* Posts by Moosh

177 posts • joined 2 May 2013

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Google, Bing, Yahoo! data hoarding is like homeopathy. It doesn't work – new study claims

Moosh

Doesn't sharing data about what you've bought violate privacy?

I was under the impression that targetted advertising was purely to do with searches, not purchases.

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Moosh

I don't understand how they could even begin to charge prostitution when clearly no such offence occured?

I could imagine indecent exposure as the place was probably not licensed for such a thing and/or the idea that some people might not be expecting it when they go to get coffee. But prostitution?

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

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Unhappy

Mr Part and Parcel comments about this, and yet has remained silent on things such as the increasing acid attack rates?

Anything where he doesn't have to rock the boat. He's not a politician, he's an idiot trying to be like Tony Blair. He'll shout out when he thinks it will impact him positively (arbitrarily banning adverts for promoting attractiveness, for example), but stay silent when people actually expect comment.

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Hotel guest goes broke after booking software gremlin makes her pay for strangers' rooms

Moosh
Meh

Credit Cards

Are there an inordinate amount of Americans in these comments?

Debit cards are by far the most common method of card payment in the UK, if not the EU (i'm not sure what the stats are on that).

I have had issues with my debit card before. However, my "bank" (actually Nationwide Building Society) has always been very, VERY prompt with card cancellation, refunds, etc. etc.. To the extent that it is sometimes annoying.

For example: I withdrew money from a cash machine that had been linked to crime. So my card was locked until I went through security (via phone) and confirmed certain transactions weren't fraudulent. This has happened quite a few times.

One time my card details were stolen somehow and people were buying PS3s in Denmark and were attempting to do so in bloody Vietnam too. I got the large sum (the PS3 costs) back almost immediately, and was able to get the unauthorised overdraft fees reversed at a local bank branch. I explained to them that my Credit Card payment (also with Nationwide) would be impacted and they understood this and were accommodating. The only thing that took a bit longer was that there had also been a number of very small purchases (£1.90, etc. etc.) which were a lot more niggly to refund, which took about a week.

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DARPA orders spaceplane capable of 10 launches in 10 days

Moosh
Black Helicopters

Anyone else get the impression...

... that there's a lot more going on in orbit than we're led to believe?

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British government has bought a £200m 5G 'academic wet dream'

Moosh

Its the future

Humanity is exploring the depths of space; hyper intelligent bio-machine hybrids swim through the ether, the human population is measured in thousands of trillions, and much of the known galaxy has been explored and colonised.

And I still can't get 3g reception in Cornwall.

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MP3 'died' and nobody noticed: Key patents expire on golden oldie tech

Moosh
Joke

"Don't forget your gold plated optical cables too!"

Optical?

Gold plate your HDMI cables!

It helps you to receive a clearer signal.

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Nvidia's profits so far this year are GPU-ge

Moosh

Re: Very odd / interesting activity on ebay regards the GPU cards...

Its most likely just an alt account of the seller, who's looking to drive up price.

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Booze stats confirm boring Britain is drying

Moosh
Pint

Its a load of trollop is what it is.

Per week is such a stupid measurement. The vast majority of people don't have set drinking days; they go out if something is on or if the weather is nice. When given a "per week", most people will think "well I don't drink every week, so no."

Per week, do i consume more than 12 units?

No.

Per month, do I consume more than 48 units?

Probably.

This month, it is certainly true. The bank holiday weekend just gone, I was out on Saturday and Sunday. On each day I had well over 10 drinks (all doubles or strong cocktails), which doesn't include the couple of shots I also did. Right there is over 40 units. I'm also going to a "bring your own bottle" company quiz next week; my bottle is a half drunk 70cl vodka.

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Lyrebird steals your voice to make you say things you didn't – and we hate this future

Moosh
Devil

A whole new wave of erotica

Think of it: any celebrity you want whispering sweet nothings into your ears; talking dirty; playing out the most depraved and/or niche sexual fantasies you could possibly imagine. Want them to talk about you being a furry inflated blueberried baby they're about to eat? No problem!

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Uber sued by ex-Lyft driver tormented by app maker's 'Hell' spyware

Moosh

Re: "Unlike Lyft, Uber changes the tokens it uses..identify drivers, to prevent such tracking."

Agreed, the UK's bus service is miles better than many other European public transportation systems, infinitely better than the US's, and isn't even comparable to third world transportation.

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Peer pressure, not money, lures youngsters into cybercrime – report

Moosh
Unhappy

Teaching kids about cyber security and ethical hacking early on

Several problems here:

1. Barely anyone knows how to code or has any real knowledge of cyber security

2. Those that do have sufficient knowledge earn much more money doing things other than teaching

3. Teaching is a horrible profession at secondary school level

4. Absolutely no one else in the entire school would be able to understand what the fuck is going on beyond 1 or 2 actually interested students per year group and the teacher

Schools have enough trouble finding competent math teachers, never mind actual cyber security or coding experts.

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'Nobody's got to use the internet,' argues idiot congressman in row over ISP privacy rules

Moosh
Coat

Re: "Seriously, this guy needs to be given the same treatment as the latest FreeNas release"

Thus proving that Democrats are mindless and violent?

Worth also noting that one of those Republican presidents was Abraham Lincoln, and that the Democrat who got shot had deep ties to the Mob. I mean, if you're going to be a fucking moron to begin with.

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Overcharge customers, underpay the serfs. Who else but Uber (allegedly)

Moosh

Re: Another clear violation contractor labor laws

This actually happened to me the other day. He called up, asked me where I was heading to, then apologised and said he had to remain in the local area and asked if I could cancel.

The replacement driver I got happened to be on his way to central London anyway, so was more than happy with the destination. Discussing with him, he said that Uber drivers are not told if a passenger specifies a destination; he said they used to be, but for some reason it was changed. I personally believe it was because some people with ridiculous destinations ended up complaining that they weren't getting picked up.

He then brought up the fact that if you cancel a job after accepting it, you get flagged and its very bad. He also mentioned how you basically get fired if your rating dips below a 4/3.

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Bankers to get 1Gbps free Wi-Fi in City of London deal

Moosh
Facepalm

As a "Banker" who actually works as a test analyst at a pension company, and earning the 99th percentile income sum of a princely £34k a year, I can only light up a cigar, heartily chuckle, and burn another £50 note.

This article was biased from the very start. "8000 people" living there, as if its ENTIRELY for those who live there. Then of course it goes on to admit its also available to the 400k people, such as myself, who actually work there. And then also elaborates that it will also be available to the 10 million tourists who visit there yearly.

So what this actually is, is just a public access wifi system that's been twisted in this article to be presented as some sort of anti-proletariat brain microwaving device.

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Webcam sex blackmailer faces extradition to Canada to stand trial for bullied teen's suicide

Moosh

I think one of the major issues is that many people are still completely ignorant of the internet and technology in general.

Many people the same age as me, close friends of mine, struggle to complete even basic tasks on a computer.

How are these people going to be able to comprehend what dangers their child is facing online, when they can barely understand how to visit a web page?

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How about a nice game of ... Tetris? Oxford eggheads slow PTSD onset with classic game

Moosh

Re: I remember when I played that a lot one weekend

One summer as a lad I played World of Warcraft non stop about 16 hours a day.

When i wasn't playing the game the user interface imposed itself onto literally every thought I had. It made me physically sick.

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BDSM sex rocks Drupal world: Top dev banished for sci-fi hanky-panky

Moosh
Gimp

Being into all this BDSM lark myself

Goreans are just weird. Really, anyone trying to turn a fetish into a lifestyle, in my opinion, could benefit from some counselling.

A fetish should just be something that spices up your sex life; not something you live. In fact, isn't the definition of addiction/unhealthy obsession when it starts to negatively impact your personal and professional life?

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Cheap, flimsy, breakable and replaceable – yup, Ikea, you'll be right at home in the IoT world

Moosh

Working for NEST Pensions

I can only say that I hate Nest with a passion - for no reason other than that they share a name with us.

*shakes fist*

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This week's top token gesture: Google Chrome chokes energy-hungry background tabs

Moosh

Re: Wouldn't a good way of extending battery life

The point is that you can have access to google maps and other apps without the operating system itself being a resource heavy power drain for no real reason.

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Moosh

Wouldn't a good way of extending battery life

Be to stop making such unnecessarily chunky operating systems?

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'Windows 10 destroyed our data!' Microsoft hauled into US court

Moosh
Devil

This is why my windows 8.1 installation is on a 60gb SSD that I make sure to constantly keep at only around 2gb of free space.

Have fun background downloading Windows 10 onto that, Microsoft.

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Euro Patent Office hit with wave of anti-Battistelli letters

Moosh
Paris Hilton

Interesting, but...

For those unfamiliar with the controversy surrounding him, might it not be a good idea to actually detail why these complaints are happening?

What activities has he been undertaking?

What are the unpopular reforms he's imposing?

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Germany to Facebook, Twitter: We are *this* close to fining you €50m unless you delete fake news within 24 hours

Moosh
Paris Hilton

"Fake News"

What does this cover?

Things they disagree with or officially say isn't happening?

Isn't this just outright censorship?

Does this extend to parody sites?

Does it count CNN?

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Nintendo Switch orders delayed: Dun dun dun... dundundun dundundun dadada!

Moosh

The real question

Is when are they going to release the next Monster Hunter on it?

I'm sick of playing MH on such a gimped console like the 3DS. Don't get me wrong, its great for games like pokemon and the like, but for something like MH, you really need better controls and a larger, higher res screen.

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Google's troll-destroying AI can't cope with typos

Moosh

"to provide an automated way to detect "toxic" language in social media"

Might I ask... Why?

Will I now have the pleasure of being reported to her majesty's finest automatically whenever I tell someone to f-ck off and call them a moron on social media?

How do they define social media? Facebeook? Twitter? Message boards? Comments sections?

At what point does saying "I disagree" become a punishable offence?

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Two-thirds of TV Licensing prosecutions at one London court targeted women

Moosh
Flame

Re: re: End this insanely illiberal tax now.

Pardon me, but the BBC is CLEARLY biased. It is incredibly liberal leaning.

Not only that, its reporting quality has gone severely downhill. Its honestly becoming more like buzzfeed with each passing day.

When you are bombarded with the same viewpoint day after day, it ceases to be news. It becomes propaganda.

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Bring it BACK... with MODs! Psion 5 storms great tech revival poll

Moosh

RE: e-ink screens

Wouldn't that then take it a while to render things?

I'm just thinking of the relatively "recent" phones which had the e-ink displays to conserve battery power when the main screen wasn't needed; it took ages for them to updated and for things to render.

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I was authorized to trash my employer's network, sysadmin tells court

Moosh
Boffin

Re: What's wrong with the old-school methods?

"Hello, Police?"

"Yes, i'd like you to DNA test this literal pile of shit in my office bin. And then cross check it with the DNA of people you most likely don't have on file anyway, and in an instance in which there is no real cause or excuse to go tracking down ex employees and forcing them to give a DNA sample, because really I could just empty the bin and use air freshener."

"Yes, I want you to do this despite the fact that DNA evidencing is actually pretty sketchy and nothing at all like its portrayed in CSI"

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Fitbit hit on Pebble kit cost just 20 million quid? Oh s**t!

Moosh
Paris Hilton

Re: If they are losing money...

We're actually living in a Huxleyan/Orwellian fusion dystopia.

We drug the masses with frivolity, pleasure and too much information while also cracking down 1984 style behind the scenes and keeping everything important secret.

Icon related.

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Forget quantum and AI security hype, just write bug-free code, dammit

Moosh

Re: 1980s computer science

"Agile promotes bad practices."

I could not agree more. I'm a test analyst at a pension company and I am genuinely shocked at the stories of agile lifecycles i hear from my friends working agile projects through Deloitte and SQS. Half the time the people don't even have a proper design or even know how the code should work. Testing properly is impossible and a lot of the time the tests aren't even ran because they don't have any auditing system and there's no recording of the test evidence. There's no real review process and sprints are just a mad dash to the finish line with no real unified movement. My friend is a test manager at Deloitte and he has nothing but horror stories about Agile in his 6 years of being contracted out on projects.

I work a waterfall model, which I know isn't the "in" thing nowadays, but we have a strong audit trail, strong design, a good understanding of expected performance, great system documentation, and critical defects/production defects are fixed outside of the standard lifecycle anyway.

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GRAPHENE: £120m down, UK.gov finds it's still a long way from commercial potential

Moosh

Re: Shouldn't they be throwing more money at this thing?

I understand this, but the government has in this instance started throwing what it seems to think is money at the situation and even interfered with the patent process.

They're currently half-assing it. They should do either or, not what they're currently doing. They're only hurting both themselves and the development of graphene.

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Moosh
Holmes

Shouldn't they be throwing more money at this thing?

£120 million, really, is nothing.

If they want a return on investment, they need to put more into it.

I mean Sony, a private business, spent $3.2 Billion just developing the Playstation 3, and the government is expecting rapid progress and return on a new, "2 dimensional" material with only £120 million?

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Third time lucky: ICANN beats off .africa ban

Moosh
Coat

Awaiting the inevitable

iblesstherainsdownin.africa

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IT guy checks to see if PC is virus-free, with virus-ridden USB stick

Moosh

Re: Some men just want to watch the world burn...

The vast majority of cracks flag false positives on anti-virus softwares. I've never had a single issue with cracks, and each one triggered the anti virus.

Then again, I only used highly rated torrents from private trackers.

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Who do you want to be Who? VOTE for the BBC's next Time Lord

Moosh
Angel

I'm not quite sure who I would like to play the Doctor

But I do know I would quite like some decent writing.

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Batman v Superman leads Razzie nominations

Moosh
Coat

Re: Not LaLa Land?

"You are guaranteed an Oscar if you play a crip"

What if you play a blood?

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Doomsday Clock moves to 150 seconds before midnight. Thanks, Trump

Moosh
Thumb Down

This is literally a meme clock and quite honestly there is no reason for it to move forward. I mean my god, prior to Trump winning the elections there was a genuine and palpable fear of direct military conflict with Russia, and now that possibility has basically vanished.

This is a load of guff. They have a political narrative that must be maintained; that trump is an aggressive expansionist. Despite actually being an isolationist.

I have my own clock. It's 1 minute to midnight and it moves forward every time someone spergs out about Trump for no reason.

When it hits midnight nothing happens but its handy for me to make a big scene about.

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Japan's terrifying techno-toilets will be made foreigner friendly, vow makers

Moosh
Boffin

Re: Ah, Japan

Squat toilets are usually public and quite frankly lead to more spillage as the "squatting area" is usually level with the tiling. A healthy position? Yes, but really the toilet shouldn't be designed in such a way to cause major problems depending on whether or not your stool is as healthy as it should be.

Honestly, a normal toilet is really the most hygienic way of going about it. You pick up more germs touching the many door handles you undoubtedly come in contact with throughout the day (which you more than likely directly transmit to mouth/eyes), while your business is guaranteed to be contained unless you purposefully miss, dip your hands in it and them smother yourself with it.

I believe the same is true of using toilet paper. It cleans what might otherwise require unpleasantly strong bursts of water to remove, allows you to wet the tissue if needed, and you (or rather, you're supposed to) wash your hands afterwards anyway.

I find a lot of arguments in favour of different toilets and cleaning methods tend to be more like excuses for lack of proper infrastructure and plumbing.

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Weaky-leaks: Furious fans roast Assange in web interview from hell

Moosh
Meh

Re: Questions questions questions

What about the SMS records?

A) she did not want to charge assange with anything, she just wanted him to take an STD test

B) the police arrested him against her wishes

C) she had actually stated "I was half asleep"

D) the woman who's rape charge was dropped egged the other woman on and convinced her to sell their stories for cash

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The top doc, the FBI, the Geek Squad informant – and the child porn pic that technically wasn't

Moosh
Thumb Down

Sometimes I dislike law

Actual child pornography was found in his home, but because the warrant was invalid, it can't be used against him. Even though everyone knows it for a fact. Because more child pornography was found at his house in actuality.

So what would happen? "Well despite us knowing for certain that you do in fact possess child pornography, we can't prosecute you because we weren't allowed to find that out because of a technicality."

I also really, really, REALLY hate pedo bait pictures. Like "modelling" shots of young girls wearing lingerie and shit, but because its not actual pornography, its legal, despite everyone knowing damn well whats going on and what people are using these images for. I'm not usually for censorship, but its so obvious. No one should need to use an image of an underage child in lingerie, or "swim suits", or faux fetish wear, for any purposes.

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Oracle exec quits over co-CEO Safra Catz's promise to assist Trump

Moosh

The most surefire way to get downvoted in these echo chamber comment sections is to even entertain the notion that Trump isn't literally Satan and Hitler's lovechild.

This exec is an uninformed moron.

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Landmark EU ruling: Legality of UK's Investigatory Powers Act challenged

Moosh

I don't regret voting in favour of brexit. Not one bit.

What I do regret is that we only have authoritarian capitalists and lackadaisical socialists to choose from as far as our own government is concerned.

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Sexbots could ‘over-exert’ their human lovers, academic warns

Moosh

I doubt i'd legally be able to program the robot to do what i'd like it to do to me in Britain.

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A single typo may have tipped US election Trump's way

Moosh

Re: This:

I don't blame them for trying to aid Trump when Hillary was openly calling for direct armed conflict with Russia in Syria.

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Oi, you, no flirting, no touching in the back of our rides, sniffs Uber

Moosh
Paris Hilton

What about flirting between people in an uber pool, is this also expressly forbidden?

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Uber is watching your smartphone's battery charge

Moosh
Devil

Quite off the topic of the application monitoring battery charge...

I have absolutely no problem with Uber, and in my drunken Uber trips have heard almost entirely positive things about the company from Uber drivers; its literally just a way to earn a few extra quid, and while I have heard a few groans about how strict they are with ratings (Uber drivers are apparently dropped if their rating falls below a certain level), the majority just seem happy to be earning some extra dosh. For a lot of drivers, especially younger ones, its a way for them to pay for their new car. Some of the ones I have spoken to used to be standard taxi drivers but prefer Uber because they can just clock on and off whenever they want, and they can pick and choose who they respond to (for example, picking up someone who has set a destination close to where they themselves live in order to finish off their night).

Its also infinitely harder to get ripped off by an uber driver, as the app stores each trip you do. I'm friends with this chap on facebook: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/35916126/uber-passenger-pays-102-for-ride-as-driver-takes-huge-detour

The reason he was aware was because he could see the charge and the app history on his phone, as well as the driver who did it.

I quite honestly feel as though those who complain about Uber have never used it or even interacted with an Uber driver.

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Apple Watch sales go over a cliff: Down 2.8 meellion per quarter in a year

Moosh

Smart watches were always going to be a short lived fad

I have always said this about smart watches. People willing to pay these amounts for watches are NOT the sort to consistently buy minor upgrades. The watch market is full of collectors and people who value genuine build quality and superior design. On the high end of the spectrum, I know people who would never even consider letting a smart watch touch their wrists. On the low end, there are those who would never even consider paying over £30 for a watch. And in the middle - what use does a smart watch have over the phone you carry with you any way?

If you wear a watch, you most likely wore one long before the smart watch became available, and you most likely don't want to get a "smart" replacement. I have a citizen eco-drive; solar powered and uses radio waves to keep up to date automatically (which means it auto updates when I travel, too). That's as smart as I need.

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Congrats America, you can now safely slag off who you like online

Moosh
Thumb Up

Re: now if

Even on bloody youtube comments, the dislike button has a lag before updating (possibly pending a review even), whereas the like button updates the comment instantly.

I do quite like register comments. While there are some salty buggers who I feel have "downvoted" a comment despite the comment not being overly negative or containing bad content, the vast majority here seem to simply move on from the post if it's mediocre, and only actually downvote if its particularly ignorant or incendiary (usually purposefully so).

And then you have sites like Reddit, where downvoting is used as a weapon to suppress dissenting opinion. And on the opposite end of the spectrum, 4chan, where you cannot discern good from bad before reading the content and then wishing you hadn't and closing the page.

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Meet the Loughborough 'emo' boffins who predicted Trump's victory

Moosh
Big Brother

Drug the masses with false reality

The issue is that a LOT of US polls were WILFULLY incorrect. For example, many polls on realclearpolitics listed democrat samples much higher than the republican samples; and it was mostly in these polls that Hillary was ahead. Looking closer at the polls, you could tell that if a heavily weighted Dem poll still only had Hillary up by 1 or 2 points, she was in serious trouble.

Call me a tinfoil hat wearer, but I do not for a moment question the possibility of the US media trying to influence the outcome of the election because Hillary represented the safety of the status quo for domestic policy (despite the danger of a third world war with international policy). I cannot think of another reasonable explanation for consistently oversampling democrats in most of their polls other than an attempt to demoralise the opposition or convince readers of what the "right" opinion to have was.

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