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Comment Re:What do you propose that they do? (Score 1) 555

But need is need despite advertising... it sounds like you are suggesting a case where there are no alternatives. If I don't necessarily already have a preference, I frequently choose products that compete with the annoying advertiser. Maybe they get the message, maybe they don't, but I know I'm not supporting that kind of behavior.

Also, it is important to distinguish, I don't mind catchy or memorable ads. I do mind annoying and intrusive ads. I don't go out of my way to run ad blockers or anything like that, but my local news website recently pushed me over the limit, and I took measures to ensure I maintained my quality experience on their website.

Comment Re:What do you propose that they do? (Score 1) 555

I see this move as a short term fix... because in the end there are really only two types of viewers... the mindless drones that say "I think I want a Zima" (see Josie and the pussycats) and those who see that add and say: "that's stupid, I'm not buying that, stop being so annoying." Advertisers know that they can NEVER reach a certain segment of the population, so they cater their ads for the Zima crowd. This arms race of screaming louder and louder for attention, like the monster truck voice selling cars at the dealership, can only go so high... eventually even the Zima crowd will tire of it. In this battle, only one group can actually take their ball and go home: The viewers will eventually abandon the site and it will shrivel up and die.

So for those who are fed up, vote with your feet. Just walk away and let nature take it's course, but don't bitch about the loss of a free resource as it was always your choice to begin with.

Comment Re:Real Life? (Score 1) 24

To this point... I've also freaked out when a paper bag rolled in front of my car. And I don't drive over bags and boxes that simply "appear" to be strewn about by a storm... I've also seen Seran Wrap stretched across the road between two power poles (someone's idea of a prank, or perhaps trying to steal a car, but I took my keys with me when I got out to cut it down)... the car should dutifully stop whenever there is an unknown object in the road. I once heard a story (dunno if it's true) about a UPS driver that stopped at a cardboard box in the street, only to find a 2 year old boy playing inside. If he'd just assumed it was empty things would have been very bad. I've got faith that autonomous cars will eventually overcome all of this, but they definitely have a long road ahead of them. ;)

Comment Re:Take back Slashdot (Score 1) 1307

I've already commented... so I can't mod you up... but +1 on this. Which by the way makes me think that perhaps I should suggest... I get not modding on a thread you've commented on... but the entire comments section? I think maybe you shouldn't be able to mod the tree you've commented in, but the rest of the comments are fair game... sometimes I want to mod someone UP, and still comment. But I guess I don't know the reasons behind why that rule exists, so maybe I'm off.

Comment Re:Take back Slashdot (Score 1) 1307

I think I may have posted AC only once, and it was out of curiosity if I would get notifications about ranking/responses. As such, I'm not a big fan of the AC feature... but I see how others like it, so I propose these two things I think I'd like to see:1 if you post AC, moderations to your AC comments should be applied to your Karma... You should be free to speak anonymously, but I should still be able to tell you your opinion is shit. And 2: a proper spam mod option, which should then be connected to a proper ML spam filtering system. It took WAY too long for the stupid "you're all cows" bullshit to end!

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