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Comment Re:A good first step (Score 1) 479

Ad revenue will not be a sustainable way for the majority of the internet to fund itself, outside of possibly video sites like Hulu. End users are already paying for those adds, the only difference is they're paying for everybody's. If you use adblock, but still pay for your internet connection, you pay for the adds the guy down the block is viewing.

We'd need to make it analogous to the phone system, with certain sites' addresses being, in effect, "1-800" numbers. Something which must be accounted for in the company's business model. The costs you're addressing wouldn't just appear, they're there already. The only difference is you would be able to see where they are coming from, and know who ultimately pays for them. I would prefer to pay for that which I actually use, rather than try to use what I'm paying for anyway.

Comment Re:A good first step (Score 1) 479

Fine then, change the pricing model to a price/GB. Use a two tier system for amount uploaded and downloaded, and show this on the billing statement. This could also give people more of an incentive to keep their PC's secure. As all the spam bouncing around on zombie PC networks would then have an actual cost to the computer's owner other than "Windows is acting funny".

Comment Re:How about DRM? (Score 1) 243

I've never had a problem with my local Gamestop. And frankly, I want the employees to play the games. That way if I ask their opinion, I don't get the same spiel I could read in a magazine. Of course, I haven't purchased a "New" game since Guitar Hero II came out (Used games have feelings too damn it, stop treating them as second class software titles!) I might not be as incensed as someone who can't stomach the idea of playing a game someone else spun up before.

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