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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

musixman Here's the truth about ad-block (699 comments)

Here's the truth, if you pay them XYk-XYZk (They NDA you) per year you get added to their "safe" list no matter what. Google, Facebook & pretty much every semi-legit ad network does. They brag about it & it's expensive.

It's not about the ad's being "safe" it's about how much you pay them. They have TONS of shady networks that pay the fee because it's ROI effective to do it.

It's a genius business model with almost no costs at all.

Adblock in my experience is roughly 10-15% of all internet traffic. This is based on real stats, impressions go up this much when you get around it.

Conversely for advertisers, the traffic generally is almost worthless & generates very little revenue at all. But the Ad network's don't care because the majority of Ad networks operate on a CPM basis. It's dirty.

about a month and a half ago

Fortune.com: Blame Tech Diversity On Culture, Not Pipeline

musixman If you write good code it doesn't matter (342 comments)

If you write good code, gender, race or background doesn't really matter. It's the great equalizer.

Guys are the butt of "jokes" everyday to in the office place. It's not something directed only at women lol.

about 4 months ago

Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

musixman Utter BS from Reed Hastings & Netflix (181 comments)

Reed & Netflix is FOS when it comes to Net Neutrality, when you truly don't believe in something, you don't compromise your values for cash like they did with Comcast.


How can we have a world free from NN, when one of the worlds biggest websites by bandwidth usage, pay's off an ISP for "premium" access to their network.

How about you practice what you preach Netflix, instead of whining when the cost is to much for your shareholders to bear. Pussy's.

about 5 months ago

VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

musixman 2 year degree ya right. (225 comments)

Try & apply for a job at, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, etc with a 2 year degree. Good luck.

about 6 months ago

Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

musixman Ads are good for the internet. (418 comments)

Imagine you had to pay every time you wanted to watch a YouTube video? Like when you goto a movie, or order cable TV, I'll gladly wait 10sec & click skip, vs shelling out money every time.

People seem to forget, the internet RUNS on advertising money. It's what pay's the "real" bills for servers, staff & redbull's.

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

about 6 months ago

Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

musixman You got it all wrong. This is about taxes & mo (749 comments)

Microsoft is saying the US has no jurisdiction over "Microsoft Ireland" not "Microsoft US" & technically they are right. It's a completely separate business entity.

You see, to avoid paying high taxes in the US. Microsoft like Apple, Google etc... create parent companies in foreign countries. To which they pay huge sums of revenue in licensing fees to lower or sometimes completely avoid paying any tax in the US. Ireland specifically up until recently was THE cornerstone for this tax scheme. It's also legal in the US btw.

Microsoft doesn't want to open itself up to tax obligations in the future by allow these types of requests.

Watch the documentary "We're Not Broke" on Netflix, about $2.4 trillion in corporate tax avoidance since 2000-2013. They explain this legal scam & Ireland is front and center in implementing it. Taxes are the reason they are fighting this.

about 6 months ago

Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

musixman this is what i think (381 comments)

I thought about this for myself only,

This is what I would buy,
1) I need to tell at a glance time without hitting any buttons. Eg, a watch....
2) It would need it to be curved to fit the dimensions of my wirst
3) It should decide if I should buy or sell a stock.
That is all.

about 6 months ago

Continuous System For Converting Waste Plastics Into Crude Oil

musixman Why aren't we using volcanoes for melting plastic? (139 comments)

Why not just put the worlds plastic in a volcano. BAM just solved the worlds plastic problem.

We could pitch other stuff as-well in volcanoes like cars, electronics & other stuff I'm sure. I don't think anyone will complain about a polluted volcano.

I asked everyone in the office about this & they agree with me. I'm right.

about 7 months ago

Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

musixman Dedicated servers are cheaper / faster. (409 comments)

If your company actually has a large amount of web traffic. Or a large backend software system that holds business critical information. The to the cloud chant!, is really stupid.

Its almost never cheaper in my experience to move into the "cloud". Sure, hosting your static files & images on a CDN (Eg cloud) service that makes sense.

Just buy a managed servers from a good hosting company, they will do all the "work" just like in the cloud & you will reduce you bill easily 50% then using cloud services.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Joining a Startup As an Older Programmer?

musixman Don't worry about it. (274 comments)

Don't look for differences between co-workers. Look for shared interests between you.

I think you'll find, alot of 20-30yr olds wish they had the stability you have with your family.

about 9 months ago

Why Microsoft Shouldn't Patch the XP Internet Explorer Flaw

musixman 1st world problems... (345 comments)

'I don't want to hear that tired "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" ... "Upgrade to a newer version of Windows, or switch to another modern operating system, such as OS X or Linux."

You are obviously very out of touch with the WHO & WHY of why people continue to use XP.

1) Not everyone can AFFORD to update their computer, buy a new computer or buy a new copy of windows. Let alone get a Mac...
2) Most of the world is not tech savvy. The idea that you would get them to install Linux is really not practical. People are creatures of habit & that will never change. Look at how many people freaked out when W8 removed the start button.
3) A large % of users are in 2nd & 3rd world countries. The fact they even HAVE a computer & electricity to power it is a BIG deal. You're being very dismissive of how the majority of the world lives. You should travel more.

XP is like an old car... sure it eats 5x the amount of gas, but it gets you from point a to b.

about 9 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

musixman Who remembers Digg? (2219 comments)

I remember Kevin Rose justifying changing the design for Digg.com on his "Random" TV show / video blog before they went live... "We don't want Digg to be like Slashdot who never changes". Shortly after the changes Digg traffic tanked from Alexa 150 to 1000+. They lost millions upon millions of dollars.

My point is this, the design doesn't make the site the content does (eg Craigslist).

Instead of spending another 6+ months on this new site, how about you spend the time to actually find and create compelling stories that people want to read instead?

You're content really is bad & you know you've been skating by for far to long. Really, the only saving grace of the entire site is the comment section (you know your community...)

You know, spend time on the news site that reports on & investigates on.... news.

about a year ago

Amazon Uses Robots To Speed Up Human 'Pickers' In Fulfillment Centers

musixman Re:it's actually pretty neat! (184 comments)

I think your prob right about it physically being better for people long term walking around vs standing. But I did this job for 3 months as a temp about 10 years ago for an auto parts store.

For me, It's wasn't the walking, it was lifting things on high shelves at weird angles that hurt the most. You're usually on a stair cart as-well to get the things at the high shelves. So you're going up and down these stairs with heavy things and I saw a lot of people get hurt.

Anyways I get what'cha mean you're prob right.

about a year ago

Amazon Uses Robots To Speed Up Human 'Pickers' In Fulfillment Centers

musixman Re:it's actually pretty neat! (184 comments)

sorry slashdot added the reply to wrong post :) Had a guy trolling me, my appologies.

about a year ago

Amazon Uses Robots To Speed Up Human 'Pickers' In Fulfillment Centers

musixman Re:it's actually pretty neat! (184 comments)

hahaha, like i really care what you think. How about you live your life & I'll live mine. Mmmm-kay

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Application Security Non-existent, Boss Doesn't Care. What To Do?

musixman Don't do anything if you have kids. (310 comments)

Does it ever work out well for the whistle blower? Document your concerns then move on... it's better then being unemployed.

about a year ago

Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, So Why Are Sales Still Low?

musixman It's obviously COST (810 comments)

They cost more upfront & most people don't think past the now.

For web based services imo, more people choose "month-to-month" versus a yearly package. Even though yearly is much cheaper & the retention is over 12 months.

about a year ago

Toyota Announces Plans For Fuel Cell Car By 2015

musixman misguided attempt. (115 comments)

1) It doesn't matter if it has the "range of a regular gasoline car". Because you would have to drive like 500 miles to find a hydrogen refilling station!

2) Hydrogen is expensive... at least as much as gasoline in most of the US.

about a year ago

Musk Lashes Back Over Tesla Fire Controversy

musixman over-the-air update... (487 comments)

Telsa will release a "over-the-air update' to its vehicles' air suspension"....
Quick iterations is why this company will be so successful imo.

about a year ago


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