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Comment Re:It's not about adblockers... (Score 1) 120

Thanks for the explanation.

Content ads will naturally be more relevant on niche-topic forums than on general forums or news sites.

Are they pay-per-post-view, pay-per-title-view, pay-per-period, pay-per-click-in-post, or pay-per-action? And are there strict rules against commercial posts outside this system?

Comment Representative Proxy Votes (Score 2) 490

Every citizen should have a vote on every topic, which they would give to their representative to use on their behalf. For most mundane issues, the representative would cast the votes given to him, but at any time any citizen could take their vote from their representative and cast it any way they see fit.

Yes, direct democracy could be saved from the tyranny of the active minority if for each citizen who didn't vote on an issue, their elected representative was given such a proxy vote. But I'd make representatives' proxy votes only fractional, so that the system wasn't a dead duck unless 50-75% of citizens cast a ballot.

Comment Re:You mean I can't pretend my content is real? (Score 2) 120

Consider the perspective of the sponsor: When you have a new product you're trying to sell, you need a way to communicate with your customer that it is in fact available for them to buy. Take something you obviously use for example: A personal computer. Now, while you yourself might be well informed about the market and build your own, the vast majority of any given business's potential customers aren't. Advertising is how you reach them.

Yes, even though advertising is intrinsically bad because it spins, we're a long way from a nirvana where independent editorial is that's perfectly informed about both the market and each person's needs is always affordably available, and where no vendor tries to get an artificial leg-up by advertising anyway. But if we're going to have advertising, there's plenty of better forms of it than paid placements in and around other media. Company websites and point-of-sale for example.

To cover the situation where a start-up is finding it hard to get coverage, I'd support (disclosed) payments that encourage publishers to review or otherwise write about products in their own words. This is much better than a foreign or native ad, where the payment gives the advertiser the right to their own spin.

And then of course, the perspective of the website: They pay actual people actual money to write their content. That money doesn't come in when people don't pay to view it, but it DOES have to come from somewhere. Thus, advertising works suitably.

Advertising is working more and more poorly for information sources. The alternative is to better capture the value that the content gives the users. Direct charging is only one way.

Comment The Garbage Compacter Rule (Score 2) 291

He's pointing out that people like security well enough, but they want to get stuff DONE even more, and that most people will take the calculated risk to be less secure if it makes them more productive at lower costs.

Also, too much security can backfire. I call this the Garbage Compacter Rule: In Star Wars it was too difficult to shut down all the garbage compacters on the detention level, so R2-D2 just shut them all down. Similarly, when you run up against a security system that's stopping you doing what you want, but it's hard to poke a hole in it, you sometimes just "shut them all down" to get some work done. You're left with less security than if the original block wasn't there.

Comment Re:It'll be aired in todays conventional methods (Score 1) 438

It'll be on a torrent site 10 min after airing so you can watch it are you leisure.

Have hackers worked out how to rip CBS All Access streams?

I'm surprised that CBS All Access seems to be available here in Australia — the only country besides the US and Canada. But given the reports here that this subscription stream includes ads, I'd be hoping that they also made ad-free episodes available for individual or season purchase, in a timely manor.

Comment Re:Bullshit ... (Score 1) 398

Some ads on most news sites, such as Google ads, would already be matched to the article content. They would be reluctant to get rid of the rest, including direct campaigns by big brands that pay very well. My angle was that, contextual or not, people are less interested in ads when they're absorbed by the content, forcing those ads to be flashy (and Flash-y).

Comment Re:Bullshit ... (Score 1) 398

See, Slashdot doesn't author any new content. Their value, whether they realize it or not, is in the people who comment.

Slashdot without the comments is a rather pathetic news aggregator.

Aggregators still provide value through their summaries and editorial selection, although this value should be shared with the original sources (even if TFA isn't visited). Slashdot also has some original interviews.

There is an ad-free, paywall-free way for Slashdot to get paid for this article value, as well as from the value of user comments (which Slashdot can choose to share with comment authors).

Comment Re:Bullshit ... (Score 1) 398

I remember when Google first came out with their ads and they seemed innovative because they were simple text ads. At the time, the "common knowledge" was that you needed blinking Flash ads that played sound, triggered full screen video if the mouse cursor went anywhere near the ad, and spawed a dozen pop-up ads.

Google is lucky that their ads are nearly as interesting as their content (organic search results), and that their users are often in a buying mode. Contrast this with websites that offer quality content that is much more interesting than the (often irrelevant) ads around it. It's here that ads need to be garish to draw people away from the content. That's why I don't think "acceptable ads" would work for many websites. They have to learn how to earn more from their content rather than the spin around it.

Comment Re:New model (Score 1) 474

Allow customers to make a single monthly payment, which would be distributed among participating websites according to some metric like pageviews or time-on-site.

Would these be voluntary payments like Flattr, or would the site be paywalled to non-payers? If the former, how many will pay just for the good vibes, or pay to remove ads that their ad-blocker is already removing? If the latter, how will they survive initially becoming invisible to most, including social sharers?

Blendle shows that a walled pay-per-article option (with refunds when you don't like what you get) can work for an agglomeration of quality articles. But participants risk losing existing subscribers to a system where they're just one source among many, drastically cutting their revenue.

Comment Re:New generation of adblockers (Score 1) 474

Yes, you can create a browser that uses a shadow-DOM to make JavaScript think that all ads are loaded and not hidden, while some elements are blocked in the DOM seen by the user.

This wouldn't however stop tactics such as obfuscating and randomizing ad URLs and page locations so that pattern-matching block lists won't work.

Comment Re:MTU (Score 1) 72

Packet size is a tradeoff - for high throughput you want big packets, for low latency you want small packets.

There'd be no such trade-off if routers and computers pipelined packets, starting (or queuing) to forward as soon as the destination IP address is read and an interface route determined, possibly also waiting to check the TCP/IP header checksum.

Comment Re:See the end of her blog post.... (Score 1) 928

Yes, I was so on her side (advocating for unrestricted but diplomatic criticism), until I saw she'd done the same thing to her critics that was done to her (disrespecting them by replacing their comments with "fart fart fart fart"). The comments on her post are a love-fest, so as well as harsh criticism, probably some respectful criticism has also been substituted. Power games.

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