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  1. Comment on The Atlantic Launches New Subscription Plans and Introduces A Metered Model in ~news

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    Isn’t that what Apple News+ is pushing for?

    Isn’t that what Apple News+ is pushing for?

  2. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    I'm currently building Nonprofit HQ It's a collection of 3 things: Recorded tutorials on how to integrate startup marketing best practices into nonprofit fundraising Interviews with nonprofits...

    I'm currently building Nonprofit HQ

    It's a collection of 3 things:

    • Recorded tutorials on how to integrate startup marketing best practices into nonprofit fundraising
    • Interviews with nonprofits about the techniques they used to raise funds for their cause
    • A collection of nonprofit discounts to SaaS tools like Trello, Github, AWS and more
    2 votes
  3. Comment on Vegetarians/Vegans? in ~health

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    I went vegan a year ago after never even attempting a vegetarian diet. Once you see what goes into meat turning into a meal and learn you don’t need to partake in that processs to live a healthy...

    I went vegan a year ago after never even attempting a vegetarian diet. Once you see what goes into meat turning into a meal and learn you don’t need to partake in that processs to live a healthy life, I didn’t see any reason to keep eating meat or consuming dairy.

    It’s generally less expensive, certainly healthier and it’s in line with how I want to see animals treated.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Any other gamblers here? in ~sports

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    Yeah, the dataset is so small. If a fighter has one fight a year, there just isn't enough to chew on.

    Yeah, the dataset is so small. If a fighter has one fight a year, there just isn't enough to chew on.

  5. Comment on Any other gamblers here? in ~sports

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    I looked at UFC gambling for a moment and did the fantasy league based on a bit of data analysis and prediction. Average pretty well for 3 events, landing in the top 1K globally but I never pulled...

    I looked at UFC gambling for a moment and did the fantasy league based on a bit of data analysis and prediction. Average pretty well for 3 events, landing in the top 1K globally but I never pulled the trigger on actually laying down money. Just too many upsets and too few fights per year for me to be comfortable making picks.

  6. Comment on What is your favorite non-American TV show? in ~tv

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    Sorry, you're right, it's not a laugh track. In fact, there's a special behind the scenes on Netflix which is pretty awesome to watch if you have the time.

    Sorry, you're right, it's not a laugh track. In fact, there's a special behind the scenes on Netflix which is pretty awesome to watch if you have the time.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on What's a useful skill that only takes an afternoon to learn? in ~talk

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    If you practice this for awhile in combination with meditation you might be able to put yourself in a relaxed state in a few breaths. I’m pretty close to getting there. If I’m feeling offbase, I’m...

    If you practice this for awhile in combination with meditation you might be able to put yourself in a relaxed state in a few breaths.

    I’m pretty close to getting there. If I’m feeling offbase, I’m able to take a few deep breaths and center myself again. It tends to help when emotions try to overcome rational thought.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Digital license plates finally hit the road in California in ~tech

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    Great, targeted messaging on a license plate. I wonder what the eventual GDPR process looks like on the back of a car.

    Great, targeted messaging on a license plate. I wonder what the eventual GDPR process looks like on the back of a car.

  9. Comment on Monster is Quietly Planning a $300 Million ICO in ~tech

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    I honestly thought it was a parody article till about halfway through. Still not sure if it’s just a PR play or if they’re actually trying to build this out.

    According to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Monster is planning to run one of the biggest ICOs of all time by selling "monster money tokens" to build the "Monster Money Network," a new e-commerce site for selling its products (and potentially those of other companies) online.

    I honestly thought it was a parody article till about halfway through. Still not sure if it’s just a PR play or if they’re actually trying to build this out.

    7 votes
  10. Comment on What's a binge-worthy show? in ~tv

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    Season 1 was pretty good, but I couldn’t get back into Season 2. The CG just felt really cheap. Great storyline though.

    Season 1 was pretty good, but I couldn’t get back into Season 2. The CG just felt really cheap. Great storyline though.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Reddit is now #3 most visited site in the US, below only Google and Youtube in ~tech

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    It's a good problem to have, but how does a popular community site avoid some of reddit's issues? Unless growth is continually capped and pruned, eventually the community will become too watered...

    It's a good problem to have, but how does a popular community site avoid some of reddit's issues?

    Unless growth is continually capped and pruned, eventually the community will become too watered down like reddit's culture is.

    If VC money is taken, there will be an incentive to monetize the audience. When you bring on a UX team, they will want to track user usage of the site. Just curious how you break past that barrier of success at scale.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~news

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    So if a president showed up on HBO for a paid interview or a series, you would cancel the service right? Because with all the money sloshing around content right now, it's bound to happen. And...

    So if a president showed up on HBO for a paid interview or a series, you would cancel the service right? Because with all the money sloshing around content right now, it's bound to happen. And what about past appearances?

  13. Comment on Hulu Analytics - Why can’t we just buy the service, and not also be part of the product? in ~tv

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    I agree, I'd love to see ad-supported content phased out, but the margins are massive. At some point, you'll be asking publishers to turn down easy to implement and maintain ad networks in place...

    I agree, I'd love to see ad-supported content phased out, but the margins are massive. At some point, you'll be asking publishers to turn down easy to implement and maintain ad networks in place of something else which will likely have a lower margin. But if user satisfaction increases, it might even out. Either way, that future isn't here yet. I still have a job 😅 and ad money is pouring in while crypto miners are being banned by browsers and frowned upon by the media. Brave barely has a market share and other cost-sharing services are just kind of limping along. I think Medium has a similar payment structure now, how are they doing?

    1 vote
  14. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~news

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    Ok, now I’m curious. Do you watch any content at all? If so, where?

    Ok, now I’m curious. Do you watch any content at all? If so, where?

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Hulu Analytics - Why can’t we just buy the service, and not also be part of the product? in ~tv

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    Hah, thanks for keeping my job security in mind. But I actually agree with you. Unfortunately, crypto mining in the browser is wildly unprofitable, even at scale. It sounds like you might be...

    Hah, thanks for keeping my job security in mind. But I actually agree with you. Unfortunately, crypto mining in the browser is wildly unprofitable, even at scale. It sounds like you might be leaning toward a BAT/Brave set up which could work, but you would need to upset Apple, Google and Microsoft to gain market share.

    The alternative is a site that has high enough costs so that it doesn’t need advertising. With that in mind though, internal teams will still want to record user usage of the site to improve it.

    Unfortunately there’s not an easy solution.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~news

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    It’s a little strange because we currently have a reality tv show host as the president and I’m sure he’ll jump back on the bandwagon as soon as the presidency winds back down. If he ends up on...

    It’s a little strange because we currently have a reality tv show host as the president and I’m sure he’ll jump back on the bandwagon as soon as the presidency winds back down.

    If he ends up on regular cable, will you cancel your cable bill? Or if he has a show on Hulu? What if he does paid media appearances while campaigning again? That’s not to say you shouldn’t vote with you dollar, you absolutely should, but where’s the cutoff?

    16 votes
  17. Comment on Hulu Analytics - Why can’t we just buy the service, and not also be part of the product? in ~tv

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    Ok, so I actually work for a streaming site in the ad department. In general, what sites like Hulu know about any one person is low on an ad tech side but that’s not entirely the way the cookie...

    Ok, so I actually work for a streaming site in the ad department. In general, what sites like Hulu know about any one person is low on an ad tech side but that’s not entirely the way the cookie crumbles.

    Let’s break it down. There are 3 angles to look at.

    1. You provided billing information to sign up and probably offered some demographic information also. They know your name, that you’re over 18, your billing address, etc. However, most of that is kept with the payment provider, someone like stripe for example, and anything kept locally is hopefully hashed so it’s not available outside of account use. This info is likely not combined with other demographic info.

    2. They offer ads on their site to third party advertisers based on basic demographic information, but these ads are sold at a cohort level, meaning you and maybe a thousand other people with similar attributes (Male, 25 - 34, in the US). Nothing outside of some basic info will be sold to outside advertisers and it won’t be in the form of raw data, just performance metrics (clicks, views, etc) from your cohort.

    3. DMP’s and IP matching services. Without getting too far down the rabbit hole, these are the semi shady companies that deal in your info. They buy large amounts of user data and then rent the ad networks and advertisers access to it. Most anonymize user info, but this is the black box stuff where you can dial it down to an individual if you’re so inclined.

    Hulu definitely does 1 and 2. They probably do number 3 also. On the plus side, #3 is filled with so many fake users and ad fraud, it’s not nearly as effective as the data brokers would have you believe.

    So is everything a little broken and there should probably be a better, probably ad-free model? Yes.

    But while ad fraud still brings in 5 figure multiples, the tracking will continue to be bogged down by fake users and bots. Really, we should be thanking them for gumming up the works so badly.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on What are some TV shows you find yourself constant rewatching? in ~tv

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    Awesome, I’ll check them out if I can find them streaming anywhere. Any chance you know where I could find season 3? Seems like it might be restricted to Australian broadcasters atm.

    Awesome, I’ll check them out if I can find them streaming anywhere. Any chance you know where I could find season 3? Seems like it might be restricted to Australian broadcasters atm.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on What are some TV shows you find yourself constant rewatching? in ~tv

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    I’d like to add these to the list: Friends B99 IT crowd How’s the Great Australian Bake Off?

    I’d like to add these to the list:

    • Friends
    • B99
    • IT crowd

    How’s the Great Australian Bake Off?

    2 votes
  20. Comment on What is your favorite non-American TV show? in ~tv

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    And even though there’s a laugh track, it’s easy to look past after a few minutes of watching.

    And even though there’s a laugh track, it’s easy to look past after a few minutes of watching.