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Comment: Re:That's it? (Score 1) 544

by GNious (#47726617) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

Yes, if you pay for a paper-copy of the Mail, you get ads ... and paper ... Naturally, this would only work if you could buy an ad-free service, i.e. it would be dependent on the content-provider to be willing to sell you an ad-free product; This is why I noted that sat-tv used to be ad-free, due to people paying for it, but contains ads despite the subscription fees.

Also, at rates of 1-10GBP, there is room for more than 4 sites before you hit 140GBP - I didn't enumerate every site on the planet, just some examples. I'm sure some are already ad-free, some have ads you do not mind or that you can ignore, so you could chose to only pay a subscription at those site where it would help you the most?

Comment: Re:Working from home (Score 1) 159

by GNious (#47723527) Attached to: Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

My last employer paid our private internet-bill (up to some amount), as everyone in my team needed internet when working from home during night- and weekend-shifts.

This went well until they repeatedly "forgot" to pay the bill, and the provider cut internet, phone and TV to some of the guys in the team, due to considering them all part of a single package (despite being billed separately).

Comment: Re:That's it? (Score 1) 544

by GNious (#47720871) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

I don't think you're looking at this the right way....

Ads are per-site.
Those sites are generally free (ignoring the various ads).

To pay for an "ad-free internet", you would pay the sites you use directly, to get an ad-free experience with them.
You use YouTube? Pay them 3GBP/month.
You use Slashdot? Pay them 1GBP/month.
You use Reddit? ...uki, they should then pay you...
You use The Daily Mail? Pay them 9.99GBP/month. ...and so on. Eventually, the internet bits that you use, are ad-free for you.

Yes, this doesn't make the complete internet ad-free, but it makes everything you use on the internet ad-free; your experience becomes an ad-free one.
No issues with a central collection and distribution, no licensing headaches, no cumbersome barrier-of-entry for new sites, and still the presence of this "democracy" thing you talk about.

Note: The idea of for-pay TV (Satellite TV in the form of Sky) was that the consumers would pay directly, and not have any ads ... not sure that worked out very well.

Comment: Re:Access restrictions (Score 1) 86

by GNious (#47711241) Attached to: Heartbleed To Blame For Community Health Systems Breach

Am thinking we should look at the requirements and budgets set out by management, before we put the admins into the stockades.
Yeah, the admins probably could have done better, but if there were expressed requirements to do stuff in a given way, perchance from upper management to make something easier, the admins might not have had much say in the matter.
Likewise, if there wasn't sufficient budget to do things correctly (not really seeming likely, given the nature of this beast, but possible), the admins cannot really be blamed.

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