Privacy and the EU Directive

I’ve updated this website’s and the Crawling Chaos website’s privacy policies to comply with the UK version of the EU Cookie Directive, starting on 26 May 2012.  Basically, it’s a fudge.  See this Guardian article.

In essence, to comply, I’m maintaining everyone’s freedom to act including my own.  Cookies (the text files dumped in your computer by your browser) are used to store,,,, well, anything, actually!  I could use them to keep my shopping list….

They’re used by Google and other advertisers for advert tracking and by my sites for registration and commenting.  I could block registering and commenting, but then, it wouldn’t be very interactive, would it?  I note that the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) website has a crap implementation of the directive, in that its cookie message cannot be removed unless you accept cookie use!  It takes up nearly a quarter of the screen!

So that’s all I’m saying.

You pays your money (in this case, nothing) and takes your choice.  You are implying your consent for cookie use by using my websites.

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It Was a Way Out of The Crawling Chaos for Joy Division…

Golden Syrup

Lyles Lion Logo
Lyles Lion Logo

Years ago, when I was a lad, my mum used to make us all porridge for breakfast in winter.  On the top, I’d spiral a big dollop of Lyle’s Golden Syrup and then, while eating the porridge, I’d read the tin.

Yes!  There was a different flapjack recipe every time!

But also, as a constant reference point, next to a prostrate, flies-ridden lion, were the words;

‘Out of the strong came forth sweetness’

– which puzzled me immensely as a child.

Guardian

Perhaps Paul Lester in yesterday’s Guardian Online was thinking the same about Joy Division!  In an article about a new band called ‘Detachments’, is a phrase (remarkably similar to one he made last June), which said;

…it was a way out of the crawling chaos for Joy Division after their singer’s suicide; a design for a new life.

Factory Slips

I see a Freudian slip going on here, or a desperate bit of journalese as a way to stick all the old Factory Records acts together.  Either way, it gives me another chance to point this out!

It also gives me a chance to mirror, the Lyles Golden Syrup phrase and Lester’s continuing co-joining of Crawling Chaos & Joy Division in the same sentence.  I wonder if Paul Lester had syrup on his porridge?  Hmmm.  Out of the strong came forth…

I’m leaning towards Freud.  Because as you know, Freud said;

there are no slips!

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Hit by Bing

Friends including Bing!New Search Engine

Last night I had a few hits from something called Bing but paid no attention  to them.  It turns out that it’s the new Microsoft search engine (see Guardian article here, guardian.co.uk…searchengines-microsoft), not just a revamped Live Search, apparently.  In this article, much play is made on what ‘Bing’ actually means, quoting the article;

Microsoft PR reckons Bing is “the sound of found” but the common joke is that it stands recursively for Bing Is Not Google. This has prompted another acronym, Wanger, for Wolfram Alpha’s Not Google Either, Really”.

Personally, I reckon it’s a ‘Friends’ reference to Chandler Bing and not the old crooner.

It’s the sort-of, no-hoper, self-deprecatory, means-well, joker-that-turns-out-alright-in-the-end, Bing.

I reckon that’s what Microsoft mean as well.

Stellar Luminosity

The Most Important Star in Our Universe
The Most Important Star in Our Universe

And speaking of Wolfram and acronyms (or mnemonics);  most folk know the easy way to remember colours of the rainbow – not so many know the one to get stellar temperature/colour/luminosity in order (they are kind-o related).  It’s;

Well! Oh Be A Fine Girl, Kiss Me Right Now Soon  (ref here)

Of course, making rhymes to fit a scientific model runs out of steam eventually, but for a few years in the 20th century, it was fun and true at the level of knowledge as it stood then.

Economists and Scams

Why Economists and Scam Merchants are the Same

Today’s news that the cost of the global credit crunch meltdown has quadrupled in a year should come as no surprise to followers of the GoogleTreasureChest scamsters.  See :

Meltdown losses of ‘$4 trillion’

@AmazonLast year, the highly salaried ‘professional’ economists at the IMF, many having spent a lifetime in the field, said the cost would be $1T.  Now it’s going to be $4T.  Presumably next year it will be $16T?  I think my guess is as good as anyone’s – and that’s all they appear to be doing for their pay – guessing.

It’s not a skill being an economist.  It’s certainly not a science.

It’s actually more like the Google Treasure Chest scam than a professional approach to money management.  All they’ve actually done is say the cost is small, and then whack on huge bills afterwards.

  • If they knew things would get this bad then they should have said so initially instead of lying.
  • If they didn’t know, then what are they being paid for?  They should be sacked for incompetence.  Can they not add up?

The worst part of it all is that the IMF can and do impose swingeing conditions on national bailouts.  Ghana is the latest country to feel their whip.  All Ghana is asking for is $1G,  1/4000th of the IMF’s miscalculation!  Ghana will have to sell it’s soul, grow cash crops instead of food for it’s people, and be in hoc with the IMF devil for decades.  If the rich countries had kept their 2005 promises, none of this would have been necessary.

Now can you see the similarity between an economist and a Scam merchant?

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