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hal Jan 19
norwegian was doing this out of Gatwick yesterday too
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hal Jan 19
Replying to @jjaron
that is a sorta reasonable argument, but people don't get to "not pay" their license. I don't even have a TV and I pay so that I can stream iplayer sometimes. also if the content isn't high quality, what's the public benefit in paying for it?
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hal Jan 19
Replying to @jjaron
what I've never heard is a good argument for why it's good for the Beeb to do this. why shouldn't the BBC focus on higher quality content?
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hal Jan 19
Replying to @jjaron
ugh, fine with your nitpicking; *low-quality content* (you knew what I meant). agree that strictly is dross, I know that there are TV folks everywhere that hate that Beeb does things like that
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hal Jan 19
Replying to @jjaron
*BBC's online news stories
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hal Jan 19
Replying to @jjaron
about half of this snapshot is (dog one and cars one definitely, tidiness one and viral hit one borderline). I could almost excuse it if I thought online news stories were consistently high quality, but I don't. and why do clickbait ever if you don't need to make money?
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hal Jan 19
Replying to @jjaron
obvs I think everything it does should be accessible and relevant to a broad audience. but saying that clickbait is the be all and end all of that is just silly
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hal Jan 19
Replying to @jjaron
but there's plenty of that available through the market. BBC should focus on content that the market fails to deliver imo
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hal Jan 19
Replying to @jjaron
churning out clickable dross that could be done literally anyone else is an excellent use of taxpayer money, I agree
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hal Jan 19
I maintain (my cognitive bias) that BBC News' online content is a bane to the infosphere
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hal Jan 19
my first day back in Boston in almost a year, two years since Trump took office. that no one is even wondering whether he will comment on or condemn racist abuse from kids in MAGA hats is indicative of the distance America has travelled without fully realising it. It's scary
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hal Jan 18
Replying to @oliviasolon
I really think Google needs to give its identity capcha system to Mozilla to run or something. It’s totally wrong that I have to constantly train ML vision models for free in order to verify my humanity just cos I don’t want to stay logged into (and tracked by) Google services
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hal Jan 18
firms which only make things right when there’s a threat of social media outrage are scum
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hal Jan 18
Hello. Your quest for ugly fruits and veggies is dumb and you should feel bad [feels bad himself]
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Michael Reilly Jan 17
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hal Jan 17
Credit cards allow you dispute charges
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Jacques Crémer Jan 17
: access to big data is the bottleneck in the development of new products.
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hal Jan 16
Am in Brussels at the European Commission today, moderating a panel on artificial intelligence and competition with and Karen Yeung. Follow along
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hal Jan 16
Replying to @lmirani @oliviasolon
yes Leo you too
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hal Jan 16
Replying to @oliviasolon
yes please, that'd be great!
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