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Comment: Re:Not sure who to cheer for (Score 1) 190

by FunkSoulBrother (#48573107) Attached to: Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion

Fine. As well they should.

They advertiser can work this out with the website the same way I would have worked it out with the Miami Herald in 1955. Frankly, I'm not sure if that was trusting the newspaper's ad sales department to be not fraudulent when reporting circulation numbers, or if there was an industry group like Nielsen that verified such things or made estimates based on 3rd party polling.

Whatever the method, plenty of ad sales were made, and everyone was happy, and I know it didn't involve 100% tracking of individual readers. Alexa can either adjust the model that they have to account for the growing number of people who block their web bugs, come up with a new process or model entirely, or die in a fire. I don't particularly care. Life went on before all of this big brother tracking shit, and it will go on after it is defeated, or at least marginalized.

Comment: Re:Not sure who to cheer for (Score 1) 190

by FunkSoulBrother (#48570105) Attached to: Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion

No question that it does present a risk, and it's fair to discuss how to mitigate that.

I propose that they can go about it the same way they do in the newspaper industry, it would be fraud for the New York Times or my local free newspaper claim a larger circulation than they really have when negotiate ad sales. I see why no reason why websites wouldn't have to present Alexa type statistics to back up their claim.

Taking out ads on some sketchy Eastern European hosted link farm should be viewed just as skeptically as calling up a Bulgarian local paper and trusting their staff to give you accurate circulation statistics and demographics about their village. i.e don't be xenophobic about it, but realize that there might be some incentive to take advantage of your ad money, and negotiate according to your risk tolerance level.

Comment: Re:Isn't that click fraud? (Score 1) 285

by FunkSoulBrother (#48568093) Attached to: AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

Download at your own risk indeed. I was curious so I opened a VM with a fresh IE install (no Adblocking) and chose the link for VLC. is reputable enough anyway, right? Long history with cnet serving up shareware and all that?


Obviously I know, but my dad doesn't, and that's why I have no sympathy for online advertisers.

Comment: There were ads on the Pirate Bay? (Score 1) 251

by FunkSoulBrother (#48567231) Attached to: Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down

I would have thought the crossover between people who used AdBlock and knew what the hell to do with a .torrent file would have been higher. I wonder how much money they made.

I recently found out (perhaps a bit naively) that there were ads on YouTube, too. It turns out I'd literally been using AdBlock Plus so long that it predated my ever using that site (or at least whenever they introduced ads). Turns out YouTube is a real shit experience when you use it as intended, as I found on my smartphone.

Comment: Re:Science does not work like that (Score 1) 329

by FunkSoulBrother (#48563205) Attached to: Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

This will be surprising to you I'm sure, but it turns you actually *can't* walk outside in Buffalo, put a finger in the air, and say anything definitive about the weather in Tahiti or Dubai or Moscow or Los Angeles.

Pic related:

Comment: Insulting the dead (Score 1) 238

by FunkSoulBrother (#48210437) Attached to: Favorite clickbait hook?

One of my favorites is, often employed by CNN, is to disrespect the dead by turning them into clickbait if they aren't 'famous enough'.

They will post links like "60s rocker dies" or "NFL legend passes" but only if the celeb is middling famous. Like Michael Jackson or Joan Rivers will get their actual name in the link, but if you're not up to their arbitrary threshold you'll just be "Actor from James Bond movies dies".

You can mouse over the link to see who without giving them the click, as they always leave the real name in the URL

Comment: Re:No steering wheel? No deal. (Score 1) 583

by FunkSoulBrother (#47105899) Attached to: Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

I don't buy it, with driverless shuttles/cabs all over the place there would be tons of people fucking/doing drugs/pissing/vandalizing in these (expensive) things.

You'll damn well need a user account and probably have 24/7 cameras on you if these things ever get off the ground.

Comment: Re:well... (Score 1) 76

Of course.

Vegas will do something like this.

Florida -4 -110
Louisville +4 -110

What this means is if you want to bet on either Louisville +4 OR Florida -4, you have to risk $1.10 for each dollar you'd win.

So their goal is to get something like (for example) $11000 bet on each side, guaranteeing them a $1000 profit no matter what happens.

We can defeat gravity. The problem is the paperwork involved.