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Civil liberties groups are warning of a major threat to online freedoms and First Amendment rights if a leaked draft of a Trump administration edict—dubbed by critics as a "Censor the Internet" executive order that would give powerful federal agencies far-reaching powers to pick and choose which kind of Internet material is and is not acceptable—is allowed to go into effect.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/11/leaked-draft-trump-executive-order-censor-internet-denounced-dangerous

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Marketplaces / What Prime Day(s) looked like to one small seller
« on: August 01, 2019, 06:30:33 AM »
I'm posting a graph so you could see the relative difference Prim Day (actually two days) had on my order volume.  As you could see there was a small upswing the day before, then a sharp drop in sales after Prime Day ends and then a rebound.   I had no special promotions going, just the usual low volume PPC and nothing on sale.

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Hardware & Technology / Webrecorder
« on: July 23, 2019, 09:26:43 PM »
https://webrecorder.io/

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What are Web Archives?


A web archive is a record of web resources. It may include HTML and images, scripts, stylesheets, as well as video, audio and other elements that web pages and web apps are made of, all in one file.

What makes Webrecorder different?

What most differentiates Webrecorder is its focus on "dynamic web content." The web once delivered documents, like HTML pages. Today, it delivers complex software customized for every user, like individualized social media feeds. Other existing digital preservation solutions were built for that earlier time and cannot adequately cope with what the web has become. Webrecorder, by contrast, focuses on all that dynamic content, such as embedded video and complex javascript, addressing our present and future.


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Hardware & Technology / Useful Browser Extensions 2019
« on: July 09, 2019, 10:46:58 PM »
What are you guys using these days to make your life easier?

A little one that is helping me out is a Firefox Extension that lets me change case.

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Marketplaces / Shopify Fulfillment Network
« on: June 20, 2019, 11:19:28 PM »
This is potentially a big deal.  Apparently they are investing $1 billion into the program and want to bite with FBA.  I'm going to explore it.

https://news.shopify.com/introducing-shopify-fulfillment-network

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SpaceX has plans to deploy nearly 12,000 satellites in three orbital shells by the mid-2020s: initially placing approximately 1600 in a 550-kilometer (340 mi)-altitude shell, subsequently placing ~2800 Ku- and Ka-band spectrum sats at 1,150 km (710 mi) and ~7500 V-band sats at 340 km (210 mi). The total cost of the decade-long project to design, build and deploy such a network is estimated at nearly US$10 billion.]
SpaceX has plans to deploy nearly 12,000 satellites in three orbital shells by the mid-2020s: initially placing approximately 1600 in a 550-kilometer (340 mi)-altitude shell, subsequently placing ~2800 Ku- and Ka-band spectrum sats at 1,150 km (710 mi) and ~7500 V-band sats at 340 km (210 mi). The total cost of the decade-long project to design, build and deploy such a network is estimated at nearly US$10 billion.


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There would be 190 combinations of pairs of the top 20 financial cities. There are 435 combinations of pairs of the top 30 financial cities. If the top $100 million per year was paid by the top 20 cities, then this would be $19 billion per year. If the premium internet pairing for the connections to 21 to 30 was worth $10 million per year then this would be another $2.45 billion per year. Even with a half-price discount, the total would still be $10 billion per year.

The SpaceX Starlinks could save 30-50% of the latency time. This is because the speed of light is almost twice as fast in space as it is in a glass fiber. The value for the Starlink financial latency reduction should be even higher. Let us say it is double the New York to Chicago price. This means the premium pairing of cities is worth over $40 billion per year.

If Starlink Succeeds Then SpaceX Revenue Will Be More Than Double NASA’s Budget

This is assuming it all works.  Pretty brilliant though, shaving off a couple dozen milliseconds on the exchanges is worth billions to the right people.   The "high speed internet for the masses" stuff will just be using the untapped cycles in the technology and serve for public relations.

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Hardware & Technology / International Mobile Equipment Identity
« on: June 14, 2019, 07:10:32 PM »
I came across an article about how the SA government was tracking women in hiding by tracing their IMEI number on their GSM cell phones.  IMEI is similar to a MAC address for mobile and is tied to a device regardless of SIM card changes. 

On CDMA phones there is an equivalent, the Mobile Equipment Identifier (MEID) string.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Mobile_Equipment_Identity
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_equipment_identifier

Looks like it is possible to change an Android divice's IMEI with some work.

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Water Cooler / When Big Brother gets hacked
« on: June 12, 2019, 04:49:10 PM »
Facial recognition data collected by U.S. customs agency stolen by hackers

George Orwell didn't account for human fallibility.

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Water Cooler / No more American muscle in the EU & UK
« on: June 06, 2019, 12:49:51 AM »
https://driving.ca/chevrolet/auto-news/news/europe-to-outlaw-c7-corvette-and-camaro-ss-sales

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As Europe continues to tighten emissions regulations, the handful of EU or U.K. citizens that appreciate the subtleties of the Chevrolet V8 and have been hoping to get into the latest performance offering from the brand are finding themselves in a pinch.

The 2019 Corvette with a manual transmission gets 16 mpg city and 25 mpg highway -- not great, but there are a lot of European makes that do a lot worse.

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Water Cooler / google public data
« on: May 28, 2019, 07:27:35 PM »

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https://searchengineland.com/mobile-desktop-search-traffic-split-may-have-stabilized-at-roughly-60-40-317091

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According to the IAB’s annual Internet Advertising Revenue report, released last week, the split between mobile and desktop revenue was roughly 65% to 35% in favor of mobile. Ad spending on the desktop is flat, while mobile (and video) are driving significant growth.

Query volumes, ad-revenue breakdown directionally aligned

Whether a coincidence or a rational response to analytics, the revenue split corresponds roughly to the distribution of (search) traffic according to new data from Hitwise. At its core, mobile ad revenue growth has been driven by three factors: direction and product emphasis from Google and Facebook, as well as consumer adoption of mobile as a primary search and shopping tool.


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MS is dropping Windows 7 support in seven months forcing organizations to upgrade or search for new solutions.  South Korea decided to go open source and save $655 million.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/south-korean-government-planning-linux-migration-as-windows-7-support-ends/

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https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/1/18525140/do-not-track-duckduckgo-ad-tracking


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DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weinberg is mounting a new campaign to revive the Do Not Track standard, a privacy system first introduced 10 years ago and largely abandoned by the industry in the years since. Weinberg has developed a draft bill titled The Do-Not-Track Act of 2019, which is aimed at giving the Do Not Track standard a legal force it’s never had before. As he sees it, it’s the easiest single step to undo the tangle of online advertising.

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Traffic / SmarterEveryDay 3-part series on Social Media Manipulation
« on: April 26, 2019, 09:46:34 PM »
Video Format, but excellent.  He  interviews employees at Youtube, Twitter & Facebook who discuss steps they are taking to counter bots, hacked accounts  and other spam efforts.

Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PGm8LslEb4

Twitter:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-1RhQ1uuQ4

Facebook:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FY_NtO7SIrY

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