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Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion

FunkSoulBrother Re:Not sure who to cheer for (190 comments)

Fine. As well they should.

They advertiser can work this out with the website the same way I would have worked it out with the Miami Herald in 1955. Frankly, I'm not sure if that was trusting the newspaper's ad sales department to be not fraudulent when reporting circulation numbers, or if there was an industry group like Nielsen that verified such things or made estimates based on 3rd party polling.

Whatever the method, plenty of ad sales were made, and everyone was happy, and I know it didn't involve 100% tracking of individual readers. Alexa can either adjust the model that they have to account for the growing number of people who block their web bugs, come up with a new process or model entirely, or die in a fire. I don't particularly care. Life went on before all of this big brother tracking shit, and it will go on after it is defeated, or at least marginalized.

about a week ago
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Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion

FunkSoulBrother Re:Not sure who to cheer for (190 comments)

No question that it does present a risk, and it's fair to discuss how to mitigate that.

I propose that they can go about it the same way they do in the newspaper industry, it would be fraud for the New York Times or my local free newspaper claim a larger circulation than they really have when negotiate ad sales. I see why no reason why websites wouldn't have to present Alexa type statistics to back up their claim.

Taking out ads on some sketchy Eastern European hosted link farm should be viewed just as skeptically as calling up a Bulgarian local paper and trusting their staff to give you accurate circulation statistics and demographics about their village. i.e don't be xenophobic about it, but realize that there might be some incentive to take advantage of your ad money, and negotiate according to your risk tolerance level.

about a week ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

FunkSoulBrother Re:Isn't that click fraud? (285 comments)

Download at your own risk indeed. I was curious so I opened a VM with a fresh IE install (no Adblocking) and chose the download.com link for VLC.

Download.com is reputable enough anyway, right? Long history with cnet serving up shareware and all that?

http://i.imgur.com/l8n2ScB.png

WHICH OF THE DAMN DOWNLOAD BUTTONS OPENS ACTUALLY GETS ME VLC?!?!

Obviously I know, but my dad doesn't, and that's why I have no sympathy for online advertisers.

about a week ago
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Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion

FunkSoulBrother Re:Not sure who to cheer for (190 comments)

They could just host the ads first party based on CPM statistics like a god damn newspaper, but then they would have to do actual work instead of plugging in some 3rd party malware laden ad engine.

about a week ago
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Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down

FunkSoulBrother There were ads on the Pirate Bay? (251 comments)

I would have thought the crossover between people who used AdBlock and knew what the hell to do with a .torrent file would have been higher. I wonder how much money they made.

I recently found out (perhaps a bit naively) that there were ads on YouTube, too. It turns out I'd literally been using AdBlock Plus so long that it predated my ever using that site (or at least whenever they introduced ads). Turns out YouTube is a real shit experience when you use it as intended, as I found on my smartphone.

about a week ago
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Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

FunkSoulBrother Re:Science does not work like that (329 comments)

This will be surprising to you I'm sure, but it turns you actually *can't* walk outside in Buffalo, put a finger in the air, and say anything definitive about the weather in Tahiti or Dubai or Moscow or Los Angeles.

Pic related: http://i.imgur.com/lZ7C4nY.jpg

about two weeks ago
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Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

FunkSoulBrother Re:"Ultimately, our users will decide" (239 comments)

Sell it to me then, jesus. I'll happily pay a yearly subscription to Gmail if they remove all ads and data mining and don't fuck with the interface too much.

I'm adblocking anyway but I'm sure they are still churning away at my data.

about two weeks ago
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Taxi Medallion Prices Plummet Under Pressure From Uber

FunkSoulBrother How do Uber/Lyft prevent psychopaths? (329 comments)

Genuinely asking: Not having tried either of these services, how did they solve the problem of vetting the drivers so the public is safe?

about three weeks ago
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Favorite clickbait hook?

FunkSoulBrother Insulting the dead (238 comments)

One of my favorites is, often employed by CNN, is to disrespect the dead by turning them into clickbait if they aren't 'famous enough'.

They will post links like "60s rocker dies" or "NFL legend passes" but only if the celeb is middling famous. Like Michael Jackson or Joan Rivers will get their actual name in the link, but if you're not up to their arbitrary threshold you'll just be "Actor from James Bond movies dies".

You can mouse over the link to see who without giving them the click, as they always leave the real name in the URL

about 2 months ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

FunkSoulBrother Re:So it's like Colorado (398 comments)

Linking to Ken Sabet basically discredits you in any Marijuana related discussion. Things are fine here, please fuck off and stop pointing fingers at my state.

about 2 months ago
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Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

FunkSoulBrother Re:Legal to see and do but not film (274 comments)

Isn't the proper solution to then criminalize the 'acting' and violence? This way there would be no risk of Ms. Maroney being prosecuted here.

about 3 months ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

FunkSoulBrother Re:Obvious Reason (579 comments)

Oh don't worry, people Wikipedia articles on Slashdot almost never produce links to anecdotes like these. If you ask them directly they huff and puff about wasted time, but god forbid we peer over their shoulder to analyze their perceived grievance...

about 4 months ago
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Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

FunkSoulBrother In other news... (276 comments)

If you want to break established definitions, sure.

In other news:

-Foodies vastly prefer McDonalds
-90% of film buffs are men (porn), get those films some Oscars!
-The hottest song in the world is the Windows startup chime, or maybe the default Marimba iPhone ringtone

about 4 months ago
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Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

FunkSoulBrother Re:No steering wheel? No deal. (583 comments)

I don't buy it, with driverless shuttles/cabs all over the place there would be tons of people fucking/doing drugs/pissing/vandalizing in these (expensive) things.

You'll damn well need a user account and probably have 24/7 cameras on you if these things ever get off the ground.

about 7 months ago
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Mathematician Gives Tips On How To Win $1 Billion On NCAA Basketball

FunkSoulBrother Re:well... (76 comments)

Of course.

Vegas will do something like this.

Florida -4 -110
Louisville +4 -110

What this means is if you want to bet on either Louisville +4 OR Florida -4, you have to risk $1.10 for each dollar you'd win.

So their goal is to get something like (for example) $11000 bet on each side, guaranteeing them a $1000 profit no matter what happens.

about 9 months ago
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Weapons Systems That Kill According To Algorithms Are Coming. What To Do?

FunkSoulBrother Re:We could not make them (514 comments)

It's just like the internet, you stop a fight with trolls by ignoring them.

about a year ago
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Romanian Science In Freefall

FunkSoulBrother Re:Freefall from where? (156 comments)

I figured you were trolling but holy crap, that really might be the worst written Wikipedia article ever. It reads like a 5th grade book report thrown together at the last minute.

about a year ago
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Is It Time To Enforce a Gamers' Bill of Rights?

FunkSoulBrother Re:Better off enforcing an EA boycott (469 comments)

It's not evil or immoral software, it's just kind of shoddy, crashy stuff put out by an overworked and understaffed team. I'll happily take a paycheck while I bust ass trying to improve it, but I'm not going to give it 5 stars on Amazon because it doesn't deserve them. I'm pretty sure even if it was amazing, that it would be a conflict of interest to review it.

about 2 years ago
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Is It Time To Enforce a Gamers' Bill of Rights?

FunkSoulBrother Re:Better off enforcing an EA boycott (469 comments)

I was asked to do it by one of my employers, but refused on ethical grounds. So the idea exists in marketing departments, I'll tell you that much.

about 2 years ago
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Robot Serves Up 360 Hamburgers Per Hour

FunkSoulBrother Re:Fatter? (299 comments)

Why would this make us more obese, this won't make more fat food then we already have, just a new way of doing it. It will just put a few low paid cooks out of a job and leaves one job for some guy that fixes the machine.

Oh sure it will, there is almost certainly some percentage of fatties that are partially kept in check by the shame of ordering multiple day's worth of food from a skinny teenager. Once you're ordering from an nonjudging robot it will be much socially easier to ask for 3 burgers and 2 orders of fries.

It will be like the guys that would never set foot in a physical porn shop, but have no problem purchasing it online.

about 2 years ago

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