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I guess I am the rare American who wishes we went all metric.  Probably half of all practical measurements are already metric hear anyway. 

Economics & Investing / Re: Brexit
« on: December 14, 2019, 08:59:40 PM »


In Scotland a constitutional crisis looms after the dominant Scottish National Party made significant gains, winning 48 of 59 seats, and said it would press its demands for a second independence referendum — something that Mr. Johnson has already rejected.

The background in Northern Ireland is more complicated. But for the first time in its history, the territory elected more nationalist members of Parliament, who support reunification with the Republican of Ireland, than unionists, who wish to remain a part of the United Kingdom.

Though the situations are quite different in Scotland and Northern Ireland, the common thread is Brexit, a project supported by English and Welsh voters but opposed by majorities in Scotland and Northern Ireland in the 2016 Brexit referendum.

“Brexit has completely transformed the debate in Northern Ireland,” said Daniel Keohane, an Irish political analyst. “Before Brexit, no one seriously thought a united Ireland would happen anytime soon. Now it’s a very real prospect based on these results.”

From this outsider's perspective this all seems insane considering the  history of the UK.  In the course of 150 years you've went from "the sun never sets" to potentially being England and maybe Wales (looks like there is a Welsh independence movement growing).

Marketplaces / Re: Amazon can now deliver half of its own packages
« on: December 14, 2019, 08:04:04 PM »
The final step is increasingly contracted drivers working out of their own cars -- very similar to Uber.

Water Cooler / Re: Legal marijuana cuts violence says US study
« on: December 14, 2019, 06:04:01 PM »
Yes, this is a problem.  There is no DUI equivalent test for marijuana.

Water Cooler / Re: Replay of Live Stream from TechSEO Boost Conference
« on: December 13, 2019, 08:37:10 PM »
Thank you Buckworks!  I hope they keep it up for a while.

Hardware & Technology / Re: What is the best cloud system for personal use?
« on: December 13, 2019, 08:34:24 PM »
How much storage do you need?

Economics & Investing / Re: Brexit
« on: December 13, 2019, 08:18:43 PM »
>You do all know that if you lived your ilfe not thinking about brexit, your life would be the same, just filled with les pointless chatter ;+}

Do you think someone in Yugoslavia said something similar in 1989?

Traffic / Re: How a Chinese Company Built a $250M Search Hijacking Empire
« on: December 12, 2019, 02:39:42 AM »
The top one on that list straight up says it intercepts searches and redirects them to their engine.  I am not sure you could call that fraud.

Economics & Investing / Re: States people are fleeing - guess #1
« on: December 10, 2019, 09:05:51 PM »
I think it is worth throwing these stats into the mix for a better picture of what is happening.

Check out how fertility rates are falling!


Adding one more...

U.S. Immigrant Population by State and County

Economics & Investing / Re: States people are fleeing - guess #1
« on: December 10, 2019, 09:01:45 PM »
I am very happy to see California in homeostasis, though I'm sure the immigrant population boom is not fully reflected in that data.  Kansas will give people free land if they agree to stay for enough time or start a business.

Water Cooler / Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
« on: December 10, 2019, 08:46:29 PM »
That's all pretty great Ergo.  I think the "Wake Up 10s" would be a great thing for most people and probably all that would be needed to prevent a lot of disease caused by inactivity.

Not that I get much endurance benefit from short duration (like 15 minutes) zone 2 level training, but I've been doing a little bit of it at the end of my weight training sessions -- mostly because I like the way I feel afterwards.  Physically I feel light, and I notice that I get in a good mood.

Last week I did my usual 4/4, the week before that I was sick and took the week off ( this seems to happen once a year or so).  My daughter got herself a boyfriend isn't really going to the gym these days.  I hope that's temporary.

Marketplaces / List of nefarious practices on Amazon
« on: December 06, 2019, 08:56:25 PM »
From Here; a comment on an article about Chinese sellers are manipulating Amazon


    Fake reviews - compensating/reimbursing real customers for leaving a positive review,making fake orders and leaving positive reviews through zombie Amazon accounts, selling fake reviews to others

    Zombie accounts - fake review companies (almost always in China) open hundreds or thousands of fake Amazon accounts known as "zombie accounts", they then emulate "real" customer browsing behavior so as not to arouse Amazon’s suspicions

    Counterfeit products and listing hijacking - no barrier to entry for Chinese sellers to sell counterfeit products on your listing, Amazon does not actively audit items to determine if they are genuine or not, malicious sellers can print a fake UPC bar code, apply it to counterfeits, and Amazon will deem it genuine

    Sabotaging competitors’ product listings - any seller can potentially edit a listing, cause consumer confusion, and destroy your sales

    Variation abuse - any seller may potentially add a variation to an existing product, since all variations in a listing share the same reviews, sellers add completely different products to existing listings to mimic high review counts, Amazon shuts down active listings frequently so sellers target discontinued listings instead

    Stealing internal Amazon data - mid to senior-ranking employees within Amazon China have direct access to Amazon’s internal network that allows them to access private information related to all sellers, corrupt Amazon employees steal and sell competitor business reports on the black market

Not mentioned, other common strats:

    Merged listings - sellers open support cases to merge inactive/discontinued product listings contain high amounts of positive reviews with their unrelated product listings, acquiring high review counts for brand new products

    False IP claims - sellers file false IP claims on product listings to shut down your listing, causing loss of sales while Amazon forces you to submit appeal documentation

    Product listing sabotage - article failed to cover sellers who will change your product listing to have your listing shut down for policy violations, this may include changing your product images to porn or changing your product category to adult products

    Manufacturer disloyalty - Chinese manufacturers will turn around and either resell your private label products to other private label brands on Amazon or sell your products under their own brand on Amazon

    Burner accounts - sellers buy old Amazon seller accounts, old accounts have daily bank deposits (as opposed to bi-weekly) and do not hold payments, some sellers use these as burner accounts to mass sell counterfeit goods and deposit funds immediately before they are caught and banned

    Multiple accounts - Chinese sellers are known to have multiple accounts and brands at any given time, allowing them to still sell on Amazon after suspensions and bans

    Trademark abuse - some competitors will register your brand name as their trademarks, forcing Amazon to shut down your listings for trademark infringement, forcing you to rebrand entirely and start over


    Don't use Google search
    Don't use the Chrome browser
    Don't use AMP on your own sites
    Why are so many sites slow in the first place?
    Treat the cause: Third-party requests slow down the web
    How to make your sites faster than AMP without using AMP

Hardware & Technology / Python libraries caught stealing SSH and GPG keys
« on: December 05, 2019, 07:01:17 PM »
Any Python people here?



The two malicious clones were discovered on Sunday, December 1, by German software developer Lukas Martini. Both libraries were removed on the same day after Martini notified dateutil developers and the PyPI security team.

While the python3-dateutil was created and uploaded on PyPI two days before, on November 29, the jeIlyfish library had been available for nearly a year, since December 11, 2018.

Marketing / Re: TikTok
« on: December 05, 2019, 06:49:28 PM »
Teen's TikTok video about China's Muslim camps goes viral

TikTok Admits It Suppressed Videos by Disabled, Queer, and Fat Creators

TikTok, a social network video app with more than 1 billion downloads globally, admitted Tuesday to a set of policies that had suppressed the reach of content created by users assumed to be “vulnerable to cyberbullying.” As examples of users “susceptible to bullying or harassment,” the policy listed people with facial disfigurement, autism, Down syndrome, and “Disabled people or people with some facial problems such as birthmark, slight squint and etc.”

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