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+ - Once Deemed Evil, Google Now Embraces "Paid Inclusion"->

Submitted by pacc
pacc writes: It was a long time a go google only provided a page with search links, and MarketingLand finds that the policy to have ads clearly separated from the search may have gone with newer services.
For example a hotel search will indicate that 'some' link payed to get listed, but not which ones and digging deeper gives less, not more info.
For example, Google Hotel Finder has no disclosures. In fact, the help page suggests that all listings are free. If that’s true, then why would Google be disclosing a financial relationship for when Google Hotel Finder results appear within a comparison box?

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Comment: Re:What's the use case? (Score 1) 247

by pacc (#39703345) Attached to: 30 Blu-ray Discs In a 1.5TB MiniDisc-Like Cassette

News story Sony announces NEX-FS700 '4k-ready' E-mount camcorder

Sony is planning a future firmware upgrade that will enable the NEX-FS700 to output 4K bit-stream data over 3G HD-SDI when used with an optional Sony 4K recorder.

Comment: Re:Holy self-reference! (Score 1) 405

by pacc (#39313361) Attached to: Bing Now Nearly As Good As Google — Says Microsoft

To investigte I tried a search at bing, duckduckgo and google,
I must say that bing is probably in par with duckduckgo since it returned more than 10 hits.
Google stands out by being the only one getting a relevant hit in the first page.

(I tried "kinekt like mobile camera" which only samsung has.)

Comment: Re:6 or 7 degrees? WTF? (Score 1) 375

by pacc (#38993343) Attached to: Little Ice Age: It Was Not the Sun

But just because there is no immediate threat of spontaneous combustion doesn't mean there is not a problem.

I replied to your statement: "The most extreme predictions I have seen from reputable sources have been 2 to 3 degrees within 100 years."

There is quite a gap from 2-3 degrees up to 6-7 degrees that you just ignore.
If you are interested to see just look. If you are not you will continue making empty statements.

Comment: Re:6 or 7 degrees? WTF? (Score 1) 375

by pacc (#38950517) Attached to: Little Ice Age: It Was Not the Sun

At least check one source before posting, unless you actually want to spread lies.
Wikipedia has one set of predictions where 75% is over 3 degrees

Note that scientific responsibility may underrate factors when making predictions, but thing might have changed since 2001.
If we on the other hand want to take a responsible action on these predictions we shouldn't undrerrate them and there is no way that we can get between 2-3 degrees.

Comment: Re:How many require guessing? (Score 1) 121

by pacc (#38631928) Attached to: Lower Limit Found For Sudoku Puzzle Clues

What is simple guessing?
Maybe the author of this paper should use his supercomputer to find the soduko for the following rules:

* the are at least two possible solutions from the information given in the first clues

* following one of the incorrect clues will not be proved incorrect until the last five figures is about to be filled in.

I ran up on hard sudokus where I had to 'guess' or follow through a faulty solution for 20 steps until it proved itself wrong.
I think this is the trademark for a hard solution if the correct solution would lead to another choice situation after just one or two steps.


+ - Who Made Comics Downloading Big?->

Submitted by esocid
esocid writes: A discussion is going on about basically how the Streisand Effect is responsible for why downloading comics got so big. It involves a comic called "Letitia Lerner, Superman's Babysitter," by Kyle Baker with Liz Glass that was stopped by DC's publisher/president Paul Levitz, who ordered the whole run of Elseworlds 80 Page Giant #1 spiked, but not before shipments hit Europe. Even though the comic was never legally published, Baker won two Eisner awards for it and it was subsequently reprinted, thanks to comics fans who heard there was Kyle Baker stuff to be had online, learned to use torrent sites and to decode CBR files.

It happened when people couldn’t get copies of Captain America #25. It’s happening now with Miracleman, one of the more popular torrents out there, because it can’t be brought back into print. It’s happening in countries where legitimate versions aren’t available yet, if ever — witness fan-subbed manga and anime, or Doctor Who episodes. It’s happening more and more as publishers try to extract every last dime they can out of the existing fan base, placing themselves on the upper half of a Laffer curve.

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+ - Windows 8: Better Battery Life, Energy Use->

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Esther Schindler
Esther Schindler writes: "Microsoft is making heavy investments in energy efficiency in Windows 8 and its bigger server sibling Windows Server 8. Sandro Villinger did a bit of testing to find out whether the promises are true. In Microsoft’s Future Looks Green: Energy Efficiency Improvements in Windows 8 and Server 8 he gives a quick rundown of these improvements and some early stats."
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