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Nasty Business: How To Drain Competitors' Google AdWords Budgets

geekmux Re:Simple, block all ads (95 comments)

I block all ads and have for the better part of a decade. Too many worries about malware, improper handling of info, tracking, you name it. It's a bad business model, anyway. I not met too many true geeks who feel much differently. If someone's business is built on something that can be manipulated and blocked so easily, the business model sucks to be sure.

Companies do not blow millions on advertising because they think there's an equal number of millions coming in from actual sales revenue.

The business model exists as a business expense and therefore exists to reduce the companies tax liability.

Let's put in this way. How many people do you know that have actually bought something from an online ad?

Yeah, I can't think of anyone either. Ever.

Now take a look at the advantage they get from writing millions off running pointless Superbowl ads.

From their perspective, the business "model" is working perfectly because of corporate welfare. Get rid of that shit, and we would likely see a 90% drop in advertising.

2 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

geekmux Re:Why did he roll like a pussy? (877 comments)

What the fuck does the 1st amendement have to do with this? The airline is a business and they have every right to decline to do business with you and refuse to fly you anywhere. The airline is obligated by FAA rules to disallow disruptive passengers on their planes, so yelling at the agent or refusing to comply with their reasonable instructions means they are legally require to remove you from the plane. If you yell at the McDonalds counter jockey, don't be surprised when they refuse to sell you a burger and ask you to leave.

He was detained for making a tweet. If he had made an actual threat (such as a bomb threat), then yes, that would be defined as disruptive. Saying someone was RUDE is not, even if you do TYPE IT LIKE THIS, and not a single one of the other passengers had a damn clue about this issue, which concretes my point further that this was not disruptive by FAA or TSA guidelines.

This has everything to do with 1st Amendment rights. If you can't see that, then it's clear why we won't have those protections much longer. The very definition has obviously been lost. Enjoy your definition of "freedom" when you're gagged and bound.

2 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

geekmux Re:Why did he roll like a pussy? (877 comments)

No, you wouldn't have. You cannot win an argument with a flight crew; if they say "get off", you're getting off. There's absolutely no way to appeal that decision in the moment.

You're right, which is why they have total control once you are in the airport. However, if you're willing to give up your first amendment rights in order to save a few hundred bucks on flights, well you've just put a price tag on your freedom.

And you deserve what you get sacrificing that.

5 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

geekmux Re:Southwest Boarding Policies (877 comments)

For those who don't know, boarding order is critical on Southwest. You don't get a seat assignment, its first-come-first-serve, like riding a bus, once you get on the plane. You get a boarding pass with A 1 thru 60, B 1 thru 60, or C 1 thru 60 and everyone boards in that order. The A people get great seats and C people get crap (center seats, back of the plane, no seats together for people traveling together, etc). Frequent fliers get to skip ahead board between A and B groups (assuming they didn't have and A anyway) which still has lots of good seats free. Families traveling with children 4 or under also get to board before the B group (so they can get seats together). This guy probably had high number B or C tickets and wanted to use his "A-list" frequent flier status to board early and get 3 seats together with his kids. But his kids didn't have "A-list" status and where too old to qualify for family boarding so they would have wait for their high boarding number to get on the plane.

For those who don't know, it costs a mere $25 to upgrade to A-class tickets at anytime, which is open to anyone. I hope him getting put on a terrorist watch list (along with his family) was worth it.

5 days ago
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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

geekmux Re:Ads are good for the internet. (394 comments)

IMO, if ads stopped across all internet sites, or the online advertising industry completely collapsed. The internet as we know it, would be gone.

Correction: The Internet as you know it would be gone. The actual Internet would be just fine. Universities, stores, hobby sites, government, and people generally interested in communicating with each other would pay their ISP bills and continue without interruption.

Did you just suggest I pay for something online? Damn, I've never been more offended in my entire life. I use Facebook for my corporate website, Gmail for my inbox, and YouTube to distribute my advertising. Why the hell would I pay for anything?!?

Sincerely,

(The reason we're here today)

about two weeks ago
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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

geekmux Re:Ads are good for the internet. (394 comments)

And how does that annoying floating "Like us On FaceBook! Please! Someone! Anyone!" pay for servers?

By enabling corporations to spend money on infrastructure that would have normally been paid in taxes.

Why is it that everyone seems to be overlooking one of the most obvious benefits to corporations when they blow millions on advertising? Those tax write offs aren't insignificant when you are a multi-billion dollar corporation.

about two weeks ago
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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

geekmux Re:Faulty assumption (394 comments)

Not everyone "gets" that advertising is needed. In fact, click-through revenue is so miniscule that it would be more cost-effective to not saturate the Internet with ads, or indeed have ads on the Internet at all. The Internet had no advertising at all until two Utah lawyers invented spam and made a fortune promoting their book on Internet advertising. That was around 5 years after the Internet was privatized.

Almost no site I give a damn about relies on advertising. As advertising on a site goes up, the time I spend there goes down. When in England, I watch BBC almost exclusively, ITV stuff is relegated to whenever it comes out on DVD. That has been the case for much of my life. When moving to the US, I abandoned television entirely simply because of the adverts.

Linux is one of the top Operating Systems and gained almost all of that reputation and awesomeness before IBM started their TV ads.

So if products don't need advertising, the Internet doesn't need advertising and users hate advertising, then who the hell is this "everyone" who "understands" the need?

You seem to be overlooking a rather large benefit provided to these corporations when they spend millions on advertising.

The tax write off.

"Everyone" is the corporate CPA who "understands" the need.

about two weeks ago
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UK Government Faces Lawsuit Over Emergency Surveillance Bill

geekmux Re:Are they forgetting that this is the UK? (44 comments)

...Unlike in other countries such as the US, there is no such thing as an unconstitutional law, or an act of parliament being "illegal" if properly passed, because there is no constitution in the UK, and an act of the parliament duly passed is supreme.

Unlike other countries such as the US, their government and representatives may actually follow the fundamental laws their predecessors (or founders) created.

Not sure if you've noticed or not, but there's no such thing as an unconstitutional law in the US either. We've proven that over and over and over again.

about two weeks ago
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UK Government Faces Lawsuit Over Emergency Surveillance Bill

geekmux Re:Support for this was not unanimous (44 comments)

Some lawmakers were not so keen on the fast-tracking of this legislation. Checks and balances are there for a reason, it's a shame that they can be sidetracked when politically expedient.

Checks and Balances is such a joke these days that "LOL" should be an acceptable answer in school when students are tested on it. And this reminds me of how many members of Congress actually read the Obamacare document before voting people's lives away with it.

Of course, we should expect nothing less from lawmakers who define themselves as above the laws they make for everyone else.

about two weeks ago
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Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

geekmux Re:Operant conditioning - just like gambling (139 comments)

These "free" games use the same addiction mechanisms, called operant conditioning, as gambling. I am surprised targeting these at minors is even allowed.

As legal gambling spreads across the country, you're really questioning this?

You don't exactly have to drive to the middle of the desert to gain a horrible addiction anymore.

about two weeks ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

geekmux Re:For us dummies.... (382 comments)

....can someone briefly summarize like we are in third grade (OK, maybe junior high) why Tesla can't sell their vehicles anywhere they damn well please? I don't follow car news so I don't know (and I'm asking here because I figure I am not the only one).

I'm still struggling to understand why this is a problem with the current offering from Tesla.

I've seen Tesla cars on the road in my state, so we can safely assume DOT has authorized them for US road use, and therefore are legal to drive in any state.

Given that fact, I seriously doubt that anyone who can afford a $100,000 Tesla really has a problem transporting themselves to pick up said car, regardless of limited dealership locations.

Hasn't really seemed to hurt Tesla sales so far. Doesn't hurt the likes of Ferrari or Lamborghini. You sure as hell don't find those dealerships in every state.

Now, when the $30,000 Tesla comes along, it might be a bit of a different story. Then again, we'll be talking about game changers by then, and this political battlefield will become a lot more active.

about two weeks ago
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Home Depot Begins Retail Store Pilot Program To Sell MakerBot 3-D Printers

geekmux Re:What's the target audience? (127 comments)

Quite a few people (myself included) bought first generation home computers for 4 digit purchase prices.

"Shut up and take my money!"

Damn, have I really been saying that shit for 30+ years now? Guess some things never really go out of style...

about two weeks ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

geekmux Re:Well out running the police ... (443 comments)

Is a win for the Tesla, but it sounds likes it pretty spectacularly failed when he hit something.

...while it was going 100 mph. I'm all for safety but I don't expect ANY car company to design a car that will keep occupants safe in a crash with enough kinetic energy to embed half the car in a fucking building...

Exactly. And with the amount of deaths recorded every year, only the truly ignorant would assume that driving anywhere is a safe activity.

Oh wait a second, I forgot...we already have the truly ignorant behind the wheel who thinks they can text, surf, and drive all at the same time.

about three weeks ago
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William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

geekmux Re:Why 80% (278 comments)

Incidentally, didn't Obama announce some changes he was going to make to fix the NSA? Have any of those been implemented?

Uh, after the continued revelations by whistleblowers here, I'm just curious. What exactly is your basis for believing anything Obama says on this matter?

And no, that's not just political snark I'm throwing around here, I'm being dead serious. You think they're ever going to declassify enough of this to even get through the lies, much less any changes that are (not) made?

Not bloody likely.

about three weeks ago
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Insurance Claims Reveal Hidden Electronic Damage From Geomagnetic Storms

geekmux What to truly question (78 comments)

"That raises the question of the impact these storms have on household electronic equipment, such as computers, smartphones and tablets...

When searching for examples of electronics that may have been damaged over their useful life by external forces, perhaps you shouldn't pick the things manufacturers have deemed as disposable equipment these days.

How else are they going to sell you the new model 12 months after you bought the "new" model...

about three weeks ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

geekmux Re:Expect this to happen more constantly (349 comments)

with several home appliances going IP. And this was just a bug, not a worm/virus.

You have a funny way of spelling feature...

about a month ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

geekmux Re:Why do we have screen savers? (349 comments)

Burn is a huge problem on plasma screens and there are still lots of those out there, there is NO WAY a set top box maker should be shipping something without a screen saver on by default!

It would be nice if they had settings to turn it off if you wanted and maybe even send a CEC power off to the TV if you like, but at the very least set top boxes still MUST have a screen saver. Now in another 10 years when most of the plasma TVs have been put out to pasture, it will be a different story.

Yes, and other than marketing greed, there's not a single reason why said screen saver cannot be a black screen, or at most, random color washing built into the unit. No set top box needs to download HD images, especially in GB amounts that threaten bandwidth caps. Marketing bullshit at it's finest. We should learn to enjoy it, since marketing-subsidized hardware is the setup de jour these days. You don't get to buy the $300 leave-me-alone hardware option. You only get the $79.99 ads-for-life option.

about a month ago
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Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch

geekmux Re:watches? (242 comments)

For mine, I wear it because it tracks my heartbeat, perspiration, body temp, and activity. Do you have an alternative to a watch that can do all these things?

An alternative to track your perspiration? Yes, I do. It's called my nose.

And don't worry about alarms. My mouth works too.

Only downside is I don't have much of a silent mode. I tend to fart a lot. Part of my self-calibration program.

about a month ago
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Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch

geekmux Re:watches? (242 comments)

my cell phone does that, don't need a second clock strapped to my wrist, how l 19th and 20th century.

First wristwatch was in 1868, the last one needed was over 20 years ago.

even more clocks are everywhere now, on system desktop, on the land line phone, on my printer.....

Your smartphone has a screen too. Time to chuck out that old-fashioned monitor, along with your HDTV, calculator, paper, pencil, and deck of cards. That's why smartphones were invented. Obviously.

What the hell are you still doing with an ISP at home? Your smartphone has internet access too. Cancel that home shit already grandpa and get with the times. No reason you need a second internet provider...

about a month ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

geekmux Re:why would I want to hang with a buncha cunts (561 comments)

Yeah, but often they will happily hook you up with their favorite dealer or someone they know trying to unload an old bike. I have yet to see a mensa member say "oh, you did not pass the IQ test, but I think it is cool that you want to go in so here are some things that will get you going".

And I've yet to hear a biker say "oh, you did not pass your motorcycle driving test, but I think it's cool so here's my custom bike for you to take for a spin."

Qualifications are qualifications. The snobbish part is treating those differently simply because we're talking about Mensa here. One does have to perform certain tasks or achieve certain levels of certification to become a member of either.

Ironically, I'd challenge most Mensa members to see if they qualify to drive a motorcycle. Then perhaps we can talk about snobbery as they amaze us with mathematical wizardry but cannot seem to grasp the simple physics behind two wheels.

about a month ago

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