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Comment Re:bot == high value customer (Score 2) 190

I'm a little confused as to what constitutes a high value customer". Wouldn't a customer, to qualify for the title, actually have to buy something?

This is more like "high value mall-rat" than customer.

Here's (roughly) how it works: advertisers bid in real time for ad space on sites. They use what they know about you to determine how much they want to bid for the ad you're about to see. If they want to advertise for some car dealership, people who have searched for cars are more likely to click on an ad for a car dealership, so the advertiser who wants to serve a car dealership ad will make a higher bid than the advertiser who is hocking gummi bears.

If you know enough about which user characteristics indicate that someone is more likely to spend money somewhere, then you can make a bot that has a profile similar to that type of user. If you in turn own the site which is hosting the ad space, page views on your site have an increased value, which translates to more revenue for you.

Comment Re:Isn't that click fraud? (Score 2) 285

1. No, it's not click fraud or anything resembling click fraud.
2. This thing only matters if it becomes very popular. Otherwise it's background noise.
3. If it does become popular, it will probably have some kind of detectable signature to it and will get filtered out.

Advertisers really won't give a fuck about this.

Comment Re:Popular Shalshdot Opinion (Score 3, Insightful) 132

I don't care about Bennett's opinion on a great deal of things, and I really want to not click on his posts to NOT generate traffic - hopefully thinking that he will eventually if no one is reading his posts. But then, I REALLY like to see people make fun of him in the comments, so I click on the post. But then that adds page views to the post meaning Bennett will do more of these in the future. It's a vicious, ugly cycle. I want to break it, but it's so much fun to make fun of Bennett....

So you're part of the problem.... and unfortunately, so am I.

Comment Re:Of course it did (Score 3, Insightful) 89

Obviously those who are able to process alcohol will get the biggest evolutionary advantage from eating food with it (as you say), but how does that lead to alcoholism unless you begin to select for people who can't control their alcohol intake and drink to excess (which is the opposite trend)?

Alcoholism isn't getting drunk easily, it's not being able to control your intake.

The article argues that alcohol tolerance made more food sources available. If this food was scarce but beneficial, a genetic craving for it would provide an advantage. It only turns into alcoholism when the source is no longer scarce, which is a (evolutionarily speaking) recent thing.

Comment Re:Oh my god, you're actually serious??? (Score 1) 376

Yeah, really. I was in highschool 20 years ago and had been calling people fucktards on the internet since at least 1992! That fucktard n00b probably doesn't even know what a BBS is either!

Thought to myself, "That dude was in high school 20 years ago? Damn he's old."

Then I did the math for myself. Damn I'm old.

Comment Re: Desparate Microsoft pulls a "Sun Microsystems" (Score 1) 525

I don't think they are legally bound to keep that promise

My layman's legal understanding is that it is to some degree binding. They can withdraw it at any point, but anyone who acted on that promise can't then be held liable for having done so. IANAL, etc, consult one of your own if you really need to know.

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