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Comment: Re:Google had Flash ads? (Score 1) 188

by WCMI92 (#49131395) Attached to: Google Now Automatically Converts Flash Ads To HTML5

Great Scott! It appears I've been leading a sheltered life thanks to AdBlock, Ghostery and the like. I did not expect that level of douchebaggery from them, though. Well, hope AdBlock is ready for this.

Yeah, it's like the HORROR the web looks like when you are working on an end user's PC and they only have Internet Exploder.

I guess there will be HTML5 blocker extensions soon.
And I'll use them. Why? I hate ads. To me there is NO SUCH THING as an acceptable ad. I will never surf without ad blockers running. And if you don't like it, take your site offline.

Comment: The 3DO Deal that Never Happened (Score 1) 152

by ewhac (#49115139) Attached to: Is Sega the Next Atari?
It was never widely known that Sega of Japan was, for a time, negotiating to merge with/acquire The 3DO Company. Unfortunately, best available information suggests that Trip Hawkins, 3DO's chairman and CEO, wanted too much, and the deal fell through.

As it happens, about three years ago I started doing an irregular series of Let's Play/Drown Out videos on YouTube with my colleage, GammaDev. Both of us are former employees of 3DO, and we covered The Deal that Never Happened in a video about two years ago (seek to 25:12).

Comment: No government "allows" profits... (Score 1) 57

by WCMI92 (#49107315) Attached to: Iran Allows VPNs To Make Millions In Profit

Governments don't "allow" profits (or losses), what they do is either respect PRIVATE PROPERTY and private financial transactions or they don't.

If VPN's in an islamic Tyranny like Iran are profitable and being allowed to remain open it can only be because they either fear the consequences of shuttering them, or (much more likely) the people profiting from them are too well connected to the Mad Mullahs that run Iran to be shut down.

Comment: Re: Lenovo (Score 2) 144

by ewhac (#49090373) Attached to: Superfish Security Certificate Password Cracked, Creating New Attack Vector
That's a nice concept as far as it goes, but at some point you're still dependent on hardware-specific drivers from Lenovo. As of this writing, you can pick up device drivers piecemeal. But once they get it into their tiny little brains to create a single "Universal Installer" that bundles all the necessary drivers with all the unnecessary, unwanted bloatware and spyware, you're back in the same leaky boat.

Frankly, I'm having a hard time seeing how Lenovo recovers from this.

Comment: Re:"Not intentional". Right. (Score 1) 370

by WCMI92 (#49030623) Attached to: Samsung Smart TVs Injected Ads Into Streamed Video

No no no, you got it all wrong! It was not intended that they get caught! The whole injecting their own ads into the stream, that's a feature!

And they think no one will notice this? Do they think we're stupid? Oh, wait, they do. And they'd be right most of the time. Look at the criminals and traitors we elect. Look at the popular talentless Disney AutoTune Pop Princesses that couldn't write their own name in a pile of cocaine, much less a song, that even if they could, couldn't SING it anyway without AutoTune?

Comment: What point is there to IBM anymore? (Score 1) 331

by WCMI92 (#48978637) Attached to: Massive Layoff Underway At IBM

They sold the PC business.

They sold the server business.

Basically Lenovo+Lexmark is the IBM we knew after 1981 when the PC was introduced.

What's left of IBM is little more than newer (and smaller) versions of their 1960's mainframe and minicomputers. And "services". Services for what? What do they sell anymore other than warmed over AS/400's?

Basically IBM snuffed itself out.

Comment: Re:What's coming next ... (Score 2) 471

by ewhac (#48972153) Attached to: Systemd Getting UEFI Boot Loader
  1. Expand systemd to the point where large swaths of everything depend on it, so that he is controlling as much of the code base as possible.
  2. Insult Linus Torvalds for a while to try to undermine his authority.
  3. Fork Linux, or demand that Linus give control of Linux over to him, or he will rage-quit and take his code with him.

I don't see it unfolding that way. Remember what happened when BitKeeper tried to get up in his business. Linus, if provoked, could write an init/system management framework in a couple weeks (and probably name it "twerp" or some such). And I suspect he would do so long before things got to stage #3, just to prove the point.

Comment: Re:Bound to happen (Score 1) 619

by WCMI92 (#48970063) Attached to: Google, Amazon, Microsoft Reportedly Paid AdBlock Plus To Unblock

And the drive-by malware. Don't forget about the malware that makes it into even the best of ad networks.

That is one reason I use ad blockers. NONE of the ad networks (including Google) do a fucking thing to keep malware off their networks. They have no standards for content and do no policing whatsoever. And by being so irresponsible they are INVITING the FTC to start forcing regulation on them.

If I said malware was THE reason I use blockers I'd be lying. I hate ads. I do not find ANY advertising to be acceptable. Indeed, I avoid ads on purpose.

Am I stealing by turning down the radio when an ad comes on or changing the station? Am I stealing by leaving the room and muting the TV when the commercials come on?

Comment: Re:The OP is not a troll (Score 3, Insightful) 619

by WCMI92 (#48969901) Attached to: Google, Amazon, Microsoft Reportedly Paid AdBlock Plus To Unblock

Obviously people who work for Adblock Plus have mod points.

Adblock Edge is the best version of Adblock (remember Adblock Plus itself is a fork of the original Adblock and isn't an original work either) that I've used on Firefox, and I use it and Firefox both on Windows and Mac.

Comment: Re:Extortion (Score 1) 619

by WCMI92 (#48969861) Attached to: Google, Amazon, Microsoft Reportedly Paid AdBlock Plus To Unblock

There are paywalled sites that seem to be doing well enough. If your site is worth something, why not charge for access? If it's worth something to me, something more than a free site that I can adblock, then I'll pay for access. I've done it in the past.

Until accessing your ad infested site (and I use 'infested' on purpose) guarantees I won't get some malware or other drive by load of poo, I will block ads.

By all means, paywall. Sites like the New York Times try it. And they've found that it has made them irrelevant on the Internet, so they are loosening and may eventually drop it.

Fact of the matter is, there aren't any "professional" journalists anymore that do their jobs so well they deserve to be paid to read their crap, OR to put up with blinking, throbbing, pop over, pop under, cover up the content advertisements.

Especially since so-called "professional" journalists and news organizations get scooped by the "amateurs" every time, something that goes back to the 1990's and Matt Drudge (a name I expect to get modded down just for mentioning). But the fact he changed reporting FOREVER cannot be denied.

The Internet was the END of any corporate/politically biased media organization's ability to CONTROL what news is disseminated and what is hidden FOREVER.

Comment: Re:Adblock has never failed me. (Score 1) 619

by WCMI92 (#48969725) Attached to: Google, Amazon, Microsoft Reportedly Paid AdBlock Plus To Unblock

I've been using it for years - from very early states - and I know within seconds if adblock is not installed on chrome, firefox and opera and android via adaway.

As an IT professional I see user PC's all the time that don't have adblockers. I don't see how ANYONE can use the internet AT ALL without one! You barely have INFLUENCE over your browser, much less CONTROL with all the crap popping up, taking over the screen, following your mouse pointer, etc...

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