603 posts • joined Thursday 1st May 2008 19:33 GMT
Re: Impulse buyers?
Well, that's a bit of a narrow assessment. There may be various reasons for responding positively to an advert:
* It's for something you never knew even existed;
* It's for something you never realised you needed/wanted until the advert convinced you as much;
* It's for something that you instantly think looks desirable and will elevate your social status;
* It presents a value-proposition such as an unprecedentedly-high discount on an item you wanted but previously considered too expensive.
As for "ignoring" the adverts, may I submit that I bet you don't, not really or at least not all of them. Much as I dislike everything they stand for, every so often one does catch your attention, whether it then successfully converts that (through one of the above qualifications) into a desire to buy or not.
All that said, I still believe the business of targeting adverts is pitifully primitive, and I can't see this latest wrinkle making much difference. I mean, if the wonks at Lacoste *need* the help of these clever algorithms to know that most of their apparel's most ardent fans are in the [image/context metadata] "PURE BANGIN MENTAL CASTLEMILK PO$$E FAK YUZE", then (a) they must be terribly sheltered and (b) what exactly are they going to do about it anyway?
I see a lot of scope for positive feedback loops in this system too. How do they know it's not the latest viral of V-Hudge falling out of [or in] Nobu, or some teehee macro featuring Michelangelo's David doing the rounds, that they've just hoovered up 187,000 times because it featured a Prada bag? If one had a mind to, I suspect you could game it remorselessly.
For godsake let's keep natches out of this, things are bad enough already ...!
Er, do I want to know what "speef" is?
Re: All a bit daft...
Sounds like a recipe for getting lynched by thirsty punters to me. Why not order a round of coffees while you're at it?
This surprised me a bit. Does a lot of this kind of kit use PHP for the web UI? I expected some binary blob type thing.
Re: Similar devices.
Ooh, now that I *do* like! Sod the cameras etc: quick handy way of provisioning files from m'laptop to other less smart (or borked in the networking dept) devices, is what that says to me. *Salivates*
Must say, first thought on glancing at the article precis was "Ah, SDIO getting some attention at last." Bit of a shame more isn't made of that standard, but maybe its time is still to come.
I'm not as pessimistic as some about the Imp, though: it could certainly help small but clever startups bring some interesting gadgetry to market, though I agree the centralised third-party CnC is a big turn-off. I hope they do come out with a private server solution (or have some serious escrow sorted out in case they do go titsup), if they did I'd be moderately interested.
The removable form factor interests me too: it seems kinda pointless at face value, why not just make it and the Impee a single unit? I wonder if there might be an angle whereby the end user would tote their personal Imp around with them, and plug it into certain compatible gizmos wherever they went? Making their personal "Smartness-of-Things" profile portable, so the lights in their hotel room dick around just the way they do at home, for example? There's definitely potential there ...
Re: Regardless of all other objections...
Hehe, good job you're not. The "Beastie" is obviously BSD licensed himself, as I've seen him adorning vending machines in gentlemen's toilets round are way. You wouldn't believe some of the items he's flogging to drunk, hopeful men.
Tux don't sell no French ticklers.
Re: Better that Telstra Australia
In light of TFA, it seems rather odd that you feel that's a bad thing.
Nice one. Thank Skynet for screen protectors!
Also, "I cannot self-terminate..."
Re: Politicians seem to struggle
As a C programmer, I am black affronted! I also have terrible trouble with that bit myself, you insensitive clod!
@Fatman Re: Nasty.
Please, just don't. It probably sounded good in your head, but it's not helping.
@James 51 Re: Title is too long
>Remember the album cover of a baby swimming in a pool that got flagged?
What you think you're talking about: Nirvana - Nevermind (never heard of this actually being "flagged" in any mainstream context).
What you probably are talking about: Scorpions - Virgin Killer (tweenage girl in pornesque pose, which got Wikipedia blocked by the IWF a couple of years back).
If my supposition holds water, you're conflating waaay unrelated shit just as badly as they do. Apologies if not.
Ditto. I increasingly found there wasn't much in there of real instructive value (unless you had an Arduino) apart from the excellent Dr Brown's Administeria.
Er, has he bailed too? I haven't gotten around to opening many of this year's bagged copies yet (blame for that lies with Future Publishing too, but best not go into that...). Reading the above, I'm a little scared to, now :(
@MJI Re: Another win for the open-source world
Sorry, I try not to do this sort of thing, but I see that one around a lot and it bugs me like all hell. I mean it's not even shorter!
Re: Timely, innit?
Sheesh ... Won't pretend I didn't expect that, but anyone got anything on my main point? I thought that was more discussion-worthy, the other bit is just ... sad.
[Though since you asked, @AC #1, no I have neither and ain't likely to, so relax. I just think it's rather sad how people will set the bar much higher for sexual responsibility/awareness/emotional maturity (call it what you will) yet merrily drop it as low as it suits them for criminal responsibility. I question the emotional maturity of "adults" who self-contradict in this manner.]
So, point A? Anyone? No?
Re: Tears for fears
One interpretation. Or:
"You mean it, Dad? We can really get iPods now?"
Re: About blanking time.
O2 were utterly unhelpful cnuts about it, even >2 years after the contract was up.. That one's still ongoing, and after 2 strikes (bodged directions) I daren't risk trying again without their help ... on which I've been waiting about a year now: (
@Ted Treen Re: Humph!
>At 63, I'm past the age where pubs & baccy shops ask for proof of age.
Also, you're, y'know, a Treen. Nobody's seen your sort since about the early '90s, so it's reasonable to assume you're of age.
Just when the boss is doing the rounds of the broadsheets, raising brand-awareness among the wider public, trying to pump that VC buy-in / IPO potential... Gee, that doesn't stink one little bit.
Also: criminal prosecution of minors for sexual activity with other minors still isn't looking like very emotionally-mature behaviour to me. Which side of the bench need to grow up, wouldjatellme?
Re: Time Lords as foes?
IIRC, one of the season-finales in the Tennant era had the whole bloody mob of 'em escaping from Limbo, and having been stuck there for so long, being all a bit hatstand and megalomaniacal and, you guessed it... plotting to take over the Universe! (moo-ha-haaa etc). They were dressed sorta like Roman centurions, and Timothy Dalton was their boss (Rassilon?), The Master was their cunningly-engineered entry point back into spacetime, and he did himself in to prevent this, thus giving Tennant another bloody blubbing opportunity.
Or did I dream it?
Re: Hangover cure
>1 pint of water or tea for every 2 units of alcohol consumed
Pint of Continental lager at 5% ABV = 2.7 units.
Barman: Same again, mate?
You: Er, better not old stick. Could you rustle me up a pint amd a half of tea instead? There's a good chap. And the same for my chums.
Aye. Yer. Maw.
Re: Better headline --
My thoughts exactly. I wanted an RSS aggregator that was web-based for global accessibility, allowed grouping of feeds by criteria of my choice, and promotion / demotion of items by keyword or author. So I built one. Took a whole afternoon. SimplePie, jQuery and a few lines of my own for auth and database backend. Piece of piss, as I think it would be for the average Reg reader.
I looked for an existing web app like this and was surprised not to find one. Do people actually enjoy being data-mined?
Re: El Reg doesn't seem to have a problem
>No, we love nasty comments round here. You want links to some recent ones?
OHMYGODYES. The pub kicked out early :(
EDIT: Er, they're not mine are they?
Re: The Register is way behind here
...An official response that, it should be observed, entirely sidestepped MM's actual point.
That point, as the Reg makes abundantly clear, is that Levison's assertion (perhaps it was only perceived, but it was widely believed) that he could not read stored messages even if he wanted to was unfounded.
In the Ars piece, Levison admits as much: make what you will of his defence of LavaBit's methodology and implementation, he admits that it all rested on the SSL key that he possessed.
He then seems to say that it never occurred to him that he could be forced to surrender that key. In hindsight, if this key/certificate were issued by any of the laughably-dubbed "Trusted Certificate Authorities", then there's every reason to fear that the key was fatally compromised to begin with anyway, but I'd not beat him up over that, as few of us were that
paranoid prescient back then.
However, if he failed to recognise that it all rested on the integrity of that key, then we were sort of safe, but in the hands of a moron. If he did grok this but made any assertion that the messages at rest were safe even from him (and please note I'm not saying he did, that's simply what I and others may have inferred), then he'd be a liar. Take your pick.
Re: What's the best way to do a Reverse Cowgirl?
>On my way now, no need to push.
FAAAAAAAR TMI, dude.
Re: tracking gets it wrong every time anyway
All too true. I'll spare you the examples from my own experience, but Maddox summed it up quite nicely once. It wasn't the point of the article, but I will always characterise the value of tracking advertising through this observation from Amazon:
People who bought Crocs also viewed Truck Balls.
If you require an explanation of either item, may I suggest you use DuckDuckGo ;)
Re: Any server / browser?
Uh... shit I know this, hang on...
Yeah, got it. It was the site of a small but well-known Italian deli in Edinburgh. About eight years ago.
Where've you been?
"Indictment of PHP's inherent insecurity, froth, rant, etc."
Well, based on some back-of-the-fag-packet calculations using the first figures the Web threw at me, I make it we're about 0.89% of the world's people, so we're still being a bit greedy, innit?
Re: As good as your knowledge of the app and Android permissions
This. All of this.
I was going to come on here and bemoan the dumbing-down culture that makes it an accepted view that dialogue boxes are just a big nuisance rather than a developer's way of saying "Hey, there are risks here and I'm trying to help you by making you aware of them" (oh well, guess I did that anyway)...
...But stepping down from the ivory tower for a moment, I will add balance and agree that, certainly in the case of Android permissions, more can be done to meet the user halfway. I've been around the block myself and most times I haven't a clue of the full meaning od the perms I'm granting, let alone why in many cases. That leaves me reliant on either the dev having already earned my trust (eg Mozilla) or not seeing any overly worrying reviews in the app store.
I certainly hope that Google get the message and bring more transparency and granularity to the process, but a little more comprehension from users wouldn't hurt either.
Re: Whereas in Thunderbird Land
Not quite everyone, I suspect: before I bailed, there were a truckload of folk (pretty sure triple digits) on the bugzilla begging (and voting) to be able to have message composition in a tab too. That one's been on the go for nigh on a decade (though to be fair there are quite a few actual bugs that old in there too). The legacy code is apparently too hideous for anyone to go near it :(
Re: I don't have the words to adequately describe how shit this is
>Too many websites these days are far too bloated
Hear bloody hear! The 60kB Rule, while certainly up for recalibration in this day and age, is still a good principle. Do devs even weigh their pages any more?
Re: The "tilt"
How long then, I wonder, before it's
Ah yes. Different fonts were the "themes" of that era.
So you see, Metro is just the Comic Sans of our times.
Och no my dear, those would be the Glaswegians: I assure you, they are as much of a problem on their own doorstep. As a matter of fact, the current quest for self-determination is just Phase 1 of our game-plan, Phase 2 being the expulsion of Greater Glasgow, Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire.
Unfortunately, being by far the most unionist part of the country (due to cross-pollination with our cousins across the water, whose rank tribalism finds its origins in the rather heavy-handed erstwhile foreign policy of our neighbour to the South) and hellish populous to boot, they are very likely to torpedo Phase 1.
So really, you see, you have only your own forefathers to blame for your transit-hub-hubbub conundrum.
In addition, for the sake of clarity, I should point out that "Super Tenants" are decent chaps who pay our rent/tithes on time. You will seldom find us within range of the grasping hands of a Weegie if we can possibly avoid it!
Oars Make Fish Groovy?
@Stevie, Can't have been Steve Jobs...
He'd have called it "oWYREsome".
[Sidenote: Haven't El Reg found a quirky speech pattern to mock Tim Cook for yet? You'd think you were hoping to be let back into AAPL press conferences or summat...]
Re: RIP on Listen
BZZZZT! Sorry caller, that answer was incorrect. You could have had:
* Logitech Media Server
Mind you, if the buggers hadn't EOL'd it I expect you'd see yours on the list too after another point-release or two ...
They didn't kill mine, I've still got three of them in stalwart daily use (plus software players on just about everything else with a CPU and a NIC in it). They'll eventually turn off the MySqueezebox.com servers, but apart from initial setup I've never used those anyway (and who knows, the community may well devise a workaround for that). The main headache I have now is keeping my system happy with the rather old version of Perl it needs :s
Intriguingly, my ritual is very similar to yours. Could these be symptoms of ownership?
Re: Time to celebrate
Hmm... Tyres black ... fridges white (unless you're posh) ... zebra black and white ...
I'm convinced you just said something devastatingly witty, but I'm just not quite there. Give us a clue?
>something I'd be happy to take out on a night out.
Play with it pal, don't date it.
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@Derek Acorah Re: Claire Perry.......
I do so hate to split hairs (easy now, Claire!) but that's not inverse, that's the same thing.
Love your show, btw.
Re: To be fair, if they're going to legislate on something, they should know something about it
Ah, the old prison rape schtick, eh? That's never going to start being funny.
@mikejcpt Re: bzzzt!
I wonder if David Cameron owns any of those?
Sorry to ride your coat-tails Matt, but I was going to use that quote too, for different reasons...
This would be the same Reg hack who just referred to "Edward Snowden and Julian Assange" as "the whistleblowers" in paras 1-2?
I can think of a certain gentleman^H^H^Hlady currently embarking on 35 years in chokey who might find that conflation more than a little offensive.
Re: the government said that it would begin publishing an annual report
Why, what else do you reckon the bears are up to in there?