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Comment Bing's spider wasn't obeying robots.txt (Score 1) 157

I conversed the the good people at Bing, and was told pretty much that its a bug they don't intend to fix. They also told me how to code my website to get around the bug. Needless to say, I did the work to get around the bug. However, instead of restricting Bing from the parts of the site I restrict to all search engines, now Bing is totally restricted from browsing any part of the web site.

However, the way Microsoft has been acting recently (e.g., Windows 10 forced upgrades), I doubt if they even care about what I try to tell them via robots.txt.

The Microsoft attitude apparently is pervasive within the company.

Comment Re:Bullshit, Todd. (Score 1) 239

... It's suggesting that people didn't receive what they paid for, and should receive recompense on that basis.... That is the gist of this.

If I go to a car dealer and buy a car, and the dealer subsequently delivers a different car to me, the dealer failed in his side of the transaction.

imo, it depends upon what the transaction papers say. Do they say the clinic should deliver the sperm for a "generic child" or sperm with a specific DNA. If the clinic did not abide by the agreement, then everything else is a moot point.

Comment Re:Some people think all publicity is good publici (Score 1) 447

...huge exposure like this makes increases brand awareness...

Whether an increased brand awareness is good or bad is really determined by the quality of that brand awareness. iow, how is this increased awareness of the Burger King brand helping them? Is the mocking helping? How does the mocking bring more people into their stores.

Is there another message that Burger King could attempt to deliver that would do far better for the Burger King franchise owners?

Comment I can list one reason why not... (Score 1) 370

... stupid people and their smartphones. You can list all the reasons in favor that you want, but more often than not, somewhere during the movie, someone thinks that whatever is going on on his/her smartphone is so important that the entire theater should be interrupted from their enjoyment of the movie.

Comment pdf is available (Score 1) 194


The research seems to take the approach of posing a hypothesis about how the music industry is losing money due to youtube, and then asking RIAA and a record company executive about the hypothesis. Lo and behold, they agree with the hypothesis.

imo, this looks like a for-purchase hit piece against youtube, probably because the RIAA is trying to justify its existence.

Comment Who paid for the study? (Score 1) 194

From the home page of the Phoenix Center For Advanced Legal And Economic Public Policy Studies ( )

The Phoenix Center offer[s] policymakers rigorous economic analysis and legal acumen second to none. --- FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

OK, now I have a better idea of where this research center is coming from...

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