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Comment Re:Fitbit is next (Score 4, Funny) 182

Who on their right mind is going to spend hundreds of dollars for some minor functionality?

Back in the 1980s, I remember thinking "If only there was a way to have my girlfriend (at the time) send me her pulse so I could feel her love on my own wrist in real-time. Of course the technology wasn't there, and wouldn't be for some time, so I had to settle for her bloody heart in a jar and 25 years in a psychiatric hospital.

Comment Re:Yeah (Score 1) 73

Yep. I have a friend who worked for a now-defunct ad placement firm. They hired people specifically for the purpose of figuring out ways around ad blockers. Of course that was dumb, because for people who are determined not to be tracked and force-fed ads, that simply makes them more determined to find ways to block things.

Comment Re:There are Ads on YouTube? (Score 1) 73

I recently went to renew my /. subscription because it has been some time since I last had. They are no longer offering subscriptions, not sure if it's temporary or not. One of the nice things with it was the option to turn off ads. I still run uMatrix and uBlock Origin on the site but still wanted to support them.

So it seems like they may be going straight for an ad & tracker supported model.

Comment Re:More advertising data (Score 1) 89

Linking who you share your location with their habits. Alice went to McDonalds. Bob went to Burger King. Both like fast food, show Bob ads for McDonalds.

Very elementary example, but they are basically asking the users to confirm that when Alice and Bob are in the same (or a similar) place, it is not a coincidence.

Comment Re:More advertising data (Score 1) 89

Thank you, you nailed it far more succinctly than I.

What gets me are the "So? Every other company does it." as if that makes it right. These are the same people that check in on Facebook, leave location metadata on in photos, and run Google Maps in the background because it gives them the warm fuzzies thinking they're helping.

Comment Re:Ok? (Score 1) 560

So, there's a downside to marijuana? OMG alert the press! Tell everyone! Don't talk about cigarettes or alcohol, though. Big companies need that money.

I love how they say, "...the media". The media tries to tell us all the time that marijuana is just horrible and that, "it's illegal for a reason!". How about you let us, as the free people of the US, decide whether we want to smoke it or not? We do the same fucking thing for nicotine and alcohol.


I call BS. There are endless studies on the effects of alcohol and cigarettes. You are only upset because it posits there might be a downside to something you enjoy doing

Where I live there is now a 10 Meter rule where you can't smoke or vape within 10 meters of an entryway or bus stop. They also tax alcohol a lot to keep us from drinking too much of it. Meanwhile they are planning to decriminalize marijuana (which I'm ok with as long as it gets the same 10 M rule)

Really, we should be allowed to do what we want provided no one else has to have our choice but we should also be kept fully informed of the potential consequences of our life choices.

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