It has been known for at least my lifetime that Nielsen ratings are rather questionable. They keep being used because there isn't a source of better data. Also, at least in theory, the errors in Nielsen data happen equally across the board. So when they say X number of people watched a show, that's almost certainly an overcount. But when they say X% of TV viewers watched a show, that's likely to be pretty close to accurate.
Advertisers know all of this, and the rates they'll pay take it into account.
Be careful. There's nothing magical about printing on paper that makes is less likely to be accurate, and there's nothing magical about the internet that makes online reporting more likely to be.
Your job as a news reader is the same as it has always been: get your news from a variety of sources with different perspectives, think critically, and don't assume things are so just because some "authority" says they are.
This is the problem: paying attention to the news is actually work. If you don't do the work, you aren't being informed. You're being propagandized.
The comments here (and in every prior story on this topic) have taught me one thing very clearly: a shockingly small number of people have the first clue what an API actually is, while at the same time believing they know what is being discussed.
Also, it's apparently a very difficult concept to explain to people.
" If, instead, Google decided to create a UNIX-like kernel all on their own, it would not be called UNIX, because UNIX is an API. Linux is not called UNIX, either, and would not be nefarious."
UNIX is not an API. It is an operating system. The OS presents an API, which Linux, BSD, etc., implement in their own way.
If Google decided to create their own UNIX-like OS, the reason they wouldn't be able to call it UNIX is because that's a trademark owned by AT&T. It's the same reason Linux can't be called UNIX. (I'm ignoring the gray area of the non-all-caps "Unix").
"WINE implements the DirectX API for use on Linux."
WINE implements the Windows API generally, not just DirectX.
Me too. Everyone has their pet issues that, to them, are the most important issues there are. Grownups, however, recognize that others have a different set of pet issues they feel the exact same way about.
A sign of maturity is the ability to not just allow others to discuss their own pet issues, but to also listen to and take part in that discussion.