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Comment Re:It depends on your theory of value (Score 2) 129 129

The advertiser could stop showing ads that don't generate revenue.

The advertiser wants to get revenue per ad shown, but they could offer businesses different ways to pay.

Pay per a click (sites that exist on advertising themselves may prefer this model), pay per a view (brands such as coke or pepsi may prefer this), pay per revenue (sites that actually sell things may prefer this). The ad network only cares about pay per view, but if one ad has a huge click through percentage, they could list that ad, and everybody wins (ad network gets more money, the site profiting on the click throughs does too). Similarly a site that has a decent sell through rate of expensive purchases may be the most profitable ad to show.

There's no reason to only have on pricing model, and by diversifying the purchase amount the buyers can optimize their budgeting (perhaps at an overall expense to themselves), and the sellers can maximize their per view payment,

This is how google used to so it when you bid price per a click for keywords, ads that weren't clicked on simply were no longer shown.

Comment Re: They're not going to arrest him! (Score 1) 312 312

Where in California?

I was in northern California (not even that far, south of Redding by a bit anyway), and there was a lot of gun love. Maybe not as much as the Texans who visited Alaska had, but a lot more than most places I've been to with gun love.

Comment Re: They're not going to arrest him! (Score 1) 312 312

Yes, I phrased poorly, what I meant was that there are 3 things that I can think of that would make this illegal:
1) discharge laws, and I would hope anybody shooting a gun looks into that
2) concealed weapon, this is definitely not that
3) injuring someone when it's not self-defense, did not happen

I didn't mean to make a statement on what the laws should be (where I suspect we differ, but really wasn't my point).

I am curious though, you think it's OK if I eat a bunch of shrooms, drive down the highway at 20mph, but there's no accidents?

Minimum highway speed, and intoxicated driving laws shouldn't exist? I assume you feel the same way about trespassing? If your door is unlocked, or your window open, I can go take a nap on your couch? What if I pick the lock in a non damaging way?

I think that extremely risky behavior should be banned, because many damages can't be fully compensated for.

Comment Re: this is outrageous. (Score 1) 312 312

You realize the 3/5ths law was a compromise meant to reduce the power of slave owners (or increase depending on your side of th bcomprimise)?

The law was that slaves were not even people, they were chattle, owned by their owner, with no rights. They would have been far better off treated as 0 wrt to their owners representation in government.

Comment Re: Investigating if laws were broken (Score 1) 312 312

Many areas have discharge laws, that make firing a gun illegal except for defense, or at a range. Areas where that's not the case still have rules wrt proximity to a house or playground.

Probably the minority of land area, but the majority of the population within those areas at any given moment.

Comment Re: Works for me - whatever that is worth (Score 3, Interesting) 136 136

I've had this problem with small websites I run. A lot of contact forms default to using the submitter as from still, I have to edit the code that sends the mail in the module to be from the site's domain and use the reply-to.

I started having to do this year's ago, yet very few modules let you take advantage of reply-to still. Very annoying.

Comment Re: Stop the press. The TV is on even after ... (Score 5, Insightful) 217 217

It's non obvious that the app is not doing the back-up.

I understand what's going on, having read the summary, but I would not have guessed that deleting the app that asked me about back-up, and where I make my settings for the back-up, does not delete the back-up functionality

I don't think it's malicious, but I am surprised that Google is sticking to it being the right way for it work.

There are worse things in life than death. Have you ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman? -- Woody Allen