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Comment Re: Good! (Score 1) 606

I assume you are just trolling, as most of that list is entirely superficial. Not being able to instantly stream the entertainment medium of my choice is NOT a burden! I'll argue that these items are true burdens that the baby boomer generation doesn't have to face to the degree that subsequent generations do:

- The cost of a college education can saddle graduates with decades of debt.
- Cost of living is far outpacing wage increases and career advancement opportunities.
- Graduates are no longer certain that they'll be able to find a stable job in the career path of their choice.
- Families are finding it impossible to maintain their standard of living on a single income (meaning spouses often hold jobs instead of staying home to raise kids).
- Health care / insurance costs are skyrocketing.
- With all the baby boomers retiring, there is more pressure on Social Security to provide money that was promised to this generation... and this money comes right from the paychecks of the current workforce.
- I won't even get started on the shifting cultural attitudes of fear and xenophobia that lead to a "nanny state" mentality that tells me I cannot raise my kids in the same carefree manner that I enjoyed as a child in the 80's... no, I have to constantly worry that my kid might get expelled for holding his chicken nuggets the wrong way.

Comment Re:It's about the AD potential (Score 1) 244

Do you have any idea how much Google makes from that text flagged with little yellow "Ad" on your search results?

I don't. Do you? ;-)

But seeing that Google has to resort to gimmicks like making those ads almost visually indistinguishable from the regular search results, or setting them apart using a background color so light that it isn't even visible on most monitors, I'd argue that those monies come more from accidental clicks than from users who knew they were clicking on an ad.

Comment It's about the AD potential (Score 4, Interesting) 244

Text ads are all but worthless at this point, users are quickly becoming jaded by still image advertising, but an all-video platform provides more opportunities to present video ads which seem to be the latest rage. My cynical side firmly believes that's why Facebook has placed more emphasis on video content lately, and introduced features like autoplaying videos in the news feed.

And yes, it's far-fetched to think that FB will be all-video at any point before they fade completely into irrelevancy. After all, it seems like virtually everything on my news feed at this point is links to clickbait websites, sappy inspirational quotes superimposed over stock photos, and "comment below then put this as your status" copypasta.

Comment Re:Edit The Map (Score 1) 767

Disclaimer: I'm a rank 5 editor (state manager) on Waze.

It is correct that there is a higher routing penalty for streets than for primary streets and highway road types, though it's generally a bad idea to start changing road types on Waze or to use the private road type in order to encourage/discourage routing. In most states, the road type used on the Waze map is derived from what's known as "functional classification" - which is determined by state and local governments. Editors convert the official classification to the most appropriate Waze one, so a road that the state classifies as an Arterial would be mapped as a Major Highway. If there's an official source that supports the assertion that the road classification is too high, by all means it should be updated through WME. But when users start lowering road types to discourage routing, or bump their favorite route home to minor highway, for example, this can actually make matters worse.

Comment This seems to explain what's going on (Score 5, Interesting) 96

Yes, I RTFA. And the discussion thread. And the other linked discussion thread on Sourceforge. And it still took me a while to figure out what this was all about... though I finally found an explanation on this thread which was linked to from a thread that was linked to from the thread in the third link:

Guest98123 5 days ago

I saw an instant 30% drop in revenue when switching my site to HTTPS in April. The implementation was done right, A+ rating from ssllabs, Google reindexed my main pages as HTTPS within a matter of hours, search traffic and overall traffic remained unchanged.

I poked around on my AdSense account to see where I was losing the revenue, since AdSense was still displaying the same number of impressions. It turned out I was seeing a 75% drop in CPC impressions, and AdSense was running low paying CPM impressions instead.

That's a graph of daily CPC impressions on my account. It's obvious when I switched to HTTPS. That was over a month and a half ago. It hasn't bounced back.

I'm faced with a difficult decision now; whether to go back to HTTP and inform the community we're going to a less secure system for increased ad revenues, or I need to accept a 30% drop in my yearly income, and hope the situation improves as more networks switch to HTTPS.

So it seems that, when using HTTPS, different ads are served. But it doesn't explain why if this revenue is so important, the developer hasn't yet taken the time to find a solution or workaround.

Comment Labels (Score 1) 260

I'm pro-choice and anti-abortion. And that's not a contradiction.

The issue that GP had was not with the terms themselves, but with the inflammatory undertones that have been attached to them. Much like how the term "liberal" is now used as an insult in conservative circles. Sure the term may be an accurate description of someone, and have a specific meaning, but it's been given another meaning in popular discourse that's intended to be inflammatory.

Comment Re:My Favorite (Score 2) 263

Four point text on some street names.

Grey streets on Light grey city polygons.

Terrain view with grey everything.

Elevation contour lines that only appear at certain zoom levels, then disappear again.

Satellite view that looks like a watercolor painting wrapped in plastic.

The inability to zoom in on, say, a shopping center and actually see POI for every business mapped there rather than just an arbitrarily selected sampling.

Creeks that show up much darker than roads, so in some areas all you see on the map are creeks.

...and that's just a few of my gripes with the map display. Don't even get me started on the user interface or the issues with Map Maker.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 1) 299

I'd venture to say that most of those millions load their coffee with so much sugar and milk/cream that it barely resembles coffee anyway, and is more like sweetened milk with a bit of a coffee flavor. Anecdotally, a good number of the coffee drinkers I know are just in it for the caffeine, and by their own admission they don't actually like the taste, so I'll watch them add as much as six tablespoons! of sugar to a crappy cup of coffee to make it palatable. That's so much sugar that most of it doesn't even dissolve but goes to waste in the bottom of the cup.

My point is that many coffee drinkers don't care about quality; they just want their caffeine fix and they want it now. That's why, for better or worse, things like instant coffee or Keurig cups are so popular.

Comment It's "Stuff that matters" (Score 1) 629

If this submission had even some minor connection to technology, or science, or math, or computing, or software, or engineering it would be excusable. But there's absolutely nothing relevant at all about this particular submission. It's nothing but politics, and not even important politics.

I disagree. Whoever is picked as the next justice will be ruling on all of those issues and more.

whipslash, just because political stories have gotten a lot of comments here in the past doesn't mean that it's good, wholesome discussion.

Okay, so I'm not browsing this thread at 0 or -1 (no mod points at the moment), but I do have to argue that if you stick to the higher rated comments, Slashdot remains probably THE only place where one can still find somewhat intelligent discussion in a political thread.

Comment Re:Hyperbole (Score 3, Insightful) 490

A trojan horse is something that claims to be something that it isn't.

Ever followed through to figure out exactly what most of the updates presented in Windows Update actually do? The description for KB3035583, for example, reads, "Install this update to resolve issues in Windows." Yeah, if the "issue" with windows is that I have 7 installed instead of 10... It's only after clicking the CORRECT link for more information (there are two, the second just takes you to the generic support page) that you discover this update actually installs the Get Windows 10 app.

That level of obfuscation sounds exactly like a trojan horse to me.

Comment Why not both? (Score 1) 100

My solution is to use uBlock Origin to filter browser content, then limit host entries to much shorter lists of known malicious domains that I don't want any process connecting to for any reason (all discussion about malicious ads aside). Keeps from having to fill the hosts file with a zillion entries, and allows more flexibility when I want to fine-tune content blocking in specific cases.

Comment Re:American leftsist are taking note... (Score 5, Insightful) 150

I already modded, but oh well, I can't let this by...

...there is no constitutionally protected right to possess vehicles in the good US of A.

Yes, there is. It's implied. The constitution doesn't grant rights, it limits the government's power to restrict rights that citizens already have by default. The bill of rights, which include the second amendment's right to keep and bear arms (for example) was originally controversial because it was argued, is it really necessary to explicitly state that the government can't infringe on those rights when it has already been implied elsewhere in the document that the government has no authority to exercise authority in ways not already granted to it (when it comes to restricting rights that citizens have by default)? Also notice that the language used doesn't grant any rights to the people, but confirms that, no, we really mean it, the government has no power to infringe on a right that is inherently possessed by the citizens.

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