* Posts by John Lilburne

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Larry Page snuffs out ‘too expensive’ Google Fiber project

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Who in their right mind ...

... would want Google as their ISP ...

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Angler hooks German's todger at nudist lake

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Pics ...

... or it didn't happen.

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'Daddy, what's a Blu-ray disc?'

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Re: quality..

"He assured me that real audiophiles could."

Oh I had one that told me how good CDs were that the difference was amazing, eventually he gave me the old CD player he was replacing. A few weeks later he came around and said "See how much better the CD is." I replayed, "that is vinyl you are listening to mate".

Think about all the audiophile fads there have been over the years, linear arm tracking, three point speakers, tube amps, etc, etc. I've known people spend fortunes on that stuff, only to replace it all when the next best thing came along.

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Re: quality..

... is almost always bollocks. Most of us cannot hear the difference, not when listing in a front room, kitchen, or bedroom, and almost certainly not when listening through ear buds no matter how much you got stiffed for them. I have a tiny £20 car amp power my speakers. It has fooled a sound engineer who does work for films. Quite a "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" moment for him, as he stared all weekend at it saying "but, but, it is a car amp".

The same goes for 4K video none of us live in a place where we have a big enough screen, and sit close enough to in order to see the difference.

http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/why-ultra-hd-4k-tvs-are-still-stupid/

All of this is idiots being relieved of their cash by the promise inherent in a big box.

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Facebook to forcefeed you web ads, whether you like it or not: Ad blocker? Get the Zuck out!

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Screw them ...

"Facebook is one of those free services, and ads support our mission of giving people the power to share and making the world more open and connected."

... the only thing that most facebook users 'share' is the thoughts, images, videos, and music of others.

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Three times as bad as malware: Google shines light on pay-per-install

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I seem to recall, a few years back, having to keep uninstalling Google Chrome which came as an unwanted attatchment with some software download or other (flash, java, or adobe reader).

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BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

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Re: Same old, same old from the Telegraph

Any one riding the bus without paying the fare should be kicked off. I'd do it at the ISP level.

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Windows 10 pain: Reg man has 75 per cent upgrade failure rate

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Re: Incompetence or conspiracy

I had no end of trouble with a Dell Precision T1600. Recently (3 months ago) rebuilt and installed w7 pro. Upgrade wouldn't work. Had to install on a reformed SSD disc. Don't just reformat the C partition you need to delete the system partition too. W10 wouldn't install if that was there. Whined about being unable to change it. Though the error message said something else.

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UK membership of Council of Europe has implications for data protection after Brexit

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She was talking bollocks, blaming Johnny Foreigner for her own inadequacies. I have a friend who was deported from France back to the UK for drug dealing. He is permanently banned from living in France, even though at the time he had a wife and family in France and had been living there for about 20 years. So it is possible to deport foreign criminals from one EU country to another. That the UK didn't do it was more to do with the UK than the ECHR. May I seem to recall had some influence in that.

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Alleged hacker Lauri Love will learn his fate in September, says judge

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Its all very sad, but if some Asperger's kid was convinced that YOUR computer was harbgouring Illuminati documents, UFO evidence, or chemtrail conspiracies and was hacking your computer you would want it stopped.

Which jurisdiction the stopping occurs in is besides the point. But if one is engaged in these activities across borders then one ought to be aware that the big guy from accross the border may well come knocking on your door.

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

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I can't get the damn think to install. It barfs with a 'don't have sufficient permissions" error. Nothing tried fixes that. Tried from a CD image and that won't work either. Got to the first reboot and then whined about an incompatibility between a w7 recovery and w10 recovery. The upgrade just won't work, and what is worse fails and redownloads 3gb of update every 12 hrs. I've had to stop all win updates happening 'cos its almost run out my download caps. And I don't think even that stops it from downloading the the update.

Looks like I'm going to have to spend the weekend install the damn thing on a reformatted drive.

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Torrent is a word, and you can't ban words, rules French court

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That's still "sometimes".

No its the reverse. Sometimes means 'occasionally' or once in a while. It would be far more accurate to say "just because BitTorrent is sometimes NOT used for piracy." However, I note that the phrase has now been removed from the article.

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"just because BitTorrent is sometimes used for piracy."

Er no almost all of BitTorrent traffic is piracy some say upto 99.7% of it is.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2010/07/only-03-of-files-on-bit-torrent-confirmed-to-be-legal/

Contrary to geek fantasy the world and its dog isn't downloading linux distros via bittorrent on a daily basis, or massive games from the publishers. They are downloading films, music, and tv shows.

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Brexit has left a regulatory black hole for digital, say MPs

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Re: So the trouble with taking back control

... and a wad of the money they think that they'll get back will be spent on shadow administration, buildings, equipment, workforce, red-tape, and home grown fuck ups.

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EU waves antitrust claims in Google's face, snarls 'You want some?'

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[A spokeswoman from Google said: "We believe that our innovations and product improvements ..."]

Lilburne says "I believe that Google is a dissembling liar, bully, privacy invading, all round nogoodnick."

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Google quietly takes gag off Mississippi AG after wrecking ads probe

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Re: You missed...

Thw phrase is "Mississippi goddam" just ask Nina Simone

http://www.metrolyrics.com/mississippi-goddam-lyrics-nina-simone.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBiAtwQZnHs

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"Can't have the people buying their drugs cheaper across the border can we?"

Least you think it was something to do with paracetamol and cough syrup, the drugs at issue were things like Steroids, Human growth hormone, and drugs to induce abortions. All without prescriptions or any medical supervision.

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Shocker: Computer science graduate wins a top UK political job

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Was it at Warwick that he learnt the art ...

... of throwing ones toys out of the pram,

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7450627.stm

from one of the lecturers?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germaine_Greer

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Google on piracy: We really, really care

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Re: Illegal File Sharing

OK it is no secret that I despise Google, I do not want any of my content on any of their sites. Every one of the 10,000+ pages on my site has meta tags googlebot noimageindex. Were I a musician I would not be able to use ContentID without allowing Google a license. In effect if don't license stuff to Google you can't use Content ID you have to play whack-a-mole. This was the whole point of the bullying that Zoe Keating had to endure from them the other year.

Google ContentID is a protection racket.

Google parctices Lawfare where they engage in expensive legal cases backed up by ther $billions that they know musicians, photographers, and authors can compete against. Simple in order to appropriate more content to themselves.

Google truly is a scummy company of the worst sort.

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Re: Illegal File Sharing

Well that is the point of property, the owner has the right to destroy it. One sees it all the time when factories are pulled down, parks are turned into housing estates, trees chopped down, etc, etc.

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YouTube stars shilled for Warner Bros, screwed up, and now the FTC has written an angry letter

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I thought the FTC realized that ...

... the internet is about making Google money from fraudulent ads, drugs, people trafficking, terrorist recruitment and cat videos. Someone should tell them to back off and let the ad flow.

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Spotify, YouTube pay musicians with ever-shrinking buttons

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Music revenue from YouTube is less than that from vinyl sales. The paltry amount of revenue that any artist gleans from it isn't worth the hassle. The problem as the article states is that Google hides behind a law that was written before the issues of content piracy were known. It should be yanked out of its protective shell as you would a Winkle.

https://littlelessonslearned.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/2012-05-12_16-15-58_852.jpg

The better labels have nothing to do with Google, or Spotify.

http://www.marlbank.net/opinion/2314-are-jazz-labels-right-to-ignore-spotify.html

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Er NO! If you want ContentID then you MUST license all your catalog to Google at their abysmal stream rate. Its a shakedown racket of epic proportions.

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Linus Torvalds in sweary rant about punctuation in kernel comments

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Oh gosh a fanboi without a clue. The inventors were Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie. Linux is a clone of their work.

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The dumb fuck also agreed to multiple different styles, just not "those ones". If you want consistence don't allow more than two options:

In any case the multiline c-style with /* */ is particularly egregious especially when used inside amn indented block, and should not be allowed in new code.

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Use Brexit to save smokers' lives and plug vaping, say peers

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Re: The Brexit cloud

Seems a strange thing to wreck the economy, bugger up people's pensions, and give a thumbs up to racism, just so that one can get a nicotine fix inside a pub rather than outside of it.

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Kotkin on who made Trump and Brexit: Look in the mirror, it's you

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Wrong analysis from the get-go

The working class no longer have any organisation. I can take you to estates and blocks of flats where not only is there 60% unemployment, but there has been no one in the families with a permanent job for 3 generations. These people aren't within the folds of the Trade Unions, what contact they may have has been further eroded as the Working Mens Clubs have closed down.

It wasn't Polish, or Romanian workers that were displacing jobs some 30 years ago. It wasn't these workers that made it difficult to get the work they are now doing 10 years ago. Yet still we had complaints about immigrants taking jobs. Its not immigrants that caused 3 generations of a family not to have permanent employment. Today those people are being sanctioned by the DWP for failing to get jobs that they are unskilled for and don't really want. It is no surprise that they blame the immigrants for the situation. There are issues with housing and schools due to years of neglect of the infrastructure, again immigrants are an easy scapegoat.

One wonders who has wrecked this country most bankers, mega corporate tax avoiders, or Bulgarian fruit pickers.

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Debian founder Ian Murdock killed himself – SF medical examiner

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Re: With friends like that ...

"Who would you send round if you didn't live within range?"

Given that this is America someone from the gun range.

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Wealthy youngsters more likely to be freetards than anyone else – study

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Re: Following this argument

Where did you get that crap from? The individual artist doesn't get a look in. Discovery/exposure doesn't happen much and when it does the artist gets nothing from it. The big publishers are risk averse and take on the most commercial of acts. The small independent publishers have folded up shop. What you are left with is individual artist websites and people here are complaining that they want a one shop place to go.

I went into a record store today. It was rack after rack of pap. Quite depressing actually.

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Re: What's missing is how this changes over time...

Big media still don't have any competition. P2P hasn't created any new content it has just leached, and like all parasitic systems has destroyed the least capable of defending against it. So bands are now asked to pay to perform, venues are closing down, and the music scene hasn't progressed since the 1990s.

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Hard done by students earn a great deal more than school leavers, and rents don't increase because one has a degree. Now I left school at 18 and by the age of 21 I had something like 300 LPs (Cds, albums to the Kevins here). You buy what is important to you, if it isn't important don't buy it and don't feel justified in stealing it.

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Judge gives Zuck a US$6 million Brazilian

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Re: Court overreach

"In both cases the police force are drug enforcement police, which I can imagine are FBI connected units. The timing and unit involved suggests some kind of coordination."

Google spent years protecting the communications of its paedophile users on ORKUT from Brazillian justice. That was until they were hauled in front of a US senate committee and asked what the fuck they thought they were doing. The data was forthcoming a few days later.

http://searchengineland.com/90-percent-of-pedophilia-complaints-in-brazil-come-from-googles-orkut-13742

https://slashdot.org/story/06/09/30/1846249/google-denies-data-in-brazil-orkut-case

http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB119273558149563775

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/01/AR2006090100608.html

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Martha Lane Fox: Brexit is all about MEEEEeeee!

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Isn't it the internets that caused this?

People are now mostly engaged online posting cat funnies, conspiracy theories, racist hate, in echo chambers and silos.

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Isis crisis: Facebook makes Bristol lass an unperson

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Change her name to ...

... Kali.

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Here's how police arrested Lauri Love – and what happened next

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Re: It's not looking good...

Mrs May believes all sorts of imaginary things:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-15160326

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Lauri Love at risk of suicide if extradited to US, Brit court hears

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Perhaps parents should monitor ...

... what their kids are doing online. After all if some kid was breaking into garages to find UFOs, Pixies, or the Illuminatii they'd be down the magistrates court double quick.

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Google off the hook for feeding kids bad cookies

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Re: Whatever

"The only way to protect your "private" contents is to password protect them."

Indeed that is what I ended up doing.

For any complex site robots.txt is useless for the indexing too. There will almost always be pathways that you didn't consider that allow the buggers to index. Its an unwinnable fight with regexps to keep them out. Best to use the meta tags. I have name='googlebot' content='noimageindex' on every page.

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Re: Whatever

In my experience robots stops them from indexing it doesn't stop them from crawling.

Basically if it isn't in the search results most people are ignorant of the fact that it was datamined for whatever financial benefit Google can glean from it.

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Whatever

We still know that Google datamines the activities of kids. I have a robots.txt file that says do not crawl these pages - the pages being those written by the kids. Googlebot is frequently in the logs crawling the pages. Keep out should mean KEEP THE FUCK OUT.

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We have hit peak Silicon Valley: New crazy goal to disrupt entire cities

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Gamers

Is SimCity still a thing for these kids?

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Parliament takes axe to 2nd EU referendum petition

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Tory bastards want similar rules before a Union can go on strike.

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Re: Anti-democratic?

And "The Massive Blond Haired Child" is also saying the margin is too small, so lets not be hasty, and lets keep the free movement of people, and the single market, and all that other stuff too.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36637037

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Why you should Vote Remain: Bananas, bathwater and babies

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Re: Mean while, back in the real world...

"CAP"

CAP is expensive because the UK government vetos any changes to it. Basically in the UK most farming is done by half a dozen conglomerates they aren't based in farmhouses they are working out of swish London offices. These companies gobble up 90% of the CAP subsidies. The EU have proposed a limit on the subsidy that any farmer can get. So that there is a cut off at say £30-50K which would benefit the small farmer but screw over the big companies. The UK has always opposed such changes, moving out of the EU would not reduce the amount of subsidy, the UK government would simply pay it directly to their city mates.

Part of the expense of CAP is the use of set-aside to give over some of the land to preserve wildlife insects like bees and wild flowers. You can reduce the cost of CAP if you give those up and allow persistent pesticides to be sprayed across the country.

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Who'll guard your personal data post-Brexit?

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Ad blocking

Andrew your Computer World link whines about ad blocking which is deliciously humorous for an article on privacy.

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Apple pollutes data about you to protect your privacy. But it might not be enough

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Sick and tired

Of people suggesting hacks, workaround, and obscure settings, to temporarily avoid corporate surveillance. You really don't need any of the shit that is tracking you. We got on very well for years and years without some GPS enabled device, without broadcasting to the world exactly what we were doing, and without the constant need to check messages, tweets, or status updates. It is all bullshit and hasn't enhanced our lives at all.

Dump the crap.

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Unfortunately it also reads all the email sent to you by people that have no relationship with Google. Your decision means that you are co-opting them into Goggle's disregard for privacy.

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This is how the EU's supreme court is stripping EU citizens of copyright protections

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Re: I don't fully understand...

Links to the jpg are unprotected,

https://c1.staticflickr.com/7/6103/6310349352_12172b4af9_b.jpg

links to the photopage are protected.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/lilburnej/6310349352/

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Re: I don't fully understand...

'If the cupboard were locked, clicking on the link would result in a "forbidden" message'

As stated above most people do not have the ability or resources to maintain their own site. They rely on things like FB, Flickr, and other services. Pretending the John and Jane Doe who simple want to share images of their kids with their families can't do so because they aren't webmasters is typical geek shite.

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Re: I don't fully understand...

Once again your justification resolves down to "Internet".

It makes no difference whether the security measure is crap or not. The clear intention is that the images aren't for general public consumption. The hyperlink breaks the lock and it does not matter how the hyperlink escaped.

Yes one can put the images on personally hosted web servers and use .htpasswd to protect access. But that is really outside the scope of the vast majority of people and is quite frankly elitist bullshit.

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Wales gives anti-vaping Blockleiters a Big Red Panic Button

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Re: rubbish

We should call them fuggers not vapers.

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