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Submission + - Big Music Labels Caught Inflating Youtube Views (dailydot.com)

eldavojohn writes: The DailyDot is reporting that Sony/BMG, Universal Music Group and RCA have been using view inflation methods on Youtube and Google has cracked down on this practice that violates Youtubes terms of service. A site called SocialBlade that monitors channel views noted that YouTube auditing cut Sony down from 850 million views to a mere 2.3 million views while Universal lost about a billion views. If you take the time to flip through the corresponding musician channels for each label, you can see that on the same date auditing reduced those view counts as well like Michael Jackson's channel (a Sony/BMG artist) dropping by 287 million views. Oddly this isn't being treated as seriously as click fraud.

Comment Explain This to Me Again? (Score 4, Insightful) 223

I hope the families of the slain sue and are successful in getting bazzzilions of dollars out of the idiot Americans.

So the Sikhs that were killed in the wake of 9/11 as "blowback" should sue the Taliban and Al-Queda?

Man, "justice" sure is fucked up where you're from.

Oh yeah, and Americans are idiots.

Ah yes, it is the entire American populace that are idiots. Yep, we were all part of everything you just said. Not one of us opposes it. All of us act together uniformly. No one protests. Man, for people who like to criticize Americans as racist bigots, they sure could look in the mirror from time to time.

Medicine

Polio Eradication Program Suspended In Pakistan After Aid Workers Shot 223

Hugh Pickens writes "Jamal Khan reports that the United Nations has suspended its polio vaccination drive in Pakistan after eight people involved in the effort were shot dead in the past few days. The killings dealt a grave blow to the drive to bring an end to the scourge of polio in Pakistan, one of only three countries where the crippling disease still survives. Militants accuse health workers of acting as spies for the U.S. and claim the vaccine makes children sterile. Taliban commanders in the troubled northwest tribal region have also said vaccinations can't go forward until the U.S. stops drone strikes in the country. Insurgent opposition to the campaign grew last year after it was revealed that a Pakistani doctor ran a fake polio vaccination program to help the CIA track down and kill Osama bin Laden, who was hiding in the town of Abbottabad in the country's northwest. The Pakistani government has condemned the attacks against aid workers, saying they deprive Pakistan's most vulnerable populations — specifically children — of basic life-saving health interventions. A total of 56 polio cases have been reported in Pakistan during 2012, down from 190 the previous year, according to the U.N. Most of the new cases in Pakistan are in the northwest, where the presence of militants makes it difficult to reach children. Clerics and tribal elders were recruited to support polio vaccinations in an attempt to open up areas previously inaccessible to health workers. 'This is undoubtedly a tragic setback,' says UNICEF spokeswoman Sarah Crowe, 'but the campaign to eradicate polio will and must continue.'"

Comment How Gradual Is Your Gradual? (Score 4, Insightful) 336

Really,

You think an ice age is preferable to a gradually warming climate?

I don't think you understand just how gradual a natural climate cycle has been for Earth. Look at this graph of antarctic temperature changes. Notice how it is windowed to -6 to +4 degrees Celsius within today's temperature and how long those changes normally took. If we speed that same change that took 10,000 years up to 200 years and it only ever increases, what exactly do you think will happen to Earth?

Animals and humans aren't going to have time to adapt or evolve in predicted scenarios.

Comment Re:People don't view 2012 as a disaster (Score 4, Interesting) 336

A lot of people's expectations for the consequences of global warming is the sudden deaths of hundreds of thousands, not wide-ranging low-grade economic impacts that risk hundreds of millions in property damage and puts a strain on global food supply.

We're trained to notice disaster, not statistical drift. There will never be the "event" from global warming, which means denial will continue as the costs keep ramping up.

A second dust bowl would be an "event" and it's a possibility if we enter into a many year drought. Hell, Texas alone lost half a billion trees in the current drought and it's at $8 billion and counting. If that drought rolls into next year and they have a dry winter followed by another drought ... well, the topsoil those half billion trees were holding down will be dry and loose. Bad condition worsens and you could be looking at an "event" as meat prices rise in the US.

You might not remember the dirty thirties but my midwestern grandparents talk about it like it was death for everything.

Comment Re:in 1975, when I was in High school (Score 4, Insightful) 336

Time magazine & researchers were telling us what to do about the upcoming ICE AGE, and how to survive it. Now, the same idiots

[citation needed that these are the same people]

are telling us about global warming (whoops...climate change).

Boy you sure are clever. And alone. Climate science and models have progressed extensively since 1975.

The earth goes through cycles....and it is billions of years old. 5-10 years of data is but a blink in cosmic time.

Those cycles you speak of normally take thousands of years to progress, giving larger life forms enough time to migrate and evolve and gradually change their patterns so that they can, you know, survive. When you start to see those averages change more quickly, you should be worried about the larger life forms (hell, bacteria and cockroaches will probably benefit). But, you know, I'm asking you to pull your head out of your ass and yet even when Fox News reports that things were pretty shitty this year, you dismiss it with parroted narrative.

You're a serious part of the problem when others are trying to discuss rational ways to curb this disturbing trend. But, hey, you read a TIME magazine article in 1975 and that makes you smarter than people who devote their lives to this.

Comment So That's Opt In, Right? And That Goes to Charity? (Score 4, Interesting) 325

Seems to me that I should be able to let anybody contact me and I can opt in to people being charged a dollar to contact me. I don't want to make long lost friends pay to send me a message but I can see how some people might appreciate this. Also, Facebook isn't doing anything worth $1 to get this money and it's an (in)convenience fee so this money should go to a charity or something, right?

How does Facebook deserve this money?

Comment No Sir, I Am Not Past This (Score 0) 1168

Aren't you past karma whoring with a sub million UID?

Yeah, man, one of these days I am going to hit the bank with all this karma I've accrued and do ... um, buy that ... uh, what exactly does that get me again? Screw it, moderate my post to -1, I don't care. I do care that some people are informed of more batshit insane politicians. I would love to see Jay Rockefeller, Gingrich and Huckabee never hold office again.

But you offer nothing. Nothing to this thread. No real facts - just comments from moronic politicians..

The origin of this story is moronic comments from politicians. Here are more. They are full of them. What I didn't do was attach my own two cents to that post in the interest of just presenting information about our elected officials who will, in the end, set these laws.

And yet, no one can make a difference.

What kind of attitude is this?

You know what? Shut the fuck up. And the rest of you too. Just shut the fuck up until you have data and a real solution.

You hear that, everyone? You cannot discuss solutions. No discussing whatsoever. Do not repeat what your politicians are saying so people are informed. You can only talk if you have a 100% solution and therefore no one can talk right now. Solutions will just magically appear with no discussion and you should not know what your elected representatives are saying about the matter!

Fuck you.

Ah, sweet sweet rebuttal from presenting statements and information. I love you too!

Comment Gingrich & Huckabee Weigh In (Score 5, Insightful) 1168

Gingrich:

When you have an anti-religious, secular bureaucracy and secular judiciary seeking to drive God out of public life, something fills the vacuum. And that something, you know, I don’t know that going from communion to playing war games in which you practice killing people is necessarily an improvement.

Huckabee:

We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we’ve systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage because we’ve made it a place where we don’t want to talk about eternity, life, what responsibility means, accountability?

Comment Actually It Does Matter Where It's Built (Score 2) 292

As someone who spends a lot of time in multinational scientific facilities (e.g. the Swiss Light Source) ... I don't understand the "Should it go to Japan?" question. It's infrastructure for the greater scientific community, so it doesn't matter where it's built.

Sure it does! Political, geological and socioeconomic stability are prime factors in building one of these things. Why the SSC showed us that politics and economics will ruin your particle collider. So if Japan is better with their money than the US and has a geologically stable site and doesn't go to war with China in the near future, it's a good site.

Selecting a good site will increase your chances of it actually becoming infrastructure for the greater scientific community. Just ask Weinberg.

Comment Steve Ballmer AKA Colonel Kurtz (Score 4, Funny) 675

I'm amused how he looks a little more and more like Colonel Kurtz from Apocalypse Now every year. I'm pretty sure that there's eventually going to be an investor meeting in a temple surrounded by spikes with iMacs and Apple computers skewered on them somewhere in Redmond. Ballmer will be sweating out and squeezing cool water over his bald forehead while rambling slowly in spurts to SEC reporters who are trying to make heads or tails of what he is saying. Minions will be slaughtering a cow with chairs in the background while he sputters on about Windows 8's success and how they said his methods were madness.

Comment Much Like ... (Score 5, Insightful) 675

Microsoft Has Been Watching, and It Says You're Getting Used To Windows 8

Much like a kid who has broken his arm "gets used to" a cast or sling. Much like a cow who has been electrocuted many times by a fence "gets used to" staying away from it. Much like someone convicted of a DUI "gets used to" riding a bicycle.

'Even with the rumblings, we feel confident that it's a moment in time more than an actual problem.'

Under what circumstances, exactly, would someone who works for Microsoft ever say anything contrary to that? Anything could be going on, good or bad, and that is exactly what they would say to dismiss criticism.

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