Re: If Google is a Ford, where be the Rolls Royces of AIReality Placement Engines?
Did you forget your tablets again?
Mine are in my pocket. I hope.
56 posts • joined 20 Apr 2010
The difference is simple. In one case you are advanced money for a contract that was cancelled, so you are not owed money for it and must pay it back. It's usually the sales person's fault for not firming up the deal properly in the first place. A firmed deal doesn't get cancelled. That's legal.
In the other case the deal is fine, but the employer is now saying he's decided to pay you less than was agreed, and since he paid you in advance he's now taking some back.
That's not OK on this side of the pond. And presumably not in the US either.
Given how important Turing had been, surely a string or two could have been pulled. I doubt if the public would have cared, not that they'd have known. But no, they let him sink.
It's also hypocritical, given that there were standing orders never to arrest John Gielgud when he was caught at it.
You truly never can trust the bastards.
I don't think you should be behind a PAYWALL - as I think all National 'news' sites should be, to remove the 99% that's crap.
If you aren't one of them, or if you're a niche news outfit then yes you need ads. But ads targeted to your readership, and not intrusive. I can't see anyone minding that.
It's this whole clickbait fake news stuff, where a page exists for ads to go on, and no other reason that we all hate.
Also, on a side note; if a manufacturer wants to sell their stuff, and then a bunch of shysters do a Web campaign for them, surely the manufacturer can find if they have increased sales, and if they made a profit?
Please, please, I am begging you,
PLEASE DO GO BEHIND A PAYWALL.
That way, we can all realise that the 'content' is crap and deserves to die because no one's willing to pay.
BUT, I bet you don't, because you'd rather not be found out to be just an advertising platform. And your revenue would vanish.
Or, if the content is good, you have a willing audience and a source of revenue - AND AN AUDIENCE TO WHOM YOU COULD SHOW VETTED ADS THAT THEY WOULD APPRECIATE. Not agency crap.
Excellent idea. I see others think so too.
It could literally be called The No Ad Fund (but with a snappier title!)
It could run along the lines of the PRS. Interested sites join. Number one condition of joining is NO ADS, which could be modified to allow agreed major or niche charity ads.
Money is then distributed as your share of total fund /number of views. You'd still need the software to detect click farming, etc.
It all reminds me of the joke about PRS Distribution. When asked that bearing in mind there were so many members, so many places in the world to collect revenue from, and so much difficulty working out who had what airplay, how did they manage?
They replied that a large percentage of members had earned no noticeable royalties.
Then they divided the fund into two halves.
Then they spent ages working out who should get what out of the first half, and distributed it.
They were then asked what they did with the other half.
That's the easy bit ; we give it to Paul McCartney.
Jesus. That, as stated earlier, truly IS terrifying.
And as I've said in other posts, the US is going to hell in a handbasket. Although I think it's largely there now.
I don't suppose I'll live to see it, but I can't help wondering if there won't be another American civil war. Both sides are heavily armed. Would troops shoot their own people (whites, obviously, since blacks demonstrably don't count).
Back in the 70s, we had relatives in Ohio farming country. Back of beyond. Near the Canadian border. Family went there for holiday. At weekends everyone piled into the Winebago and went... to Canada. No border crossing rubbish. At the destination all the Canadians knew these were Yanks, they were all friends, and no passports were ever involved, because no official crossings were ever used. Canadians went the other way, too, to see bands and things like that. Authorities knew, didn't care. Because they knew that if something nasty was going on, they would be told.
Those were the days. When authorities could be trusted by people and the authorities didn't view their own citizens as the enemy. In the US they say you can't fight city hall. Well, if politicians keep treating you like their servants, sooner or later something unpleasant will happen.
Here in the UK we're probably too polite. But l can't help thinking something will happen over there.
And I thought our justice system was crap, because we don't have a written constitution, so we keep being told.
Having a written one doesn't seem to make a lot of difference.
Please go and find out some real history. Almost every sentence you wrote is factually incorrect. And in the case of Enigma, deeply offensive.
At the time, before the war, the Enigma machine was freely on sale for use by companies to use for security of communications.
As usual, we in Blighty were very slow to do a lot in the way of realising the potential it held.
Thanks to the Poles, we did end up in possession of these machines, and then came the fun of trying to decrypt their output, closer to real time the better.
A lot of that involved a guy called Alan Turing. Perhaps you have heard of him? And along the way this involved building what is considered to be the world's first modern computer. The Americans later thought they had, but this was because the British one was so secret that US companies had no need to know, and so they didn't. And everyone in Britain who worked on it was forbidden to ever mention it. It's mainly because, should it ever happen again, Churchill didn't want anyone to know how we did it, so we could do it again.
That computer, incidentally, was built by a genius Post Office engineer by the name of Tommy Flowers.
As for your Military Industrial Complex, that term was used by the Supreme Allied Commander. His name was Eisenhower. Have you heard of him? He became your president. He warned us all against that Complex, and he was right.
I'll make 3 predictions. Think of them as a get out clause for you.
1. You're young.
2. You're Republican.
3. You've never read a history book.
If I'm wrong on any of them, then you have no excuse.
@ D. A. M.
When I was a kid, we used to read about Scotland Yard, The Mounties, and the FBI. About how incorruptible they all were.
I remember the genuine shock in the UK when there was some big scandal in the RCMP back in the 70s. As for the Yard, I'm from London, so no surprises there.
In the 70s I found out about the fact that J. Edgar Hoover was gay, and living with his boyfriend at US government expense. And therefore a fucking hypocrite.
But that seems to be the way of the world these days. They break every conceivable law, give a mealy-mouthed and grudging non-apology when found out, and then carry on. They never suffer any consequences.
It really seems that the FBI is going insane at the top. Is it just because it's run by politicians now - apparently, or is the quality of the organisation itself actually going to hell?
Dear Big John
You truly are a prick of the first order.
I'm British, so you can imagine how it must have felt for me to get really rather cross.
A few months ago on YouTube I saw a video of cop v. Black guy. The black guy was drunk out of his mind. He was being loud, aggressive, unarmed .... and very uncoordinated.
The cop was alone. They were one on one.
In the UK, the cop would have called for a few large people for backup. Maybe use a taser as a last resort. In the meantime, all he had to do was be like Ali and dance away out of reach.
What did the US cop do? Well, he shot and killed him, naturally.
America really is going to hell. I'm starting to think that the Chinese aren't so bad after all. Very friendly, Hong-Kong and Shangai are spectacular, and you won't get caught up in gun battles in the street.
I know the US has a huge number of intelligent, good and wonderful people. It's just a terrible shame that none of them seem to want to be involved in politics. Can't blame them really. And I don't mean Hillary would have been any better than The Donald. A plague on both their houses.
Don't mention the political system. Is the current US system much better?
Wasn't pi set to 4 somewhere? I have this vague memory of that being the case.
I know I could look it up. When I were a lad either someone knew the answer, or you had to nip to the library for an answer.
There's no such thing as 'general knowledge' anymore.
My grandfather was an 8 year old boy when Jack the Ripper was doing his stuff. Because of that, I know about Vesta Tilly, to mention an example.
I was giving a colleague a lift home once. On the radio came a song I'd never heard. It was obvious who it was. I said that it must be a new single by George Harrison.
You can guess the reply. And mine.
If they know you can count they'll have you chalking up all night.
Not that being a physicist means you can count, of course. Too human.
At least physics is capable of being explained to the layman such that the gist of something can be grasped. J. G. made a certain cat the most famous thing in quantum physics, as far as the layman is concerned. And a good job he did too.
But explaining, for example, how the solution to FLT was finally arrived at, well I read the book, and it's still a fog to me. I had a close relative who was a mathematician. He was always trying to explain things. You see, I am genuinely interested, but I just can't get my head around it.
Is there out there such a thing as a very abstract 'overview' of what all these different things are 'for' in their own right?
I'm starting to think that they walk among us, they look like us, but they are not us! Or am I just thick?!
@ Ken Hagen,
Sorry, I should have been more specific.
I was actually thinking of length measurements (where they were using feet and inches, etc) rather than volumes, which we didn't use.
And while I'm here, someone in an earlier post said that a ton was 2000 lbs. When the hell did they change that?
A 'ton' was 2240 lbs (we learnt all these at school by rote, like the times tables).
I think the 'short ton' became 2000 lbs, to make calculation easier.
And then when the EEC came along we used 1000 kilos, which was very close to the British ton, and called that the 'metric ton' and spelt it 'tonne'.
But the ordinary original 'ton' was only ever 2240 lbs.
@ Terry 6
How right you are.
Basically, to all the pedants here, yes, the metric system is a truly wonderful thing. But humans aren't robots. They use what's familiar, comfortable, *and relevant under the circumstances *.
The reason we don't pop down to the pub for a *shudder * 0.5 litre of beer is because we're British, and we still have pint glasses. When the EU (or whatever it was called at the time) cheese-eating surrender monkeys suggested making the litre the standard unit for measurement of alcoholic drinks, there was uproar, and we and the Germans made them an offer they couldn't refuse!
And yes, I've got used to car tanks being in litres, because it doesn't matter what that measurement is.
All that's pertinent there is if it's full or not. But we use MPG because we've spent our lives getting to instinctively know how far away various places are in miles, all our signposts are in miles, as are our speedos, and so MPG is obvious.
My (foreign) mother was brought up on the metric system and although she lived in the UK from the mid 50s onwards, she could never quite get the hang of 'miles' and was always happier describing places as being so many kilometres away.
As for engineering, we always used metric. When we first came across American stuff we were having trouble with it all until we realised they were the ones using imperial measurements - and if NASA's various mishaps are anything to go by, they still seem a bit schizophrenic about it.
In England I want to drink pints and drive cars using MPG (not in that order!) and have a back yard.
In Germany I want to drink out of steins, have bratwurst of indeterminate weight, size, or origin.
In short, you pedants are arguing about nothing. I know most of you are just being jocular, but for those of you who aren't, I would simply say, get a fucking life.
For important stuff, of course you need SI. For everything else then, as the above - mentioned surrender monkeys would say, 'vive la difference, Rosbif'
Mine's the one in 2XL size, UK 48. Allegedly.
Oh, I dunno. As a Brit, I'm ashamed to say that I think we still have the edge, sadly. Please, can anyone who lives in a 5 Eyes country give us all an example of a politician who knows about IT, is not a swivel - eyed lunatic, who values democracy, and understands that what they're doing is wrong on a million levels.
I'm old. But I truly see a Ceaucescu eventually for these leaders.
At no time, ever, in the history of the 5 Eyes nations was there a clause in their constitution that stated that the people are the servants of the government. Of course, we don't even have a written constitution, not that it seems to make any difference.
Government quangos talk about 'loss of income' on their balance sheets. It isn't income, it's money from the public that those fuckers are lucky enough to have in the first place.
We have truly become the servants of our respective governments, and not the other way around.
Glad I won't be around to see what happens. And remember about Jeremy Corbyn, he has been a genuine Trotskyist all his life. If you thought the last Labour government left the country skint (which it did, thanks to an obviously mentally ill Chancellor / Prime Minister) Corbyn would leave us broke, but since we'd be a smoking hole in the ground, it wouldn't much matter.
I have a true propeller head friend at a top computer research lab who says that neither he nor any of his colleagues would touch the BCS with a barge pole. I know he thinks they're something that begins with 't' and rhymes with bats.
I have no personal knowledge one way or t' other. What's the general opinion here?
I think he was born at the southern end of NY, but with that accent he should be from Noo Joizy.
I always fondly imagine him wearing a zoot suit and spats, carrying a violin case.
One unarguably great thing Bill Gates did was to buy the rights to the lecture series so we can all watch them for free.
Er, why is it important? This is a sombre thing, which I remember well. I was a teenager then, and very shocked, at a time when this was huge news. We all knew what was meant in this article.
Just like General Groves berating people far more brilliant than himself for missing zeroes on a blackboard, the intended recipients knew what was meant.
And now we know you do, too. Ask yourself this; if the press said it more correctly what would be different now?
Nothing, except your nitpick. And surely here of all places it wasn't needed.
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