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The problem of inflated ads is currently very real for bigger players, who rely on paid traffic - I've worked with a company which did buy large quantities. They were employing several employees to just check and negotiate with the ad-publishers each month about the fraud rates, because the performance (meaning the chosen method - i.e. CPM, CPC, CPL, CPA) were vastly different between the ad-publishers, and it didn't make sense.

So there definetly was fraud involved, but it was extremely hard (and expensive) to weed fraudulent advertisers out.

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Good points, I'll look into the other studies at another time. I remember a german newspaper actually switching completely to non-targeted ads after their own experiment, but can't find the source anymore. I'll comment it here, if I find it again.

Thanks especially for your transparency on your Motivation and Disclaimer.

There's a lot to unpack here. 

First, european union law like the GDPR works in the form, that they cannot directly make laws for every european member, but each european nation has to transform the european law into national law. So the implementation of the irish GDPR is different than from the german GDPR and while the general idea behind a european law must be abided by the nations, each one has their own pecularities. The german GDPR law is called the DSGVO and since I'm from germany, I'm most knowledgable there. So some of my comments might be wr... (read more)

The "don't have to be personalized" part of your argument rests on the "4% less revenue" statistic from Marotta et al. (2019), but that seems to be a very bad source.  Here's Garrett Johnson's literature review slide:

Of the six studies, five (from academia, industry, and government sources) come to the conclusion that removing personalization would cost websites somewhere between 50% and 70% of their revenue, and one concludes 4%.  Moreover, the Marotta paper rests on subtle statistica... (read more)

We used an old phone and the (paid) Babyphone 3g App. You can set a delay, although not as Long as you suggested.

I do not recommend such a long time. Waking at night hast a reason and Kids need time to build the confidence, that they are not alone. Not reacting for too long can lead to panic and result in a much more parent-dependent behavior and inability to sleep again without the parents help/attendance.

I've had much better results with learning to sleep without parents while going to sleep (Iteratively prolonged times of absence when going to sleep).

Let's say you're a baby. You reach the end of a sleep cycle and become partially alert. What do you do? Ideally, if nothing is wrong, you settle back in for another sleep cycle. But this is something babies need to learn to do, and while some of them pick this up very quickly others initially come to full alertness every time and won't doze back off without some combination of cuddles, noise, and motion. Sleep training is essentially a collection of strategies for teaching babies (a) the skill of falling back to sleep on their own ("self soothing") and (b) when they should use it. In this case Nora has already solidly learned (a) and mostly learned (b) but still tests the boundaries some times. For example, we were recently on vacation in a tightly packed house (28 people in a 5br) and Nora quickly figured out that every time she cried at night she pretty quickly got cuddles and nursing (because we didn't want her to wake up our older kids, 8y and 6y, sleeping in the same room). Over the course of the week she started crying more and more often during the night, correctly (and unfortunately) learning that the adult-implemented pattern for when she needed to go back to sleep on her own had shifted. After we got back home, we had about a week of gradually re-teaching her the normal pattern.

Out of curiosity: How is the situation with several parties sharing one solar farm? Since you're sharing the house with several other inhabitants, how do you share the electricity bill? Do you have any form of metering on the different rooms?

If you're, say, roommates in a house that has solar panels, you can do what most people do and split the electricity bill evenly - it's just that, some months, your electricity bill will negative and you'll all get a payout.  If you're in a condo or other situation where you share ownership of the roof and the solar panels with a household with another electrical meter, you'd have to work out sharing the profits/ cost reduction, but you could do it if you wanted to.
We just rent to people "utilities included". Even though the house is two units and two lines of service, it's not wired with everything that supports one unit on one service, so this is what MA requires. While this does mean incentives aren't quite aligned it hasn't been a problem: electricity costs are pretty low compared to rents here: we pay ~$190/month in electricity and collect ~$3.2k/month in rent (source).

From my discussions with two speech therapists a few years ago, the most significant difference between early- and late-talkers according to current research is engagement (citation needed). Baby learn by copying behavior, including speech - the more they are spoken (and listened) to, the easier it is. This is different to e.g. the way babies discover a sense of "self" vs. "outside" world, which can be influenced by binding in other senses to their movement (there are some hilarious videos of babys that have some helium balloons on their hands and feet and... (read more)

We do it exactly the same in all accounts - context is important and kids are perfectly capable of distinguishing those from a very early age on (and I had many discussions with relatives, who doubted that). 

One thing to add to the "who supersedes who" when multiple adults are present: We had the additional problem, that my wife and I do have different styles of parenting as well and while we tried our best to harmonize them, there are some edge cases, where we handle things differently. This lead (and still leads) to some stress, because if both pare... (read more)

The "one person parenting at a time" rule sounds like a good approach! We do something similar.

You should check your local laws (your point #4). Some counties seem to have very strict laws on unsupervised children and construct a child protection case very fast, which might be a reason against that.

I generally never taught my children (same age as yours) to distrust people. They know not to get into cars of people they don't know, but that's about it. The rationale is that it's a lot more realistic of a child getting lost or hurting themselves and needing help - and people wanting to help them - than all potentially bad things that could happen to t... (read more)

According to this table (which only includes providers big enough that they are obligated to file a form when an outage occurs), there were 5 outages in Boston from 2000-2014, from which only one was longer than 3 days (by a few hours).

Could be a good starting point to deduce a probability, if you can find the ratio of total providers vs the number of big providers in the table. But it looks like one event in 15 years, in which case I would not bother to secure it, if there are no other reasons (e.g. a medical device needing power or better insurance rates... (read more)

...aaand you already wrote an article about that.

Question is: Do you really need one? How often does a blackout occur annually that you can not cover with the existing backup systems?

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...aaand you already wrote an article about that.

Germany here. On my premise, I have a shared garden with three households, 3 kids in school (homeschooled every other week), 2 kids in kindergarden. Since we are very very lucky with this configuration (in terms of the kids being able to play with each other in the shared garden and not being stuck indoors all the time), we have had hard rules most of the time and everyone isolated on the premise, while most of the research on covid spreading was going on - this meant no kindergarden, no school, only one other household to meet adults with outdoors, FFP2-m... (read more)

Note that most cars only have 2.6 seats in a classic three seat second row - at least in european models - where the middle seat is not a full seat, but only two thirds as wide.

If you're seating three children, don't forget that you're not only seating them but (usually) also their car seats¹ - which have gotten so wide through their side shock absorbation zones, that you can't fit three beside each other in a standard three seat second row of a car.

Even when you remove some of the extra-padding some seats offer as removables, it's a snug fit even with a f... (read more)

Not in the US; here that's mostly only fancy European imports.