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Comment Re:No such thing (Score 1) 332

For the record, DogDude means that the line between acceptable advertising and unacceptable advertising coincides with the line between advertising hosted by a publisher and advertising hosted by an ad network. This means that once a site has too much traffic to allow running it as a hobby, its operator ought to start selling ad space direcly to advertisers without the intermediary of an ad network.

Comment Re: No such thing (Score 1) 332

Good luck getting Reddit users to pay a fee to post, especially when many of them are intentional throwaway accounts.

It worked for Something Awful, and 4chan has been trying it as well.

The entire idea of YouTube was to quickly get videos up and out to the world. Putting that behind a paywall, especially back before it had the clout it does now, would have been suicide at the time.

Then make a paywall for uploading videos, not for watching them. That's how publishing in, for example, an open access scholarly journal works.

Submission + - Sen. Blumenthal demands lifting of IT 'gag' order (computerworld.com)

dcblogs writes: U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the layoff and replacement of IT workers by foreign workers at a state energy utility. But he is also demanding that the utility, Eversource Energy, drop a particularly restrictive non-disparagement clause that laid off employees had to sign to receive their severance. This clause bars discussion "that would tend to disparage or discredit" the utility. [emphasis added] He wants the employees, who had to train foreign replacements, to be able to state "honestly what happened to them."

Comment Re:What about LGPL dynamic linking compliance?! (Score 2) 144

It isn't a problem, and the installer need take no special measures. The system's loader restricts the search path for dynamic libraries when it's running with elevated privileges so you don't accidentally run an infected library in some random location (for example, the download directory).

There are also techniques available to load libraries from a specific path after the program starts rather than at load time. You can use that to choose a specific full path to the exact library you want to load and it still counts as dynamic linking.

Comment Prepare to pay multiple subscriptions to RTFA (Score 1) 332

Amazon is funded by the sellers who advertise products through its Selling on Amazon platform, and eBay likewise.

Most video games with AAA production values are paywalled, either just to start (traditional distribution model) or to be able to play longer than five minutes in a stretch (free-to-play with energy mechanic). It's a consequence of needing to pay artists.

Ad-free sites hosting how-to articles would be paywalled. If you want to read five how-to articles, each on one of five different sites, prepare to pay five $20 per year subscriptions. If you think people don't read the featured article on today's Slashdot, just wait until site-scoped paywalls become more popular.

Likewise, ad-free messaging platforms would be paywalled. If one of your contacts is on of LOA, another on NSM, and yet another on QCI, prepare to pay three different annual subscriptions.

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