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Comment: Re:DOCUMENTS? (Score 1) 250

by Jeremiah Cornelius (#48620425) Attached to: Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

>The documents DEMAND that the the press DESTROY SONY!

Is this a joke that whooshed over my head, or are you hopped up on something? I'm thinking it's probably the former.

Information wants to be free. Sony demands. Anthropomorphism requires.

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Comment: Re:The Pirate Bay (Score 1) 302

by kamapuaa (#48607013) Attached to: The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

That's not how copyright works and I ask you to disclose that law. Anyway, Guardians of the Galaxy is less than $20 for a DVD, less than an hour's work for most people here, and is the mostly popular thing getting pirated. I seriously doubt you can stretch any law to mean "things have to be really cheap, like maybe just a buck or two, or you can take it without paying."

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.

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