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1  Why We Are Here / 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
https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23631520-100-biohackers-are-using-crispr-on-their-dna-and-we-cant-stop-it/
2  Why We Are Here / 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
3  Why We Are Here / 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
4  Why We Are Here / 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 http://popl.ink/fUMtoR . OK, it's not a personalised video, but it made me watch and combined with the personal style of the video worked pretty well.
5  Why We Are Here / Web Development / Re: Facebook tests removing publishers from News Feed—unless they pay on: October 25, 2017, 03:36:34 PM
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
6  Why We Are Here / Hardware & Technology / Re: Machine Learning, Facial Recognition Outs Sex Workers’ Real Names on: October 13, 2017, 11:04:19 PM
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.
7  Why We Are Here / 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.
8  Why We Are Here / Marketing / Re: Coming to a blog near you: Many more posts about how great Dash buttons are on: October 13, 2017, 10:56:51 PM
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.
9  Why We Are Here / 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.
10  Why We Are Here / Hardware & Technology / Re: Tablets in 2017 on: September 29, 2017, 09:18:40 AM
Printers seem to be the one technology getting less useful by the year. I never used to have a problem with printers. Now I find myself swearing at one at least once a week.

My favourite printer issue at the moment:  I have the same printer at home as I do in the office (free ink!). Windows doesn't seem to let me rename either. As a result when I print a report at work I either have to check the IP address of the target printer, or have a 50% chance of scaring the wife and kids at home with some random noises and a spare room overflowing with freshly inked paper.



I usually opt for the latter
11  Why We Are Here / Hardware & Technology / Re: Tablets in 2017 on: September 28, 2017, 04:33:28 PM
Laptops for proper stuff. Phones for quick/casual/no keyboard stuff.  Still haven't found a use for a tablet that can't be done better with laptop/phone/small tray

I'm not a tablet person either, but have been thinking about a cheap Chromebook.
 - has a keyboard
 - light weight
 - long battery life
 - cheap enough that I would part with it without sorrow and since all data should be in the cloud somewhere

To me it seems like a better middle ground. Most of the time if I don't want to use the phone, it's because I want to type and a tablet is not great for that.

My better half uses a chromebook. Very cheap, very quick.  My favourite feature is that neither her nor the kids have managed to ruin it in any way - which is really quite incredibly. No security worries, no updates "just works" as the Apple folk like to falsely claim* .  My one complaint is that printing is a bit of a pain as you have to use cloudprint and I can't be arsed to read the manual on our printer to set that up.  I usually just share the doc and print from my laptop.

Offline mode hasn't been an issue as it's only ever been out of the house once.

*My family can, and have, broke many Apple things.
12  Why We Are Here / Hardware & Technology / Re: Tablets in 2017 on: September 27, 2017, 09:19:36 PM

Ipad somewhere in a draw. Bag of shite that is as useless now as the day we got it. Even the kids can't be arsed with it.
2 Kindle Fire's that the kids use mostly for Youtube plus a little casual gaming.
Old Hudl occasionally used by the kids when they forgot to charge their Kindles.

I am wondering about switching the kids to a couple of refurbished android tablets though.

Laptops for proper stuff. Phones for quick/casual/no keyboard stuff.  Still haven't found a use for a tablet that can't be done better with laptop/phone/small tray
13  Why We Are Here / Hardware & Technology / Re: "Potentially deadly bomb ingredients are ‘frequently bought together’ on Amazon" on: September 20, 2017, 05:38:20 PM
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It was at this point that the conversation took a delightfully culinary turn, with quinoa making an unlikely appearance in the police inquiries:

Do you own a pressure cooker? My husband said no, but we have a rice cooker. Can you make a bomb with that? My husband said no, my wife uses it to make quinoa. What the hell is quinoa, they asked.

Oh god - that is beautiful.
14  Why We Are Here / Hardware & Technology / Re: Cortana on Android phones on: September 20, 2017, 12:11:45 PM
Does anyone use cortana? One of the first jobs I do on a new windows system is to shut it up (whilst removing a load of other crapware/crapfeatures).
Not sure Google assistant is any more useful either (I've yet to find a single thing to do with it that is useful), but I can't imagine deliberately installing any assistant.
15  Why We Are Here / Monetization / Re: Apple blocking ads that follow users around web is 'sabotage', says industry on: September 19, 2017, 03:30:12 PM
What this fails to mention is how much the most benefits Facebook, Amazon and Google. As users interact with this services so frequently killing cookies that are >24hrs old doesn't impact the big three as much. They're also ensuring that the advertising cookies are wrapped into broader cookies so that the "direct relationship" angle stops them being caught in by (the current implementation of) ITP. 

Google has already moved the adwords conversion tracking cookie to be on the analytics domain rather than googleadservices.com in response to this.
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