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Interesting Links for 18-05-2015


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Learning to spot Twitter spam

Every few weeks I get added by an account which, at closer inspiection, turns out to be a spam bot.

This is a prime example. It's a mixture of quotes which make the "person" sound fun-loving, with a sense of humour, links to a mixture of celebrity gossip and sexiness, and the odd link to helpful things which are basically adverts. And, frankly the celebrity gossip/sexy photos are also on horribly spammy sites which are designed to sell you things too.

I assume that there's a massive library of amusing-ish quotes which are shared between all of these bots. And that most of them are run by the same people. Or possibly franchised out to idiots who think that it will make them money.

In any case, hopefully Twitter will eventually work out a way of spotting them en masse and purge them. But I'm not holding my breath.



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Interesting Links for 17-05-2015


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The best diet advice you never get

(This from Farah, over on Facebook, who is completely right.)

If you are dieting (and many of us have to for specific health reasons so please don't rush in to tell me it's necessarily bad),you need to come up with a structure of dieting you can live with because the evidence is that you can't really come off a diet and expect to maintain the weight loss.

There is no point at all, excluding forever and ever the foods you really like. Nor does it make sense to put them in the reward category, because most of us will end up finding a way to reward ourselves.

You need to find a way of eating daily that consists of food you like; a way of feeling full that consists of food you like, and a way of building in the things you like in ways that don't wreck the goals you need to meet.

For some of us that means a particular meal is written in stone, in order to permit some flexibility later. For some of us it's meal x is a little lighter than it might be because we can't get past 11am without either a snack or fainting.

We are all different; I have friends who cheerfully eat the same thing every day, others who want variety. Some for whom carbs are hard to lose, others for whom it is fat or sugar. The goal is to stay sane. There really aren't any medals for the Extreme Diet Event.

It is *intensely* personal.



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Why do people think Labour did worse in this election than the last one?

I'm seeing a fair bit of discussion of the election which assumes that Labour lost seats to the Conservatives, and did worse than in 2010, and that's why they lost.

So far as I can see, that's not what happened at all. Let's ignore Scotland/Wales/NI and look at what happened in England (using the BBC results here.

The Lib-Dems lost 37 seats. Labour are up 15, Conservatives are up 21. And as they'd only been 20 seats off of a majority in 2010, that was enough to win them the election.

Labour's vote share in England actually increased by 3.6%, larger than the Conservative increase (1.4%) - but that didn't matter, because the Conservatives (a) grabbed more of the Lib-Dem/Tory swing seats and (b) were an awful lot closer to winning in the first place.

(Labour's defeat to the SNP is an entirely different matter, of course.)



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Interesting Links for 14-05-2015


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