* Posts by John Lilburne

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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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'Revenge porn' bully told not to post people's nude pics online. That's it. That's his punishment

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Re: Sounds a Lot Like Wire Fraud To Me

"I thought Uncle Sam did not like wire fraud or have things changed recently."

Apparently, if we look at recent cases such as Missip AG vs Google or Zoe Keating vs Google, its not surprising that some in of Uncle Sam's minions might think that the law is a bit influx at the moment.

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'YOUTUBE is EVIL': Somebody had a tape running, Google...

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Re: @auburnman The new man

There isn't a massive userbase on Google for any creator. No one 'finds' music or film on Google that they weren't already aware of, usually by some personal recommendation by way of a link. But the link can be anywhere. You like a song you want your friend to hear it, you look for it on YT and post the link. But you could just as well of looked for the musicians site and linked to there.

YT currently holds the content not through the efforts of the creators but by fans putting it there, and a loophole in US copyright law which they use to plunder the Zoe Keating's of the world.

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YouTube: Nobody needs to get hurt Zoe, just sign the Ts&Cs

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Re: Still Not A Lawyer...

Apparently the Googleplax are demanding that sites that report on the issue take Google's spin.

http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2015/01/23/breaking-youtube-says-zoe-keatings-claims-patently-false

However Zoe Keating has transcripts of what was said, and the Googlers are retreating back to their Sicilian mountain caves.

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Go Canada: Now ILLEGAL to auto-update software without 'consent'

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I've had my computer screwed up twice in the last few years, screwed to the extent that a rebuild was required. Both times it was due to an automatic Apple iTunes update fuxoring the iPod drivers. Both times it required three days buggering about on stupid support forums, where everyone has an answer but no one knows the solution, before making teh decision fuggit where is that re-install disk.

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Spotify flips bird at Taylor Swift, adds MILLIONS more users

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Re: Preview

Isn't the problem that you favour musicians or a genre that is a bit hit and miss?

I've bought 5 CDs this week. None of which I've listened to first, and only 2 have I heard the artists before, and although I have plenty of opportunity to sample the tracks. I'd much rather listen to the entire thing with the CD case in hand. I doubt I'll be disappointed.

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These companies don't have a business without the content. I robot banned Google Image Bot last year and it is quite instructive to see a blank page when you do a site:john_lilburne.com on Google Image Search and 1000s of images when you do the same thing on Bing.

And yes I know that Bing is as bad as Google but lets deal with one group of arseholes at a time.

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Magic streaming beans? Sure, have my cow - music biz

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The digital sales have probably killed off CD sales to the occasional music buyer. There are no longer the high street stores to browse in whilst the girlfriend/wife is looking at shoes or handbags.

For some of us though the concept of 'song' equates with chart pop. Which in of itself isn't bad but we 'know' that,'Greatest Hits' aside, the single was only part of experience of an LP. That PF's Wall was more than "Hey teacher!", Ziggy Stardust was more than 'Starman', and a Dylan LP was more than 'Blowin in the wind'. That an Album lasts for 40-60 minutes with a short pause whilst you turned it over.

Streaming caters for those that mostly got their music from the radio as a sort of background ambiance. Those that probably only ever bought a CD on shoe shopping trip, or perhaps as with the woman next door that played that Whitney Houston "Bodyguard' theme song for 8hrs a day, non-stop, for a month.

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I buy an awful lot of CDs

Probably at least 6 a month. I get some downloads too, and whilst I rarely play the CD itself, the physical object is of more value than the download that is sans information. |So currently I'm listening to Ketil Bjornstad's Remembrance, and I know the drummer is Jon Christensen, but buggered if I can recall the sax player.It is far simpler to reach for the cd case and see Tore Brunborg then go searching the web which is in all likelihood going to give me a wikipedia link and who can tell the accuracy of that? Who is that playing guitar on "Quadrant 4"? Etc, etc. I have a number of downloads but there is always the feeling afterwards that something is missing.

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Let it go, let it go ... Sales of games, video and music up for second year

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Re: But...but...but....

Games are up 7.5% apparently, and those are increasingly coming with inbuilt phone-home technology, or in-game purchases.

You have £20 of disposable income to spend on entertainment each week do you.

A) Spend it on drugs, and pirate music?

B) Spend it on booze, and pirate films?

C) Spend it on some football game.

Choices, choices, choices.

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Google's Gmail staggers to feet in China as access partially restored

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Perhaps just a shoddy software update.

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UK retailers in TABLET PRICE SLASH BONANZA

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Re: But Has Anyone Found something To Do With Them?

Indeed. In July 2010 we went to see some relations in France. The husband is a major Apple fanboi and had bought 4 iPads (one for himself, another for the wife, and one each for the two oldest boys), white bordered of course. He spent all weekend cooing over it, rubbing it, hugging it, announcing how much he was in love (the later only partly in jest).

Two years later, we went back and all four iPads were stacked on a shelf in the living room. I asked, are the broke? He responded "can't think of anything to do with them", "but two years ago?", deep sigh "Yes but then they were new, and they were from apple." subject change "Have you seen this app I've just got on the iPhone, you can point it at a plane flying overhead on its way to/from CdC airport and it will tell where its from or where its going - cool eh ... oooh look that one has just come from Finland".

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Blind justice: Google lawsuit silences elected state prosecutor

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Remember, remember, ...

Not so long ago Google used its billions to sue a small record blues company for having the temerity to complain about its links to cyberlockers etc. You know those sites that, now Google has its own pay service, it is de-listing

http://news.techgenie.com/latest/google-takes-on-the-offensive-sues-record-company/

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Careful - your helmet might get squashed by a VOLVO

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Re: What a stupid fucking idea....

Yep I nearly had one of them binking bastards last week in a pitch black country lane. At first I thought it was one of those new fangled flashing bend markers.

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Re: What a stupid fucking idea....

It might not be politically correct but cyclists are a pain in the fucking arse. I don't mind them in the city if they are going along at 20mph, that is not so much of a problem, but outside of the city/town limits they are nothing but a menace and an annoyance.

In my area they use the roads as some form a race track with a line of the bastards going up one side and another line down the other. Its a 60 mph road not 35 mph or 15 mph on the up hill. Nothing can get past the buggers not even farm traffic. Then on the windy country lanes they are two abreast or bunched up in a pelletron.

At least one a year gets killed and then we have the aggravation of the road being closed whilst the police investigate and the ambulance crews collect up the bits.

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Speaking in Tech: MICROSOFT to buy out TWITTER? Nah

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I can just remember stumbleupon, I dumped it after it did a rights grab on all the images people uploaded. Never been back.

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Searching to destroy ... Bing? Facebook JILTS Microsoft

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You seem to have an older version of the internet.

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Spanish scraper scrapped: Google axes Google News

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Re: A message

When one French ISP blocked Google Adsense it was reported to have cost Google $1 million in a single week. The Google ad pushers are unlikely to creep away.

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*sigh*

Well will they learn that if they don't hang together, they'll all eventually hang separately.

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