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Comment Re:Whatever, I only play Pong (Score 1) 193

These newfangled games are lame. I tried ET once, never again.

Have you ever *played* ET??

Over time I've gotten sick and tired of seeing it trotted out as the worst game ever, cause it isn't. Not by a long shot, not even on the Atari 2600. There are literally hundreds of worse games on the 2600 which is why it sank like a stone.

ET's largest problem was development time - 5 weeks. Beyond that though is it was ahead of its time. It was a game you had to read the manual to play in an era where no one read the manual because almost all the games of the time were too simple to require one. It had a title screen, an attempt at a soundtrack on that screen.

I own it and a working Atari 2600, though I usually play it and other games of the era on the Atari 7800. It's playable and I've dealt with far worse on even modern consoles. It's a bad game but it doesn't live up the legend. And honestly, I've gotten tired of people cracking jokes about a game most have never seen played, let alone played for themselves.

Comment Re:Way to simplify it (Score 1) 531

Well how about a subscription or money ? I value my privacy and not getting advertising more than anything else.

Nothing irks me more than the double whammy of paying for something and having to put up with ads anyway.

Ads also don't need to involve privacy violations. Billboards don't. TV Spots don't. Why should web ads be any different? Personally I'd like to see client-side tracking scripts made illegal. Server-side gets more information than you really need anyway - IP address, user-agent strings. Click thru tracking just uses parameters on the URI itself so there's nothing personally identifiable. Those incidentally are the only tracking methods we're using, for what it's worth.

Comment Re:How about ... (Score 1) 531

I would be happy to do without the free stuff, most of which is crap, if it meant I would never have to deal with advertising anymore.

As would I even though I'd have to find a different line of work. Musing about such things is pointless - advertising has been with us before we were even human - what the Hell do you think bird songs are for? To advertise for a mate.

There are real problems in the web ad industry and as usual the legislatures are about ten steps behind the times when it comes to enacting needed laws to protect citizen's privacy. I don't work for a company that indulges in such abuses but they're out there and we do compete with them. I'm not in favor of this plug in on Firefox at all. There's a certain irony in them stooping to this - when Firefox was new blocking pop-ups was one of its main selling points.

Aggregate tracking I have no problem with - but I'm a pragmatist. Specific tracking is something no one should be in favor of, not even the advertisers. If you have specific information on someone you're morally obliged to secure that information and personally I don't want any part in that responsibility. It needs to become a legal imperative with very stiff fines for failure to secure the data. Even then, such things should only be opt in by law.

Comment Re:How about ... (Score 1) 531

That's a HUGE advertising tax that we're all paying.

Tax? So if you don't buy Pepsi products someone will seize your home or garnish your wages? If Pepsi doesn't buy advertising they'll pay enormous fines? If CNN refuses to run ads the company get shut down? If you don't watch CNN someone will put you in jail? Hyperbole much?

Companies run advertisements to raise brand or product awareness and increase sales. They can't raise their prices arbitrarily to do so or their competitors will put them out of business with lower prices. The advertiser either succeeds at doing what the client wants or they take their business elsewhere and he goes out of business. Content publishers, such as say, news sites, run advertising to pay the costs of not only the equipment but also the content creators - such as reporters. It ain't cheap for CNN to fly someone out to Damascus to get shot at while doing a report.

As a percentage of gross income advertising for most companies is low. Consider a blockbuster film - The ads for a $170 million dollar to make film acount for maybe 2% of that figure - the rest is in salaries for the enormous amount of people it takes to make such a film and their equipment. Most of the the lead actors are paid more individually than the advertising budget.

So yes, you think like a child and not very far past your nose at that.

Comment Re:How about ... (Score 3, Insightful) 531

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?

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.

There's a lot of problems with the current system. If you can devise a better system for all parties there's a lot of money in it for you, go for it.

But it's two-year-old level childish thinking at it's finest to think you can get all the free and subsidized stuff out here in the world without the advertising that pays for it. Sure, you can block it - but if the blocking ever rises to statistically significant levels then the revenue model will be forced to change, and probably not for the better.

Comment Re:Term limits. New faces mean new possibilities (Score 2) 609

I appreciate the sentiment - but the reality of legislative term limits is it empowers lobbyists because with term limits in place they'll be the only people on the hill who truly understand how to navigate parliamentary procedure and get anything done. It can take a good year or two to get up to speed on that, and another two to four years to build up enough clout to actually get anything done.

The problems isn't terms, it's gerrymandering. Most of these folks haven't faced a competitive race for their seat in years - that's the problem.

Comment Re:THIS will drive the adoption of the auto-driver (Score 1) 228

More likely than having the driver get out I imagine the drivers would physically be at the terminal. They drive the truck by remote control until they reach the interstate where the computer can take over, then they release it and take on the next vehicle.

Hell, I'd consider driving again with that arrangement. I used to have a CDL. As far as visibility, cab visibility is crappy already, and emulating it with a camera and an occulus rift would be trivial

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