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Marketing / Monsanto's PR problem...
« on: October 23, 2017, 05:19:06 PM »
This article doesn't vilify or justify Monsanto.  It talks about how Monsanto got into the PR problem they are in now.

An absolutely fascinating read about the war between affiliate marketers selling mattresses online.  Worth it to get the Medium free account to read it.

Hardware & Technology / I want a tablet. What do you recommend?
« on: July 19, 2017, 05:34:16 PM »
I want a tablet to read stuff and browse the web.  Nothing fancy, but I do want something that will do the job and won't be sluggish.  Also a good bang for hte buck.

What do you recommend?


Trump currently has 31 million followers and, sure enough, if you browse through them you will find an unusal number of tweet-less, picture-less accounts that joined the service in May 2017. If you're still curious,  you can enter Trump's handle, @realDonaldTrump, into Twitter Audit, a service that assesses the authenticity of one's followers, and find that only 51 percent of Trump's are real.

Hardware & Technology / Mozenda...
« on: May 16, 2017, 09:24:14 PM »
You guys ever heard of it?  I was browsing my NextTech Classifieds and saw an ad that someone will scrape data for $10 an hour..

Nexttech ad:

Water Cooler / Amazon Echo Silver for the Greatest Generation
« on: May 15, 2017, 03:12:30 PM »
And it has an "uh huh" feature for long, rambling stories

I was on the phone with my friend Sarah this morning.  I was in my office with my computer on.

She was talking about how she needed some help with some interviews that she needed transcribed.  I told her I think I had some software for that, and I could help her out. 

I got up, got some coffee, did some different things.  Opened browser and went to a site.  And the site had an advertisement for transcription services.

I *never* look for transcription services.  This is the ONLY reference I've ever had:  on a phone call with my friend.

What do I do?  I'm freaking out.

Water Cooler / The Secret Lives of Google Raters
« on: April 28, 2017, 03:51:39 PM »
This is a really fascinating in-depth article about the people who rate google rankings.  These people generally work from home, but only work for Google rankings system.  They have done this for years, but are considered "contractors" not "employees" even though all of their work comes from Google.  Therefore, they get no employee benefits.

I keep thinking...wasn't there a lawsuit with Microsoft doing the same thing:  having people work as "contractors" for years on end so they wouldn't get company benefits like stock options? 

"One of the biggest mysteries for raters at Leapforce is who they actually work for. They get paychecks from Leapforce, but their work all seems to take place via Google's Raterhub service. "


The wrinkle in the Leapforce situation is that the company isn't depriving employees of benefits they already had, since the raters have been contract workers. But Google does provide its employees with benefits. If a court found that these raters were joint employees of Google, the search company might find itself in a tough spot.

Palefsky pointed out that courts are increasingly finding in favor of the idea that employers can be jointly liable. This opinion was shared by attorney Maring. "Historically, you had one employer and that was all that the IRS would recognize," she said. "The concept that there might be more than one common-law employer is more accepted [now]."

The article goes on to say that MUCH of the google algo is done by humans and not AI as Google likes to brag about...

Roberts believes that big companies like Google want to keep raters hidden, largely because they like to boast about how many tasks they handle with AI. "Actually their AIs are people in the Philippines," she told Ars by phone. "Are there algorithms in all these tasks? Sure. Is it 100 percent? Not even close. There’s some kind of profit motive behind these claims [about how] machines and algorithms run the show."

"The equation is one where platforms [like Google] get all the rewards, but no responsibility, and that's out of balance," she said. Roberts also questioned why companies and users want to believe that "very human processes" like rating and moderation are being done by AI. "Civil society needs to ask why that is somehow an attractive selling point," she said. "Whatever algorithms and AI exist, humans are responsible for them and humans imbue them with value systems."

Traffic / Clickbait...what converts? What doesn't?
« on: February 27, 2017, 07:52:19 PM »
I'm starting this because it was referred to in another thread. 

Basically, what clickbait have you used that not only gets clicked but converts as well?

Water Cooler / No Important Info here...but lots of fun
« on: February 01, 2017, 10:41:49 PM »
Doing this is just feels so good.

Marketing / Viral Headlines of 2015 Analyzed -- one to print and study
« on: February 01, 2017, 10:39:33 PM »
This is one to print out...lots of good stuff here.

Water Cooler / I can't stop laughing at this...Best TV Death ever!
« on: January 31, 2017, 03:56:54 PM »
And, this should be given an award for the best acting ever as well...

The book publisher Penguin is printing more copies of George Orwell's dystopian classic "1984" in response to a sudden surge of demand.

On Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning the book was #1 on Amazon's computer-generated list of best-selling books. The list reflects hourly book sales.

The 68-year-old novel appeared on the list on Monday, hovered around the #6 spot for much of the day, rose to #2 by Tuesday afternoon and then hit #1.

Lower down on Amazon's best sellers list are two other classic novels with similar themes: "It Can't Happen Here," by Sinclair Lewis, and "Brave New World," by Aldous Huxley.

Apparently, due to the new phrase "alternative facts" created by Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway.

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