It appears that a bunch of highly paid lobbyists are going around pretending that TPP is actually a “free trade” agreement, and telling Republicans they should be in favor of free trade. But it’s not a free trade agreement at all (quite the opposite, actually).
Sydney as New York Impressive before-and-after clips on the special visual effects in The Great Gatsby remake. (Via Dan Sharp.)
Google continues to publish libel Remember how we were blacklisted by Google earlier this year? Google falsely claims that you can get off their blacklists in six or seven hours. It took six to seven days for us, despite fixing all our systems within hours of being hacked. Here’s a site, bjskoskerbaskets.com, which Google has blacklisted for nearly eight months, despite, by its own admission, being clean.
Facebook protects spam accounts Not only are spam accounts getting more and more plentiful on Facebook (I reported ﬁve this morning—and I guarantee they’ll still be around in a month’s time), Facebook actually prevents you from deleting them in a group queue. Here are two I tried to remove from a group I run, and pressing ‘Confirm’ multiple times does nothing. Facebook: even if you want to protect these fake accounts so you can report growing numbers, for goodness’ sake let us remove them from our group queues.
You can press the ‘X’ on the group page or ‘Ignore’ and nothing will happen, either. Also, you’ll notice Facebook has a problem with counting: there are two in the queue, but it thinks there are six.
And it begins Chuck, a.k.a. Nitecruzr, at Google Support has asked me to provide the full windows to back up my claims in the last post. No, I have no idea what difference that makes either. Will we go around in these circles again? We shall see.
Messaging Blogger again today If you visit Blogger, it says I have no blogs, which is correct. I deleted all of them in 2009. However, if you visit Google Dashboard, it claims I have one. This is not a miscount: when I approached Google about this a few years ago, it admitted it held on to data of a blog. The staff member then told me the name of the blog, which was one I had no connection with whatsoever. The situation remains in the air.
It took Google seven days to stop blacklisting our sites, when it claimed it would take several hours. It took Google six months to restore a friend’s blog, when it claimed it would take two days. Google tracked your advertising preferences even if you opted out, and it got away with this deception for several years till I exposed it to the NAI. It took Google four years to remove my Adsense details after I cancelled my account there. This is nudging ﬁve years now. I wonder if it will be resolved this decade.
The settings that cannot be changed on Google Plus
Unless I don’t know how to use Google, which is unlikely since I have been web surfing for longer than most people, here are the Google Plus proﬁle settings you cannot change. Even if you press ‘Save’, you can come back, and Google will put things back to where it wanted things to be. So if you don’t want Google broadcasting information about you, don’t give it to them.
The tagline is public, but at least Google admits you can’t change it. So leave it blank if you don’t want the public to have one.
The following are always set to public. I have left all of them blank because regardless of what settings I use, I go back to that page, and Google has changed them back to its own default:
Links (other profiles, contributor to, links)
These are set to different things:
Looking for—set to ‘Extended circles’
Contact information (home and work)—set to ‘Your circles’
If it’s all the same to you, I’d rather be on Facebook. At least they don’t pretend to be all nice and warm fuzzies.