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Nasty Business: How To Drain Competitors' Google AdWords Budgets

turp182 Re:Hm (87 comments)

I recently gave up on CNN.com because every story is a video (but not marked as such, some articles are clearly marked as videos), and they are all auto-play. And they have video ads that play on the front page.

Every day it seems that the world is moving towards Idocracy, I love the movie but hate to call it poignant. It's like a documentary from the future.

10 hours ago
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Nasty Business: How To Drain Competitors' Google AdWords Budgets

turp182 Re:Hm (87 comments)

What would be the best way to setup a "more difficult" to bock ad service?

Could one use cloud services, and have the clients issue DNS sub-domain entries (content.CompanyName.com) pointing to the service which then provides the images? Of course the IPs could be blocked relatively easy.

What about providing companies that want to serve ads with a small web server that you control that serves the ads (it would appear internal, just sub-domain)? It would reside outside the DMZ, so security concerns on the companies part could be mitigated.

I don't mind static image ads (although I hate it when I purchase something on Amazon and then get served Amazon ads for the thing I purchased). But if it is not static then I despise it.

yesterday
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Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

turp182 Re:The finding (120 comments)

That's as bad as the colorblind son in Little Miss Sunshine.

Sucks but I can understand the very stringent entry requirements for military pilots.

So it goes - Vonnegut.

2 days ago
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Researchers Test Developer Biometrics To Predict Buggy Code

turp182 Re:Why is it always developers? (89 comments)

I'm 40 now. I remember the late 1990s when I was young, as was everyone around me, and at a non-public facing reinsurance company, we had extra staff just doing pie-in-the-sky stuff no one was ever going to see. We got a lot done via inherent competence, I realize now that we were lucky, and we had budget.

In the early 2000s I led the design and development of a SOA rewrite of an existing VB6 app. We had an iDeisgn consultant come in for a week to get us started which was invaluable; but it was through luck, intuition, and a great team that we were successful.

Now I'm on an architecture/strategy path with good leadership (time for training, sandboxing, prototyping). I now realize that every project needs a seasoned lead for component/interface design, UX/unit testing, hardcore analysis, and general direction setting (as well as a solid QA team to find problems). Skimp on any of that, on a medium/large project, and luck is the deciding factor to success.

Oh, and learn the business. Send ideas to upper management. Really think about the business. It can be interesting, and good for the career.

5 days ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

turp182 Re:Free market economy (528 comments)

Carter is cool in my book. He had the guts to promote conservation, way ahead of his time.

Clinton had the benefit of a great economy. Bush Jr. was... inept. He served his purpose though, splitting the Republican party. Obama seems to be trying the same for the Democrats, but the two parties still have a solid lock on the political process, which is the problem in my opinion (not that any third party has put forth a good alternative).

about a week ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

turp182 Re:Australia? Canada? Hello? (528 comments)

I didn't mean to imply that Canada had less resources. It certainly should have resources comparable to the United States.

I love your emphasis on YET...

I've been to Montreal, had a great time even though I was working. I was staying a block from the hockey stadium during playoffs (I didn't even try to get a ticket). It is a vibrant city, much more so than St. Louis, Missouri.

about a week ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

turp182 Re:Australia? Canada? Hello? (528 comments)

More thoughts.

Why has the United States led the world in terms of moving forward (technology primarily - our social policy history is terrible)?

I posit that it is because we formed as a nation that could do anything. And we are a young nation. After the war the rest of the world was rebuilding or just continuing (status quo). The United States has/had a "move forward" attitude. We invented the internet, holy shit!!!!! (ignoring Al Gore of course)

At this point we are no longer a young nation. And we are caught up in the trappings of the powerful, those with all of the money. The Supreme Court itself has made this assertion. Hubris...

Bites you in the ass is poignant. We are being driven into the ground. I hate to say it, much less living it.

about a week ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

turp182 Re:Free market economy (528 comments)

It's funny how much some people respect President Reagan. Actually, it's not funny. It is sad.

And you didn't even mention the War on Drugs, the sole reason the prison population bloomed during and since his presidency.

And what recession? The DOW is at an all time high?

about a week ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

turp182 Re:Australia? Canada? Hello? (528 comments)

They count of course, I was just speaking to the United States experience (rather than writing a full blown essay...). Australia's economic zone (East Asia) was "subdued" by the war. Tough to be a major world power when your trade partners are rebuilding.

And Canada has always had a smaller population and less natural resources, which the US is particularly gifted in.

I think the style of leadership/government/freedom was a huge part of our success during the decades following the war. Central America, South America, and Southern Africa all stagnated, and they didn't get destroyed either. The US was very stable after the war.

Our social policies were crap (and still are in a few areas), but we were exceptional in moving technology forward. The Japanese recovered quite well, but their fiscal policies will bite them in the near future. The US's fiscal policies will do the same at some point for sure.

about a week ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

turp182 Re:Free market economy (528 comments)

I appreciate your comments, very well said.

But, the American prosperity after World War II was due to the fact that the rest of the world had basically been converted to rubble and it takes a couple of decades to rebuild after such destruction. America lost a lot of young men, but our infrastructure was intact after the war.

I agree with everything you are saying, just pointing out why we had 50 years of growth and prosperity. We built industry, everyone else had to rebuild.

about a week ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

turp182 Re:don't drive with nobody in it? (435 comments)

But what about driverless conversion vans, they can have a soft, roomy bed (and privacy)...

A driverless RV would be a thing of wonder.

about two weeks ago
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Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

turp182 Re:Why? (138 comments)

Imagination Land and the recent Black Friday trilogy were good.

But Key and Peele are where it is at with regards to Comedy Central lately.

about two weeks ago
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Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics

turp182 Re:Intelligence isn't always advantageous (157 comments)

It has to do with the survival pressures that are being experienced. If they are relatively static over time, rote learning (or instincts) can provide survival.

Homo Sapiens moved about and had varied survival pressures, to which they adapted. Higher intelligence was one of the adaptations, as was bipedal movement.

DNA expresses a variety of aspects leading to its own survival, be they sexual, defensive, or offensive in nature. DNA survives, the individuals carrying it do not.

about two weeks ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

turp182 Re:Why is this news? (443 comments)

This is why I have a dash cam. Aside from evidence it can capture some very cool road trips.

about two weeks ago
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DARPA Successfully Demonstrates Self-Guiding Bullets

turp182 A bit terrifying (188 comments)

That's pretty scary to be honest, especially given the range. A sniper squad could very effective with quick extraction available.

I wonder if the system supports a remote spotter (fire in general direction, bullet waits to find it's tracking laser at the remote point, the bullet would have to be able to handle dramatically different angles, and know where the spotter is I would think), someone closer in could more easily track movement or switch targets on the fly.

It's cool though, that's for sure. They don't mention it, but I wonder what the specs on the optics are.

about two weeks ago
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Will Google's Dart Language Replace Javascript? (Video)

turp182 Re:No (180 comments)

If Dart performance is better than Javascript on supported browsers then some will adopt it (surpassing JS performance should be pretty easy in my opinion, Google Maps suffers badly from JS lag and I would not expect that from Google).

If a converter allows other browsers to be supported, then hell yes!

Adoption will probably be mostly for new projects, I'm not sure how it would work with an existing JS heavy code base (I guess not well).

I openly admit that I'm not a web UI developer. JS is one of the reasons. And it's not about learning syntax, it's about the things JS will allow, it is a different beast at its core from my experience. For the record, I'm a C# developer most of the time.

about three weeks ago
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Will Google's Dart Language Replace Javascript? (Video)

turp182 option explicit... (180 comments)

VB6 and all versions of the Office scripting language (VB6..., I'd much rather use C#) had this option. In the early 1990s.

I hugely prefer static typing.

And don't get me started on function redefinition in Javascript. It's more than a debugging nightmare, it is a debugging apocalypse.

about three weeks ago
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Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

turp182 Re:Consciousness (284 comments)

How about this?

The soul of an individual is composed of the direct and indirect memories people have of one, while living and after death.

Most people's souls last two to three generations, and then we are just geat-great-grand-father Jason with no stories (I don't even know the names of my family that far back), forgotten other than by name, if lucky.

Some people's souls live forever, those enshrined in history, such as Abraham Lincoln.

That's how I see things.

I'm around to have fun and provide for my family. And after a while I won't be. I really enjoy camping and playing guitar (mostly for myself, which is fine). So I bring my kids camping a lot and play guitar with/for them a lot (my 4 year old daughter requests Follow You Into the Dark, which I love to play). This is the purpose of life.

I'm not perfect, no one is, but keeping things simple (seek for happiness for you and those around you, the happiness of those around you should be a focus with significant others and children).

Anyway, the kids are in bed and the guitar is calling. Shameless self promotion, here's a cool video/song of my sunrise drive home on Father's Day this year (I asked for and received a day of solitary camping, it was fantastic):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

about three weeks ago
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On 4th of July:

turp182 Re:I watch the original Red Dawn (340 comments)

I'm not sure I understand your comment.

I'm referring to the 1984 movie (the first PG-13 rated movie). My friends and I were into the cold war (those evil Russians...), and it was our favorite movie for some time. HBO showed it constantly during 1985.

A few years ago, on July 4th, I realized the movie was sort of a blueprint for Al-Qaeda style insurgencies. Wars of attrition, with insurgents hiding and striking randomly. Today the scene where they gun down the townspeople reminded me of the bloodbaths in central Iraq of late.

It is a poignant movie. Relevant to our times.

about three weeks ago

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NASA is Ending Most Activites With Russia Over Ukraine/Crimea

turp182 turp182 writes  |  about 4 months ago

turp182 (1020263) writes "NASA is suspending much of its work with Russia in light of its actions in Ukraine but said it will continue to collaborate with Russia's space agency on International Space Station operations.

A statement sent out by NASA on Wednesday said the U.S. space agency was acting "given Russia's ongoing violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.""

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NSA Still Funded to Spy On US Phone Records,Vote Fails

turp182 turp182 writes  |  1 year,3 days

turp182 (1020263) writes "The Amash Amendment (#100) to HR 2397 (DOD appropriations bill) failed to pass the House of Representatives (this link will change tomorrow, it is the current day activity of the House) at 6:54PM EST today, meaning it will not be added to the appropriations bill. The amendment would have specifically defunded the bulk collection of American phone records.

Roll call may not be available until tomorrow.

Subjective: Let freedom be reigned."

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Analysis - Oklahoma, the Ten Commandments, and Satan

turp182 turp182 writes  |  about 6 months ago

In 2012 a Ten Commandments monument was placed outside the Capitol building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Since then Temple of Satan has proposed another monument to complement the Ten Commandmentâ(TM)s one.

In response to the Satanists, some Oklahoma state Representatives have come forward to comment on the situation.

From the above linked CNN article:
* Oklahoma state Rep. Paul Wesselhoft told CNN that he doesn't think the Satanists' statue will be approved. âoeWhat will disqualify them has really nothing to do with Satan as such; it's that it has no historical significance for the state of Oklahoma,â he said.
* An Oklahoma lawmaker told CNN that the Satanists' message wouldn't fly in the Bible Belt state, where nearly two-thirds of the population is Christian. "Any monument displayed on state property should reflect the values of Oklahoma or memorialize those who built or defended our freedom," Rep. Bob Cleveland said Tuesday. "In my opinion, this Satanist monument does not meet with the values of Oklahomans."

In a roundabout way, they are positing that the State of Oklahoma adheres in some manner to the Ten Commandments.

What follows is a lightweight analysis of Oklahomaâ(TM)s consistency and adherence to the Ten Commandments.

First, letâ(TM)s decide which of the Ten Commandments should be reviewed.

Iâ(TM)m not concerned about honoring moms and dads, nor having to work on Sunday, or the name of the lord being taken in vain, or false images or other gods. These are minor Commandments in my opinion.

Letâ(TM)s focus on the big ones.

Commandment Fail - Thou shalt not kill

Oklahoma uses capital punishment to kill prisoners. They last did so, brining in the New Year, on January 9, 2014. They have killed 109 prisoners since 1976.

So Oklahoma fails at what I consider to be the most important Commandment on the list.

Multiple Commandment Fail - Thou shalt not steal; Thou shalt not covet your neighborâ(TM)s house; Thou shalt not covet your neighborâ(TM)s male servant, or his female servant, his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighborâ(TM)s

Oklahoma is a big fan of âoecivil forfeitureâ (they are among the âoeworst abusers in the nationâ), and property can be taken without charges, much less a conviction, and then retained or sold for profit.

Thatâ(TM)s stealing, so another Commandment broken.

Commandment Fail - Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor

âoeBearing false witnessâ is effectively lying, and in the realm of State/Local officials and staff the key things to look for are corruption and a lack of transparency.

Oklahoma, as a State, ranks 38th out of 50 with regards to their Corruption Risk per the website StateIntegrity.org.

In 2010 The Daily Beast ranked Oklahoma 10th in their list of The Most Corrupt States, citing many cases of corruption, extortion, fraud, etc.

So we have another Commandment breached.

Conclusion

I see a minimum of Five Failed Commandments that Oklahoma doesnâ(TM)t live up to.

So, it appears Rep. Paul Wesselhoft was incorrect in citing the âoehistorical significanceâ for Oklahoma with regards to the Ten Commandments. Significance would mean compliance in this situation, and that certainly isnâ(TM)t the case.

Rep. Bob Cleveland stated that âoemonuments displayed on state property should reflect the values of Oklahomaâ. Given that statement alone it makes sense that the Ten Commandments should NOT be on display at the Capitol building.

Iâ(TM)m not sure what type of monument would truly reflect the âoehistorical significanceâ and the âoevaluesâ of Oklahoma, but it is pretty clear to me that the Ten Commandments is not an appropriate choice.

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