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Black Hole's "Point of No Return" Found

Dreen Powered slingshot around a black hole? (130 comments)

IANAP but would a a powered slingshot ( through the zone between the Event Horizon and the Point Of No Return of a Black Hole could theoretically facilitate achieving enormous speeds enabling fast deep space travel? Or would you have to do it outside of the Point Of No Return?

about 2 years ago

Prince of Sealand Dies At 91

Dreen Re:Other Minor Aristocrats (218 comments)

IANABL too but maybe 200 years ago it was a fraud... nowdays such titles have little meaning

about 2 years ago

Saudi Arabia Calls For Global Internet Censorship Body

Dreen Bad Example (678 comments)

I googled around after that judo player - she was the first woman from SA to ever compete in the Olympics, girls arent even allowed to PE classes in SA. Thats probably why she was crap too, but it looks like her appearance on the mat was political but for the reasons of gender equality.

about 2 years ago

Prince of Sealand Dies At 91

Dreen Re:Other Minor Aristocrats (218 comments)

I see, it makes sense after reading their ads as well. Still, the banks are cool enough with it to let you put "Lord" on your debit card, which has the desired effect when paying for stuff I guess.

about 2 years ago

Prince of Sealand Dies At 91

Dreen Re:Other Minor Aristocrats (218 comments)

I have a few friends who are Lords in Scotland. Neither are even Scottish citizens (one is Columbian in fact), but the Scottish law allows you to call yourself Lord legally if you haven even so much as a square foot of land. So you can buy a piece of swamp up in the highlands as a novelty gift and your friend can now change his title to Lord (on bank cards, official letters etc).

about 2 years ago

TypeScript: Microsoft's Replacement For JavaScript

Dreen Re:The problem is not with Javascript (488 comments)

What is the difference between having a new language for "Flash-like" features instead of extending an existing one?

  • Both require the browser binary to parse the script and execute it, but if you have two languages you need two scripting engines.
  • With two engines web developers need to take more care because the user ecosystem is more fragmented (this guy has a browser with recent JS but older RichStuffWhateverVM for some reason).
  • How exactly do you distinguish the use cases? Several years ago, an HTML Div that 'animates' by sliding up when you click a button would have been considered rich stuff. Now its pretty straightforward and the "rich stuff" is something else.

In summary, things change, HTML5's Cavas and Websocket may not be ready to completely replace what we got used to with Flash, but they are pretty damn close and it didn't take them all that long (actually these standards are moving forward incredibly fast).

about a year ago

A Glimpse At Piracy In the UK and Beyond

Dreen Re:Where's China and Russia? THEY ARE EVEN WORSE. (132 comments)

- a major university in ukraine that i know of has on its campus intranet a 400+TB system exclusively for piracy. I mean, university set up, where people upload movies, music, games, software, etc. this is actually a university function that they figure saves them on outgoing bandwidth.

Ooh I remember the times of FTP hubs on all uni networks in Poland. All administered by students on the uni WAN. They only forbid it like 5 years ago. Those were the days...

about 2 years ago

Geek Travel To London From the US — Tips?

Dreen Re:Have a great trip! (1095 comments)

Unless he has some very old gear there is a voltage converter built in. Buy plug converters in any electronic store on the spot.

more than 4 years ago

Space Sails Could Bring Used Rockets Back To Earth

Dreen I have an idea (76 comments)

And it involves sending a lot of baseball players to space, with steady supplies of baseball bats.

more than 5 years ago

To the extent there are taxes, I mostly favor ...

Dreen VAT (913 comments)

Value Added Tax would have been an excellent solution - if only it was the only solution used.

more than 5 years ago

Wikipedia Opts Out Of Phorm

Dreen Re:The official post (98 comments)

Not nearly all Wikimedia domains are included there, for example only handful of wikipedia.* is that because the other ones are only redirects or something?

more than 5 years ago

Atheist Wins Right To Have Baptism Removed

Dreen Re:I can sympathize but . . . (7 comments)

Because of statistics the church boasts in some places. Over in my country, for example, statistics say 90-95% is Roman Catholic and they use it for political influence significantly.
Although it doesn't make sense in all scenarios.

more than 5 years ago

Atheist Wins Right To Have Baptism Removed

Dreen And he had to fight for it? (7 comments)

Excluding yourself from Christian church (Catholic, at least) is a standard procedure, I personally know at least 2 people who did this and I am considering this myself. All you need is your a copy of baptism certificate and two witnesses. Many people do it.

more than 5 years ago

Scientists Begin Mapping the Brain

Dreen Re:Now... (129 comments)

I just finished playing Deus Ex.

This makes me feel very weird.

more than 5 years ago

The Copyrightability of Twitter Posts

Dreen OH MY GOD (183 comments)

This is past INSANITY, my eyes BLEED with LAVA when I hear of people COPYRIGHTING twitter posts

more than 5 years ago

Proposal Suggests UK Students Study Wikipedia and Twitter

Dreen Re:Stupid (252 comments)

IT needs to improve very FAST or we will face a serious problem. If our kids are not tought(sp?) engineering-entry-to-uni level of IT in primary school, they are not going to do any good in modern world. Otherwise will face the fact that the world is driven by technology which is only understood by small fraction of population, and this fraction is getting smaller.

more than 5 years ago

Huge Supernova Baffles Scientists

Dreen Re:200 light years (358 comments)

Now this is what I haven't written in the post before, since I wasn't sure. I know that it would be dangerous, but just how dangerous? I took a look and it seems it has been proposed that a supernova explosion at the distance of roughly 100 light years away was the cause of Ordovician Extinction which killed 60% of species on Earth by depleting the ozone layer through chemical reactions in the atmosphere that were the aftermath of the explosion.

Further reading of this article says apparently in 1998 we were hit by gamma/x rays from supernova explosion 600 LY years away. So there definitely is a danger zone up to where? 300 LY? Another question: Would the explosion that is near enough to cause serious damage (as in, killing most people) be visible by observers BEFORE gamma and x rays do any visible damage?

more than 5 years ago



80% of paid clicks on Facebook ads are from bots.

Dreen Dreen writes  |  about 2 years ago

Dreen (1349993) writes "The link describes an interesting discovery made by a company called Limited Run during their experience with Facebook Advertisement Programme. In case they do, as stated, delete their page here is the full content of their post:

Hey everyone, we're going to be deleting our Facebook page in the next couple of weeks, but we wanted to explain why before we do. A couple months ago, when we were preparing to launch the new Limited Run, we started to experiment with Facebook ads. Unfortunately, while testing their ad system, we noticed some very strange things. Facebook was charging us for clicks, yet we could only verify about 20% of them actually showing up on our site. At first, we thought it was our analytics service. We tried signing up for a handful of other big name companies, and still, we couldn't verify more than 15-20% of clicks. So we did what any good developers would do. We built our own analytic software. Here's what we found: on about 80% of the clicks Facebook was charging us for, JavaScript wasn't on. And if the person clicking the ad doesn't have JavaScript, it's very difficult for an analytics service to verify the click. What's important here is that in all of our years of experience, only about 1-2% of people coming to us have JavaScript disabled, not 80% like these clicks coming from Facebook. So we did what any good developers would do. We built a page logger. Any time a page was loaded, we'd keep track of it. You know what we found? The 80% of clicks we were paying for were from bots. That's correct. Bots were loading pages and driving up our advertising costs. So we tried contacting Facebook about this. Unfortunately, they wouldn't reply. Do we know who the bots belong too? No. Are we accusing Facebook of using bots to drive up advertising revenue. No. Is it strange? Yes. But let's move on, because who the bots belong to isn't provable.

While we were testing Facebook ads, we were also trying to get Facebook to let us change our name, because we're not Limited Pressing anymore. We contacted them on many occasions about this. Finally, we got a call from someone at Facebook. They said they would allow us to change our name. NICE! But only if we agreed to spend $2000 or more in advertising a month. That's correct. Facebook was holding our name hostage. So we did what any good hardcore kids would do. We cursed that piece of shit out! Damn we were so pissed. We still are. This is why we need to delete this page and move away from Facebook. They're scumbags and we just don't have the patience for scumbags.

Thanks to everyone who has supported this page and liked our posts. We really appreciate it. If you'd like to follow us on Twitter, where we don't get shaken down, you can do so here:"

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