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Driver

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I guess Van Helsing finally got him. :(

 
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gavpowell

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Amazing that not only had he managed the Hobbit films and a few others in recent years, but the BBC said he had been cast in a film about the 11th September attacks, which was going to be released next year. 93 and still making films - incredible.
 

madwedge

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There's a new social media site called https://www.minds.com/ created by "anonymous"!

A social network that is being backed by Anonymous has been launched to hopefully directly compete with Facebook.

It will have a strong commitment to privacy and security.

The site, Minds.com, has the same basic options as any other social network site; you can send updates to your followers who can then comment or promote the posts if they choose to.

However, and this is where it differs from all the others that are currently available, it doesn’t exist to make money from collecting its users' data. In fact it does the complete opposite and encrypts every single message on site so it can’t be collected or read by advertisers and governments.

The app’s other big features that contrast those of similar sites is that it rewards people for interacting with posts by voting, commenting or uploading. Users are given points that can then be exchanged for views.

The site describes the mechanism as a “network that rewards you with reach”. It is much more straightforward than the Facebook algorithm — which the company are always so vague about,  Zuckerberg's site  works on a complicated mix of engagement, clicks and now the time spent on each individual post.

The site has been launched on desktop and mobile apps. However, in an interesting move the site has been made entirely open source, which means anyone can contribute to the appearance and general upkeep of it.
A social media site created by a load of "hackers"?!!
 
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burp

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"The app’s other big features that contrast those of similar sites is that it rewards people for interacting with posts by voting, commenting or uploading. Users are given points that can then be exchanged for views."

That's a terrible idea, considering 90% of Facebook posts are utter shit, to give rewards for commenting and uploading simply means it will be 99.9% full of shit.
 
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Shogun

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I was just about to post that, what a joke.

There is next to no way of policing this at all, and someone made a good point in the comments about digital downloads. Don't they effectively get "copied" over to every device you own?
 

SuPerNoVi

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Apparently people in the UK can't make backups of cd's and dvd's any more.

http://www.eteknix.com/now-illegal-uk-music-lovers-rip-cds-already/
100% of the time if I buy a CD I buy it to rip it but directly support the artist. TBH it's more inconvenient than anything because I have to then store the CD taking up precious space. I do this purely to support the artist as I'm not convinced buying MP3s off Amazon is the best way of doing so. If the law is telling me now that the best way of supporting the artist is now illegal then I'll just buy the MP3s from Amazon instead, which I then have a right to put on any device I please. Nice one music biz you fucking retards!
 
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Surfdude

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If the law is telling me now that the best way of supporting the artist is now illegal then I'll just buy the MP3s from Amazon instead, which I then have a right to put on any device I please. Nice one music biz you fucking retards!
It's particularly stupid as artists earn more from CD sales than from digital downloads. I'd have thought the last thing they'd want to do is encourage people to abandon buying CDs.

Even more stupidly, one of the suggested compromises is a tax on blank CDs and similar media to compensate for loss of earnings. As if pirates still copy media and physically hand it out to their mates! :huh:

Fortunately, I am no longer a member of the Musician's Union, who are one of the dumbass groups who challenged the legalisation. It's not going to stop people ripping music for personal use, and it's certainly not going to have any impact on piracy, so what's the point?? :wacko:
 
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Surfdude

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You'd be surprised. Digital sales have only overtaken CDs in the last couple of years or so and are still only just in the majority. Also digital sales are actually falling much quicker than physical sales as steaming services become more popular.

I still buy CDs for the audio quality. There are finally some sites promising lossless music soon, so that might change in the not too distant future.
 

burp

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The last CD I bought was in 2008, not coincidentally, the same year that Spotify launched.

I only listen to music on my phone so the quality is somewhat dictated by the phone/earphones anyway. My Spotify subscription costs way more than I ever used to spend on CD's but I do listen to a lot more things now. Plus I have thousands of songs in my pocket. 
 

paulod

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Today's events in Tunisia (and also France and Kuwait ) have really shocked me.

What the fuck inspires some idiot to attack people sitting on a beach enjoying a holiday, absolutely despicable sub human cowardly foof.

I was in Tunisia only last month for a week away with the wife and everyone we met was so friendly, I'm not stupid and realise some of it is a way to get tips etc but even so a lot of people were very welcoming. My daughters ex boyfriend is over there at the minute and is two hotels along the beach from today's events, needless to say he's now desperate to get home after up till now having a great time.

The people who will feel the biggest effect of today's events ( aside from those bereaved obviously ) will be the ones who rely on tourism, the hotel staff, waiters bar staff etc, all those who go out their way to help you will be affected by the inevitable downturn in tourism.

I just can't get my head around it and really feel for anyone out there just now.
 

gavpowell

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Today's events in Tunisia (and also France and Kuwait ) have really shocked me.

What the fuck inspires some idiot to attack people sitting on a beach enjoying a holiday, absolutely despicable sub human cowardly foof.
That is, unfortunately, how terrorism works. What's strange to me is how little we've heard of Al-Qaida of late - the only occasion they've made the news recently is for letting someone go on compassionate grounds.

Strange world.
 

Johnn88uk

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