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Comment Re:CTR was NEVER a good metric (Score 5, Interesting) 129

While these new metrics might make more sense than measuring clickthroughs, I still don't see how this will achieve the objective. Time spent on a page or how deeply I scroll down an article is no indication of how likely that corporation is to separate me from some of my money.

I think TV has been advancing toward this point for a long time, but the Internet is overtaking it quickly -

The core problem is that there's just way too much low quality content out there. There's an avalanche of TV channels, websites, blogs, zines, etc - a mountain of content for every eyeball walking the earth and more. But 99.99% of the content is nothing that anyone would actually pay money for.

Clickthroughs allowed temporarily the parasitic existence of clickbait sites and fake news sites ad infinitum.

But we are getting to the point where people realize that there are about 5 TV channels they ever really want to watch, and about 5 websites they would care if they had to live without, and even fewer that they want to pay for.

The problem is not the metrics. You're going to get what you measure.

The problem is really that nobody is making anything that the general public thinks is worth paying for.

Submission + - Authorities Uncover New Evidence Against Samsung Head (androidheadlines.com)

tripleevenfall writes: South Korean authorities said they’ve uncovered new evidence against Jay Y. Lee, Vice Chairman and heir of Samsung Group. On Wednesday, the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office (SPO) said it’s expanding the list of charges against Lee as Samsung Group’s executive is now also facing accusations of concealing the proceeds of a criminal act. Lee was already charged with bribery, embezzlement, hiding of assets, and perjury.

The Seoul Central District Court will hold a hearing on a second arrest warrant for Lee on Thursday. The court will also use that opportunity to examine an arrest warrant request for Samsung Electronics President Park Sang-jin. Both arrest warrants are connected to an ongoing corruption and influence-peddling scandal in the Far Eastern country.

Submission + - Facebook videos to autoplay with sound (bbc.com)

tripleevenfall writes: Videos have autoplayed on Facebook’s News Feed for some time, leading to a curious rise of “silent movies” as publishers adapted to knowing that the majority of viewers would be watching, but not listening, to their work.

But between now and the end of the year Facebook’s News Feed will be enabling sound on your News Feed by default, a move the company has been testing out on a limited number of users for a short while.

The firm said it had received “positive feedback” so far.

"With this update, sound fades in and out as you scroll through videos in News Feed, bringing those videos to life,” the company explained in a blog post on Tuesday.

Comment Re: Pro Shareholder Agenda (Score 1) 182

Does it matter that much if you don't participate?

Putting on our tinfoil hats here - if a nefarious conspiracy were to use the nefariously collected data for nefarious purposes - if Cuckerberg has mined and sold data on everyone else in the population except you - are you really better off ?

One could argue that you'd be better off in the faceless ocean of data, protected in security by obscurity, rather than someone who sticks out as being off the grid. The nail that sticks out is the one getting the hammer.

Now I'm going back to my alcove before the thought police come stamping up the steps...

Submission + - How much is 'Green Bling' costing your town or city? (startribune.com)

tripleevenfall writes: The Minneapolis Star-Tribune posts a story about the growing prevalence of municipalities using tax dollars to finance alternative energy projects that have extremely long payback periods, or no prospect for payback at all.

One example of the so-called "green bling" projects cited took place in the affluent Twin Cities suburb of Edina, Minnesota. The city installed a $200,000, solar plant on top of its City Hall in 2011 that saved about $1,300 a year in electricity, producing a 154-year payback period. The solar panels only have a useful life of a few decades, so the project makes no fiscal sense. The installation cost was offset by a federal grant of $80,000, and the remaining cost was covered by a grant from electricity company Xcel Energy, and funded by other Xcel ratepayers

Comment Re: Discraceful! (Score 5, Insightful) 626

On both sides of the aisle, the social issues are for the activists and the idealogues. Politicians pay lip service to them and then take no action on them in office. (Well, until now)

What gets the politicians moving is not social issues. It's money. Money from corporate donations from these big tech companies. (What side gets most of that money?) The manpower of the ground game in election races that keep them in power.

Both parties pretend to care about social issues, but all they really care about is keeping themselves in office and their parties in power.

A really nice article in National Review pointed this out last week - http://www.nationalreview.com/...

Submission + - Trump Is Right:Silicon Valley Is Using H-1B Visas To Pay Low Wages To Immigrants (huffingtonpost.com)

schwit1 writes: the Trump administration has drafted a new executive order that could actually mean higher wages for both foreign workers and Americans working in Silicon Valley. The Silicon Valley companies, of course, will not be happy if it goes into effect.

The order aims to overhaul and limit work visas, notably the H-1B visa program. Tech companies rely on these to bring in foreign talent. Their lobbyists claim there is a “talent shortage” among Americans and thus that the industry needs more of such work visas. This is patently false. The truth is that they want an expansion of the H-1B work visa program because they want to hire cheap, immobile labor — i.e., foreign workers.

To see how this works, note that most Silicon Valley firms sponsor their H-1B workers, who hold a temporary visa, for U.S. permanent residency (green card) under the employment-based program in immigration law. EB sponsorship renders the workers de facto indentured servants; though they have the right to move to another employer, they do not dare do so, as it would mean starting the lengthy green card process all over again.

Submission + - Robots Could Replace 250,000 UK Public Sector Jobs By 2030

An anonymous reader writes: Robots could replace 250,000 UK public sector workers over the next 15 years, according to a new report released by thinktank Reform. The public sector could become the ‘next Uber’ and workers should be prepared for the rise of automation and the ‘gig’ economy – where workers support themselves through a variety of flexible jobs acquired on online platforms. The report argues that robots would increase efficiency, as well as save the sector billions of pounds [PDF]. As an example, it suggests artificial intelligence (AI) solutions will manage day-to-day operations on websites and replace as many as 90% of administrator roles. By 2030, it also sees automation replacing tens of thousands of jobs in the NHS and GP surgeries – saving up to £4 billion each year.

Submission + - ISIS using encrypted communication to remote-control attacks on the west (nytimes.com)

schwit1 writes: The New York Times published a story by Rukmini Callimachi today which explains how ISIS handlers are using encrypted communication to remote-control attacks on western nations, including the United States. The attackers, who are often mistaken for lone wolves, have sometimes been trained and guided by ISIS handlers right up to the moment of the attack. One example: The attackers who opened fire on the Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas. Remote terror planners have been behind a number of attacks that made international news and which, at first glance, appeared to be the work of lone wolves. For instance:

In Germany, a man who set off a bomb outside a concert and a teenager who assaulted train passengers with an ax were both chatting with handlers until minutes before their attacks. The teenager's handler urged him to use a car instead of an ax — “The damage would be much greater,” the handler advised — but the young man said he did not have a driving permit. “I want to enter paradise tonight,” he said, according to a transcript obtained by a German newspaper.

In northern France, a pair of attackers who had been guided by an Islamic State cybercoach slit the throat of an 85-year-old priest. The pair had not known each other, and according to the investigative file, the handler introduced them, organizing for them to meet days before the attack. Intelligence records obtained by The Times reveal that the same handler in Syria also guided a group of young women who tried to blow up a car in front of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris.

The NY Times story describe how just one ISIS planner, out of perhaps a dozen, was working with several potential attackers in Britain, Canada and America all at once:

One of the Islamic State's most influential recruiters and virtual plotters was known by the nom de guerre Abu Issa al-Amriki, and his Twitter profile instructed newcomers to contact him via the encrypted messaging app Telegram ...

Amriki was grooming attackers in Canada and Britain, as well as at least three other young men in suburbs across America, according to court records. They included a former member of the Army National Guard living in Virginia; a warehouse worker from Columbus; and Emanuel L. Lutchman, a 25-year-old in Rochester.

Amriki and his wife were killed by a U.S. airstrike last April.

Submission + - 'Lost continent' found under Mauritius in the Indian Ocean (cnn.com)

schwit1 writes: Found — one lost continent, hiding underneath a tropical holiday destination.

It might sound implausible, but deep at the bottom of the Indian Ocean, a research team, led by South Africa's University of the Witwatersrand, has found pieces of an ancient continent.

The lava-covered piece of continent, dubbed 'Mauritia,' was found under the popular island of Mauritius.

According to the report published this week in the journal Nature Communications, the piece of crust is left over from the breakup of Gondwanaland, a super-continent that existed more than 200 million years ago.

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