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    An intriguing video indeed. From what I've heard of late about this demonetisation bot, my impression is that this seems to be a somewhat desperate move on Youtube's part; they're testing an AI with the capacity to cripple channels on live data. They obviously felt so compelled that an immediate response to their advertising issue was required that they developed and deployed this immediately with very limited internal testing. It sounds like they may have felt that they didn't have much of a choice in order to continue maintaining the service, considering the loss in revenue. This hasty deployment theory might explain the lack of explanations from Youtube; that they simply don't have any explanations owing to the hasty development and testing process that is likely still going on, even several months on from when this all began (because the task required of the bot is gargantuan). That said, I do wonder whether or not Youtube might potentially be prevented from saying anything about this via agreements with advertisers? As in the development and deployment of this bot may have been part of some subsequent deal with advertisers, but at the same time a stipulation of that deal may have been that Youtube have to keep most of the information regarding this a secret. Still, the lack of information from Youtube on this means that pretty much all of this is speculation based on the observations of what is happening, rather than what Youtube say is happening. Who knows what the future may hold. It certainly sounds like it will make things harder for individuals to start up new channels with the intention of making a living off of them.
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    I quite enjoyed how Freeman is starting to notice that things aren't quite normal with regards to the 'police' forces he keeps encountering. The Vortigaunt sequence was also entertaining, especially so because the guy with the Vortigaunt reacted in an appropriate manner. Great stuff!
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    Ross may need to start limiting link posting on the forums

    The proposal for the enforcement of links and user-uploads was apparently rejected when the "Internal Market and Consumer Protection" members voted on this on June 8th. Googling finds this handy summary of the vote: https://juliareda.eu/2017/06/imco-copyright-vote/ I attempted to dig out the actual documents on the website (http://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees/en/imco/home.html), but it's late and I'm not completely sure I found everything/the right stuff, so I'm only linking to the main site, but I've no doubt the relevant documentation is all on there, somewhere. What is there appears to be fairly dry, but is undoubtedly useful. The bottom line is that, for legitimate users, I do not believe we have anything to worry about right now.
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    Ah, at long last! I was surprised that Freeman didn't remark on the enormous cloud-breaching tower, but I guess he's had a lot to take in very quickly, although he does seem to have picked up that his situation has not improved.
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    UT2004 Session Info

    I joined for a bit. I'd only ever played UT2004 a tiny bit, many years ago, but it didn't agree with me. So I played for a bit today and was terrible. Unfortunately, my connection isn't really good enough to handle Twitch, let alone Twitch and a game, so I couldn't follow things too well. I do know that there were stunt jump shenanigans and the like, featuring grenade jumping vehicles and so on. Overall people seemed to be having fun! It's worth noting that there's a 'Help' tab on the window that pops up when you're in-game, which describes the mode that you're on, and how to play it.
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    I'm pretty sure that talking to yourself like this is supposed to be a sign of madness, whatever the circumstances.
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    Forums issues and improvements.

    As in stuff posted with the "youtube" tag? It seems to be working for me.
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    Site logs me off every couple hours.

    I don't think it's anything to do with his browser(s) unless some sort of proxy extension or addon is being utilised (which, considering the information provided, I doubt is the case); his external IP address could change whilst he's still connected at any time. It depends on the logic the ISP is using to determine when to assign new IPs to the people that are connecting or already connected. I'll admit that it does seem a bit peculiar for it to be changing so frequently. Seattleite, is your router-modem often left switched on when you switch off your machine/stop browsing the internet, or do you switch it off often? For dynamic IP addresses, I believe a new IP would usually be assigned to you every time you disconnect and reconnect your router-modem from your connection to your ISP.
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    Site logs me off every couple hours.

    I've worked out what's happening, Seattleite. It's to do with you appearing to have a dynamic IP address. Every time it updates, the forum logs you out when the first three portions of your new IP address don't match the ones in the original IP address you were logged in with (ie the parts with x's in xxx.xxx.xxx.yyy). It's possible for me to adjust this global forum setting to only validate the first portion, or only the first and second portions of the IP address, however your IP address appears to be completely random when it changes, so I don't think reducing it by a slight amount would have any impact; I'd have to turn it off entirely. In addition, reducing or disabling this setting increases the risk of the possibility of user sessions getting hijacked by malicious third-parties, which would obviously be unfortunate were this to occur.
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    Site logs me off every couple hours.

    In Chrome, when checking the settings for Cookies, did you also check the 'Manage Exceptions' area? I'm guessing you probably have, but it's worth asking, just in case.
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    Site logs me off every couple hours.

    Are you browsing in in-private/Incognito mode for IE or Edge / Google Chrome, respectively?
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    Unfortunately, not everyone can read minds. I'm still working on the problem. Moderate point of anger for today: Observing the existence of pretentious nonsense in what is considered 'news' these days.
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    Forums issues and improvements.

    Are there any other remaining issues with the UCP that you are aware of?
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    Forums issues and improvements.

    I'll investigate how the forum is currently embedding Youtube videos, along with Reputation and Custom Titles. Are there any other big issues that anyone else can think of right now? Post it here! I will have a look back through this thread as well, but most of it seems to be about the UCP stuff.
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    Problem uploading avatar

    This should now be resolved. Post if you encounter any further issues with regards to avatar uploading.

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