May 17th, 2015


Interesting Links for 17-05-2015

I concise guide to the current UK Cabinet. Well worth a read.
(tags: uk politics conservatives )
JavaScript at 20
(tags: javascript )
Exercise alone won’t make you lose weight.
(tags: exercise weight )
Beware Eurosceptic versions of history and science
(tags: history science Europe )
How Many Americans Are Married To Their Cousins? (And how does that compare across the world?)
(tags: marriage relationships cousins genetics )
Facebook conspiracy theorists fooled by even the most obvious anti-science trolling
(tags: belief conspiracy )
Nick Clegg to become masked vigilante
(tags: nickclegg superheroes funny )
Mad Max: Like dropping acid and watching a Fast And Furious film and a gore fest while reading a women's studies text
(tags: movies review )
Hulk + cute animals = awesome
(tags: hulk cute )
Have you heard about the awesome powers of bean juice?
(tags: coffee funny comic )
UK government quietly rewrites hacking laws to give GCHQ immunity
(tags: hacking laws spying )
Drummers: Smarter than you
(tags: drums )
Unite could back SNP if new Labour leader ignores unions
(tags: unions politics Labour snp )
WANTED: Scottish Nationalism with a head as well as a heart
(tags: Scotland independence )
Schools that ban mobile phones see better academic results
(tags: phones school )
Labour leadership candidates have one thing in common – they all went to Oxbridge
(tags: Labour education )
The Fable of the Dragon-Tyrant
(tags: aging )
Time-lapse Mining from Internet Photos
(tags: datamining photos timelapse )
A Dutch City Makes Room for Its River and a New Identity
(tags: Netherlands rivers cities )
Testing the placebo effect
(tags: placebo funny comic )
I Have Nonverbal Autism. Here’s What I Want You to Know.
(tags: autism )
Free will inside the Nazi death camps
(tags: FreeWill nazis Holocaust jews psychology )

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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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