Wednesday too

1. Red faces:

Coming back to the WA he’s still trying to push through:

He plans to betray the country behind the tough talk and soft words to supporters. He has every intention of keeping the UK in the customs union and paying the 39 billion.

2. How advertisers target you:

[Oops, forgot the url, have now lost it, the url that is.]

When you go to a website and load a page, in the milliseconds that it takes for that page to load, there are real-time auctions running in the background that determine which ads to load on your page. Almost all online ads are delivered in this way, where highly complex auction markets make their money by competing on who can better track users and invade their privacy more thoroughly.

The targeting begins the moment you as a reader visit any website. Typically, your IP address, your location, and the URL of the page you are on are swiped from your browser without your explicit knowledge, and shared with advertising companies that run these ad auctions. The goal, of course, is to build as specific a portrait about you as possible—by linking your device with your identity—and cookies are a common tool for doing so.

3. Who would ever have thought?

The reverend’s last present to his eight-year-old son, David, had been a crystal radio set that the boy treasured deeply.

4. Gosh it’s big:

Perhaps the most interesting one there is the music. Spotify says it has over 50 million tracks on its service. That means a 256 terabyte microSD could probably hold every track on Spotify, and thus most of the recorded music that is generally available in a digital form.

5. Was wondering, you know:

6. Not very good etc.

7. Not a church this time:

8. Gosh, no man’s ever going to provide his own:

[H/T Chuckles and haiku]

2 comments for “Wednesday too

  1. ivan
    August 21, 2019 at 18:15

    #2 The simple answer to that is to a browser equipped with NoScript, Adblock Plus and set to wipe cookies when it closes. Any site that object to that combination gets dumped and I look for what I want somewhere else.

    #4 That card would be useful for making full disk images of a computer in case anything goes wrong that makes re-imaging the computer necessary.

    As for music storage, who in their right mind wants to store the crap they call music produced today?

    • August 21, 2019 at 18:29

      who in their right mind wants to store the crap they call music produced today


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