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Comment Stop Preloading Crapware (Score 3, Insightful) 491

Stop preloading crap that I don't want and didn't ask for.

If for some inconceivable reason I wanted the Facebook app, I can find it and download it quite easily. After that, it every time I upgrade my device, I will automatically have that app pre-installed. If you must pre install it to avoid tech support questions, then at least make the God forsaken thing un-installable!

I have nothing against Uber, but if I wanted their app, I would install it.

Maybe you should pre-install a computer algebra system app? (CAS) Since I use it, I would tend to believe that everyone would be interested in such an app!

Comment The government wants systems to be secure (Score 2) 86

As long as they are insecurely secure.

In classic government oxymoronic style. Governments are full of oxymorons.

Some government "adult male" in their "arrogant humility" engaged in "a just war" wants us to "agree to disagree" to introduce "astronomically small" insecurities into our "insecurely secure" systems so that "military intelligence" can "read unreadable" messages.

It all makes sense.

Comment I saw a TEDTalk about this . . . (Score 3, Interesting) 142

. . . where the speaker compared the two approaches like this:

Gradually trying to move towards driverless cars instead of working directly on that goal is like thinking that by practicing jumping and getting better and better a jumping that you'll eventually be able to fly.

Comment The Advertisers can ${verb} themselves (Score 1) 307

${verb} = "blame"

The advertisers can blame themselves for this.

At first there was the web. Unsoiled and uncontaminated by ads. Great websites emerged. Ads came along to help pay the bills.

Then came all of the despicable things that go with advertising.

There are no limits to what advertisers will stoop to. Nothing too low, too slimy, or too shady. There is no shame.

First it started with deceptive 'punch the monkey' type ads. Almost a form of phishing. Try to con the user into clicking the ad. Then that degenerated into ads that looked like windows of a particular popular desktop operating system in order to con people into clicking the ad. When you have to con people with an ad, you're doing something wrong.

Ads for obvious scams. YOUR COMPUTER MAY HAVE BEEN INFECTED! (infected by this ad!)

And there was the tracking. I don't know if advertisers or the government are worse when wanting to observe everything you do.

And why would an advertiser wanting to put pixels in front of my face need to execute code on my computer?

And then came the ads that dominate the entire page. And then there were short articles split on to fifteen pages, each tiny page having a HUGE ad in the middle of it. No thanks. Not even worth reading.

Then came the ad driven pages that pretend to say something useful, but really do not. Did you know that if you write the same bit of code twice that it would be better to write a single routine and call it from the multiple locations where the duplicate code was? Did you know you should not touch hot stoves? If the batteries in the server room catch fire, it would be best, in the interests of time to skip the fire response pre-meeting and get directly to the fire response meeting so that a decision can be made about whether the fire should be extinguished, and if so, how best to do so.

Then came companies who buy useful web sites. Don't understand what they have. Don't understand the visitors. How the site is used by the visitors. And think that the visitors are some kind of 'audience'. In the process they destroy the value of what they bought. Typical of managers always doing this to geeks. It's like the bee keepers thinking they own the bees. The bees can produce valuable honey if the bee boxes are useful, but the bees are also free to leave at any time. But I digress.

If the advertisers don't like the state of ad blocking, they have only themselves to blame. People did not bother to block ads at first. Some, myself included, even welcomed them to a point. Look at that goose that lays golden eggs! Let's put PVC piping through that goose so we can shove in food and get much more golden eggs out the other end!

"Let's show this prehistoric bitch how we do things downtown!" -- The Ghostbusters