72-point mystery

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    • Chrispy_
    • 8 years ago
    • Evil_Sheep
    • 8 years ago

    I’ve been critical of this comic series in the past, but I also give praise when it is deserved too — this is the best one so far!

      • jensend
      • 8 years ago

      This is the first one which I’ve felt was worth my time looking at. It succinctly captures a lot of sad truths.

    • kvndoom
    • 8 years ago

    So much truth there. We buy Sunday papers for no other reason than to get coupons and sales flyers, and even those aren’t what they used to be.

    • dpaus
    • 8 years ago

    Hmmm, you missed the panel where your username [i<]and[/i<] password must each be between 47 and 63 characters, with a minimum of 11 digits (which must add up to '39'), and must also include at least three punctuation characters, one of which must be in the 18th position, unless the character in the 9th position is a digit greater than 6, in which case there must [i<]not[/i<] be a punctuation mark in the 18th position, and the character in the 21st position [i<]must[/i<] be an uppercase letter in the first 11/26ths of the alphabet, [i<]and[/i<]....

      • YellaChicken
      • 8 years ago

      …once submitted you get thrown back to the same screen with red text saying ‘That username and/or password combination has already been used, please try again’ 🙂

      • FuturePastNow
      • 8 years ago

      Don’t forget the captchas that are completely unreadable.

        • indeego
        • 8 years ago

        Like TR’s?

        • EtherealN
        • 8 years ago

        Unreadable captchas are the best invention ever.
        I am a robot. I always fail them. 😀

    • chriso11
    • 8 years ago

    One thing I hate about online local newspapers is it is a pain to find out which state we are talking about! Is it so difficult to mention where you are?

      • UberGerbil
      • 8 years ago

      I’ve had that problem at few times. Follow a link on some oddball story and you find yourself reading the site for “The Times” or “The Tribune” or something, and you have no idea [i<]where[/i<].

        • FuturePastNow
        • 8 years ago

        I hate that. Hate it. Do you have any idea how many Springfields there are? How many Columbuses? How many Charlottes?

          • EtherealN
          • 8 years ago

          You’ll all hate me, but I giggle at this problem. Really does bring home the fact that the US of A is a nation built by immigrants. 🙂

          We have a different version of it though – since my country is way old, and language has changed a lot since some places were founded, there’s actually villages with names that are – in the current language – essentially the name of various parts of human anatomy. You can literally live in the female reproductive organ, for example. 😀 Or, for that matter, in panties. (The former is a very small village, the latter is a large suburb.)

      • ludi
      • 8 years ago

      And even better, there’s no publication date on the articles. Not only do you not know which state you’re touring, you don’t even know what year it is.

        • just brew it!
        • 8 years ago

        That’s a pet peeve of mine for web sites in general, not just news sites. Tech sites in particular should always date their articles, since tech information can become obsolete rather quickly.

    • crabjokeman
    • 8 years ago

    Register now? *New Tab*, Bugmenot.com…

      • jrr
      • 8 years ago

      you should get a bugmenot plugin for your browser

        • indeego
        • 8 years ago

        Or just ignore the javascript/cookie requests from sites you rarely visit.

    • Noigel
    • 8 years ago

    Amazing how you captured so many rage-inducing annoyances in such a small space (and in 4 panels)!

    The only one left that I could add is that my local news site crashes Chrome… it doesn’t even do the nice “lock-up, exit, and come back with the “What the heck happened” message.” No, it freezes/hard locks entirely and when Chrome comes back it has no idea. Like that freakin’ Memento movie…

      • indeego
      • 8 years ago

      That is a Chrome problem not a site problem.

        • CasbahBoy
        • 8 years ago

        Agreed. Ideally [b<]no[/b<] website, no matter how badly written, should bring down the browser. Noigel, you should submit a bug/brokensite report to Google!

          • Noigel
          • 8 years ago

          Interesting. 🙂 Wasn’t expecting to get a paradigm shift out of that. Will do that.

            • indeego
            • 8 years ago

            I should note that Chrome crashed for me as well last I tried it. It does me no good to end-task on just a singular tab when it is that tab’s very content I wanted.

            I test every browser for about a week per year and end up going back to Firefox every time. Chrome/Chromium has come the closest to replacing it however.

    • ronch
    • 8 years ago

    It’s pathetic how many utterly ‘who-cares’ news make their way to Yahoo! Like, who *ell cares if a 16-year old misguided teenager sails the seas? Or how a celebrity took the subway. DUH

    As for everything being just about money, I know it sounds harsh but it’s practically god. And why? Why indeed..

      • Anomymous Gerbil
      • 8 years ago

      “*ell”? Seriously?

        • ronch
        • 8 years ago

        You gotta believe it.

    • indeego
    • 8 years ago

    I stayed at a Spa resort the other day and they delivered the local paper as a “perk,” so I found myself looking through the first paper I’ve read in many a year.

    In every section, at least 25% of one page, was an advertisement from the paper itself to download an app to your phone so that you could win prizes if you [b<]scanned with your phone the paper that you were holding right now.[/b<] Presumably this was because they wanted to preserve the highly profitable paper business. [i<]THIS[/i<] is how they planned on saving their own asses? Seriously?

    • maxxcool
    • 8 years ago

    All you need to top it off is a “beezbid” or some BS nonsense rip off bid site…

      • no51
      • 8 years ago

      and intellitext ads.

        • FuturePastNow
        • 8 years ago

        Intellitxt ads earn webmasters a special place in hell, along with child molesters and people who talk in the theater.

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 8 years ago

    Good comic! It is so true, it is all about money and no news which is exactly that NO NEWS. Keep up the good work, Fred!

    • jdrake
    • 8 years ago

    HA! I like the macaroons in the “lumpon” banner

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