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Comment: Re:Websites are slowly catching on (Score 2) 167

by Darinbob (#49785985) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court

This reminds me of the giant blow up over paid mods to Skyrim. The player community went nuts. But the modding community also went nuts and split a bit, some still wanting to treat their modding as just a hobby same as any other open source, but others who stopped modding altogether because "we deserve to be paid", "no one ever voluntarily donates", "you're a bunch of freeloaders". Ugliest mess you ever saw.

All because it was a system that worked well for a very long time, and then one day money entered the picture.

Comment: Re:Websites are slowly catching on (Score 1) 167

by Darinbob (#49785943) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court

And never actually buy any of the products.

Seriously, the advertising model on the internet is very screwed up at a times. Like a Buick advertisement on a cycling site. Too many sites just accept random ads that are provided by a third party advertising service. Ie, they've got a blog, they want to make some money to pay for hosting their blog, so they accept scripts from someone they heard about then sit back and wait for money to roll in. And the advertisers who are not paying their fair share of the cost of providing the ad, instead of paying third class postage they pay almost nothing and instead rely on the viewers' own ISPs to deliver their crap for free.

Comment: Re:Out of curiosity (Score 4, Insightful) 167

by Darinbob (#49785837) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court

Adblock is used as a self defense mechanism. If we keep getting punched in the face then we're going to start wearing head protection, no matter how much someone whines that they make their living by punching me in the face.

If your livelihood depends upon annoying your customers, or even harming them, then you need a better job. If it's just a hobby then stop demanding that we pay for it.

Seriously, who is the freeloader, me for protecting my computer and my bandwidth, or the advertisers who use my bandwidth without permission and sites who offer up any ads without testing for malware first? Try living for a month on dialup only or pay per megabyte, then see how much you learn to hate advertisers.

- Treat your viewers and customers with respect
- Be responsible
- Stop tracking viewers
- Stop stealing their bandwidth.
- Provide the ads from your own server, not from a third party provider that you have no control over.
- Stop annoying users with ugly crap, stupid animations, pop ups, pop unders, blaring sound, etc.
- No videos!
- Provide relevant ads
- Stop sending out malware - if you do not vet your ads then you are at fault if malware gets through.

If you have an advertisement that you feel is appropriate, then submit it to adblock and see if it gets on their whitelist.

Comment: Re:reasons (Score 1) 310

by squiggleslash (#49781275) Attached to: Why PowerPoint Should Be Banned

It's not the same thing three times though, and the context of this very discussion should tell you that.

Each of the three components is radically different, but there shouldn't be much redundancy - each of the three serves an entirely different purpose and only one actually contains the core information you need to remember.

The introduction ("you tell them what you are going to tell them") is warning you what's coming. That means giving you context and a road map for the information that follows. Think of it as, say, the marketing blurb for the book you're about to read.

The second ("You tell them") is the information. This is long, and your brain under normal circumstances isn't going to be prepared for that information. Hence the warning and roadmap.

The last ("then tell them what you told them") is the reminder, the overview that makes it easier to remember the information. It's the roadmap for returning here, rather than the simplified roadmap for finding your way there for the first time.

If someone is repeating the same thing three times, they're doing it wrong. As you saw, it's easy to set context without being overly redundant, and a reminder of what you just heard is always helpful.

Out of interest, while this was a little TL;DR (doesn't matter if you're stuck in a meeting ;-), did you feel it was overly redundant? The "Each of" paragraph was "you tell them what you are going to tell them", the "If someone is repeating the same thing three times" was the "then tell them what you told them". The bit in the middle was the core information. I'm not a great communicator, but I doubt you spent the entire thing saying "Why does he keep saying the same thing over and over again? What a jerk!" But if I'd launched into just that middle part, and not provided context, it wouldn't have immediately clicked as to what relevance it has to your concerns.

Comment: Re:Like the companion app (Score 1) 65

by TheRaven64 (#49781067) Attached to: Microsoft Bringing Cortana To iOS, Android
Apple used to ship iSync with OS X, which could sync calendars and contacts with a wide variety of phones via bluetooth or a cable. It also had a nice plug-in architecture for adding new sync clients (and new kinds of data to sync). They also had some Bluetooth integration with the address book app, so when someone called your phone you'd get a pop-up on the screen of who it was and could send SMS directly from the address book. All of these features disappeared with the first OS X release after the iPhone and were replaced with cloud-base syncing that only worked with the iPhone.

Comment: Re:Court Rules in Favor of Patent Reform (Score 1) 76

by Darinbob (#49779923) Attached to: Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Patent Troll

However, I agree with Supreme Court that "good faith" is not enough to be a valid defense. This is Cisco after all, they will lie, cheat, and steal just as much as patent trolls. Give them a free pass of "oh, that didn't sound like a valid patent, so we just ignored them" and then pretty soon that excuse gets used for everything.

Comment: Re:But I love it when slides are read to me (Score 1) 310

by Darinbob (#49778951) Attached to: Why PowerPoint Should Be Banned

The entire summary, and many people here, are using PowerPoint and presentations interchangeably. So what do they REALLY mean, do they hate PowerPoint itself, the tool, or do they hate the idea of a presentation or slides, a concept used for many decades, or do they hate the person who does a lousy job at making and performing a presentation?

I don't like PowerPoint, as it's painful to use and oozes Microsoft out of every pore, but I don't hate presentation software as a general concept.

Comment: Re:This seems foolproof! (Score 2) 86

by Dr.Dubious DDQ (#49778515) Attached to: Russian Space Agency Misused $1.8 Billion, May Be Replaced
"You propose to replace it with a sole-source, crony capitalist, 'state corporation', to take advantage of the important synergies between the public sector's capabilities in corruption and mediocrity and the private sector's sophistication in financial and organizational malfeasance?"

(No, I'm not going to write it! NO! I said! My will is strong! I cannot...)

In Soviet Russia, State corrupts Corporations!


Comment: Re:Slashdot videos suck! (Score 4, Insightful) 107

by Darinbob (#49776891) Attached to: Building Hospitable Open Source Communities (Video)

But we don't want to get to know the person better. This is about news and information, not warm fuzzy feelings. I could read a reasonable summary in 20 seconds and move on, without every worry about what the writer looked like or what the facial expressions were while writing.

Comment: Re:Oh wow (Score 1) 230

by Darinbob (#49776683) Attached to: Elon Musk Establishes a Grade School

People get rich, other people think they must be a true genius.

I got recruiter spam to work for a company. It pointed out in parentheses that the CEO was the cousin of Elon Musk. Just raw name dropping, because no one could be so stupid as to think someone's relatives say anything about him. Just more celebrity worship.

Money doesn't talk, it swears. -- Bob Dylan