If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(CNN)   Five predictions about the internet that did not come true. Come for the spam-free claim, and stay for the 1993 video talking about the 12,000 computer "Net"   (money.cnn.com) divider line 59
    More: Amusing, MIT Media Lab, Nicholas Negroponte, Columbia Journalism Review, Jarret Stoll  
•       •       •

4314 clicks; posted to Geek » on 11 Mar 2014 at 4:57 PM (27 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



59 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

First | « | 1 | 2 | » | Last | Show all
 
2014-03-11 04:15:26 PM
Hey, this Facebook thing is really cool.  I can create my own page and keep only my closest friends up to date on all my wild and wacky shenanigans.
 
2014-03-11 04:17:59 PM
Newsweek: Let's bury our heads in the sand.
 
2014-03-11 04:23:52 PM
The prediction: Websites will never replace newspapers. - Newsweek, 1995

The reality: You know how this one turned out. You're reading this online, right?


Ok, that one made me laugh
 
2014-03-11 04:37:10 PM
Who could have predicted all these goddamned cat videos?
 
2014-03-11 04:42:39 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Who could have predicted all these goddamned cat videos?


There was a thread a while back on reddit or 4chan where someone asked if you could go back in time with one device from the present, what would it be?

A guy said he would bring his smart phone, show it to people and say "This little thing allows everyone to access unlimited amounts of knowledge and information. Everyone uses it to send pictures of cats."
 
2014-03-11 04:50:42 PM

scottydoesntknow: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Who could have predicted all these goddamned cat videos?

There was a thread a while back on reddit or 4chan where someone asked if you could go back in time with one device from the present, what would it be?

A guy said he would bring his smart phone, show it to people and say "This little thing allows everyone to access unlimited amounts of knowledge and information. Everyone uses it to send pictures of cats."

 
2014-03-11 04:55:26 PM
well I have no idea why it didn't post the picture even though it showed in preview.


static.fjcdn.com
 
2014-03-11 04:59:16 PM

cannotsuggestaname: well I have no idea why it didn't post the picture even though it showed in preview.


[static.fjcdn.com image 500x467]


Thank you! I couldn't find it with my bad google-fu skills. Kept pulling up pictures of future cats
 
2014-03-11 05:04:03 PM
CNN blocking access if you have too much "please don't track me" stuff turned on.
 
2014-03-11 05:29:21 PM
Meh, spam is pretty much dead.  I assume I still get a bunch sent to me, but it doesn't really matter if it gets killed before it even hits my inbox.
 
2014-03-11 05:37:53 PM
Free pr0n.  Nuff said.
 
2014-03-11 05:44:10 PM
Email filters and "human challenges" -- forcing the sender to solve a puzzle, for example -- could help cut down on unwanted emails, Gates said. He also predicted a "payment at risk" system in which email senders were forced to pay fines when their messages were rejected.

That's asinine. Do you know how easy it is to get blacklisted by Spam filters? Jesus, some people can just have the wrong type of link in their signature, or there could have been a mailer-bot inside the company, and their email address was the one sending out too many emails internally. We're a sales based company that doesn't actually deal in cold calls, but we can end up on blacklists, just because we are a sales company. That 'pay to get off the list' bullshiat is bad enough as it is, if it was internet-wide, it would really fark things up.

Of course, Gates could have just expected users not to be so stupid. I get an email every day or three that would count as 'Spam'. 99% of everything I get to my Gmail is something I intended to get, even if it's the 'Monoprice Hot Deals' or some other sales based newsletter. I very seldom get stuff that I didn't choose to be on a list for...

Websites will never replace newspapers.
"The truth is no online database will replace your daily newspaper," he wrote.


Um, websites HAVEN'T replaced newspapers. Newspapers had editors, used proper grammar, and(For the most part) had actual journalists with skills in the English language. Your average website that has "replaced" the newspaper is a shoddy piece of crap that looks like it was written by a 5th grader. Either that, or the "story" consists of 3 sentences.

As for the rest, the internet has "exploded" a few times. It's about every 3 months that we either hear about massive Google or Yahoo! crashes that bring people to a grinding halt. It just hasn't collapsed under its own weight, like was predicted.

The Big Brother thing is kind of a split though.... While it's true that they are poking their noses in a LOT of places, the availability of information on the internet is making it almost impossible for shiat like this to get covered up for very long anymore. As soon as the story gets out, it's not only all over the world, but major world leaders are weighing in, and conspiracy theories are composed. What used to take years to become worldwide now can happen in a matter of hours.

Why would you say that nobody would ever buy anything online? That's just stupid. SciFi writers had people buying stuff online before the Internet even existed, in all the variations of community networks that have ever been visualized. While I might prefer to buy a lot of stuff at real stores where I can actually SEE the product I'm buying, it would be stupid to say that nobody will ever buy anything online...
 
2014-03-11 05:45:54 PM
The problem of email spam could be solved easily if governments would establish laws stating that the premeditated ending of human life with malice aforethought is not a criminal act if the victim is a proven spammer.

/Technically, they are not human.
 
2014-03-11 05:47:10 PM

cannotsuggestaname: well I have no idea why it didn't post the picture even though it showed in preview.


[static.fjcdn.com image 500x467]


It wouldn't be THAT hard... They've been writing about this since the 40's, and although the SciFi writers tend to be a bit optimistic, people would understand the reality of human nature.

What would be hard to explain is video games. The concept, the way of playing them, the fact that we sit for hours staring at a screen where nothing happens except for changes in light, and then get up and call it a "success" would boggle their minds, I think.
 
2014-03-11 05:51:05 PM
I haven't had spam in my gmail inbox for... years now. I think Gates was right, at least from the consumer perspective.
 
2014-03-11 06:16:01 PM

cannotsuggestaname: well I have no idea why it didn't post the picture even though it showed in preview.


[static.fjcdn.com image 500x467]


Believe it or not, this. I remember when the Louvre begin the process of digitizing its collection in the 1990s and I could see parts of the collection online and I thought to myself....this...this is the future of internet. It is going to be so great having all this information right at my finger tips. And it is great. What I failed to see was how the "sewer-ification" of the internet was going to drown out so much of the information. The internet is now a perfect example of the least common denominator of human affairs.  Back in 1995 it was a niche market. Now it is mainstream. I personally do not see it for the better.
 
2014-03-11 06:19:28 PM

downstairs: Meh, spam is pretty much dead.  I assume I still get a bunch sent to me, but it doesn't really matter if it gets killed before it even hits my inbox.


Came here to say pretty much the same thing. I have my GMail set up with tabs, and I *never* see spam in my main inbox. The Updates/Promotions/Social tabs sometimes get stuff, but it's usually junk from things I signed up for. It's increasingly rare that I have to mark anything as spam.

Mikey1969: Email filters and "human challenges" -- forcing the sender to solve a puzzle, for example -- could help cut down on unwanted emails, Gates said. He also predicted a "payment at risk" system in which email senders were forced to pay fines when their messages were rejected.

That's asinine. Do you know how easy it is to get blacklisted by Spam filters? Jesus, some people can just have the wrong type of link in their signature, or there could have been a mailer-bot inside the company, and their email address was the one sending out too many emails internally.


Our mail server has been blocked by overly aggressive spam services several times because of this: Some random person's email address gets compromised and used to send out junk mail. One or several of the recipient addresses is on our domain. Address does not exist. Our server generates a bounce to go back to the sender. Original owner of email address reports all these bounces as spam. Our mail server, serving tens of thousands of people, gets blocked by anyone using Spamhaus or related services and no one can email anyone at the domain of the person who had their account compromised. People are farking STUPID when it comes to reporting spam.
 
2014-03-11 06:29:42 PM

downstairs: Meh, spam is pretty much dead.  I assume I still get a bunch sent to me, but it doesn't really matter if it gets killed before it even hits my inbox.


Actually no, spam remains a significant fraction of all email traffic; in some instances, 90% of all inbound message traffic is spam. It isn't that the problem is solved, it's that you're unaware of the resources being applied to shield your tender eyes from it.
 
2014-03-11 06:32:16 PM
The prediction: Spam will be gone within two years. - Bill Gates, 2004

Thanks to Gmail, it pretty much is.
 
2014-03-11 06:32:19 PM

Dragonflew: Our mail server has been blocked by overly aggressive spam services several times because of this: Some random person's email address gets compromised and used to send out junk mail. One or several of the recipient addresses is on our domain. Address does not exist. Our server generates a bounce to go back to the sender. Original owner of email address reports all these bounces as spam. Our mail server, serving tens of thousands of people, gets blocked by anyone using Spamhaus or related services and no one can email anyone at the domain of the person who had their account compromised. People are farking STUPID when it comes to reporting spam.


Ugh!  Indeed.  Its not as bad now, but I've run a POP/SMTP server forever.  Back in the day we'd get blacklisted all the time.  Pain in the ass.

/Never had a client send spam
 
2014-03-11 06:32:50 PM

Dragonflew: Our mail server has been blocked by overly aggressive spam services several times because of this: Some random person's email address gets compromised and used to send out junk mail. One or several of the recipient addresses is on our domain. Address does not exist. Our server generates a bounce to go back to the sender. Original owner of email address reports all these bounces as spam. Our mail server, serving tens of thousands of people, gets blocked by anyone using Spamhaus or related services and no one can email anyone at the domain of the person who had their account compromised. People are farking STUPID when it comes to reporting spam.


That's not an accident, that's called a "bounce attack". The sender address is the actual target, not the address at your organization.
 
2014-03-11 06:36:38 PM

Monkeyhouse Zendo: downstairs: Meh, spam is pretty much dead.  I assume I still get a bunch sent to me, but it doesn't really matter if it gets killed before it even hits my inbox.

Actually no, spam remains a significant fraction of all email traffic; in some instances, 90% of all inbound message traffic is spam. It isn't that the problem is solved, it's that you're unaware of the resources being applied to shield your tender eyes from it.


Oh I know... just saying it really is "solved" if people hardly see spam.  I mean, most TCP/IP traffic is meaningless.  And bandwidth (for consumer level stuff) is nearly costless.

There will always, forever, be spammers.  One can get a list of millions of emails for next to nothing.  And finding an SMTP server to blast to them is no work.

Point is... even the least savvy internet users nowadays see virtually zero spam emails.
 
2014-03-11 06:38:58 PM

Monkeyhouse Zendo: Dragonflew: Our mail server has been blocked by overly aggressive spam services several times because of this: Some random person's email address gets compromised and used to send out junk mail. One or several of the recipient addresses is on our domain. Address does not exist. Our server generates a bounce to go back to the sender. Original owner of email address reports all these bounces as spam. Our mail server, serving tens of thousands of people, gets blocked by anyone using Spamhaus or related services and no one can email anyone at the domain of the person who had their account compromised. People are farking STUPID when it comes to reporting spam.

That's not an accident, that's called a "bounce attack". The sender address is the actual target, not the address at your organization.


I am just talking about the annoying side affect of OUR server getting blocked because it is sending legitimate bounces to a compromised account, I realise we are not the target. It's a totally different story when we're the target, that happens too.

FTFA:   Fifteen years before plunging ad revenues forced its owners to sell Newsweek for $1, the magazine published an anti-Web screed from cybersecurity expert, astronomer and author Clifford Stoll. He called the Web "a wasteland of unfiltered data", and complained that reliable voices were being drowned out by the rabble.

Well... he accurately predicted Facebook.
 
2014-03-11 06:44:38 PM
2012patriot.files.wordpress.com

President Ron Paul!
 
2014-03-11 06:46:03 PM

Monkeyhouse Zendo: downstairs: Meh, spam is pretty much dead.  I assume I still get a bunch sent to me, but it doesn't really matter if it gets killed before it even hits my inbox.

Actually no, spam remains a significant fraction of all email traffic; in some instances, 90% of all inbound message traffic is spam. It isn't that the problem is solved, it's that you're unaware of the resources being applied to shield your tender eyes from it.


I think it's obvious he is speaking from the consumer point of view, and even mentioned "I assume I still get a bunch sent to me". Spam is obviously very much alive, and accounts for more email volume than legitimate email.  Filtering has gotten much better.  Here is a rundown of the mail that has hit our Barracuda in the last hour:

Blocked (by reputation of sending server):  2,256
Blocked due to virus:  62
Quarantined as spam:  470
Allowed but tagged as potential spam:  28
Allowed: 991
Total Received:  3,807

So, only 991 emails of 3,807 were deemed to be legitimate without question. Spam itself is not dead, but it's getting harder for it to reach its destination.
 
2014-03-11 06:47:21 PM

cannotsuggestaname: well I have no idea why it didn't post the picture even though it showed in preview.


[static.fjcdn.com image 500x467]


speakfearlessly.net
 
2014-03-11 06:50:52 PM
Wow, thanks for the TF, downstairs! What the heck did I do? :D
 
2014-03-11 06:51:11 PM

Monkeyhouse Zendo: downstairs: Meh, spam is pretty much dead.  I assume I still get a bunch sent to me, but it doesn't really matter if it gets killed before it even hits my inbox.

Actually no, spam remains a significant fraction of all email traffic; in some instances, 90% of all inbound message traffic is spam. It isn't that the problem is solved, it's that you're unaware of the resources being applied to shield your tender eyes from it.



The only 2 questions that matter are: 1) Does the end user see the product?  2) Can the system handle the load?

The answer to those questions is No and Yes, respectively, which are the desired answers.  So for all practical purposes, spam is solved.  Now, the solution needs to keep evoliving, because spam will as well - the language will get more and more natural, etc...but if your definition of "solved" involves it never being sent in the first place, that's just stupid: you can't change the minds of people and the world will never accept a pay-to-play system as regards email.  Not even one where the payment is solving a puzzle or identifying hard too read text.  There's just too much email that everyone needs to send out.
 
2014-03-11 06:58:32 PM

Mikey1969: The Big Brother thing is kind of a split though.... While it's true that they are poking their noses in a LOT of places, the availability of information on the internet is making it almost impossible for shiat like this to get covered up for very long anymore. As soon as the story gets out, it's not only all over the world, but major world leaders are weighing in, and conspiracy theories are composed. What used to take years to become worldwide now can happen in a matter of hours.


TFA screwed the pooch on the Big Brother issue. The prediction was that the internet would make it impossible for anyone to control the media. It had nothing to do with government spying. Based on how they set it up, I'd have to agree that the net makes it easy for anyone to have a voice.
 
2014-03-11 07:09:18 PM

cannotsuggestaname: well I have no idea why it didn't post the picture even though it showed in preview.


[static.fjcdn.com image 500x467]


Really, we have a half black man in the whitehouse and pocket sized TV's are going to be the shock? Read your Popular Science of that era. I bet you could find "scientists working on Dick Tracey video phone that fits on your wrist."
 
2014-03-11 07:17:39 PM

Electrify: The prediction: Spam will be gone within two years. - Bill Gates, 2004

Thanks to Gmail, it pretty much is.


I still use outlook and I never see spam outside of the rare times I check my junk mail folder to see if anything got accidentally tossed there.
 
2014-03-11 07:22:48 PM
"Even if there were a trustworthy way to send money over the Internet-which there isn't-the network is missing a most essential ingredient of capitalism: salespeople,"

24.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-03-11 07:25:54 PM

Dragonflew: Our mail server has been blocked by overly aggressive spam services several times because of this: Some random person's email address gets compromised and used to send out junk mail. One or several of the recipient addresses is on our domain. Address does not exist. Our server generates a bounce to go back to the sender. Original owner of email address reports all these bounces as spam. Our mail server, serving tens of thousands of people, gets blocked by anyone using Spamhaus or related services and no one can email anyone at the domain of the person who had their account compromised. People are farking STUPID when it comes to reporting spam.


And it's REALLY hard to explain all of this to the users, especially if you don't know for sure why it's happening at the moment. They get all defensive about how THEY didn't do anything wrong, and you have to start your explanation all over again.
 
2014-03-11 07:26:58 PM

Mikey1969: The Big Brother thing is kind of a split though.... While it's true that they are poking their noses in a LOT of places, the availability of information on the internet is making it almost impossible for shiat like this to get covered up for very long anymore. As soon as the story gets out, it's not only all over the world, but major world leaders are weighing in, and conspiracy theories are composed. What used to take years to become worldwide now can happen in a matter of hours.


I dunno. Maybe it's not happening now, but it wouldn't be that difficult to make it happen. One part of 1984 that has stuck with me is the descriptions of how much effort they put into recalling and rewriting books, when they needed to change reality. Nowadays, most of the information online is only in a few places, and it's electronic. It would take significantly less effort to change it all.
 
2014-03-11 07:33:57 PM
Dadoo:
I dunno. Maybe it's not happening now, but it wouldn't be that difficult to make it happen. One part of 1984 that has stuck with me is the descriptions of how much effort they put into recalling and rewriting books, when they needed to change reality. Nowadays, most of the information online is only in a few places, and it's electronic. It would take significantly less effort to change it all.


Except that when it's books, almost all of them(Even new ones) exist in print form still.. That would be awfully tough. I agree that rewriting what's already online(And online only) could be 'relatively' easy, but we still print a LOT, and chasing all of that down is where it would be hard.
 
2014-03-11 07:35:49 PM
some of you have a twisted view of the web. it shows you what you farking ask it for. I dont understand the "web is a toilet" stuff. I mean there is a great deal of dreck but don't look at it if you're not interested. problem solved.
 
2014-03-11 08:16:32 PM

Mikey1969: Dadoo:
I dunno. Maybe it's not happening now, but it wouldn't be that difficult to make it happen. One part of 1984 that has stuck with me is the descriptions of how much effort they put into recalling and rewriting books, when they needed to change reality. Nowadays, most of the information online is only in a few places, and it's electronic. It would take significantly less effort to change it all.


Except that when it's books, almost all of them(Even new ones) exist in print form still.. That would be awfully tough. I agree that rewriting what's already online(And online only) could be 'relatively' easy, but we still print a LOT, and chasing all of that down is where it would be hard.


Better yet, it's easier to find books/film etc. now that we are connected via the web. Before there might be only a few known copies of anything. Now you can find obscure stuff that would have been moldering away in someones attic. Example:  http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/11/showbiz/lost-doctor-who-episodes-recove r ed/

Granted that means a tyrannical group could seek and destroy things more easily, but at the same time copying stuff got a heck of a lot easier. Still, things like this  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/18/technology/companies/18amazon.html? _ r=0  are troubling.
 
2014-03-11 08:19:13 PM
6. That's Mozart's Ghost would be the Hottest Band on the Internet!

31.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-03-11 08:52:10 PM
One thing they didn't predict was that you would eventually wind up with a computer so powerful yet small enough to carry in your pocket which could access all the porn you would ever want to watch from anywhere.
 
2014-03-11 08:55:51 PM

Electrify: The prediction: Spam will be gone within two years. - Bill Gates, 2004

Thanks to Gmail, it pretty much is.


Vikings are unconsolable.
 
2014-03-11 09:01:32 PM

Mikey1969: Email filters and "human challenges" -- forcing the sender to solve a puzzle, for example -- could help cut down on unwanted emails, Gates said. He also predicted a "payment at risk" system in which email senders were forced to pay fines when their messages were rejected.

That's asinine. Do you know how easy it is to get blacklisted by Spam filters? Jesus, some people can just have the wrong type of link in their signature, or there could have been a mailer-bot inside the company, and their email address was the one sending out too many emails internally. We're a sales based company that doesn't actually deal in cold calls, but we can end up on blacklists, just because we are a sales company. That 'pay to get off the list' bullshiat is bad enough as it is, if it was internet-wide, it would really fark things up.

Of course, Gates could have just expected users not to be so stupid. I get an email every day or three that would count as 'Spam'. 99% of everything I get to my Gmail is something I intended to get, even if it's the 'Monoprice Hot Deals' or some other sales based newsletter. I very seldom get stuff that I didn't choose to be on a list for...

Websites will never replace newspapers.
"The truth is no online database will replace your daily newspaper," he wrote.

Um, websites HAVEN'T replaced newspapers. Newspapers had editors, used proper grammar, and(For the most part) had actual journalists with skills in the English language. Your average website that has "replaced" the newspaper is a shoddy piece of crap that looks like it was written by a 5th grader. Either that, or the "story" consists of 3 sentences.

As for the rest, the internet has "exploded" a few times. It's about every 3 months that we either hear about massive Google or Yahoo! crashes that bring people to a grinding halt. It just hasn't collapsed under its own weight, like was predicted.

The Big Brother thing is kind of a split though.... While it's true that they are poking their noses in a L ...


Well, sort of apropos (but worth sharing in any case) from Dmitri Orlov's latest blog:

"The guest post from Renée last week appeared on this blog because Huffington Post refused to run it. And now I hear that no comment linking the new Ukrainian government to the neo-Nazis or the neo-Nazis to the mass murder in Kiev can get through on any news site. It seems like there is an actual news blackout on this message:

'It appears that the US State Dept. gave $5 billion to Ukrainian neo-Nazis who used some of the money to hire mass murderers who massacred protesters, policemen and bystanders in order to provide a rationale for overthrowing the democratically elected government of Ukraine and installing an anti-Russian puppet government.'

"That's about as short and sweet as I can make it. Please go and see how many places you can cut and paste that sentence. It would give us an idea of the extent of the censorship in the US. First they take over Ukraine, then Huffington Post, what's next? Your living-room?]"

FWIW.
 
2014-03-11 09:03:13 PM

grokca: Electrify: The prediction: Spam will be gone within two years. - Bill Gates, 2004

Thanks to Gmail, it pretty much is.

Vikings are unconsolable.


They'll have to settle for just sausage and eggs.
 
2014-03-11 09:17:07 PM
worlddan: Believe it or not, this. I remember when the Louvre begin the process of digitizing its collection in the 1990s and I could see parts of the collection online and I thought to myself....this...this is the future of internet. It is going to be so great having all this information right at my finger tips. And it is great. What I failed to see was how the "sewer-ification" of the internet was going to drown out so much of the information. The internet is now a perfect example of the least common denominator of human affairs.  Back in 1995 it was a niche market. Now it is mainstream. I personally do not see it for the better.

has it drowned out information? I mean, there's a lot more crap on the net now. A lot more low-grade content. There's scumbags and villains of various kinds. But there's still also a lot of great content and good places to talk to people, like well, Fark (but also Den of Geek IMO). The Louvre, the Rodin Museum and the D'Orsay all still have sites. My wife buys knitting patterns as PDFs. She discovered a local mosaic maker on the net recently. Someone near me created a website of local walks that are worth doing. I go through Wikipedia stuff with my kids about history, art, mathematics.  When we book our summer holiday we can now see videos of the site and the area.

The biggest thing is shutting out the crap. People have these "living without the net for a week" and why would you want to? It's getting out of Facebook, Twitter, reading Linkbait articles in newspapers or watching Christian Fundie YouTube videos that you have to do. Using the net to find opening times for things, or to order a Monet print or to download Moby Dick is great. That's a better world than what we were raised on.
 
2014-03-11 09:24:19 PM

SpeedyBB: Mikey1969: Email filters and "human challenges" -- forcing the sender to solve a puzzle, for example -- could help cut down on unwanted emails, Gates said. He also predicted a "payment at risk" system in which email senders were forced to pay fines when their messages were rejected.

That's asinine. Do you know how easy it is to get blacklisted by Spam filters? Jesus, some people can just have the wrong type of link in their signature, or there could have been a mailer-bot inside the company, and their email address was the one sending out too many emails internally. We're a sales based company that doesn't actually deal in cold calls, but we can end up on blacklists, just because we are a sales company. That 'pay to get off the list' bullshiat is bad enough as it is, if it was internet-wide, it would really fark things up.

Of course, Gates could have just expected users not to be so stupid. I get an email every day or three that would count as 'Spam'. 99% of everything I get to my Gmail is something I intended to get, even if it's the 'Monoprice Hot Deals' or some other sales based newsletter. I very seldom get stuff that I didn't choose to be on a list for...

Websites will never replace newspapers.
"The truth is no online database will replace your daily newspaper," he wrote.

Um, websites HAVEN'T replaced newspapers. Newspapers had editors, used proper grammar, and(For the most part) had actual journalists with skills in the English language. Your average website that has "replaced" the newspaper is a shoddy piece of crap that looks like it was written by a 5th grader. Either that, or the "story" consists of 3 sentences.

As for the rest, the internet has "exploded" a few times. It's about every 3 months that we either hear about massive Google or Yahoo! crashes that bring people to a grinding halt. It just hasn't collapsed under its own weight, like was predicted.

The Big Brother thing is kind of a split though.... While it's true that they are poking their noses in a L ...

Well, sort of apropos (but worth sharing in any case) from Dmitri Orlov's latest blog:

"The guest post from Renée last week appeared on this blog because Huffington Post refused to run it. And now I hear that no comment linking the new Ukrainian government to the neo-Nazis or the neo-Nazis to the mass murder in Kiev can get through on any news site. It seems like there is an actual news blackout on this message:

'It appears that the US State Dept. gave $5 billion to Ukrainian neo-Nazis who used some of the money to hire mass murderers who massacred protesters, policemen and bystanders in order to provide a rationale for overthrowing the democratically elected government of Ukraine and installing an anti-Russian puppet government.'

"That's about as short and sweet as I can make it. Please go and see how many places you can cut and paste that sentence. It would give us an idea of the extent of the censorship in the US. First they take over Ukraine, then Huffington Post, what's next? Your living-room?]"

FWIW.


I Googled US State Dept $5 billion Ukraine, and got a wide variety of stories on this subject, no problem.

I'm on my phone, and not going to cut and paste the whole sentence, but I found your story just fine.

"Huffington Post refused to run it" =/= "Government Censorship", BTW.
 
2014-03-11 09:24:48 PM
He called the Web "a wasteland of unfiltered data", and complained that reliable voices were being drowned out by the rabble.

He wasn't exactly wrong...
 
2014-03-11 09:32:50 PM

SDRR: some of you have a twisted view of the web. it shows you what you farking ask it for. I dont understand the "web is a toilet" stuff. I mean there is a great deal of dreck but don't look at it if you're not interested. problem solved.


Yeah there is no penalty imposed by the crap. If you want technical information for example facebook is not going to block your way to it.
 
2014-03-11 09:34:31 PM

Mikey1969: SpeedyBB: Mikey1969: Email filters and "human challenges" -- forcing the sender to solve a puzzle, for example -- could help cut down on unwanted emails, Gates said. He also predicted a "payment at risk" system in which email senders were forced to pay fines when their messages were rejected.

That's asinine. Do you know how easy it is to get blacklisted by Spam filters? Jesus, some people can just have the wrong type of link in their signature, or there could have been a mailer-bot inside the company, and their email address was the one sending out too many emails internally. We're a sales based company that doesn't actually deal in cold calls, but we can end up on blacklists, just because we are a sales company. That 'pay to get off the list' bullshiat is bad enough as it is, if it was internet-wide, it would really fark things up.

Of course, Gates could have just expected users not to be so stupid. I get an email every day or three that would count as 'Spam'. 99% of everything I get to my Gmail is something I intended to get, even if it's the 'Monoprice Hot Deals' or some other sales based newsletter. I very seldom get stuff that I didn't choose to be on a list for...

Websites will never replace newspapers.
"The truth is no online database will replace your daily newspaper," he wrote.

Um, websites HAVEN'T replaced newspapers. Newspapers had editors, used proper grammar, and(For the most part) had actual journalists with skills in the English language. Your average website that has "replaced" the newspaper is a shoddy piece of crap that looks like it was written by a 5th grader. Either that, or the "story" consists of 3 sentences.

As for the rest, the internet has "exploded" a few times. It's about every 3 months that we either hear about massive Google or Yahoo! crashes that bring people to a grinding halt. It just hasn't collapsed under its own weight, like was predicted.

The Big Brother thing is kind of a split though.... While it's true that they are poki ...


Thanks for the clarification. I simply happened to be reading the Club Orlov blog and fark.com at the same time, and thought it worth posting. Always good to have a follow-through.
 
2014-03-11 09:38:36 PM
The end of big brother did come, its just you never realized they have been spying on you since the 50s.
 
2014-03-11 10:49:54 PM
Hi!  I come from the Internet, and I'm here to help!

wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net

What's that, you say?  Billions of systems, Facebook, 4chan, and...gigs and gigs of Mexican donkey porn?

rebootrevival.com

...

img2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-03-11 11:05:24 PM
No Spam because you sold (gave) your soul to G-Mail. See Big Brother.
 
Displayed 50 of 59 comments

First | « | 1 | 2 | » | Last | Show all

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report