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France ends four-decade Nato rift BBC News

This is certainly an interesting development all things considered. It seems like a huge about-turn for French policy even though they never did withdraw from NATO entirely. It’s really an issue of principle anyway since France have been supporting the entire alliance anyway and nine times out of ten agree with what tends to be going on. It comes back to something I read about quite some time ago involving France still behaving like a great power, having held on to its colonies longer than everyone else and in fact having treated them like extensions of France itself where citizens of those colonies were classified as French citizens having the same rights and privileges as those in France itself. And its things like that that meant that many Algerians resisted independence and explains why places like Algiers look like suburbs of France. Nevertheless, it’s a bold step for Sarkozy and one that I suspect many Gaulists won’t be pleased about.

I’d like to think that practicality can win out when principles become damaging to progress but that doesn’t often seem to be the case. It’s always a precarious situation because the slippery slope argument tends to be made that compromising on one issue will invariably lead to compromising all that make people who they are, be that French or Algerian or any other defining label. The question is always how far will the compromises go with the fear that there is nothing to stop that slide into a lack of principle at all but at the end of the day surely people set their own principles and just because someone may compromise on one area doesn’t mean they’ll ever cross their own defining line. The fact that a compromise can be considered at all indicates that the issue, whatever it may be, isn’t the defining one after all.

Google serves up behavioural ads BBC News

Sadly my first response to this was to consider regularly visiting 4chan and assorted porn sites just to see what sorts of adverts Google would throw at me as a result. I’m less worried about this than I could be mostly because I clear my cookies fairly frequently and I’m paranoid enough to use Tor and web portals every now and again. It could prove annoying and invasive but I am at the moment subject to Google-bias because they’ve done so well in the past that I’m prepared to give them the benefit of the doubt. Google-bias: like the trustee model in a way.

Progress Penny Arcade
All joking aside I wonder how far off we are from this.

Disney’s Pocahontas Nostalgia Chick
I’ve never seen this and though I’d heard comments I never actually realised how bad a whitewashing the entire story had been given. Children’s story or otherwise there’s far too much detail to really leave out and still call it the same tale. And as for the racism… Disney never did acquit themselves well on that account as far more informed individuals than I have pointed out.

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Date: 2009-03-12 04:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 7veilsphaedra.livejournal.com
Googlebots are programmed to stop planting cookies in a surprising variety of sites, based on stop-words. Someone has taken the trouble to list the stopwords from their Adsense campaign here. As an online writer, if you receive any revenues from Google, these bots will crawl through your text and if any of the offensive words show up, their ads will not with no exceptions or discrimination. So, for the sake of argument, a review entitled "Sexual Themes in Daphne DuMaurier's Rebecca and how Alfred Hitchcock subverted them" will be banned for the words "sexual" and "*****cock." You naughty writer, you!

Also, Nostalgia Chick is terrific! Thanks for that.

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Date: 2009-03-12 05:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 7veilsphaedra.livejournal.com
Of course, that doesn't explain why Google pet-food ads kept showing up on my Ai no Kusabi fanfic up until I sprang for a paid LJ account.

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Date: 2009-03-16 03:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reichsfreiherr.livejournal.com
Death is a banned word? Tuck your grieving and existentialism away and search for… what? Diets instead?

That list now makes me want to use ‘schlong’ in regular conversation if at all possible too.

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Date: 2009-03-16 04:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 7veilsphaedra.livejournal.com
That's about it. I believe the explanation was that google didn't want its ads showing up on suicide pact sites or assisted suicide sites, but the very nature of bots is that they lack nuance. The results can be hilarious.

Google still shows up on sites that have restricted adult content warnings, because Google ads were showing up on my LJ when I had one of the free accounts. So I'm not sure what the reasoning is. "Stick an ad wherever we think we can get away without raising a stink" probably.

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