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Comment: Re:Google had Flash ads? (Score 1) 188

by WCMI92 (#49131395) Attached to: Google Now Automatically Converts Flash Ads To HTML5

Great Scott! It appears I've been leading a sheltered life thanks to AdBlock, Ghostery and the like. I did not expect that level of douchebaggery from them, though. Well, hope AdBlock is ready for this.

Yeah, it's like the HORROR the web looks like when you are working on an end user's PC and they only have Internet Exploder.

I guess there will be HTML5 blocker extensions soon.
And I'll use them. Why? I hate ads. To me there is NO SUCH THING as an acceptable ad. I will never surf without ad blockers running. And if you don't like it, take your site offline.

Comment: No government "allows" profits... (Score 1) 57

by WCMI92 (#49107315) Attached to: Iran Allows VPNs To Make Millions In Profit

Governments don't "allow" profits (or losses), what they do is either respect PRIVATE PROPERTY and private financial transactions or they don't.

If VPN's in an islamic Tyranny like Iran are profitable and being allowed to remain open it can only be because they either fear the consequences of shuttering them, or (much more likely) the people profiting from them are too well connected to the Mad Mullahs that run Iran to be shut down.

Comment: Re:"Not intentional". Right. (Score 1) 370

by WCMI92 (#49030623) Attached to: Samsung Smart TVs Injected Ads Into Streamed Video

No no no, you got it all wrong! It was not intended that they get caught! The whole injecting their own ads into the stream, that's a feature!

And they think no one will notice this? Do they think we're stupid? Oh, wait, they do. And they'd be right most of the time. Look at the criminals and traitors we elect. Look at the popular talentless Disney AutoTune Pop Princesses that couldn't write their own name in a pile of cocaine, much less a song, that even if they could, couldn't SING it anyway without AutoTune?

Comment: What point is there to IBM anymore? (Score 1) 331

by WCMI92 (#48978637) Attached to: Massive Layoff Underway At IBM

They sold the PC business.

They sold the server business.

Basically Lenovo+Lexmark is the IBM we knew after 1981 when the PC was introduced.

What's left of IBM is little more than newer (and smaller) versions of their 1960's mainframe and minicomputers. And "services". Services for what? What do they sell anymore other than warmed over AS/400's?

Basically IBM snuffed itself out.

Comment: Re:Bound to happen (Score 1) 619

by WCMI92 (#48970063) Attached to: Google, Amazon, Microsoft Reportedly Paid AdBlock Plus To Unblock

And the drive-by malware. Don't forget about the malware that makes it into even the best of ad networks.

That is one reason I use ad blockers. NONE of the ad networks (including Google) do a fucking thing to keep malware off their networks. They have no standards for content and do no policing whatsoever. And by being so irresponsible they are INVITING the FTC to start forcing regulation on them.

If I said malware was THE reason I use blockers I'd be lying. I hate ads. I do not find ANY advertising to be acceptable. Indeed, I avoid ads on purpose.

Am I stealing by turning down the radio when an ad comes on or changing the station? Am I stealing by leaving the room and muting the TV when the commercials come on?

Comment: Re:The OP is not a troll (Score 3, Insightful) 619

by WCMI92 (#48969901) Attached to: Google, Amazon, Microsoft Reportedly Paid AdBlock Plus To Unblock

Obviously people who work for Adblock Plus have mod points.

Adblock Edge is the best version of Adblock (remember Adblock Plus itself is a fork of the original Adblock and isn't an original work either) that I've used on Firefox, and I use it and Firefox both on Windows and Mac.

Comment: Re:Extortion (Score 1) 619

by WCMI92 (#48969861) Attached to: Google, Amazon, Microsoft Reportedly Paid AdBlock Plus To Unblock

There are paywalled sites that seem to be doing well enough. If your site is worth something, why not charge for access? If it's worth something to me, something more than a free site that I can adblock, then I'll pay for access. I've done it in the past.

Until accessing your ad infested site (and I use 'infested' on purpose) guarantees I won't get some malware or other drive by load of poo, I will block ads.

By all means, paywall. Sites like the New York Times try it. And they've found that it has made them irrelevant on the Internet, so they are loosening and may eventually drop it.

Fact of the matter is, there aren't any "professional" journalists anymore that do their jobs so well they deserve to be paid to read their crap, OR to put up with blinking, throbbing, pop over, pop under, cover up the content advertisements.

Especially since so-called "professional" journalists and news organizations get scooped by the "amateurs" every time, something that goes back to the 1990's and Matt Drudge (a name I expect to get modded down just for mentioning). But the fact he changed reporting FOREVER cannot be denied.

The Internet was the END of any corporate/politically biased media organization's ability to CONTROL what news is disseminated and what is hidden FOREVER.

Comment: Re:Adblock has never failed me. (Score 1) 619

by WCMI92 (#48969725) Attached to: Google, Amazon, Microsoft Reportedly Paid AdBlock Plus To Unblock

I've been using it for years - from very early states - and I know within seconds if adblock is not installed on chrome, firefox and opera and android via adaway.

As an IT professional I see user PC's all the time that don't have adblockers. I don't see how ANYONE can use the internet AT ALL without one! You barely have INFLUENCE over your browser, much less CONTROL with all the crap popping up, taking over the screen, following your mouse pointer, etc...

Comment: Re:Bound to happen (Score 3, Interesting) 619

by WCMI92 (#48969535) Attached to: Google, Amazon, Microsoft Reportedly Paid AdBlock Plus To Unblock

I'm not particularly interested in the 'sustainability' of the Internet. Google and a couple of other companies that have more money than the Catholic Church can worry about that. I'm interested in my privacy and peace of mind.

I am not going to cry if the commercial ventures on the Internet die. IMHO, the Internet was better back in 1994-5 anyway when it largely was NOT commercial!

Back in those days when you clicked on the DOWNLOAD button, (gasp) a file downloaded! Not prompt you through 6 more screens and clicks. Articles rendered as a single page instead of "click whoring" you through a dozen pages.

If those lowbrow tactics quit yielding money they will stop.

And sites like Amazon which I go to when I WANT to buy something will always be there.

Comment: Re:Fifth amendment zone of lawlessness (Score 1) 431

by WCMI92 (#48926371) Attached to: Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

"We grant you immunity for the contents of your password." Which does not mean that whatever your password is confessing to is now safe, it just means that the password isn't usable as probable cause to investigate it. What's behind the password, on the other hand...

Nope. Immunity would have to cover whatever that password led to.

Otherwise the 5th Amendment "right to remain silent" is meaningless.

Comment: Re:This Is All You Need To Know (Score 1) 431

by WCMI92 (#48926339) Attached to: Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

"We understand 80 percent of traffic on the Tor network involves child pornography.â - Leslie Caldwell, Ast, Attorney General at the Justice Department

(Drops Mic)

Belief and proof are two different things.

If the government wants to search your person or property THEY HAVE TO HAVE ALREADY DONE AN INVESTIGATION and have obtained sufficient evidence as to demonstrate probable cause to search a SPECIFIC person or a SPECIFIC place and seize a SPECIFIC thing:

4th Amendment:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

First and foremost, a warrant isn't a fishing license. It's permission GAINED BY PROBABLE CAUSE to look for SOMETHING SPECIFIC that the government already knows about. It's not permission to FIND OUT IF THERE IS anything relevant to the crime. They go in already having to KNOW what they are looking for.

What the government is pissed off about is default on hard encryption denies them the ability to CONDUCT fishing expeditions. Sure, it saves time and arguably makes law enforcement EASIER and even more efficient. If the goal of the Founders was to make law enforcement EASY and EFFICIENT, they never would have put the 4th and 5th Amendments into the Constitution. They probably wouldn't have put trial by jury in either. The 3rd probably wouldn't be in either, because if the government can quarter a soldier or a cop in your home, so much the easier to prevent you from committing crimes.

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