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.
You're right. I must have read a bad article or remembered poorly. The top and bottom 4 are discarded, but with no regard to whether they are statistical outliers. Regardless, discarding data in that manner is not going to stop manipulation.
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.
You claim to be trying to make a rational, fact-based argument, but you seem to be trying to inject emotions into the argument as much as possible. Choose one or the other, or at least admit you are trying to use emotion to frame the argument.
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).
I use Hulu and never see ads/annoying HEY YOU AREN'T WATCHING THE ADS screens. Maybe you're not trying hard enough. XBMC/Bluecop
It's been a godsend, and I expect to appreciate it more now that nzbmatrix is gone.
Unlikely. The more likely scenario is mass blocking of the ISP. After all, from a business perspective, if you make money from ads, this ISP's users contribute approximately nothing, and cost you money.