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Water Cooler / amazon employees do not even get a pot to p##s in
« on: November 07, 2019, 09:27:10 AM »
OK I might be being unfair on Amazon, it might have been any number of delivery drivers who come down our road.  We know some of them quite well though, without sitting down and having a beer with them, some I am sure would never do this. 

So who was it who left a full water bottle on our lane, with a yellow liquid inside?

I know finding toilets can be difficult, and they do not really have the opportunity to ask if they can use the toilet of where they are delivering to. (some have over the years but I would feel awkward asking)

It is a new form of littering to us, and I am fairly sure I would rather he (or she) did it straight into a hedge, rather than in a bottle and then drop that on the road.

Furious!!!  (rant over)

Water Cooler / One Coin... anyone familiar with the story?
« on: November 01, 2019, 07:35:20 PM »
summary... its not actually a bitcoin, based on a mysql database... cough.

Estimated to have sold £15 billion. All that money has apparently dissipated.

Possibly the biggest scam in history.

The site is still up:

Water Cooler / Game changers.. on my watch list
« on: October 23, 2019, 04:02:13 PM »

Its been recommended by a niece.  Just wondering if there is anything I should know that the well read and researched of this forum might add.

I understand it is about how bad meat is for us...

Just spotted this:

Today, we’re announcing two new link attributes that provide webmasters with additional ways to identify to Google Search the nature of particular links. These, along with nofollow, are summarized below: rel="sponsored": Use the sponsored attribute to identify links on your site that were created as part of advertisements, sponsorships or other compensation agreements. rel="ugc": UGC stands for User Generated Content, and the ugc attribute value is recommended for links within user generated content, such as comments and forum posts. rel="nofollow": Use this attribute for cases where you want to link to a page but don’t want to imply any type of endorsement, including passing along ranking credit to another page.

Monetization / Bike routes site collapses under costs from Google
« on: May 10, 2019, 06:32:47 AM »
Makes an interesting read.  I had this as an idea years ago, and of course only got as far as discussing the concept with a developer, when I realised that we would be entirely at the mercy of google, so went no further.

Bit like my idea of the Butty Van app :)

Unfortunately, as a number of you are aware, Google changed their pricing structure in the middle of 2018. We had a strategy in place. However, even this ended up not being acceptable to Google.

As a result of our success and continued growth – Google, the commercial Megalith, saw an opportunity for them and decided to impose punitive charges on the use of their map API.  We have negotiated with them to a large degree and we are still challenging them.

We are investigating redesigning the tech aspects of MotoGoLoco to see if we can reduce the pure  “Google” aspect as much as possible.  Once we have done this we will work out the new true cost and may have to build in some form of premium charge for access to various parts of the route builder.

A number of you have mentioned other base mapping alternatives. Unfortunately this is not as simple as it seems and would require a complete rebuild of the system. It would also mean losing a number of features. However it is still an option we are exploring.

Ténéré 700

To get planning your adventure now we have opened a dedicated Online Ordering System, allowing you to reserve your Ténéré 700 on a first come first serve basis at a special introductory price. This price is exclusively for online orders and applies until the System closes on July 31st 2019.
From £8,399.00

Reading the small print, you just have to register, then go to your local dealer to arrange the rest.  Not quite online.

Traffic / Google voucher for new account wanted...
« on: April 05, 2019, 11:17:06 AM »
Anyone got one I could use please?

Hardware & Technology / UK wifi extension
« on: December 08, 2018, 06:14:27 AM »
seems with automation, the start has to be great wifi coverage. A mesh works, but if a part of the mesh goes down, it needs to heal.  clever stuff, but it can take 24 hours to come right.

So, how to extend the wifi without running ethernet cables everywhere or other costly options.

USB charging for the phone too.

Water Cooler / Whats Your home assistant called?
« on: December 06, 2018, 11:43:24 AM »
I was thinking that the other day... What should the home assistant be called? I dont have one yet (OK Google I guess on my phone)

We have the defaults:

OK Google
and now

Why not something like Uncle Sam?

I like Simone..... Rose, is good...

No, Happy... what could be better?


The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that as many as one out of ten workers will retire either this year or the next one. Losing 10 percent of employees can hit a company incredibly hard if it's not prepared. This, at the same, will put a great strain on the healthcare system.

Adding to this is the fact that baby boomers are now physically in worse shape than generations that have retired previously. While lifespan has increased, health related illnesses, suicide, and divorce are higher than ever.

Points to a report here
costing £850

That quote is the biggest take out for me, despite my deep interest overall.

Traffic / Word cloud from a site
« on: November 30, 2018, 11:44:24 AM »
I want to be able to show on one screen a picture of what a site looks like to a search engine. Its multi page/catagory/product so like a sites, complex.

I found a tool that looks at a page:

But does not spider the whole site. I cannot see anything on Ahrefs or Majestic, (although know neither that well)

Screaming Frog seems to get part way there, but again only per page with the visualisations.

I guess it is quite complex to do cross site, but I think would give a huge amount of value.

Anyone know who does it?

Water Cooler / Black Mirror comes to life
« on: August 30, 2018, 06:47:40 AM »

I have to say Black Mirror is on the watch list for winter evenings...

We are, in many ways, already being prepped for a world where we are judged for every single action we do, on a daily basis. And that is linked to a series of further actions, which may entitle us to get or remove the ability to receive, certain things in life. And that in itself is the beginning of becoming part of a herd.

The up side is of course its going to be a bit like living in a village, where everyone know everyone, so doors are left open, neighbours leave eggs on the kitchen table for you, as there is a sense of trust.

The problem of who you have to trust still remains.


More data issues...

Both data and the online controls on "connected cars" from Jaguar Land Rover remain available to previous owners, according to security experts and owners of the upmarket vehicles. The car maker has defended its privacy safeguards and security of its InControl tech.

El Reg began investigating the issue after talking to Matt Watts, a techie who blogged about the issue of connected cars and the data they collect, without initially naming Jaguar Land Rover (JLR).

Watts' secondhand Range Rover came with the ability to remotely control the climate systems, call breakdown services, upload GPS/destination details and much more. The vehicle also keeps a record of much of this information and stores it in an online account.

Another example of how your data is not safe.  Medical records anyone? Think of the power of a list of cialis users. I would be surprised if its not out there.

and earlier:

Have you ever heard of Exactis?  According to their website, the company states, “Exactis is a leading compiler and aggregator of premium business and consumer data”.  They go on to tout “With over 3.5 billion records (updated monthly), our universal data warehouse is one of the largest and most respected in the digital and direct marketing industry”.  That is a ton of data.  One would assume they have some serious security in place to keep that information safe.  But, we all know how bad it is to assume…

According to a researcher, Vinny Troia, that was certainly not the case.  While researching the lack of security of ElasticSearch, another database, he found Exactis was actually leaving personal data available to online users, without any form of firewall.   The data found included names, email addresses, physical addresses, personal likes and dislikes, names of any children, as well as their ages, and more.  Although, it is important to note, social security numbers were not listed.  Even without having socials posted, if this information was obtained by hackers, they could certainly create false profiles or targeted social engineering attacks.

After being notified of the breach, Exactis worked to resolve the security gap.  As of today, the information is no longer available for public viewing.  Although, that does not mean damage hasn’t already been done.  It remains unclear if the information was found by a malicious third-party.  However, Troia states it would not have been difficult to find.

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