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Comment Re:No such thing (Score 1) 294

How does one block images from a web site that's in your address bar of your browser? You ask the web server for *some* of the images from a web site, but not others? That's my whole point. If I'm going to whatever.com, I'm fine with seeing content from whatever.com, whether it's "content" or advertisements. I'm not OK with seeing content from shittyadnetwork.com.

Comment Re:Corruption at every level (Score 1) 105

Ok, I'll explain it to you in a way that makes it easier to understand for somebody who is hang up on the idea that either everything should be provided or nothing at all.

A person can offer you to use his kitchen for free to cook your food if you have no kitchen but in exchange for the free use of his kitchen you have to buy groceries from that person. You could say that the person is running a grocery store and the price of using the 'free' kitchen is included in the price of the groceries.

I can extend this further: you are going to a restaurant and you are not bringing your own food with you, you are getting the nice restaurant experience (the interior, the music, the ambient lighting, the climate, whatever) but you are buying the food from the restaurant, you are not allowed to bring your own with you to eat there.

There is nothing at all wrong with a business model that is offering you a SPECIFIC THING and not other things. Of-course in the so called 'freest country on Earth' this idea is long gone after Obama forced the insurance companies to provide insurance plans that include specific things in them, making it illegal to provide insurance plans without those types of things.

Government interference is bad for the market, not good. If somebody is offering a product, as a potential customer it is your choice to take the product or not to take the product. If the price is 'free' but the government says that this product cannot be provided under those specific conditions, you will not get that product at all.

Is it better for you to get a product with limited functionality than no product at all? You decide, but instead of leaving it up to you, the government says: you cannot decide, you are too stupid to decide, you are too ignorant to decide, you are too childish to decide, et.

That's government oppression, not freedom.

Comment Re:The one lesson developers should learn (Score 1) 34

There is nothing wrong to "depend on other people's servers" as long as you have a contract, an SLA in place. To depend on other people's servers is perfectly fine as long as there is an understanding on both sides what that means exactly.

To depend on the servers of people who don't owe you anything and to who you don't owe anything either, that's a different story.

Comment Re:No such thing (Score 1) 294

The problem is that you seem to think that the "virtual" world somehow is different than the "real" world. It isn't. I know lots of people who listen to NPR and very few people who listen to "regular" radio. Why? Partially, because they don't have screaming ads about gold scams and dick hardening pills. It's the same thing.

Tens of thousands of visitors should mean "take some time to earn money from this or I'm going to run out of money really fast." You didn't, and it fell over. I'm sorry. Your'e continuing to insist that what you did was the correct answer, when it obviously didn't work. If you can't learn from your own mistakes...

Comment Re:No such thing (Score 2) 294

You're right, that fraud was possible, but less so than with TV or Radio or Print. Hell, I spend $$ on radio advertising, even that I have zero way to validate how many people are hearing those radio broadcasts. Advertisers will pay for unvalidated advertising.

If you had something that accidentally blew up on line, then you could have picked up a phone, called a big company that did something related to what this site was about, and ask them to advertise. That's how business works. You can't expect to sustain something that popular with spending zero effort on bringing in some kind of revenue. By using an ad network, that's what you're doing, and that's completely unsustainable. You're producing a service that a LOT of people are consuming, but you're spending zero effort to bring in any income from your work.

Comment Re:No such thing (Score 1) 294

$1K/month to serve a community need is an outlier. If you somehow had to pay that without having tens of thousands visitors a day, then I don't know what you're talking about.

If you had tens of thousands of visitors a day, then it would have behooved you to sell your own ads. That means:
1. Call big company that may be interested in advertising on your web site.
2. Tell them that this many people will see an ad for them if they pay you $$ per month.
3. You write HTML (with your fingers) that say, "Buy something from this company", and put it on your web pages.

What you did:
1. Copy-Paste "http://someshittyadnetwork.com/;asdiofulewrn.,n321412341324oip????&&&&"

Comment Re:No such thing (Score 1) 294

Well, I am. But any site that gets more traffic than can be handled by a $10/month host can also afford to sell some of their own ads. That's my point. Web sites that are that large/popular need to call advertisers, ask them to advertise, create ads, and put them on their web sites. Same thing that's been happening in print for hundreds (thousands?) of years. Ad networks are a cheap shortcut that don't work as well as people hoped they would.

Comment Re:No such thing (Score 1) 294

Sell it and host their own ads. Like print publications have been doing for hundreds (thousands?) of years. If you have thousands of people visiting a web site a day, it's worth it, financially, to hire a salesperson, and sell some ads, and put those ads on your web site. Instead, modern websites say, "Waaah, we don't want to spend money on ad salespeople. We'd rather spend 10 seconds to paste in some HTML from some ad network and let them pay us." I don't think that this is rocket science.

I block every ad. Any web site that can't figure this out can die, and I really don't care. Slashdot is getting sold every three weeks these days, so it's value is dwindling fast, and that's probably because 90% of it's visitors are using ad blockers. If whoever owns it today doesn't figure this out, oh, well.

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