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Bad News Sells Better

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 18, 2016 in News & Opinion |

Fake news is in the news, but not all fake news makes it to the forefront, not when it comes to highly thought-of and well established concerns who have been in the business of reporting for many years, rather than just having had a Twitter account since last June. This form of fake news, however, […]

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The Problem With Banning Fake News

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 15, 2016 in News & Opinion |

After a certain amount of pressure from outside, it looks as if Facebook might consider reacting to the number of fake news stories propagated on its servers, some of which are claimed to have influenced the recent presidential election in the United States. Google has also indicated that such an action might follow from their […]

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Another Downside Of Dating Sites

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 4, 2016 in Immoral Conversations |

I honestly thought I had read everything there is to read about the downside of dating sites, about the cheating when setting them up, about the money-grabbing, about the level of fraud. I was wrong: it has taken a step towards the middle ring of Hades. Just reading the sparse information on this screenshot from […]

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The Thing With Dating Sites

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 1, 2016 in Immoral Conversations |

I have been amusing myself recently over an advertising campaign by a dating web site which (as they all do) claims to be the biggest and most successful in the world. Their posters are in all the major cities and have a standard format: a single person in a plain, head and shoulders shot, smiling […]

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But Reading Is Still Sexy

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on June 6, 2016 in Internet |

Reading a book, at least as far as I am concerned, is one of the sexiest, most enticing attractions imaginable. I will often see someone reading, before I look at the person themselves. My interest is awoken by the site of a certain level of intellectual achievement: I mean, who reads books in public today? […]

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Scams: What’s In A (Registered) Name?

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on March 6, 2016 in Internet |

I haven’t come across this scam too often, but it does the rounds now and then so it’s also worth mentioning. It consists of a mail, such as the one below, appearing to come from a private company concerned with registering domain names, company names, trademarks and similar and is always in China. Since everyone […]

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The Strictest Auction Terms And Conditions?

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on February 18, 2016 in Internet |

You think you have it hard when a seller on eBay tries to add extra charges for postage and packing? Or perhaps the returns policy is not quite to your liking, because it closes any opportunity to claim when something goes wrong without resort to the courts. Let me introduce you to a government auction […]

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Flickr Explored: Things I Don’t Understand

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 26, 2016 in Internet, Photography |

Everyone knows Flickr. the site where people can upload hundreds of photographs for all to see, have them rated, favorited, shared and – when the Creative Commons license is used – use themselves elsewhere. Most people also know that it has an Explored page: a selection of photographs picked out each day which are considered […]

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Listings: There Is A Simple Answer

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 23, 2016 in Internet |

I probably shouldn’t write this, because as soon as I hit publish all hell will break loose, but I haven’t been receiving much spam lately. This is, of course, a good thing and something which I am grateful for, something which I do not really want to change, even though I do not, personally, have […]

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Make Your Content Go Viral!

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 12, 2016 in Internet |

Another new turn in the Internet rankings, spam saga: an offer to make my blog go viral! And that, the spam claims, with just initial traffic, as if this blog wasn’t several years old but just starting out and I, an old hand now, brand new on the scene. I must admit, I find all […]

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