* Posts by John Lilburne

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Silly Google's Photos app labelled BLACK PEOPLE as GORILLAS

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Hubris

Hubris. The Yahoo app ob flickr has had similar problems. You'd have thought they would have learnt from that experience:

https://www.flickr.com/help/forum/72157653088504775/

No doubt they'll be labelling concentration camps with 'sport' too.

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Google helps Brit crims polish their image – but what about the innocent

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Re: carte blanche to erase history

"The interference of history and free speech are the first steps to a totalitarian state."

The final stage is to collect and disseminate dossiers on ordinary people.

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carte blanche to erase history

Someone is very full of themselves today. A teenager caught on camera giving a BJ is only history to the saddest of the sad. Someone's credit history from 20 years ago is not history. Neither is some teenagers arrest for petty theft.

Enough of this Talibanesque witchhunting and Puritan curtain twitching.

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BBC (sort of) sorry for Grant Shapps Wikipedia smear reportage

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Re: Ooh, a bit of a quandry here...

You missed out "highhanded arrogant lackadaisical, and sleazy wikipedia". However, I Grant that it couldn't have happened to a nicer fellow than him.

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Google harms consumers and strangles the open web, says study

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Re: Fools and Horses

Good luck with that sunshone. When one French ISP blocked Google adsense the ad-pusher whined that it cost them $1million a day.

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French Uber bosses talk to Le Plod over 'illicit activity' allegations

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All bosses should be held hostage. Its good for their souls, and it entertains the masses.

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Bitcoin, schmitcoin. Let's play piggyback on the blockchain

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Damn users eh!

“The blockchain only moves money. That’s the only thing that the blockchain was designed to do,” he said. “People do attempt to abuse it with OP_RETURN and other things for moving around other stuff, but that’s because these people, in my view, are maybe being a bit lazy."

People will always use something in unintended ways, you cannot stop them from doing so, they will always be on the lookout for ways to exploit a systems behaviour, in order to accomplish some cheap goal.

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Google's new free music service is classic Google: Take someone's idea and slap ads on it

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Damn that video's soundtrack is dire. Do people really listen to that plastic cack? Yuck I don't want to hear anything like that again.

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British Library publishes Digital Magna Carta – written-by-web-vote because it's 2015

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Predictable but interesting

Predictable in that that cacophony of special pleading by the tech industry is up there, but interesting to that #10 has

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not sell our personal information and preferences for money, and will make it clearer if the company/website intends to do so.

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that should send something of a chill through the boardrooms, that today's kids are waking up to their vile behaviour.

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Super Cali goes ballistic – Uber says it's bogus (even though its contract is something quite atrocious)

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The IRS HMRC and equivalents ...

... have had 100s of years knowing what and employee is and what constitutes employment. Some spiv operator of whatever business doesn't get to rewrite them rules. That's what Alcatraz was used for. I believe it still sits just off the SF harbour as a reminder.

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Cops turn Download Festival into an ORWELLIAN SPY PARADISE

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Re: So Download Festival are trying to go bankrupt?

"Both are still optional devices"

Try telling that to some teen. You'll find that these are only optional device to those above a certain age. To anyone younger they are items that are absolutely required unless you want to be laying on the ground with some bigger kid pummelling you.

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Re: So Download Festival are trying to go bankrupt?

Says someone who is most likely carrying about an Android or Apple snoop phone.

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Women are fleeing from the digital sector, reckons UK.gov report

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Maybe they don't like bronies?

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Dutch efforts to decapitate Pirate Bay could end up before ECJ

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Re: Easy Peasy...

I believe that there is some compelling evidence that the world and its dog is not downloading Linux distros.

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63.7 % of content managed by PublicBT was non - pornographic content that was copyri ghted and shared illegitimately

35.8 % was pornography , the largest single category. The copyright status of this was more difficult to discern but the majority is believed to be copyrighted and most likely shared illegitimately

http://documents.envisional.com/docs/Envisional-Internet_Usage-Jan2011.pdf

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That leaves very little legitimate usages.

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Re: Easy Peasy...

Isn't the problem that the vast majority of torrents are to infringing content? So if what you are doing is indexing torrents you are mostly indexing infringing content. That may not be the case with Google where it indexes other sorts of things too. Unless you consider that the vast majority of all web pages are copyright infringements to some extent.

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Tossed all your snaps into the new Google Photos? You read the terms, right? ... RIGHT?

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It is always wise to compare these T&C with the Yahoo ones:

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With respect to photos, graphics, audio or video you submit or make available for inclusion on publicly accessible areas of the Yahoo Services other than Yahoo Groups, the license to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publicly perform and publicly display such Content on the Yahoo Services solely for the purpose for which such Content was submitted or made available. This license exists only for as long as you elect to continue to include such Content on the Yahoo Services and will terminate at the time you remove or Yahoo removes such Content from the Yahoo Services.

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where the specifically state that they will not use them outside of the purpose for which they were uploaded.

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Amazon sighs, may slip hands into trousers to pay some UK corp tax

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Re: Prime

Prime is no use to me. Prime is about £80. I have unlimited upload space on flickr for £13 a year, I mostly buy music via Amazon Market Place as it tends to be cheaper with the postage than Amazon charges, and I have no use for film streaming. Personally, if I find a way of dealing directly with the regular suppliers rather than through Amazon I would do.

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Blocking mobile adverts just became that little bit easier

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Re: Conundrum

Ads on websites were simply put there back in the mid 1990s because the payment processors were crap so the average website couldn't provide a paid version. Since then the Ads have become ubiquitous. Businesses have evolved to track people across sites, and profile them to better target ads or sell on the users data. Mobile carriers also users charge for the unwanted ad bandwidth, this leads to walled gardens being setup such as facebook zero.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/06/technology/personaltech/banner-ads-the-monsters-that-swallowed-the-web.html?_r=2

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Re: to advertisers...

"and DO NOTE that the ADBLOCK addon WILL ALLOW certain ads through!!"

Not if you take the whitelist supplied by ADBLOCK and add the crap that Google paid them to allow through to the blacklist filters. No more doubleclick and no more adsense crap. Alternatively invoke deleteme which gets rid of anything that ADBLOCK misses.

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'Right to be forgotten' festers as ICO and Google come to blows

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Re: Expiry

Dunno what you are sighing about? R2BF applies when something is trivial and ancient history. If it is trivial and ancient history, the passage of time will never make it non-trivial and current history. Someone convicted of drink driving 20 years ago, or convicted of some petty criminal offence in their youth has a R2TBF that is not negated if they suddenly open a business, or stand for parliament. Journalists or whatever may report on the old event nothing stops that. All that is stopped is typing in Joe Bloggs into a search engine and getting back the 20 or 30 year old local news story. It doesn't even stop you from specifically searching the newspapers archives.

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Re: Expiry

What the public are interested in is not the same as the Public Interest.

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Policy tsarina Rachel 'baby GIF' Whetstone dumps Google for Uber

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That is one smart move from a company best known for 'raping' its suppliers to one best known for 'raping' both its suppliers and its customers.

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Mozilla to whack HTTP sites with feature-ban stick

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Re: why, why, why... what is the point?

Why should I care about github, or any other website? Let them take care of their own security, why do I have to sponsor them?

Why should I care about some oik at an ISP watching my browsing of an entomology site, and why should the entomology site need to get an SSL certificate?

Let eBay, Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Amazon and the banks secure their own fucking businesses and leave the rest of us alone. Seems to me that all of this is to make the poor pay the cost of web security.

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Is Grant Shapps being naughty on Wikipedia – or did a Lib Dem stitch him up?

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Unfortunately this isn't about a tory sleezebag

The main issue is that in general the media have something of a blind spot with regards anything that comes out of a wikipedia (similarly with twitter, facebook, reddit, and maybe even 4chan). They don't understand the nature of the site, in particular that its contributors are the same people that 20 years ago you would hear in the pub[1], pontificating as experts, on any number of subjects they knew practically nothing about.

A slight exaggeration as few of the wikipedia regulars are of legal drinking age.

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E-voting and the UK election: Pick a lizard, any lizard

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Re: National Identity Card

No it was more a question of good old bloody mindedness. The government wants it, therefore we don't. The privacy busting is already there, but we don't seem to mind that.

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C++ Daddy Bjarne Stroustrup outlines directions for v17

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Re: Direction number one

Indeed C++ has lost its way. It was once a language for developing major applications that could be maintained over a long period. No more. Software development has become more concerned with thin apps running in a browser on top of a back end database. Which get thrown away after a couple of years. I know a number of people that say that hardly any of the code they wrote 5 years ago exist any more. Either the website they wrote it for has gone, the company has gone, or the UI has been replaced.

In such an environment the trend is to bash out code and move on. Languages have evolved to aid that hack and trash development process. So we have people coming out of CompSci courses that have little understanding of writing systems that can be maintained and repurposed for two decades or more. All they want to do is get a working prototype as quickly as possible, and move on.

The C++ committee has spent the last several years pandering to short-termism.

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‘Right to be forgotten’ prompts more French privacy concerns

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It is entirely possible ...

... that the entire web tech industry business model will become 'disrupted' as people wise up to privacy.

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You! GOOGLE! HAND OVER the special SAUCE, says Senate (of France)

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Re: Wait

No different that Google wanting something for nothing - after all "Information wants to free" unless of course it's Google's information.

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EU says dominant Google ILLEGALLY FIDDLES search results

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Re: Dog food eating

Who subsitutes '_' for spaces between words in a search query. I'm sure that if I were to add quamptyxxxxzzzzbigthroatscroobledooble on a web page then searching for that would bring it top of the list too. But no ones going seach for that.

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Dog food eating

Personally I don't see the ads. However. Google's actual search is no better than its main rivals in search. The idea that it is better is incorrect, it misses a whole load of stuff. Try finding this page in Google Search

http://mywikibiz.com/Naval_architecture_in_the_Industrial_Age

we just assume Google search is better, because it comes as default in mozilla, and chrome, and because we've never questioned the idea. Do not forget that Google are primarily ad jockies, they know about advertising and creating Brand Loyalty. In search we aren't talking about the difference between Waitrose and Londis, but between Netto an Lidl.

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WHAT did GOOGLE do SO WRONG to get a slapping from the EU?

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Take maps as an example

In 2007/8 I found that certain Google searches returned as the top hit a KLM link drawn from the geodata RSS feed that flickr provided on my account. Click the link and you were taken to Google Maps with the photos layers over it. In essence a scraping service no better than those that pretty up their tawdry website by displaying a ribbon of tagged flickr images. How ever these were an up-to-date tags, these were what the RSS feed contained when googlebot indexed it several weeks ago. As I recall the search was "Liseux" the geodata on the day I looked held images from Snettisham Beach. Basically Google were layering images across their maps in order to "pretty it up" it had nothing to do with search information at all. Cynical exploitation.

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Google: Give us cash or we'll poke YouTube ads into your eyeballs

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Re: er ....

I don't think Google owns the rights to much on YT. They exist courtesy of an army of Artful Dodgers.

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EU Commission looking for ways to DECLARE WAR on Google

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Re: Whataboutery

Aye whenever this comes up there emerge a number of people shouting SQUIRREL to distract us all.

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Smart meters are a ‘costly mistake’ that'll add BILLIONS to bills

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Re: Smart, huh?

NP is not securing the future. The bulk of the known sources of uranium aka yellow cake is mined in Chad which is not exactly stable, a bit like locating your energy future to the Kush mountains. Also the known reserves of uranium ore, given our present consumption, is no more than a few decades at most.

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Treat us like the utilities we believe ourselves to be, say UK operators

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You don't need broadband to make or receive a phone call.

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Millions of voters are missing: It’s another #GovtDigiShambles

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Cool ...

... at last I can get off the stupid thing.

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Wikimedia chucks sueball at NSA and DOJ over mass surveillance

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Re: I will donate to Wikipedia and EFF

You are talking about Google right?

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Oh really!!!!!!!!!

"against the US National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Justice (DOJ) challenging dragnet spying programs such as PRISM."

So says the head of the Stasi department whose army of anonymous teenage spies, rumourmongers, and curtain twitching informers gather and file dirt on anyone and everyone.

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Google tells world where Apps users live after WHOIS SNAFU

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No doubt Google will keep ...

... any privacy fees that the punters paid. Just as they kept the proceeds from fake Olympic ticket sales.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2085126/Google-admits-profiting-adverts-cannabis-fake-passports-illegal-Olympic-tickets.html

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UK call centre linked to ‘millions’ of nuisance robo-calls raided by ICO

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Re: "four to six million recorded telephone calls a day"???

"The solution is clear, make the telcos financially responsible for sustained detectable abuse of their systems."

Hush your stupid mouth. Do you really want Mike Masnick yelling at you about breaking the internet? Forsooth this is a minor inconvenience the spam google ads must get through.

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Mummy, what's the point of Evgeny Morozov's tedious columns?

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Pissing off the libertarians ...

... is a worthwhile exercise in its own right.

However, it appears that Evgeny Morozov is having a pop at Net Neutrality here and as such he is probably correct that "equalising access to communication services" is a bit of tech company spin to get us to give them another wad of cash in the form of a subsidy. Lets take wikipedia zero, where comms companies don't make data charges for wikipedia access, net neutrality would says that this is illegal as it favours one form of traffic over another. Why should data downloaded from wikipedia be free and data downloaded from a university site be charged for? It favours one source of communication over all others, and in effect disadvantages any newcomers to the market.

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Ikea to start making electrified furniture. What could possibly go wrong?

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They'll sell more of these here mats ...

... if they make them vibrate.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: El Reg eggs Benedict

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You'd need a treble gin with that.

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The Revenue achieved RECORD numbers of e-tax returns ... by NOT shifting to GOV.UK

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Wife had to make a TAX return this year ...

... went through all the online forms which seemed to be fairly clear and easy but the assessment came out at £200 more than it should have been. The discrepency was the amount that had already been deducted from the state pension, didn't seem to be anyway to correct that on the forms (will sort out a rebate later). Then when it came to make the payment it shunted us off to some other website where the information was not clear at all, they wanted a reference, gave a description of what it should look like, and next to the description something that looked like it was an example.

No where did it say "here is the effing number you use" so we ended up making a phone call and navigating the call centre to find some one that could point out where the information was. They didn't seem to have any idea as to what page we were actually looking at on the screen, and had us go though some other mechanism to navigate to another part of the online tax system where they knew the reference was.

HMRC have always been helpful, but last year they just seemed as lost as everyone.

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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Re: The BBC science coverage is useless ...

LOL. That Jesus image is the work of Derek Chatwood https://www.flickr.com/people/bar-art/ twas wondering if someone here would post it.

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The BBC science coverage is useless ...

... they don't seem to have a clue and want to convert everything into either infotainment or faux controversy.

Scientist: The chances of X causing your child to die is 1 in a million.

BBC: But you can't guarantee 100% that it won't!

Scientist: We are 99.999% certain that Jesus did not ride on dinosaurs.

BBC: But there is a chance that he did!

This sort of rubbish made me stop listening to radio4 news.

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California Uber Alles: Google wants to become the World Privacy Court

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Re: Useless exercise

Well it sort of matters as Google have a habit of assuming that they are the final arbiter of the law. Take the DMCA and 'fair-use' this is a tricky determination which can only be determined by a court. However, Google seems to think that upon receipt of a DMCA takedown they have a legal right to determine 'fair-use' and leave the copyright violation in place. Now you may think that is fine when its the RIAA doing the complaining, but assume for the moment that its some nude selfie image of your daughter, posted by an ex-lover?

The legal process is DMCA takedown by copyright holder, DMCA objection by reuser, legal determination by a court. Instead we have Google inserting themselves into the process.

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First look: Ordnance Survey lifts kimono on next-gen map app

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One of my favourite sites ,,,

... is the DEFRA magic site, if only it wasn't so crap at navigating. Basically they overlay land management categories and classifications over the OS. So you can see all the archeological sites in an area, kiln pits, ridge and farrow field systems, abandoned villages, etc. Each with links to their relevant English Heritage citations. Additionally, they overlay SSSI, and LNR sites with links to English Nature citations and impact assessments for the sites.

Now an app that was easy to navigate for that sort of information would be brilliant.

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Google Now now SLURPS data from third party apps so YOU don't have to

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Time to cancel ...

... my guardian account.

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