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  1. Comment on Can killing cookies save journalism? A Dutch public broadcaster got rid of targeted digital ads and its revenues went up 62-79% in ~tech

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    Cookies are definitely only part of the problem. We've still got analytics, fonts, fingerprinting and so on.

    Cookies are definitely only part of the problem. We've still got analytics, fonts, fingerprinting and so on.

    9 votes
  2. Comment on Can killing cookies save journalism? A Dutch public broadcaster got rid of targeted digital ads and its revenues went up 62-79% in ~tech

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    Cutting out the middlemen and using contextual rather than microtargeted advertising helped increase revenues. Hopefully this approach will be used more widely in the future.

    Cutting out the middlemen and using contextual rather than microtargeted advertising helped increase revenues. Hopefully this approach will be used more widely in the future.

    8 votes
  3. Comment on Cloud storage recommendations? in ~tech

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    I've been looking at sync.com recently. Seems like a good all round solution with collaboration and sharing etc at a decent price and it has auto photo backup too so you can ditch Google Photos if...

    I've been looking at sync.com recently. Seems like a good all round solution with collaboration and sharing etc at a decent price and it has auto photo backup too so you can ditch Google Photos if you use it.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    9pm tonight on BBC Two: The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty

    9pm tonight on BBC Two: The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty

    A dramatic new three-part series tells the incredible story of Rupert Murdoch’s Empire, interweaving his behind-the-scenes influence on world events with the personal battle for power at the heart of his own family.

    Rupert Murdoch is an enigma. He owns The Sun, The Times, The Sunday Times, Fox News and numerous other media outlets across the world and yet his story is rarely told. To some he’s an extraordinary businessman. To others he’s a darker force. For decades, Murdoch has wielded his influence in politics at the highest level. It’s a story of family, money and power.

    For over 40 years no British Prime Minister has won an election without enjoying the support of Rupert Murdoch. His business empire is global, so huge that he is credited with revolutionising journalism, technology and news, and even helping Donald Trump become US President. This series pieces together the dramatic story of how Murdoch built his revolutionary empire, including the scandals that almost brought it crashing down.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Chinese police are making threatening video calls to dissidents abroad, telling them not to criticise Xi Jinping in ~news

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    From the article: I wonder if this has anything to do with that new national security law which claims it applies to people who do not and have never lived in Hong Kong anywhere in the world....

    From the article:

    Let me tell you: You need to remember you are a citizen of the People's Republic of China, (...) You are not in the country, but remember, if China wasn't great and strong, you would have no status, (...) I’m telling you the truth, although you are [in Australia], you are still governed by the law of China, do you understand? You can record this call but let me make it clear to you, what you are putting out on Twitter is absolutely not permitted

    I wonder if this has anything to do with that new national security law which claims it applies to people who do not and have never lived in Hong Kong anywhere in the world. (Article 38 I think)

    Edit: if you didn’t see this

    This Law shall be applicable to persons who do not have permanent resident status in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and commit crimes under this Law against the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region outside the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

    https://transitjam.com/2020/06/30/national-security-law-english-translation/amp/?fbclid=IwAR27bxLyVqib9pHHUxUnfusLQbKYH1BKRLK3IeSZPEBCH5G4TACMD8sbsbg&__twitter_impression=true#_Toc44451716

    10 votes
  6. Comment on UK food standards hang in balance ahead of crucial Lords vote in ~news

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    The Lords will vote today on amendments to the new Agriculture Bill to protect food standards and animal welfare in a trade deal post-Brexit. There's been very little coverage of this in the news...

    The Lords will vote today on amendments to the new Agriculture Bill to protect food standards and animal welfare in a trade deal post-Brexit. There's been very little coverage of this in the news - not many people know what US level food standards will really mean.

    There are some more links at this Reddit post: https://www.reddit.com/r/unitedkingdom/comments/hmt77p/_/

    And, for balance, this is how the Government themselves frame it: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/agriculture-bill-to-boost-environment-and-food-production

    Here it is on the Parliament website: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/agriculture-bill-to-boost-environment-and-food-production

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Minecraft update 1.16 has been released in ~games

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    Wouldn't surprise me if they do. No reason to maintain the same game twice if they don't need to. Windows. Bedrock is in the Microsoft Store and before long the only supported version of Windows...

    Wouldn't surprise me if they do. No reason to maintain the same game twice if they don't need to.

    • Windows. Bedrock is in the Microsoft Store and before long the only supported version of Windows will be 10 so they can argue that very few people will lose access.
    • MacOS. Running iOS apps on Mac has been getting easier, first with Catalyst and now with their move to ARM. Porting it over would be easy.
    • Linux. Let's be realistic here there are too few users on Linux to justify keeping Java around for given the other two points.

    Might be a few years yet but it's on its way, surely.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Google blew a ten-year lead in ~tech

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    It's the same for me, except the only thing keeping me in is the cost. I've been having a look recently and the alternatives are just so expensive. To switch email it's £40 a year, Drive it's...

    It's the same for me, except the only thing keeping me in is the cost. I've been having a look recently and the alternatives are just so expensive. To switch email it's £40 a year, Drive it's almost £50, almost £80 if I want space to switch away from Photos too.

    And some things there just isn't an alternative for. OpenStreetMap is great but nothing can match the amount of info Google has on opening times etc.

  9. Comment on Minecraft update 1.16 has been released in ~games

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    I really don't like the way microtransactions are done in Bedrock. Especially in a game with a lot of younger players. It uses a different currency which means you have to convert it back to real...

    I really don't like the way microtransactions are done in Bedrock. Especially in a game with a lot of younger players. It uses a different currency which means you have to convert it back to real currency to find the exact price. And you can never buy the exact amount you need so you feel like you need to buy more so you're not wasting any.

    And the GUI has to work on pc, console and phones so it ends up not being any good at any of them. Definitely prefer Java but they'll probably end up phasing it out eventually.

    8 votes
  10. Comment on Has your local climate gotten noticeably warmer in your lifetime? in ~enviro

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    England. Over the past few years it seems like prolonged dry weather is getting more common. Some places here didn't record any rain at all during May. This page is quite good for looking at our...

    England. Over the past few years it seems like prolonged dry weather is getting more common. Some places here didn't record any rain at all during May.

    This page is quite good for looking at our climate data here on a map. https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/research/climate/maps-and-data/uk-actual-and-anomaly-maps

    Edit: and it definitely snows less now. Didn't have any at all last winter.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Police didn’t spend millions on awesome tank just to let protests stay peaceful in ~misc

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    I genuinely thought it was an opinion piece from Vice or something.

    I genuinely thought it was an opinion piece from Vice or something.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Police across the USA respond to protests with violence in ~news

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    A collection of tweets and videos of the police response to the protests including some of those against the media. Can barely believe it.

    A collection of tweets and videos of the police response to the protests including some of those against the media. Can barely believe it.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Microsoft lays off journalists to replace them with AI in ~tech

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    Saw this in the Guardian article: They definitely have a point here. By default this is the first thing you're going to see in Edge, for example, you don't want young people seeing something...

    Saw this in the Guardian article:

    The individual added that the decision to replace humans with software was risky, as the existing staff were careful to stick to “very strict editorial guidelines” which ensured that users were not presented with violent or inappropriate content when opening their browser, of particular importance for younger users.

    They definitely have a point here. By default this is the first thing you're going to see in Edge, for example, you don't want young people seeing something questionable because the AI didn't catch it.

    I think it's a shame, a bit too soon given the current state of AI (at least that we know of) but inevitable in the end.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on UK suffers second-highest death rate from coronavirus in ~health.coronavirus

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    The statistics are meant to be included in the daily briefing, but: [Government] ‘had not noticed’ daily testing figure has disappeared for several days in a row Also they set a target of 100,000...

    The statistics are meant to be included in the daily briefing, but: [Government] ‘had not noticed’ daily testing figure has disappeared for several days in a row

    Also they set a target of 100,000 a day by the end of April and only hit it by also counting tests that were sent out to people instead of ones that are actually being processed. They set a target of 200,000 by the end of this month and as you can imagine they are quite a way off that.

    At the moment anyone with symptoms can get a test sent to them but I don't know how long it takes and I think there is quite a high false negative rate with them, think I saw that in this video https://youtu.be/T7TBwq4ZSI8

    Also just found this: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/28/coronavirus-testing-hit-struggle-match-results-with-nhs-records

    2 votes