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Comment Re:"cost online publishers" - TANSTAAFL (Score 4, Insightful) 528

Well, I'm of two minds on this subject. I have never installed adblock and its ilk, because I know that "free" content comes at a cost. So as much as possible I sit through commercials from network TV's streamed shows, I allow sidebar ads to populate some screen real estate on websites, etc.

But I have my limits.

  • I don't feel guilty at all about skipping past ads more than 30 seconds long
  • I will do everything I can to block ad content that changes my browser's behavior (e.g., pop-up messages, float divisions that obscure the page content, etc.)
  • I will block ad content that takes up more than half my browser real estate

I suppose in the end that makes me no better than folks who aggressively block every single advertisement in any form -- "We already established what kind of woman you are; now we're just negotiating on the price". But it helps me sleep better at night knowing I'm at least willing to try to give them some of my attention in return for free content.

Comment Re:Mickey Mouse copyirght extenstions... (Score 1) 183

No. Any mechanism by which copyrights can be maintained forever will be abused. The DisneyCorps of the world will just automate the system to the point that long after human life is extinct, their computers will continue renewing copyright and submitting payments.

Why? Because if they ever let copyright lapse, even on property they doubt will ever make another dime, somebody else might make a profit off that work, and that would be money the copyright holders would feel they lost due to negligence.

How about this: Copyrights can be renewed periodically... by the original creator of the work. Make copyrights non-transferable, and no matter how stubborn and greedy the content creator is, that iron grip will die with him or her.

Comment Re:Terrible summary (Score 1) 188

You don't even need to RTFS, you just need to read the title. It doesn't say the experiment failed; it said it ended in disappointment -- as in, they were disappointed that they can't reduce pesticide use by producing the pheromone. Yes, the experiment successfully answered their question, but as you yourself said, it was not the answer they had hoped for.

Terrible criticism of the summary. I would have expected better from AC than to say the summary was terrible.

Comment Re:Caveat Emptor (Score 1) 116

I agree, those changes will make it slightly harder to game the system, except for this part:
"...and also reviews voted up by other customers."

Unless those "other customers" are also verified purchasers, there's your loophole. Bots and crowdsourcing can still beat the system.

Programmers used to batch environments may find it hard to live without giant listings; we would find it hard to use them. -- D.M. Ritchie