* Posts by John Lilburne

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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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Re: I don't fully understand...

Someone puts family images on flickr marked as private viewable only by family, so the pages are protected. However, some one gets the links to those images and puts them on a website that is viewable to all. The hyperlinks are to images that the uploader never intended to be public. In fact the hyperlink is no more than a skeleton key to the contents of someone's locked cupboard.

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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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Judge slams BT for blaming engineer after 7 metre ceiling plunge

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Seen that happen before. Company tried to blame worker for accident. Court demanded evidence of written procedure and proof that employee had been given the appropriate training. When company couldn't provide any evidence, they got ripped apart. Later they tried to give the employee a written warning, but the Union Rep knew what had happen in court and ripped them apart again.

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Microsoft's paid $60 per LinkedIn user – and it's a bargain, because we're mugs

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Re: Value of personal data

One can always opt out of all of this. A non-smart phone cost next to nothing, allows you to text, receive calls, and doesn't post your location to the world. You can swap PAYG sim cards in and out of it if you want to do the account recovery thing.

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Google doesn’t care who makes Android phones. Or who it pisses off

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Re: Why upgrade?

Given Google's attitude to privacy - piss off you aint got any. I dunno why anyone would want Android on a device they carry about all the time.

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Google snubs 'dark money' questions at AGM. Shareholder power? Yeah, right

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Re: Good for them

"they've done so by often bucking the conventional wisdom."

What like obeying laws rather than disregarding them and seeing who has the money to stop them? being prepared to spend 100s of millions to circumvent that laws that honest people abide by is not 'bucking conventional wisdom' its is quasi-criminal activity.

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Tinder bans under-18s: Moral panic averted

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And no one has ever said that they are <18 in order to interact with kids.

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Model's horrific rape case may limit crucial online free speech law

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Re: A change of gear is needed

Idiot. Almost all societies have similar concepts of what is harmful to society.

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Re: A change of gear is needed

"who's laws apply,"

Those engaged in harmful activity need to be stopped along with those that enable the behaviour.

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Digital ad biz is fraudulent by design, complain big brands

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Could someone remind me who ...

... is the biggest provider of fraudulent ads?

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Re: Subscription needed..

I don't have a subscription and managed to view the content without issues.

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Don't go chasing waterfalls, please stick... Hang on. They're back

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No True Scotsman

Problem is that Agile doesn't work. So Agilators profess that all failed Agile projects weren't Agile. Its a bit "No true Scotsman".

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Bloke flogs $40 B&W printer on Craigslist, gets $12,000 legal bill

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Pony up $500 and have him buried.

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Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter and Pinterest password was 'dadada'

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Re: Must be...

I wonder if his Facebook password is "DoDoDo".

More likely "I'llBeWatchingYou"

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Why Oracle will win its Java copyright case – and why you'll be glad when it does

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Re: That's not what free software is about

Reimplemented is not the same as copied wholesale, bugs and all.

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Smartwatches: I hate to say ‘I told you so’. But I told you so.

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Way back in 1982 ...

... I was used a watch to time a darkroom print exposure, during one session I dropped the damn thing in a stop bath tray. It never worked again and I've not used a watch since. If I need to know the time it is displayed on my computer, iPod, and old nokia phone. Around the town there are big towers which display the time, it is displayed on the dashboard of my car, and is usually displayed on the wall in cafes and shops. Why would I need to pay £20 let alone several £100 for another time display?

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Arrests for 'offensive' Twitter and Facebook messages up by a third

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Re: Nothing new

Was he Scottish?

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Uber, AirBNB: Lay off 'em, EC tells member states

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They can have a single agenda ...

... by banning the lot of them.

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Brexit? Cutting the old-school ties would do more for Brit tech world

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Much of the BREXIT arguments ...

... are bogus. Various governments over the years have had opportunities to opt-out of EU regulations. The ones they have opted out of are all concerned with removing rights from the people of this country granted by the EU. They don't want to opt out to give us more right they want to opt out to take more rights away.

I'm told that we have a load of people from Poland (whenever I hear it it seems to be similar to the old Windies/Indian Sub-Continent racism of old) that are taking jobs and depressing wages, in low paid jobs such as care. Seems to me that the wages in these jobs are mainly depressed because successive Tory governments have reduced the grants to Local Government, made it easier to sack people, and allowed zero hour contracts. Same thing has happened with the NHS.

I gather that many of the Brexiters also want to renege on the European Convention on Human Rights. We are supposed to believe that these self same people are going to be looking to improve rights in this country.

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Re: Prat

You may find that 'Oxbridge' includes Cambridge. I think that even wikipedia gets that right.

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Google still faces legal spat with SEO biz that claimed it was wiped from web

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Re: SEO - The lottery that you can't win

It was solved on the basis that "you are profiled". So they present you with search results from sites that you and your social network like. Google+ was meant to hid+ the fact that the search engines don't know shit, so you could thumb up a site and get similar crap next time. So thriw in a couple of wikipedia pages, and a handful of sites you've previously shown interest in and good to go. There is no attempt to winnow out the wheat from the chaff.

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The ‘Vaping Crackdown’ starts today. This is what you need to know

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Re: So the bar is now much higher for e-cig makers

I don't really care if e-cigs have cancer in them or something else but ... recently whilst driving into work I've been seeing plumes of smoke emanating from the windows of cars. It is almost as if the Flying Scotsman is in there. That in itself seems to be a risk of blow back into the car, or into the car of someone waiting at lights besides them, making visibility inside the car a problem.

Besides its bound to irritate Craig so that's a good thing in itself.

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SHOCK: GM crops are good for you and the planet, reckon boffins

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Re: When electricity was first introduced....

They would have had better environmentalist response if the first GMO had been drought resistant and not designed to require the seed company's fertilizers, pesticides, and where the seeds were infertile so that farmers couldn't put aside some of the crop for sowing the following year.

As it was the impression was that these new organisms were designed for the profits of the petro-chemical industry not 3rd world farmers.

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Queen’s Speech: Digital Bill to tackle radicalisation, pirates

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Re: Still might be a tad excessive

No one has said that all acts of piracy are lost sales - though recent research reckons about 10-20% are for major blockbusters etc.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/dongroves/2016/05/10/new-research-debunks-one-myth-piracy-site-blocking-does-not-work/#48008445ee38

The long-tail however, is reckoned to be hardest hit by piracy. IE the non-major media publishers are the least likely to be able to whether a 10-20% drop in revenue.

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Re: Still might be a tad excessive

Where do you get the idea that this is about big media. The biggest losses are from small creators. Big media suffer loses but not on the same scale. Small creators are looking to sell stuff to large publishers, large publishers reduce the amount they are willing to pay because of piracy. Example: Google pay next to nothing and demand that someone's entire catalog is turned over to them. Otherwise they just let people upload stuff to YT and pocket the ad-revenue. Spotify work on the same principle "It may be peanuts but at least its more than nothing".

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Brit twitchers a-tizz at bearded vulture sighting

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Bring back SWIFT ...

I thought we were meant to be suppressing data like this.

http://web.onetel.net.uk/~wcswift/

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EU mulls €3bn fine for Google

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Re: Seriously...

The same could be said for the Mafia vis-a-vis insurance schemes, and other rackettering.

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Blocking ads? Smaller digital publishers are smacked the hardest

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Information wants to be free ...

... that is what pundits like Doctorow and Masnick have been telling us for years. Their ad-network paymasters need to get a new business model.

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At the BBC, Agile means 'making it up as we go along'

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Re: At the BBC, Agile means 'making it up as we go along'

Very true. The wikimedia software projects have been years late and never actually accomplished any useful results. User criticism is brushed off with developers whining "STFU we are Agilating doncha know."

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Can ad biz’s LEAN avert ADPOCALYPSE?

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advertising campaigns offer the strongest user experiences.

Is it from a Google ad network such as adsense, doubleclick, ...?

Yes -> unacceptable.

No -> may be acceptable.

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Re: It's time to pay the piper

And with their demise goes Google. Hip hip Hooray.

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Sneaky Google KOs 'right to be forgotten' from search results

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It is more than Orwellian

"Why would any mature society trust its digital archive to a Californian consumer data processing corporation that sold ads."

Why would any mature society allow the same company to build a database of everyone's reading list, the music they listen to, the videos they watch, where they go, and who they communicate with?

If this was a State we'd have some very harsh words to say about it. As it is this company appears to be at the centre of governments. Pumping $millions into political lobbying every week or so.

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So you’d sod off to China to escape the EU, Google? Really?

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So you’d sod off to China to escape

Is there somewhere we can chip in to buy them a one way ticket?

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Google's 'fair use' mass slurping of books can continue – US Supremes snub writers' pleas

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Re: I simply do not understand copyright anymore.

I don't think there is a single instance of Google paying someone for the content they've taken. In fact there is a lawsuit outstanding where they have used works on Google Play that they haven't got licenses for, and where there is tandard process of making payments even if they can't find the songwriters. Instead they've just used the works and sit back until someone complains.

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Years ago Google books wasn't simply snippets it was huge great chunks. It was only after the lawsuite that they started to tone it down to snippets. I predict that they'll go the same way as Images search which started out as thumbs that linked to the website, to what we have now where they are displaying great big downloadable images where the link to the creators site is hard to find. And least any one thinks I'm picking on Google, Bing is just as bad.

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Music's value gap? Follow the money trail back to Google

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Bad as they were the record labels did occasionally turn up with a new caddy. Google might send you a cheque for $15 for a million plays.

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Google ads probe blow

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Re: Mississippi?

Or that John Perry Barlow is the mouth of Sauron, and normal laws don't apply to the ring wraiths Erik, Larry, and Serge.

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Daily! Mail! eyes! up! Yahoo!'s news! arm!

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UK.gov watchdog growls at firms that pass off advertorials as real opinions

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"...they may be breaking consumer protection law."

If they are then prosecute them.

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Google tried to be funny, cocked it up, everyone thought it was a bug

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What do you mean buggy?

I programmed that for them and it does exactly what I hoped it would do.

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That one phone the FBI wanted unlocked? Here are 63 more, says ACLU

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Re: More fool you

They just unlocked another one in Arkansas

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35933239

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Water treatment plant hacked, chemical mix changed for tap supplies

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Hey shit happens. Back in the 1990s, when I worked in a chemical factory, we had a water treatment guy in to dose the cooling tower water with biocide (legionnaires). Unfortunately they didn't tell anyone that they'd done it. So some maintenance fellows comes on shift and opens up a valve to let water into the local canal. A few hours later the surface of the canal was covered in dead and dying fish.

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Web ads are reading my keystrokes and I can’t even spel propperlie

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If I want to buy something I look for it. I'll have a specific item in mind and when I find it I buy it. Recently I bought a monitor, SATA hard disk, SSD disk, and sound card. I don't need any more for quite some time. So any one paying money to some ad network for dump any of those items on my screen is wasting their money (though the ad blockers will most likely filter them out anyway). Similarly I recently bought some photographic filters, I don't need any more. I don't need a draw full of wallets containing Cokin ND filters.

Yes I did also look at some remote controlled off camera flash guns, but I decided not to buy one now, maybe a couple of months just before I go photographing wild flowers in French woodland. If and when I do need one I'll find one I like within a couple of hours, it will be bought before any of these networks can react, and I won't want another one.

Online ads are not only intrusive and creepy they are also always irrelevant.

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