George would have pressed the big red button by now.
Not sure what you're talking about?
20 years ago the internet was largely useless.
Your Email spools were publicly readable by anyone in your campus. Gopher never took off. Web sites didn't really start to get popular until about 1994, and before that you were stuck in alt.tasteless.jokes for any sort of lolz. You couldn't find anything about fashion online. It was only for academic purposes, which are unimportant.
It was only through the commercialization of the Internet through advertising that the Internet actually started to become useful.
I wouldn't trust anything unregulated... you shouldn't either!
Government is here to protect you from people like you.
Nobody is interested in a free version of Mac OS X.
And, anybody that wanted OS X would have bought Apple hardware anyways.
A cheap mac laptop is about $1000 (never mind the Mac Mini..). If you can't afford that, then you have much bigger problems than trying to run linux.
Perseids are great, but, as with all meteor showers, only looks good without a moon.
Fixed-function devices are the only way to go - set it and forget it, man.
You don't have to hack them, you don't have to bother them. I've had mine for about 10 years now, to replace my old 1st-gen WRT54g, where I was doing stupid shit like trying to build an HTTP & media server into it, which was a conceptually flawed idea for an wireless-access-point.
You should never make devices more complicated than their physical requirements.
The problem a lot of people have is that they believe a device should do more, instead of less. This is the feature-creep that cause devices to be badly designed and complicated.
Apple has they user-experience model down in their Airport, where they say "Nope. Just use it for an WAP, not as a server." which was the correct decision.
Don't forget Friends, they were all making a million a pop at the end. Ridicules to be honest. And charity drivers come to my door! This world will always be a sad and unequal place as long as millionaires become richer millionaires.
Yet, the science around sales and marketing is far more useful than any physical science.
Sales and marketing is a basic function of all life. Animals broadcast themselves to find mates. You sell yourself when making social connections, as you are doing right now when you comment on these boards.
The knowledge within the article is going to be more rewarding to you than what you'll find in any physics journal.
It is only the most douchey, self-hating libertarian that feels they are above the role of sales and marketing that is fundamental to life. Those guys are complete losers, and completely happy about being losers. You'll find it a lot within outcast subcultures, such as nerds.
Compare this to more socially dominant alpha groups, such as fashionistas, where they actually closely follow news reports on which supermodel received which advertising campaign.
They do that because they understand that advertising and marketing represents a basic purpose of life.
Meanwhile, nerdy libertarians absolutely hate advertising themselves, because they think they're deserve social status without sales and marketing to go along with it.
The real world ramifications of the nerds hatred of sales and marketing including losing funding for the sciences, such as when the Superconducting Supercollider was canceled back in the 90's because scientists just couldn't kiss politician ass. They just simply couldn't do it.
If you nerds had any social IQ whatsoever, (instead of just sitting around being awesome by yourselves, because you're obviously so awesome!), you would be absolutely following articles like these.
They're in the business to find out your interests to sell ads.
Why is that a mysterious thing? This is the job of any media company: to find your weaknesses and manipulate you in order to sell you goods.
I don't understand why people have a problem with that? Sales and marketing is what society has been doing since life was invented. You brush your teeth in the morning to sell yourself to your personal audiences over the people that DON'T brush their teeth in the morning.
Everything that Google does is known and predictable. There is nothing wrong about what they do, and we should encourage them to find out your sales weaknesses in order to extract more money from you via the advertising they sell.
After all, you do the same personal sales and marketing for yourself. Everybody does sales and marketing. It's a fundamental life property, not just for humans, but all species.
We should encourage sales and marketing, over the objection of the libertarian douchebag princesses that are losing the attention-whoring war against professional marketers like Google.
It's always amusing when libertarian princesses cry about losing at attention-whoring.
If you're trying to start a business around apps, you better have a business plan in place, and that would typically include your marketing activities.
If you don't know the basics of even how to email thousands of media sites to get them to publicize and review your app, then you shouldn't be in the business.
The app store isn't broken. Your business plan is.
Yes, it is what it's about, but the narcissistic libertarian princesses that infest this site haven't figured out that other people have power and control over them.
These narcissistic libertarian princesses made the mistake of thinking they are the ultimate power.
Sorry narcissistic libertarian princesses, but you're not in control over your lives - other people have control over you.
Maybe in your next life, you'll learn to gain power in order to maintain some self control?
Meanwhile, we will continue to A/B test the shit out of you and manipulate you to your heart's content.
Are going to go apeshit when you find out people PAY MONEY for things like fashion magazines and Sunday newspapers, BECAUSE of the ads.
Also, you don't have to go to the CNN site if you don't like their ads. No one actually forced you to read CNN. It is their media property, they can do what they wish.
Your only role is to decide if you want to visit their media property or not.
You don't get to decide things you don't pay for. The people that pay for things gets to decide them.
If you ever feel the need to install an ad blocker, you're doing it wrong. The correct response is to NOT visit that site in the first place if you don't like their ads.
Again, please try not to make things convenient for you when you don't pay for it. You need to pay for things that you want your way. More people should be taught that.
Well I got my free healthcare so sucks to be you! haha!
Sorry kiddos, you can't have everything. Politics is about "choosing between given choices", not "getting what you want".
And that means making tradeoffs.
Is free healthcare more important than Patent reform? Because fuck patent reform if that means I lose free healthcare.
Do you think you would have been better off under a McCain/Palin administration? Because I got news for you if you think they would have given what you wanted in Copyrights, Patents, and Guantanamo Bay.
Again: politics is about choosing between given choices. It is NOT about getting what you want.
Very few people get that.
It bugs me that people, while taking in consideration the intelligence Gates has would ever say something like that and mean 640KB would last forever.
Are you an idiot? Because you must be, since advertising is very influential. The entire global economy revolves around it. Every single dollar revolves around some form of advertising.
It must cause your head to explode when you find out people actually BUY newspapers and magazines BECAUSE of the ads, or when they watch random teams in the Superbowl BECAUSE of the ads...
Don't be a douchebag libertarian narcissist that thinks their lives are above influence by others.
"I am so awesome that advertising has no effect on me."
Introverted libertarian narcissist geeks such as yourself are the worst. Your narcissism prevents you from understanding how the real world operates, where advertising is actually DESIRED, because people are interested in other people's lives, and becoming like those people.
Unlike you, where you're stuck comfortably in the awesomeness of your own life, but you don't know about your low social status, or complain about how other awesome people are actually somehow not awesome? hah.
Given all that, social media advertising itself is a terrible concept, because it goes against the basic nature of how advertising and marketing and marketing works. Mainly, the rule of life that says people want to associate themselves with people more powerful than themselves.
Why would a brand place their ad next to a picture of your friend from high-school throwing up, when they can place their brand's ad next to an awesome picture of Kate Moss in Vogue? Or next to an awesome sports figure on ESPN (the most valuable media property in the world)?
If you understand that, THEN you understand how advertising really works, and how influential it actually is. Understand this rule, and you can pretty much make any brand.
Of course, the libertarian narcissist douchebag doesn't understand that other people are higher power than them (because obviously their narcissistic disorder causes them to think they're just too awesome themselves) so this basic fundamental of advertising flies right over their head.