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Old 03-12-2012, 04:31 PM   #41
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What I want to know is, does the toilet bleach gizmo work?
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Interesting. There is quite a lot more books online that I had thought.
There isARE quite a lot more books online thatN I had thought.

You obviously read none of them.
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Hunger Games books are available free on Amazon Prime.
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What I want to know is, does the toilet bleach gizmo work?
Yes, quite nicely in fact.

The specific one I got was the Fluidmaster 8300 "Flush 'N' Sparkle Toilet Bowl Cleaning System" which you can see here:
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Previously, I'd used the tablets that you simply drop into the tank, and as other reviewers have noted, there are some drawbacks. First, of course, is that most of the water in the tank goes right down the drain during a flush, and most of the water that winds up in the bowl after the flush cycle is complete gets injected down the vertical column and therefore never comes into contact with the tablet at all. With this system, only the water going down the column is treated, by passing it through a cartridge much like a pool chlorinator. (This is the water that runs down into the bowl after the initial flushing action has stopped, while the tank is re-filling.) And, of course, it also avoids the problem of embrittlement of the various rubber components in the tank by isolating the chlorination to only the water going down the column during the refill cycle.

They make three different refill cartridges. The blue one, so far as I am aware, turns the water blue without actually contributing anything useful to the process of keeping the bowl clean. The green one is safe for septic systems, meaning it probably also doesn't work very well at bowl-cleaning. The white one is the good one- that sucker contains plain ole' heavily toxic chlorinated isocyanurate.

The drawback to this is that the white cartridge costs about $10, which is only $3 less than the entire unit. (Kind of an inkjet printer paradigm.) You can circumvent this issue by cutting the base off of the cartridge just below the seal and latch, and using it simply as a cap on top of the chamber into which you have dropped a couple chunks of broken-up pool chlorination tablet, which is very inexpensive and seems to be of essentially the same construction.
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Ok, these ads are just getting downright weird. Huggies disposable diapers? Chewy vitamin supplements? Are they not even attempting to target these ads based on user demographics?
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They are not targeted since I get the same stuff you do--including the attractive face skin care girl.
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I keep thinking that maybe some morning I'll walk past the device and see a relevant ad.

Today, 70% off Yoga classes.

Nope.

(Haven't seen "attractive face skin care girl" yet.)
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I've actually picked up a few of the offers:

* $5 off a $10 amazon purchase

* $2 off an mp3 album

* Award winning ebook title for $1

* Zappos VIP Membership upgrade (free next day shipping / expedited returns)

* Kindle Monthly Deals for January (vague, right?)

They only email you the offer--there's no commitment just to receive the offer via email.
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I've actually picked up a few of the offers:

* $5 off a $10 amazon purchase

* $2 off an mp3 album

* Award winning ebook title for $1

* Zappos VIP Membership upgrade (free next day shipping / expedited returns)

* Kindle Monthly Deals for January (vague, right?)
I buy enough stuff from Amazon that I would just on any of the "free money" offers such as a $10 gift card for $5 or whatnot.

Anything else (eg: discount on an MP3 album, any kind of "premium" membership, etc) is hugely unlikely to arouse my interest.


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They only email you the offer--there's no commitment just to receive the offer via email.
Huh?



Anyway, for what it's worth, the hacker community has, unsurprisingly, figured out not just how to "unlock" the 4th gen Kindle, remove the ads, etc., but also how to remove the DRM from Kindle titles altogether. (Nook's DRM was already defeated.)

I probably won't do any of this, as the ads are unobtrusive and there doesn't seem to be any lack of DRM-free content out in "the scene", I just find it amusing.

Actually, a part of me wonders if certain elements of the Old Hackish Order are still alive and well, and working from within the various media empires. Building weak DRM is actually, in my opinion, beneficial to everyone. It allows content aggregators (Kindle, Netflix, etc) to "prove" to copyright owners that their works are protected, while permitting those who care to easily defeat said mechanisms and enjoy a DRM-free lifestyle.
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Huh?
I had no idea how offers worked when I first got my kindle.

they simply say "press [o] to get this offer" or something. Upon pressing [o], it says "email yourself this offer" and that's it. You still get to choose whether to purchase. I was concerned my first time that I would be buying all sorts of shet just bu pressing [o].
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I had no idea how offers worked when I first got my kindle.

they simply say "press [o] to get this offer" or something. Upon pressing [o], it says "email yourself this offer" and that's it. You still get to choose whether to purchase. I was concerned my first time that I would be buying all sorts of shet just bu pressing [o].
Ah.

I haven't "clicked through" any of the offers yet, mostly because I don't need any free diapers or a discount on Yoga classes. You mean that after you click it, they send you the full version I email, I assume.

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that's what I mean. perhaps [+] would have better communicated my meaning.
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Gotcha. It's kind of a hard symbol to represent in ASCII (or even Unicode, for that matter.)
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