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Longtime Linux Advocate Don Marti Tells Why Targeted Ads are Bad (Video 1 of 2)

upto0013 I 3 Targeted Ads (187 comments)

Oh a neckbeardy guy who doesn't buy anything and rants about advertising fat cats doesn't like advertising, I'm so surprised.

Trolling aside, what is the big fucking deal with targeted ads.

Sure, it's stumbling into the future, but let's look at this idyllically. If all the data that Google is already mining from my activities could actually show me products I actually want without shopping around, why would I be upset? What if Google's algorithms see that it's been three years since I bought a new tent -- for example -- and provides ads for renewed waterproofing or a fancy new tent. That sounds pretty awesome to me. Saves me time, energy and lets me outsource my anxiety about tent leaks and think about my next camping trip.

This guy is a fucking moron spewing a pile of non-sequiturs. This is as bad as Republicans wanting to go back to the days when Andy Griffith was the most dangerous man on TV. They can't turn back time, and neither can this guy.

If you want to live a private, ad free life, then go off the grid and raise some goats. I'll buy your delicious cheese via a well-targeted ad and we can all be happy.

about a year ago
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Nissan's Autonomous Car Now Road Legal In Japan

upto0013 Fukushima Tour (205 comments)

Well that's good, nobody wants to drive through a radioactive wasteland and not see the sites.

about a year ago
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Video Gamers See the World Differently

upto0013 Re:Shocking... (160 comments)

Far too much credit.
I'm a pretty good shot and I can hit a milk jug consistently at 300 yards. But that's a Winchester rifle and a lifetime of practice. I've made shots at 500 yards with a .270 rifle and scope, but I wouldn't count on it if I had to make the shot.
Anyone hitting even a large, gamer-size target at 200 yards with a shotgun is pretty amazing. The best grouping ever recorded is just under an inch at 100 yards (.798 inches). And those groupings are from professional shooters with $4,000 guns, scopes and military training. Typical slugs can go that far, but the drop from bullet weight is going to be quite significant: about 2 feet. There are slugs that don't drop out to 200 yards, but at $5-10 a shot, no farmer is going to be using them.
So, unless these gamers got dropped on a mercenary training ground with some kind of ex sniper sitting on the porch, they're going to be fine beyond 150 yards.
Pick up a gun and shoot, it's not as easy as it looks on YouTube.

about a year and a half ago
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Using Truth Serum To Confirm Insanity

upto0013 Re:Yet we still don't know what really happened (308 comments)

He also had a 100-round drum clip for the AR-15 and two Glock pistols.

Wounding 70 people with that and the shotgun is quite doable by one person when you account for spread, firing speed (even though the drum clip jammed), secondary wounds from bullet penetration and ricochets.

People that don't understand guns always say there must have been a second gunman in scenarios like this. But the fact is that with a bit of practice, even a bolt gun can shoot several rounds a minute.

Also, if Holmes had any of those magic bullets they used to kill JFK, he'd have a +5 THACO.

about a year and a half ago
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Half of India Without Electricity As Power Grid Crisis Deepens

upto0013 Re:Everyone's thinking it. (413 comments)

I heard a radio program about this, and most shopkeepers/bigger businesses do have backup generators and pay plenty for them. But without, they run the risk of losing their entire inventory. Ten years ago, when this area was accustomed to 3-4 hour outages each day, it was idiotic to make that gamble. One shopkeeper I heard interviewed hit the nail on the head when he said (paraphrasing), "They say we are a developed country, but is that really true?" Sure, you can take calls and McDonald's orders from around the world, but keeping the lights on is pretty basic for "developed" countries.

more than 2 years ago
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JavaScript Gameboy Color Emulator

upto0013 Challenge Accepted (153 comments)

Link's Awakening at work? Challenge accepted.

more than 3 years ago
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id Software's RAGE To Ship With Mod Tools

upto0013 Finally.. (94 comments)

Finally, I can quickly change all voice over dialogue to my bad Sean Connery impression.

more than 3 years ago
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10,000 Shipping Containers Lost At Sea Each Year

upto0013 Woot? (163 comments)

So this is where Woot.com gets all their crap?

more than 3 years ago
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Japan Reluctant To Disclose Drone Footage of Fukushima Plant

upto0013 Re:Not Good (335 comments)

They do, Elmo will teach them the beauty of sharing.

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Work To Grow Meat In a Lab

upto0013 And no funding... (376 comments)

And FTA, he's got no funding. I don't see why venture capitalists or those 99%-ers give to stuff like this. Vaccines are nice and all, but getting people enough food to live and not killing the world would be much more beneficial. I've been dreaming of these quivering walls of meat for years -- I even wrote about it in a science-fiction class -- but I don't see it happening before I die, and I'm not even 30. This kind of thing is just like genetically modified crops, it's just to strange for some people to get their heads around. I wish they would wake up and see that what they are eating is a horrific Mengelesque monstrosity borne from greed, and worse than any lab-grown chow could ever be.

more than 3 years ago
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Has China Already Flown a Space Plane?

upto0013 I for one... (176 comments)

I for one welcome our new Chinese overlords, ni hao.

more than 3 years ago
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Slashdot Launches Re-Design

upto0013 Crashed (2254 comments)

Ugh, site got /.-ed anyone have a link to the cached version?

more than 3 years ago
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Recently Discovered Habitable World May Not Exist

upto0013 That's no planet (231 comments)

That's no planet, it's a space station!

more than 4 years ago
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Destroy Entire Websites With Asteroids Bookmarklet

upto0013 /.ed myself (65 comments)

I tried this in Google Reader and successfully crashed my work computer. That and trying -- unsuccessfully -- to think of something witty for Slashdot has put me really far behind.

more than 4 years ago
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Jimmy Legs Could Indicate Parkinson's 50 Years Lat

upto0013 Does Estelle Have Dementia? (1 comments)

"She's got the Jimmy legs!" Frank Costanza

more than 4 years ago
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Woman Claims Wii Fit Caused Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome

upto0013 Nooooo Grandma!!!! (380 comments)

Where do I sign the petition to get Wii Fit out of every single old folks home.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft RickRolls Wi-Fi Network Leechers

upto0013 Call the RIAA (165 comments)

Call the RIAA!

more than 4 years ago
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Russia Confirms Failed Missile Launch Caused Norway's Light Show

upto0013 This was no test! (236 comments)

Cthulhu is coming!

more than 4 years ago

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Vampire Bat Saliva Used To Save Stroke Victims

upto0013 upto0013 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

upto0013 (1144677) writes "A new national study is under way to see if medicine derived from vampire bat saliva can help patients survive a stroke. The anti-coagulating properties of the saliva help dissolve blood clots, keeping them from reaching the brain."
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Jimmy Legs Could Indicate Parkinson's 50 Years Lat

upto0013 upto0013 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

upto0013 (1144677) writes "A new study shows that a common sleep disorder may be a sign of dementia or Parkinson's disease up to 50 years before the disorders are diagnosed.

The new research was published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study, based on Mayo Clinic records, suggested that people who experience rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder could one day come down with the degenerative aging disease.

Sufferers of REM sleep behavior disorder, dubbed "Jimmy legs" in the sitcom "Seinfeld," often act out their dreams with violent movements, such as punching or kicking."

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Intel Shows Off Mind-Reading Software

upto0013 upto0013 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

upto0013 (1144677) writes "Intel is showing off new software that can read minds. Designers say that the software could help disabled people speak, in a way.

"The software analyzes functional MRI scans to determine what parts of a person's brain is being activated as he or she thinks. In tests, it guessed with 90 percent accuracy which of two words a person was thinking about, said Intel Labs researcher Dean Pomerleau."

It's currently only working along side the MRI scanners, and has yet to analyze abstract thoughts, but it signals a step leap in controlling technology with our mind.

The unveiling also comes along side a bunch of other interesting Intel secret projects."

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EU Says Google Street View Violates Privacy

upto0013 upto0013 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

upto0013 (1144677) writes "The EU says that Google's Street View images violate privacy laws.

The case also asks that Google retain the images for only six months — instead of a year — and warn locals before the Google mobile comes to town.

Google said it would appeal the case, claiming it attacked freedom of speech on the Internet.

This case comes despite the fact that Google blurs faces and license plates and that it only photographs very public places."

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Chinese burecrats duel over right to regulate WoW

upto0013 upto0013 writes  |  about 5 years ago

upto0013 (1144677) writes "Chinese democrats are battling each other for the right to regulate World of Warcraft so they can get the political clout and the revenue that comes along with controlling a new industry with potential for explosive growth.

"If you supervise a more dynamic area with a lot of growth potential, you have more budget and more administrative muscle," said Edward Yu, president of Analysys International, an Internet research firm in Beijing. "They see this pie is getting bigger and bigger, so it is no wonder different administrations are fighting over pieces of that territory."

It's absurd how orcs and elves (and Moonkin) can affect so many different faraway places."

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