* Posts by Daggerchild

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Google parks old pay-to-play auction in front of European Commission – reports

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Re: Curious to see the answer of the EU

If the EU actually wanted to solve this, they'd define a market product data interchange format and exchange. They'd be able to track and kill counterfeiters with it too.

They don't *know* what a fair solution is. They have just declared they will punish Google until, basically, Google make them feel in control again, by providing an unspecified something that's not guaranteed to even exist. Google's only solution may be to *never* integrate specialised search results in general search results, which makes everything dumber, as the future's on the other side of that tech.

Consider how an AI answers "Where's the nearest place to buy a good hammer" and how many competing map, location, shop, products, recommendation engines could be involved in a verbal answer?

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Competing is Anti-Competative?

An auction would, “simply create an additional anti-competitive barrier..."

So, what product property do they want to compete on and who measures it, if they don't want to include either money, or who the customer chooses to go to to find things?

It's a very strange state of affairs to fight over real-estate *within* a competitor's shop, and then complain that the shop owner has an unfair advantage.

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The new, new Psion is getting near production. Here's what it looks like

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"work that I used to be able to do with a small device in my coat pocket."

Nokia Communicator?

Bingo. Have a pint :-) One of the few phones you could ssh in with, then write keyboard-symbol soup/shellscript in screen, without screaming.

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Driver legacy - source/specs

So, will we get enough source for its hardware/driver specs to be able to support it ourselves if the manufacturer goes under?

This is a concern for me. My backup phone is already an unsalvagable pile of decaying Android security vulnerabilities because the manufacturer didn't release enough data for anyone else to save it after they discarded it.

I don't *want* to have to throw this one away.

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Speaking as someone who's been waiting about a decade for something like this, and will bite your arm off for it, yes, there is a market, even if it's only "specialist".

And by specialist I mean people who pour data into computers, and need a proper input system, rather than passively drawing information from them, as 99% of people do. This market segment will always exist.

I now watch people who are oncall take their laptops with them to the pub, to be able do work that I used to be able to do with a small device in my coat pocket. Losing such devices was not progress.

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A furious think-tank boss, Google, and an academic 'fired' for criticizing ads giant

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Re: Google has peaked

"This story just happenned to coincide with a bunch of others about how Google has been being evil recently"

Strange - Google have always 'been evil'. And the Reg hasn't had many more "Opinion: Google are evil" pieces than usual, and Reg never misses chinks in the Googlearmor. What have you been reading?

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Fruit flies' brains at work: Decision-making? They use their eyes

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Optical tracking of biochemical processes.

Reminds me a story of a dance teacher. A student had foolishly come in with a colour-changing-dye t-shirt, that was a fad at the time.

"Excellent!" said the teacher, setting them their practises. "If that thing hasn't changed colour by the time I come back, you'll keep going!"

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Re: Time flies like an arrow.

Funny you mention that old joke. The last time I saw it, it was being used to drive AI natural language processors completely nuts. It has about 9 different parsings or something.

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Google, propaganda, and the new New Man

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Re: Lying is always bad propaganda, because it deceives and misleads the people

*MWU HA Ha ha haaaaaaaaaaaa*

But, you see, civilisation is *made* from deceit! We tell each other lies about things being better than they are, so people arrive expecting it, or demanding it, or doing something about it, and, with sufficient numbers, they can even bring it into existence.

Some call these lies 'dreams'. Collect enough of these, and you may call it a 'culture'.

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Oracle staff report big layoffs across Solaris, SPARC teams

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Nixless?

How many viable commercial *nixen are there left? Solaris is mid seppuku. AIX I assume still ticks in dark places. Apple's creature probably still counts, but that's not really a server thing. I can't think of any others really.

What does it say about commercial software 'innovation' that just about every serious business is now reliant on an utterly uncommercial entity they would have mugged and left for dead if they could.

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Criticize Google, get fired: Spotlight spins on ad giant's use of soft money

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Re: Take the king's shilling, you do the king's bidding.

"You cast white guys as the villains, and they are villains even without their own knowledge."

"Villains" is your word not mine. I'm just using this as an extra bit of probabilistic weighting. I notice you are attacking me instead of denying it though, possibly because it's accepted knowledge?

If over-reading negative connotation into single words in my multi-component opinion is causing you offence, maybe you should stop doing that?

"There is nothing I could say that you could not counter with such a dirty tactic. Just give it up."

Uhuh. Meanwhile, you "just know" that "Google are evil", and are accusing others of unjust auto-villainisation. I don't think "dirty tactics" are the reason you are having difficulty with my opinion.

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Re: Take the king's shilling, you do the king's bidding.

"Have I described your statement accurately?"

Not really, no. I'm just factoring in how women are treated in tech, by men, subconsciously, on average.

Then I cross referenced with the male mind type likely demonstrated by the strategies in the previous points, and added in the known fact that they are also strongly opinionated, and may be leading a pack.

The "Google are evil, therefore stop thinking" end of the probability spectrum is well covered. I'm just going to explore the rest, just in case, y'know, large crowds of angry people aren't reliable evaluators of unclear events.

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Re: Take the king's shilling, you do the king's bidding.

I'm reading up on this and, well, it looks like Lynn kinda pissed off his boss while she was busy trying to milk Google for more.

And was building a separate powerbase within her organisation.

And may have countermanded her web takedown.

And if, during this mounting disagreement, he treated her "like a woman"..

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'Independent' gov law reviewer wants users preemptively identified before they're 'allowed' to use encryption

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Scotland: Invade. Please.

So, the only people who won't be spied upon, are terrorists. Gotcha.

But if you use something they don't understand, isn't that also effectively encryption?

So, how long before you can be arrested on suspicion of inventing?

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VW engineer sent to the clink for three years for emissions-busting code

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Re: clean air laws are a joke

It's a crying shame we don't all live in hab-domes (yet) so you can't be forced to put your lungs where your emissions are. That'd make for fun reality TV.

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Hash of the Titan: How Google bakes security all the way into silicon

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Re: Dear Google

You're going to have to switch tack. Google may be the symbol of the problem, but no way in hell are they the ones you should worry most about. There are things out there that have developed tech to pierce Chrome's Incognito mode, and they aren't Google. Even bringing Google down may only make things worse.

Users have basically lost control of their apps/browser. You have no idea who it's visiting, what it's giving others, where they are, or who they're working with. Every time an app/extension is installed, you individualise, and become more identifiable, and your attack surface increases.

You wanted detailed instructions? To lie to your enemies, you'll need to lie to your browser, about the machine it's on, the timezone, the time, the clockdrift of your PC, your history, your latency, your network topology, your bandwidth and packetloss, your hardware media acceleration, etc.

And you need to tell a different lie-set for every separate site you told a Truth to. There. This is the true depth of the swamp you live in with Google. But Google didn't make this swamp, and it won't go away when you kill them.

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So you're planning on outsourcing some enterprise security

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Re: Go for it!

As a probable competitor I can assure you, we are doing just that.

I believe I will be training my foreign replacement soon. Heh. Fine. I think 15 years of trying to save someone from themselves is enough of my life wasted.

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FYI: Web ad fraud looks really bad. Like, really, really bad. Bigly bad

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Experience required: 10 years in clicking

"Of these, manual review by an intern revealed that about 7,000 were..."

They made an intern review 12000 websites? Yowch. For their sanity, I hope they knew how to script.

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Judge yanks plug out of AT&T's latest attack on Google Fiber

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This is a job for a Glasshole!

As it happens, auditing manual work is *exactly* what Google's glasses found a successful niche in.

Not that they'll even touch a cable for another decade. AT&T will drag this out as long as inhumanly possible, while they reconstruct the FCC to nuke Google from orbit.

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Waymo fleshes out self-driving car tech with hardware that goes soft at first sign of trouble

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Autoflaccidation!

or is it autoautoflaccidation.. or autovehicularflaccidation?

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US military spies: We'll capture enemy malware, tweak it, lob it right back at our adversaries

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Pressing military matters

Yes yes, but will the National Defence of the USA involve further weaponisation of cutesy Anime girls? :

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/07/29/wikileaks-releases-manual-for-linux-implant-aeris/

<Insert penetration joke here>

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If Anonymous 'pwnd' the Daily Stormer, they did a spectacularly awful job

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Terminator

I now have this fantastic image of Google Analytics engineers salivating over the data feed, shoveling it into their latest AI, turning the raw sewage into an essential safeguard for mankind!

"T1000, if you ever agree with any of these people, kill yourself"

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Google and its terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week in full

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Re: "why Blacks are such fast runners?"

So what you're saying is America needs to enslave the Whites to weed out their poor breeding stock? Hell yeah! Make America Great Again!

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Google. You may have to up the timetable.

Hello Google. I know your Secret Project people have their hands full with the Grand Legal Navigation Engine, but it looks like you may have to up the timetable on the project beyond it. Things are beginning to get out of hand.

I'm talking of course about the Great Internet Argument Engine - a discussion forum where people are only able to exchange viewpoints by assembling digraph structures of basic concepts, and sending them to attempt to adhere to or replace things in a World View. This should collate World Views that actually hold together in a stiff breeze.

The energy involved in the Brownian motion of Internet Argument at the moment suggests any thought structure is more likely to be bashed apart than crystallise anymore. We may not have much time before the Internet fully ionises, and everything becomes flames.

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Re-identifying folks from anonymised data will be a crime in the UK

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Re: it's not ... anonymised... is it?

I don't have a lot of confidence identifiable patterns can be obscured in a lot of cases.

e.g. Can you identify a Commentard coming from a different IP without logging in? Quite possibly, if they're interested in upvotes to their posts, have mutually exclusive activity times, no interest in things they've already read, excepting comments, which they click through to so fast you know they already read the article etc.

If it's my job to make sure patterns can't be found, well, if looking is illegal I think this goes in the same bucket as possessing hacking tools, so you can test your own shields. You can be thrown to the wolves at any time. It's really no fun being one of the good guys.

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Forget Iran and North Korea. Now there's another uranium source

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Re: Arm chair musing

I was wondering if the mini-black was needed too, but my musing was whether the neutron star would hold together if the star whipped past another one, or swung close enough to a conventional black hole, to momentarily mess up the spherical crush and make it spooge its guts out.

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Big Internet balks at fresh effort to crack down on sex trafficking

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To layer on the analogy, you have to remove the swastika if it's against the law and you know about it, e.g. a neighbour told you. That's the current state (AIUI IANAL ETC). It's still legal to otherwise just stay indoors watching the telly.

What I suspect this does is, if one of the neighbourhood kids is an asshole, daubing your walls repeatedly, then not patrolling your walls regularly checking everything against a changing list of symbology, becomes dangerous. It becomes safer and simpler not to have walls.

You're reading this on a wall.

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I have a cucumber to sell you. It has cute yellow spots. It's not very long.

If you aren't 'in the market', how do you know which terminology is evil? e.g. Pizzagate. And God in heaven do you even want to get involved in moderating the seething masses and guessing their mind if you run a small company?

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Oh they almost certainly do use it to start their hunts. And they are probably pissed off at this attempt to scatter the pigeons which may only result in less children getting rescued.

But as with all politics - it's not what's true that counts, it's what's seen.

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If you love your email standards, SMTP your feet: 35 years later

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GOTO 10

It's a testament to the complexity of the application server/cloud stack these days that I'm seriously considering automating an information interface to users via email, like we did in ye olde days (who remembers FTP-by-mail gateways?). That's a doddle to write, and small enough to actually be securable.

All I have to do is work out which mail encryption/authentication works for people using Outlook....

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Google tracks what you spend offline to prove its online ads work. And privacy folks are furious

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Re: Throw 22

Yeah, but it's a fox-built, fox-tested, fox-proof henhouse. Can better be built?

Nobody knows what goes on inside. And, isn't that .. the point?

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Throw 22

"Google's assurance that it can protect privacy ... cannot be verified because Google has not disclosed details about its technology or its third-party partners and does not allow independent auditing."

Heh. "We cannot prove Google cannot protect your data because nobody can get at it!"

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Steve Bannon wants Facebook, Google 'regulated like utilities'

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Here it comes!

Ah, I was wondering how long it would take.

They wants it, the precioussssssses.

They should just make it a law that no company can accept users from *both* odd and even IP addresses.

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systemd'oh! DNS lib underscore bug bites everyone's favorite init tool, blanks Netflix

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Systemd is extremely useful!

I think everyone is completely misunderstanding how useful systemd is.

Everyone who doesn't want to look to the past, and who believe in following leaders with strong personalities and innovative legacy-discarding ideas, can all band together and sail off to create a new future.

Leaving everyone who actually gives a sh*t about good engineering in peace, while their ship catches fire, runs aground, and establishes some kind of Lord of the Flies cannibal tribe.

Put systemd in your interview questions for new hires, and leave the true-believers free to go innovate someone else into the ground.

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Re: Underscore?

@jake : I don't think that URL is saying what you say it's saying.

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China censors drop the soap operas, sitcoms

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Re: It's disgusting that regimes like this still exist in this modern world.

"I just want to point out that the U.S. achieved all of that without having all the brutality"

*splutters tea over keyboard*

I'm going to guess here that you're white...

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Re: It's disgusting that regimes like this still exist in this modern world.

They have several distinct advantages. A blank starting sheet, access to the state of the art of the west, more money than God, and the ability to freely copy anything their western contractors do in China and merge it with any other tech they copied.

This means they have no barrier to the nextgen tech the West won't allow itself to make due to those same IP laws China is laughing at.

The industriousness of the Chinese man in the street was demonstrated by Hong Kong. I'm not actually sure how many (if *any*) of the advances are due to, rather than in spite of, the Glorious Leadership.

I *do* however empathise with the Communist leadership - their entire system relies on keeping a *gigantic* dragon drugged and chained, at a fraction of its power, because if it were suddenly released, China would immolate itself and probably everything nearby. That they accomplished this gargantuan feat of Order is nothing short of astounding! That doesn't however stop it being a really silly thing to do. They basically live in terror now, looking at how fast this thing is growing, needing new chains every day.

Silly sausages. Humans have always moved forward through the illogical art of constantly almost falling over.

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Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook blow massive amounts lobbying Trump administration

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Re: But did it do any good?

Oh I dunno - the cable monopolies seem to be getting value for money now :)

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Dahua cameras stung by Web interface bug

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Re: Should I trust a field or field length supplied by an outside source?

Content-Length: 00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000........

See also, Content-Encoding: gzip; dd if=/dev/zero | gzip -9c -

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Google Cloud plays GTA in Snowball fight with AWS

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Re: What about security?

I would have thought that if you're paying Google to do exactly that, you'd be very annoyed if they didn't.

I wouldn't mind a Google Search page for our corporate Intranet. All I can usually find on any subject are a million mentions.

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Google must cough up contact info for 8,000 employees in gender discrimination case

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Human Instrumentation Project

There should be fascinating data here about the underlying reasons for pay discrepancies in the tech industry.

But I have a nagging feeling this isn't really about that.

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All hail AT&T! Champion of the open internet and users' privacy!

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You make it sound like it's a measured and considered response, instead of simply being a huge bonfire of anything Obama has ever touched.

It's very difficult to blame Obama through all the heat and flames, but I can't help but admire your continued determination to do so.

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Academics 'funded by Google' tend not to mention it in their work

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Re: I've seen...

"Not because of that, that's a strawman argument. It's because a "research" created for monetary reasons (=You are getting paid to prove a point, no matter how much lying is needed) is always bad stuff"

But... isn't saying the researchers are paid to lie, while also being unable to show that anything produced here *has* been a lie, an evidenceless construction, aka a strawman argument?

Out of interest, how many years need to pass after a Google donation to a public science body, before researchers sponsored by that body aren't considered to be 'bad stuff'? And by your own measure, is the sponsored report in this article telling the truth?

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Re: Insinuators Anonymous

"If the author has any skill at all, it's impossible to say if the results have any connection to reality. Or conclusion to the actual results."

To you, maybe. But to another in the field, you can make a name for yourself hunting down false reports and blowing their sh*t up.

These papers aren't going to disappear. They can be dug up at any future point and used to bludgeon Google and the sponsored researcher with. And Google's enemies would pay handsomely to see that happen.

It's much, much more cost effective in a battle to manufacture *real* ammo, not stuff that looks impressive but blows up in your face later.

So, I'll sit and wait for these researcher reports to be disproven. It shouldn't be hard - lots of people hate Google. I mean, wouldn't *you* like to prove Google is lying instead of just telling everyone they are?

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Re: Insinuators Anonymous

"And you really believe they aren't lying on _that_? Really, this is pathetic."

Erm. You're not making a very persuasive argument considering they're all talking about publicly available funding records.

If you want to play that game, how do you know the people hiding their funding from you while making this report aren't lying to you about people who hide their funding making reports full of lies?

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Re: Insinuators Anonymous

Er, from the line that followed yours....

and I'd read this story elsewhere where they'd actually included Google's response to this, pointing out the statistical shenanigans.

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Re: I've seen...

"Look! Over there!!! Other bad stuff!!!!!!!"

Heh. Note how you 'just know' this stuff here is 'bad stuff', without reading it, because a guy in a funding mask tells you it is.

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Insinuators Anonymous

Heh. So, *actually*, 74% of the people funded by Google say they're funded by Google. That's evil!

The rest of the report is anyone who has received funds from anyone who has *ever* received funds from Google. Minor omitted detail there. So basically if Google ever donates to someone who donates to you, you're a sock puppet. Don't argue.

And whatever you do - don't *read* any of these papers. No, don't make you *own* mind up.

And don't look behind the curtain for the voice telling you Google is evil. Because, unlike Google's funding habits, you *can't* work out who's paying for this one. See Google? This is how you're *meant* to do it. Bwahahahaha!

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An AI can replace what a world leader said in his video-taped speech. This will end well. Not

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That's nothing!

Using only readily available consumer equipment, people are already uploading clips of Trump saying things that are absolutely ridiculous!

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