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Comment: Re:How about ... (Score 1) 530

by cmdr_klarg (#49752541) Attached to: Ads Based On Browsing History Are Coming To All Firefox Users

Like it or not advertising shapes the world we are in. Where do you think the million dollar super-star athlete salaries come from? Advertising. Free programming? Advertising. I can go on. It's incredibly unlikely you don't own at least one thing you either got for free due to advertising or was subsidized by advertising.

No one likes advertising, but everyone wants free stuff. Why do you think advertising is attached to free stuff? Who do you think is paying for the free stuff?

That's the problem: Ads are so damned pervasive that it is nearly impossible to get a moment's peace from them.

I run adblocker unapologetically. I refuse to sit through pre-content ads if I can help it. I don't care if the content is "free". That 30 second ad playing in front of the content I want to watch is 30 seconds of my life that I cannot get reimbursed for (never mind that it is the SAME DAMNED AD for the next 20 bits of content). If there was a way to pay a nominal fee for ad-free I'll gladly pay it.

Companies that pay advertisers want a return on their money spent. That's what all the tracking is about - to justify the money spent. I can understand them wanting to get that data, but I also understand not wanting to be tracked and targeted. Even if by an impersonal computer, it's creepy.

Full disclosure here - I work for an advertiser. And here's hilarity for you - nearly every computer in this department runs ad-block to stop viruses or who knows what else from getting into the system. There's a lot of abuse out there by the unscrupulous to the downright criminal "one simple trick scam" idiots.

All very good reasons I don't want to see ads. Let me repeat: I am willing to pay to avoid them. I don't listen to AM or FM radio anymore, Sirius XM is much better with NO ADS. I pay for Hulu Plus which does have ads, but not like one would see on a cable channel. If they ever come up with a paid tier where I see NO ADS I will gladly pay it. If your content service has no options to reduce or eliminate ads for me it is unlikely that I will continue to use it.

Comment: Re:Inconsistent (Score 1) 866

by cmdr_klarg (#49685269) Attached to: Religious Affiliation Shrinking In the US

I'd say it is because of Christian inconsistencies. On the one hand they state that God's love is unconditional, on the other they say if you don't love God and follow His laws you will go to hell. There is no logic to religion.

"Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time!

But He loves you! He loves you, and He needs money!"

- George Carlin

Comment: Re:ad blocker? (Score 1) 358

by cmdr_klarg (#49440747) Attached to: Google To Offer Ad-Free YouTube - At a Price

Ethics my ass!

There are some professions known for ethics, and marketing sure as hell isn't one of them. I'll turn off adblocking when it can be guaranteed that I won't acquire malware in the process.

No, scratch that. I truly hate most ads. In their current state they are a blight on civilization. 99% of the time they are nothing but an involuntary time waster, like understaffed checkout lines and stop lights. Why the hell should I have to spend several seconds of my precious lifetime in order for some slimy marketer to make a buck?

Fuck 'em. They can go find something to do that benefits society instead of wasting everyone's time.

Comment: Re:They do it for us! (Score 1) 484

by cmdr_klarg (#48822265) Attached to: IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

I don't know if Kurt Bills would have been any better especially on this issue but at least I knew him and was able to have a discussion with him. Part of that may have been because I was a former student and a part of that was probably because he was my representative to the state house.

Had he been better on social issues I might have voted for him. Alas...

Comment: Re:They do it for us! (Score 3, Insightful) 484

by cmdr_klarg (#48818891) Attached to: IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

What happened to the American Dream (TM) where immigrants were welcome if they worked hard and tried to make their fortune in the New World? Seems like a lot of people who benefited, or people whose ancestors benefited from immigration now want to pull up the drawbridge.

Corporate America and the oligarchs decided that they wanted *that* slice of the pie as well as the one they already had. The American Dream is exactly that; a dream.

As a Minnesotan I've backed Klobuchar but I am extremely disappointed that she is supporting this.

Comment: Re:Home of the brave? (Score 1) 589

by cmdr_klarg (#48625021) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

It's time this nation stood up, and stopped pissing its pants every time someone phones in a bomb threat.

Sony couldn't give a flying fuck over whether a terrorist attack happens during one of their movies. What they are pissing themselves about is the promise of lawsuits should an attack happen.

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