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Comment Re:Will they also provide a way (Score 1) 107

There are a few lines you can add to the hosts file on your PC or your DNS proxy to block AdSense and DoubleClick networks. You don't have to go full APK unless you want to. Start with these two and see what else you can pull in from your browser's debugger.

Comment Cancel or Allow? (Score 1) 185

If access to your mic and camera are *actually* required (e.g. tech support, online chat etc.) you should have to authorise this access each time and the access should be granted for the current page only.

If the user has to re-allow the microphone, re-allow the camera, and re-allow location whenever the user navigates to a different part of a web application, with no way to "always allow" other than by applying a patch to the browser's source code and recompiling the entire browser from source, the user will likely consider it worse than Windows Vista UAC.

Comment What other ways? (Score 1) 185

There are other ways to finance content

What might these be, other than ads and paywalls? Once I know what other ways you're thinking of, I can analyze their suitability for different

and if you do not qualify, maybe your content was not valuable in the first place.

Valuable to readers != valuable to those with money up front.

Comment A faster horse (Score 1) 185

Are you so stupid that you don't know what you need?

You might be surprised at how many people are that stupid. Henry Ford sold his Model T automobile to people who thought they needed a faster horse.

Do you need help when deciding what food/clothes/housing/car you buy?

Some people do. In some categories, U.S. consumers can rely on Consumer Reports, a product comparison magazine and website funded by subscribers that takes no advertising. But a lot of things are so hyper-local that a nationwide magazine such as CR can't cover them adequately, such as restaurants and housing. And even then, CR somehow needs to learn that a particular product exists and is available to the public, even though it refuses to take product samples.

Comment Phone companies lock people into contracts (Score 1) 191

That's like saying Comcast could potentially look all my neighbors into contracts. Except that it is a fact that they haven't and can't.

That's because phone companies offering DSL or fiber are more likely to use a contract with an ETF. Look at it this way: If Comcast wants to expand its Xfinity subscriber base in a particular area, and a lot of Internet users in that area are already locked into contracts with the phone company and the satellite TV company, it'll have a hard time selling Xfinity subscriptions unless it can afford to buy out the ETFs of the competitor's subscribers. Now replace "Comcast" brands with ViaSat, its competitor with Gogo, and "Internet users" with airlines.

Comment To avoid a John Q scenario (Score 1) 166

If I wonder why calls to repeal US Medicaid entirely were not more widespread, even prior to the ACA. Perhaps the answer is that some level of government services, such as guaranteed health insurance, reduces the rate of violent crime to obtain those services by force. (Citation: the film John Q.)

Comment Did someone just admit to tax evasion? (Score 0) 41

Aside from the cost of gas and sales tax probably eating your savings on shipping

Gas perhaps, unless it's a trip you already made for another reason. Sales tax no, unless you're ordering from a dealer that has no nexus in your state and committing tax evasion in the use tax field of your tax return.

Besides which, if you planned your deployment thoroughly, instead of buying it piecemeal, you'd probably be over the $35 threshold anyway.

"Planning? In my home?" It's less likely than you think.

Comment Re:I'm pretty sure the interconnect bus is not the (Score 1) 108

A lot of this has to do with carrier certification

Why would an individual carrier, not the governing body of GSM, UMTS, and LTE, need to certify individual phones?

for the combinations of components, which go up by a power of two for each ne possible module you can plug in.

And why would they have to certify anything but the radio module?

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