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Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 120

I don't think Hillary gave any support or tacit approval. I think Bill was sleeping in the dog house for several years. I know some people assume that because she didn't divorce him that she must have approved but that's just bizarre and assuming that everyone will act the same way if rational. A married couple that have invested much of their life together will sometimes divorce after such an incident but sometimes they will genuinely reconcile, there is never one and only one way to resolve the problem.

Hillary in no way acted like those wives who stand meekly two steps behind their politician husband while admitting the affair in front of reporters. That's a strange crowd in itself, pay attention to those women's faces. Some appear to be just sticking it out with as passive a face as they can manage, others feel resigned to it, others have glares they just can't hide. But for some reason they're always up their with the bastard instead of staying home or watching the apology from a bar. It is sort of a strong Christian right sentiment too, that divorce is deeply frowned upon and the wife must always be subservient. Or it could just be that some want the bastard to get reelected before they ask for alimony.

Comment Re:What? (Score 2) 120

The power dynamic is inescapable though. If you're stuck with that professor, or have to put up with the boss if you want to get a paycheck, then that's totally different than the power between rich and poor and the like. If a billionare started rubbing himself against women in a poor neighborhood he'd be punched and arrested. But if it's your boss and you're struggling to make ends meet, or your professor who is deeply involved in your research thesis, it's much harder to retaliate or get away. The downside is that no one will believe you without evidence, you can lose your job or career or even marriage, you'll be laughed at and told to grow a thicker skin, you may start getting nasty tweets from the anti-women crowd for daring to make a fuss, and so forth. This is nasty stuff and not to be taken lightly or brushed off as "men will be boys" or just another power dynamic.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 120

Being continually hit on at work or by your boss/professor is not acceptable. If it happens once and discontinues then there's not a problem. But when it continues and is causing even your friends to wonder what the hell is wrong with you then it's time to clean stuff up.

It is often difficult to speak up. Everyone around may acknowledge that some professor is a troglodyte but may not feel able to say anything about it, because it's a senior professor or the like, and it can hurt your career even if it's not your own professor. If it's your professor and you speak up then you know you have to start your graduate work from scratch with a new professor, even finding a new field if it's impossible to avoid the lech in the future.

Comment Re:No (Score 5, Insightful) 113

"Overwhelmingly affecting" law enforcement. Really? What did they do when people didn't have technology and just whispered their secrets to each other? Did they whine that they couldn't hear the secrets and tried to pass laws that required everyone to shout? We have always had secrets that law enforcement could never figure out and we always will. There have always been unsolved cases, and there always will be. Law enforcement has always whined that it could do more if only they had more power, and they always will.

Comment Re:What do you propose that they do? (Score 1) 550

The site that the viewer is actually visiting should be allowed to nix any ads they don't want to host. Those sites though have to do some actual work for this though, when most just prefer to keep hands off. If web sites stopped allowing abusive ads, irrelevant ads, immense ads, and so forth then the ad companies would notice that there's a market for better ads. If the web sites stopped allowing 25 different javascript layers being passed to their visitors then the advertisement and analystics providers would wise up and stop slowing down people's computers.

What's happening with adblock is that there's a subtle message going to the web sites. But instead of hearing the intended message of "your web site sucks!" what they mistakenly hear is "we're stealing your profits". So they don't get the message and so aren't spending any effort in cleaning up their act.

Comment Re:What do you propose that they do? (Score 1) 550

Going bankrupt would be ok. Do people really like Wired so much that they'd put up with the ads?

Yes, they could regain their reputation with non-abusive ads.

If they don't know what a non-abusive ad looks like, then they deserve to go bankrupt. When they were print media they hired real people to curate the ads that fit with their demographics, seek out advertisers, negotiate rates, etc. Now they probably set up online after following a link that said "Publish your own online magazine, click here to find out how!"

If they can't break even with ethical and respectful advertisements, then they should go bankrupt.

In no case whatsoever should the visitors be made to feel guilty about it or feel compelled to support abusive ads. Wired is NOT a charity, spend that $1/month on something that matters.

Comment Re: Ok. (Score 1) 550

Yup, adblock blacklists do not have "wired.com" as one of the sites. However wired.com is really a small business overall, they don't want to hire extra people to do this. So they outsource the work. It's the easiest outsourcing in the world, you just have to hand over the reins to your reputation and then wait for the profits.

So what's really needed is a good player in the third party advertiser world, then reputable sites could outsource to them.

Comment Re:I want to go first party. What should I read? (Score 1) 550

Allow visitors to the site to donate.
But, but but, I can hear people cry out... "But I can't do that, there's not enough revenue from donations." Well then, maybe they need to say what "enough" means. I honestly think that those people don't really want to remain as unpaid hobbyists, and that instead they really want to become a professional internet personality so that they can quit their day job. If so, they should be honest about it instead of pretending that they only need enough money to pay for the extra ISP costs. Otherwise, not getting enough donations really means that no one cares about your hobby.

Comment Re: Ok. (Score 1) 550

Exactly right, we do not have to go to their sites. Wired can go bankrupt if they want without any of our help.

I use adblock because you are never told up front how much it will cost you to support their ads, they don't tell you how much or your bandwidth they will borrow, they don't tell you if they have malware or not, because all you know is that someone said "here's an interesting link that you should read about this important topic". I never agreed to get their malware. I never agreed that in order to read 20 lines of text that I must also accept 20 megabytes of animated ads or that my fast broadband on my fast computer will take a very long time downloading it and executing the scripts.

I am sure that theoretically there are good players out there. But I HAVE to use adblock for my own safety and to protect my internet service from abuse. I see Wired maybe once or twice a year which is far to little to deal with the hassle of adding to a whitelist, so it's simpler to just stop going there altogether. (I have allowed some sites to serve up ads in the past but Wired doesn't reach that bar for me)

If sites really cared then those sites would serve up their own curated ads rather than relying on sleazy third party advertisers and would not serve up an overwhelming amount of crappy javascript.

Comment Re: Ok. (Score 1) 550

Using third party advertisement services is done out of laziness. It used to be that there was significant work spent finding a good advertiser and putting your faith in them. After all if you've got a bad advertiser it makes you look bad too. Even companies that relied on advertising for their living, like radio and television stations, would never accept all comers and instead they were picky; if your market is young adults then you don't want ads about incontinence ads. But today the easy route is taken and you get a third party company that does all the work, they present the ads by injecting them into HTTP and they'll send you whatever cash they deem fit and all you have to do is sit back and not bother with pesky details like whether or not you are alienating your audience.

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