* Posts by John Lilburne

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But is it safe? Uncork a bottle of vintage open-source FUD

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Have you learnt nothing over the years?

One of the main problems with OS software is that it decays. OK maybe not with Linux or Apache but other stuff? So you've found some OS software that does its job today, but next year the developers are off doing something else and what you have is abandoned ware. Maybe you don't notice this has happened, after all you have no maintenance renewal, indeed nothing to indicate that the software has tumble weeds blowing through it. Have security flaws been found in it? Does it use other bits of OS code that was found to be pwned? You really don't know.

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Ofcom punts network-sniffing Android app

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Waste of bloody time ...

... the utility companies are rolling out smart metres which don't work in not-spot. Why don't ofcom just ask them where it is that the bloody things don't work? Much easier and quicker and no wifi snoopage required.

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Alleged German YouTube-to-MP3 ripper sued by labels

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Re: How is that supposed to work ?

Tit-for-tat. Germany rules that it has jurisdiction over the US (well in fact the world)

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/06/18/outcry_against_flickr_censorship/

Indeed because the internet occurs worldwide all national jurisdictions apply. Whether one can enforce judgement or not is another matter. Though there is always the possibility of extraditing the alleged culprit.

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HP Inc: No DRM in our 3D printers, we swear (unlike our 2D ones)

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Tricky ...

... 3D printing it is.

Way back in time it used to be possible to do colour film printing but there were so many variables involved that by the time you had managed to get the development time correct and removed the colour cast, you'd either run out of developer and needed to mix up another batch or you'd run out of paper and needed to open another packet. All of which meant that you needed to go back through the test printing and colour cast removal process.

For most people what you get most of the time out of 3d printing is an amorphous blob of plastic. You need controlled inputs into the process (industry) otherwise your cheapo printing material is going to end up producing expensive junk.

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Facebook's AI boss is on a mission to end spoon-fed machine intelligence

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Tanks in Poland

"it’ll help researchers build more intelligent machines, and maybe a deeper understanding of human intelligence and the underlying mechanisms of learning."

We heard all of this. Their AIs remain crap in most situations. See this latest Google AI crap:

https://www.wired.com/2016/09/inside-googles-internet-justice-league-ai-powered-war-trolls/

You can test it out here:

https://wikidetox.appspot.com/

Though it may have been the input of wikipedia that made it as crap as it is:

"Our tanks will cross into Poland at dawn"

not attack: 0.96

attack: 0.04

aggressive: 0.01

neutral: 0.98

friendly: 0.00

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R2D2 delivery robots to scurry through the streets of San Francisco

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Looks capable of carrying a load of explosive and shrapnell, remotely into crowded spaces. OTOH:

https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--5ghxisXZ--/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/1370872643588849068.jpg

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UK copyright troll weeps, starts 20-week stretch in the cooler for beating up Uber driver

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Re: 20 wks in prison! He's a kid for fucks sake!

If the joke is meant to be referencing whines over copyright conviction then the law applies to all equally. The age ofg criminal responsibilty starts at age 10. Whether you are 20 or 40 you don't go kicking someone and you don't go ripping off some musician, photog, or film maker either.

Being a director of some company is no excuse, and neither is Aspergers, or Hipsterism.

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Video service Binge On 'broke the internet' but 99pc of users love it

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Re: Yeah, brilliant!!

Idiot your smart phone can't display 4K and your eyes can't resolve it.

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Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

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Re: I added the TheRegsiter to whitelist

TheReg is not too bad. I have ABP whitelist it, and Deleteme. Though I notice that Ghostery is still blocking 2 advertising trackers (Data Point Media, and Google Publisher Tags), 3 social media thingies, and Google Analytics.

When sites use non-Google ad networks I'll consider whitelisting more of them.

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Jakarta be kidding me! Google gets $400m tax bill from Indonesia

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Gubmint need to re-learn howto ...

... apply the winkle pin. Its well past the time that these corporations were allowed to remain skulking in the cracks between jurisdictions.

https://littlelessonslearned.com/2012/06/05/lesson-55-how-to-eat-a-winkle/

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Dark web drug sellers shutter location-tracking EXIF data from photos

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Re: where a photograph was taken

I suspect that most of these things are taken on a smartphone which does have GPS. It is surprising how many devices these days have GPS and imaging capabilities. GPS tagging of photos isn't so much of a gimmick for most people either. If they are using services like flickr the GPS data will position the images on maps. Knowing exactly where something was taken can be useful. Whilst I certainly wouldn't want GPS data on images I've taken at home if I'm out and about photographing insects in woodland, meadows, and marshes the GPS data is important for the county recorders. When abroad GPS data could be useful as a reminder that a particular sequence of images where taken at location AAa not at AAb.

GPS data has some uses but one needs to be careful as to whether to include it in any images uploaded to the web.

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First rule when getting a camera ...

... turn the GPS location thing off. Had to laugh a couple of years ago when some kid posted images of his pride and joy to wikipedia Commons complete with GPS data that located his bedroom.

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You should install smart meters even if they're dumb, says flack

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HaHaHa.

We had E.ON around the other month to install one. Seems they needed a mobile signal connection. Tough you only get mobile signal in our village if you stand on the cistern in the pub's loo. Installer shrugged and beat a retreat.

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Google-funded group mad that US Copyright Office hasn't abolished copyright yet

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Us peasant need to rebel.

The internet is now in hock to tax avoiding, property stealing, privacy invading, and soul eating tech corporations. Stop uploading stuff that these blood suckers need.

Lets start by demanding an internet free of Google.

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Petulant Facebook claims it can't tell the difference between child abuse and war photography

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Really! Are you sure about that. On flickr there are 1000s of images of kids without clothes: on beaches, in baths, in backyards, in rivers, in front of mud huts,and in street. Yahoo! tends to be able to tell which are child porn and which are not, they also seem to be able to distinguish between those that are creating favorite collections of 100s of these type of photos and those that may favorite one or two amongst 100s of sunsets, flowers, and kitten images.

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EU court: Linking to pirated stuff doesn't breach copyright... except when it does

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Re: Umm

Even the most ancient and non-technical of judges can distinguish between "This is an interesting site" and a raft of "download movie X here" links.

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Re: Umm

You have just described the offence of aiding and abbetting the commision of a crime.

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Re: Umm

Why? If you link to a free download of the latest blockbuster you are almost certainly aware that the copyright holders have not sanctioned that link. Same if you post links to music files, or best seller books.

If however you post a link to some web page containing some obscure article then you probably aren't aware that it is ripped off material.

If your business is involved in posting links to content then you ought to be aware of the copyright status of the stuff you are linking to.

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Come in HTTP, your time is up: Google Chrome to shame leaky non-HTTPS sites from January

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Re: It's pretty minimal cost

"This is to suit Gooogle."

meta name='googlebot' content='noindex'

Range block this little lot at the htaccess level.

64.233.160.0 - 64.233.191.255

66.102.0.0 - 66.102.15.255

66.249.64.0 - 66.249.95.255

72.14.192.0 - 72.14.255.255

74.125.0.0 - 74.125.255.255

209.85.128.0 - 209.85.255.255

216.239.32.0 - 216.239.63.255

Time to turn Google dark.

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Re: It's pretty minimal cost

"she will be using a hosting provider which will do all the work for her."

It is pretty damn easy to get a 'little-old-lady.net' domain and have it set up with wordpress or typepad, or something else, she can also have some photo gallert installed too. Godaddy can do it within an hour. Why should 'little-old-lady.net' need certing and fecking about with openssl (a software installation that wasn't needed)?

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Re: Dumb idea IMO..

Dunno about selling certificates but they sell ads, and extra costs on websites may make them more likely to signup fort Adsense to reclaim a bit of the cost.

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Fuck Google and the Adsense Whore they rode in on.

There are a wealth of websites that don't sell shit, don't shove loads of ads all over it, and whether login passwords leak is of no consequence. Really what does it matter if your password for logging into commenting on this site leaks? Or on 1000s of other sites.

Besides one basic security rule is don't install software that you don't bloody well need.

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Printers now the least-secure things on the internet

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Re: Do printers really need to be connected to the internet?

Obviously you've not had someone around your house wanting to print some document that they've got stored, or can only access from some Android device. No I'm not going to allow them to connect their snoopage device to my system.

If they can connect to the printer via bluetooth OK, but most of them don't know how to do that. Nor do they seem to know how to email the damn thing or how to login to their webmail account either.

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Google plots cop detection for auto autos

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I thought that responders say that the best thing is for drivers to stay where they are or pull over, not to switch lanes or otherwise screw up the approach.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D85LUeLwDpk

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Nul points: PM May's post-Brexit EU immigration options

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Height of stupidity: Heathrow airliner buzzed by drone at 7,000ft

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Re: Sorry, but . . .

"love to have their WiFi cut out each time a plane goes over."

Its a small price to pay for noise, and polution.

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Ireland taxman: Apple got NO favours from us, at all, at all

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We all shook our heads and tutted ...

... when Greece needed a bailout because bar owners weren't paying all their taxes, and the government wasn't collecting. I think lazy, cheating Southern Europeans was the refrain. Now we nod, smile, and say well done that a company that should have been paying billions to a bailout country wasn't.

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EU verdict: Apple received €13bn in illegal tax benefits from Ireland

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Re: Particularly interesting...

This is about 20% of the EU bailout that was given to Eire. Isn't it about time that rather than defending corporate tax dodging with or without the connivance of dumb politicians of we got the bastards to pay their fair share.

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Larry Page snuffs out ‘too expensive’ Google Fiber project

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Who in their right mind ...

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

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Angler hooks German's todger at nudist lake

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Pics ...

... or it didn't happen.

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

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Re: quality..

"He assured me that real audiophiles could."

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

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

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Re: quality..

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

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

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

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

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

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Screw them ...

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

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

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

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

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

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Re: Same old, same old from the Telegraph

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

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

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Re: Incompetence or conspiracy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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That's still "sometimes".

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

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"just because BitTorrent is sometimes used for piracy."

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

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

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

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

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Re: So the trouble with taking back control

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

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

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

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

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Google quietly takes gag off Mississippi AG after wrecking ads probe

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Re: You missed...

Thw phrase is "Mississippi goddam" just ask Nina Simone

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

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

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

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

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Shocker: Computer science graduate wins a top UK political job

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

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

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

from one of the lecturers?

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

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Google on piracy: We really, really care

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Re: Illegal File Sharing

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

Google ContentID is a protection racket.

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

Google truly is a scummy company of the worst sort.

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Re: Illegal File Sharing

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

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

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I thought the FTC realized that ...

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

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Spotify, YouTube pay musicians with ever-shrinking buttons

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

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

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

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

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