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Comment: Delete history and cookies (Score 5, Interesting) 528

by houghi (#49750497) Attached to: Ads Based On Browsing History Are Coming To All Firefox Users

I delete all history and cookies and cache each time I log out. Although I like the technical aspect of tracing me and showing advertisement, as a consumer and user I detest it.

I detest it more than I like it. Or like Banksy says:
People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply youâ(TM)re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you.

You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.

Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. Itâ(TM)s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.

You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially donâ(TM)t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, donâ(TM)t even start asking for theirs.

Comment: What about increase in sales? (Score 4, Interesting) 222

So even if people pirate less waht does that mean for the sales numbers?

Did they increase, because people absolutely want the content, regardless?
Did it stay the same, because people who pirate are not willing to pay, no matter what?
Did it decrease, because people use pirate software as a test to see if they like it and now are unable to make a choice?

Comment: Re:And it still sucks (Score 1) 118

I have a 52" TV. It is as smart as the PC it is connected to. Basically it is a big monitor. I paid 500EUR for it lasy year. Sure, it isn't 4K, but that I do not (yet) need for a TV.

If I needed a seperate PC for it, I could easily add a RaspPi to it and use that. Or any other solution I desire. I tried the 'smart' part of it and it was pretty stoopid. There was nothing I could not do already with the downside of not being able to do more.

Comment: Re:Ads that assault my computer are immoral (Score 1) 618

by houghi (#49716987) Attached to: Editor-in-Chief of the Next Web: Adblockers Are Immoral

It started much sooner. Before Internet there were ads. The differende we now have the ability to block them. This was not possible before with billboards and other media.

Yes, you could go to the kitchen when adds came on tv. You could change the channel when they came on on the radio. Now we have t he ability to really block them.

The reason this is done is because people do not want them. I do not want them on the Internet. I do not want them on TV. I do not want them in the streets. I do not want them on my clothes, not on my car, not on anything.

I ... DO ... NOT ... WANT ... ADS.

"but then companies won't be able to do this and that." So? That does not change the fact that i do not want them.

Comment: Re:Fuck you. (Score 1) 618

by houghi (#49716787) Attached to: Editor-in-Chief of the Next Web: Adblockers Are Immoral

If companies have the right to show ads. I have the right not to see them. The moment they force me to see them means they are forcing things upon me, or as Bansy says it best:

âoePeople are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply youâ(TM)re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you.

âoeYou, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.

âoeFuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. Itâ(TM)s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.

âoeYou owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially donâ(TM)t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, donâ(TM)t even start asking for theirs.â

Comment: T his is nothing new (Score 1) 152

by houghi (#49682545) Attached to: How Responsible Are App Developers For Decisions Their Users Make?

Adding "for apps" seems to be the new "on the Internet". Replace it "with cars" or "with tools" and then it becomes obvious that SOME precautions should be taken. e.g. you nake seatbelts that are not too hard to use. You add some safety on a chainsaw.

You indicate what weight something can carry if it can carry anything.

So the answer should be "DUH!" The real question is how much is reasonable. If you put a warning in font size 4 in white on a white background it is not enough.

The discussion could even be about what the dault is for a button and what the questioning is. That in such a way that each time yoy select "No" the No is on the right and it will stop whatever you want. Not Yes/No and then No/Yes and then again No/Yes where the first you must answer Yes, then NO and then Yes to go through.

There wil be a lot of other things possible. Most could be answered by 'ease of use' and 'ergonomics'.

Does that mean that there will be no problems? No, but if you show some reasonable efford, you get very far already.

Comment: If the power comes back on (Score 1) 403

Everybody is missing the "if the power comes back on". That means we are talking about things that are electronic and can be stored for a LONG time. What you need to consider is more rust and material decay.

Metal? That will rust, so after a while you will not be able to just plug it in an electric source. Vacuum, like in a lamp, will most likely not exist after a while, also due to rust.

You PC? Let it stand and rust and oxisation will kill it when not used. Anything with batteries? They are dead even sooner.

So either a lap, an LED or a simple coil for heating. Thick enough and it would need a lot of power even now to do the heating.

My guess is that there would be things that when plugged in after 2 ceturies will still work. After that? With some cleaning.

Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming. -- J. P. McEvoy

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