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Water Cooler / Re: Possible CoreCon 2019 - Maybe
« on: October 09, 2018, 06:13:12 PM »
I am interested.  ;)

Believe it or not, some fishermen are on forums asking for alternatives to the Patagonia brand of outdoor clothes because Patagonia is suing the Federal government to protect wild lands and rivers from being polluted by industrial mining. They say Patagonia is too "political" for them.

Clickbait alt news sites have politicized climate change and protecting the environment. It's a shame because these issues are literally life and death. And right now we're trending toward apocalyptic level chaos.

We might not be here for that but I'm not holding hope for this generation of politicians to do anything meaningful. The Paris climate change accords were watered down, modest and fell short of what needed to be done and those old farts in our government are saying it went too far?

Unreal.   >:(

Weird. That doesn't seem catastrophic.

Going to be a lot more economic damage than that.

I believe economic damage is going to take a backseat to other miseries like death, overcrowding, weather extremes.

I'm generally an optimist. Except when it comes to climate change. Old farts in power are digging early graves for our children.

Climate change deniers are killing us with their greed.

Hardware & Technology / Re: USB Phishing
« on: October 05, 2018, 06:36:24 AM »
Sounds like something incredibill would have said.

Wow, that quote literally made me shout, "Oh sh##!"

I just remembered that the Stuxnet virus that infected Iran's nuclear facility was introduced via a USB stick.

Traffic / Re: Predicting A Keyword's Future Latent Intent
« on: October 04, 2018, 05:21:20 AM »
    I was hoping this article was going to show something interesting. But it seems like the author is making leaps to conclusions that aren't supported by the so-called evidence. 

    The phrase "latent intent" does not make sense to me. It means that there is an intent that is hidden. Seasonal intent is more accurate. The intent is seasonal. It's not hiding.

    What this article discusses is ranking fluctuations. But it doesn't ask or answer the key questions:

    • How much of the fluctuation is due to link popularity pushing the page up?
    • How much of the rankings is due to consumers looking specifically for that company?
    • Why is someone looking for Halloween in July? What do they expect to find for that generic term?

I believe this is evidence that Google will adjust other search results based on perceived user sentiment for other SERP categories, and it is not only limited to user intent changing with seasonality.

Take a look at the screenshot of the search for Tesla's stock name. It shows current events tweets, current events news reports.

Google is surfacing topical content, bursts of topicality. Most importantly, the news on that day was negative. That's not sentiment analysis.  It's not adjusting the SERPs based on perceived user sentiment, showing people what they want to see.

Google is simply showing users what is currently trending in the news. Topicality and news is not evidence of Google adjusting "search results based on perceived user sentiment"

That is a conclusion that is not supported by what we all know about topical SERPs. Right?[/list]

Traffic / Re: Predicting A Keyword's Future Latent Intent
« on: October 04, 2018, 05:13:40 AM »

Thanks. Will check it out!

Hardware & Technology / Re: Vivaldi 2.0 Released
« on: October 01, 2018, 11:07:48 PM »
Does it seem faster?
Seems to be using less resources, too.
I've been a fan of Vivaldi for awhile now. I'm really liking this update.

Water Cooler / Re: We’re forgetting what ‘nature’ really means
« on: August 31, 2018, 06:48:27 AM »
Heard an NPR thingy on the radio about a guy who travels to extremely remote areas where the silence levels are at extreme levels. The NPR guy was reduced to tears in the spot he was taken to.

Why a city boy like me lives in a forested area now. Not remote or as quiet as the NPR thingy. But closer to nature. And yeah, I forgot.  :P

Stepped out to get something from the car a couple days ago and was stunned by the white billowy clouds next to the blue of the skies at sunset, with pinks and orange mixed in against the clouds.

Then I noticed the bats circling above my house feeding on bugs.

And silence.

There is something about TREES that makes a huge difference in the quality of life. I can't exactly put my finger on it, but trees make me feel a whole lot better.

Cement does the opposite to me.

Hardware & Technology / Re: Wish me luck, I ordered a Windows 10 laptop
« on: August 24, 2018, 09:11:11 PM »
I'm not having any problems with Windows. I use win 7 and 10.

Just get as much RAM as the device can use and you're good to go.

Oh and get a Targus replacement cord. They come extra long. I buy one for every laptop in the house. Really useful for when the plug is far away or in the next café table over.

Web Development / Re: Neat WP Plugin
« on: July 21, 2018, 02:43:23 AM »
Heh. I suspected it was created by a disgruntled web worker.

I manage lots of big website and for all of them I received Absurd “Unnatural Link warning” even if I never made link building and I received those links only for real merit.


Receive rate 150 Mbps
Transmit rate 105 Mbps

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Hardware & Technology / Re: Anyone here a HAM?
« on: July 15, 2018, 06:32:36 AM »
For some reason, I believe Ash knows something about this.

Water Cooler / RIP Indredibill William Atchison
« on: July 12, 2018, 04:14:33 PM »
His daughter announced his passing on Bill's FB page.

Bill truly lived up to his nick, incredibill. He started in programming working for big companies in Silicon Valley, from before the Internet. From there he went into affiliate and AdSense work. He was in the business since before there was a business.

At one point he was coding a white list based bot blocker. It worked devastatingly well at blocking all scrapers, all of them. In addition to the white list, it included honeypots and browser behavior analysis to correctly identify bad bots.

There were many nights in the early 2000's when he kept me in stitches with his dark humor, conversing over Yahoo Messenger.  I am grateful for the privilege of having known him and counting him among those I call friend.

Rest in peace, dear friend.

As for time.. well, mine is running out.  Lucy is 17 now, and I am taking 5 weeks off this summer...

That's smart!

I am conscious of my time running out as well. My daughter is 14 and going to HS this fall. We're trying to make the next four years as good as we can, full of as much time together as we can manage.

But we also give her a long leash. We let her roam alone with her friends long before some of the other parents.   

Next up over the coming years is teaching the life skills to survive as an adult, like shopping, laundry and cooking.  She has been rolling her own sushi for years now.  :P

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