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High-Frequency Trading For Your Private Data

mayko Re:Wowee (75 comments)

Honestly I think this is the case with most users. Especially those who would be considered power-users. Ad blindness on the internet isn't something that publishers and ad agencies are unaware of. The idea is "the right ad, for the right person, at the right time." I would extend that to "through the right medium." In a perfect world the adverts you see wouldn't be intrusive and would be something that you could even consider valuable. Truly good products and services need to generate awareness after all.

I certainly never go out and buy soda or clothes or cars or whatever the crap gets advertised by traditional advertising, though. But then, I never buy most of that crap regardless, either.

The funny thing about this highly targeted stuff is that as it becomes more advanced and the data they have on you becomes more reliable, they won't even target you with these things because they know you aren't a good candidate for their brands.

Advertising gets a pretty bad rap (some of it deservedly so), but the money behind it powers one of the greatest resources in the world. In other words, at least it's not derivatives trading.

about 9 months ago

No, Oreos Aren't As Addictive As Cocaine

mayko Re:Sounds kinda like the Rat Park study (285 comments)

Well I don't think drug abuse is equal to addiction. Getting excessively drunk from time to time doesn't necessarily mean you're an alcoholic... but it can have life destroying consequences. Same goes for recreational drug abuse.

To your earlier point about rich people getting addicted... Of course you're not going to completely eradicate addiction, but I'd be interested to see a comparison of drug addiction (say to something like crack) and socioeconomic status. I'm betting there will be some differences between rich and poor. Also I think human happiness is a fairly complicated thing to define. I think a rat park gets closer to an ideal life for a rat than a stereotypical wealthy person's life in our society of consumption, absent parents and compromised values.

about a year ago

No, Oreos Aren't As Addictive As Cocaine

mayko Sounds kinda like the Rat Park study (285 comments)

Seems reasonable that when you lock an animal (including humans) in a shitty little box it's going to over indulge in activities that work on the pleasure centers of the brain. However, given freedom and a wide range of stimuli it might be less susceptible to addiction as we have defined it. See the controversial Rat Park study ( which showed evidence that when researchers gave lab rats a suitable and pleasurable living environment opiates were no longer addictive.

about a year ago

Another Study Confirms Hands-Free Texting While Driving Is Unsafe

mayko All gauges up (286 comments)

This is also why gauges are often times oriented in such a way that just a quick visual scan lets your brain know "everything is ok" or "something is seriously wrong with this one." This is especially true in race cars.

about a year ago

Medical Firm Sues IRS For 4th Amendment Violation In Records Seizure

mayko Re:Better than awful still better (365 comments)

BTW, if you cap malpractice, who pays for the health care of someone who was injured by malpractice? If the slip of a knife causes someone to require tens of thousands of dollars of health care, where is that going to come from?

I believe the malpractice caps proposed were mainly related to noneconomic damages. Things like "pain and suffering" where people can be awarded millions of dollars based on a jury's judgement call. The medical bills you refer to would be direct economic damages and include past and future medical expenses, past and future lost earnings, domestic services, job loss, and lost business or employment opportunities. That would be unlimited.

about a year ago

NTSB Recommends Lower Drunk Driving Threshold Nationwide: 0.05 BAC

mayko Re:Punish all negligent driving (996 comments)

You're absolutely right. My sarcasm didn't come across very well in my original comment. My point being that we've done everything to make anything alcohol-related something heinous. Kill someone with a car while sober, it's an accident. Kill someone with a car while drunk, it's a violent crime. Now I know this isn't always the case, but I agree with you that we ought to be policing the actual driving behavior.

about a year ago

NTSB Recommends Lower Drunk Driving Threshold Nationwide: 0.05 BAC

mayko Punish all negligent driving (996 comments)

What portion of accidents, and fatal accidents are _caused_ by alcohol impaired drivers? (I believe they categorize the incident as "alcohol related" if any party has any alcohol in their system).

No question that certain alcohol levels are severely impairing and dangerous, but shouldn't we be punishing all incidents of negligent driving with some level of standardization. If you run a red light, speed excessively (relative to traffic flow), or drive recklessly shouldn't you be subject to the same jail time and lifelong criminal record as someone who gets popped at a checkpoint or busted sleeping in their car while parked? This notion that _only_ drunk drivers cause driving deaths is completely misleading. Maybe if we start putting 17 year old kids in jail for 90 days and taking away their license when they get pulled over for texting, then we'll put all this stuff in perspective.

about a year ago

Zoomable World Videos of Satellite Imagery For the Last 29 Years

mayko Aral Sea (42 comments)

I'm surprised they don't mention the Aral Sea. Once the 4th largest lake in the world... the time lapse is pretty staggering to watch.

about a year ago

Amazon EBS Failure Brings Down Reddit, Imgur, Others

mayko Re:Same region as the storm in June (176 comments)

Well don't worry about the conspiracy. Here we spend hundreds of thousands of dollars a month with AWS, much of that is reserved instances and nearly all of our US-East instances were affected. Mostly in the "east-1b" AZ, but it was not isolated to that. Anything using RDS in that region is still down.

about 2 years ago

Terminal Mixup Implicates TSA Agents In LAX Smuggling Plot

mayko Re:Why? Because (255 comments)

Because the TSA isn't about security, it is about making people feel secure.


The TSA isn't about security, or security theater, or making people feel secure.

At this point, they're like every other useless, failed agency in this country. A bunch of hacks trying to cover their asses by busting people for drugs

more than 2 years ago

Hoover Dams For Lilliput: Does Small Hydroelectric Power Have a Future?

mayko Re:Scarce? Where? (302 comments)

Nuclear is already viable in all but political arenas. Jump the price of power enough and people will hold their nose and select it. Of course, you can't exactly shove nuclear power into a car, and oil is mostly used for transportation. So you're looking at a BIG change if you're going to use nuclear power to provide transport. Something like vast electrification of rail lines, restoration of electric trolly car systems, etc... More dense housing where mass transit is viable.

You're right, and this is also why the pure electric car isn't viable yet. Our current infrastructure is designed around the idea that I put energy into my car and drive it until it is almost gone... then put more in and keep driving with no down-time. Whatever solution we come up with has to fit this or it is a step backwards. For this reason I'm a big fan of hydrogen fuel. Electric drivetrains have already proven to be successful in a number of vehicles. So lets start building hybrid vehicles... and I don't mean the battery-laden type like the Prius. Think more along the lines of locomotive style hybrids. Small efficient engines powering an electric motor. By making the drive-line standard we will have a platform which we can swap in the most cost efficient energy source available at a given time.

Then if Nuclear is widely adopted we use excess electricity to generate hydrogen fuel.

more than 2 years ago

Report: Amazon Cloud Backed By 450,000 Servers

mayko Re:Err. What? (45 comments)

Err... What? Is right.

You're referencing one virtual machine they spun up to show off their new EC2 instance type, not the entire capacity of their data centers worldwide.

more than 2 years ago

Damaged US Passport Chip Strands Travelers

mayko Re:Bad summary: the airline, not the government (624 comments)

I can't say I disagree with you. I like a lot of libertarian ideas as well and I'm not so sure I can get behind their economic principles. But, I do know that no other group or candidate gives a shit about liberty.

I guess believe you need a little over-steer to get the car straightened out again.

more than 2 years ago

Damaged US Passport Chip Strands Travelers

mayko Re:Bad summary: the airline, not the government (624 comments)

OK, so you go out and vote for Ron Paul in the primaries. He doesn't win. Maybe Santorum is the nominee. Now who do you vote for in the general election?

Ron Paul. You write his name on the ballot. Hell, if people show up and actually vote for the person they truly believe will do the best job rather than concede their vote will be "thrown away" if they don't vote for one chosen for them, we might see some truly spectacular democracy.

more than 2 years ago

Do You Like Online Privacy? You May Be a Terrorist

mayko Re:Chicken or egg? (720 comments)

"Like privacy? You may be a terrorist!"

It's thinking like that which risks turning me into a terrorist.

I know what you're getting at, but you would really be an activist. Protesting and revolting directly against those infringing on your rights is a core American value. Some would say there is a fine line between activism and terrorism... lately however I think the line is finer between authoritative government and terrorism.

more than 2 years ago

Megaupload User Data Could Be Destroyed Soon

mayko Re:Suing the FBI? (260 comments)

According to your hypothetical I believe they are all "illegal"

Artists themselves aren't allowed to distribute their own music freely, they don't own it.Also, I don't believe they can perform their own music for free without permission from their label.

This is why the mafia analogy works so well for the RIAA. They extort musicians for "protection" and then put muscle on the competition.

more than 2 years ago

New EU Legal Privacy Framework: We're Not Kidding

mayko Re:So... (243 comments)

Note that it's 2% of turnover, not profit; a 10% fine would ruin a lot of businesses, which is not the intent of the law.

A 2% fine on profit would mean they would have been paying Facebook for a number of years.

more than 2 years ago

Pirate Party Releases Book of Pirate Politics

mayko Re:Fair day's pay for fair day's work (158 comments)

Seriously? I think Brittany Spears was making like 1.2 million per show on one of her tours, not bad for a night's work. I imagine she'd still be just as popular had everyone gotten her damn music for free. Performers should get paid for performances. Sell the digital music cheap to drum up fans and excitement. Don't worry about a few downloads... just more fans who may eventually drop 100 bucks a ticket to come see a show.

more than 2 years ago

Google Donating $11.5M To Fight Modern Slavery

mayko Re:Easy to do (302 comments)

Pornography leads to a demand?

I would say that the demand is/was already there, long before technology brought us the pornography we know today.

more than 2 years ago

Senator Introduces Bill To Stop Warrantless GPS Tracking

mayko TOS possibly invalidates this? (133 comments)

"It shall not be unlawful under this chapter for a person to intercept geolocation information pertaining to another person if such other person has given prior consent to such interception unless such information is intercepted for the purpose of committing any criminal or tortuous act in violation of the Constitution or laws of the United States or of any State."

That is listed under exemptions (along with intercepting for foreign intel, emergency, and device theft). Wouldn't the easy way around this be to force us to consent to tracking via the TOS with the cell phone carrier? (If we haven't already done so). Kinda the same way I consent to a preliminary breath test implicitely by having a drivers license, or forfeit my license upon refusal. I feel like this bill, if passed, will just immediately be loop-holed by a "In order to use a cell phone, you agree to be tracked" clause.

more than 2 years ago


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