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Tablets Aren’t Killing Laptops, But Smartphones Are Killing Tablets http://zite.to/1wxIROB
Tablets Aren’t Killing Laptops, But Smartphones Are Killing Tablets http://zite.to/1wxIROB
The Four Seasons grand tour: stay at every Four Seasons hotel and resort in the world for a week in succession.
That's 93 weeks worth of travel. http://www.fourseasons.com/find_a_... - Sean McBride
No harm in fantasizing. - Sean McBride
Four Seasons: Beaches (25 locations) http://www.fourseasons.com/find_a_... - Sean McBride
A quantum world arising from many ordinary ones http://zite.to/1sXh1Jm
A quantum world arising from many ordinary ones http://zite.to/1sXh1Jm
William Gibson: The future will view us "as a joke" http://zite.to/1pHAPwL
William Gibson: The future will view us "as a joke" http://zite.to/1pHAPwL
History moves forward in a cloud or field of ever-shifting and ever-evolving terms and topics.
So bring on the data science to decipher it. - Sean McBride
Most mainstream websites are now so gummed up with commercial crap that they are unusable.
Or what happens when we don't want to pay for content... - Todd Hoff
There has to be a better way to pay for content. - Sean McBride
One option: 1 click to pay for a day, week, month or year of ad-free content on a given website. - Sean McBride
What a joy it is to watch commercial-free films and TV series on Netflix. - Sean McBride
Some have figured out how to make libraries pay, and still have some commercial sales crap on the sides. - Joe
None of those approaches work in real life Sean. - Todd Hoff
Having the option to pay for an ad-free version of websites might work -- both modes of revenue-generation could operate together. Think of smartphone apps. - Sean McBride
It doesn't work. People don't pay. And since you are removing your best advertising targets your advertising revenue also goes down. This is why nobody does this. It canabalizes ad revenue for a pitiable for pay revenue stream. Using both together you get less. Who makes money selling content via smartphone apps Sean? You have to think this through as business person. Not just user who doesn't like ads in their content. - Todd Hoff
Are the Internet and the Web revolutionizing the way that many of us process advertising? I know that commercial messages have absolutely no impact on my mind -- I automatically filter them out. Most of my purchases are based on using Google to quickly turn up objective comparative evaluations of products and services -- an activity that would have been impossible for most people to... more... - Sean McBride
Amazon.com rankings of best-selling and top-rated products, combined with user reviews, are much more useful than advertising for getting a handle on products of particular types and making buying decisions. - Sean McBride
Many smartphone apps are offering paid ad-free versions. I make it a point never to use ad-only smartphone apps. This is also why I use Netflix much more than traditional cable TV these days -- commercials kill the narrative flow and mood of great films and TV series. - Sean McBride
For content, who is making money off of paid ad-free versions? Netflix isn't the same deal at all. - Todd Hoff
How is Netflix a different model? -- you pay them a monthly fee to get rid of commercial messages. Many people would probably like to pay a reasonable fee to Facebook to filter out all the advertising there. I know many people who buy the ad-free versions of smartphone apps -- it's a small price to pay to get a clean and uncluttered interface. - Sean McBride
In what way is Netflix like your normal blog trying to put up content that people might want to consume? In what way is it like twitter or facebook? While some people would pay to see an ad free twitter, it's a very small amount. If most people had to pay they would simply switch. Or they would substitute by reading some other content source. Netflix has always been paid. They also... more... - Todd Hoff
I am not saying that users of websites should be forced to pay for ad-free content -- merely that they should be offered that option. Some percentage of users will exercise it, just as some users choose to pay for ad-free versions of smartphone apps. - Sean McBride
Your suggestion lowers total revenue. Who would do that? - Todd Hoff
On what hard numbers are you basing the statement that providing an option for paying for ad-free content on websites would lower total revenue? - Sean McBride
How many users are dealing with the sprawl and squalor of commercial messaging on websites now: they right-click on the links to substantive website content and save it to services like Pocket -- they don't even bother visiting the websites. - Sean McBride
It's a downward cycle that few have cracked unless your content is super compelling. Aggregators like Google is where the money is. Just like in music. It's sad really. - Todd Hoff
Of course there is always this option: [Firefox > Adblock Plus https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US...] - Sean McBride
Then you are cutting of the air supply of the content generators so they will no longer be able to generate content. But who doesn't want something for nothing? - Todd Hoff
Content providers should be paid for their work -- but I am not going to consume their content if they embed it in a jungle of junk. - Sean McBride
But you did consume it. With adblocker or some other way to circumvent the ads. The consistent and ethical action would to not to consume the content and boycott the site. Cake and eat it too. - Todd Hoff
In principle, you are right. In reality, we are still living in the wild, wild west with regard to sorting out these technologies, conventions and rules. - Sean McBride
In reality the power of rationalization wins. People will take content because they can while the content providers go uncompensated. It's really quite simple. - Todd Hoff
I don't see it as simple at all. These arrangements are the product of social negotiations over time -- and the world is still in a state of negotiation regarding intellectual property on the Internet -- with quite a few bugs still to be worked out. - Sean McBride
Don't make it sound so high minded. Something of value was made available to you for which you actively avoided compensation. It's simple. - Todd Hoff
"So say good night to the bad guy! Come on. The last time you gonna see a bad guy like this again, let me tell you. Come on. Make way for the bad guy. There's a bad guy comin' through! Better get outta his way!" -- Al Pacino, Scarface (1983) - Sean McBride
Number of downloads of Adblock Plus as of today: 289,508,362. Average daily users in last 30 days: 18,209,737. - Sean McBride
Yes, people like free shit. Is that news? - Todd Hoff
Many of them like a clean, elegant and speedy Web experience -- crap-free. Web companies had better find a way to deliver it. - Sean McBride
You like them. You just don't want to pay for them. - Todd Hoff
I would be happy to pay for them -- just as I already pay for ad-free Netflix video, ad-free Kindle ebooks and ad-free Android apps. My point is that these ad-free services for the most part don't exist on the Web. That, for instance, is why Ello has arisen to challenge Facebook. - Sean McBride
Data Mining Reveals How News Coverage Varies Around the World http://zite.to/1oyJpD1
Data Mining Reveals How News Coverage Varies Around the World http://zite.to/1oyJpD1
Don't Get Used To Mobile Apps — Their Days Are Very Obviously Numbered http://zite.to/10qU3B1
Don't Get Used To Mobile Apps — Their Days Are Very Obviously Numbered http://zite.to/10qU3B1
Marked-up semantic assertions: write once, use forever in endless combinations with other marked-up semantic assertions.
# features of marked up facts (semantic assertions) 1. browsable 2. combinable and recombinable with other facts 3. consistent syntax 4. consistent terminology 5. interoperable 6. machine-inferencable 7. machine-readable 8. machine-minable 9. modular 10. searchable 11. sortable 12. standalone 13. write once, use forever - Sean McBride
Should Facebook offer a paid, ad-free version? - CNN.com [FLASHBACK] - http://www.cnn.com/2013...
Should Facebook offer a paid, ad-free version? - CNN.com [FLASHBACK]
"Twitter co-founder Biz Stone has been using Facebook quite a bit lately, and he has some friendly advice for the company, from one social network to another. Stone thinks Facebook should offer an ad-free subscription version for $10 a month. A premium version of Facebook could appeal to people who don't want to wade through the barrage of ads for a juice-cleanse delivery service or Edward Snowden fan fiction (these are the actual ads I currently see on my Facebook account)." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
List of lists of lists - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
Google Teams up with Oxford University to Advance AI Research http://zite.to/1pDBYpb
Google Teams up with Oxford University to Advance AI Research http://zite.to/1pDBYpb
Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin, Blows Everyone's Mind | WIRED http://smar.ws/hgWf4 #SmartNews
Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin, Blows Everyone's Mind | WIRED http://smar.ws/hgWf4 #SmartNews
PhotoMath Calculates Equations Using Your Phone's Camera http://smar.ws/65u4T #SmartNews
PhotoMath Calculates Equations Using Your Phone's Camera http://smar.ws/65u4T #SmartNews
Reading ebooks and etexts on big screen TVs -- a viable activity? I think maybe.
Can the web predict the future with long-term bets? - http://www.cnn.com/ http://smar.ws/DoQAa #SmartNews
Can the web predict the future with long-term bets? - http://CNN.com http://smar.ws/DoQAa #SmartNews
Twitter's Audacious Plan to Infiltrate All Your Apps | WIRED http://smar.ws/GmTDd #SmartNews
Twitter's Audacious Plan to Infiltrate All Your Apps | WIRED http://smar.ws/GmTDd #SmartNews
Inbox is a total reinvention of email from Google | The Verge http://smar.ws/t86qG #SmartNews
Inbox is a total reinvention of email from Google | The Verge http://smar.ws/t86qG #SmartNews
One can precisely situate everything in space and time with place/time and time/place vectors (trees).
And all of those vectors can be situated and connected on a single semantic grid. - Sean McBride
The best way to undermine the effectiveness of your social media posts is to load them up with obscenities and verbal abuse.
Think of angry and incoherent street corner drunks -- do you listen to them or avoid them? - Sean McBride
Brevity and understatement is the name of the game. - Sean McBride
Using Neural Tools to Augment Prediction of Performance, Expertise, and Domain-knowledge (UNTAPPED) https://www.fbo.gov/index...
"The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) is seeking information on novel approaches and tools for predicting an individual's future cognitive performance in complex environments using structural and functional measures of the brain." - Sean McBride
Nielsen Will Soon Rate Everything on the Web, From Videos to Articles | WIRED http://smar.ws/WhJPt #SmartNews
Nielsen Will Soon Rate Everything on the Web, From Videos to Articles | WIRED http://smar.ws/WhJPt #SmartNews
Wikidata/Notes/DBpedia and Wikidata https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki...
Climate Change Denial and Warming Evidence | The Energy Collective - http://theenergycollective.com/henry-a...
Climate Change Denial and Warming Evidence | The Energy Collective
"Deniers cannot selectively choose the data they wish to use while rejecting the entire data set from consideration. It is unacceptable to focus arbitrarily on only the period supporting their view while ignoring the extended global temperature record. Data covering most of the industrial era, 1880-present, are shown below." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
Who To Follow On Twitter, According To Marc Andreessen http://zite.to/1weWjpL
Who To Follow On Twitter, According To Marc Andreessen http://zite.to/1weWjpL
pmarca=Marc Andreessen on Twitter /i - Sean McBride
hmm, Marc Andreessen is looking more and more like Dr Phil. - Greg GuitarBuster
Isaac Asimov's Newly Published 1959 Paper for DARPA on Creativity - http://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/isaac-a...
Isaac Asimov's Newly Published 1959 Paper for DARPA on Creativity
"Isaac Asimov was one of the great sci-fi writers of the 20th century. So naturally, at the dawn of the space age, the military wanted to tap his brain. In 1959 he was approached by ARPA (now known as DARPA) to "think outside of the box" about how ideas are formed. His brief work for the organization has never been published, until today." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"As MIT Technology Review explains, Asimov took a few meetings with ARPA and Allied Research Associates in Boston, but ultimately decided against long term involvement with the organizations. Asimov was apparently afraid that any access to classified military material would limit his freedom of expression. And rightly so, since it would have no doubt hampered his ability to publish fiction freely. However, Asimov did produce a single paper for the organization that has never been published until today." - Sean McBride
"Probably more inhibiting than anything else is a feeling of responsibility. The great ideas of the ages have come from people who weren't paid to have great ideas, but were paid to be teachers or patent clerks or petty officials, or were not paid at all. The great ideas came as side issues. To feel guilty because one has not earned one's salary because one has not had a great idea is the surest way, it seems to me, of making it certain that no great idea will come in the next time either." - Sean McBride
Fwd: "As Online Viewing Soars, Internet TV Will Soon Be the Only TV" via WIRED http://ift.tt/1oocGR1 (via http://friendfeed.com/bluesun...)
Fwd: "As Online Viewing Soars, Internet TV Will Soon Be the Only TV" via WIRED http://ift.tt/1oocGR1 (via http://ff.im/1kt8Rl)
Lefty journalism professor tries to discredit the Tea Party by passing along sensational footage to his buddies at the Times!!! » Pressthink (Jay Rosen) - http://pressthink.org/2011...
"Yesterday I was the target of a “sting” operation by right wing trickster James O’Keefe. I will tell you what happened." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
Fwd: Philosophy Monkey: Steven Pinker - Linguistics as a Window to Understand the Brain - http://berto-meister.blogspot.de/2014... (via http://friendfeed.com/linguis...)
Fwd: Philosophy Monkey: Steven Pinker - Linguistics as a Window to Understand the Brain - http://berto-meister.blogspot.de/2014/10/steven-pinker-linguistics-as-window-to.html (via http://ff.im/1kt7Tu)
"One of the things I first enjoyed when I was introduced to philosophy was its recursive nature: we could use thought to investigate the nature, the rules, the structure and the limits of thought itself (and what that could tell us about the human mind). For a very similar reason I have a certain appreciation and fondness for linguistics. Most of our communication takes place through language, and linguists are hard at work trying to understand what they can about human cognition, nature and culture, by paying close attention to the way in which we use language." - Sean McBride
"In the following lecture, Steven Pinker provides a fascinating introduction to questions such as how syntax (the study of linguistic structure), phonology (the study of sound), semantics (the study of meaning) and pragmatics (the study of the social and cultural role and context of language), all help us to understand how language works. He also provides a lesson on the nature of the... more... - Sean McBride
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