* Posts by Jamie Jones

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Elon is the bakery owner swearing in the street about Yelp critics canceling him

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Re: if your still on xitter

Not a good argument.

The ADL are not a government, or a police force.

That aside, they aren't even a valid group. To them, "anti-defamation" means, and only means, ANY criticism of anything to do with Zionist policy, They are the source of the Rachel Riley school of thought that criticising the current Israeli government policy makes you anti-Semitic.

I used to support them until I realised - and at that point, I miraculously went from being a friendly person who had lived in Israel with an Israeli Jew to being piled on from all corners as an anti-Semite.

Mind you, my girlfriend at the time was also critical of her government's treatment of Palestine, so I guess she's anti-Semitic too.

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The edit window has always been buggered - I've reported it twice, but nothing is done.

Basically, you can't edit a post to switch from anon to non-anon or vice-verca. It appears to work, but the change is not made.

On a similar vein, if you edit a post, and the edit contains invalid html, it doesn't warn you, it just drops the edit, which is also not very nice. I also included this bug in the original ignored reports.

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I originally thought the name was meant to be ironic, but then I started to think that he/she really lives up to it, but yeah, it's getting so ridiculous now, it must be a parody account.

Brits turn off Twitter, although teens and tweens keen on generative AI

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Re: Wot!

They didn't lie. Some say they went unfairly out of their way to trigger the results, but the results were valid, and they wouldn't have occurred if the problem didn't exist.

But more importantly, they highlighted anti-Semitic and pro Nazi posts... In what alternative universe does that make them anti-Semitic? Or is "everything I don't agree with is antisemitic, and I love Musk, so even criticism of anti-Antisemitism on his platform anti-Semitic" your new rule to replace the "everything i don't agree with is left wing?"

As for the two states, the attorney general for Texas referred to Media Matters as "radical anti-free-speech" in his statement: (https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1726767436618191177)

Your argument would be a lot better if there was actually anyone serious supporting your ridiculous campaigns.

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Re: Wot!

Hitler was far right you absolute clown.

He was no more "socialist" than the democratic party of North Korea is democratic.

I'd suggest you look up the true meanings and the origins of the word "fascist", but you'd just dismiss it as a lefty plot.

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Re: Wot!

You must be a parody account!

I thought "everything I hate must be left-wing" was reserved to braindead MAGA-chumps.

But if you want evidence of ridiculousness, look no further than the comments to this very article. (and the previous one that mentioned Musk, and probably most of them)

Every post - however reasonable - that dares say something that may seem critical of Musk - is downvoted at least once. I'm not even talking about the insulting ones or even anything debatable. Anyone that dares not worship his Muskiness must be bad.. Just like with your orange god Trump. Why do you believe the widely debunked twitter files when the evidence is clear to see (and Sabroni even posted it)?

Very insecure and paranoid you chaps are - and the grifters know it. They exploit your cowardliness and fear and paranoia to whip up hatred and support.

Tell me, what's the latest lefty plot to ruin your very "English-Patriot" way of life?

Meta sued by privacy group over pay up or click OK model

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Re: Easy way to teach FB a lession

It's quite easy to set up a personal root server. I do so myself. The root zone, and the major second level ones can be IXFR/AXFR with no issue.

primaries root-primaries

{; 2001:500:2f::f; // f.root-servers.net.; 2620:0:2d0:202::132; // xfr.lax.dns.icann.org.; 2620:0:2830:202::132; // xfr.cjr.dns.icann.org.


primaries arpa-primaries

{; 2620:0:2d0:202::132; // xfr.lax.dns.icann.org.; 2620:0:2830:202::132; // xfr.cjr.dns.icann.org.


zone "."


type secondary; primaries { root-primaries; }; notify no; allow-query { private-only; }; file "/usr/local/etc/namedb/secondary/ROOT";


zone "root-servers.net"


type secondary; primaries { root-primaries; }; notify no; allow-query { private-only; }; file "/usr/local/etc/namedb/secondary/root-servers.net";


zone "arpa"


type secondary; primaries { root-primaries; }; notify no; allow-query { private-only; }; file "/usr/local/etc/namedb/secondary/arpa";


zone "in-addr.arpa"


type secondary; primaries { arpa-primaries; }; notify no; allow-query { private-only; }; file "/usr/local/etc/namedb/secondary/in-addr.arpa";


zone "ip6.arpa"


type secondary; primaries { arpa-primaries; }; notify no; allow-query { private-only; }; file "/usr/local/etc/namedb/secondary/ip6.arpa";

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Re: Easy way to teach FB a lession

13? There are over 600 root servers spread around the world.

The UK alone has 22.


US nuke reactor lab hit by 'gay furry hackers' demanding cat-human mutants

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Re: UFOs Are Behind It All

Don Jefe is back!!!

Firefox slow to load YouTube? Just another front in Google's war on ad blockers

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Re: Firefox and YouTube shenanigans

Yes, they are indeed covered by UK law, and the ASA.

Regulation of Online Advertising: https://www.asa.org.uk/static/uploaded/6829937c-f185-4be6-9455e501af1df1e3.pdf

However, annoyingly, the ASA appears to just let Youtube know they have a scam ad, asking them to remove it - rather than punishing them for broadcasting the ad. - hence we end up doing Youtubes job for them.

If they persistently cross the line though, they can be sanctioned.


If you see a scam ad, and you're in the UK, first report YouTube to the ASA:




X's legal eagles swoop on Media Matters over antisemitic content row

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Re: Interesting wording

Ken Paxton will have you down as a "radical left anti-freespeech" entity for such a comment!


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Re: Bullshaite

Someone who knows nothing about the situation could read your comment as thoughtful and informative....

Until they get to the last 2 paragraphs, when you show yourself to be childish, uninformed, and biased.

But you know that - which is why you were too ashamed to put your name to your comment.

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"extreme left"?

LOL. X hosts Nazi content. They also show adverts. Some adverts get shown alongside Nazi content. Even X doesn't deny this.

Now, if media matters has been faking and manipulating the system to exaggerate the results, then they deserve to be called out for it, but talking about "extreme left" and these apparent bogeymen creating the divisive political landscape makes you sound like a clown.

Fox News, Newmax, and ONN, Trump, and the GOP in general are the creators of the divisiveness in the USA. Braverman, Farage, Brexit grifters, and GB News are responsible for it in this country.

It's one thing the guys you cheer for have been successful at - at least own it!

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Re: I assume that the eagles have been paid up front

I didn't know the names, but I knew you were correct from just reading the statement from Ken Paxton's office. Part of it read:

"Attorney General Paxton was extremely troubled by the allegations that Media Matters, a radical anti-free speech organization, fraudulently manipulated data on X.com "

Whatever someones politics, and irrespective of the merits of the case, throwing out Trumpian dog-whistles to the MAGA-morons is daft, and childish. In fact, Media-matters should sue over it!

YouTubers kindly asked to mark their deepfake vids as Fake Fakey McFake Fakes

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Re: Yeah right

I get 99.999% scam ads too. Maybe that says something about the videos I watch? :-)

I get the occasional Welsh Government PSA, but never any supermarkets or food services.

X fails to remove hate speech over Israel-Gaza conflict

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"Apparently X-Twitter's CEO LIKES hate speech, or something would actually be done about it...

... unless it's critical of him!


By the way, did you notice an Elon fanboy has downvoted all the posts here that dare criticise his holyness?

EU lawmakers scolded for concealing identities of privacy-busting content-scanning 'experts'

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Re: What about more heavy lifting for the experts?

Once more for luck!

GhostBSD makes FreeBSD a little less frightening for the Linux loyal

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That's semantics - in your example, some would say it's locked down by default, but you have the (many) keys needed to open it.

Still, that's not what's happening here. It is indeed being locked down, just see Liams reply below this one...

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Not my downvote, but presumably someone else also is familiar with FreeBSD from wayback.

The link you quoted says:

"into the role of Ports Meister and went off to write pkg_install(1) as the logical counterpart to ports”.

pkg_install was the package system prior to the current pkg system. Did you even look at my link?

Here's another: pkg_add

And finally, from the latest https://man.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?pkg(7) :


The pkg command first appeared in FreeBSD 9.1. It became the default package tool in FreeBSD 10.0, replacing the pkg_install suite of tools

pkg_add(1), pkg_info(1) and pkg_create(1)."

pkg_install (pkg_add, pkg_create, pkg_delete etc.) had been there since way before I got involved over 25 years ago. I remember it well. I was there.

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Re: I've Used GhostBSD

Flashbacks of "This site works best in Internet Explorer 6". And with the really abusive sites, they'd add something like "Please upgrade to this modern browser"


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> "I see this time and again. And it's bollocks. "

... You then go on to explain how it is more and more locked-down.

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> "To be fair, when the project started, FreeBSD didn't include a package manager."

It did' but it wasn't very good. pkg_info

> "FreeBSD is quite different from Linux, and"

I'd phrase that as "Linux is quite different from Unix" :-) [ for pedants, I mean the GNU userland of GNU/Linux, not the kernel)

Google bins integrity API that looked more than a bit like horrible DRM for websites

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Re: This has only two purposes...

Damn, youtube is so annoying. Stupid changes that make the UI worse.

Utter contempt for commenters Their censorship rules make no sense. You can't even link to a youtube created youtube video. If they decide a comment should be censored, they just delete it without warning. If they decide a comment should "probably" be censored, they shadow-ban it - useful replies I'd made to others in the past were never seen - I only found out about the shadow ban when someone asked me elsewhere for the information I promised I'd reply to a thread with (and did)

A few years ago, they've made the "thumbnails" HUGE - totally inappropriate for a large screen. They are still like it. Why can't I set it as it was before?

You reply to someones comment, and the comment is greyed out so you can't read the post you're replying to, even though it's on the screen.

Every update seems to remove some customisation control, dumbing things down further.

Pause a video? Screen dims until you click on it. Why? Why can't I disable this?

Every day I'm closer and closer to scrapping youtube altogether - not because of the content, but because of youtube "designers" with no common sense.

Without all this crap, I probably would pay for it, but as it stands, no, I'm not going to pay for something that annoys me.

YouTube cares less for your privacy than its revenues

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I discovered yesterday that the UK ASA has legal jurisdiction on internet ads shown in the UK. Maybe someone needs to show them what the internet is....


FTX crypto-villain Sam Bankman-Fried convicted on all charges

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Re: Wankman-Fraud...

His on/off girlfriend should have gone down for it as well. The plea deal she was offered was ridiculous... Does she have rich, well-to-do parents?

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Re: Whats wrong with crypto

That sounds like the couple mentioned in a youtube video I saw yesterday by "black belt barrister".

They were so convinced the scam they were falling for was legit, they even lied to their bank who kept telling them they were being scammed!


Millions of smart meters will brick it when 2G and 3G turns off

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Re: Only as "smart" as the dumbest link


Oh geeze, that sounds oh too familiar.. How is it so difficult to get them to understand that the meters have simply been mixed up?

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Re: Only as "smart" as the dumbest link

Thanks for the reply. I didn't know that, but that is good information to know.

To be honest, I'm rather laid back over the whole affair (too laid back, probably), but I know at least one of my neighbours is quite anxious about it all, so that will be pleasing news for him. Cheers.

As I said, the landlord (well, a representative - it's a big old house converted to 6 self contained flats next door to another unit they run) is dealing with it, and she is a bit too patient, I think, but she takes no crap, and as they can't get to the meters / stop taps without going through her, I'm not too stressed about it all....

Actually, knowing the 12 month rule, the longer they take to sort it out, the better :-)

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Only as "smart" as the dumbest link

Even if meters were truly "smart" and wonderful, you still have to deal with the energy companies that read them, and as soon as there is any little problem, you face their ineptitude.

Ok ,this is my current situation. I don't have a smart meter, but it's a good excuse for a quick rant anyway.

TL-DR? My current gas bill. Look at my "minimum payment"! ---> https://www.jamie.wales/misc/gas_bill-20231024.png

When I moved into my new flat 8 or 8 years ago, it turned out they'd messed up the meter - all the meters are in the "boiler room" downstairs, so the meters are read by someone getting access via the landlord etc.

This wasn't a problem for the first 5 or so years (or so I thought)

I never really use heating (I probably spend more on the air con over a year) but this was the first place I'd been where the plumbed in shower was powered by gas, so I expected to see a rise in my typical gas bill.

I was getting charged around £15 a month - I was surprised, but I had this "state of the art" new efficient gas boiler, (arranged by the builders, not me) so I assumed it was doing a good job. After all, my meter was being read regularly, and there seemed to be no issue.

Anyway, fast forward to covid lockdowns.

I get a call from SSE (my supplier) asking me to send in a meter reading, as their meter readers can't get out due to lockdown.

I go downstairs, locate the meter for my flat, and the reading is about 38,000 units! The last value they had was around 480!

I did some back and fore with Scottish Power (at the time) and they said that obviously my meter is buggered, and when the covid restrictions are lifted, they'll be replacing the meter with a smart meter anyway, so it will all be sorted by then, so for now, just continue as I am.

About a year later, getting concerned, we called them again. They had no record of the prior conversation! so we had to go through the whole rigmarole again. Sent photos of the meter etc. and it became apparent that there was a meter mixup: Whilst the flat numbers on the meters were correct, they were billing based on the serial numbers, and they'd mixed up my meter with the meter of the guy next door!

Now, the flat next door was empty for about 6 months when I moved in, and after that, the guy who lived there was out 8.00am to midnight every day for years. So that is why my bill was so low!

They said they'd need to send someone out to check the meters in person... And some time after that... Scottish Power sold the account to OVO energy. No information about my meter or issues were passed on - the account was passed on with the original low usage reading on the meter.

At this time, the landlord for the building got involved, because not only was this affecting my neighbour, it turned out it was affecting 2 other tenants too! Similar issue! Her dealings with OVO had to start again from scratch.. They were just as slow as Scottish Power were, faffing around for photos, and saying we need an engineer to visit. etc.

Fast forward to last December. It seems the "correct" meter reading has now been put on the account (and it's not even positive that the "correct" meter reading is accurate!).

Since they inherited the account with the low number about a year ago, in their eyes, I've used pretty much 8 years of gas in the last year, and they have thus billed me for it all, based on gas prices THIS YEAR, and have also averaged out the monthly usage based on this figure, hence why my monthly usage the last year is averaging so highly!

We had to call OVO again, explaining the situation, etc. all over again. The landlord finally sent the whole thing to the ombudsman. She had to have a name on the ticket of one of the customers involved, so she chose the guy downstairs from me, but the ticket was dealing with the 4 flats.

Now this was sitting with the ombudsman, who was also dragging their feet. 6 weeks ago, unfortunately, the guy downstairs died. The ombudsman, and OVO, on hearing this, CLOSED THE WHOLE TICKET. The ombudsman did add "I couldn't really do much anyway, they said it was with their technical team" BLOODY HELL, that's what they've been telling us for 2 years, that's why we called the ombudsman... Anyone have the number for the ombudsman ombudsman?

The landlord mentioned that it affected 4 of us, and will still affect the new tenant, but they said nothing they can do, account is closed, so we have to start from scratch for the third time.

I know this, because when this happened, all the accounts got unfrozen, and all the phone calls forgotten, and I got a bill last week (attached).. They expect me to pay over £6,000 a month - I live alone in a one bedroom flat! Ok, I have a living room, bathroom, and kitchen, too, but they aren't THAT extravagant! :-)

To me it's a laugh - but this sort of shite would really scare some people. Ridiculous.

Some simple meter cockup (on their behalf) that they've known about for 3 years, and yet, we are no closer to getting it sorted than we were when I first discovered the issue.

If your "smart" meter has issues, don't expect anything to go any smoother!

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Re: No corruption here.

Good afternoon, 30p Lee.

That's up there along with "If you want to save money, spend less",or other brain-dead government ideas like "get a better paid job"

More X subscription tiers could spell doom for free access as biz bleeds cash

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Re: revenue dropping by more than 50 percent

How about:

- $100 one off - to post a message as someone else.

- $500 one off - access to someone elses PM box.

- $10 a month. Get all your post/page views/subscriber counts etc. inflated 10X

- $10 a month - ban anyone you like for 24 hours.

- $100 a month - Edit someone elses post invisibly

- $50 a month - Delete invisibly someone elses post.

etc.. I could go on... Elon! A missed opportunity!

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Re: There is yet one more option. You could just... not bother...

I'll respond to your post, just after I've posted a picture of my dinner tonight.

First Brexit, now X-it: Musk 'considering' pulling platform from EU over probe

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He's only that rich if he sells all his companies. Less than half the money he paid for Twitter came from his own pocket. The rest is from investors and banks.

<a href="https://www.reuters.com/markets/us/how-will-elon-musk-pay-twitter-2022-10-07/>https://www.reuters.com/markets/us/how-will-elon-musk-pay-twitter-2022-10-07/</a>

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Re: Best argument for rejoining EU

I use my own style, which is obviously the best, but of all those, it's quite similar to the Allman style. (although I indent the braced blocks too)

What sort of psycho doesn't want their braces to line up? Warped, I tell you... Oh, and TABS? TABS are for nutters, period!

Net neutrality meets opposition in US, while Europe mulls charges for Big Tech

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Re: " “pay almost nothing for data transport in our networks.”

Ahhhh yes, I didn't think of that. We had a coherent national (apart from Hull) landline structure to utilise due to the previous privacy of British Telecom, and cable wasn't ever such a thing here as it was over there.

There were a few cable companies - they have now been bought out (nothing to do with government) so there is only one main national cable company now. They had compatibility issues for a while, but that was ironed out when they went digital - but as they grew privately, and never had a huge influence on the residential comms marketplace, they weren't subject to the "common carrier" clause anyway.


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Re: " “pay almost nothing for data transport in our networks.”

But back to the first question... I don't know if you know this, but in the UK, the owner of the main national local-loop infrastructure (BT) was forced to split from the service provider (BT).

"Openreach" (as the local-loop company is now called) are responsible for the local-loop, and are required to sell access to it to anyone who wants it, at the same price.

Yes, there were calls for it to be completely independent, but big cash and politicians said otherwise, so it's now a "fully independent" company, owned by BT. Still, looking past the potential conflict of interest (which to be fair, is held in check), the point is, any joe-blow can set up an internet company / phone company, and there is no one company that has an effective monopoly over the local infrastructure to stop them.

Maybe a similar idea (where the service company is disconnected from the company that owns the local cable, and is forced to be impartial) would work in America?

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Re: " “pay almost nothing for data transport in our networks.”

"A bus company is a public service that can't boot people off for protected classes (sex/gender, age, religion, and general appearance including inoffensive clothing choices) nor because of where they shop at. ("Victoria's Secret? Not on my bus!")"

I don't disagree, but there were 2 stories in this article - one about American Net Neutraiity, and one about European ISPs wanting to double-charge for bandwidth.

My response, and analogy, was in response to the second story.

And just to clarify further, whilst my example could be applied to public bus services, I was thinking more about private bus "shuttle" services, or even taxis... Whatever.

The point being, if a transport company of any kind offers customers a monthly subscription with unlimited travel to the shopping centre, they can't then attempt to charge the shopping centre if it starts to become a really popular destination, making their customer contracts unprofitable.

If they really need more cash, they need to change the terms of future customer contracts - it's got sod all to do with the shopping centre!

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" “pay almost nothing for data transport in our networks.”

... so charge them to use your networks.

I'm no fan of these sites, but this is not a regulatory issue. The fact the majority of your customers PAY you because of these sites seems lost on you.

Users PAY you for the bandwidth from these companies - you should be grateful the companies aren't charging YOU for peering.

If this sucks, it's your business model that sucks...

-- Why won't you charge these companies?

-- They would refuse to pay.

-- So cut them off.

-- Then we would have to pay more for our general peering, or our paid subscribers would moan and go elsewhere.

-- Exactly

If a bus service to a certain shopping centre suddenly becomes incredibly popular because of one particular store, the bus company can't start charging the store... If the bus company offered unlimited travel, that is now unsustainable, that's their problem.

Google says that YouTube vid can wait if it saves on energy

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But they're talking about Welsh...

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Re: 80 minutes?

Impressive if the car park holds 100's of cars. Not so much if it's just 3 or 4!

Scandium-based nuclear clocks promise punctuality for next 300 billion years

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Re: Accuracy v. going rate?

But you'd be fired for being late to work!

CERN swells storage space beyond 1EB for LHC's latest ion-whacking experiments

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PhD student guilty of 3D-printing 'kamikaze' drone for Islamic State terrorists

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Re: The cops also reportedly discovered at the home an IS application form,

Question 1: "Are you - or have you ever been - involved in a terrorist organisation"


Musk, Yaccarino contradict each other on status of X's election integrity team

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Re: Ex CEO of X

X o X

No joke: Cloudflare takes aim at Google Fonts with ROFL

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Re: An idea

Ooooh. I missed that. But just about every site has google analytics or google ads..

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Re: Witty names

I always thought that would be a good way to help reduce torrenting of your stuff

Just call your band "A" and your albums "and", to, "the" etc!

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Re: I presume it's opt-in?

Oh, I didn't know that! I feel totally vindicated now!

I googled, and found this. https://www.stefanjudis.com/notes/say-goodbye-to-resource-caching-across-sites-and-domains/

I guess I'm living 10 years in the past!

Cheers for the heads-up!

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I presume it's opt-in?

They man-in-the-middle web requests to your servers?

Anyway, if I was relying on google fonts, or anything else, I'd bundle them with my site, making their point moot.

Sure, there may be caching disadvantages, but for security, reliability, and privacy, you don't depend on third party sites in your html!

Still, not as bad as those bozos who link live code to third party libraries off the third party site. The world is getting dumber...

UK-US data deal could hinge on fate of legal challenges to EU arrangement

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Re: Sharing.....but then there's what get shared!

I wasn't arguing, but thanks for paying an interest.