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Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion

mooingyak Re:bot == high value customer (190 comments)

I'm a little confused as to what constitutes a high value customer". Wouldn't a customer, to qualify for the title, actually have to buy something?

This is more like "high value mall-rat" than customer.

Here's (roughly) how it works: advertisers bid in real time for ad space on sites. They use what they know about you to determine how much they want to bid for the ad you're about to see. If they want to advertise for some car dealership, people who have searched for cars are more likely to click on an ad for a car dealership, so the advertiser who wants to serve a car dealership ad will make a higher bid than the advertiser who is hocking gummi bears.

If you know enough about which user characteristics indicate that someone is more likely to spend money somewhere, then you can make a bot that has a profile similar to that type of user. If you in turn own the site which is hosting the ad space, page views on your site have an increased value, which translates to more revenue for you.

about two weeks ago
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Geminid Meteor Shower This Weekend

mooingyak Re:Better Link (24 comments)

When the submitter is StartsWithABang, you can generally count on a shitty article with excessive exclamation points and a picture every paragraph or two. Almost always a fascinating topic, just can't stand the style.

about two weeks ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

mooingyak Re:All for poisioning the well (285 comments)

Does that including hiding the body afterwards? Can you post your rates?

about two weeks ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

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

1. No, it's not click fraud or anything resembling click fraud.
2. This thing only matters if it becomes very popular. Otherwise it's background noise.
3. If it does become popular, it will probably have some kind of detectable signature to it and will get filtered out.

Advertisers really won't give a fuck about this.

about two weeks ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

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

Adverts are a tired, unpopular, ineffective way of raising cash.

2 out of 3 ain't bad. I'll give you tired and unpopular, but hell no on ineffective. Sure it's not the only way, but it is an incredibly effective way.

about two weeks ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

mooingyak Re:C is primordial (641 comments)

OOP is a style, not a language feature. Sure many languages make this easier to do, but writing OOP in C is certainly possible, as many of us can attest.

about two weeks ago
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Do you worry about the singularity?

mooingyak Re:No, it's not even possible (181 comments)

Going out on a limb here, but I think he might have been joking about geek stereotypes rather than making a statement to be taken literally.

about two weeks ago
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Twitter Should Use Random Sample Voting For Abuse Reports

mooingyak Re:Popular Shalshdot Opinion (132 comments)

I don't care about Bennett's opinion on a great deal of things, and I really want to not click on his posts to NOT generate traffic - hopefully thinking that he will eventually if no one is reading his posts. But then, I REALLY like to see people make fun of him in the comments, so I click on the post. But then that adds page views to the post meaning Bennett will do more of these in the future. It's a vicious, ugly cycle. I want to break it, but it's so much fun to make fun of Bennett....

So you're part of the problem.... and unfortunately, so am I.

about two weeks ago
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Ability To Consume Alcohol May Have Shaped Human Evolution

mooingyak Re:Of course it did (89 comments)

Obviously those who are able to process alcohol will get the biggest evolutionary advantage from eating food with it (as you say), but how does that lead to alcoholism unless you begin to select for people who can't control their alcohol intake and drink to excess (which is the opposite trend)?

Alcoholism isn't getting drunk easily, it's not being able to control your intake.

The article argues that alcohol tolerance made more food sources available. If this food was scarce but beneficial, a genetic craving for it would provide an advantage. It only turns into alcoholism when the source is no longer scarce, which is a (evolutionarily speaking) recent thing.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

mooingyak Re:Oh my god, you're actually serious??? (376 comments)

Yeah, really. I was in highschool 20 years ago and had been calling people fucktards on the internet since at least 1992! That fucktard n00b probably doesn't even know what a BBS is either!

Thought to myself, "That dude was in high school 20 years ago? Damn he's old."

Then I did the math for myself. Damn I'm old.

about three weeks ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

mooingyak It doesn't both (481 comments)

er me that much.

about a month ago
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Big Talk About Small Samples

mooingyak Request for Bennett to look into (246 comments)

I'd like to know what percentage of people at Burning Man are offended by various women breastfeeding, and also how we can optimize the queues so that everyone can see it happen without waiting too long.

about a month ago
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Comet Probe Philae To Deploy Drill As Battery Life Wanes

mooingyak Permanent problem? (223 comments)

Is the shadow a permanent problem? Or will it potentially get back into the sunlight at some point as the comet reaches a different part of its orbit?

about a month ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

mooingyak Re: Desparate Microsoft pulls a "Sun Microsystems" (525 comments)

I don't think they are legally bound to keep that promise

My layman's legal understanding is that it is to some degree binding. They can withdraw it at any point, but anyone who acted on that promise can't then be held liable for having done so. IANAL, etc, consult one of your own if you really need to know.

about a month ago
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What Happens When Nobody Proofreads an Academic Paper

mooingyak Re:Big woop (170 comments)

or perhaps because world events went through a sort of unusually calm period in the 80s and 90s

sure as shit ain't that...

or perhaps it's as simple as the notion that we were mostly sheltered by our parents as children to some extent and didn't truly open our eyes to the reality of the world until we got older.

and that's where I'd put my money.

about a month ago
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Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

mooingyak Re:APIs can be creative works; we need another pla (260 comments)

If the copyrightable APIs that you desire existed at the time then Linux could never well have come into existence and we would only have proprietary Unix which would have never would have taken off like Linux has since the primary attraction of Linux is the open source nature of it.

What?

Linux ate proprietary unix's lunch.... which could not have happened unless proprietary unix had a lunch to eat. They had already taken off.

about a month and a half ago
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The Largest Kuiper Belt Object Isn't Pluto Or Eris, But Triton

mooingyak Re:No it isn't (61 comments)

The guy who writes these articles gets excited! Really excited! And he wants to show us all how excited! With exclamation points!

Name should be "Endswithabang!"

about a month and a half ago
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Most Planets In the Universe Are Homeless

mooingyak Look at all the exclamation points! (219 comments)

I tried to read the article. But then I got to the end of a sentence, and there was an exclamation point! They should be reserved for truly remarkable things. If you have more than two in an article that size, you're devaluing them! I stopped counting at five! Just got annoying.

about 2 months ago
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Technology Group Promises Scientists Their Own Clouds

mooingyak Sounded awesome (45 comments)

This sounded pretty cool until I realized they didn't mean "Technology Group Promises Scientists Their Own Clouds" literally.

about 2 months ago

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