* Posts by John Lilburne

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Google's pay-to-play 'remedy' is warming Eurocrats' hearts

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What is the point of price comparison sites?

The sellers tend to compete amongst themselves such that the prices coalesce. Can't recall there being much of a price difference between resellers from any thing I've bought recently.

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BoJo, don't misuse stats then blurt disclaimers when you get rumbled

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The EU is just a slush fund for farmers.

Not quite true. It is a slush fund to mega agribusiness mainly located in the UK.

For years the EU have wanted to cap the amount paid per farmer rather than having it based on acreage. The UK has always opposed this as the UK farming industry is dominated by just a handful of companies that own most of the industry. IOW the UK government has been supporting a transfer of money to the mega rich.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/jul/01/farm-subsidies-blatant-transfer-of-cash-to-rich

This is why BREXIT will NOT result in a reduction of payout to Tory sponsors.

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Except that if Tories have control over how to spend extra money, it won't be on the NHS, Schools, Pensions, or Welfare. It will be on kickbacks to jails, banks, financiers, and offshore tax funds.

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After you take the net figure having subtracted all the subsidies paid to agriculture and other EU payments to various schemes. There remains the additional costs of managing things that once were managed by the EU and now you have to do yourself. Like for instance ensuring that you have a workable import/export system in place, and that you can administer your trade deals between 190+ countries. They'll also have the additional expense of doing immigration control of EU citizens, etc. They'll need to manage the legal system that they are reclaiming from the EU and they'll need to police those laws too. The extra administrative costs they are taking on are substantial.

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Spotify just can't wash those songwriters out of its hair

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No it is mostly the fault of spotify and similar. No one has forced spotify to use works where they don't know who the owner is. That was a decision that they made on their own.

They entered a market failed to adhere to the rules of the market and now complain that adherence is a burden. Its a bit like an online green grocer driving around country lanes harvesting crops from fields they come across, and then complaining that they can't pay the farmer because the fields didn't have signs with the farmers address on it.

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Re: I can't help but wonder if .....

I think you'll find that it is Silicon Valley that has the government in its pocket. Google alone spends 10x more on Washington lobbyist than the whole of the copyright industries combined.

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Oracle throws weight behind draft US law to curtail web sexploitation

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Re: further proof

"Some of us can remember back to the days when any article by Mr O didn't have a comment section. Hopefully, that era is long gone."

Indeed but back then most denizens of this site were Google fanbois that hadn't grown up and were likely to bawl and scream in vast numbers. Since then articles by others, including Mr O, have demonstrated that pronouncements of Google, its astroturfers, and shills are no longer taken as benign statements from an godlike overloard, but rather the self serving bullshit that one would expect from crony capitalist corporations intent on maintaining there monopolies.

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Seriously, friends. You suck at driving. Get a computer behind the wheel to save your life

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Re: A large chunk of accidents ...

The Sunday drivers aren't nearly as big a problem as the lycra-clad dickheads that use twisty country b roads as a velodrome. Those arseholes can be found every evening.

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A large chunk of accidents ...

... could be avoided by warning system whenever one nears an ASDA/WALMART store. In my experience the standard of driving from those exiting those locations is utterly abysmal.

Something like a "WATCH OUT!!! TWATS IN VICINITY!!!" heads up alert.

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Defra recruiting 1,400 policy wonks to pick up the pieces after Brexit

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Re: 1400?

They will need to replicate the software systems that the EU had in place for agriculture delivery, We all know how great the government is on building IT systems

CHAOS IS ASSURED.

ALL HAIL DISCORDIA

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Google paying Apple BEEELLIONS to stay search top dog on iDevices, say analysts

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Just goes to show ...

... if their search engine was actually demonstrably better than the opposition they wouldn't need to do this.

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Blighty’s beloved Big Ben bell ends, may break Brexit bargain

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Re: Not to worry

Rather Farage is to be tied upside down inside the bell so that his head can be used as the hammer.

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London Mayor slams YouTube over failure to remove 'shocking' violent gang vids

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Really! Really! Really?

Google makes most of its money from YT by data mining its users, you get far more information from categorising music, film and TV video users then from cat antic videos.

After all other than marketing pet food there is very little extra value you can derive from cat video. Music, film, and TV OTOH indicate lifestyle choices.

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Re: All they have to do...

The content of the videos contravene YTs own Terms&Conditions. The problem is that YT and many other tech companies like to hide behind web statements and do nothing to enforce them.

over a 60-day period it raised concerns in 526 cases where the site's guidelines were believed to have been violated but only received responses to 15 of the reports.

One volunteer says he has 9,000 complaints still awaiting responses from December.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/05/youtube-systematically-failing-protect-children-watchdog-claims/

According to Google 90% of the Trusted Flaggers reports are correct. Its not censorship so much as the local pub posting notices saying that racism isn't tolerated and every Saturday selling booze to a group of yoiks goosestepping and cry "Sieg Heil" in the car park.

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Google drops poker face, allows gambling apps on Play Store

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How will that work?

"App must prevent under-age users from gambling in the app"

The Google refrain for almost 20 years is that adding age-verification breaks the internet.

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Google goes home to Cali to overturn Canada's worldwide search result ban

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Re: Extra-territorial control

This has nothing to do with Saudi Arabia or any other state that inhabits your fevered imagination. Trading in counterfeit goods is illegal in almost every country in the world including the US.

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Dark web souk AlphaBay shuts for good after police raids

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Silk Road rather than ...

Sometimes it is hard to tell one bunch of spivs from another.

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How to avoid getting hoodwinked by a DevOps hustler

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We need a ...

... thetan meter icon for posts like this.

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Met Police laggards still have 18,000 Windows XP machines in use

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Re: Why?

Problem will be that changing an OS involves unknown risk. Some key software may no longer work, work differently in some way, or no longer interface with other systems. Fixing these issue can take large globs of cash. Much of the software in use will have been certified and require re-certification which will account for more globs of cash.

It ain't as simply as upgrading your home machine or the machines in some 10 desk office.

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Google hit with record antitrust fine of €2.4bn by Europe

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I don't recall that at all. You still have to click down to page 23 to find what you were looking for (OK maybe if you were on altavista it was page 24). But the search engines were all full of clickbait and spam. Not sure that it is any better today except that we are no longer prepared to look down to page 23 or wherever and just accept whatever dross appears on p1-2.

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Re: How have I been harmed, exactly?

For most sites that you visit ad sponsorship is irrelevant it pays pennies, which is why they are all trying to stop adblockers so that they can at least scrape a few shekels. Do you not see all the whines on the news sites employing you to take out a subscription? Almost every content creator and content creating site has lost out since they were conned into believing that ad sponsorship was a thing.

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Men charged with theft of free newspapers

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Surely this could be argued away by a lawyer

The lawyer could argue that by taking the papers they were clearing away a public nuisance.

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When can real-world laws invade augmented reality fantasies? A trial in Milwaukee will decide

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Re: The first pic

Marauding mobs of twitchers in pursuit of a rare bird can and have caused environmental damage, caused an affray, the death of the bird in question, and terrorised old people in their gardens. Those responsible for advertising and directing mobs to environmentally sensitive locations bear a responsibility for any damaged caused.

http://web.onetel.net.uk/~wcswift/

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Google plans to scrub 'inflammatory' and terror vids from youTube

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Those dastardly users not using the correct tags, what ever will we do?

Hmmm. In order to get the videos watched don't they have to advertise them in some way, with tags or descriptions?

Even if they are linking to them from elsewhere can't Google etc (who claim to know everything about everything) detect that YT video aaabbbccc is being linked to from sites glorifying in the death of members of group QQQQ.

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Software dev bombshell: Programmers who use spaces earn MORE than those who use tabs

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Re: A question

Coding styles mean that anyone looking at code in any editor, or on any machine within the organisation, see the same layout. That the layout doesn't change based on the vagary of which developers machine one is sitting at, or which editor they happen to use. TABs converted to spaces such that they adhere to organisational layout standards are the best way forward. Some sites also dictate a maximum line length, if DevX decides on TAB stops every 6 columns and the organisational standard is every 2 columns then

DevX's code is going to look to look like they've wrapped code at artificial places.

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Re: Hey, did you know the editor could do that automatically?

Better yet the site that you work at ought to have a preferred layout style built into the preferred editor that you use. If someone is wilful enough to change the style or to not use the sites preferred editor, for something that doesn't matter a jot, then they are probably wilful enough to subvert other standards too.

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Re: A question

No its because places that have enforce coding layout styles generally pay more than places where everyone can write their shit any which way they want.

HINT: Your editor should allow you to type TAB and have it replaced by the standard number of space (2,3,4, or 69) as appropriate to the layout style.

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Brit hacker admits he siphoned info from US military satellite network

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Re: "NCA has people with skills like Caffrey's"

breaking into computer systems and 'stealing' other people's data.

I'm reliably informed that he could not have possibly 'stolen' anything as: Copying isn't theft.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeTybKL1pM4

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Europe-wide BitTorrent indexer blockade looms after Pirate Bay blow

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Re: I could be mistaken, but...

Not according to Cary Sherman of the RIAA. There is a video on YT with him saying that they don't give a damn about ripping for personal use. I think its this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhIWvyKd7C0

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Ehm. CDs haven't had DRM since the mid 2000s.

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You know this net neutrality thing? Well, people really love it

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The rise of AI marks an end to CPU dominated computing

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Re: Bloody AI's

Frankly AI is anything that cons a comp-sci geek for longer than their attention span (currently about 10 seconds).

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Facebook fake news: Sort it out yourself, readers

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It is the same old wikipedia cop-out:

Don't rely on anything on this site check somewhere else.

which renders the information on the site as useless.

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Booze stats confirm boring Britain is drying

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Less Booze More Crack.

What evidence is there that reduction in alcohol consumption hasn't been replaced by a increase in consumption of crack and/or skunk?

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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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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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