twitter is getting more and more aggressive with ads. Most annoying now is the auto-play video ads.
ok. today's xah edu corner: ads or no ads.
to ad or no ad, is a eternal struggle. many claim to rather pay than ads, but that's ideology talking. by statistics, human animals don't pay, unless forced.
but forced pay may not work cuz human animals want free. even if at $1 a year, you wipe out large percent of your audience
the issue is rather psychology and whole system, than individual's judgement of cost/benefits.
many micro payment companies since 1990s failed cuz nobody want to signup. micro pay protocols failed too cuz tragedy of the commons.
publishers, and services such as twitter, have this rather curious problem. You get massive users, spent lots money, but how you gonna get paid?
publishers ＆ services end up force pushing and pushing and pushing ads, and sell user data.
users, for the most part, just keep using it, and kept bitching about it, or use ad blocker.
ad blocker software writter themselves, are faced with the same issue. When popular, they sell out.
the pretention of human animals, resulted this cop ＆ robber game.
with spammers, and SEO fucks that rephrase news, as large sector of the game.
Björk ♪〈Pagan Poetry〉 🎶
lock few phD's in a room and get theory of the century?
you can't lock a few phD's in a room and expect great theory. You ends up with lunatics and suicide. Cuz human animals are not machines.
similarly, you can't force fat people to not eat, or put addicts in bondage. Result may be collapse + zombie.
for human animals, sometimes, pep talk, care, will do wonders.
from machine point of view, that means, certain vibration in medium of air, has magical effect on human animal.
lulsec, bitcoin, silk road, a wondrous novel.
Got another DMCA takedown notice. This time, it's a legit call. Nakedness — a WASP Crime
Debian Linux Founder, Ian Murdock (1973 to 2015) Killed Himself
A Clockwork Orange, page 3 (oldie)
Britney Spear as Birthing Sculpture (oldie)
A social media star, 18 years old girl, career suicide, because “it's all a lie”
she's got half a million followers, on various social websites. And, 1 post she can earn some $1400.
the following video, shows some of her paid posts.
There's a blog, titled 〈Why It's OK to Block Ads〉. See:
〔Why It's OK to Block Ads By James Williams. @ http://blog.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/2015/10/why-its-ok-to-block-ads/〕
What a idiotic article.
I spent 30 min to write a comment, and decided it's not worth posting to. Why? then it's the same old to-ban-or-not-to-ban thing, and i event spent time to check their comment policy. And, in the end, i don't get candy except helping the idiotic essay's popularity.
Here's my comment, scathing as intended.
I concur on the correctness of your opinion, that the advertising industry spend millions to exploit psychology. Almost every big commercially run website, is designed to max ads, down to color and font choice.
But, the way they are, is because our behavior made it so. Facebook et al don't have a paid version because nobody would pay. As simple as that.
One big chuck of opinion on this issue is that “Info Should be Free.”, “Best things are free, look at air.”. But, your opinion isn't this.
I couldn't tell in a minute what site is this. Your essay, nary a citation or scientific research, and seems just a opinion piece, yet this site seems to be associated with University of Oxford? So, am i right that my attention just got robbed by a university? And what does university want? Not my money, but my intelluctual attention?
In one minute i couldn't find out who you are. Are you a professor in the area of ethics/philosophy? or student? So, one of the design flaw of this seemingly academic website/university/blog, is failing to clearly identify authors.
Now, back to ads. So, you are saying, it's ok to block ads because the industry exploit people's psychology. In fact, it's a moral obligation to block ads!!! Then, by the same token, it's ok to not pay tax because a tax system is broken? By not paying taxes, i let my government know that something's wrong?
In modern society, lots things are broken. Are we supposed to just get angry and become HULK?
I was thinking, i couldn't find a merit in this essay, and that i just wasted half-an-hour reading and commenting about it. But wait! It got us thinking, communicating, thanks to, ads!
DMCA takedown notice of Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction 2004 photo
Cults ＆ Religion (new index)
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
The Wolf of Wall Street
Jonathan G. Lebed (born September 29, 1984) is an American stock trader prosecuted by the SEC at age 15 for stock manipulation.
Lebed was the first minor prosecuted by the SEC. Between September 1999 and February 2000, Lebed made hundreds of thousands of dollars from the computer in his bedroom in Cedar Grove, New Jersey by posting in Internet chat rooms and on message boards encouraging people to buy penny stocks he already owned, thus, according to the SEC, artificially raising the price of the stock. Between September 1999 and February 2000, his smallest one-day gain was $12,000 while his biggest was $74,000. The SEC, under Arthur Levitt, prosecuted him. In 2001, Lebed and the SEC negotiated an out-of-court settlement in which Lebed forfeited $285,000 in profit and interest he had made on 11 trades without admitting any wrongdoing — allowing him to keep close to half a million dollars.
Jordan Ross Belfort (/ˈbɛlfɔːrt/; born July 9, 1962) is an American author, motivational speaker, and former stockbroker who pleaded guilty to fraud and related crimes in connection with stock market manipulation and running a boiler room as part of a penny stock scam. Belfort spent 22 months in prison as part of an agreement under which he gave testimony against numerous partners and subordinates in his fraud scheme. He published a memoir, The Wolf of Wall Street, which was adapted into a film, released in 2013. It was directed by Martin Scorsese and starred Leonardo DiCaprio as Belfort.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013 film)
Gamer SWATTED Phenomenon (on its own page)
The True Believer: Thoughts On The Nature Of Mass Movements
YoungBloodZ ♪〈Damn〉 🎶
eye balls burning, entire body limp as puppet, pain in head and everywhere. Crawling for water. Lie wasted. Slept for 24 hours.
Christian Televangelist Robert Tilton Fraud Scandal
80 million dollars a year, donation, tax free.
most donors are women above 50, in USA bible belt.
Robert Gibson Tilton (born June 7, 1946) is an American televangelist of the prosperity gospel widely known for his infomercial-styled religious television program Success-N-Life, which at its peak in 1991 aired in all 235 American TV markets (daily in the majority of them), brought in nearly $80 million per year, and was described as “the fastest growing television ministry in America.”
search on youtube for “Robert Tilton”, you'll find lots.
never, ever, read a story shared on social networks.
I read one today, because the title is intriguing. But after 3 hours total spent on the subject (which, includes, 50% post-reading fact check), i'd say i rather wasted 3 hours.
yes, that includes you, my friends, who post stuff linking to news reports sites etc.
i like to say a few things about my habit, although i've said them before.
i never follow a link on social network. I used to never click a plus or thumbs up on social networks. But that gave way. But anyway, society is shaped by idiots following streamed news from social networks. Lots articles have written about this… it's quite interesting, even some hardcore geeks, ⁖ in the programing circle, who are typically aggressively “Open Source” or “Free Software”, also read or links to trash.
…ok but what am i saying? what should one read? well… i used to say just read wikipedia, but even that i'm not sure i can endorse today. Ok, here's one thing i'm sure about: read only text books, nothing but that. The text books college students or graduate students read. Yes, those.
well, but in any case, i don't think am convincing, nor have i actually tried to be, or gave reasons. Because, actually, i know, it'll basically have 0 effect.
actually am thinking not posting this… but oh well.
ok, let me give another shot. Don't read stuff from online stream. Instead, if there's a person, site, blog, you like, bookmark, and painfully and manually seek it daily.
and, when you read online articles, set off 50% of that reading time for fact checking, author background checking. Even if, that article touched you. Especially that.
The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think
there's a book on drug war. Essentially saying that, addiction is mostly caused by lack of human connection, such as loneliness, not by some chemistry. And, thus, implying the million dollars drug war of all sorts, including cig, is futile.
there's a online article about it:
〔The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think By Johann Hari. @ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/johann-hari/the-real-cause-of-addicti_b_6506936.html〕
I read it, because of its fascinating title, wow, “The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered”. And, the article is so touching, seems true.
but my skeptical mind can't stop trying to find some basis.
indeed, the author Johann Hari, has a questionable past. Johann Hari
Chasing the Scream
Drug War, is idiotic. But the book, is probably trash.
there's a ad going around on YouTube, about how you can be rich, with Lamborghini, and 1k books. Just Google “Tai Lopez scam” or “the youtube just bought this new Lamborghini guy”.
The story of Fat Francis
〔Jimmy Carter: The U.S. Is an “Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery” By Jon Schwarz. @ https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/07/30/jimmy-carter-u-s-oligarchy-unlimited-political-bribery/〕
Eyes Wide Shut Screenshots
Sam Harris vs Bruce Schneier https://www.schneier.com/essays/archives/2012/05/to_profile_or_not_to.html
Sam Harris vs Noam Chomsky http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/the-limits-of-discourse
〔XKEYSCORE: NSA's Google for the World's Private Communications By Morgan Marquis-Boire, Glenn Greenwald, And Micah Lee. @ https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/07/01/nsas-google-worlds-private-communications/〕
Reading Notes on 〈Intimate Behavior〉 (repost)
Third World Blind
Derinkuyu underground city
AIDS/HIV World Map (updated)
China Air Pollution Map
Hatton Garden safe deposit burglary
In April 2015, the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company, an underground safe deposit facility in London's Hatton Garden area was burgled. The burglary occurred during a period in which both the Easter Bank Holiday and Passover coincided. The police first announced that the facility had been burgled on 7 April, and reports based on CCTV footage state that the attack on the facility commenced on April 2. The theft is being investigated by the Flying Squad, a branch of the Specialist, Organised ＆ Economic Crime Command within London's Metropolitan Police Service.
The total stolen may have a value of up to £200m.
Hatton Garden safe deposit burglary
〈Tomorrow Belongs to Me〉 Cabaret Screenshots
Nelson Mandela on USA (on its own page)
What Happened to Jennycam?
what happened to Jennycam?
She just withdrawn, and no internet presence.
Voice interview in 2014. 〔#5 Jennicam The internet's first real celebrity. By Gimletmedia.Com. @ http://gimletmedia.com/episode/5-the-jennicam/〕
Moulin Rouge, C'est Féerie 🎶 (minor update)