Not saying this isn't actually really exciting, but that's the metric in at least 90% of use cases.
I'd like you to at least give us a chance. I am still running the ship here.
I was here before it was Slashdot...
What are you talking about? You might not have like the ads, but we never lied about anything. Our service was super clear about how it worked. And for those who didn't like the redirection, it has always been possible to create an account and disable that part of the service.
We have been building a data privacy and data usage policy document that we plan to release soon.
One of the many, many reasons to turn off ads is that we had to share some potentially personally identifiable information with ad partners (indirectly when making ad requests, they would just see it in the ad request), so by turning off ads, our privacy / data policy will be a lot more clear and will not need to have weird "certain third parties for certain services" kind of language to address the advertising business.
We're waiting to turn off ads, we'll get the document cleaned up, and we'll publish it.
We wouldn't make such a case for turning off ads if this was our business model going forward. You could visit our site and see how we make money. We sell security services. We never could have done it without first being a consumer service, but we're not selling your data. Come on.
Nope. Never. We've never sold our data. We've never even used it for marketing purposes internally.
We've only ever made money from one of three things: Ads, selling individuals an ad-free version, and enterprise security services.
Today, most all of our revenue, and all of our growth, comes from selling enterprise security. If you work in IT, it's worth checking out to improve your security posture. There's a lot more to it than you might guess.
So despite NeXT being a Jobs led company and working on NeXTStep since 1989 and Jobs pushing Apple into adopting that architecture for the next Mac OS, it's a "cheap way out"?
Except they were, they increased Apple's profitability, increased market share and brought in revenue that allowed Apple to develop iPod, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, iPhone, and iTunes Music Store.
Jobs didn't "shit can his own operating system", Jobs switched from the System 7-OS 8 operating system to Jobs own NeXTStep/Mach kernel approach
I manage 44 devices in building that use iOS7, this week I've had 108 wifi connection issues on those 44 devices and it's only Tuesday.
The 121 devices running Mac OS, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Linux that I manage have had 0 wifi connection issues.
Except for all the success they had with iMac, Powerbook G4, iBook before iPod
Never tell people how to do things. Tell them WHAT to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. -- Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.