ and the others aren’t tracking you and what you are looking at.

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Follow Up By: Member - Outback Gazz - Friday, Nov 04, 2022 at 07:53

Friday, Nov 04, 2022 at 07:53
Hey Macca

That's been going on for years unfortunately !

But be careful of an online scam going around lately - I ordered some expensive jewellery for the missus and when it rolled up and I unwrapped it, it turned out to be 4wd accessories for a Landcruiser. I've been scammed twice in October and once this month already !


Be careful mate

Cheers
Gazz
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Friday, Nov 04, 2022 at 07:57

Friday, Nov 04, 2022 at 07:57
Ha Ha.

I have been taken in by that same scam. I expect to be scammed a lot at Xmas too.

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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Friday, Nov 04, 2022 at 08:33

Friday, Nov 04, 2022 at 08:33
"You can’t tell me Google/Facebook/ and the others aren’t tracking you and what you are looking at."

So why are you still using Farcebook and Google search? Many of us are now using DuckDuckGo as our search engine. We now get far less of those things being pushed at us.

All web browsers have the ability to set alternate default search engines. Set your browsers up to not have Google as the default and you will get far less spam pushed at you.

An added feature of DuckDuckGo is that you will see a function in the top LH corner to concentrate your search on different areas. I have mine set to Australia. If I wish to find something in other countries I set it to that country and I get a far better search result for that country.

Get with it. Also have a look at this - How to Live Without Google: Alternatives That Protect Your Privacy


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Follow Up By: Briste - Friday, Nov 04, 2022 at 09:59

Friday, Nov 04, 2022 at 09:59
I've had the Dyson vacuum cleaner experience with other products. It is a but unnerving. My understanding is that one of the ways that FB and merchants conspire to track you is via Facebook Pixel. A minuscule image from FB is included in the merchant's page. I was appalled to discover that even the ABC uses this technology, or at least it used to.

Using another search engine on its own won't save you if you end on on a page using FBP. What I do is run FB in Firefox in a Facebook Container, that stops your FB login details from being accessed by other browser tabs with websites that use the FBP technology. Gets even hard to stop tracking on a phone or tablet.

The fact that you're paranoid doesn't mean that they're not out to track you.
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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Friday, Nov 04, 2022 at 12:20

Friday, Nov 04, 2022 at 12:20
Digital potholes are everywhere, and there's plenty to be concerned about or at least aware of.

Google Analytics, Google tracking, Location data harvesting, Google assistant which listens to your conversations at home (since that's how it works)!! Some of that can be very helpful to users, much not. Fact is most people probably don't know and/or don't really care what data Google, and others, link to them.

DuckDuckGo helps to reduce tracking but unfortunately it's nowhere near as good at searching ime, even with Google's annoying $$$paid-for-priorty results$$$ which usually means the most accurate info starts at the bottom of page 1, not at the top as once was the case.

Ad and tracking blockers like AdBlock Plus work reasonably well except they occasionally also impair a website's functionality. Easy to turn them on and off though so no big deal imo.

As a result of threats of regulation and investigation in the USA Google was basically forced to tell people what data they're collecting AND, importantly, provide tools for people to limit that. The irony is you need a Google account to change settings.

If you're worried about your privacy you can and SHOULD have a look at your settings using the Google Privacy Checkup tool, and modify them accordingly.

Google also now provides a "Google Analytics Opt-out Add-on" extension for Chrome.

Needless to say all of this was done under legislative duress not because of business "ethics".

THIS ARTICLE might help if you don't know where to start.

Like Frank said elsewhere many websites rely on ads to keep them afloat/free but with others the ads are ridiculously intrusive and intended to annoy you enough to subscribe (eg youtube).
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Reply By: Member - Bigfish - Friday, Nov 04, 2022 at 16:49

Friday, Nov 04, 2022 at 16:49
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Reply By: Member - Bigfish - Monday, Nov 14, 2022 at 12:46

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