Daily Archives: March 8, 2015

Jon Stewart offers awesome smackdown of Faux Noise in only 6 seconds

The Daily Kos has the article and videos Jon Stewart offers awesome smackdown of Fox News in only 6 seconds.

Below is the 6 second part.  To stop the video on a particular item, click on the video and then move your cursor away to see the whole item.

The rest of The Daily Kos article has the video of the whole Daily Show segment.

Remember this post if anyone ever asks you to prove to them that Faux Noise ever told a lie, just one single lie. I have been challenged that way.

‘I’m white, call them twice bitch’

The Daily Kos has the story ‘I’m white, call them twice bitch’.  I am not sure you can imagine what this story is from its headline.  But the story and the thoughts of the commenters are a sad commentary on

Just another day in post-racial America.

Something else about the story occurred to me.  If you were white and the recipient of this tirade, would you have thought twice about calling the police?  Has it ever occurred to you wonder what it says about what non-white people in this country have to live with? Think about the impression some white people have of what the police will let them get away with. Think about the evidence you have heard recently that gives credence to that impression.

youtube-nocookie domain has problems in Firefox, but not in Google Chrome

I post the link to my problem report, youtube-nocookie domain has problems in Firefox, but not in Google Chrome,  because I use the “youtube-nocookie” domain when I embed YouTube videos in this blog.  I do that at the suggestion of YouTube because I presume that avoids putting cookies on your computer when you watch the video.  That presumption may be false, but that is a matter for another post.

I have reported the problem to Mozilla the owners of Firefox.  It seems that Mozilla and YouTube just point the finger at each other.  Since the problem is as yet unsolved, I gave you the link so you can follow the back and forth until the problem gets resolved.  You may also find this entertaining and educational if you have experienced this problem on your own, and have been wondering what the issue is.

I have also replied to a YouTube support forum question.  I have had a response from someone who wants to look into the problem.

March 9, 2015

My Final response is https://productforums.google.com/d/msg/youtube/6JmM2mr_r10/Cr4L0HvM1McJ

I should have pointed out that the file http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLT2nV3sWtw does exist, but the file http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/watch?v=TLT2nV3sWtw does not. The file is on the www.youtube.com server but not on the www.youtube-nocookie.com. You’d think that would be an easy oversight to fix. You wouldn’t think it would take YouTube this long to notice the problem, or that I would have to be the one to point it out. I think YouTube should send me a cookie for finding the problem for them 🙂

If you click on the link of the file that doesn’t exist, it appears to be blank. If your browser shows URL titles in tabs, then you will see the title “404 file not found.” You have to be wide awake to notice that this is how YouTube is trying to deliver the message to you. Would you normally look to the title of the file that surprisingly shows up empty?

Remember, this is a problem that shows up in Firefox and some other browsers, but not in all browsers.

The file that does not exist, does not exist for all browsers. The issue is that YouTube only tries to use the non-existent file for some browsers. So it is not the browser’s fault that YouTube does this to them.

I found out exactly how YouTube screws things up for other browsers. When I insert a YouTube video in this blog, I use code that accesses a file like https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/TLT2nV3sWtw in an iframe.

When YouTube constructs the contents of the iframe for Firefox, it sets up a video player and gives the player the URL https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TLT2nV3sWtw. When YouTube sets up the same player in the Google Chrome browser, it give the player the URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLT2nV3sWtw. It is smart enough to take out the “-nocookie” in the domain name. In other words when it sets up Google Chrome, it gives it a URL that exists. When YouTube (owned by Google) sets up Firefox, it gives it a URL that it knows does not exist.

Of course Google wouldn’t sabotage browsers from other companies. It just made sure that the setup worked for its own browser, and didn’t bother to do the same for the other browsers. I am sure it was just an oversight. Google’s motto is “Do no harm”, right?

March 11, 2015

There is now a reply on the Google Product forums.

ytcrschmidt 9:36 AM (50 minutes ago)

Hi all,

YouTube developers are aware of the problem, and are working on a solution. I apologize for the inconvenience.

March 12, 2015

I have verified that YouTube has fixed the problem. I checked one of the many videos that requests no cookies be used and it is now playing again.

However, if you click on the YouTube icon at the bottom right corner of the video, you still do not get to a working version of the video on YouTube. You get what looks like a blank page. The title of that blank page is “404 Not Found”. Google developers are still working to fix that and whatever other problems continue to lurk.

Faux Noise In A Panic: Google Researches Ranking Websites By Accuracy Of Facts (VIDEO)

If You Only News has the article Fox News In A Panic: Google Researches Ranking Websites By Accuracy Of Facts (VIDEO).

Imagine an Internet search engine that shows you top results not based on how many links to it there are, not how many hits it has, but how accurate its facts are. A search engine like that would certainly not benefit organizations like Foxnews.com or dozens of others who refuse to post the truth.

Now imagine that search engine is Google, the choice of nearly 70 percent of all searches in America.

Unfortunately for Fox “News,” Google just may be developing that very system.

The last link in the above excerpt takes you to The Daily Mail article Google to rank search results based on accuracy of web pages.

The video in the original article credited to Media Matters is from the article Merchant Of Doubt Marc Morano Deeply Concerned Google Won’t Promote His Website’s Climate Denial.

It is somewhat amusing how the three articles focus on three different aspects of the story.  It is also quite amusing how little self-awareness that Faux Noise has. The video clip is pure comedy.  Jon Stewart of the Daily show could just play the clip without any commentary.

It may be difficult to determine what the absolute truth is, but it would be a truly sad commentary if there no objective way to judge the truth of anything at all.  Admittedly there are many examples of things we thought for sure were true that later we find were not true.  However, it would be utterly disturbing to find that the case for everything we have ever thought was true.

One of the three headlines shown above is about what is truly news.  I wonder if the readers of this blog post can even agree on which one that is.

Don’t believe the light: Supernova in ‘Einstein Cross’ is a cosmic trick 1

The Los Angeles Times has the story Don’t believe the light: Supernova in ‘Einstein Cross’ is a cosmic trick.

An international team has discovered four separate images of the same distant supernova arranged in the shape of a cross — and this unusual trick of the light could help scientists test the structure of the cosmos. They reported their find in Friday’s edition of the journal Science.

Every time I read a story that demonstrates some non-intuitive phenomenon of physics, I think of all those people who are arguing for biblical interpretations of the universe, let alone classical physical interpretations.  They seem to have no idea how many generations of physics that they are behind in what they think they understand.