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Consortium To Share Ad Revenue From Stolen Stories

rde Re:What is it with these organizations lately (94 comments)

That's not what they're doing; it says this clearly in TFA (and, indeed, the summary). What they're asking for is a cut of the revenues that would be paid by the ad companies to the aggregator. Yes, the ad company would be handing over the cash (or its virtual equivalent), but the cash they'd be handing over would be taken from the account of whomever ran the page.

Sounds like a damn fine idea to me, with one possible caveat; it would legitimise the practise, as they aggregators would essentially be paying for the privilege of doing nothing. One could look at this as an 'everybody wins' situation; the original sites get money, the aggregator gets money, the ad company gets clicks. However, it essentially amounts to 'money for nothing' on the part of the aggregator. It also allows them to say to anyone who complains 'just join the alliance', giving them, if not the moral high ground, then at least a position that isn't below sea level.

more than 5 years ago
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New Results Contradict Long-Held Chemistry Dogma

rde Re:Very theoretical research (316 comments)

This is fascinating. I know it is all very theoretical, and based on computer models of how a material behaves under extreme pressure.

But frankly, I fail to see any practical applications for this. We are talking about 1,5 million atmospheres and 3000 Kelvin - hence not a typical lab environment.

The point isn't that they act differently under high pressure; it's that they act differently. Whenever we've got a model that's proved wrong - and it happens all the time - then new theories come forward to explain the new behaviour. It's those new theories that lead to breakthroughs (or breaks through).
And even if it doesn't, it doesn't matter. We still know more than we did before.

about 6 years ago

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