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Comment: Good news for Google, anyway (Score 2) 70 70

It's good news for Google and their advertisers - fewer unwanted clicks means lower payouts.

I'm not sure whether it's anything but neutral for end users. I don't think Google's ads are the ones with the tiny little close buttons that induce false clicks - THOSE are rather irritating. But if Google really wanted to benefit end users, they'd start screening their ad content more rigorously.

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 1) 506 506

by 93 Escort Wagon (#50002673) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Post-Install Windows Slowdowns Inevitable?

It seems like we hear this every time a new version of Windows is out (or about to come out): "Yes, $PREV_VERSION had this problem, and you are ignorant and silly for running it! $CURRENT_VERSION solves all these problems!"

And I'm sure a few years, when it turns out Windows 10 has the same issues, we'll be hearing it again.

Comment: If you can't quantify something (Score 1) 121 121

If you can't quantify something that should be readily quantifiable, then it's probably not there - no matter how much some PHB might wish it to be true.

With five people all interrupting each other and all trying to get their ideas heard, it likely means none of them are putting anything past a cursory amount of thought into the work. I can easily believe a group like this would actually be less productive than a single person coding alone.

Comment: These changes are really annoying (Score 1, Informative) 178 178

I'm getting tired of not being able to read the entire heading for these stories, Slashdot. I know 8 year olds that would be better at web design than whatever "team" is handling it for you guys.

So is the average duration of a job search 35 years? 35 minutes? 35 seconds? 35 months?

Comment: Re:Sounds like reasonable changes to me (Score 1) 116 116

by 93 Escort Wagon (#49957095) Attached to: Amazon Overhauling Customer Reviews

Someone who actually is known to have purchased the item, yea, their review should be worth more than random Internet person #4827341

It will depend how it's implemented. Amazon's current system is better than nothing, but some of their recent policy changes make it harder to find unbiased information - and this latest change could take it further down the rabbit hole, depending on the details.

I always look at the reviews before purchasing, and lately I've seen a LOT of reviews flagged as "Verified Purchase" - always at the very top of the list - which state, more or less, "I received this product at a discount in exchange for agreeing to write a review, but I'm not letting that discount bias my opinion". I make it a point to flag those as "unhelpful" and then go hunting for the reviews from people who actually purchased the product the same way I will be, should I purchase the product - at full price.

Comment: It might get interesting (Score 2) 27 27

I'm at UW. There have been several recent occasions where we've ended up firewalling blocks of Chinese IP addresses from accessing our department's servers. It will be interesting to see what happens if we run into a new bad actor who's on the same network as one of these new collaborators from over there.

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