* Posts by CCCP

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Chevy Bolt electric car came alive, reversed into my workbench, says stunned bloke

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Re: Odd belief

@AC

No, and no. Freezing handbrake does happen in the wrong conditions.

Eight years ago my Saab 9-3 was stuck at the train station because of -5C or maybe lower. In desperation I peed on the calipers and it worked! Wife was disgusted (maybe because it's way harder for a lady).

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Britain collects new naval tanker a mere 18 months late

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Re: Maggy what have we done... @Hans1

@boltar

If you are going to attack spelling "guys" with a "z, you are not allowed mistakes like "Arn't".

It should be "Aren't".

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Google sends Titan broadband drones to the unicorns' graveyard

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Alphabet, aka Google, has a poor history of success

Apart from search, Google don't have any revenue successes. Diversification, if that is a thing for them, has failed spectacularly. Cars, shopping, news, social network, mail, drones, skynet etc

They ended up with a natural monopoly in search ads (EMEA+US at least), which provides 90% of their revenue.

Obviously Android dominates mobile, but it doesn't buy the lattes.

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Lloyds Bank customers still flogging the online dead horse

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Re: No. Nope. Nada.

@Stuart 22

What, you type your web addresses with a comma too? ;-)

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No. Nope. Nada.

Lloydsbank,com not working at 12:20 today, Thursday.

Stop pretending "it's returning to normal". Because it quite plainly is not.

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Black horse blacks out: Lloyds Bank website goes down

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Re: Problems not fully resolved?

Agree it seems like correct DNS is taking a looong time to propagate, or maybe isn't propagating... Still not working at 12pm Thursday.

IANAE, but getting DNS wrong is like Ebola on a bad day: easy to get awful consequences and hard to stop.

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Re: Nope. Nope.

Did they fire all the network engineers? I am not an engineer, but it looks like DNS (for Lloyds) has gone awol.

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Nope. Nope.

Still not working. Oh come on. FFS. I'm about to complete a property purchase. Really...

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Dieselgate: VW pleads guilty, will cough up $4.3bn, throws 6 staff under its cheatware bus

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US of A - Galactic Jurisdiction?

I hope Germany tells the US to go swivel regarding the German individuals. They have form. I assume you can't be tried for the same offence twice across Germany and the US, so German justice will do nicely.

There was nothing directed at any particular country, just general cheating by VW. So the US has no reason to feel particularly affronted, but of course their courts do.

I have no hope German justice will prevail however, especially now.

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How Apple exploded Europe's crony capitalism

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Re: what the hell's it got to do with Europe ?

Indeed, Orlowski's bristling with anti-European sentiment. However, he fails, as usual, to define whether he means evil, continental Europe or geographical Europe, including Britain. Continental Europe doesn't really work anyway, as Finland/Nokia and Sweden/Ericsson are key parts of the story, and they're only connected to Europe through Russia.

With Vodafone (British) being the largest network in Europe, it is hard to see how Britain did not have a part in how things unfolded. Much easier to put an ill-defined "European" labels on things to get clicks.

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Spotty battery life costs Apple's MacBook Pro its gold-star rating

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Peak Apple?

Time to short Apple stock if you're brave.

It's sad that Apple can't be a true MS competitor after all.

(disclaimer: as a household we're shifting away from apple)

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The Life and Times of Lester Haines

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Thank You Lester

I didn't know you, and we were often at opposing views. But I salute you for the informed discussion that is the hallmark of el Reg. This is becoming a rare commodity.

RIP Lester

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Beauty is in the AI of the beholder: Young blokes teach computer to judge women by their looks

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Re: I can see the benefits.

@ Voland's...

When you said "legs are above chest level...", I had a completely different picture in my mind and was wondering what kind of job it was for...

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UK Home Office slurps 1,500 schoolkids' records per month

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@ retired.....

Are you drunk already on a Monday morning? Retired people have all the fun.

No one is suggesting criminals not be punished, or that their children are not affected by it. So whom, exactly, are you arguing with?

The issue at stake is whether we believe education is a basic human need for all children, regardless of their status. We need to swivel our perspective a couple of feet lower and see it from a child's point of view. Now do we think education should be freely available to all children?

For me it's quite simple. The population globally is heading for an age bomb (think Japan, but everywhere). If we don't educate what few little sprites we have, it is not going to end well.

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Jeremy Hunt: Telcos must block teens from sexting each other

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The Curse of Technology (e.g. sexting)

Is not what the general population (yes, massive over-simplification) think it is: the fact that it exists in the first place.

The problem is the growing gap between what tech actually is and does, and the understanding of that among those who are elected to govern.

This is compounded in two ways (probably more):

1) The rate of tech change is speeding up whilst politicians seem to get dimmer for every generation.

2) The current mood is "post truth", i.e. experts are idiots. This does not bode well for dealing with change.

[side note: if rate of tech change is compound like interest rates, we are in for more of this, faster. Where's my Mars ticket?]

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'Data saturation' helped to crash the Schiaparelli Mars probe

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Re: Pathetitudinous

Look on the bright side. Post Brexit, the UK (minus Scotland maybe) can pull out of the ESA and crash craft into Mars all on its own. It has form.

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Robot cars probably won't happen, sniffs US transport chief

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Why all the edge cases?

I don't get it. The objections to car autonomy are always weird edge cases. When on deity's earth do you choose between an artic and 15 pedestrians... AFAIK the vast majority of accidents are lapses of concentration of the driver and/or over-confidence.

Computer cars suffer neither of these. As others have pointed out, the 'puters only need to be better than the average meatbag for it to reduce deaths. If the auto car gets confused, it'll just slow down and maybe stop, and so will all the other auto cars behind it. No more pile-ups.

Oh, and no road rage deaths/injuries. Ever.

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Europe to order Apple to cough up 'one beeellion Euros in back taxes'

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Re: Barking up the wrong tree?

I assume, by lack of definition, by "EU boffin", you mean all and sundry not "English". If that is what you mean, "citizens here" makes no sense what so ever.

It may have escaped you, but all French/German/Danish... citizens are citizens of their own country, just like you are. So stop slandering all 500m by name-calling. Idiot.

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Uber and Volvo take on Ford in race to launch self-driving vehicles

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DRL show when a car is running

A big benefit is in a car park or along a row of parked cars - you can see which cars are running. Cyclists especially appreciate to know which car could drive off, but it helps everyone. Sweden has less fatalities per car, per mile and per population than the UK (at least according to wikipedia), so maybe it works. Both countries are among the safest in the wolrd btw.

A motorbike should occupy the same road space as a car (2/3 from the left of the lane ISTR from the test), so I don't buy this argument against DRL. If they are filtering unsafely, Darwin will rule.

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What next for the F-35 after Turkey's threats to turn its back on NATO?

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Re: Turkey

@jb

Typical UK perspective comment. It's all NATO and the EU. It's like the UK didn't draw half the map of the Middle East that is now the problem. No, not my problem mate...

The UK does not have a right to cross its arms and "observe" and make smart comments. The Beeb does it all the time and it drives me nuts. We're OK on our island Jack.

Grow some and be part of the solution for once. (No, you can't invoke Godwin's)

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook ads

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Good vs Poor users = FB fighting the tide

As any fule now, a "better" audience is more valuable to advertisers. "Better" can mean more targeted, or more willing to spend, or both. Conversely, if a media outlet's audience quality declines, they have a big problem.

As el Reg commentards are leaving FB in droves, well, small heaps, it indicates FB's audience quality is getting worse. (Pat on the back for commentards).

So, FB is left with friends and family, a very hard bunch to earn money from ("monetize" for merkins).

So they force-feed ads anyway they can, foie gras-style. (BTW it won't be long before we see this from LI. Microsoft?)

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BAM! Astroboffins now have a second way of picking up black holes' collision super kicks

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Billiards?

The gravity well of a black hole bends space/time long before (better than "further out") the event horizon. Two holes spinning fast enough will "bounce" (bad analogy) before the two event horizons merge. Then super kick I assume.

"Fragments" isn't quite right. Flame on.

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Vodafone hints at relocation from UK

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Re: Surprise, surprise

It is annoying, or maybe typical, that some people can't differentiate a trade surplus/deficit, with actual trade.

As others have pointed out, a trade deficit is relatively easy to finance, you just need trust. Just look at the US of A. However, a trade deficit isn't a particular disadvantage, but strength/weakness in actual trade is.

I have said this before, but UK sends 38-45% of its exports to the EU, i.e. a lot. Germany and France only export just over 7% of their export to the UK, i.e. not very much.

Some commentard on here said the UK "clearly has the whip hand". I don't think so. However, most countries still in the EU are neither vindictive nor stupid, so a deal may be struck. Free movement of people will be the battle ground above all others.

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Botnet-powered ballot stuffing suspected in 2nd referendum petition

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Be careful the company you keep

A lady in our village protested on FB "Voting leave doesn't make me a racist".

The reply was "No, but all the racists voted leave."

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Time to re-file your patents and trademarks, Britain

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Re: Complete Tosh!!

@AC

"It would be just as disastrous.." - not quite.

EU share of UK exports is 38-48% (HMRC, Nov'14-Apr'16). However, UK is only 7.1% of German and 7.2% of French exports (OEC, 2014). That's not really an even starting point for negotiations.

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Supercell bought for $8.6bn

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Tencent, and Microsoft, think they can "reverse" into the so called social part of the internet, because they are crap at it. Surprise, you'll still suck at it post-acquisition.

No, Microsoftsoft haven't screwed up Mineraft yet, but give them time.

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How's your driving, Elon? Musk tweets that Tesla Model S 'floats'

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Re: I would like to know

@alister

I can confirm this works. My Honda Civic briefly became a boat/submarine in about 3.2 linguine of water. I gunned it 'cause I was scared and had no way to retreat. Bow wave saved the electrics/intake.

"Saved" is relative, as every single light on the dash lit up like a christmas tree and the car went into limp mode. Oh, and the driver-side window opened. YMMV

A week of drying out sorted everything (I think). Now sold...

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Mutant space germs threaten International Space Station

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Re: No surprise

Slight amend. There's no way you could remove all bacteria and keep the wannabe astro/cosmonaut alive.

Off topic, isn't about bloody time we have single word for space travellers, instead of country variations? I vote for stellanaut because it's Latin for star and sounds like beer.

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Dell slips into a slimmer red dress after sales diet

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Re: The Downward Spiral of Product Quality vs. Profit

You mean owners, not shareholders. Dell took the company private in 2013, precisely to get away from the stock market's 90-day ADHD.

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Brit twitchers a-tizz at bearded vulture sighting

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IT Angle

IT angle?

Apart from the fact that bird spotters are often geeks I fail to seet it.

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Idiot. "Vulture" is the key.

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Germans stick traffic lights in pavements for addicts who can't take their eyes off phones

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Never mind the article - this might be a good idea

It always struck me that the pedestrian lights were hard for the visually impaired to spot and decipher. Yes, I know there are audio signals, but at a busy junction they're difficult to hear.

Also, whether smart phone-impaired or not, you always look at where you put your feet, so ground level is not a bad place for flashing red.

Costly? Maybe. But you'd only bother at busy junctions. And injured humans are very expensive to fix.

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India orders 770 million LED light bulbs, prices drop 83 per cent

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Re: Basic economics?

You answered your own question. "All things" are not equal over the medium or even short term. As production capacity ramps and becomes more efficient, and new technology comes on stream, prices fall. LEDs will become the new incandescents, i.e. cheap and ubiquitous.

China thought the same way when they strangled rare earths' supply, 80% of the world's capacity IIRC, to drive up prices. It failed because new sources were found and industry switched technology.

Don't tussle with Keynes, or Schumpeter, you will fail. [flame on economics haters]

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Woman scales Ben Nevis wielding selfie stick instead of ice axe

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@Breen Whitman

You're not very good at trolling. Pick a different site.

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Whatever happened to ... Nest?

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Software will eat everything... sometimes

Reality has a horrible ability to bite Silicon Valley in the behind.

UK housing stock, as an example, does not lend itself easily to be Nest controlled, what with old boilers, poor circulation and so on. A quick gander of the forums will suggest as much.

I wager that each geography/country has other idiosyncrasies, making Nest a typical 'valley bubble attempt at best.

For a more useful UK idea, look up Positive Input Ventilation (PIV). Cheap, cheerful, and based on engineering.

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Japan loses contact with new space 'scope just weeks after launch

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Fingers crossed...

Though it looks like a fubar. What with so soon after the Exomars launch anomaly, it's just going to give the nay-spacers more ammunition.

It's hard, OK?

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NASA's mighty SLS to burn 1.215 Olympic-sized pools

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Re: Family sized swimming pools...

Second that. Ours, well, the one that came with the rented house, is 85,000 l. Close enough to 20,000 gallons.

It was interesting to work out because it's sort of a 90 degree triangle, but the hypotenuse is 'Z' shaped.

But we digress, as already stated, Olympice Size Pools is a safer measure.

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Tech biz bosses tell El Reg a Brexit will lead to a UK Techxit

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Re: Freedom of movement.

But, Brexit is basically the finger to any EU citizen living and paying taxes in the UK. That includes mid and high-earners too, remember.

After 20 years in the UK, if Brexit happens, I'll reluctantly pack up the family and leave.

I don't know the size of this effect, but you may want think about which nationalities you want to replace the gap.

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How a Brexit could stop UK biz and Europe swapping personal data

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@ Yogguy

How do you think human relations work, either micro or macro? If you tell someone to eff off, they're not going to like you for a good while.

Your comment reveals that you think English culture is not part of European people or cultures. Says it all really. You may want to look at history and see how blended it all really is.

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IBM pimps Watson out to Hilton robot for concierge duty

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Re: PR bullshit

Well said. This is what spews out when PR drones go inside out, i.e. the internal jargon/bullshit makes it outside.

experience = visit

hospitality = hotel

setting = hotel

deeper guest engagement = profit

So, "visits to hotels with this robot can lead to more profit". Which is still bullshit, 'cause it won't.

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Chinese boffins grow new eye lenses using stem cells

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Someone's been watching Blade Runner

It's always the Chinese. Always.

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German lodges todger in 13 steel rings

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FAIL

Vorsprung durch Technik?

German application of engineering at its worst. Use something stretchy FFS.

But great recovery.

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NASA compiles Scott Kelly space photo album

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Joke

In the first photo...

...they're clearly holding their breath.

Are they short on air up there?

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How exactly do you rein in a wildly powerful AI before it enslaves us all?

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Re: The Adventurous Rise of Virtual Machine Control with Remote Virtual Commands

OMG - it's already here. Masquerading as amanfrommars... There is no other explanation.

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Uncle Sam's boffins stumble upon battery storage holy grail

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Fossil religion?

It's funny how strong the resistance to electric cars is. "I live in a flat", "Cables will make people fall over", "It needs to be cheaper than petrol" etc. It's bordering on fossil religion.

I imagine horse owners felt similarly aggrieved about noisy internal combustion automobiles.

Thinking about it, someone should calculate the human cost of fossil engine noise. We have learned to accept it but I, for one, will be happier when my neighbour stops running his engine warm at 4am.

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Essex cop abused police IT systems to snoop on his in-laws

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In the scheme of serious crimes...

...this was not one of them.

Yes, it was naughty to look them up, but, as far as we know, he didn't act on the information. I'd be more worried if he searched people not connected to his family.

I don't buy this crap about 'highest standards'. That only leads to Robocops modelled on Theresa May.

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Voyager 1 now 20 BEEEELLION KMs from the Sun

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Alien

If there ever was a perfect name for a spacecraft

Although, on second thought, if Hawkin is right, Galactic Signpost might be more appropriate.

"The food is in that direction" ----------------->

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Zero. Zilch. Nada. That's how much Netflix uses its own data centres now

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Remember Netflix is suggestions for the masses. There are probably less than 100k films world wide that get watched with any frequency, excluding pron. That is a small universe.

Also, Netflix is becoming a production house with a website attached. So don't expect the selection to grow. It it the opposite.

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Are Indians too stupid to be trusted with free Internet?

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Re: Hang on....

Exactly that. The article author needs to take his anti-irony spectacles off.

His line of reasoning has him come across as worse than Zuck.

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Alphabetti spaghetti: What Wall Street isn't telling you about Google

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Re: How long can a monopoly survive unregulated?

Google has about 90% of web/mobile searches in Europe. Which, yes, more or less makes them a monopoly.

Owning the "intent" of the consumer is terrifically powerful, which is why they are so insanely valued. There are two big "buts" (no, not that kind):

Facebook owns "identity", which is why they bought Atlas and why they now tout their efficiency above Google's. In other words they serve ads to more of the right people. (yes, there is Google+ and Google Mail, but they are footnotes in the scheme of things compared to 1.6bn FB accounts)

Secondly, a monopoly, even fairly acquired, is a precarious position as any hint of abuse will attract the wrong attention. And here is one area where Europe and the US usefully have a similar stance. So Google can't leverage their advantage because they'll get called out.

So you could say Google is snookered, though that will take a long time to play out.

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Re: Can anyone having the right knowledge tell us

You analyse the performance per network and campaign. It's pretty obvious when clicks don't generate revenue. However, when you run at scale across countries it becomes trickier. The cross-over is when your staff cost to check becomes higher than the incremental efficiency gain. Nowhere near a perfect science.

Also, you need to consider the "display" value of an ad. I know we all hate ads, but the good ones, even banners, catch a fleeting moment of attention. Advertising was always thus.

You could say ITV is into the same "fraud" as Google. In the end you have no guarantees, just exposure of an uncertain value.

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