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Fooling a Mercedes Into Autonomous Driving With a Soda Can

astar Re: Soda can... (163 comments)

Hmm. I used to leve big gaps in stalled traffic. I can avoid stop and go and then the pole behind get to also. In principle the jam is eliminated. Also consider the case where you need to merge right couple miles out. The guy to my left can see what i am doing and hang on my back bumper screwing the assholes who try to get to the front of the line and so block smooth merges. Now tell me about why assholery is optimal behavior at a group level.

about two weeks ago
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How Many Members of Congress Does It Take To Pass a $400MM CS Bill?

astar Re: 400 Millimeter Dollars (180 comments)

The SI pros do not approve of this Roman numeral chaining. Really. Of course they are not really happy to have km but at least that is official.

But if i am to be pedantic i should also troll: The largest official SI prefix is Y for 10**24. A YB appears in a couple important public policy issues I follow. Now this is obviously meaning we need a way to talk about kY whatever and so we need to extend the official prefixes.

Alternatively a distance of a Ym is about the size of the visible universe and kYm
Is bigger. Even the idea of distance at a cosmological scale is uncertain. It is difficult to believe Congress has a feel for that sort of magnitude.

So guys, what shall we fix?

about two weeks ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

astar Re: I like it. (306 comments)

Historically book publishers sold paper. The content was sort of a loss leader. You can *feel* the disruption in the Force from ebooks.

You might want to identify publishers who are other than paper pushers historically. Baen and Beacon come to my mind.

about three weeks ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

astar Re: ...The hell? (291 comments)

People get their asses kissed for writing books filled with this sort of trollish use of logical thought experiments. This fellow actually picks practical public policy issues that are in the news and invites close reasoning. Worse sometimes he does real stuff. He needs a regular column.

It seems odd to me that someone would think a fiction writer is necessarily doing an autobiography and even if the writer says he is that this is true.

about three weeks ago
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MIT Combines Carbon Foam and Graphite Flakes For Efficient Solar Steam Generati

astar Re: Retarded (110 comments)

Whoosh!

about a month ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

astar Re: Pft (962 comments)

Curious. I expect men kill more women than visa versa. And I thought the reference was to evolutionary pressure. But if the woman developeress gets industry wide 86'd ....

about a month ago
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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

astar Re: You dorks (418 comments)

I should pay for sex? I should pay so the cops do not beat me? Why are you complaining about complainers on slash. If you are a premium subscriber maybe you should talk to admin.

about 1 month ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

astar Re: Wait for it... (752 comments)

After you strip away all the layers of false flags here you may find a mirror. Grow up a bit.

about a month ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

astar drought and water price (242 comments)

My state of Oregon is fully in drought. California is in extreme drought. Pretty much all the west has been in drought in a more general way for over a century.

Now in California if you have 100 year water rights then you might own water you can sell privately. Since the public sources are no longer there for many uses then buying on the spot market might make sense. The spot hit $2200 acre foot recently. You can play with this and see that this might be 250 1000 gallon units untreated. So i guess this Texas town is maybe paying $200 for an acre foot and this treated. These numbers are pretty much just in my head approximations and you can recalculate as needed.

California if this this goes on will be in a humanitarian crisis in 18 months. If so, you may be affected. You might want to support what this Texas city did after making the scat jokes. Or maybe shut down high water use export industries. When we ship a pound of beef out of country, how much water is effectively being shipped with it?

about a month ago
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The Disappearing Universe

astar Re:speaks to our inner life (358 comments)

As you wish. But when i was a kiddie interstellar space was God's quaratine. Now it is red shift.

about 2 months ago
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The Disappearing Universe

astar Re:Fascinating, terrifying stuff is news (358 comments)

Send a bunch of entangled matter out by slow ship every direction. Fix openssl. Then since the entangled matter will have by then reached everywhere just step across instantly. There are scientifically meaningless questions about soul data density though.

about 2 months ago
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Glenn Greenwald: How the NSA Tampers With US Made Internet Routers

astar Re: Treasonous violatoin of the constitutional rig (347 comments)

Famous quote by the head of us intelligence regarding spying on Kaiser et all

gentlemen do not read other gentlemen mail

about 3 months ago
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5-Year-Old Linux Kernel Bug Fixed

astar openbsd (127 comments)

Openbsd defines any potential security issue as a bug. Emphasis potential. The interesting actual exploits these days are sometimes 15 unexploitable glitches strung together.

The Linux kernel is oriented towards supporting all the cutting edge hardware. This is not going to make security very practical. Openbsd is, ah, stodgy. But what openbsd brags on is "no remote holes in the default install" not "no local exploits".

I think that Linus cannot fix this sort of issue. Theo could take lessons from Linus on nasty around systemd but Linus has not been consistently nasty and I think it too late.

Send Theo money.

about 3 months ago
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Nintendo Apologizes For Not Allowing Same-Sex Relationships In Life Sim Game

astar Re: First World Problems (384 comments)

Curiously it is illegal in North Carolina to perform a same sex marriage ceremony simulation. Sure, you cannot get the government paperwork and everyone knows this but a minister doing the deed anyway is a criminal. So the government is being sued on 1st amendment religious freedom grounds by churches and ministers. You were saying?

about 3 months ago
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Setback For Small Nuclear Reactors: B&W Cuts mPower Funding

astar nuscale and general atomics (165 comments)

I live not far from Corvallis Oregon. Off the top of my head I think DOE just announced big awards in SMR. But not to the people who are crying in the story.

Around here we name our streets Gaia and hate nukes. And some locals picked up a quarter billion from DOE for SMR The first one will be in Montana.

Story might not be complete.

about 4 months ago
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Anonymous's Latest Target: Boston Children's Hospital

astar Re: That is why social Hacking is Bad MmmKaa. (329 comments)

+1
As it happens I am fine blaming the victim. But maybe blame is sort of something a dumb ass does. But that suggests that if you learned to blame yourself for what happened to the victim then you might end up less a dumb ass. As far as our standardized victim she should blame herself for not seeing how you set her up. After getting over that, she should recognize that you the dumb ass are not going to be helpful and the only one who will help her situation is herself. At this point we have a nice Hobbsian utopia.

about 4 months ago
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How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

astar Re: But it isn't (195 comments)

I followed your link and it becomes self-referencing. Further the precision of equality is "about". And the Mohr scale is extremely non-linear. But the Mohr scale is also an operationally defined scale. So there is little need to argue. What scratches what? So why is there not a good cite? Probably because the operation is not reliable on these materials. Thus the equality is ambiguous. Now i do not know anything. All i did was follow your link a bit and be a little thoughtful. I am sure you being a thoughtful person have already consider all this and found it to be dismissable.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Handle Unfixed Linux Accessibility Bugs?

astar Re: RMS mentions a comparable situation (266 comments)

A use able box and a ssh link to target? Maybe switch to something besides Linux like one of the bsd or a derivative like OSX. Try a high end cell? Play nice with Theo and crew who get really offended about bugs. You might be able to do a good bug report and have a fix the next day and after testing it would be pushed upstream. Then you might be able to use the next Linux release. Of course the fix would require you to apply the fix.

about 5 months ago
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Homeopathic Remedies Recalled For Containing Real Medicine

astar Re: Sarcasm (173 comments)

Placebo work very nicely even when you tell the patient it is a sugar pill and mark the pill bottle as placebo. Further it is likely to better than perscription drugs for many values of better. The is well tested in reasonable studies but for some reason there is not a lot of money for big studies Watch out for the Whoosh there. This is all nice scientism except there is not a nice reductionist explanation.

Here is a fun one to inflame all. When I had a nice little chronic pain opiate addiction I notice some claims about acupuncture and an actual cite. The cite supported the claim. But it turned out that one of the controls was sticking needles in randomly instead of doing it correctly. Correct was a bit better than opiates. Random was twice as good. Smallish sample size. Never repeated as best I know.

The problem with the story is two fold:

no labeling
overusing antibiotics but in the US we lost that battle a long while ago and we will be lucky to have any left that work relatively soon. So this company might be doing a big potential plus.

about 5 months ago

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flash rob!

astar astar writes  |  more than 3 years ago

astar writes "As atlantic civ collapses, instead of flash mobs, created via social networking capabilities, we get large numbers of unemployed youth descending on people and retail establishments for looting. Hehe, what is to be done? Perhaps more investment bank bailouts? More budget cuts? More austerity? More union busting? More health care cuts? More pension cuts? More political business as usual? Inquiring minds want to know. Meanwhile, keep your expensive personal electronics out of sight!"
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the economic meltdown

astar astar writes  |  more than 3 years ago

astar (203020) writes "You might have noticed that, starting in 2007, we chose to spend double-digits of trillions USD on bailouts. This became big news in 2008. So Congress types eventually authorized the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. Its dead tree report is on some major best seller lists.. and it is also freely available on a gov web site:

http://www.fcic.gov/

As a result, some people are quite unhappy.

I like to call the commission the Angelidis Commission, thinking of the Pecora commission. For those who do not know the reference, in the last depression, Pecora led the charge that put enough Wall Street type in jail to break opposition to getting real constraints implemented on speculation. A key element therein was Glass-Steagall (two versions). We got rid of this law completely in 1999. Bad move, IMO.

Enjoy."

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China on the Apollo program

astar astar writes  |  more than 3 years ago

astar writes "The guy in charge of Chinese lunar exploration tells us that Apollo gave the US a 14:1 economic payback and made the US the world's tech leader for 20 years. Hey, for some reason, the guy with the biggest lunar exploration plans already, wants to speed things up and it looks like he is not sure whether their manned unar landing will in 2025 or 2030 yet. Hmm, maybe. If he was a current US type, you would notice that he did not quite get quoted as saying China was going to do a manned moon landing, and then be sure he was pretty much blowing smoke. But, hey, the way I look at it, on the rare occasions when we do something right on industrial policy, other countries' notice the results and try real hard to figure out what we did right and how to do the same thing for their country. Maybe we should pretend we are some third-world place with no hope and figure out what the ancient US did right. Sort of like studying dead civilizations. Ah, well, it is well known we do not study history. And so, sooner or later, we will in fact end up with no future."
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thorium cycle start up

astar astar writes  |  more than 3 years ago

astar writes "Japan wants thorium cycle nukes. A startup has 800 million USD to start building one on the way to commercialization.

Usually we value thorium cycle for reasons like lots of thorium, little waste, and no plutonium. But for the Japanese, a deciding reason may have been that if there is a big earthquake and the reactors break open, then the result is not dangerous in terms of radioactivity spreading around."

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recession

astar astar writes  |  more than 4 years ago

astar writes "Everyone knows the recession is over. And the MSM echos this all the time. But every once in a while there are sort of official off the wall comments that reflect a different reality. The link here has some state officials mentioning global recession in an off-hand way. Got a link like that?"
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a lot of snow

astar astar writes  |  more than 4 years ago

astar writes "There really has been a lot of snow lately. World-wide, it has been the big snow decade since we had satellite data. Learn about the Artic Oscillation and such. I am amused that correlation was recognized in the 1920's. Casually, correlation is a lot better and causation arguments are better than awg, IMO, but everyone seems too sensible to claim causation is demonstrated. ah well, maybe they do not have a magic computer model."
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IPCC lies again.

astar astar writes  |  more than 4 years ago

astar writes "Funneled through the WWF yet again, the IPCC picked up a claim that just a little bit of climate change would take out 40% of the amazon rain forest. I recall seeing this claim picked up in what the bloggers call the MSM. So now the arguments leading to this look a little flakey. "totally wrong". I recall that the IPCC rejected what is called "grey literature", like government reports. But did they consider WWF stuff grey?"
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thorium = 155k years of energy

astar astar writes  |  more than 4 years ago

astar writes "We need a lot more energy. Breeder reactors will take us to the end of the century. Thorium cycle will take us out a 100k years. Development and implementation of new and better nuclear power tech is contrasted to spending resources on making our old nuclear power plants last longer."
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uranium shortage?

astar astar writes  |  more than 4 years ago

astar writes "I recall that when slashdot discusses nuclear power, there is a lot of talk about not enough uranium and so on. Here is some russian take on their nuclear deal with india and some calculated numbers on a thorium cycle reactor. I guess India has been interested in a full fuel cycle for sometime. Here is a long summary of what everyone is doing on nuclear power. http://www.larouchepac.com/node/13174 Looks like everyone has better tech than the USA where it really counts. Oh, volcker just commented on that. http://www.larouchepac.com/node/13553"
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US space program to be killed?

astar astar writes  |  more than 4 years ago

astar writes "February 1 is the deadline for the release of the proposed NASA budget by the white house. Rumors are swirling. There may not be even a pretend manned exploratory program."
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physical economy collapses

astar astar writes  |  more than 4 years ago

astar writes "Physical economy collapses Investment in Machine Tools in U.S. Continues Disappearing October 24, 2009 (LPAC)U.S. manufacturing technology consumption was 67.7% lower in the first eight months of 2009, than the same period the year before, measured in dollar values (i.e., price), according to the monthly United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption Report (USMTC), issued on Oct. 12 by the Association for Manufacturing Technology and the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association. That is, sales of machine tools and related technologies in the U.S. totalled barely over $1 billion from January through August of this year ($1,041.57 million, to be precise), heading towards roughly an eighth of what it was in 1980, when U.S. firms invested close to $8 billion in machine tools. In 1980, furthermore, some 70-75% of U.S. machine tools were still produced in the country; now, they are almost entirely imported from abroad. EIR, in its April 2002 Special Report, "The End of A Delusion," graphed the production of U.S. machine tools from 1974 to 2001, in 1982 constant dollars and in units. By 2001, production had fallen to 2 billion 1982 dollars, and around 160,000 units. Today, it is half of that already depression-level figure. As LPAC reported on Oct. 9, representatives of the machine tool industry testified before Congress that day, that 75% of the metalworking/machine-tool manufacturing companies say they cannot secure sufficient credit for day-to-day operations, recapitalization, expansion, or retooling; the precision machine industry has shrunk its operations and employment by 40% in the past year; the auto supply industry, by 50%.(USMTC), issued on Oct. 12 by the Association for Manufacturing Technology and the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association. That is, sales of machine tools and related technologies in the U.S. totalled barely over $1 billion from January through August of this year ($1,041.57 million, to be precise), heading towards roughly an eighth of what it was in 1980, when U.S. firms invested close to $8 billion in machine tools. In 1980, furthermore, some 70-75% of U.S. machine tools were still produced in the country; now, they are almost entirely imported from abroad. EIR, in its April 2002 Special Report, "The End of A Delusion," graphed the production of U.S. machine tools from 1974 to 2001, in 1982 constant dollars and in units. By 2001, production had fallen to 2 billion 1982 dollars, and around 160,000 units. Today, it is half of that already depression-level figure. As LPAC reported on Oct. 9, representatives of the machine tool industry testified before Congress that day, that 75% of the metalworking/machine-tool manufacturing companies say they cannot secure sufficient credit for day-to-day operations, recapitalization, expansion, or retooling; the precision machine industry has shrunk its operations and employment by 40% in the past year; the auto supply industry, by 50%."
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Volker vs Obama

astar astar writes  |  more than 4 years ago

astar writes "October 23,
2009 (LPAC)—At least two US publications have given big play in recent
days, both to the efforts of Paul Volcker to reintroduce Glass-Steagall
criteria and to the rejection thus far of that policy by the Obama
administration, dominated by Larry Summers and Timothy Geithner. On Oct. 20,
the New York Times ran an article entitled "Volcker Fails to Sell a Bank
Strategy," in which it reports that "He wants the nation's banks to be
prohibited from owning and trading risky securities, the very practice that
got the biggest ones into deep trouble in 2008. And the administration is
saying no, it will not separate commercial banking from investment
operations."

The Times continues: "Mr. Obama has in Mr. Volcker an adviser perceived as
standing apart from Wall Street, and critical of its ways, ... while Timothy
F. Geithner, the Treasury secretary, and Lawrence H. Summers, chief of the
National Economic Council, are seen, rightly or wrongly, as more sympathetic
to the concerns of investment bankers."

Volcker is quoted: "The banks are there to serve the public and that is
what they should concentrate on. These other activities create conflicts of
interest. They create risks, and if you try to control the risks with
supervision, that just creates friction and difficulties" and ultimately
fails.

The article then reports that in Volcker's view the only viable solution
is to break up the giants. Goldman Sachs could no longer be a bank holding
company. To achieve this, Congress would have to enact a modern-day version
of the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act.

Volcker says: "People say I'm old-fashioned and banks can no longer be
separated from non-bank activity. That argument brought us to where we are
today."

The other article, which appeared on October 21 in the Huffington Post,
is entitled: "Obama Administration Determined to Usher in New Great
Depression." In response to the NYT's piece, she makes the point that Obama
seems determined to continue the New Deal reversal. She also challenges the
NYT's statement that Geithner and Summers are seen "rightly or wrongly" as in
the pocket of Wall Street. As she puts it: "No need to step on any toes,
right, Larry? As if the man who accepted payments for speaking appearances
from financial institutions including JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Goldman
Sachs, Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch (with fees ranging from $45,000 for
a Nov. 12 Merrill Lynch appearance to $135,000 for an April 16 visit to
Goldman Sachs) is going to lead the charge to regulate the banking industry."

She concludes: "Summers and Geithner's various connections to the banking
industry have been well documented, but what's outrageous is that they are
now shooting down Paul Volcker's correct assessment that only a new
Glass-Steagall will prevent future economic catastrophe.""
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Yahoo agrees to settle class action suit

astar astar writes  |  more than 4 years ago

astar writes "Yahoo is also in this case its predecessors Overture and GOTO. The class is Yahoo pay to click advertisers since May 1, 2000. It is not, for instance, GOTO banner advertisers. The allegation is the class was damaged by ads appearing in malware and pop-over and pop-under boxes and domain name holding farms. Yahoo proposes that maybe for as much as two years, they will provide some remedies for this problem. Yahoo will provide an option to restrict your ads to
"premium" sites. Yahoo will make it convenient to get bad usage investigated. Yahoo will notify advertisers of relevant changes. Oh, if you are in the class and out of business, you might get $20.

Discovery involved 1.5 million documents and was rather expensive. Yahoo admits no liability, but is paying the class attorney fees.

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NOTICE OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT

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TO:
ALL PERSONS THAT PURCHASED, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, YAHOO! PAY-PER-CLICK TEXT ADVERTISING IN THE U.S. MARKETPLACE

PLEASE READ THIS NOTICE CAREFULLY AND IN ITS ENTIRETY. YOUR RIGHTS MAY BE AFFECTED BY PROCEEDINGS IN THIS LITIGATION. IF YOU ARE A CLASS MEMBER, YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE BENEFITS UNDER THE PROPOSED SETTLEMENT DESCRIBED IN THIS NOTICE.

I. Why Did I Get This Notice?
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You received this Notice to inform you of a proposed class action settlement (the "Settlement") that may affect you. The Settlement was entered into by the parties in an action entitled In re Yahoo! Litigation, Case No. CV-06-2737 CAS (C.D. Cal.) (the "Action"). The purpose of this Notice is to inform you that a class has been certified in the Action and to inform you of the terms of the Settlement. You may have received this Notice because you were identified as a present or former pay-per-click advertising customer of Yahoo! Inc., Overture Services, Inc., or GoTo.com, Inc. (collectively "Yahoo!"). This Notice explains your legal rights, and how and by when you need to act.

II. What Is A Class Action Lawsuit?
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In a class action, persons or business entities known as class representatives sue on behalf of persons or business entities with similar claims. All of these persons or business entities make up the class and are called class members. One court then resolves the issues for all class members, except for those who exclude themselves from the class. The Honorable Christina A. Snyder of the United States District Court for the Central District of California is presiding over this class action lawsuit.

III. What Is This Class Action About?
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This class action was brought in 2006 by several Yahoo! pay-per-click search advertising customers. They allege that customers contracted for targeted ad placements through two products, "Sponsored Search" and "Content Match" (and predecessor products provided by Overture Services, Inc. and GoTo.com, Inc.) and that Yahoo! breached its contract with its customers by allowing Yahoo! ads to be displayed in spyware, domain name parking sites (also known as bulk registration sites), pop-ups, pop-unders, and typosquatting sites. Plaintiffs brought claims for breach of contract, unjust enrichment, misrepresentation, civil conspiracy, and unfair business practices.

IV. Why Is There A Settlement?
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After several years of hard-fought litigation, counsel for the parties negotiated the Settlement described in this Notice. Those negotiations have included four mediations, the most recent of which was before the Honorable Gary L. Taylor, United States District Judge (Retired).

The Settlement was reached only after the parties conducted extensive pre-trial discovery. During the course of the Action, Yahoo! produced over 1.5 million pages of documents and hundreds of gigabytes of data. Yahoo! employees testified at deposition. In addition, the plaintiffs who brought the Action (referred to in this Notice as the "Class Representatives") produced documents to Yahoo! and testified at deposition. In deciding to settle the Action, the Class Representatives and Class Counsel have taken into account the substantial expense and length of time necessary to prosecute the litigation through trial, post-trial motions and likely appeals, as well as the significant uncertainties in predicting the outcome of this complex litigation.

Class Counsel believe that the Settlement provides substantial benefits to the Class. Class Counsel believe that the Settlement is fair, reasonable, adequate, and in the best interests of the Class.

Yahoo! believes that it has valid defenses to the Class Representatives' claims and denies any liability or wrongdoing. Yahoo! has nevertheless entered into the Settlement to avoid further expense, inconvenience and the burden of drawn-out litigation.

This Notice is not an expression of any opinion by the Court as to the merits of any claims or any defenses asserted by any party in the Action.

V. Who Is A Class Member?
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The Class consists of all individuals or entities that purchased pay-per-click text advertising (referred to in this Notice as "Yahoo! Ads") in the U.S. Marketplace, whether directly from Yahoo! or its predecessors Overture Services, Inc. or GoTo.com, Inc., or indirectly from an advertising agent, at any time from May 1, 2000 until September 22, 2009.

Pay-per-click text advertising includes the Yahoo! Search Marketing products currently known as "Sponsored Search" and "Content Match," as well as predecessor products provided by Overture Services, Inc. and GoTo.com, Inc.

Excluded from the Class are Yahoo!, Overture Services, Inc. or GoTo.com, Inc. customers that did not purchase pay-per-click text advertising in the U.S. Marketplace. (For example, any Yahoo! customer that only purchased banner advertising, but not pay-per-click text advertising, is not part of the Class.) The "U.S. Marketplace" refers to Yahoo!'s ad "marketplace" covering the United States and English-speaking Canada.

VI. What Are The Settlement Benefits?
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The Settlement Agreement is available online at www.inreyahoosettlement.com. A summary of the benefits to the Class is as follows:

A. "Ad Placement Option"
As a result of the Action, Yahoo! has agreed to develop and offer a new ad placement option (referred to in this Notice and in the Settlement Agreement as the "Ad Placement Option," but which may have a different name once launched) that will enable Yahoo! Ad customers to control where their Yahoo! Ads appear. The Ad Placement Option will allow Yahoo! Ad customers to specify that their Sponsored Search ads should be displayed only on websites and other Internet properties owned or operated by Yahoo!, and the websites of certain "Premium" distribution partners. In response to plaintiffs' claims in the Action, Yahoo! Ad placements by "Premium" distribution partners will be subject to limitations. Please review paragraph 22 of the Settlement Agreement, which is available at www.inreyahoosettlement.com or from the Claims Administrator, for complete details about these limitations.

Yahoo! has agreed to make best efforts to launch the Ad Placement Option as early as the first quarter of 2010, but in no event later than September 30, 2010. Before the Ad Placement Option is launched, Yahoo! will post additional information about the Ad Placement Option on the "Traffic Quality" portion of its website ( http://searchmarketing.yahoo.com/trafficquality/index.php ).

Yahoo! will maintain the Ad Placement Option for at least two years from the date of its launch, subject to the condition discussed in Paragraph D below. Should Yahoo! decide to remove or materially alter the Ad Placement Option after the two-year commitment, Yahoo! will provide individual notice by email or postal mail to its then-existing Yahoo! Ad customers of the planned alteration or elimination of the Ad Placement Option. The notice will explain why the Ad Placement Option is being eliminated or altered, and will remind its customers that they may discontinue advertising with Yahoo! at any time.

B. Enhanced Disclosures
Yahoo! will post enhanced disclosures on the "Traffic Quality" portion of its website ( http://searchmarketing.yahoo.com/trafficquality/index.php ) about where Yahoo! Ads may appear on the Internet. These disclosures will provide information about the Ad Placement Option, including a link to a Yahoo! webpage with instructions for using the Ad Placement Option.

C. Enhancements to the Click Investigation Request Tool
Yahoo! will also modify its click investigation request tool to allow advertisers to ask questions or request investigations regarding certain Yahoo! advertising partners. Yahoo! will also add language to the Traffic Quality section of Yahoo!'s website notifying advertisers that they can request investigations of partners.

D. Potential Impact of Yahoo!-Microsoft Agreement
On July 29, 2009, Yahoo! and Microsoft Corporation entered into a binding letter agreement pursuant to which Yahoo! and Microsoft will negotiate definitive agreements that would, upon regulatory approvals and at full implementation, make Microsoft the exclusive paid search advertising platform for Yahoo! ("Microsoft Transaction") for a ten-year period. Yahoo! is hopeful that regulatory approval of the Microsoft Transaction could occur in early 2010. Full implementation of the Microsoft Transaction is estimated to occur within two years following the necessary regulatory approvals. Yahoo! agrees to provide the Ad Placement Option on its own paid search advertising platform for a period of two years from the date it first launches the Ad Placement Option and while it offers its own paid search advertising platform, or through the date of full implementation of the Microsoft Transaction, whichever occurs first. Yahoo! agrees to provide each of the benefits specified in Paragraphs VI.B and VI.C for a period of two years from the date each benefit is first made available, or through the date of full implementation of the Microsoft Transaction, whichever occurs first. Yahoo! represents and warrants that the definitive agreements for the Microsoft Transaction will contain language to the effect that Microsoft will agree to implement ad distribution controls on the Microsoft paid search platform. If any Class members are transitioned to Microsoft's paid search advertising platform earlier than two years from the launch of the Ad Placement Option by Yahoo!, and before Microsoft implements the ad distribution controls on its paid search platform, Yahoo! will notify those affected Class members that ad distribution controls are not available at the time of their transition to the Microsoft paid search services platform.

For more information concerning the Yahoo!-Microsoft agreement as it relates to the Settlement, please review paragraph 48 of the Settlement Agreement, which is available at www.inreyahoosettlement.com or from the Claims Administrator.

E. Refunds to Class Members who are Out of Business
Yahoo! will pay a $20 refund ("Refund") to eligible Class members who are out of business.
In order to apply for a Refund, you must: complete the Claim Form online at www.inreyahoosettlement.com, or in paper form if you download the paper version of the Claim Form on www.inreyahoosettlement.com or request a paper Claim Form from the Claims Administrator at the telephone number or address listed below. A Claim Form will be considered valid only if: (1) you owned, or held a controlling interest in, the business that was a Yahoo! advertiser at the time it went out of business; (2) you did not owe Yahoo! money in connection with your Yahoo! Ads account(s) when your company went out of business; (3) you complete all portions of the Claim Form in their entirety, date the Claim Form, and certify the accuracy of your responses under penalty of perjury, including that you owned, or held a controlling interest in, the business at the time it went out of business; and (4) the information you provide on the Claim Form matches Yahoo!'s account records. Your Claim Form must be submitted to the Claims Administrator by March 22, 2010. Claim Forms submitted after March 22, 2010 are invalid and will not be considered.

If there is a conflict between your information and Yahoo!'s records, then the Claims Administrator will notify you of the basis for the conflict (for example, the Client Identification number does not match Yahoo!'s records), and you will have one opportunity to attempt to resolve the conflict by resubmitting a new, fully completed Claim Form to the Claims Administrator. The Claims Administrator will forward completed Claim Forms to Yahoo! for a determination of eligibility for a Refund. If Yahoo! determines that you are eligible, you will be sent a check in the amount of $20.00 by postal mail.

In the event Yahoo! determines that you are not eligible for a Refund, Yahoo! will send a "Notice of Denied Claim," and you may seek an independent review of Yahoo!'s determination by a Special Master by submitting a "Written Review Request," which will be provided to you along with the Notice of Denied Claim. If you wish to seek an independent review of Yahoo!'s denial of your claim, you must, within thirty (30) calendar days of the date as shown on the email or postmark of Yahoo!'s sending the Notice of Denied Claim, send by email or postal mail the completed "Written Review Request," together with any documents or other evidence you wish to include in such request, to the Claims Administrator. Paragraph 50(j)-(m) of the Settlement Agreement contains details concerning the Special Master's independent review.

F. Yahoo! to Pay Costs of Notice, Claims Administration, Attorneys' Fees and Costs and Service Awards to the Class Representatives
Yahoo! will pay the costs of notice and claims administration. Yahoo! will also pay the plaintiffs' attorneys' fees and costs, and service awards to the Class Representatives. Yahoo! will pay those fees, costs and service awards in addition to providing the other settlement benefits described above in Section VI.A through VI.E. Attorneys' fees, reimbursement of costs, and service awards to the Class Representatives must be approved by the Court.

VII. What Am I Giving Up If I Participate In The Settlement?
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The Settlement will release Class members' Released Claims against Yahoo!. The complete definition of "Released Claims" is set out in the Settlement Agreement, which is available at www.inreyahoosettlement.com or from the Claims Administrator. In summary, and without limiting the definition of "Released Claims" set forth in the Settlement Agreement, Released Claims include any and all claims, causes of action, demands, rights, liens, obligations, suits, appeals, sums of money, accounts, covenants, contracts, controversies, attorneys' fees and costs, expenses, losses, damages, judgments, orders, promises whatsoever, known or unknown, matured or unmatured, suspected or unsuspected, concealed or hidden, whether sounding in law, equity, bankruptcy, or in any other forum, from January 1, 2000 through and including September 22, 2009, that have been or could have been asserted in the Action. This release includes without limitation any and all claims concerning domain parking sites and pages; typosquatting sites and pages; bulk-registered domain name sites and pages; software applications; downloadable applications; pop-ups; pop-unders; "sliders"; "sidebars"; "injected ads"; adware; spyware; malware; malicious software; error implementations and pages; email campaigns; clicks that result from self-targeting; untargeted or random placements within the Distribution Network; ads displayed on sites or pages that lack any bona fide content, or any content at all; or ads shown to Internet users who have not conducted a search or viewed bona fide content related to a Yahoo! pay-per-click text advertisement.

The Settlement will also release any and all claims that you (or the Class Representatives or any other Class member) do not know or suspect to exist in your favor, even if knowledge of such a claim might have affected your decisions with respect to the Settlement Agreement and the Settlement with Yahoo!.

The release of Released Claims against Yahoo! includes the entities Yahoo! Inc., its subsidiaries — including without limitation Overture Services, Inc. (formerly known as GoTo.com, Inc.), which did business as Yahoo! Search Marketing — together with their predecessors, related entities, affiliated and sister corporations, divisions, officers, principals, owners, directors, minority or controlling shareholders, employers, employees, representatives and agents.

Upon the Effective Date of the Settlement, the Class Representatives and Class members — and their heirs, predecessors, successors, assigns, present and former partners, parents, subsidiaries, related entities, affiliated and sister corporations, divisions, officers, principals, owners, directors, minority or controlling shareholders, employers, employees, representatives or agents — shall be deemed to have released and forever discharged, and shall forever be enjoined from filing, commencing, prosecuting, intervening in, participating in or otherwise facilitating any and all Released Claims against Yahoo! in any court or forum whatsoever.

VIII. Final Approval Hearing
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The Court will hold a hearing ("Final Approval Hearing") on January 11, 2010 at 10:00 a.m., at the United States Courthouse, 312 N. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, in Courtroom No. 5. The purpose of the Final Approval Hearing will be: (1) to determine whether the proposed Settlement is fair, reasonable and adequate to the Class and should be approved by the Court and, therefore, whether the Action should be dismissed, and (2) to consider the reasonableness of an application by Class Counsel for payment of attorneys' fees and reimbursement of costs incurred in connection with the Action and for service awards to the Class Representatives.
Your attendance is not required. Class Counsel are prepared to answer the Court's questions on your behalf. If you or your lawyer wishes to attend the Final Approval Hearing, you may do so at your own expense.

IX. What Are My Rights And Options As A Class Member?
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Class members have the following options:

A. Remain in the Class.
If you wish to remain a member of the Class, you do not need to take any action. As a Class member, you will be represented by the Class Representatives and Class Counsel, unless you wish to be represented by counsel of your own choice at your own expense. You are not required to retain your own counsel, but if you choose to do so, your counsel must file an appearance on your behalf on or before December 14, 2009, and must serve copies of such appearance on the attorneys listed below.

If you remain in the Class, you will release the Released Claims against Yahoo!, as described above in Section VII.

B. Exclude Yourself from the Settlement.
You may exclude yourself from the Class by following the instructions below. If you exclude yourself from the Class, you will not be eligible to receive a Refund and will not be considered to have released any claims against Yahoo! under the Settlement.

You will be bound by all determinations and judgments in this Action concerning the Settlement, whether favorable or unfavorable, unless you submit a request for exclusion on or before December 14, 2009. You may exclude yourself online at www.inreyahoosettlement.com by completing the online opt-out form, or by sending an opt-out request to the Claims Administrator by postal mail. The date of your online request, or the postmark on the envelope containing your mailed request, will determine whether your request for exclusion is timely.

To be effective, all items on the online opt-out form must be completed. If you send in your request for exclusion by postal mail, you must include the business name, address and Yahoo! Ads Client ID number(s) of the Yahoo! advertiser seeking exclusion, indicate that you wish to be excluded from the Class, sign the request and mail it to:

Class Counsel:
Michael J. Boni
Joshua D. Snyder
Boni & Zack LLC
15 Saint Asaphs Road
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
mboni@bonizack.com
jsnyder@bonizack.com

Michael D. Donovan
Donovan Searles, LLC
1845 Walnut Street, Suite 1100
Philadelphia, PA 19103
mdonovan@donovansearles.com

Yahoo!'s Counsel:
Larry W. McFarland, Esq.
Dennis L. Wilson, Esq.
Keats McFarland & Wilson LLP
9720 Wilshire Boulevard
Penthouse Suite
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
lmcfarland@kmwlaw.com
dwilson@kmwlaw.com

C. Appear and Object to the Proposed Settlement.
If you do not exclude yourself from the Settlement, you have the right to object to or comment on the Settlement and the request for attorneys' fees and costs and service awards to the Class Representatives. If you wish to object to the Settlement, you must, on or before December 14, 2009, file your objection with the Court at:

Office of the Clerk
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division
312 N. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

You must also serve copies of your objection by email or First-Class Mail on Class Counsel and Yahoo!'s Counsel at the addresses listed above.

Any objection must contain: (a) the objector's business name, address, and Yahoo! Ads Client ID number(s); (b) a statement of whether the objector intends to appear at the Final Approval Hearing, either in person or through counsel, and, if through counsel, identifying counsel by name, address, and phone number; and (c) a statement of the grounds for the objection.

You may appear at the hearing in person or, if you are represented by an attorney, your attorney may appear in person, and state why the Settlement or any part of the Settlement should not be approved. However, you will not be entitled to be heard at the Final Approval Hearing, whether individually or through counsel, unless written notice of your intention to appear at the Final Approval Hearing is timely filed with the Court and served on Class Counsel and Yahoo!'s Counsel. The date of the postmark on the mailing envelope will determine whether an objection and/or notice of intention to appear is timely.

Unless you object as provided in this Notice, you will not be entitled to contest the terms and conditions of the Settlement, and anyone that does not object as provided in this Notice will be deemed to have given up the right to raise any such objections at the Final Approval Hearing or at any time in the future.

X. Do I Have A Lawyer Representing My Interests In This Case?
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Yes. The Court has appointed the attorneys listed above, Michael J. Boni and Michael D. Donovan, to represent you and other Class members.

XI. How Will The Lawyers Be Paid? Will The Class Representatives Receive Service Awards?
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Class Counsel will apply for attorneys' fees of $4,170,000, plus reimbursement of expenses of approximately $100,000, and for service awards to the three Class Representatives of $10,000 each. Yahoo! has agreed to pay those fees, expenses and service awards, in the total amount of $4.3 million, in addition to providing the other settlement benefits described above in Section VI. Attorneys' fees, reimbursement of costs, and service awards to Class Representatives must be approved by the Court.

XII. Where May I Obtain Further Information?
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The Settlement Agreement, its attachments and the other legal documents that have been filed with the Court in this lawsuit contain more details about the Settlement, and are available online at www.inreyahoosettlement.com . The documents are also available during regular office hours at the Office of the Clerk, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division, 312 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. If you have questions about the Settlement, you may write to or call the Claims Administrator:

In re Yahoo! Settlement Administrator
c/o Rust Consulting, Inc.
P.O. Box 2241
Faribault, MN 55021-1641
1-877-434-3068

You may also obtain further information regarding the Settlement by contacting Class Counsel at the contact information listed above.
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