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Comment Invalid Numbers (Score 1) 528

Ad block software will not cost publishers publishers $21.8 billion in 2015. Those numbers are invalid because (1) many ad block users would avoid some sites they normally visit if they had to suffer through ads, (2) the incremental traffic from ad block users will not likely generate a proportional amount of sales for advertisers, and (3) advertisers will not like pay a proportionally higher amount if ad block software was not used.

Comment How Odd! (Score 4, Insightful) 258

Who knew that trade negotiators could pass legislation without the knowledge, let alone approval, of Congress? Do countries other than the U.S. also kowtow to the music and film industries? Google or Microsoft could buy the entire music and recording industry, and never bat an eye. How does such a small industry carry the weight to mandate worldwide legislation?

Comment Re:Meh (Score 2) 124

It was not a reverse. It was a postponement. From the SourceForge blog: "SourceForge pledges to present third-party offers only with the projects that explicitly opted-in to that program." So sourceforge will give money to developers if they agree to allow malware in install files. "We are forming a Community Panel to review our mirroring practices and guide the way mirrors are established and the presentation of mirrored content on the site." So sourceforge will resurrect their distribution of non-sourceforge software (like Firefox), potentially with malware included at no extra charge. It looks like they're just waiting for the uproar to die down before they continue with these practices.

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