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Comment Re:I used to block ads (Score 1) 978

You seem incredibly naive. If something costs more than its benefit, nobody will pay for it to exist. Someone is going to need to make a buck to lay fiber, keep switches and routers running, and make repairs. There's not much in the world that is free. As for ads in other places, in general, you're right, ignoring roadside billboards which, because of property taxes, are debatable.

Comment Re:I don't understand... (Score 2) 470

A lot of loans are indexed to LIBOR or the Fed Funds rate. Fed Funds rate is what interest the Fed demands be paid to lend money to banks. LIBOR is what interest rates banks in London say they will charge other banks to borrow money. It's a system that shouldn't even exist, since it is literally a daily survey. Each bank gives their answer, none are discarded as outliers, and the figures are averaged. I'm surprised it took so long to manipulate LIBOR to be honest.

Comment Re:Not the ISP's problem (Score 1) 317

Most companies, at least from a revenue standpoint, make money from products. Who do you think is paying for the ads? Even if you assume the average company spends 10% of revenue on ads (Which is a really high number, I think), you have ten times as many companies producing that making money from advertising (10/11ths of the revenue accruing to producers, with 1/11th going to advertisers. Yes, I know 1/11th is getting counted twice, but since it's a result of production twice, I think it's appropriate).

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