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  • #31
    Originally posted by Shnatsel View Post
    Disabling ad blocker didn't go well. I want ads like this gone, please. Until then I have to keep the ad blocker up.
    Ads like that aren't supposed to happen. When totally irrelevant ads appear, they are blocked. I don't get to see/approve every ad out there. When I see a bogus ad myself I can block the URL but otherwise I rely upon people like you who see these bogus ads (mostly in non-US countries) to let me know their URL so I can block them.
    Michael Larabel
    http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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    • #32
      More benchmarks!

      -Compilers: versions, flags, different architectures, more compilers
      -Include javascript engines in benchmarks. At least node or something using libv8
      -A benchmark to help test reponsiveness to better test schedulers, kernels and filesystems
      -PTS: default test collection(eg.: IO profile consist of postmark, sysbench and iozone), try to use those default test collections is most benchmark articles, PTS synthetic benchmark scores(weighted score of a benchmark profile)?

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      • #33
        Originally posted by Michael View Post
        Again, that isn't possible to write less articles and just put more polishing into articles... Not until there's less AdBlockers, more high quality Linux advertisements available, more premium subscribers, etc.
        And there you have your vicious circle. Once you have higher quality articles I am willing to deal with ads on your side, for articles like this I am definitely not.
        Now you can say: Hey, disable the adblocker and I will write higher quality articles, but will you give us a warranty for that? As I see it the breaking of that circle has to come from your side, not from ours.

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        • #34
          Originally posted by Michael View Post
          Again, that isn't possible to write less articles and just put more polishing into articles... Not until there's less AdBlockers, more high quality Linux advertisements available, more premium subscribers, etc.
          actually it is. more quality articles will bring you more readers who will appreciate your articles more, it will establish your name as a quality source of linux news instead of a tabloid source of linux news and thus more people will subscribe and more quality sites will link to your articles.

          it's an investment, but then most things which improve quality are, but just pumping out articles so you can claim to have posted X number of articles at the end of the month will not change people's minds in using an adblocker. Half of what is posted could probably be placed into a twitter: "Hey I am testing RHEL 7.0 and looking good" instead of an article pointing to an old article and saying your in the processes of running the <what ever> test suit.

          Research your articles instead of going with some hype about mega super duper bug #34353 to get clicks and if by some error it seems the hype was wrong be a man and post it.

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          • #35
            Originally posted by Vim_User View Post
            And there you have your vicious circle. Once you have higher quality articles I am willing to deal with ads on your side, for articles like this I am definitely not.
            Now you can say: Hey, disable the adblocker and I will write higher quality articles, but will you give us a warranty for that? As I see it the breaking of that circle has to come from your side, not from ours.
            I don't have the resources until the ad blocking is disabled. I've already shown that when there's very fruitful ad campaigns I write more interesting content.
            Michael Larabel
            http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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            • #36
              The first thing that comes to mind is more low end system testing.

              Here I'm thinking Atom and any ARM based bards you can find that are similar to the AM1 boards. Head to head testing and comparisons would be fantastic. The potential uses for these boards are embedded controllers, HTPC systems and small servers. In other words don't test them with the idea that they are high performance workstations but rather low cost solutions to a number of non mainstream uses.

              Oh and power performance is important and frankly you need a better way of getting the power behavior of various boards across. For one in theses sorts of applications the idle and sleep power draws are just as important as the power draw when compiling Linux or whatever you load the machine with. For HTPC the power draw when playing a video should be documented too.

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              • #37
                Desktop responsiveness

                I'd like to see an article about BFS I/O scheduler and its prospecting integration, including its effects on distros adopting it like Openmandriva, that carries a set of patches like CK1, BFS (CPU by Con Kolivas), BFS (I/O scheduler by Paolo et al).

                Also I'd like to see its effect on low memory systems with slow disks and CPUs.

                Thanks for the great work, Michael et al. You do a great job.

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by Michael View Post
                  I don't have the resources until the ad blocking is disabled. I've already shown that when there's very fruitful ad campaigns I write more interesting content.
                  Don't worry, Michael, talk about entitlement: Write me a good article, and I'll stop circumventing your revenue stream. What kind of crap is that? And talk about going off-topic. This article is about ideas of things we want to see in Phoronix, not to explain how much better we could (presumably) do Michael's job.

                  Cheers!

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by kaprikawn View Post
                    +1

                    I understand the argument that Ubuntu has the biggest share, but I doubt that market share is proportionate to the Phoronix readership market share. Apart from a few fanboy Ubuntards around these parts, I think most of us use distros that are more representative of the standard Linux stack and would like to see pretty much any distro other that Ubuntu (or its derivatives) used.
                    I have to agree with this one! I never like Ubuntu and frankly see it as highly overrated and a bit ugly. Personally I'd go cold turkey and drop any mention of Ubuntu completely.

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by Shnatsel View Post
                      Disabling ad blocker didn't go well. I want ads like this gone, please. Until then I have to keep the ad blocker up.
                      Another issue I have to agree with, especially the floating adds that screw up your Broswers operation. I understand the need for ads, but there is no justification for the pop up and floating adds. All they really do is put Phoronix in very poor light.

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by wizard69 View Post
                        Another issue I have to agree with, especially the floating adds that screw up your Broswers operation. I understand the need for ads, but there is no justification for the pop up and floating adds. All they really do is put Phoronix in very poor light.
                        As said already in earlier post: "Ads like that aren't supposed to happen. When totally irrelevant ads appear, they are blocked. I don't get to see/approve every ad out there. When I see a bogus ad myself I can block the URL but otherwise I rely upon people like you who see these bogus ads (mostly in non-US countries) to let me know their URL so I can block them."
                        Michael Larabel
                        http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by mlkj View Post
                          I try to disable my adblocker and click on your ads from times to times but I'm really not having a good time browsing Phoronix with ads. They slow down my Firefox to a crawl and some (read: way too many) of them are distracting and/or targetting idiots. I wouldn't click on some of those even if you paid me to.
                          Ads that screw up your browser are the worst offenders and frankly I don't like them at all. As you say why would you even bother supporting a company that targets idiots. Personally I avoid all pop up ads and will not click on them.

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                          • #43
                            I see a two-level program as the future here

                            Originally posted by Michael View Post
                            I don't have the resources until the ad blocking is disabled. I've already shown that when there's very fruitful ad campaigns I write more interesting content.
                            Ad supported models as a primary business model are not going to last here or anywhere due to the behavior of the large advertising companies, which comments here show forcing more and more poeple to use adblockers and security browsers. It is my belief that adblocking will soon become the norm throughout the Internet, for nearly all users, due to the behavior of the major adservers and the fallout from the NSA scandals. As a result, I expect that a lot of the major adserving companies will either go belly-up or be forced to seriously reduce what they pay. I also expect to see some of the major ad-funded commercial services like Youtube get into serious trouble as revenues plummet. Some may not make it.

                            I would advise Phoronix to get ahead of this wave before Michael gets swamped by it. Best bet might be to say "money talks" when it comes to deciding what is researched or benchmarked next. Each proposed major project would be crowdfunded like "open source hardware." Some would make it, some would not. This would become the dominent revenue generator as ad revenues tailed off. Manufacturers, users, or anyone else could contribute, before a project got the green light it would have to pay its share of all Phoronix expenses, Michael's income included. If no revenue comes in, Michael "goes on strike," as anyone has the right to do, and NO articles are written until funded.

                            If the ad companies drive the whole Internet to block them, obviously something else must be found.

                            One final point: When machines must be protected, a lot of people here do have junk machines sitting around. Is it worth the time in terms of Phoronix revenue to periodically fire up a junk machine on a default live USB installer with no adblocking, connect to the site, click a few ads and pages, then shut down? Due to hardware fingerprinting (clock skew, etc), that's what it takes to permit 3ed party adservers unrestricted access without endangering your main machine these days. I've got an old Pentium 4 I can use for this when I get spare time if it would pay more than a few cents to Michael.

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by Luke View Post
                              Is it worth the time in terms of Phoronix revenue to periodically fire up a junk machine on a default live USB installer with no adblocking, connect to the site, click a few ads and pages, then shut down?
                              Click ads isn't even important... Paid per impression.
                              Michael Larabel
                              http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                              • #45
                                I disagree completely.

                                Originally posted by Michael View Post
                                Again, that isn't possible to write less articles and just put more polishing into articles... Not until there's less AdBlockers, more high quality Linux advertisements available, more premium subscribers, etc.
                                At the rate you are going here you are encouraging people to use adblockers. Today I'm getting two to three unwanted adds per page view that are the same damned thing I see on every other page view. Beyond that your pop ups and floating adds play hell with people's browsers.

                                It will come to the point where people will realize there is little content to be had and just say screw it, I will go someplace else or just turn on the ad lockers to reject everything. Content is what makes the embedded ads barable, if the the content is fluff and I just dismissed multiple adds to read it I'm not going to be a happy camper. I'm already skipping numerous articles because I don't want to deal with the floating crap.

                                I really think you have worked yourself into a situation where you think your only choice is to keep doing the same thing you have always done. Maybe you are right but I'm pretty sure experimentation with new ideas and approaches is worth a try.

                                On top of all of that take a day off once a week!! It might refresh your mind and change your perspective some.

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