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  1. This form isn't really critical to us, and I also decided to move it to another URL. I can be like "Google, you lovable rascals, what have you done now LOL". However, I heard that a local ERP company was slapped with a similar false positive notice. For their entire site/service. They have to do everything by the book so they got a 3rd party security consultants involved - after auditing their whole server. I'm not them, but that seriously pisses me off.
  2. Excellent question. I'm not sure how these companies would know the "fakeness" of any piece - even if it had stuff that was clearly false. Facebook reportedly laid off their content verification team, and fully relies on the algorithm. This has probably increased the "echo chamber" effect. Google seems to go by pagerank as usual, so if there's a network of sites writing about a topic they can dominate the results for a search term. I'm a bit skeptical about this announcement. Could be just lip service because none of this matters for their bottom line.
  3. Nope. If it's a new feature maybe us Finns get it in 2018 or something.
  4. As if I didn't have enough on my table already Google decided to slap our site with WNC-806900 aka social engineering content complaint. The page in question is a rather simple trial account form. I suspect that the reason for this flagging is a bit of Javascript that automatically populates username and password fields. This is done for user convenience. Our system needs to have usernames, but users log in by email. Thus the usernames can be any string of garbage - well, except for the actual email because of... ummm... ehhh... reasons? We're sending the passwords out so automatically generating them at least makes sure they're strong. There's also some limitations in the form system which made the Javascript look like a good and quick solution. However, I've now switched this code to PHP as much as I can. I'm basically just venting a bit here, but maybe this could help someone. Reconsideration request is on it's way, of course.
  5. In Finland we're couple of years behind in some tech things, and this might be one of them. However, the story is the same. QR codes appeared, there were some buzz in the industry, and then they vanished almost completely. At least one chain of stores was still using them when I last saw their catalogue, but I've not seen a QR for a while. As someone pointed out they were too cumbersome. Also, the marketers who adopted them didn't really have any good reason to use the codes. I've seen a physical banner that explained the construction happening behind the fence, and a QR code that went to a webpage that had exactly the same content. Scan a few of these, and you're going to be disgusted at the stupidity of the whole phenomenon. Which is a shame because there really are some interesting potential uses.
  6. Actually criticism is on the list of stuff that's explicitly allowed by this law. If you're posting legitimate criticism you should be in the clear. This is why someone like YourMovieSucks can legally do what he does - criticize a movie with videos that use a lot of footage from that movie. YouTube's DMCA notice policies are FUBAR, and allow blatant illegal behavior from content owners, but that's another story. And if you'd literally call something "poop" you'd be taking Penn & Teller's approach. You know, call someone a quack or fraud and they can sue. Call them an idiot and you're just voicing an opinion. (I had much ruder word here, but you get the picture.) The income from content is not the ultimate deciding factor, it's just one of the considerations. If your use is transformative and/or doesn't hurt the original author you might be ok. The examples you provided, however, are likely not. Your rule of thumb makes sense in my opinion. These laws and precedents are rather complex, but usually the manufacturer doesn't mind if you're bringing some sort of value to them. Well, Google's seems to be in the "allowed uses" list. It's also possible for you to ask them to not show your pictures, but that'd be just plain stupid in most cases.
  7. I actually have an ancient digital copy of Marshall's book, and I'll probably get the new one (or ask my boss if the company can buy it). Fully agree, it's a really good book.
  8. Hello, I'm looking for a good Adwords course. I would prefer video-based courses. From intermediate to advanced - I know the basics already. I'm not on a strict budget, but should be under couple hundred dollars. Do you know any that you can recommend? Lynda seems to carry a couple of courses, and I'll probably test their service in any case. Thanks!
  9. I'm not a lawyer, but that's probably not fair use. You know, as in the legal term. "Examples of fair use in United States copyright law include commentary, search engines, criticism, parody, news reporting, research, and scholarship." sez Wikipedia. Although you could argue that the purpose and character of a box shot would make it fair use, but I can't really comment on that. However, it would be silly for the content owner to protest since you're selling their product for them even if you're using their copyrighted images. I'd use vendor's images without asking.
  10. I've tried some of them. The ones I currently use are Paid Membership Pro and WPMUDev's Membership 2. The first one handles orders, service packages and confirmation emails pretty well, and it's customizable. I see the other one as more of a simple content access plugin, but it's good at that. Paid Membership Pro has a bunch of extra plugins, and also hooks and filters for the programmers. PMPro uses the same kind of template customization mechanism that eg. WooCommerce has: just copy the files to your theme directory. YMMV, but I've had to do some changes to order confirmation, user account page, other pages provided by the plugin, and even order reports. Tried Wishlist Member at one point, but it wasn't as customizable as I was hoping for. The PHP code was also obfuscated (ie. programmatically made non-readable). This might not be a deal breaker for most users, but I'm building a heavily customized service on top of these tools so occasionally I have to take a peek at the source code to see what the plugin actually does.
  11. There's several sites that can take a guess. For example, http://builtwith.com/ However, in this instance there's no clues in the source code. They seem to be running an ASP script so something might be based on MS technology. It's hosted on Amazon's cloud. Even the server software doesn't identify itself. Smells like custom code to me.
  12. Never dealt with this, but I'm a man. I'm pretty sure that women in tech have much different experiences than me. Well, I've heard a few stories, of course... I agree that a true misogynist is someone who's really hard to deal with. I've seen my boss call a big client's rep for mistreating his staff, but that's different. The person at the other end was intelligent, and usually very reasonable. If you're dealing with primordial attitudes and backwards worldviews there's no way to reason with that. This might be a bit off topic, sorry about that. A guy who's well-known in local business circles recently posted an article about the "hardest 'ism'". Feminism, of course. He flat out admitted that it was laughable to think that a he'd gotten the academic positions if he was a woman with the same CV. He said that he's allowed to mess around in his job, and people are still applauding. He can publicly say and do things that women just can't. Unfortunately this is how the world works in 2016.
  13. I play certain location-based multiplayer game. The players who travel to play always need connectivity. Your options of course depend on your destination, but mobile seems to be the easiest to find in many places. I like to have a "real computer", but Chromebook could be a good solution for what you want to achieve. There's the plus that most of your content would be safe in the cloud.
  14. WooCommerce is pretty nice for anything e-commerce related. Most of the plugins on their site aren't free, but there's stuff like Finnish payment gateways that would take a while to implement. There seems to be a healthy ecosystem around WooCommerce. If you need to do a classifieds site or a directory you could use WooCommerce to take the orders, and something else to create the articles.
  15. Agreed. Why not? It's not like they're necessarily invested in oil industry. Disruptive innovations can the most profitable kind. And you know what? This actually happened in Dragons Den (Canadian version). Bret Wilson decided to make an offer. I don't remember much of this episode, but googling for "dragons den vorktex magnacoaster" might find it. However, the inventor wasn't able to provide a working version of his device so there was no actual deal after the broadcasted handshake.
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