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Keith Barrett
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IT Manager, Linux Developer, Social Media SME
IT Manager, Linux Developer, Social Media SME

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To all my friends and followers.

If you haven't heard the news, Google is (really) shutting down Google+. If you want to follow me on Facebook, I'm at: https://facebook.com/keith.barrett

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Beer Bottle Bricks

Alfred Heineken creаted a bottle that could also function as a brick to build houses in impoverished countries, 1963

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Indian Bulk IT Labor Provider Cognizant Bribed Client With Prostitutes And Sex Clubs

The client, BlueCross / BlueShield, reponse? "I'm not surprised". The situation resulted in an unfair termination lawsuit, which describes "IT department corruption and waste, including ... hiring of unneeded contractors". It is not clear in the article which of those abuses are related to Cognizant or to other firms.

Cognizant remains a Blue Shield contractor.

This is a possibility of H1b labor outsourcing I never considered, and certainly IT staff would find it hard to keep their jobs with these "incentives" to terminate them.

Cognizant was the firm Disney used in the Califonia outourcing terminations.

https://blueshieldexposed.org/blog/2015/5/11/sex-clubs-prostitutes-offered-in-attempted-bribery-at-blue-shield-lawsuit-says

#disney #h1b
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LastPass Is Dropping Xmarks

+LastPass is dropping support for what is the most useful tool on the Internet - Xmarks. Xmarks sync'd all of your bookmarks, across all of your browsers (not just one type), across all of your platforms. It also supported multiple profiles and recovery.

I suspected something like this was coming, as Xmarks has been behaving horribly after Firefox's redesign, and LastPass didn't seem to really care.

I do not know what I going to replace it with. I'm open to suggestions.



#xmarks #firefox #lastpass #bookmarks

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YouTube And Twitter Perform Purge Of Conservative Accounts and Content

A week after Twitter performed an unannounced overnight purge and re-verification of many thousands of conservative accounts in what was later labeled as "TwitterLockout", YouTube performed a massive purge of conservative accounts and content, then blamed new staffing for the targeting error. About half the country is conservative, so it's not rocket science to hire them for your diverse team (assuming you look outside California, and assuming you really are trying to be impartial).

Some news sites report that YouTube has hired the SPLC, a now wealthy organization that shifted from classifying extremist groups to classifying all anti-liberal groups (including Veterans, Christians, anti-immigration, musicians, pro-Israel, anti-abortion, and more) as hate groups, to screen out video content.

All these mea culpas that target just conservative voices indicate either extreme incompetence or extreme activism.

#youtube #politics #google #twitter

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/02/28/youtubes-mistaken-purge-highlights-new-peril-for-video-giant/?utm_term=.69c467a011e7


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Google Censors "Gun" Toys From Shopping Results

UPDATE: Google has backed off on some of this due to bad press (perhaps the fact "Guns & Roses" was blocked had something to do with it), however it's like it's being handled by entry level programmers or foreigners to our culture. Right now, "Water guns" returns results but the more common "water pistols" does not. "caulk gun" and "grease gun" were blocked. For a while even the color "burgundy" was blocked.

Google has remove all water pistols, dart guns, BB guns, cork pop guns, etc. from shopping searches in all countries. Only searching for "super soaker" produced results for me.

This is in contrast to their original philosophy of providing the most accurate response to queries. There's no legal requirement to do this, especially globally, so this their political decision imposed on the users.

Bing and DuckDuckGo are returning proper results without censorship.

I wonder how merchants feel about it.

#google #googlesearch #shopping
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