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Comment Re:I've seen nothing but Bizarro World from them (Score 1) 66

Yeah, let's just ignore that little crash in '99 and 2000

What crash would that be? Unemployment was under 5% in 1999 and kept falling until 2001 (graph). Yes, it was bad if you were in the tech sector. More of a market correction than a crash. <Cue Crocodile Dundee> Now, 2008, THAT was a crash!

So, who benefited from that "boom"? The very same people that are benefiting from this one, and it ain't us.

Indeed, which is why I'm voting Sanders.

Comment Re:I've seen nothing but Bizarro World from them (Score 1) 66

Here's an amusing thought: Trump has threatened to run as a third party candidate if the Republicans are mean to him, Bloomberg said if Trump, Sanders, or Cruz were nominated he could jump in. So it could be a four way race; Trump, Sanders, Bloomberg, and Cruz. I don't think that's ever happened before.

Comment Re:Inflated view and click counts (Score 1) 356

Hmm, that's a good point. I suppose the solution from the advertisers perspective is to switch back to flat rates / advertising based on anticipated traffic (though then you're back into the problem of what's to stop a site owner from lying through their teeth. I can't wait till we get the equivalent to Nielsen ratings for the internet driving ad rates.

Comment I've seen nothing but Bizarro World from them (Score 1) 66

Bush and Christie hitting one-time Senator Rubio out on lack of experience when Bush's Texas governor brother took the white house in peacetime with a balanced budget and in a boom and left with two wars, the worst economy since the Great Depression, and history's largest deficit. Then a one term Illinois Senator took that and is leaving office with low unemployment, a lower deficit, and a good economy. They're nuts.

Not that Rubio is any more sane.

Comment Re:The one lesson developers should learn (Score 2) 39

Indeed, it's pretty hard to develop software without depending on _something_. The stuff I work on is quite far removed from the web, but we depend on a whole pile of third party libraries and tools. Best you can do is abstract 3rd party stuff within the realm of practicality and accept occasionally having to migrate to something else as a cost of business.

Comment Re:No such thing (Score 4, Insightful) 356

I'm largely of this mindset, but as I said in an earlier comment somewhere, it's pretty hard to know what's being tracked or passed along on the server side. Server side tracking is more difficult than tracking that largely relies on client side mechanisms, but only just, and if pushback continues I think that's what we're going to see.

I for one would love to see more containerization on the browser side (prevent those facebook cookies from being sent unless you're actually on facebook) to become the norm, but unfortunately the rise of content distribution networks makes it hard to do this generically without breaking all the things, and a lot of people actually like the whole "oh, it knows my facebook, cool!" thing.

Comment Re:I can understand small first batches (Score 1) 111

Well that's exactly it. This also negates the other big advantage of it's smaller size and takes up it's one USB port (meaning the usual use case of "network connected thing that drives some USB thing and pipes the data back" now requires a hub (possibly a powered one)...

Sure you can make it work, but at that point may as well just use a regular rasp pi.

Comment Re:No such thing (Score 2) 356

Unfortunately there is nothing stopping the website owner from tracking this information and reporting it back to the ad provider, acting mainly as a proxy (so you access http://yourfavouritesite/somea... and they just make a request on their end to http://eviladcompany/?all_that... and serve up the results).

The one thing it would make harder is cross-site tracking, but again, nothing stopping each site from serving up their own cookie, tying it to the generic ad companies id, and forwarding it to them (although that would require significantly more energy and at least be somewhat detectable unless done really well).

Comment Re:No such thing (Score 5, Insightful) 356

Meh, if it:

- Stays quietly off to the side somewhere
- Clearly distinguishable as an ad
- Doesn't slow down page load time
- Isn't a scam
- Preferrably doesn't do an excessive amount of tracking

It's acceptable in my books.

That said, the adblock guys are about to blow their own foot off. Nothing they do is that complicated, there are already workable alternatives.. the only reason they are so popular is that they've "just worked" for the longest, but it won't take much of this crap before they see their entire userbase migrate to something else.

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