Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Link roundup

1. "Amazon Unintentionally Paying Scammers To Hand You 1000 Pages Of Crap You Don’t Read"

Scammers are basically uploading “books” that are nothing but files full of nonsense with some link on page 1 that puts readers on page 300 or 3000 (the maximum page length for which Amazon will pay out) almost instantly. In between there’s nothing but nonsense, but the scammer can use click farms to drive up the ranking of their book and so people download it anyway.

The user hasn’t paid for this book directly, because they have an unlimited subscription, so they just close the file, forget about it, and move on to the next. But if dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of readers get tricked into the same maneuver, that “author” has just made a decent amount of money for something like 15 minutes’ worth of total work.
2. The average age of People magazine readers must be 60, right?

3. "[Star Fox Zero] is, to be blunt, a miserable experience, and the idea of playing more fills me with the kind of deep, existential dread I can't really justify."
The game itself actually seems fairly short