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(The Register)   UK press runs with "OMG the conservatives erased the internet" story   (theregister.co.uk) divider line 39
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2013-11-16 09:58:04 AM  
Pass the Lizard-proof tinfoil, I need to make a hat

Whatever else may be right or wrong, at least we live in the most sarcastic period in history.
 
2013-11-16 10:06:35 AM  
Interesting. I didn't realize that robot files could even automatically remove stuff from TWM. I think a lot of people really don't realize how temporary info can be on the Internet!

(Except you know the NSA and other governments has a back up copy of everything...so nothing is ever really gone anymore.)
 
2013-11-16 10:10:33 AM  

KawaiiNot: Interesting. I didn't realize that robot files could even automatically remove stuff from TWM. I think a lot of people really don't realize how temporary info can be on the Internet!

(Except you know the NSA and other governments has a back up copy of everything...so nothing is ever really gone anymore.)


Do you know how much storage you would actually need in order to store everything on the internet in one place?
 
2013-11-16 11:14:29 AM  

flucto: Pass the Lizard-proof tinfoil, I need to make a hat

Whatever else may be right or wrong, at least we live in the most sarcastic period in history.



Pfft, yeah, right  as IF.
 
2013-11-16 11:45:30 AM  

FloydA: Pfft, yeah, right as IF.


that was a really insightful comment.
 
2013-11-16 12:04:36 PM  

flucto: FloydA: Pfft, yeah, right as IF.

that was a really insightful comment.


I know, huh?  I totally believe him.
 
2013-11-16 12:23:17 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: flucto: FloydA: Pfft, yeah, right as IF.

that was a really insightful comment.

I know, huh?  I totally believe him.


Well thanks a lot for your vote of confidence, pal.  I really appreciate it.
 
2013-11-16 12:28:32 PM  

cameroncrazy1984: Do you know how much storage you would actually need in order to store everything on the internet in one place?


Roughly a million of these.
 
2013-11-16 12:35:32 PM  

FloydA: Lionel Mandrake: flucto: FloydA: Pfft, yeah, right as IF.

that was a really insightful comment.

I know, huh?  I totally believe him.

Well thanks a lot for your vote of confidence, pal.  I really appreciate it.


Hey, sarcastic italics (or 'sartalics') need to lean left, not right.
 
2013-11-16 12:42:09 PM  

unyon: FloydA: Lionel Mandrake: flucto: FloydA: Pfft, yeah, right as IF.

that was a really insightful comment.

I know, huh?  I totally believe him.

Well thanks a lot for your vote of confidence, pal.  I really appreciate it.

Hey, sarcastic italics (or 'sartalics') need to lean left, not right.


We're all very grateful for that helpful comment, and we will be just super enthusiastic about taking it on board.
 
2013-11-16 12:54:58 PM  
craphound.com
 
2013-11-16 12:56:40 PM  

FloydA: unyon: FloydA: Lionel Mandrake: flucto: FloydA: Pfft, yeah, right as IF.

that was a really insightful comment.

I know, huh?  I totally believe him.

Well thanks a lot for your vote of confidence, pal.  I really appreciate it.

Hey, sarcastic italics (or 'sartalics') need to lean left, not right.

We're all very grateful for that helpful comment, and we will be just super enthusiastic about taking it on board.

Alternating

italics for each word totally makes what you're typing look sarcastic.
 
2013-11-16 01:04:34 PM  
Heh, I never read it as they "Erased the Internet".  It was more a story of how clueless the Conservative Party was about how the Internet works.
 
2013-11-16 01:18:54 PM  

Harbinger of the Doomed Rat: FloydA: unyon: FloydA: Lionel Mandrake: flucto: FloydA: Pfft, yeah, right as IF.

that was a really insightful comment.

I know, huh?  I totally believe him.

Well thanks a lot for your vote of confidence, pal.  I really appreciate it.

Hey, sarcastic italics (or 'sartalics') need to lean left, not right.

We're all very grateful for that helpful comment, and we will be just super enthusiastic about taking it on board.

Alternating italics for each word totally makes what you're typing look sarcastic.


Ooh, there's a comment worth of the smart and funny buttons.
 
2013-11-16 01:21:32 PM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: Harbinger of the Doomed Rat: FloydA: unyon: FloydA: Lionel Mandrake: flucto: FloydA: Pfft, yeah, right as IF.

that was a really insightful comment.

I know, huh? I totally believe him.

Well thanks a lot for your vote of confidence, pal. I really appreciate it.

Hey, sarcastic italics (or 'sartalics') need to lean left, not right.

We're all very grateful for that helpful comment, and we will be just super enthusiastic about taking it on board.

Alternating italics for each word totally makes what you're typing look sarcastic.

Ooh, there's a comment worth of the smart and funny buttons.


Um, we did the ultimate sarcasm thread in like 2003. Nice of you all to show up on time.
 
2013-11-16 01:22:10 PM  
Just leave the porn and Glove and Boots and I'll be ok.
 
2013-11-16 01:26:31 PM  

flucto: God Is My Co-Pirate: Harbinger of the Doomed Rat: FloydA: unyon: FloydA: Lionel Mandrake: flucto: FloydA: Pfft, yeah, right as IF.

that was a really insightful comment.

I know, huh? I totally believe him.

Well thanks a lot for your vote of confidence, pal. I really appreciate it.

Hey, sarcastic italics (or 'sartalics') need to lean left, not right.

We're all very grateful for that helpful comment, and we will be just super enthusiastic about taking it on board.

Alternating italics for each word totally makes what you're typing look sarcastic.

Ooh, there's a comment worth of the smart and funny buttons.

Um, we did the ultimate sarcasm thread in like 2003. Nice of you all to show up on time.


I bet it was  super funny.
 
2013-11-16 01:30:11 PM  
Wishful thinking?

Pretty much every career politician of any affiliation has spent 3/4 or more of their career wishing the internet would disappear.

Social media, especially.  People doing PR haven't had this much trouble with message control since the late 1700s when half the pundits had their own printing press and there wasn't yet anything close to market dominance by a couple organized media conglomerates.  Half the reason the founding fathers' crap was as open and honest about its motivations as it was was because there was no real barrier to the people calling them out circulating something that would catch on better than the original statements.

We're getting the same effect now, with the politicians (the ones that win, anyway) having to give actual explanations for things and actually watch their damn mouths and try to actually act consistently with their line as well as talk the big game.  It has nothing to do with the technology (TV can theoretically do the same thing... and has exercised the ability something like four entire times in the medium's history) and all about it being functionally impossible to bribe a thousand little authors with no real financial barriers to distributing their work, and really easy to grab a few huge corporations already entwined with government funding.
 
2013-11-16 01:45:36 PM  

FloydA: unyon: FloydA: Lionel Mandrake: flucto: FloydA: Pfft, yeah, right as IF.

that was a really insightful comment.

I know, huh?  I totally believe him.

Well thanks a lot for your vote of confidence, pal.  I really appreciate it.

Hey, sarcastic italics (or 'sartalics') need to lean left, not right.

We're all very grateful for that helpful comment, and we will be just super enthusiastic about taking it on board.


While you're all mocking the idea of Lizard-proof tinfoil, I'm currently poking around your brains.

Some of y'all are dirty motherfarkers.
 
2013-11-16 01:46:38 PM  
Rob Ford last seen wandering around muttering "wait, we can do that? Somebody bring me the damn Easy button!"
 
2013-11-16 01:53:31 PM  

Jim_Callahan: Wishful thinking?

Pretty much every career politician of any affiliation has spent 3/4 or more of their career wishing the internet would disappear.

Social media, especially.  People doing PR haven't had this much trouble with message control since the late 1700s when half the pundits had their own printing press and there wasn't yet anything close to market dominance by a couple organized media conglomerates.  Half the reason the founding fathers' crap was as open and honest about its motivations as it was was because there was no real barrier to the people calling them out circulating something that would catch on better than the original statements.

We're getting the same effect now, with the politicians (the ones that win, anyway) having to give actual explanations for things and actually watch their damn mouths and try to actually act consistently with their line as well as talk the big game.  It has nothing to do with the technology (TV can theoretically do the same thing... and has exercised the ability something like four entire times in the medium's history) and all about it being functionally impossible to bribe a thousand little authors with no real financial barriers to distributing their work, and really easy to grab a few huge corporations already entwined with government funding.


Can you name those four or so times? Many of us lived through the transcendental experience of having a person land on  the moon, but it's difficult for the masses to comprehend how the Koch Brothers and Rupert Murdoch command the thoughts of the masses.
 
2013-11-16 02:19:40 PM  
So?  Somebody set up a site with the content of the deleted pages from the wayback machine.
 
2013-11-16 03:09:29 PM  
By Andrew Orlowski. Should have stopped reading there, he has always been the worst hack at the register by a long way. Most amusing moment with him was when he accused military leaders of fighting the last war whilst suggesting that modern fighters where of no use because they weren't useful in the last war.

Sadly its the Registers now standard make up some bullshiat and pretend its controversial to get clicks. In this case Pretending that any newspaper thought the Conservatives have erased the Internet. I used to think the register was good, I wonder if it was or whether i was just a naive fool back then.
 
2013-11-16 03:34:05 PM  
*IT Crowd Elders of the Internet box.jpg*

Sarcasm is super helpful.
 
2013-11-16 03:55:38 PM  

netringer: So?  Somebody set up a site with the content of the deleted pages from the wayback machine.


Except the wayback machine will delete upon request anything they have mirrored and that includes these old speeches by Conservative politicians and they apparently have already done so.

Basically, I read this as a political party erasing links to old speeches in order to avoid being embarrassed by having their words come back to haunt them in future. This act has incensed (and is being turned into an issue by) some people who thought things like the wayback machine meant that information is forever on the net.

Which is kinda silly cos it really isn't.

Unless you work for the NSA, of course.
 
2013-11-16 04:12:14 PM  

flucto: God Is My Co-Pirate: Harbinger of the Doomed Rat: FloydA: unyon: FloydA: Lionel Mandrake: flucto: FloydA: Pfft, yeah, right as IF.

that was a really insightful comment.

I know, huh? I totally believe him.

Well thanks a lot for your vote of confidence, pal. I really appreciate it.

Hey, sarcastic italics (or 'sartalics') need to lean left, not right.

We're all very grateful for that helpful comment, and we will be just super enthusiastic about taking it on board.

Alternating italics for each word totally makes what you're typing look sarcastic.

Ooh, there's a comment worth of the smart and funny buttons.

Um, we did the ultimate sarcasm thread in like 2003. Nice of you all to show up on time.


Link?
 
2013-11-16 04:36:32 PM  

KawaiiNot: Interesting. I didn't realize that robot files could even automatically remove stuff from TWM. I think a lot of people really don't realize how temporary info can be on the Internet!

(Except you know the NSA and other governments has a back up copy of everything...so nothing is ever really gone anymore.)


What is shocking is that anybody, anywhere, considers the internet a superior way to store or share information than, say, any print material. There has never been a web-based publication that wasn't either constantly updating, editing, and vanishing information (like online news articles) or simply disappearing (like websites hosted by companies that went out of business). We've lost the ability to keep a record, which is painfully destructive to a society built around laws that privilege writing and public health connected to laws and industrial practices. The internet is a Stalin-esque erasure propaganda machine, but the tools for erasing are in the hands of everybody...which is why it is not a conspiracy, but more of a collective idiocy.
 
2013-11-16 04:40:59 PM  
media.avclub.com
 
2013-11-16 04:41:40 PM  
What a robot blocker may look like:

terminerd.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-11-16 04:50:01 PM  
The only Tory I'm familiar with smashed his face into concrete after trying to jump a little red wagon on a bicycle.
 
2013-11-16 05:04:21 PM  
I have long held that before doing any stories on technology, reporters should run it by one of the guys in IT or the web department.
 
2013-11-16 06:29:54 PM  

cameroncrazy1984: KawaiiNot: Interesting. I didn't realize that robot files could even automatically remove stuff from TWM. I think a lot of people really don't realize how temporary info can be on the Internet!

(Except you know the NSA and other governments has a back up copy of everything...so nothing is ever really gone anymore.)

Do you know how much storage you would actually need in order to store everything on the internet in one place?


If you omit the porn and parked domains... I'd say few pentabytes.
 
2013-11-16 07:43:27 PM  
Here's the original article, for the interested wanting to judge for themselves

http://www.computerweekly.com/blogs/public-sector/2013/11/conservati ve s-erase-internet-h.html
 
2013-11-16 07:53:43 PM  

cameroncrazy1984: KawaiiNot: Interesting. I didn't realize that robot files could even automatically remove stuff from TWM. I think a lot of people really don't realize how temporary info can be on the Internet!

(Except you know the NSA and other governments has a back up copy of everything...so nothing is ever really gone anymore.)

Do you know how much storage you would actually need in order to store everything on the internet in one place?


Utah?
 
2013-11-16 07:59:07 PM  

Cpl.D: The only Tory I'm familiar with smashed his face into concrete after trying to jump a little red wagon on a bicycle.


Having a younger brother is the only thing that makes me feel that moment was real.

What a genius.
 
2013-11-17 02:44:52 AM  
cameroncrazy1984:

Do you know how much storage you would actually need in order to store everything on the internet in one place?

Just ask GCHQ how to do it, they cracked that problem with Project Tempora.
 
2013-11-17 02:57:55 AM  
I don't know about the UK, but if the hardliners did completely take over all the finer points of representative democracy we would have a wonderfully different timeline of what happened here in the US very soon. In about 25-50 years.

Difficulty: we're hanging on by a thread
 
2013-11-17 04:59:34 AM  

cretinbob: [media.avclub.com image 627x352]


That took entirely too long.
 
2013-11-17 10:51:47 PM  

Bungles: cameroncrazy1984:

Do you know how much storage you would actually need in order to store everything on the internet in one place?

Just ask GCHQ how to do it, they cracked that problem with Project Tempora.


Yum.
 
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