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  • If Someone Is Prattling On About Spam On Twitter And How That Helps Elon Musk, Send Them This Article

    Darkness Of Course ( profile ), 26 Jul, 2022 @ 04:08am

    When the Elon bros lose the plot

    Spam itself isn't an issue. It was never mentioned. You appear to have conflated the two. Not Mike, and not even Elon, aka He Who Mucks Up. The important aspect is to remove the spam accounts, because they generate spam. Remove the spam accounts, the spam itself falls by definition. Another detail that shows you have truly lost the plot, or - more likely - never understood the plot in the first place. Nobody has ever mentioned 5% re spam messages. Indeed, it would be beyond useless to insert it the discussion now. Why? Because the 5% number is pulled from the SEC filing, and it is a rough estimate of spam accounts after their automated processes (read the above article). But, nothing in their equation/process refers to messages/Tweets. That's on you. Nobody else.

  • Polling The Public About Social Media Policies Turns Up Nothing Particularly Useful

    Darkness Of Course ( profile ), 22 Jul, 2022 @ 03:26pm

    Ah, I smell the confusion of the ignoratti once again

    I recall one of the Faux short term presenters (a gun toting blonde woman, iirc) saying Google had to let her spiel on YouTube because she looked up the company on the web, and it's a "public" company. Nobody could convince her that a public company wasn't also a public square. There are courses, and even books on how to do a proper survey - aren't there? Or were they hidden away by the Illuminati?

  • Elon Musk’s Response To Twitter’s Legal Filing May Impress His Fans On Twitter, But Is Not A Good Legal Argument

    Darkness Of Course ( profile ), 18 Jul, 2022 @ 09:02pm

    Musk Mucks Up

    Well now, what have we here? An admitted non-human (on the spectrum) and having to pretend to be one is the closest he's every gotten to. But, he is great with numbers of REAL THINGS; Think rocket tonnage, fuel and spot market aluminum costs. He is obviously terrible at Free Speech, Mike's two articles on his ignorance are hilarious. If one doesn't take into account his predilection to firing people that don't kiss his ring. Boring Company, Mucked Fix Flint water, Mucked comprehension and Ducked Claim Twitter doesn't respect Free Speech, tanks Twitter and Tesla stock; Clearly a Muck up. Why he didn't just make a competitor to Twitter? He wants to keep his followers. Simple as that. It would have cost him less than the cash this will cost him. And it wouldn't have sunk his business reputation.

  • US Marshal Indicted For Abusing Access To Cell Location Data To Run Personal Searches

    Darkness Of Course ( profile ), 24 Jun, 2022 @ 04:16pm

    The Wrong Way

    Or, just possibly one could look at a filename that says Blank.doc and ask an underpaid intern to see if it is valid. Sadly, I would expect this reply: Yep, it's a valid blank document.

  • California Seems To Be Taking The Exact Wrong Lessons From Texas And Florida’s Social Media Censorship Laws

    Darkness Of Course ( profile ), 23 Jun, 2022 @ 02:06pm

    Whose nephew read DB for Dummies

    The details are highly suspicious. Somebody sat down with a rum and Coke, then imagined what they would do if they owned one of those businesses, and folded that with the claims about how their business was impacted because of things they have never understood. The details all add up to the people sponsoring the bill are trying to make every possible limitation on "their" business practices illegal. Is this going to pass because of the rural/city mix of Senators/Representatives in California?

  • Nonprofit Takes Aim At Fox News By Demystifying Ad Exchanges

    Darkness Of Course ( profile ), 15 Jun, 2022 @ 01:44am

    Since not much is going well

    I might as well share some info. CheckMyAds has been diligently asking large corps, and other large ad buyers if their ads running on hate/disinformation/conspiracy theory sites fits their corporate public image. Oddly enough, few decide to stay. Next in their list was adtech itself. Now, the tech part. The amazing technology is string searches. Yep. Oh, they put a pretty dashboard in front of it but any reasonable Linux sysadmin could knock out a text version of it in an afternoon. They publish TOS for the adtech, then link how their own ads.txt (even higher tech) shows they are violating their own alleged rules. So, while cutting off the head seems to work, they helped sink Brietbart's ad income 90+% they are expanding on the basic efforts. Calling out adtech biz for supporting Steve Bannon (the weasel is slippery). Now cutting off the oxygen and blood supply (good old cash) seems to be making dents. But, it is slow going, as quite the number of people in the very lucrative adtech biz have no interest in cutting off cash to their friends in the hate business.

  • Nonprofit Takes Aim At Fox News By Demystifying Ad Exchanges

    Darkness Of Course ( profile ), 15 Jun, 2022 @ 01:32am

    You are talking about the wrong problem

    The Adtech business is the driving force behind getting millions from the ad business by sliding Johnson and Johnson ads for their baby products on hate sites that push the very conspiracy/racist theories that leads to Boston and other mass killings. This has little to do with "media companies" but apparently that is the drum you have and you're going to beat on it until the cows either come home or suffer hearing problems.

  • Nonprofit Takes Aim At Fox News By Demystifying Ad Exchanges

    Darkness Of Course ( profile ), 15 Jun, 2022 @ 01:28am

    Ah, the great and brilliant biggot, WFB

    A minuscule heart that never did pump emotion, or empathy. Sitting on high letting all the poor people listen to his pontifications about why they are poor and how much he has never cared. He has never heard a view that wasn't his own and agreed with it. I would not be surprised if he disagreed with an early position because he no longer liked that sweater. I mean really, who decided that color would go with anything.

  • Former Employees Say ID.me Grew Too Fast, Got Too Careless With Users And Their Data

    Darkness Of Course ( profile ), 13 Jun, 2022 @ 08:40pm

    In a Corpo a long time ago

    In my life before not-working I had a fun little project. Provide microfiche of source code of a small code base. Small by today's standards anyway. Finance got involved, we went to the facilities of the shop that I chose to do the actual production. I did a test run, several if I'm remembering correctly. I mean, micro-fiche time ago. But, I groused about it. All that time, effort and we weren't going to have huge sales. However, our stuff worked flawlessly. Developed the process on our side, make a tape (in EPCDIC), send it to them, couple days later, get boxes of film that we stuffed in binders and shipped out to customers. I understood why it was necessary. Yet, these companies not being up for the job. The failures are endless these days. The clowns at ID.me never would have cleared the bar.

  • Ron DeSantis Continues To Waste Taxpayer Funds To Pay For His Unconstitutional Culture Wars

    Darkness Of Course ( profile ), 13 Jun, 2022 @ 02:55pm


    Technology is constrained by many things. Laws for instance. Many consider social media platforms as tech companies. So censoring of social media platforms themselves is a technology issue. How did you miss the connection?

  • Ron DeSantis Continues To Waste Taxpayer Funds To Pay For His Unconstitutional Culture Wars

    Darkness Of Course ( profile ), 13 Jun, 2022 @ 02:53pm

    This is not a bill from the government

    This is the bill from The Contractors (law firm) to defend the clearly unconstitutional bills that Florida's very own megalomaniac is firing up his base with. This only covers the law firm's charges. Nothing about Federal court costs in this.

  • The Problem With The Otherwise Very Good And Very Important Eleventh Circuit Decision On The Florida Social Media Law

    Darkness Of Course ( profile ), 23 May, 2022 @ 05:54pm

    Viewer counts, fun with code

    First, define view. And Viewer for that matter. Next, consider how different platforms provide access to the posts. Some, provide as depicted by the court, but a good number do not. Twitter for example likes to deal out posts so you always have a list of tweets to consider. Now, start at Home. Scroll down three pages. You couldn't read any of those posts. They're gone. So, how ya gonna code that Bubba? You aren't. Idiots, and idiots in robes, do not comprehend what it takes to implement their inane decisions. They do not understand SW, much less the many layered boundaries of various functionality that provides the service to the user. Viewer count = rand( Seed ); Seed = rand(); // who cares if this works, nobody. Solved.

  • EA Streisands Leaked ‘Skate 4’ Footage Into The News

    Darkness Of Course ( profile ), 26 Apr, 2022 @ 02:41pm

    NOW? Just now they are looking dumb?

    I protest. EA has done many things over the decades, and quite the number of them are dumb. Dumb in dealing with their customers, and downright nasty/dishonest dealing with various video game studios. Not a trustworthy company, and one that has proven capable of screwing up good ideas one right after the other. So, EA continues their present course of being dumb. That is true.

  • Honda Just Declared War On 3D Printer Makers Community

    Darkness Of Course ( profile ), 20 Apr, 2022 @ 06:55pm

    Good old Regex

    Search for "Honda .*" -> bitch So Honda Civic Cup Holder is a match And Cup Holder for Civic is not a match Same technology that keeps us safe from news about Gays, Lesbians, or Black people. Regex by fat fingered fools. It's everywhere.

  • Honda Just Declared War On 3D Printer Makers Community

    Darkness Of Course ( profile ), 20 Apr, 2022 @ 06:51pm

    Honda Files

    I just created a file on my PC. Honda Cars.txt Inside it there are many references to Honda Motor Car Company and specific names of Honda Car models. Of course, each line ends with a " is filled with derps and goose stepping lawyers." Waiting for a letter from the Goose Steppers Associate any day now.

  • Canadian Gov’t Latest To Decide US Tech Companies Should Be Punished For Sending Web Traffic To Canadian Websites

    Darkness Of Course ( profile ), 13 Apr, 2022 @ 04:47pm

    News twice a day

    Ah, no. That has nothing to do with our current dearth of news providers, local in particular. First, we will be loath to forget Craig's List. There were others, nickle ads and such. But Craig gutted the local paper's cash cow of very high priced personal ads. The the web showed up. Since at least 2015 the ad business has been blocking 'bad news' to 'protect the brand' of various companies. No LBGTQ+, no murder, nothing controversial in nature, no insurrection, no police brutality, and the list goes on. So, anyone covering that got their ads blocked, and their funding cut. There is also a corp that is buying up local newspapers, gutting them, and converting them to copy GQP talking points. Much like Sinclair Broadcasting does in local TV News space.

  • Canadian Gov’t Latest To Decide US Tech Companies Should Be Punished For Sending Web Traffic To Canadian Websites

    Darkness Of Course ( profile ), 13 Apr, 2022 @ 04:40pm


    Germany a time or two, France as well. Google x'd the German snippets, they whined. Google x'd Germany all together, wait! Not like that! Murdock et al gave Google a royalty free license to use their stuff, magically the complaints about not getting traffic went away. Spain is the most significant, because the law was crafted such that news organizations could not give google a royalty free license to their feed. Google left Spain. It, as I heard it, trashed many of the smaller local news agencies. Those that had depended on Google for traffic.

  • John Oliver Tries To Scare DC Into Doing Something About The Privacy Dumpster Fire That Is Adtech

    Darkness Of Course ( profile ), 12 Apr, 2022 @ 04:47pm

    Google supports Russian sites - with adtech

    CheckMyAds.org is headed up by Nandini Jami, and Claire Atkins. They have been working to get companies that don't want their ads on hate sites or misinformation sites to review their ads. The amount of ads that support election misinformation is astonishing. As the essence of the entire business is a text file on many, many sites it is easy to scam. Like Bannon's supporters linking the Name to Weather.com while using the ID of Bannon's site. It is a rat hole, and they are doing a great job of bringing their lies into the light of day. Including that Google clouds their support of Russian sites. Yes, I am a supporter of their efforts.

  • Google Stadia's Failure Is Almost Complete

    Darkness Of Course ( profile ), 08 Feb, 2022 @ 04:08pm

    Remember thin clients?

    That system was a "Laugh In" contestant, tried so many times, and never succeeded. Until Google's little netbooks. Decades late.

    Games streaming from our servers to your device, whatever it is!
    Success and accolades will be immediately forthcoming.

    Ah, no it won't. Games need good to great latency. In particular if the game is MMO, or PVP. Without latency in acceptable ranges streamed games is a thin client without any infrastructure to back it up.

    There isn't even a Laugh In show anymore. Just show Google <enter buzzwordy name here> the door. Since it's Google, tell them to open the door, go through the door to the outside, and to close the door behind them.

    And make sure they do it.

  • FCC Gets Its First Permanent Female FCC Boss Ever

    Darkness Of Course ( profile ), 09 Dec, 2021 @ 03:43pm

    Isn't she known as Weak of Spine

    I recall her name coming up during the open platform discussion regarding a cable box API specification.

    Someone got to her. Either with cash, or playing on her "concerns" which I read as ignorance.

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