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I'm cool on Progressive because they seem reasonably intelligent, and also seem to be trying. Sonic is the shits. Old Navy takes the cake though -- bad music and dancing sets me off I guess. 

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The Progressive ones are awful because they show the employees as annoying and totally inept.  Like why would I buy anything from creepy-ass Flo or weird Jamie? Also they are on pretty much every commercial break on Hulu.

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On 3/19/2021 at 12:07 PM, Zimbra said:

Geico has brought back the Dikembe Mutombo ad for the NCAA tourney, all is right with the world.

I had to explain that one to my mother as she thought it was dumb and is now fine with it since she had no clue who he was or why he was doing it.

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I love Reese's, the peanut butter cup is one of the most perfect candies but goddamn, the "Not Sorry" ads are awful. I don't understand the idea, have some obnoxious sounding dude be sarcastic about your peanut butter and chocolate? 

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On 3/23/2021 at 7:32 AM, Ryan said:

I had to explain that one to my mother as she thought it was dumb and is now fine with it since she had no clue who he was or why he was doing it.

Yea I had to explain it to my parents. But then neither of them watched any sports in their life.

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Okay, I saw an ad for what I know deign the most useless and anger-inducing piece of technology ever. 

A smart refrigerator. 

It's a fridge with a giant cell phone/computer screen on it. Like the Mirror, the giant cell phone/computer screen you hang on your wall and exercise in front of.

You tag your groceries within and it shows you what you have inside on the screen. 

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WHY CAN'T YOU JUST OPEN THE DOOR YOU STUPID RICH ASSHOLE?!?!?!?!

Phew... had to get that out of my system. 

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10 hours ago, Curt McGirt said:

Okay, I saw an ad for what I know deign the most useless and anger-inducing piece of technology ever. 

A smart refrigerator. 

It's a fridge with a giant cell phone/computer screen on it. Like the Mirror, the giant cell phone/computer screen you hang on your wall and exercise in front of.

You tag your groceries within and it shows you what you have inside on the screen. 

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WHY CAN'T YOU JUST OPEN THE DOOR YOU STUPID RICH ASSHOLE?!?!?!?!

Phew... had to get that out of my system. 

In ten years you’ll probably struggle to find a fridge that doesn’t have that. I’m a paranoid Luddite, and I had to go out of my way to get one that didn’t have that tech last year. 

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On 4/2/2021 at 10:36 AM, Robert C said:

In ten years you’ll probably struggle to find a fridge that doesn’t have that. I’m a paranoid Luddite, and I had to go out of my way to get one that didn’t have that tech last year. 

Fellow paranoid luddite here!  And I work in IT.  Maybe that's why?  Anyway, fuck IoT stuff.  Let's make everything talk to everything and never ever worry about security or patch it.  Ever. 

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6 minutes ago, Technico Support said:

Fellow paranoid luddite here!  And I work in IT.  Maybe that's why?  

Could be.  Confession time here.  I'm a design engineer for a large chipmaker.  Worked in a number of divisions over the years including, briefly, the IoT group.

Since refrigerators were nearly impossible to find last year, it looked for a while like we'd have to get one with that crap.  I told my wife that was fine as long as we let our five year old disable it with a hammer.

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I had to vent about it on Facebook too and told everyone to break one if they see it. A buddy of mine in Texas said he also works for a chipmaker and says they're working overtime to keep up with demand on this shit. I told him if it gets really really Skynet to try and throw a wrench in the gears, he said yeah, he'd be the leader of the Resistance haha

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I think the way to stick it to these companies who think this kind of connectivity is a good idea would be to craft a little image or piece of code that lets your fridge think all it has inside are a collection of butt cheeks.  Just wall-to-wall butts.  Nothing but severed butts.  Not even matched pairs or anything.  Just butts.

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And now I just caught one for smart clothes washers. I'm sure dishwashers, microwaves, and ovens are next. Despite the fact that you have to, you know, PUT SOMETHING IN ALL OF THEM FIRST and will be therefore STANDING RIGHT THERE so you can PUSH THE BUTTONS THAT TELL THEM WHAT TO DO.

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Yeah, we have a smart washer/dryer and I don't understand the use case for it at all.  I played around with it a bit when we got them and, like, I guess it's cool that I can add time to the dryer from my phone or whatever but I still need to get up to see if the clothes are still damp.  I guess the one nice thing is that my washer e-mails me when I need to run the cleaning cycle.

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On 12/1/2020 at 8:15 PM, Zimbra said:

Every day these algorithmic ads make me feel like I'm having a goddamned stroke

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Oh my god it got better:

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I spit iced tea all over my work computer.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Mountain Dew has now either digitally hacked or paid a lookalike of Bob Ross to hawk their soda. 

In other news, Mr. Rogers will now be selling Snickers and Big Bird will be in ads for Trojan Condoms. 

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