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Comment Re:How much do all the ads on webpages cost? (Score 1) 78

But it appears I will have to go with a adblocker now.

Careful, most only remove the div/object from sight, they don't stop them from actually downloading.

Really, I did not know that. Do you or anyone else have any suggestions as to what to use? Does NoScipt block it all? I've seen some sites that won't allow you to see their content if you block their ads. As long as that does not proliferate, no big deal, I'll just not use those sites.

Comment Re:How much do all the ads on webpages cost? (Score 1) 78

OK fine, good shot. But you understand, the mosquitoes were out in force do to recent rains so after sunset we were chased inside.

The cabin was a payoff for computer repairs. A friend of mine has a few businesses & suffers from the usual computer problems & I've been fixing them for years. I used to get gym membership but he sold it.

Comment How much do all the ads on webpages cost? (Score 2) 78

When we were on vacation to a nice cabin on a lake that had no Internet, I tethered off my phone. Just my wife & I doing normal surfing in the evenings & yes I knew I would go over my 6 gig cap... It occurred to me that I am paying top download the ads on all websites.

While I understand websites aren't free & other than Google, no one is really making much money with these ads. But it appears I will have to go with a adblocker now. Fucking Comcrap starts their cap on us next month. I wonder how much data is being chewed up by advertisements?

BTW fuck them & their throttling plans.

Comment No reason to celebrate for me (Score 2) 44

I used to have Uverse. A couple years ago I asked Comcrap to beat their prices & they did, substantially. Lately I've been eyeing Uverse again because Comcrap's deals will expire sometime soon. Condo here, no dish allowed.

Losing competition is not something to celebrate. Not everyone can have a dish & I'm sure Comcrap knows that.

Comment Re:This is serious business (Score 1) 244

Yes, there are feral hives. Supposedly all were wiped out due to mites & "Colony Collapse Disorder" back 10 years ago. The theory is the new feral hives spread from commercial/hobbyist hives. Back in 2012 my tomatillo plants were covered in European honey bees & I had a bumper crop of tomatillos. 2013, nearly zero. Yes, pollination still happened but I got half the tomatillos. 2014 there were more bees, likely from a local hobbyist. This year, there are a decent amount, but nothing like 2012. They do go as far as 1.5 miles from their hives

You mentioned blueberries. Blueberries are particularly bee dependent. Commercial farms rely on commercial beekeepers (& have their own hives) as do dozens of other crops, like almonds, fruit trees, etc. Almond groves in particular have no wild insects nearby at all & are completely reliant on migrant beekeepers. That goes both ways, Beekeeping & the honey industry has never been very profitable & has come to rely on income from farmers to survive.

Comment Re:Somebody please mod this ignorant crap down. (Score 1) 244

Furthermore, a large proportion of our staple crops (rice, wheat, corn, oats, etc.) do not depend on insect pollinators of any sort, and of the ones that do depend on insect pollination there are usually multiple species that are up for the task. Yes, the honeybee has fallen on hard times lately but even if every honeybee in the world was killed, there's definitely not going to be any sort of famine and no plants native to North America would die off as a result.

The mass production of many foods rely almost entirely on beekeepers hauling their hives to the farms. From almonds to apples, some, like watermelon, the honeybee is essential. If we lost all honeybees? Famine is unlikely, but shortages & high prices are. There are alternatives to honeybees, but would not produce the massive amounts of food per acre farmers are currently getting.

That being said, of course we should spray. We just have to be smarter than the average county worker in Florida.

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