* Posts by John Lilburne

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Google's 'adblocker' is all about taking back control

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Take whatever whitelist Google provides and add it to the backlist. You won't be disappointed.

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An echo chamber full of fake news? Blame Google and Facebook, says Murdoch chief

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Re: News of the World

NOTW BAAAAAAAAAAAADDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!?????????!!!!!!!

Is an excuse for not thinking. In the past you published content that you mostly created yourself and drew in ad revenue as a result of having a limited print run. The ad revenue allowed you to create more content. If the content you were pushing was tosh then you ran the risk of getting sued over it or other wise picked up by toothless watchdogs.

Nowadays content that is created by A is scraped by B-Z and its dog. The print run is no longer limited and as a result the ad price per impression has fallen to near zero. The content creators have difficulty financing new content and as a result the quality has dropped. Google & Facebook don't care whether the content they are running ads against is original or 1000th hand, nor whether the ads are actually seen by a real person.

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Teenagers think Doritos are cooler than Apple

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Scanning down my RSS feeds ...

... I thought this was a dailymash spoof. Poe's law in action.

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Google promises policy review after several big brands pull YouTube ads

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Maybe its not 'the ad industry' but simply Google?

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YouTube TV will be huge. Apple must respond

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Since when did Google ...

... have any licenses for this? Currently the FCC has told them to get stuffed that they can't just steal teh content and stick it on their own boxes.

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/01/26/congress_wants_fcc_to_snuff_out_googles_tv_landgrab/

Basically this article seems to be just another instance of Google trying to co-opt tech journalist into its mission to steal the worlds content.

Andrew Orlowski has plenty of articles here on the subject.

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Autonomous cars are about to do to transport what the internet did to information

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Re: So...

"Everyone read newspapers, and watched television because, well, what else could you do to stay informed?"

For the vast majority their access to information has decreased whilst their access to bullshit masquerading as information has increased exponentially year on year.

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Ad men hope blocking has stalled as sites guilt users into switching off

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Re: As I said before...

It ain't the ads. It is tracking that comes with them.

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More brilliant Internet of Things gadgetry: A £1,300 mousetrap

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There is a lot of hype around ...

... the Internet of Things in the market"

Indeed there is. And there is also a lot of hype about Agile techniques, and Google cloud too. So scored a hatrick.

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NZ High Court rules US can extradite Kim Dotcom after all

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Re: One Key Issue

The answer is that the WWW operates in all jurisdictions simultaneously and as such is subject to all of them. The trick is in getting any particular jurisdiction to round up those you consider miscreants and hand them over.

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SHOCK HORROR

... 300+ pages outlining why copyright violations are a form of dishonesty and have been so considered for more than 100 years.

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Roses are red, violets are blue, fake-news-detecting AI is fake news, too

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It has nothing to do with opinions and belief it has to do with making shite up. The Mail isn't known as the Forger's Gazette without reason.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/labour-scorns-untrue-daily-mail-reports-1311828.html

http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/mh370-search-daily-mail-report-untrue-information-not-malaysian-police

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/article-2456835/Corrections-clarifications.html

http://politicalscrapbook.net/2015/10/health-regulator-blasts-daily-mail-for-false-unsafe-nhs-claim/

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What we want to know is whether a particular domain is likely to play fast and loose with the truth in order to further its agenda. It is the overall thrust of the site and how it treats inconvenient facts that is the issue, it doesn't matter then if any one article is wholly true, or wholly false. This is a much easier determination than trying to ascertain the truthiness of any particular article.

Daily Mail - Mostly Bollocks

Independent - Not quite as much bollocks as the above.

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Who's behind the Kodi TV streaming stick crackdown?

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Re: Said it before, will say it again

"why in the world would you cling to a failing business model rather than try to improve your offering (and so reduce the raw numbers that that %age translates to)."

For all the bullshit, over the last 20 years, there is no business model there is no business model that competes with "everything free". Neither Ad supported nor subscription services work. Ultimately no one that makes content can survive in a 'free content' eco-system.

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Re: Said it before, will say it again

"f the specific thing you do want to watch is at your fingertips, from the moment you decide you want to watch it, that is incredible service."

Spoilt self-entitled brat.

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Re: Said it before, will say it again

"then still only be able to access 10% of what you can get through Kodi streams."

There simply isn't enough time in the day to watch the 10% never mind the other 90%. The entire argument that I can't get X on service Y is bullshit. That you can't get steak and chips from a vegetarian restaurant, isn't an excuse to sneak into the local steakhouse and raid their freezers.

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Re: You need to ask why people do it?

"But most people will pay for content if it is easy and good value."

Where is the evidence for that?

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Re: Said it before, will say it again

Spotify doesn't have a working business model. It is currently $1B in debt to investment bankers, is losing money monthly, and can't service its existing debt. Periodically it runs to ask the US government to make the bands that create its products cut the price.

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Prepare your popcorn: Wikipedia deems the Daily Mail unreliable

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Re: Irony

Indeed it isn't the Daily Mail, otherwise known as the Forger's Gazette, and the Daily "Hate" Mail. That said wikipedia citations/references are mostly dead links, or uncheckable, should you manage to do so they rarely support the factoid that they are attached to, and there is no guarantee that the reference is the most credible one either. For that you need subject expertise which wikipedia lacks in spades.

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Euro bloc blocks streaming vid geoblocks

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Re: 2018?

And courtesy of Bill Cash we can buy petrol in peck, and carpets measured in chains.

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Vapists rejoice! E-cigs lower cancer risk (if you stop smoking, duh)

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Many of the people I know use it as a substitute for fag. They have no desire to quit and switched when they could use the things in the office, pub, and restaurant.

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Facebook's dabblings in TV suggest Zuck isn't actually a genius after all

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What music I've bought via itunes sits on my LAN and I can copy it to where ever I want. However, I mostly buy CDs and those play on TVs, computers, stand alone HiFi equipment. and can be ripped to whatever device I like. Now I have no interest in Apple Music, spotify, Google whatever, or any other streaming/subscription malarkey because those things are truly rip offs.

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We need to talk about Granny: She's way more likely to fall for phishing

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As we age ...

... we decline in certain cognitive areas,”

How does this mitigate against TEH YOUFS tendency to be off their heads on booze and recreational drugs?

In any case a few months ago an other report from Microsoft said that YOUF were more susceptible to being scammed:

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/10/20/millennials_easier_bait_for_tech_support_scams_than_baby_boomers/

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God save the Queen... from Donald Trump. So say 1 million Britons

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Re: Sadly

Didn't Trump say he'd have screwed Diana? given half a chance? Perhaps Harry will go after him with a shotgun.

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Re: Sadly

Maybe not, but the top 10 are unlikely to try putting their hand up the skirt of her great-grandchildren's mother.

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I've got a brand new combine harvester and I'll give you the API key

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Re: Whats the point of an autonomous tractor?

"Sure , if you cut down all the rainforests and turn every bit of available natural wilderness into farmland."

Nope! There is plenty of available land without cutting down rainforests and converting wilderness. Rainforests and wilderness conversion does not occur in order to feed local people but for cash crops. The Amazon is being logged for construction materials in the USA, Japan, and Europe. Large tracts of land in Africa are producing roses. Indonesia is chopping down the rainforests for palm oil production and hardwood exports. Not to feed people.

http://www.ucsusa.org/global-warming/stop-deforestation/drivers-of-deforestation-2016-palm-oil

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/forests/amazon/logging-in-the-amazon/

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Re: Whats the point of an autonomous tractor?

The world is capable feeding 10 times the current population. The issues are whether the right crops are being produced. So things like devoted large tracts of land on Africa and South America to supply the cut flower market, or growing loads of mange tout in Kenya rather than local staple crtops. IOW it is all about making money rather than feeding people.

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I live in a rural area, and for the last 15 years the wifi broadcasts include "milkingparlour" "cattlepens" "poultry house".

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Chinese bloke cycles 500km to get home... in the wrong direction

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Some 10 years ago a co-worker made a bike from Kidderminster back home to Northern Thailand on a bike he found abandoned in the company bike shed. It got stolen in Samarkand. Trip took him 5 months.

http://kidderminstertothecaspianbybike.blogspot.co.uk/2006/11/stolen-bike-and-central-asian-heatwave.html

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Re: If only all coppers were so nice

OTOH back in the 70s went to see The Who in Wolverhampton, gig ended and made way back to train station just as they were closing (2230). Had day ticket so dived under barrier and went to waiting room. Mates weren't quick enough and got stuck on other side of barrier.

A little bit latter some officious railway bod turned up and wanted me out. Refused, next I can see him gesticulating and complaining to some Transport Cop. Cop comes over and asks to see ticket and I explain the issue, and how I'm not giving up a nice warm waiting room. Cop smiles and walks off, railway guys runs after him still complaining at cop that couldn't give a shit.

At about 0200 my mates find there way through the barrier. Railway guy more incensed. At about 0400 another railway guy appears and says there is a staff train stopping here in 5 minutes get on and keep your heads down so that he don't see. It will get you into New Street Birmingham and you'll be OK there.

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Top UK judges rule: Government can't pull the Article 50 trigger alone

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"indicates determination to ignore the narrowness of the vote ?"

Since the vote opinion polls have consistently shown that about 60% of the UK population approve of the EU. That is why the press etc are screaming loudly, they know that as time goes on and the full impact becomes known brexit will be dropped.

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David Davis is expected later today ...

... to propose 42 days detention for anyone who does not agree with the government's idiocy.

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Happy birthday: Jimbo Wales' sweet 16 Wikipedia fails

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Re: Citation needed

"not in the next print, no, the very next time Joe Public accesses the article."

You aren't up-to-date at all. Britannica no longer has a print version.

However, you are assuming that Britannica has an equal number of egregious errors to wikipedia in the main subject areas. It does not.

Jagged85 should be the antidote to any assumption that wikipedia has any concern over errors. Jagged85 made 10s of thousands of edits to more than 8,000 articles. Many of the edits were entirely made up. He even invented an entire school of philosophy. The wholesomeness of his edits were questioned a number of times but his prolific number of edits gathered supporters and defenders. He edit articles in Mathematics, Medicine, History, Literature, and Philosophy and by 2010 it was understood that many of his 64,000 contributions were bogus. So bogus in fact that many people said that the articles he had worked on ought to be taken back to stub status. However, wikipedia just couldn't bring itself to stub such articles as Number Theory and many other core articles. So they made a list of all his edits and asked people to check through them, and so people did for a couple of weeks until they got bored. 10000s of edits remain unchecked to this day. So what happened to Jagged85? He was allowed to carry on editing for a few more years until he was found to have been falsifying articles on Video Games at that point he was banned.

Back to up-to-date-ness wikipedia is not uptodate and can never be. It must always lag behind the likes of Britannica. The reason being is that wikipedia cannot react to new data until after it has been published in scholarly journals, that takes time. Whereas a subject expert in some field of Quantum mechanics can update the Britannica article with the latest research as soon as it is accepted by practioners in the field.

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Re: Citation needed

Wikipedia is not a peer reviewed journal it is a collection of amateur blog posts with a list of inaccessible sources. Also just because something has a source doesn't mean that the source is accurate or the most appropriate, you need some subject knowledge for that, not the first thing that you get from a Google search.

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Re: Citation needed

Also a number of the 'science articles' compared were Britannica articleds from the 1911 version that the wikicomedians had cut&pasted into wikipedia. So basically Nature compared the 1911 version of a Britannica article against the current version of Britannica, and found that after it had gone through the wikicomedians hands it was less readable and less accurate.

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Trollface

We did that to troll the David Ike forums. Nowadays we do it to troll a far wider audience.

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Re: Citation needed

Twaddle. This is the constant excuse made by wikipedia for the total bollocks that it contains. Its no one's responsibility to constantly watch wikipedia to make sure that they aren't being lied about, nor should that spend days arguing with a "mentally deranged anon on the internet" to get it corrected.

The problem is that most of the refererences are dead. Its rare to find an article where the refs don't 404 and when the do pound to a penny they don't support the wiki statement (see Jagged85 as one of many examples of bullshit).

Besides what use is the thing if you need to check each factoid against the reference? You might as well have gone and read the referenced material in the first place.

You can't rely on their feature articles being any better "Richard II king of England in 1345" was in one FA for three years. The FA and GA reviewers don't think it is their job to check the accuracy of anything they are reviewing, besides they aren't subject experts. They simply check style, whether there is a picture and whether there is obvious copyright violations. So you get a system where technical text gets mangled to avoid copyright issues and ends up stating something different from the original. No one picks this up. "X has a yellow or red stripe" becomes "X has a stripe which is orangey".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7yb-JncKow

The copy editors don't think that fact checking is necessary either. Just think about that for moment ... you are rearranging sentence construction and have no regard as to whether at the end of the process your rearrangement accurately reflects the original.

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Tech moguls dominate Oxfam's rich people Hateful 8

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That isn't how it works at all, the richest have thousands of ways by which they avoid paying any tax at all. It doesn't matter how little they pay, they will also find ways to pay less. So to be more accurate the 10th man will pay less than the sixth man.

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One beef about the report

"generous intellectual property rights enable those who develop technology to accumulate vast wealth that can be wildly disproportionate to the investment they have made".

It has been the weakening of IP rights that has allowed the like of Google and Facebook to acquire billions at the expense of ordinary creators. These systems are purely parasites on creatives.

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New Windows 10 privacy controls: Just a little snooping – or the max

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Re: Or... no snooping at all

Meh! I just had a look and there were about a dozen web searchs recorded in the last year. Nothing else under browsing, location, or cortana.

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Routes taken by UK prosecutors over supply of modified TV set-top boxes

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Re: City of London Police = Rent-a-cop

Copyright infringement is a form of larceny. The copyright skeptic Justice Breyer said in the SCOTUS Grokster appeal "deliberate unlawful copying is no less an unlawful taking of property than garden-variety theft."

We chose to handle this form of dishonesty under the copyright acts rather than the theft acts for reasons of policy.

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Re: City of London Police = Rent-a-cop

" Now why would the smallest force in the country want to do things differently from all the others?"

Because it isn't the City of London Police, it is Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit which happens to have its headquarters in the City of London but is actually a National Police Unit in much the same way as the Special Branch has its headquarters with the Met but who's remit is nationwide.

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Google gives up YOUR private data to US govt – but won't hand over its OWN staff personal info

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It was the IRS that ...

... finally did for Al Capone.

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Those online ads driving you bonkers are virtually 'worthless for brands'

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Re: Marketeers = Idiot

You cannot engage with people via internet ads. Web surfers have the attention span of a bee as they flit about the meadow they are solely interested in pollen and couldn't give a shit about any one flower. If brands want our attention then they have to provide content that we are interested in. Ads won't do it they simply get in the way of the content we are looking for.

If I'm looking to buy a X I put X into a search engine find a supplier and buy an X. Job done. Which particular X I buy will depend on what I find at that particular point in time. If I'm doing the weekly household shop I'll buy what I've previously bought that was good and shun that which turned out not to be good.

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The Register invited ...

... both Google and Facebook to respond to Hoffman's claims. Neither responded.

Well isn't that like asking Vito Corleone to comment on racketeering?

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How Google.org stole the Christmas Spirit

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Re: Just a google bash?

Just remember that 95% of all internet shennagians contain traces of Google.

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Meet the Internet of big, lethal Things

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Re: Do you own it, or not?

You do not have "full and unrestricted access" to modify your car. You cannot physically modify it so that it is a danger to others, and the police will impound any such vehicles they see. I don't think there is any fundamental difference to welding spinning knives to the wheels, and getting some script kiddy to modify the engine management system.

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IBM boss pledges to hire 25,000 Americans in next four years

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Re: "New collar jobs"?

She means slave collars.

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Dixons warns of looming Brexit storm cloud amid bumper results

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Re: "identifying areas of potential market share growth"

Oddly dixons/currys have been considered a bunch of "completely useless wankers" for almost 40 years. Yet here they still are. Now true you don't go in there and ask advice other than "Where are the ...?" however, they are still there where others have folded.

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OpenStreetView? You are no longer hostage to Google's car-driven vision

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Re: Privacy?

I see from the builders in the road I see that the little bastards went around my way about 3 months ago. Fortunately they still didn't manage to get into the close.

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Blue sky basic income thinking is b****cks

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Biology my friend ...

Amazon, Starbucks, Google, Uber and the rest don't exist unless there is a population with disposable income. What's the point of Google slinging ads to people that can't afford to buy the crap that is being advertized? What is the point of banging out millions of expensive trainers if people can't buy them?

Once a parasite becomes so successful that the host population crashes the parasite populations crash too.

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