The Bursting Social Media Advertising Bubble
Not in decline and certainly not for over a decade. They have been going up in both volume and price. Look at google's revenue numbers, of which a big portion is banner ads. Sure, they might not be the buzz word of the day, but banner ads still rule.
Big Telecom: Terms Set For Sprint To Buy T-Mobile For $32B
Aren't the two using two different cell technologies? How are they to be combined? Do tmobile users need to get new phones?
Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?
The ethics problem given isn't even solved by human drivers. However, the dynamics and stopping ability are much less when swerving, and less able for others to react to your vehicle. It should always be to stop or slow as quickly as possible. Generally the programs would be to stop before being able to hit something. My only question is would the autonomous car be able to get out of the way of an out of control vehicle.
How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture
AWS services are NOT cheap at all when compared to running dedicated servers. With a little bit of load balancing, you can have a much faster, more reliable, cluster for a fraction of the price. Currently, I rent quad core machines for about $60 a month. That works out to $0.08 / hour. AWS charges $0.56 for a comparable speed service. It's not just that they can lower prices, they have to to compete with the real world.
Security Researcher Makes His Point By Hacking Into Zuckerberg's Facebook Page
They pay $7,500 for an XSS bug, more for more serious bugs. Facebook better think about their program before a more serious bug is made public or exploited privately.
Crunching the Numbers On Shared Cellphone Contracts
The plan I used was priced out on their site at 10x what I pay through tmobile. With an iPhone, text messages go over wifi, and upcoming phone call can go over wifi, you can save a lot of minutes. I just don't understand how people can pay thousands for stupid phone calls!
Yahoo Censors Tumblr Porn
While 10% of the blogs are estimated to be tagged adult.. It's actually closer to 25% of their traffic. I'm guessing internally they knew that tumblr's adult content was rising faster than the rest of the site, and they certainly don't want it to be primarily adult. It might be better for them long term, but there should be some brushback over this.
Yahoo Censors Tumblr Porn
Here are all these blogs that are tagging themselves NSFW. It doesn't mean they are all porn, it's just that it's more adult themed. I've seen quite a lot of "adult" tumblr blogs that are quite artistic. Instead of univiversally blocking them from search engines... They should innovate and start a robots tag that tags the site or certain sections NSFW. That could be carried through to search engines and "safesearch" options that the user selects. Just as much as I want information to be free... I want user choices to be respected.
787 Dreamliner On Fire Again
It looks like the fire damage on the roof of the plane is right above where they keep the rear battery.. The battery is kept below, so, I'm not sure if the fire could spread to the top of the plane. This would be very embarrassing if it's the battery again. They were suppose to be replaced with safer, fire proof cases and other improvements. After dealing with RC lipo batteries, I can say they are real difficult to charge and keep. I always assume they could catch fire at any time. Really not the thing you want in a plane.
Student Project Could Kill Digital Ad Targeting
Sounds interesting in theory, but cookies are used all different sorts of ways. One the of more important is login and identification. If this game swaps login or other personalization cookies with another person you could loose your identity!
Ask Slashdot: Why Do Firms Leak Personal Details In Plain Text?
Another problem I'm having with companies is after I opt for electronic communications, they
still send me postal mail. Ads, confirmations, account info. I try to explain that I don't want
any postal mail coming to my house. I don't want all my account details going past housemates.
I consider online communication to be more secure. How can I get them to stop exposing my
Snapchats Don't Disappear
Yeah. I never understood this app. Screenshot to keep the photos..
Name.com Resets All Passwords Following Security Breach
That I didn't order.. I went in a change my password anyway... Wondering how close my domain was to getting stolen?
Big Advance In Hydrogen Production Could Change Alternative Energy Landscape
I find it very hard to believe that they are somehow going to get more energy out of plant matter than biodiesel or simply burning it. Hydrogen may be clean, but it's certainly not convenient. I my area, they can run cars on trash. Trash is burned in a Waste-to-Energy facility, and cars are recharged from the electricty.
Samoa Air Rolling Out "Pay As You Weigh" Fares
They should take into account volume as well. Next time I'm taking a crap load of helium balloons!
Defense Dept. Directed To Disclose Domestic Drone Use
I don't see where Rand Paul asked that question "Does the
President have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in
combat on American soil?"
His question was "Will you kill Americans on American soil?"
So, to me it says a lot that Holder added the condition of "not engaged in combat" ..
Rand referred to those "engaged in lethal force" not the more general "combat"
Ask Slashdot: Best Pay-as-You-Go Plan For Text and Voice Only?
I'll second the T-Mobile option. If you don't send a lot of messages, it's insanely cheap to keep the service activated.. $100 for 1000 messages lasts 1 year... $10 per year after that to keep service active. $1 to buy the sim card with 10 minutes to start to test out.
Canada To Stop Producing Pennies In 2013
Who gets the remainder if it involves taxes?
Here something that is $1.00 with 6% sales tax.. rounded to $1.05 Did the taxes just lose 1 cent?
How Do We Program Moral Machines?
Run out in front of an auto car and be able to kill the car's passengers? I don't think so.
Bitcoin Mining Reward About To Halve
Does anyone have a good estimate as to how much wasted electricty is going to "creating" bitcoins?
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