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Nasty Business: How To Drain Competitors' Google AdWords Budgets

Prof.Phreak Re:Advertised on YouTube? (95 comments)

You've just stumbled on one of google's business models: there are millions of new ideas every day, those turn into many thousands of startups, majority of those think that google advertising is the way to get the word out... each of them spends a few hundred dollars (at worst, some of them spend many thousands of dollars) on Google... and shortly afterwards they go out of business. And this repeats every day.

The winner in all this? Google. Heck, they don't even have to care about repeat customers to make moneh every day.

2 days ago

Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

Prof.Phreak Re:Or, maybe there's no paradox at all. (225 comments)

why information should collapse to a single state inside of a black hole?

Information does not want to be free, after all?

5 days ago

Google Forks OpenSSL, Announces BoringSSL

Prof.Phreak Re:What a name! (128 comments)

Yes, it's hard to get excited about BoringSSL.

about a month ago

An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

Prof.Phreak Re:Obligatory Fight Club (357 comments)

they're required by law to be heartless bastards---if the CEO says "oh, well, we'll be good to humanity, even if it costs our shareholders $X a year"... that CEO would be instantly replaced by someone who puts profits ahead of morals---as the law requires him to.

about 4 months ago

College Grads Create Fake Tesla Commercial That Elon Musk Loves

Prof.Phreak Re:Lemme posit this... (100 comments)

Would you still not skip it when you've see it 37 times?

(or say 2nd or 3rd time in the previous 10 minutes while say browsing a news site, and it plays for 30 seconds before the video you're trying to watch...?)

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

Prof.Phreak Re:My list for Linux (531 comments)

added. thank you :-)

about 4 months ago

Forests Around Chernobyl Aren't Decaying Properly

Prof.Phreak Isn't decomposition recent... ? (167 comments)

Isn't decomposition a relatively recent phenomenon in geologic time? Coal deposits wouldn't exist if all those ancient forests just decomposed...

about 4 months ago

Snowden A Hero? Gates Says No, Woz Says Yes

Prof.Phreak Re:not cool (335 comments)

wow, I didn't even realize folks do this... for what purpose?

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

Prof.Phreak My list for Linux (531 comments)

My list (that's the command I run on all boxes I have). I think it has just about everything an average poweruser/developer would want.

apt-get install vim-gnome ssl-cert apache2 php5 postgresql php5-pgsql default-jdk libclass-dbi-perl libdbd-pg-perl libapache2-mod-perl2 libdate-manip-perl octave nmap irssi uptimed rsync subversion cvs build-essential mysql-server mysql-client php5-mysql virtualbox wine texlive-full openssh-server screen openssh-client ntp jhead imagemagick k3b libk3b6-extracodecs mplayer dict dictd dict-foldoc dict-gcide dict-devil dict-jargon dict-wn htop audacious audacious-plugins cmatrix r-base rKward ecryptfs-utils libimage-exiftool-perl finger ant git eclipse javahelper transcode libav-tools ucspi-tcp-ipv6 chromium-browser maven2 mercurial meld lame gnome-disk-utility ffmpeg sshfs dos2unix opencl-headers handbrake-gtk libapache2-mod-gnutls ia32-libs

about 5 months ago

Soviet Union Spent $1 Billion On "Psychotronic" Arms Race With the US

Prof.Phreak Re:we knew that already (230 comments)

Well... while we may redicule the notion, perhaps... some of the things they did marginally worked? (e.g. is it 100% bullshit or 99.999% bullshit?, and what exactly could that 0.001% be?)

about 8 months ago

Google: Our Robot Cars Are Better Drivers Than You

Prof.Phreak Re:At what speed? (722 comments)

Bumper to bumper increases road utility quite a bit... as well as fuel efficiency. This could have a HUGE impact on some areas of the country. Imagine existing 2 lane highways capable of carrying 6-10x as many cars, at perhaps 1.5x the current speed. That's quite a bit of savings in road construction and maintenance, etc.

about 9 months ago

Longtime Linux Advocate Don Marti Tells Why Targeted Ads are Bad (Video 1 of 2)

Prof.Phreak Re:Any kind of Internet ads are bad (187 comments)

I think you missed the (early) Google business model. Ads shouldn't be annoying. They should be something that actually helps folks find what they're looking for. If ads show folks stuff that they're not looking for, then folks are perfectly morally right in shutting out those ads---screw the advertisers with their large bandwidth bills and starving families. I have no sympathy for corps that are intentionally trying to waste my time.

I've yet to see anyone complain about non-intrusive sometimes helpful ads (e.g. google adwords that show up when you search for something in Most ads aren't like that.

about 10 months ago

Sinkhole Sucks Brains From Wasteful Bitcoin Mining Botnet

Prof.Phreak Re:Figured it out yet? (203 comments)

if no user B ever shoes up to take those dollars from you in exchange of wares,

The issue with deflation is that YOU wouldn't give away dollars in exchange for wares. If you know your dollars will be worth more in the future, there's no reason not to sit on them and do nothing. (e.g. why invest and take risks when your dollars [err...bitcoins] are worth more every day without you doing anything!?).

about 10 months ago

USAF Almost Nuked North Carolina In 1961 – Declassified Document

Prof.Phreak Re:old, really old, news (586 comments)

I'd like to think (perhaps that's not reality) that the nuke shouldn't go off no matter what---unless it was propery activated. E.g. dropping bomb out of an airplane, burning in jet fuel, putting the thing into an incinerator, or have folks go at it with blow torches until they get tired... shouldn't cause anything other than a conventional explosion---not a nuclear one. Perhaps that's too much to wish for, but I'd imagine temper proof circuitry that controls the timings of conventional explosives can enable that sort of behavior for the whole device.

about 10 months ago

First Bay Trail Windows 8.1 Convertible To Start At $349

Prof.Phreak Keyboard... (151 comments)

Am I the only one who is sick of those right-shift-key-right-next-to-up-arrow keyboards?

about a year ago

UK Mobile ISP Blocks VPN, Citing Access To Porn

Prof.Phreak Re:Politicians are retarded (195 comments)

Anyone who can gets themselves elected [to public office] should not be allowed to do the job! ---paraphrasing HHGG.

about a year ago


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