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Joined on: Sunday, 23rd December 2001, 02:26, Last used: Friday, 6th September 2013, 05:47

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About this user: 13.5 stones of wit

This user has posted a total of 12931 messages. On average, since joining, this user has posted 1.97 messages a day, or 13.8 messages a week. In the last 30 days, this user has posted 47 messages, which is on average 1.57 messages a day.

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RE: [VIDEO] BBC is making a Victorian-era War of the Worlds TV series

Managed to drag myself through the last episode and have to say I found the whole thing crushingly disappointing. After the excellent first episode, the second & third just seemed to go nowhere, with the last episode just seeming to be nothing but filler until the final credits.

Mind you, if you think about the source material, there's not really that much of a watchable story as is. Jeff Wayne's musical version & the Tom Cruise movie fleshed out the original narrative, but the original premise, (Victorians deal with alien invasion, get slaughtered, then the invaders die with little to no intervention from the protagonists) doesn't, with hindsight, make for a thrilling tale on its own merits.

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RE: [VIDEO] Election 2019

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Si Wooldridge says...
"Reminds me of the guy who attributed Obama quotes to Trump..."

Reminds me of the guy who attributed Bible quotes to the Q'uran and read them out to religious types who then 'accidentally admitted' that the bible is a horrific book to base a system of faith on.

It's very easy to enter an obviously opinionated bubble of people (and I really don't think he could have picked a more opinionated bunch of people from which to collect his soundbites) and throw cherry-picked quotes back at them, then recording their reactions to get clicks (& revenue) for your youtube channel. It would be like reading the 14 tenets of fascism to members of UKIP and attributing them to the Tory manifesto. It's lazy, lazy clickbait.

I'm not in any way defending Corbyn or Labour, and I most certainly won't be voting for someone with all the personality & charisma of a substitute geography teacher to be the next leader of the country. 


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RE: Zombie Driver HD free on Steam till 6pm today

Cheers for the heads-up. It's a lot of fun

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RE: [VIDEO] Election 2019

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"Right... "
Not sure what your point is. Those two links you provide show that they gauge both those sites as extreme left, but follow up their articles with displayable facts to compliment their articles. Naturally those articles would be from a confirmation-bias led source, but they would back up what the site is saying. the difference between those sites you've selected and Guido is that more often than not, the latter makes sensationalist claims and rely on, again, confirmation-bias led bigotry to make their leaders accept the words on the page without the harsh reality of credible evidence to affirm what they're saying is true. The difference is selecting what truths to write about, and just writing unprovable lies and hoping no-one bothers to check.

FWIW, if any site has an exteme left-or-right bias I'd try to steer clear, as I'd know that I wasn't being shown the complete picture.



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RE: [VIDEO] Election 2019

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Si Wooldridge says...
"That link is also pretty biased"

They, like Snopes, are pretty much some of the most neutral and legitimately unbiased fact & bias checking sites out there. They're usually referred to as biased and one-sided by those whose biases are the ones getting debunked, and as their verifiable checks don't fit in with the baiased person's myopic narrative, they're regarded as biased themselves.

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Si Wooldridge says...
"fails to mention that it criticises Conservatives as well"

It doesn't matter who they criticise, and to infer they only fact-check one side of the political spectrum is to apportion bias where none exists. They aren't gauging media sites on WHO they criticise, more of how they go about publishing their stories ,opinion pieces masquerading as news & editorials, without providing evidence for their claims..

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Essentially, Guido Fawkes is adding a few opinionated soundbites to their blog posts with the hope of increasing discussion to encourage clicking (Clickbait) or sharing on social media. Generally all stories favor the right with many having a nationalist tone and are poorly sourced. Further, this source down plays climate change by publishing articles that show Polar Bears are thriving and demonstrating that green energy is too costly.

Overall, we rate Guido Fawkes Right Biased due to word choices that favor the Right and Mixed for factual reporting based on poor sourcing
Again, it's not about who or what they're reporting on, it's how they go about it, and what evidence they supply to back up their clickbait claims. In short, they're virtual toilet paper

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RE: [VIDEO] Election 2019

It may very well be true, but turning to 'slightly more right than the Express' Fawkes for extra 'facts' about the case is pretty self-defeating in the credibility stakes.

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Got Firefox & Avast? Probably not for much longer

This is a little concerning

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Wladimir Palant, creator of AdBlock Plus, published an analysis of Avast extensions in late October 2019 on his personal site. He discovered that Avast's extension transmitted data to Avast that provided Avast with browsing history information. The data that the extension submits exceeded what is necessary to function according to Palant.

The extensions include the full address of the page, the page title, referer, and other data in the request. Data is submitted when pages are opened but also when tabs are switched. On search pages, every single link on the page is submitted as well.



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RE: [VIDEO] Election 2019

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admars says...
"https://voteforpolicies.org.uk/"
Interesting, but of the selections given, a lot of the cherry-picked options were virtually identical, so there was no lesser of two evils, and more of a coin toss to pick which choice.



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RE: [VIDEO] Election 2019

Why anyone would take endorsement from a continually failing businessman is beyond me, but even Trump has indirectly weighed in on the election, while claiming 'not to interfere', but stating that he can work with 'any Prime Minister', essentially inferring that he himself doesn't believe the result is a done deal.

That is, of course, dependent on Trump still being POTUS when parliament reconvenes

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RE: [VIDEO] Election 2019

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Si Wooldridge says...
"So only lies in ads is what counts?"

When the current topic thread is about lying in ads... yes


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RE: [VIDEO] Election 2019

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Si Wooldridge says...
"As it's not an ad, I guess it doesn't count..."

Now you're getting it. Context is key


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RE: [VIDEO] Election 2019

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Si Wooldridge says...
"more than enough lies this campaign from all parties...
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But only 2 parties so far, and it's the obvious parties, that have been caught lying, and I'm pretty sure Google & FB are checking every ad with the same eyes. Thus far, every other party hasn't, by ignorance or design, attempted to have published campaign ads was misleading information or claims.

I'd expect these kind of shenanigans from the likes of the Brexit party, and definitely UKIP, but the Tories really should know better.


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[VIDEO] RE:The deeply concerning advent of Deepfakes

Bit ropey in places, but the overall effect is impressive



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RE: [VIDEO] Taking down a scam call centre

I've seen a lot of this guy's vids, and I love his calm style. I'm lucky in that I ventured onto the WWW in about '00 with an immediate sense of scepticism about the whole thing, and was always aware that as soon as a new technology becomes available, there will be those who will try to exploit the less aware for nefarious financial gain. Happily, my nearest & dearest adopted this immediate suspiscion from me more or less by osmosis, and I've lost count of the number of times I've booted up combofix to rescue a ransomware-infected OS.

Which is why I get upset & angry whenever I hear of anyone getting taken in by these evil & heartless c****s. The internet's been around enough, and it's been known to be crappy for long enough that some kind of official agency should be putting out PSAs about this kind of thing, informing the uninformed masses that they shouldn't be calling the numbers given out by obvious scam pop-ups.

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R.I.P Gary Rhodes

Shame, really liked him. I'll always remember the advice he gave that bloke up the mountain about cooking sausages.

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RE: And the award for environmentally destructive designed obsolescence goes to...

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Gareth Williams says...
"Can confirm, as my family's/friends' tech support operator, whenever I hear "can you take a look at my laptop" I die a little on the inside."

Amen Brother. Luckily the only PC I've had to fix recently has been my own, which was displaying symptoms quite similar to Jitendar's above. No BSODs to speak of, but after failing to start after a proper shutdown for the 5th consecutive time, I thought it had got over its problem and was booting up, until the screen displayed a black wallpaper with the words 'This copy of windows is not genuine' in the bottom right corner. I'm not the type to panic, although this was un-nerving me a lot. Safe mode crashed on startup, chkdsk was only getting to stage 3, and I was properly getting worried as there was a lot of important crap on that hard drive.

So I resorted to the physical standby. Unplug the bugger and break out the hoover, resetting the CMOS jumper in the process. The GFX card was particularly stuffed with dust and I think that may have been the main culprit. Long story short, it booted first time and doesn't appear to have been affected by its downtime at all.
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RE: [VIDEO] Youtube introduces video rules that will financially cripple 90% of their user base's in

I've currently got £36 sitting in an Adsense account from my YT channel. I can't withdraw that until it hits £60, but a few years ago they introduced new criteria whereby you had to produce so much material per month, and also gain a certain number of unique hits per video per week. I understood why as there were channels dedicated to churning out absolute garbage that were stuffed with ads so they gained revenue from doing bugger all. These rules more or less stopped that phenomenon, but it also meant people like me who made videos every now and again got nothing in reward.

Now they've finally realised that children (under 13) have free access to virtually everything on their platform, and because of the ad-stuffed environment they've created over time, anyone gaining revenue from embedded or sequenced ads are technically profiting from the direct or indirect actions of 'children'.

I'm a Lego fan (as you may know). There's a channel I follow that specialises in Lego set speedbuilds. This new algorithm has labelled each & every one of his videos as targeted at children, so his revenue stream has all but died. Because he can't use that revenue to purchase new sets, he can't make videos specific to his channel, the reason he created it in the first place.

As Jake said, YT has now shifted responsibility and culpability onto the creators, because although YT makes millions, if not billions p.a. from advertising (a relatively small percentage of which goes to the creators), they can place the blame squarely at the feet of those making their site's content, should any 'kids' watch said content, resulting in the creators getting sued instead of the content hosts.

On the plus side, perhaps we'll start to see less Youtubers being treated as celebrities. Fortnite's aimed at kids, so every video/live stream featuring that game will be instantly de-monetised and the no-effort nobodies will actually have to work to to make money.

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[VIDEO] Youtube introduces video rules that will financially cripple 90% of their user base's income

Something called COPPA's just been implemented, whereby every video has to be classified as 'for children' or not. In most cases, this will be an automatic process on everyone's back catalogue, and once a video has been labelled as 'for children', all targeted advertising on those videos will stop, as YT can't collect data on anyone under 13.

I've already seen 2 channels on my subs list that have set up Patreons to make up for lost revenue. I'll let Jake describe the finer points



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RE: [VIDEO] Election 2019

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Snaps says...
"Maybe Swinson would be interested
a coalition"

She said as much yesterday


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[VIDEO] RE:Half Life: Alyx

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Robee J Shepherd says...
"Beat Saber was already the reason you needed."

Thing with Beat Saber is, depending on who's playing, it's sometimes more fun watching someone else play..



Plus there's the body-tracking option



Or you could just get your mum to play it




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RE: [VIDEO] Election 2019

The Brexit party's launched their manifesto - sorry, 'Contract with the British people'.

Limiting immigration to post-war levels, but accepting that temp work visas will be needed to fill genuine shortages

Abolishing the House of Lords

Phasing out the TV licence

Planting a bunch of trees

Introducing a £10,000 allowance for every UK company before they have to pay corporation tax

And limiting postal votes to the old, infirm or overseas voters.

But given that their prospects are abysmal, most of these aren't worth the paper they aren't printed on. Notice, however, that he left out that whole 'Privatising the NHS and putting everyone's health in the hands of insurance companies.'

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RE: [VIDEO] Google gaming platform Stadia

So, the games aren't installed on your own PC/Mac Atari 2600 or whatever, and you play them by interacting with a server somewhere over a high-speed connection, along with, eventually, hundreds, if not thousands of other users all hitting the same servers at the same time.

On what planet would that ever possibly work?

Related: I play GTA online almost religiously (Pc, same username), and some days I'll barely take a few steps before the server burps and 25 other players are dumped out (from my point of view) and I find myself in a solo public lobby. Sure I can get more work done, but it's bit tedious selling $250,000 worth of guns & ammo with no-one else in the lobby to get the bonus up. Point is, that's Rockstar, who currently hold the acclaim of having the most populous online user base outside of Fortnite, and even their servers struggle at the best of times. 

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RE: Argos put their old catalogues online

We were a Freemans family, which used pretty much the same system. I remember grabbing the Autumn/Winter edition as soon as it came through the door and choosing everything I wanted for Christmas

Of course, as the years went on, it wasn't just the 'back of the catalogue' I spent a lot of time poring over.

The boom-boxes you could get back then were amazing!

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RE: [VIDEO] BBC is making a Victorian-era War of the Worlds TV series

Dudley Dursley plays the Artilleryman. Sold!

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RE: Argos put their old catalogues online

That's me set for the evening.

http://argosbookofdreams.co.uk/1984-85.html#page=250

Number 16 on the right hand page. Mum & dad got me that lego set for christmas and it was incredible. But £11.95? That would be at least £80 by todays stardards



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RE: [VIDEO] Star Wars spin-off series The Mandalorian

I did indeed. I won't deny the Mandalorian looked amazing, with the production & direction surpassing all of the prequels put together, but I really just didn't see it as anything ground-breakingly amazing. It might be better on a second or third viewing, but I've got so much on my viewing list at the moment it'll have to join the back of the queue 

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RE: [VIDEO] The Trump Presidency

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Si Wooldridge says...
"1. Biden threatened to withhold state aid in order to remove a corrupt official in a foreign government.

2. Trump threatened to withhold state aid in order to remove a corrupt official in his own government.

Again, it's a false equivalence. Biden was acting on behalf of the U.S. government, and had the support of several international countries in his actions, and was one of many countries threatening to withdraw aid.

Trump attempted to bribe & extort a foreign power in an attempt to gain non-existent 'dirt' on a potential political rival purely for personal political gain. I expand & repeat:Quote:
Biden assumed a lead role in U.S. diplomacy toward Ukraine after a popular revolution in early 2014 that led to pro-Russia President Viktor Yanukovych fleeing the country. Shokin became top prosecutor in 2015.

Many Western leaders and institutions, as well as Ukrainian anti-corruption activists, viewed Shokin as corrupt and ineffective for failing to prosecute anybody of significance, and for protecting members of the ruling class.

A frustrated Biden in December 2015 threatened to withhold $1 billion unless Shokin was fired, in hopes that a new prosecutor would do more to enforce the law. According to Biden, it worked.

At a Jan. 23, 2018, event sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations, Biden recounted his threat to then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and from then-Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

"I looked at them and said, ‘I’m leaving in six hours," Biden recounted. "If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.’ Well, son of a b----. He got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time."

The big point: On top of the international support for what he did, Biden was representing the views of the U.S. government and its foreign policy analysts.

If it isn't what you believe, then why repeat it at all? You often say you've never defended Trump, but I have to say you're getting gosh-darned close to it now.

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RE: [VIDEO] Star Wars spin-off series The Mandalorian

I'm sorry, but that first episode was bloody ridiculous from start to finish. The main charcter is so enigmatic as to be uninteresting, the supporting cast (with the exception of Carl Weathers) was dull and unengaging (including Herzog), the animatronic face on the Ugnaut was 30 years out of time and the final reveal was laugable.

But I'll keep watching, for Favreau alone. It can only get better, so they say.

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RE: [VIDEO] The Trump Presidency

Fair enough, but the difference is between an internationally supported effort to eject a corrupt official, and a criminal act to extort information on a political rival. There's really no comparison, and to equate them as equal is to lessen the worse of the two.

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This item was edited on Sunday, 17th November 2019, 03:05