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Whoever you vote for, Google gets in

John Lilburne

Buffett analogy

Say you are part of a group that are shipwrecked on a desert island, would you give the biggest rewards to those that nail adverts on to everyone's hut, eavesdrop on everyone's conversations and subsequently shove fliers through your hut's door. Or would you reward the builders of huts, and the growers of food, and the makers of clothes?

On the internet we seem to have our priorities completely skewed.

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That's it, we're all really OLD: Google's Gmail is 10 ALREADY

John Lilburne

Re: near-watertight spam protection

They signed up for an email account on a google mail server. The IP address that they came from is listed on honeypots as having sent numerous spam. For forums the email has to be active and receiving mail for them to complete the forum signup process. The sign ups are mostly via bots. There is plenty of opportunity for a competent supplier of free mail accounts to detect spammers. It probably costs a bit to do so though, and thus that cost is passed on to everyone else. Screw them. If they can't stop their users from polluting the web then the web needs to shut them off at source.

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John Lilburne

The kickback is coming

When I analysed the spam signups to the company forum 80% were from gmail accounts. The rest were predominately hotmail and yahoo. Given that our users are from manufacturing companies and the reading the content doesn't require signing up, there was no need to allow gmail registration (or hotmail/yahoo either). In the past year we have had 2 individual requests to allow registration from a gmail account.

Our spammer signups have reduced from 200+ a day to about 20 a month.

More and more forums are rejecting gmail and other free email services as a legitimate method of sign up.

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Google asks April Fools: Want a job? Be our 'Pokemon Master'

John Lilburne

How fucking sad.

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Deceased music locker gets final knock

John Lilburne

Re: rollocks

Its not a question of more money. The problem is that one or two organisations have built a monopoly on ripping off everyone else.

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Neil Young touts MP3 player that's no Piece of Crap

John Lilburne

I'm told that you can always extract money from idiots with big boxes and big numbers. For audio most of the listeners can't tell the difference between systems. People are all listening to stuff through little earplugs, pumped out via some mobile phones, or ipods. Then they'll mostly have done some EQ nonsense of 'Rock', 'Pop'. or 'Live' to distort the sound production that the artist layed down. If its not earplugs its being shoved through some 5:1 surround sound crap with the 'Virtual' setting and tinny little speakers.

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Anti-snoop Blackphone hits shelves in June: NOW we'll see how much you value privacy

John Lilburne

"The technology is based on PrivatOS, a hardened version of Android, ..."

Does that mean it is still ferrying info back to a certain snoop central location in Silicon Valley?

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Official: British music punter still loves plastic

John Lilburne

Same is true with photography. People will tell you that you need at least a £600 - 700 lens for macro photography. Bullshit you can it do with a £35 clip on lens. Put the two side by side in a controlled environment and yeah the £700 lens will out perform the £35 one. At the bottom of a damp ditch following some beetle up a swaying grass stalk and its all about technique, the £700 lens ain't gonna help.

Same with audio put two bits of equipment under test and the more expensive will seem to be better. Put them both in the average living room, and you'll be hard pressed to tell the difference.

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John Lilburne

The CD format is crap aurally. Fortunately for most people it doesn't matter as they can't hear the difference, they can't hear the difference with an mp3 either if the truth be told. You can destroy the confidence of an audiophile with a £15 car amp, a 192K bitrate mp3 and a pair of early 70s speakers. As a HiFi magazine editor said to me the other year, with a little bit of hype you can always sell big heavy boxes to idiots for big bucks.

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John Lilburne

It is all packaging

I was in Portabello Road last year and one place was displaying LP from the 60s and 70s. They wanted premium prices £100+ for the things, mostly they were selling the LP sleeves, 'cos you can pick up the CDs and mp3 for a few quid. It is doubtful that in 40 years time they'll be a place displaying CD cases with similar price tags.

Whilst at the time us old hippies would have denied that we were buying packaging it seems that we were, and that we still do, even in the days of CDs. We still want that insert no matter how scant the extra information it contains is. Would you buy John Fahey's 'Yellow Princess' or 'Voice of the Turtle' with or without the liner notes? Given the choice would you rather Roger Dean artwork on an LP or in a CD?

Last night I was listening to something and though damn who is that piano player, I have the CD so could quickly check it out, not so easy with something streaming.

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Top Brit docs wade into GP data grab row, demand 'urgent' NHS England talks

John Lilburne

Screw them. I don't recall having been sent anything. I certainly won't have read it if it was sent. It's been years since I've been to the quack. I'm certainly not downloading a form to fill in and post elsewhere, certainly not the doctors surgery as whilst I know where it is I don't the address.

Best solution is to print-screen the form add a tick in whatever they are calling the 'fuck off' box these days, and emailing it as an attachment to whomever is the current political gobshite that is in charge of the NHS. Let that arsehole deal with it.

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Facebook turns 10: Big Brother isn't Mark Zuckerberg. It's YOU

John Lilburne

I think they are dreaming if they believe that there are only 7.9 million duplicate or fake accounts. Everyone I know on FB has at least two accounts besides their real name one. I have 2 myself and no real name one.

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Vice squad cuffs vice chairman of Bitcoin Foundation in $1m money-laundering probe

John Lilburne

Re: Criminal intent

The indictment lists emails where the two discussed ways of disguising transactions so as not to trigger "suspicious activity reports" to the government.

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John Lilburne

Criminal intent is pretty easy to establish when the cops have recorded chattering about illegal activities by the principals involved.

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Good news: 'password' is no longer the #1 sesame opener, now it's '123456'

John Lilburne

Quite. I don't give a shit about stupid web forum passwords they can all be the same for all I care and easy to type too, or at least the damn stupid computer can remember it. Other accounts might get a bit more security consciousness from me, but when they start messing about with stupid rules and make it complicated then count me out. Recently I was in the local bank setting up an online account. Having filled in the forms I was then asked to supply an 8-12 digit password. I'm never going to remember THAT without writing it down, then thought I don't have to write it down or remember it either. Reach into wallet, pull out a membership card use first 10 digits from that, look at bank employee and smile.

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Google stabs Wikipedia in the front

John Lilburne

Wikipedia needs more people to blog on the site, one way that they do that is to sucker people in fixing a spelling error. If no one is going there there are no replacement drones, and the site generally fails. As of now the site is run mostly by automated scripts. Go to the site and bring up a random article. Look at the history and most likely it will have mostly been fiddled with by bots. The article count increases because they have semi-automated bots scraping gazette database for villages in India, and biological databases for organisms. Others are scraping transport database to list every bus route in the US. As the editor numbers decline, they have few and few people to maintain the place.

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John Lilburne

Re: Which is great

I'm pretty sure that the lazy idle fucks don't care about that. I'm also pretty sure that they don't care about teh accuracy of the data presented either. Anything plausible will do.

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Defamation expert: New '1 year after publication' rule means EASY LIFE for UK libel judges

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Facebook to BLAST the web with AUTO-PLAYING VIDEO ads

John Lilburne

Re: I approve

Problem with adblock is that it comes pre-configured to allow a whole load of Google related ads through as exceptions. You need to take that bundle and add them to the things I don't effing well want list. After which you can enjoy a Google free internet.

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Telcos can be forced to turn copyright cop, block websites – EU law man

John Lilburne

Re: Why do these idiots insist on trying to tackle the wrong end of the problem?

take a few of the pirate operators and make an example the "Hearts and minds" of the rest will follow.

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John Lilburne

Re: wouldn't be able to find them easily

Cool. I like it when unsavvy pirates apply information from the first suppied google link. It makes them that much more susceptible to downloading tojans, and ransomware.

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Google claims MOOCs SOLVE code-for-kids teacher training problem

John Lilburne

Damn and blast ...

"That wave of cunning kids ready to code away the world's problems may not be as close as Google hopes, is it?"

... does that mean that Google are still going to have to pay for something?

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3D printing: 'Third industrial revolution' or a load of old cobblers?

John Lilburne

Re: Right now I can see only specialist application

We had some people in the office recently that were making injection mould for small parts by 3D printing.

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John Lilburne

3D printers will appear all over the place, but there are only a certain number of things that any one person is going to want to 3D print (well except for say Games Workshop type figures).

This time last year I took a star ruby which we bought in India into our jewellery software development dept. Pointed in a book of rings a design, and they measured the stone and 3D printed the ring in resin, check the fit with the stone, created a couple of other resin rings, until it was right and the final resin ring was used as the mould for the gold. In the orthotics software dept they were testing out the 3D printing crowns using some new ceramic sintering material. Two custom made apps but as an individual you aren't going to be 3D printing many rings, or teeth and the printers are different in each case.

Meanwhile in the workshop they were 3D printing titanium sheaths for carbon fibre turbin blades.

Yes there are a lot of applications but I suspect that there is less applications for a home 3D plastic printer than there is for a router.

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Vint Cerf: 'Privacy may be an ANOMALY, now over'. And it's no secret I think that

John Lilburne

Turn the debil off ...

... adblocker with the google exceptions added to the filters, apply disconnnect.me

https://disconnect.me/

use false names for facebook. Screw them one and all.

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Google, Microsoft to drop child sex abuse from basic web search

John Lilburne

Over the weekend ...

... one website I frequent starting displaying ads for "1000s of Asian Women profiles" curtsey from Google AdChoices,

Such soft porn sites are normally disguised prostitution, involved with human trafficking, and according to a Duch investigation also involved in child porn distribution. I asked the site whether I could stop these types of adverts appearing and failing to get any response applied adblock to the entire site.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57611003-1/meet-sweetie-a-virtual-girl-created-to-target-child-predators/

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John Lilburne

Re: ...

Apparently the guy that killed the 5 yo in Wales was searching for "naked kids" and shit.

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Google 'fesses up: Yup, we're KILLING OFF IE9 support for Gmail, Apps

John Lilburne

Re: Holy Moley!

What makes you think we'd want you to register. Its not as if you'll ever be a customer.

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John Lilburne

Re: Holy Moley!

I've never used gmail and might well start auto-bouncing any such mail.

We all ready deny sign ups from gmail to our customer forum as its a main source of spammers.

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'F-CK YOU GOOGLE+' ukelele missy scoops BIG WAD of $$ - for Google

John Lilburne

Er no Google ain't made any more money

If it weren't for that vid people would have clicked on some other vid. There is no net gain here.

You don't affect change by simply bitching on the site. Just turn YT off and go spend your time elsewhere.

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Anonymous threatens cyberwar with Anonymous

John Lilburne

Tsk! Tsk! Tskl

Kids, what do you expect.

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MPs to grill Facebook: You're going to let our teens do WHAT?

John Lilburne

Re: tut tut...... naughty step for you.

I suspect that one one will actually give a rats arse. For example all those that supported SOPA got increased majorities at the last US elections. Most people don't care about any of it.

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John Lilburne

Re: A modest proposal

No doubt they said that about the first school that banned adults from just popping in to use the toilels.

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Torrent site isoHunt to close

John Lilburne

Google should be shut down just because.

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NSA using Firefox flaw to snoop on Tor users

John Lilburne

Re: VMs are your friend

Currently I#m listening to "Moon Rise Over the Silk Road".

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Angry Brazilian whacks NASA to put a stop to ... er, the NSA

John Lilburne

Of course it wouldn't be the first time that the 'informed' had got the wrong end of the stick.

http://www.adequacy.org/stories/2001.12.2.42056.2147.html

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Amazon to offer FREE smartphone?

John Lilburne

Interesting only if the phone is not phoning home to Google.

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Wikipedians say no to Jimmy's 'buggy' WYSIWYG editor

John Lilburne

Lets all remind ourselves that wikipedia is so short of money it has steal photos from children:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Jimbo_Wales#Commons:Deletion_requests.2FFile:Doleschallia_bisaltide_bisaltide_.28Autumn_Leaf.29_-_male.2C_January_2013.2C_Singapore.jpg

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So, who here LURVES Windows Phone? Put your hands up, Brits

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MIT clears itself of responsibility for Aaron Swartz's prosecution

John Lilburne

But he wasn't threated with a long jail term

The prosecution was offering a deal of a few weeks, and his lawyers said that they almost had a no-jail time deal.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/01/15/humanity-deficit/bj8oThPDwzgxBSHQt3tyKI/story.html

http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2013/01/14/mit-hacking-case-lawyer-says-aaron-swartz-was-offered-plea-deal-six-months-behind-bars/hQt8sQI64tnV6FAd7CLcTJ/story.html

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Pwn all the Androids, part II: Flaw in Java, hidden Trojan

John Lilburne

Re: So why didn't google make the play store push out system updates?

"It was designed right for what its intended use was"

The distribution of malware to add to Google's coffers?

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Google study finds users ignore Chrome security warnings

John Lilburne

Not surprising

Most people have Chrome on their computer, not by choice, but because some other software's update system has installed it for them.

Chrome users are self selected as being most liable to have unwanted software installed on their system.

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Pirate Bay bod and pals bag $100k to craft NSA-proof mobe yammer app

John Lilburne

*chortle*

It is enough for snoopers to know that you are a lowlife git with a small circle of friends:

http://www.lrb.co.uk/v30/n16/daniel-soar/short-cuts

The don't actually need to know whether you are planning a bombing campaign or a wikipedia meetup.

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How Microsoft shattered Gnome's unity with Windows 95

John Lilburne

Re: Usability

Why do you need to compare when for the majority of users MS comes pre-installed. When getting a new machine they don't say "Tell you what don't stick windows on it, I'll do it myself, naw scrub that I'll put linux on instead.". My colleague was saying the other day that Linux is a hobby it needs careful and continuous messing with, its just that you don't notice you are doing it.

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John Lilburne

Re: What's with this "Apple invented" BS?

You are forgetting the XEROX STAR which had menus and buttons and all the rest. Apple licensed a whole load of the star technology for the Lisa.

http://www-sul.stanford.edu/mac/primary/docs/starmac.html

But mostly the earlier stuff which you have shots off did things differently you manipulated the objects by dragging one over the other rather than by menu commands. But still the smalltalk environment had menus they were context sensitive popups rather than pull-downs. It just that knowing what application a window was part of, and the commands weren't that important. The whole point was that you dragged one thing to another thing and the system took care of it.

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John Lilburne

Re: To be fair to MS...

This is typical of the latte kids. I go to get a coffee and what I want is a coffee, I don't want to have to chose between a whole bunch of different varieties, I then don't want to have to decide whether it is with milk, or cream, or whipped cream, I don't want to be asked whether I want syrup and which flavour. I just want a fucking coffee.

Similarly when I use a desktop computer I just want it to work, I don't want to pick and chose a dozen different desktops, and then go through sub variants of those. I just want the damn thing to work. No fscking about, just turn on and go.

That is why I won't go into starbucks for coffee and I wont install linux again.

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Google on advertising-funded cesspools: We don't like them either

John Lilburne

Re: ads

ad-blocker you have to work at. If you notice it comes configured to let a load of doubleclick ads through the filter.

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John Lilburne

Re: Bit confused

doubleclick ads appear on bittorrent webpages. The agencies say that it is all sub-sub-sub-sub-contracted out to some 5th party company in Ulan Bator, much as the parent company says that all transactions take place behind some bullock pen in Tipperary.

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Schmidt: Don't like our tiny tax bills? Google this... 'Change the law'

John Lilburne

Whats all this IP nonsense?

According to Google IP doesn't exist well not for other people, its all there for Google to snap up exploit monetize and fuck the creators, fuck the tax man, and if they think your any where near Google's IP then fuck you too.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2233367/Google-vs-Doogle-Internet-giant-threatens-sue-school-dropout-23-job-websites-similar-logo.html

http://www.webproworld.com/webmaster-forum/threads/5179-Google-Sends-Cease-and-Desist-to-Booble

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Give porno danger classes to Brit kids as young as FIVE - parents

John Lilburne

Re: Please start being parents...

The parents?

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