Re: much of the information on Wikipedia is “distorted”...
Newsflash - most of wikipedia's content is distorted.
506 posts • joined 3 Dec 2009
Newsflash - most of wikipedia's content is distorted.
Haven't we all had enough already of bowdlerized versions of some Ferengi economic philosophy courtesy of Worstall?
The problem that many of us "skeptics" (not deniers) have is not that the climate is changing but the reason WHY it is changing and the gospel of what must be done.
What you are maintaining is the equivalent of saying "that if a building is on fire because of an electrical fire, then adding a bit of petrol to the flames will do no harm". Seems to me that regardless of the root cause (the science most likely has it right, but no matter) adding to the problem isn't a particularly smart way of proceeding.
If you have any smart phone you have already agreed to being hacked, monitored, and otherwise fucked over.
... about flash (I don't care one way or the other) will be from those running pwned Android systems, or closed Apple systems that screw up ever upgrade they push out.
All systems are riddled with security holes you just don't know it.
Should you really be Googling up code? Most likely what you'll get is some cargo cult thing.
"For that matter Facebook cannot again argue that only Irish Data Protection law would be applicable ... anyone who stands on our pitch also has to play our game," he said.
OK so that is facebook, but the same should apply to Google here too.
Just paint Google on the side of it and you'll be good to go.
"Don't know who's going to buy something that can't be monetised though, especially now they've been damaged by cack handed attempts to do so."
But you get a whole load of slashdot trolls thrown in free.
It's shit for search too, and its email is mostly a spam portal.
Most of my 1200+ LPs, Tapes, and CDs have been digitized. For my pain I use iTunes as the main hub of the collection and feed plays into last.fm neither of which can agree what album or track names should be, neither of which agree on the artist names. Example if you rip a CD in iTunes it sometimes identifies the album, artist, and tracks. But then it can't find the artwork until you change the name of the CD or artist, after which it can no longer identify it in the iTunes store. Additionally last.fm won't recognise the CD/track you are playing until you change it to some other variant. Throw autorip downloads from Amazon into the mix and you have yet another variation where iTunes doesn't understand the album and last.fm doesn't understand the track names.
Then we can add in the 100 or so albums that no one has heard of, cos they were obscure blues, jazz, or folk stuff from the 50s-70s.
No I don't want any of this streaming stuff its nothing but pain.
Actually advertising is only there because back in the mid 1990s payment processors weren't in place and there was no way to get subscription income. The internet has suffered ever since.
Would I use gmail - nope too much snoopage. A yahoo account for yahoo groups, a hotmail account for trolling MS, hell I even have an grandfathered netscape.net addy for USENET trolling. Oh and a handful of other yahoo accounts for nefarious purposes. But a Google account never.
There is certainly a gotcha with an ISP email address. I have a demon account with unlimited email addresses but I'm currently migrating to use one of my own domains which similarly has unlimited addresses.
Not me. I used to be obsessive about the time. Constantly glancing at it every minute or so, for no good reason at all. Then one day in 1982 I was using the stopwatch function to time some film development and drop the thing into a bowl of photographic fixer. It never worked after that, and I never replaced it.
Knowing the time at any instant can never make you early for an appointment you either are or your not. It depends on when you started out. Other than appointments you rarely need accurate time. 30 minutes either way is good enough. We have become slaves to some clockwork cycles, that isn't how humans should be living, and it causes stress.
Besides everything around you has a time function, the camera, the DT computer, your mp3 player, the oven, the fridge, the video player, the car dashboard has at least two, the GPS ...
I think you've missed the point. The complainants aren't the big corporations but the composers, songwriters, and the session musicians. IE its the little guys that are out of pocket. In general the big corporations are too concerned about a bit of copying (they'd like it not to happen but hey). The problems of copying mainly affects the small producer.
Cary Sherman of the RIAA said "We've have had no problem with people format shifting music that they've legally bought for many years now" and that was said about 5 years ago.
IOW crusty parts of cesspit to be skimmed, rest of cesspit to remain. Trebles all round.
You really don't understand this do you. "Free speech" means that you can say stuff and not get sanctioned by government for it. It doesn't mean that you get to write your message on my garden wall, or to yell it from my living room window.
What amuses me about these whiners is that they bitch about government being overreaching and then want every web property to be a branch of government, complaining "censorship" whenever some says "take your shit, and piss off somewhere else".
If they remained in their little box all would be fine. But they don't. Instead they come to believe that behaviour in their box is acceptable in the wider world. No one has a problem with them shitting in their own front room, its when the stuff leaks out under the door that we have a problem.
It doesn't become illegal it becomes a sewer pipe. The problem with the web is that it too easily forms echo chambers, what is OKish for a one off becomes heightened with repetition. Example I once worked the night shift on a rota, the position was one of the better paid in the company at the time. We had one female who did job, everyone that came by thought it funny to make some riske joke, this would go on for the entire 8 hours, each having their little 'humorous' comment, day after day. Effectively they made her working life hell. Ended when I came in to take over the next shift and found two guys in the work area staring at her. "Who are they" "Dunno" "How long have they been here" "About 30 minutes". "You two get the fuck out of here NOW!"
subreddits are just like that. Day after day,. Each arsehole with something 'clever' on their mind. Each egging on the others to become more extreme until it becomes a collective cesspit of vile.
"the iPod has fallen out of favor these days as users moved from dedicated media players to smartphones."
I know a few people that have recently bought iPods, claiming that the listening experience is better than that offered by smart phones.
Wikipedia is one great copyright violation. Many of the images are flickrwashed or picassawashed. The articles contain great swathes of copyright violations. Take most of the music Album articles where they have cut and pasted entire reviews from allmusic. Last time I looked one of their main contributors had ripepd off almost 10000 articles from that site alone.
They aren't earning anyone any money except for the streaming execs that are extracting millions from over blown share prices, and a handful of the top chart artists. Everyone else is being screwed.
Why would I ever want to do this subscription thing? Ten of the last dozen CDs I've bought aren't on Apple iTunes, hardly any of the last 20 CDs that are avilable on iTunes generate Genius playlists. Those that do are invariable useless unless one is basing it on 30 year old pop. Even the classical stuff (Beethoven) have unavailable playlists.
The subscription services throw you entirely on to the mercies and vaguries of the tech company providing the service. In general there business needs are not the same as yours, and services get messed with from time to time in order to attract new customers. Official support is relegated to 'helpful' users, who generally can't answer a damn thing. Take a look at any of the tech company forums and see how many are actually answering or fixing issues. How threads on those forums have zero replies? How many have the same issues raised year after year without resolution.
With music at least you have a CD/LP in your possession and the digital files, and you can arrange your own mixes.
Hubris. The Yahoo app ob flickr has had similar problems. You'd have thought they would have learnt from that experience:
No doubt they'll be labelling concentration camps with 'sport' too.
"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.
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.
You missed out "highhanded arrogant lackadaisical, and sleazy wikipedia". However, I Grant that it couldn't have happened to a nicer fellow than him.
Good luck with that sunshone. When one French ISP blocked Google adsense the ad-pusher whined that it cost them $1million a day.
All bosses should be held hostage. Its good for their souls, and it entertains the masses.
“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.
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.
Predictable in that that cacophony of special pleading by the tech industry is up there, but interesting to that #10 has
not sell our personal information and preferences for money, and will make it clearer if the company/website intends to do so.
that should send something of a chill through the boardrooms, that today's kids are waking up to their vile behaviour.
... 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.
"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.
Says someone who is most likely carrying about an Android or Apple snoop phone.
Maybe they don't like bronies?
I believe that there is some compelling evidence that the world and its dog is not downloading Linux distros.
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
That leaves very little legitimate usages.
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.
It is always wise to compare these T&C with the Yahoo ones:
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.
where the specifically state that they will not use them outside of the purpose for which they were uploaded.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
What the public are interested in is not the same as the Public Interest.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.