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Comment: Re:How are these getting indexed? (Score 2) 241

by Van Vleck (#30535174) Attached to: Target.com's Aggressive SEO Tactic Spams Google
Honorable AC quotes...

There's no irrelevant keywords here, no hidden text, no hidden links,

Uhmm... Here's an H1 tag that's hidden, exactly the sort of SEO trick that google warns against.

<h1 class="offscreen">Welcome to Target Products and Promotions</h1>

And more relevant, perhaps, here's one from the "Your Mom Is So Hot" Target search.

<h1 class="offscreen">your mom is hot Products and Promotions</h1>

In this case, there are no actual promotions available from Target about "Your Mom is So Hot," which means, I think, that it's expressly deceptive. And here are some hidden links on the page as well.

<a href="#mainBody">Skip to Main Content</a>
<a href="#leftNav">Skip to Left Navigation</a>
<a href="#scripted_tabs">Skip to Product Information Tabs</a>

These links cannot be seen in a regular browser. Dunno if this qualifies as nefarious or black-hat, but it's definitely, obviously hidden links. Of course, any site with a dropdown menu has hidden links on it, but these hidden links on the Target.com page don't even qualify for that. Perhaps they show up if you have javascript disabled, or browse from text-only browser. The point is, in a regular browser, they are hidden links. I suppose I'm responding to an AC troll. But I do find it interesting that Target.com can get away with clearly deceptive hidden H1 tags. That's like the definition of amateur black hat SEO.

Graphics

Rome, Built In a Day 107

Posted by timothy
from the what-about-compilation dept.
spmallick writes "Researchers at the University of Washington, in collaboration with Microsoft, have recreated the city of Rome in 3D using images obtained from Flickr. The data set consists of 150,000 images from Flickr.com associated with the tags 'Rome' or 'Roma,' and it took 21 hours on 496 compute cores to create a 3D digital model. Unlike Photosynth / Photo Tourism, the goal was to reconstruct an entire city and not just individual landmarks. Previous versions of the Photo Tourism software matched each photo to every other photo in the set. But as the number of photos increases the number of matches explodes, increasing with the square of the number of photos. A set of 250,000 images would take at least a year for 500 computers to process... A million photos would take more than a decade! The newly developed code works more than a hundred times faster than the previous version. It first establishes likely matches and then concentrates on those parts."
Education

The Case For Working With Your Hands 386

Posted by kdawson
from the leaving-the-cubicle-farm-far-behind dept.
theodp writes "At a time when the question of what a good job looks like is wide open, a book excerpt in the NY Times magazine says it's time to take a fresh look at the trades. High-school shop-class programs were dismantled in the '90s as educators prepared students to become 'knowledge workers' in a pure information economy. Was this a huge mistake? A gifted young person who chooses to become a mechanic instead of accumulating academic credentials is now viewed as eccentric, if not self-destructive, complains Matthew Crawford, who took his University of Chicago PhD and opened a motorcycle repair shop. Princeton economist Alan Blinder argues that the crucial distinction in the emerging labor market is not between those with more or less education, but between those whose services can be delivered over a wire and those who must do their work in person or on site. The latter will find their livelihoods more secure against outsourcing to distant countries. As Blinder puts it, 'You can't hammer a nail over the Internet' (never say never). Guess we all should have paid more attention to Nicholas Negroponte's landmark-in-retrospect Being Digital (ironically, no Kindle version)."
HP

+ - HP invents new power supply->

Submitted by
justechn
justechn writes "I recently had the opportunity to visit with HP and see a new Workstation that they have built. The Z800 is their new flagship Intel workstation and it had quite a few improvements.

The first, and my favorite, is that it has a very unique power supply. This new power supply is completely cableless, easy to replace, spans the entire length of the case, and can perform a self-test. The cableless design is key to it being easy to replace. There is a convenient handle and all you need to do is pull it out. The reason it spans the entire case is so that it can pull in its own fresh air rather than getting already hot air from inside the case. The the self test is performed by removing the power supply and plugging it in. If the green light comes on it is good.

The second improvement is that there are 12 memory slot which can support up to 192GB of RAM.

The third improvement is that the case has built-in handles and no rubber feet so that it is easy to pick up or slide around anywhere you want.

The final improvement is that the design of the inside and outside came from the BMW DesignWorks lab and it looks great."

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Quickies

+ - WindowManagers; what you prefer + why 1

Submitted by
idanity
idanity writes "I have run linux for exactly ten years. and lately, I have reverted back to e16 and its never been better.................... I have had a love affair with many distros, wm's and have bounced between blackbox, gnome and just last year KDE 3.5 (all was good, except for KDE 4 (which is why i even reverted to enlightenment again)and in this reminiscint of e16, i wonder, ...what everyone else is running, and why ?"

Comment: Re:I hope P.B. win this trial (Score 1) 406

by Van Vleck (#26874177) Attached to: The Pirate Bay Is Making a "Spectrial" of It

Tom Stoppard used to tell an anecdote in his interviews about how, at an earlier point in his life, he used to feel guilty for getting away with being an Artiste. Which is to say, ditch diggers work hard, sysadmins work hard, but Stoppard lucked out and got to frit about with his imagination and a pencil, and thence be paid.

But Stoppard eventually assuaged his guilt by posing the following question: What if we lived in a world with plenty of material satisfaction (good food, jet-skis, cozy houses) but no art? His contemplation of this question led him to feel okay, generally, with the prospect of spending all his time & effort on the seemingly useless pursuit of making plays and movie scripts. And he felt okay being the lucky one who gets the leisure, indeed gets PAID to do it.

Stoppard is all famous and horribly clever and whatnot, but I think he missed the mark with his argument. There's no reason that being a creative genius means you ought to get PAID for it, or that you DESERVE the time and money to Make Your Precious Art. Because even if you stop paying all the artists, stuff will still get made. Some of it will get popular. We will still have fads and trends and cliques and identity groups and that-about-which-to-get-obsessed. In short, we will still have everything that Big Content presently commoditizes for us in tidy artificially expensive packages. There is a world out there, one that exists without the high-dollar-cashflow content machine, and it has plenty of Art in it.

There's an analogue already existing in the academic world. Scientists, some of them, are freaking Brilliant. And even in a landscape where scientists don't regularly reap fantastic cash awards, they still doggedly pursue their craft. The landscape has shifted in the last decades, with universities rushing to cash in on the patentable discoveries that percolate up from their laboratories. But this has not yet (totally) changed the culture of the academic scientists, who don't pursue their science just for the Huge Bucks lurking in the next Petri dish.

I sure would like to be a Super-Billionaire-Artiste, sucking up cash and bidding my minions prosecute the latest artificial-bottleneck-du-jour. But if I ever achieve such a thing, I won't kid myself and pretend I deserve it. It's like any other privelege inherent in living in the upper middle class of the Western world. Whenever I think about my comfortable cheap clothes made at the expense of near-slave-labor, I feel a twinge of guilt, and then return to cheerfully slurping my Diet Coke(tm), and I forget about it. Same with profiting from Copyright Persecution. Sure, it's a privelege and a pleasure to profit from fake scarcity. But it's a GUILTY pleasure. And it's going away.

"Mach was the greatest intellectual fraud in the last ten years." "What about X?" "I said `intellectual'." ;login, 9/1990

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