* Posts by GrandTour

7 publicly visible posts • joined 11 May 2016

Ad-slinger Turn caught with its hand in Verizon's 'supercookie' jar


Oooh! Busted!

I knew invasive tracking cookies were a bad idea...

I used and recommended Disconnect Privacy to kill the cookie before it could get out on the network.

UK.gov wants to fine websites £250,000 if teens watch porn vids


That's going to be interesting

What you should really be doing is fining websites and advertising agencies 250k for malware infections. (that's 250k per computer infected)

But wait, there's more!

The owner of the ad company will immediately surrender all business assets to the proper regulatory authorities.

Basically, run malware ads that destroy people's computers, BOOM! your business has been destroyed.

3GPP sets 2018 as freeze date for 5G air interfaces



So... 5G wireless means you can blast past your data cap in minutes now?

When will data be unlimited?

Cloudian clobbers car drivers with targeted ads


Re: Uniquely relevant

I remember my first targeted ad, they didn't realize what happens if you don't filter words that are impossible to buy/sell with marketplace ads.

I was searching for explosions for a school project.

This is a Google ad gem:

Looking for explosions?

Find new and used explosions on eBay!


Wow! Definitely not appealing at all!

I have yet to buy something based on advertising alone... everything I get is researched and reviewed before purchased.

Remember, people are idiots...

That alone will save you much headache and grief.

Chattanooga mayor credits muni broadband with aiding city's revival


I live in Chattanooga, EPB fibre/fiber is definitely the fastest internet and they are leading the way in the use of SmartGrid and GPON technology. Countries from all over the world come visit EPB to learn how to deploy their own SmartFiberGrid.

To all Major ISP's, if you cannot serve what the people want and you're doing a terrible job of what you are offering (and it can be proven by independent researchers) All exclusive and monopoly rights are null and void! No one should have to suffer the horror stories of Comcast/Verizon's failures either!

I filed a formal complaint to At&t when they blocked EPB's expansion to under-served communities surrounding Chattanooga. To At&t - stop blocking innovation, all it does is give your company bad press and no one will like you as much (or you make the whole nation angry at you... oh wait, stop trying to be Comcast)

The fact is, At&t/Comcast/Charter should be competing to do fiber service as it's time to drop copper, switch to lightspeed and stop being evil! No one cares about monopolies anymore, all we want is fast reliable internet!

Blocking ads? Smaller digital publishers are smacked the hardest


Ads are annoying

Serve ads that are 100% relevant to the content of the article, small, and mesh/match the site color scheme. Any popovers/tracking/sound/videos/flashing is grounds for adblock plus.

In a nutshell, I hold sites to the standard that Spiceworks has set.

How to fix the advertising industry:

Make it illegal for ad companies to serve malicious content.

Make it illegal for businesses to buy/serve/run ad campaigns that have hidden malware.

Require a real person to make the campaign purchase and hold them liable in a contract for any attempts to serve malware.

Ad companies need the buyer to prove there's no malware before submitting a campaign, they need testbed and practice areas for ad-viewing that are scanned and monitored heavily for any obfuscated attempt to slip in malware.

If there's malware, serve a warning if it was a compromised site and if it was a nefarious act, that person and company are blacklisted permanently with all internet and paper advertising agencies.

Make the fines so steep that any attempt to serve malware would be met with the police and written warning or a $5000 fine per infected computer.