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Hardware & Technology / Re: China's VidNet locates a reporter in 7 minutes
« on: December 15, 2017, 09:27:30 AM »
I think that this gets a lot more scary when you move away from the idea that it needs special cameras (everyone here.. and in fact anyone who's used face search in google or facebook photos  knows that isn't the case). You just need to be ale to collect the images.

Maybe countries like China inevitably abusing this technology will make the general population in places like the UK less accepting of how far we've gone down the same route.

Web Development / Re: Recommended drop catcher for .Io domains?
« on: December 11, 2017, 09:17:44 PM » seems to get the best renews, but the selfish current owner renewed anyway. Swines

At least there are two now. For a long time it was just Google for everything.

This is a skewed perception from those of us in the digital industry. We think of online advertising in terms of AdWords, rather than brand display (which is much larger). Brand display trickles through a slightly archaic route of brands, agencies, DSPs, trading desks, SSPs and networks. The growth and development of the doubleclick suite has put Google at several strategic crossroads filtering off spend. Ad exchange gives a nice efficient route removing networks as well as reducing the role of agencies, DSPs, SSPs and often trading desks.

At the same time there is a huge push to bring spend to digital from television in particular (just like print spend was targeted before). It's working too - there is a current shortage of video inventory as demand is outpacing it.

This isn't a "good , the evil corp has competition" story. It's more like "sh##, there's two of them now... And they're everywhere".

I think GDPR could even accelerate this. People are talking like it's going to be a massive blow to Google/Amazon/Facebook. I'm not even first to getting my head around it yet, but I suspect that the big players are the only ones who are going to be able to respond quickly and they'll gain further share whilst the flaps about trying to work out out.

Web Development / Recommended drop catcher for .Io domains?
« on: December 10, 2017, 10:53:43 AM »
As per the subject line. The owner has just failed to renew a .Io domain  that I've been watching

Yeah, but the article isn't about apps draining battery.

Looks like this is mostly counting any apps that uses Crashlytics. Crashlytics can be used for tracking (conversion tracking I think). Mostly it isn't though. Crashlytics is also pretty widely used on iOS, hence the researchers expecting similar results in the Apple eco system.

Mostly this seems to be tabloid reporting trying to deliberately confuse about what "trackers" are: Scare people about the worse ones whilst counting anything that can be called a tracker.  It's Cookies all over again.

Hardware & Technology / Editing your own DNA with CRISPR
« on: November 16, 2017, 08:01:37 AM »
Apologies for the partial paywall, but the but that can be read is still pretty interesting

Monetization / Heads up to anyone running adsense / adx
« on: November 09, 2017, 10:30:27 PM »
ads.txt - if you haven't come across it you need to look into it.

* If you have ads.txt and it isn't correct, your google income will likely already have started to drop
* If you don't have ads.txt then it'll likely start dropping next month

Marketing / Re: Nice twitter strategy
« on: November 03, 2017, 04:20:06 PM »
Instead of DM's try tweets. Less people do that.

Ugh - I don't like it when they tweet and @mention . Especially if you only followed in the hope of a follow back.

I should have been clearer though: When I said "worked for me", as in it made me take notice rather than it was a strategy I was using. I might nick similar though - although I think a delayed auto DM would be less spammy looking

Marketing / Nice twitter strategy
« on: October 27, 2017, 10:26:32 PM »
I don't usually like auto DMs when you follow at twitter account, but this worked for me.  DM that ended with "PS: Here's a video intro I shot for you and a link to my calendar: " and linked to . OK, it's not a personalised video, but it made me watch and combined with the personal style of the video worked pretty well.

they already responded and said that they were not planning to roll this out further.  Apparently this was  a variant on the wider explore feed tests that they have been running

From what I have seen shared location, being on the same Wifi and letting facebook access contacts are the big issues. 
It's s shame that this issue focuses on sex workers rather than other "more socially acceptable" professions: counsellors, therapists, doctors, lawyers and the like. It's a big issue that gets ignored because people think that privacy is only for people with something to hide.

Water Cooler / Re: When will I be able to buy a self drive car?
« on: October 13, 2017, 10:58:30 PM »
I haven't figured out the advantages of a self-driving car versus just hopping in a taxi.

Where I live a pair of comfortable shoes is more convenient than a taxi.  The bar is pretty low for self drivers.

I reckon the fire series would be a lot more useful if you could get youtube kids without having to sideload it. They're such good value as kids devices, but youtube kids seems a bit of a must.

Marketing / Re: Ebay ranking factors
« on: October 08, 2017, 08:46:11 PM »
Thanks Leona,

I'd come to similar conclusions through some experimentation. Seller history seems to be a massive factor, which sucks for a newbie in a category where some of the chinese sellers have close to 100k sales.  First attempt was practically invisible.

Current plan is to be a little more niche, try to rank on lower volume terms. "arrange" a few sales that come from particular searches to get his conversion up from those terms. I'm trying to help him come up with a volume item as well so that he can churn out some sales as a loss leader.  Pain in the arse.

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