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20 items tagged “youtube”

It seems as if you are never ‘hardcore’ enough for YouTube’s recommendation algorithm. It promotes, recommends and disseminates videos in a manner that appears to constantly up the stakes. Given its billion or so users, YouTube may be one of the most powerful radicalising instruments of the 21st century.

Zeynep Tufecki # 20th March 2018, 7:20 pm

Something is wrong on the internet. James Bridle takes a fascinating and deeply troubling dive into the world of Kids’ YouTube videos, which appear to be increasingly algorithmically generated and are evolving in a very dark direction. # 7th November 2017, 12:40 pm

In the official timeline, Peppa is appropriately reassured by a kindly dentist. In the version above, she is basically tortured, before turning into a series of Iron Man robots and performing the Learn Colours dance. A search for “peppa pig dentist” returns the above video on the front page, and it only gets worse from here.

James Bridle # 7th November 2017, 12:34 pm

What platform was YouTube using before they were acquired by Google?

It was written in Python—I don’t think they used any particular framework (they started the site in 2005).

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Google container data center tour (on YouTube). 45,000 servers in 45 shipping containers, along with some serious looking plumbing. # 26th April 2009, 10:14 pm

Apparently [unladen-swallow] is already 30% faster than CPython, and this version is being used to run some of the Python code on YouTube.

Ted Leung # 30th March 2009, 10:10 am

YouTube Enables Deep Linking Within Videos. Add #t=1m45s to the end of a YouTube URL to jump to that spot. I’d be a lot more impressed by this if visiting a YouTube link in the UK didn’t use IP geo targetting to redirect me to uk.youtube.com, losing the fragment identifier and hence the #t specifier in the process. # 26th October 2008, 8:28 am

Popular Websites Vulnerable to Cross-Site Request Forgery Attacks. Ed Felten and Bill Zeller announce four CSRF holes, in ING Direct, YouTube, MetaFilter and the New York Times. The ING Direct hole allowed transfer of funds out of a user’s bank accounts! The first three were fixed before publication; the New York Times hole still exists (despite being reported a year ago), and allows you to silently steal e-mail addresses by CSRFing the “E-mail this” feature. # 29th September 2008, 1:08 pm

Wario Land: Shake It—Amazing footage! Some virals really do deserve linking to. # 26th September 2008, 4:46 pm

YouTube Playlist: DjangoCon 2008 Sessions. YouTube’s tag and search indexes appear to lag behind the main site by quite a while; this appears to be the definitive index page for videos of talks at DjangoCon. # 16th September 2008, 4:50 am

YouTube: djangocon tag. Google have started posting videos of presentations at DjangoCon on YouTube. # 16th September 2008, 2:43 am

“THIS IS NOT MLM!!!”—An Appreciation. Merlin Mann explains his fascination with the “cash gifting” pyramid scams that keep cropping up on YouTube. # 3rd August 2008, 3:14 pm

There is a reason why Flickr eventually killed Yahoo! Photos and why it was decided that Google Video be relegated to being a search brand while YouTube would be the social sharing brand. The brand baggage and the accompanying culture made them road kill.

Dare Obasanjo # 16th June 2008, 2:54 pm

Musical hackery. Indescribably clever musical video game creation, where images from classic games spell out their own theme tunes. The smartest thing I’ve seen on YouTube, well, ever. # 22nd November 2007, 5:03 pm

Silly MS-DOS 5 Promo Video. I can’t decide if this is better or worse than the Windows 386 rap. # 13th September 2007, 10:10 am

H.264 support coming to the Flash player. It looks like this is a response to the higher video quality offered by Silverlight. I wonder if YouTube knew about this when they started transcoding their videos to H.264 for the Apple TV and iPhone. # 21st August 2007, 8:28 am

YouTube Scalability Talk. Kyle Cordes’ notes on a Google Tech Talk on scaling YouTube by Cuong Do. # 14th July 2007, 10:26 pm

Lego Millenium Falcon Stop Motion. This introduced me to a whole world of YouTube Star Wars lego stop motion videos. # 3rd July 2007, 11:03 pm

Top XSS exploits by PageRank. Yahoo!, MSN, Google, YouTube, MySpace, FaceBook all feature. # 29th May 2007, 10:07 pm

Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us. Absolutely worth watching—don’t be put off by the title. # 5th February 2007, 11:05 pm