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Comment It's not censorship if it's the user's choice (Score 4, Insightful) 539

There have been great debates on the differences between government censorship versus censorship by berating or harassing someone until they self-censor, but regardless of how you feel about those things, making a tool that allows a user to alter the content that they view isn't censorship, because everyone still has the ability to view those ads if they choose to do so.

I'll continue blocking ads as long as they are these things:

* A vector for malware
* A huge distraction with animations, bright colors, flashing, jiggling, noise, etc
* Potentially misleading (fake DOWNLOAD buttons, etc)

The internet ad industry has dug this hole itself. They've turned the web into a giant shithole, and people are discovering how much better things are when you block them.

Comment Re:First world problems... (Score 1) 227

So, there's this interesting phenomenon.

It's well known that big companies employ PR firms to go out and run damage control when negative news stories break (even if that damage control is just a bunch of people derailing the discussion by acting like complete asshats), but you can't actually accuse an individual of being a "shill" without someone calling you a conspiracy theorist. And in all fairness, there's probably a fair amount of crossover between corporate shills and people who really are just trolling.

While this comment may or may not actually be from a paid shill, I think it's pretty safe to say that it's the kind of thing that a paid shill would post.

Comment Re:I suppose this is how we'll transition (Score 5, Insightful) 139

During the day and in fair weather, google's cars are already safer than humans.

Given that truck driving accounts for like 5% of the American workforce, I think we're going to have to accept at some point that truck driving and a lot of other skilled professions are eventually going to be automated away, and adjust our economy accordingly, and that includes not punishing the unemployed with the threat of starvation and homelessness.

Comment Re:Volvo says it will be liable for any accidents (Score 2) 154

If someone is driving a brand new car right off the lot and the breaks fail, causing a fatal accident, does the CEO do hard time now? In that case, it's pretty clear that the defect is the responsibility of the manufacturer, but it would be far more likely that there would be a civil lawsuit. So when Volvo says they will be liable, they're talking about civil and not criminal liability.

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