Glenn

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    "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety - Benjamin Franklin
    Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment - Benjamin Franklin

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  1. It's that time of year when lots of people fancy starting a BRFC related blog, quite often covering their travels watching Rovers but sometimes just their thoughts on the games. In the past we used to offer free hosting of these blogs on here as getting blogs up, running and secure was hard work, but with the advent of wordpress.com and similar services, with no longer saw the need, so let the feature drift away. However, after talking to a few people over the summer, we're about to relaunch them as whilst these third party sites make it easy to post new blogs, it seems that getting people to actually read what you've written is TOUGH. After seeing just how little traffic, feedback and engagement some of the Rovers blogs with excellent content were getting, we realised that we still have something to offer the other places don't. Eyeballs! People often assume the majority of people who visit this site are the same people who post on the forum, but the posters are actually a tiny percentage. We average just under 6000 uniques visitors (not visits, actually unqiue visitors) each week and we can make sure each and everyone one of those gets promotion of your blog posts. Oh and advances in the forum software has now made it super easy to make blog posts, it's literally just like making a forum post, but with a handful of additional options. Also, comments on your posts are optional, if you don't want people commenting on them, you can disable that. If anyone fancies it or simply wants more info, just email admin@brfcs.com or leave a comment here
  2. That's interesting, because the group that originally raised it with me were long time quality poster who no longer post, who claimed they couldn't see themselves returning because (in their eyes) anyone seeing the slightest glimmer of hope it the recent run of slightly positive (and beside on previous experience, it would seem utterly uncharacteristic) events is routinely hounded off. I guess the site will have to be like the BBC and ignore claims of bias, as long as though claims are pretty much equal from both sides. Also, the backroom team have NEVER tried to influence what views people can post. HOW they can post them, sure, but not their actual opinions, as insane or at odds with those of the back room staff they made be. Despite what many former posters (some no doubt under "self imposed bans") would have you believe.
  3. But as the site is public and can be viewed by people who aren't logged in (in fact 90% of our traffic is from people not logged in), how would it help? It's an interesting topic though as I was trying to defend some of the insanity / trolling / bullying / causal racism we occasionally see on here, by pointing out the incidents are far far far far rarer than Rovers groups currently on Facebook/Twitter (and even this site a few years ago) and people responded that it wasn't a fair comparison is they considered this far less public than Facebook or Twitter. I'd never considered it that way, but it was interesting that others had. I have written something for the forum that allows private sub-groups of "people who liked/vote-down similar posts" to be alogrythmically generated and automatically invited appropriate people (it was originally called cliques but later renamed tribes) and was designed such that voting in a way that included you in one sub group would pretty much guarantee you'd never get an invite to other groups with polar opposite people in (keep in mind I wrote this years before Facebook's "we'll mainly show you stuff you agree with" timeline. I always though it would be an interesting social experiment to run it, but we decided that the site was about inclusion rather than exclusion and never did. Maybe it's time to revisit this idea?
  4. Or even better, go and enjoy the sunshine with your neighbours, rather than encouraging others to go fight them !
  5. Right. This has chuff all to do with football. So it's all being moved to ICBINF. We've tried to be massively tollerant of discussions of race, religion and poltics recently and on the whole, things have been ok and the personal mud-slinging has all but stopped. Lets keep it that way. This area of the site is for football. ICBINF for everything else.
  6. Finally got some tickets for the Stone Roses in Leeds this week.
  7. It should be back in the iTunes directory soon, though you can speed things up and add it to iTunes yourself up by following that link and hitting the "iTunes" buttons. BTW A massive Thank You to J*B (and his guests) for putting this together. It takes a surprising amount of effort to create these, so don't hesitate to let him know you enjoyed it (and if enough people do that, he may do some more ).
  8. The things is, you can ALREADY be detained and even jailed or deported for those things. The PM needs to be questioned, until she answer (which she can't), on precisely WHICH civil liberties are getting in the way of stopping terrorism. The problem isn't the powers the police and other agencies have, it the resources.they (don't) have. The whole civil liberties thing is about swiftly removing us from the ECHR (which has lots of pesky employment related provisions) without anyone questioning why. Terrorism is just the excuse, nobody can name a single human right that is getting in the way of stopping terrorism.
  9. Sorry if this thread is now a little disjointed, but when the original poster removed some comments (probably for a good reason), it makes sense posts quoting those posts go too ..... and then the posts that are replies to them don't make sense ..... and the whole thing ends up a bit of a mess and I end up having to remove good content because all the context around it has been removed. So, erm, yes, some people removed some posts and I tried to tidy up and made it worse. This of it as the forum equivalent of the Ecce Homo painting - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecce_Homo_(Martínez_and_Giménez,_Borja)
  10. I managed to get a 1080p rip of it quite cheaply. I already had a cheap chinese HDMI splitter which has the useful side effect of stripping HDCP on the way through. Then rather than but a PC capture card that does HDMI/1080p I bought one of these https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01DKICMTA/ which records an HDMI source straight into an external USB (it's designed for making gaming video) at the tough of a button. Now to see if there is anything else I feel the need to keep from Sky+ before I upgrade to Sky Q.
  11. Once again she's promising more powers for the police to tackle terrorism, not what is actually needed, more resources!
  12. Yep, I predict that even WITH a solid majority, her own party will oust her as leader before Winter. She has been shown to be a liability to the point of farce.
  13. If you're still undecided and think it's like chosing your favourite STD, then keep in mind this great advice from Rob Manuel
  14. I think a friend's Facebook post sums up my feelings today "Voted. We're on the Titanic and too many people are shouting "let's head straight for that iceberg" but I ticked the option that called them a bunch of knobs."
  15. Erm, chaps. We've been trying to let this flow, but today of all days, lets focus on the politics, not the personal battles. [Edit :- But on the subject of anonymity, if anyone cares, I wrote a blog post a while back on why I use my real name online (clue: it's nothing to do with ego). It was intended for the InfoSec (good-guy hacker) community so is a bit tech-focused, but it gives you some insight into my thinking - http://glenn.pegden.com/2017/02/16/online-anonymity-privacy-and-risk-evaluation/] Anyway, rain in the North, not in the South. A much quieter feel at my local polling station than other years. I suspect this isn't going to be as closed as I'd hoped. Also, for one last time, can I rant about the insanity of our voting system? I have two local candidates, one I think does a reasonable job of being a local representative, but I despise what he party stands for at a national level, another who has proven to be a ruthless self-serving goit on the local council, but got my vote because nationally I think his party will do a much better job of running the country. Isn't it time we did away with "local representation". I mean, other than grabbing some local-rag space by saying they brought up "local issue x" in Parliament (first thing on a Tuesday, when there are only 10 people in the chamber and 6 of those are there because it's somewhere quiet to sleep off their hangover) how many local MPs actually make positive changes to their local constituencies (hell, in a lot of cases, they only visit their constituencies during elections)? It's also insane the ONLY MP who I can contact to represent my personal views in Parliament is my local one, whether they understand and agree with them or not. Should we not be free to contact any MP who actually shares our views and understand our specific situation, not be limited to the one who happened to stand for election closest to our house? It's ironic that the majority voted against AV+ (which I wouldn't want to settle for anyway, I want full PR) and only when we say UKIP get a considerable percentage of votes and next to no representation, did people suddenly get how unfair and impractical our current situation is.