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1  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
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.
2  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.
3  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 in response to this.
4  Why We Are Here / Hardware & Technology / Re: Crowdsource Crypto Mining on: September 19, 2017, 11:54:18 AM
Very cool concept, but boy do you need to put some numbers through.  Testing we just ran here suggested 36 days  of processor time to earn $1 . Ouch

Moderate traffic site getting 50k visits per day and 1 minute of mining time per user would earn about a dollar a day.

(all based on 17 processor running 5 threads)
5  Why We Are Here / Hardware & Technology / Re: "Potentially deadly bomb ingredients are ‘frequently bought together’ on Amazon" on: September 19, 2017, 07:18:26 AM
I wonder how many use cases there are for 2 of those ingredients as well.

So maybe a+b are frequently bought together for legitimate purposes, but Amazon's desire to upsell won't leave it at two so surfaces the less obvious pattern of a+b+c
6  Why We Are Here / Hardware & Technology / Re: "Potentially deadly bomb ingredients are ‘frequently bought together’ on Amazon" on: September 18, 2017, 10:16:36 PM
What is the point they are trying to make here? It seems like they are suggesting a potential bomber would use Amazon recommendations as the basis of a bomb recipe. 

Yeah, I bet that would end well. If hey didn't blow themselves up making it they'd probably end up trying to use fidget spinners as detonators.

7  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Amazon scammers' new trick: shipping things to random widows in your town on: September 14, 2017, 08:08:01 AM
It's ripe for some competition from another marketplace

Changes to shipping times post checkout is happening on as well. Bloody annoying. I time stuff to arrive at the office when i am around, or at home when Mrs Rooftop isn't working. Them changing the dates means no-one is there.

Pain in the arse... but still better than any other retailer here for most things
8  Why We Are Here / Marketing / Ebay ranking factors on: September 12, 2017, 09:06:30 AM
Anyone have any information about what currently works?

I'm trying to help out a friend. Brand new seller with no previous feedback. His listing is currently almost invisible.  Struggling to find any current information
9  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: experian-dark-web-scan-protect-your-identity on: September 09, 2017, 07:33:48 AM

Equifax Trust ID site tells people at random whether they've been impacted by hack or not/-try it yourself!
10  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: experian-dark-web-scan-protect-your-identity on: September 08, 2017, 11:59:07 AM
Experian is currently running TV ads

Is this click bait or a worthy service?

Does this strike anyone else as snake oil? How exactly is this meant to tell if my personal information is being traded on the dark web?  Presumably someone selling my personal information isn't going to post it in plain site for free so that experian can index it (even if they could find it on the uncrawlable dark web). I'd imagine it would be in a locked away archive file until someone pays up for it.  So either Experian are buying all the data from criminals or this is likely bullshit.

They're probably just seeing if you data is amongst the huge chunk that they just lost.
11  Why We Are Here / Traffic / Re: SE Ranking lifetime access for USD 49 on: August 30, 2017, 10:43:55 AM
curiosity got me.  Also bought from the link above
12  Why We Are Here / Web Development / Re: Chrome 60 dev tools - worth a try on: August 24, 2017, 08:23:13 AM
We've been using lighthouse via the plugin a bit. It's a definite step up from pagespeed
13  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Terminator Scenario on: August 12, 2017, 07:31:25 AM
Robot drones arrived with machine guns and grenade launchers anyone?

US firm reveals gun-toting drone that can fire in mid-air -
14  Why We Are Here / Monetization / AdWords exploit? on: August 10, 2017, 09:39:50 AM
Many (not all) AdSense publishers saw CPC plummet this weekend. Drops of up to 75%. The issue has apparently been resolved with some advertisers being blacklisted.  Here is the closest thing to a statement from Google:

“Hi everyone. After chatting with a number of folks on my end here is where we are: Over the past 48 hours, a number of AdSense publishers alerted us to an issue with declining cost-per-click for ads on their sites. We were able to identify the cause of the issue quickly and resolve it quickly: Several ad buyers were using irresponsible campaign parameters, lowering query coverage for specific creative types in some countries. The ad buyers responsible have been blacklisted and impacted publishers should see that their coverage is back to normal in their AdSense account.”

Anyone care to guess at what  "irresponsible campaign parameters" would lower query coverage for specific creative types in some countries ?

15  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: you guys suck at posting on: August 03, 2017, 04:49:51 PM
The commercial meat packers try to be a little marketing savvy and call the above "Boneless Pork Rectums (inverted)" --still not particularly appetizing.

We have different standards of what savvy marketing is when it comes to pig holes.
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