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General Discussion / Huawei is suddenly everywhere
« on: April 06, 2019, 04:08:24 PM »
Has anyone else noticed that, about the time that several countries started to question the saneness of allowing an entity controlled by the Chinese Communist Party to supply infrastructure for cell phone networks (and the US has started criminal proceedings against company officers), Huawei is suddenly pushing their phones HARD on YouTube ads (which is especially interesting since YouTube is one of the many sites banned and blocked in China)?  I don't t hink I saw ANY of their ads on YouTube before this calender year, now they're EVERYWHERE!  They've been on YouTube for years (the oldest video on what appears to be their main channel is the "Huawei's IDEOS Smartphone Trailer" video, which is dated Aug 24, 2010), but until a few months ago I wasn't seeing any ads from them.

I particularly like this rather amusing ad (that you wouldn't get on TV in most countries, considering what isn't on screen from about 1:04 to 1:08).  A Chinese company can make a mighty entertaining ad when they don't have to care what the CCP thinks of it.


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General Discussion / There IS a way Trump is LEGITIMATELY like Hitler
« on: January 14, 2019, 04:09:26 PM »
While watching this video from Tim Pool (yes, I'm two weeks behind in my YouTube videos, I've been busy, OK?)


I realized Trumo and Hitler actually do have one significant action in common:  Both of them wrote books describing their methods long before they rose to political power.  The methods are mostly dissimilar, and the objectives almost entirely opposite

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I found an absolute goldmine of articles about her on the Australian Morning Mail.

First, there's this one about a really unfun investigation she's a possible target of:

http://morningmail.org/gets-worse-18c-user-cindy-prior/

There are accusations that her attorneys had access to non-public information that they shouldn't have, and the possibility that she or someone connected to her improperly accessed the student's records was the subject of an investigation.  That's a very bad thing for a former administrator to be on the sharp end of.

And yes, Cindy Prior did end uop the recipient of bankruptcy actions:

http://morningmail.org/requiem-old-crone/

Seems she hasn't paid the court-ordered compensation for the legal expenses of the students she targeted.

The trouble arising from this idiocy has spread:

http://morningmail.org/qut-students-sue-tricky-triggs/

The head of the commission that was handling the matter before it became a court case has been caught out deliberately misleading the public about what happened during her commission's investigation, so she's up for a libel suit by the students for claiming that the posts on Facebook were racially discriminatory.

An MP has gotten herself on the wrong end of a defamation suit as well:

http://morningmail.org/terri-butler-mp-sued-for-defamation-there-is-a-god/

Seems she couldn't not make the patently false claim that one of the accused students used a racial slur on a Facebook posting that was already proven to not be his.

This just never seems to stop providing one funny outcome after another, doesn't it?

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General Discussion / Interesting thing I've noticed on YouTube...
« on: December 23, 2018, 05:36:00 AM »
My YouTube subscriber feed seems to be mostly Tim Pool, TheQuartering, and Sargon of Akkad these days, and they seem to be mostly about the crazy nonsense coming from the dieing digital media companies and how the silicon valley tech firms are effectively conspiring against nonconformers.  And this is annoying because it's important enough that I need to watch them but I really don't want to have to.  Ah, the wonders of living through a media singularity...

Anyway, the interesting thing I've noticed is these videos are not just monetized, but HEAVILY monetized.  One of Sargon's videos at about 15 minutes had three different internal ads, and an opening and closing ad.  Ten minutes from Tim Pool had opening, closing, and internal ads as well.  This is pretty consistent:  YouTube has gone back to putting ads on 'controversial' creators.

Now, since I'm watching through a TOR connection, I'm getting a pretty random sample of ads (Ad Sense is clearly using the apparent IP to select ads, not the YouTube login info, since my login is specifically set that I'm in Canada, but I'm getting ads in and for various Easter European languages and places and services, like a Croatian tourism ad and various language localizations for Panzer Rush), but the ads are there.  They must be coming in because in those areas, none of the content on these channels is the least bit controversial.

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General Discussion / Clinton email scandal is still cooking along
« on: December 10, 2018, 01:50:14 PM »
https://www.politico.com/f/?id=00000167-86a0-df8f-adff-affda6d90001

So, there's the December 6 ruling.  The court has ruled that the questions about whether Hillary attempted to evade FOIA requirements, and questions as to the legal adequacy of searches through emails the State Department had access to, and questions about the good or bad faith in earlier attempts to settle the FOIA case are all valid for further Discovery and review by the court as to the adequacy of the responses to Discovery.  The judge also noted that either the State Department officials involved were negligent and incompetent, or they may have colluded with Justice Department officials to stop the inquiry and deceive the court.  (We're looking at one pissed-off judge, here.  This is the second most angry I've ever seen a US Federal Judge, the most being the Dover case in 2006 where the judge openly accused two defense witnesses of perjury.)

Don't forget that not only could FOIA evasion constitute a felony, there are also potential charges under the Federal Records Act and the Espionage Act.   The last are the very charges Comey incorrectly declared Hillary Clinton absolved from because she didn't have the intent to violate the law, which is not a requirement for failing to properly and securely handle classified information under the Espionage Act, and neither is that anything was actually accessed by someone not authorized to do so.  All that is required is that the documents were handled in a manner that did not meet the security requirements of the classification level of the document.

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General Discussion / Civil Forfeiture MIGHT be about to get less bad
« on: December 03, 2018, 02:44:10 PM »
A video from Michigan attorney Steve Lehto


describing the response of SCOTUS to oral arguments about a civil forfeiture case where a man's car was seized for him selling drugs worth ~1% of the value of the car.

The State Attorney General articulated the standard legal view at the moment, based on the last SCOTUS ruling on the matter (which is that they could, in principle, seize your car because you were speeding by 5 mph) and, apparently, the JUSTICES LAUGHED AT HIM.  They aren't framing this as a question of due process, but of excessive fines, so it won't make Civil Forfeiture go away no matter what they eventually rule, but it could force proportionality between the alleged offense and the forfeiture (which might at least eliminate forfeitures where there is no actual allegation of any specific crime).

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General Discussion / Well, here I am, late to the part again, but...
« on: October 21, 2018, 03:39:28 PM »
This time Fran Blanche needs some cash to help her move Fran Lab (which is both her business and the location where she shoots most of her YouTube videos) to a new location, as the developers who recently bought the building she's currently in are giving her the 'Brooklyn Shove'.


And I'm again late to the party because her moving go Fund Me is already, after 2 days, at $17,390 of its $10,000 goal.

https://www.gofundme.com/franlab-needs-a-new-home

(For those not familiar with Fran's work, she is, among many other things, one of the greats in guitar effects pedals, and also a leading expert on the computer systems actually flown on Project Apollo, even having corrected some errors in previous official documentation.)

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General Discussion / Well, this is a worrying new development
« on: October 21, 2018, 08:03:14 AM »
It appears YouTube has instituted a new way of concealing videos.  This video by Sargon on his The Thinkery channel


did not appear in subscriber feeds (I know it didn't appear in mine), and doesn't appear in the video list of the channel page either, and has no thumbnail, despite not being in any identifiable limited state.  I checked, and you can like/dislike, comment, and it even came up with an ad when I viewed it.

Sargon thinks this is a sort of shadowban feature like Twitter uses against people it just wants to suppress without admitting to it.  You might want to check your video lists to see if anything you've posted is missing in this way.

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General Discussion / Most misdirected political robocall
« on: October 18, 2018, 01:52:38 PM »
I just got a robocall from a mayoral candidate in Kingston, Ontario, which is about 150 miles from where I live.  How far away have the rest of you gotten political robocalls from?

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General Discussion / OK, this is one funny prank
« on: October 06, 2018, 05:25:35 PM »
Not being a fa of this sort of art or a prank aficionado, I'd never heard of Banksy, but this is really funny:

https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/banksy-painting-self-destructs-auction-trnd/index.html

I was checking CNN to see if the confirmation had gone through and saw this headline about a painting that self-destructed immediately after being sold for $1.4 million at auction at Sotheby's.  Apparently, Banksy is known for pulling stunts, in this case, building a remotely-activated shredder into the painting's frame and having it turned on right after the sale.

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General Discussion / Well, this seems to be a new wrinkle
« on: August 21, 2018, 12:52:39 PM »
Something amusing turned up in my spam folder today:

Quote
How are you today.
The below payment has been awarded to you by the Nigeria
Government/World Bank to compensate you on the past experience had with
the
Nigeria scammers.
I write to inform you that we have already sent you 5,000.00
through
Western Union as we have been given the mandate to transfer your
full
compensation payment total sum of Five Hundred Thousand Euros
(EUR) 500,000.00 via Western Union by the Government.
I have on a good authority email you the MTCN and senders
details to enable you pick up the first 5,000.00,EUR and confirm receipt
to
us
so as to enable us wire the next EUR5,000.00 by tomorrow and subsequent
ones since we can only send EUR5,000.00 a day.

Please pick up this information and get to any western union in
your
country to pick up the 5,000.00 EUR and email the Western Union
outlets in charge of the payment so that they could send you another
payment
tomorrow.

I don't think I've seen this applied to the old Nigerian Letter Scam before.

There's more to the email, but what I'm not seeing is how they get money from me.  (The idea of using Western Union is amusing, to.  This would take over three months to complete if they were going to actually do it, and cost around $5000 to do.  To move money outside the Telex system.)

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General Discussion / Hollywod studios are another step closer to the end
« on: August 15, 2018, 02:23:39 PM »
Now there's these bits of kit:

https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve/control

With free software (or $299 software allowing easy collaboration) and a starting pricepoint of about a thousand dollars for the simplest control panel, which looks like it should be quite adequate for HDTV-level projects.  Maybe not up to easy handling of full movie-quality work, but if you're getting the proper hardware kit for editing such movies, a $30k control panel is not likely to be seen as being outside the reasonable.

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General Discussion / What kind of dumbass placement is this, YouTube?
« on: August 05, 2018, 06:04:41 PM »
OK, so I'm watching this video on trivia from Big Trouble in Little China,


and suddenly this ad switches in...


...that's 5 minutes longer than the video it was inserted into.  Why would anyone mistake that for something anyone is going to watch?

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This is a film made in 1969 by Oak Ridge National Laboratory about the Molten Salt Reactor Experiment, one of the first experimental reactors for testing components of a full thorium reactor fuel cycle.


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Well, that's really something, isn't it?

Louis Rossmann has a video where he and an auto mechanic friend of his comment on this situation


and his friend explains that removing the broken screws is actually a fairly straightforward (although somewhat tedious and exacting) task with the right tools and techniques, which Apple Stores clearly don't have, given what they did to the mount.

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