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  • Police notices on Pirate sites - anyone know how this works?

    , SimonJ wrote

    This way the brand keeps their reputation by not be associated with that web site and the Police can say they are not paying to place the ads.

    but tfa says:

    This latest attempt looks to hit the owners of these websites in a more painful way - by stopping advertising revenues from coming in.

    Although I suspect you're right and I can probably chalk it up to poor BBC tech journalism, as usual...

    Frankly, GCHQ is tame compared with what the private sector are already up to.

    The GCHQ reference was an attempt at humour ;)

    Also interesting is this where it's been suggested that the most likely way the law firm in question got the IP addresses of the alleged infringing streamers was by buying ad space on the site in question and monitoring the users that way.

  • Police notices on Pirate sites - anyone know how this works?


    From the article:

    Neither the police or Project Sunblock are paying the website in question to display the police message.

    Does anyone know how this works? I can understand that they have a service that decides whether they want their content associated with that page and serves something other than their ad if they don't; but what I don't understand is how they can serve one of their "non-ads" without paying website owner.

    Unless, of course, they're getting their good friends over at GCHQ to mitm everyone...

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  • Do you use Linux?

    • Professionally? To a limited extent. I often use it for compiling reports on Latex and similar work. A couple of years ago I also did some computational chemistry training - that mostly uses Linux, although typically via SSH so the actual client OS can be anything - that's not my current field of work though so I don't use that atm. Also instrument control for various scientific instruments.
    • As a hobby? On and off. I have a tin foil hat friendly OSS only encypted cloud-free Linux installation, for example.
    • Dual boot? Main OS? Dual boot, Windows is my main OS. I somehow managed to break my MBR in the process, frankly I'm amazed the system still boots into Windows...
    • What distro(s)? Ubuntu and Fedora.
    • What are your specific interests in Linux? Tin foil hat wearing and freeloading.

  • 4th July

    , cbae wrote

     basic necessities like milk, which hasn't improved in quality in the last 10 years

    Those darn cows. Elitist corporate capitalist pigs cows.

  • 4th July

    , cbae wrote


    An X% increase in wages for minimum earners doesn't mean that somebody in mid-level to upper-level should also get an X% increase. Furthermore, even this was the case, there are generally fewer higher-level workers than low-level workers in most organizations. So, it's not going to cost that much more to keep the non-minimum earners from whining because the minimum wage workers got a raise.

    Even assuming you don't have to raise pay at all pay grades (which I think is a somewhat naive assumption) by rising pay for a substantial portion of your work force you put costs up, forcing you to put prices up. If everyone does this then any increase in wage your workers make is eaten up by increased prices. (This is partly why you end up increasing pay at all pay grades - the standard of living will drop for anyone whose pay doesn't increase.)

    Setting a minimum wage is a delicate balance between feeding inflation and increasing unemployment on the one hand and ensuring wages match living costs on the other.

    As for "inflation", an X% increase in wages won't ever equate to X% increases in product or service costs because no business ever has only labor costs. I'll take a 5% increase on everything I purchase if I can get a 10% increase in wages. I'll take that any day of the week.

    Everything that isn't ultimately labour costs becomes profit margin (raw materials, for instance, have the combined costs of extraction and the profit of the company that owns the extraction rights; extraction consists labour and consumables - e.g. petrol for the digger which consists extraction and profit and so on, recursively).

    For your argument to follow companies would have to be willing to see their prophet margins drop in "real terms" (i.e. the value $x would remain the same while the "value" of $1 drops). In reality they'll just boost their profit to compensate.

    Your argument is, in fact, self evidently fallacious because, taken to its logical conclusion, we could generate wealth just by printing more money. The government could solve all its budgetary problems by initiating hyper-inflation - this does not work.


  • 4th July

    , cbae wrote


    How much debt does a typical household take on today vs. what they did back in the 1960s?

    I have no idea what's normal in the States (or even in the UK, tbh) but, beyond student loans I don't have any. EDIT: If I owned my own place I'd have a mortgage too, obviously. I'd guess mortgage + student loans is about normal.

    (In practice UK student loans are more of a graduate tax than a true loan and are essentially impossible to default on)

  • British can't handle spice?

    , Proton2 wrote

    I do not like spicy food, and I don't like Thai or sushi. I guess its burgers for me.

    Well probably not these burgers :D

  • triple your battery life with sand

    , cbae wrote


    Great. Another commodity that the Middle Eastern countries can literally dig up from the ground and sell to the rest of the world.

    Anyone with access to (non-sedimentary) rocks can make it... we're all good :D

    , brian.​shapiro wrote


    Hm.. well I was thinking of beach sand, which would not be an ideal source. Desert sand would work too if its quartz rich, I guess. I don't know much about the minerology.

    , kettch wrote


    Good point. Depending on the beach, it may be too organically derived to be useful.

    Well a bit of purification and I imagine it'll be no problem, much like extracting a metal from its ore. My best guess is that the main impurity in beach sand would be CaCO3 - you could probably dissolve that out leaving the SiO2 intact with the right acids or remove it through thermal decomposition. Other organics can probably be burnt out.

    The original paper says they used "beach sand" they collected at a reservoir in Texas. The main purpose of using quartz (as opposed to other forms of SiO2) seems to be that it confines the product of the reduction into nanoparticulate form - I'd guess to do with the grain structure or something in the original crystals - but they really should show that doesn't occur if carrying out the synthesis with a nanoparticulate amorphous SiO2 precursor too.

    Also they tout the environmental credentials of the synthesis - bollocks to that, they use copious amounts of HF (one of the nastiest industrial chemicals around),

    All in all an interesting piece of work, though.

  • triple your battery life with sand

    , brian.​shapiro wrote

    I wonder how they would source all the sand..

    Please tell me that was in jest...