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Comment: You're a Slashdot.org volunteer (Score 1) 33

by tepples (#47721281) Attached to: Couchsurfing Hacked, Sends Airbnb Prank Spam

Couchsurfing went from an ostensibly community-run (but really oligarchy-controlled) website to a private, Delware-registered and venture capitalist-funded corporation three years ago. To continue to call it Couchsurfing.org is disingenuous.

Yet you're posting this on Slashdot, which continues to operate from the .org TLD after having been sold to Andover, VA Linux, and Dice.

Comment: Cover-up ad blocker (Score 1) 325

by tepples (#47721183) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

Which is why we use ad-blocker blocker blockers

Ad blockers that allow the ad to render and then cover it up exist, but they eliminate the bandwidth and CPU time savings of a normal ad blocker. Like normal ad display, a cover-up ad blocker slows down rendering, drains your device's battery (as its CPU has to come out of sleep mode more often), and runs up a higher data bill with your ISP compared to a normal ad blocker. And as I mentioned above, a cover-up ad blocker fails with interactive advertisements.

Comment: What does a site want in Google's index? (Score 1) 325

by tepples (#47721141) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

They can embed the whole site in a DRM-ed Flash or Silverlight wrapper

Which means your favorite general-purpose web search engine can't see it to index it. Of course, a site could provide just the title, author, and abstract without digital restrictions management and get those in the index, similarly to how Elsevier journals and WSJ.com present articles to anonymous visitors and to logged-in users whose subscription has lapsed.

Comment: Accessibility (Score 1) 325

by tepples (#47720347) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year
If text browsers have a problem finding the start of an article's body on a particular site, some screen readers used by blind people might have the same problem. Report this accessibility problem to the site. If the site still refuses to fix it, find a blind person in your community and a sufficiently sleazy lawyer and have them sue the site under applicable disability discrimination law. It worked against Target.com.

Comment: Re:missing the point (Score 2) 325

by tepples (#47720269) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

No actual content of value would be lost (although some might only continue to exist in the Wayback Machine)

Until the subscription sites put up a robots.txt file to instruct the Wayback Machine to refuse to deliver already-archived content. For other archives that don't honor robots.txt retrospectively, a subscription site could send a notice of claimed infringement under OCILLA.

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