Is a page a cohesive product, ads and all? The law is very unclear on this.
Uh, only in the sense of copyright is this a legal concern. It's your browser and your pipes; they can only cripple their own layout, not enforce your victimhood.
On a side note, what are people using currently for mobile browsing on Android? Every once in a while I'll pull up links friends send me, and after about 2 seconds of scrolling around some misaligned full page overlay shows up with the close button off-screen. I'd like to step up my blocking game on the phone...
I learned Project Management in grad school from Ted Kozman, and his guiding philosophy was the principle my peers and I codified as Kozman's Law:
If you fail to prepare to plan, plan to prepare to fail.
Yeah, that's a tough one. About the only thing I can think of would be to just disable them entirely, as you said, breaking 'much' of the 'Net, just so you can be an informed data consumer.
But I'm the kind of person who disabled Flash entirely and uses Hosts & NoScript to break the 'Net already, so that would be a small step for me.
Good luck to all of us.
0 = 1 ?
I suspect that what we'll eventually find is that 0 => 1 + -1
The policy isn't the issue.
Yes it is.
The policy IS the issue. The drag performers are just a symptom.
There is a Youtube video (Yes, it is Flash
It's 2014. You can disable your Flash plugin and it plays just fine.
The rest of you forgive the off-topic, please.
IMO, the greatest video game of all time is Star Control 2 (1993)
Great nominee but I'd go with Mail-Order Monsters (1985), personally.
No, I didn't miss that point, but I'm probably communicating my own position somewhat unclearly.
You may be surprised that, in fact, I actually consider myself to be something of a privacy advocate, although probably not nearly as extreme as some. I guess I still see the good that the advertising revenue has done for the web as well as the bad, so I guess I've been taking a somewhat contrary position to balance the debate.
I love a well-reasoned contrary position; nothing wrong with forcing people to think about their own.
Keep in mind that I view "advertisement" and "intrusive personal data mining" as distinct issues as well, although it would be naive to dismiss the relationship, of course.
And I said I don't mind advertising, only the distinct feeling that there's an entity-like algorithm behind the scenes ticking boxes when I do things.
Ultimately, we're probably going to need some "complete opt-out" legislation, perhaps similar to the "do not call" list for telemarketers.
That would take quite an honest & vigorous debate to enact; I doubt ten years is enough time for this, so I prefer to advocate personal obfuscation *now*...
I assume you're asking about free as in "freedom"?
No, actually; As you point out, we have "Freedom"-free (at least at the moment before the Impending US Net Neutrality Murder has played out completely). I'm saying that giving up our privacy is a 'beer-cost' which we're certainly not getting full dollar value for, at least in the US.
"do we have any online privacy?", and unfortunately, the answer is "probably not". What is the danger of a lack of privacy, aside from being worthwhile in itself? The collected data could potentially be used to actually curtail freedom instead of simply passively eroding privacy - the temptation to do so is huge. So, yeah, I do believe it's a real concern, and it's going to be a huge issue in the next decade or so as we figure out how to balance all of this realistically.
Well said, but the danger of a lack of privacy is, should be, self-evident: If I've got nothing to hide, you've got nothing to see.
All that being said, I still think you're pining for an internet which basically few people actually used except a handful of academics and enthusiasts (sort of like Linux fifteen years ago, I guess). I was there, I saw it, and it was pretty damn uninteresting and far less practical than the internet we have today.
The impracticality protected us from being interesting enough to spy on. The impracticality for the average computer owner kept them off; ubiquity of the internet makes the target interesting enough to spy upon. "News for Nerds" vs. "News for Everyone"... I know it's not coming back, by the way... I just miss it.