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Comment Re:Marketing slowly sneaking up on common sense? (Score 1) 126

This. What I find hilarious is I buy an item online, let's use the new router ....... for the next 3-4 months I will see only adds for that item I'm happily using at home now.

You are lucky. 6 months ago I signed up a spamming company to a website for Thai Brides. Now ads for Thai brides keep popping on my screen. I have to shield the screen from my wife.

Comment Re:Maybe people are oversaturated (Score 1) 126

The advertisers would disagree..

Sure the advertisers disagree, or they'd fire themselves.

A few brands in the past thought this and stopped advertising. "People" forget quickly - and even more quickly when a competitor keeps advertising.

Not necessarily. For example in the UK (and maybe the World) Stihl is the best brand of outdooor machinery. But I have never seen an advert for Stihl in the media. Yet they dominate the professional market because of their reputation which people do not "forget".

1 - People are born and people die.

Adverts are not the only way that people learn of a brand. They learn from other users, reviews on the web (amateur and profesional) and simply Googling for makers' web sites. If I want to buy a camera I would Google for "cameras" and find the web sites for Nikon, Canon etc. I don't think anyone is complaining about advertising in the form of makers' websites describing their range of stuff.

2 - People who do use XYZ product are likely to use more or choose a specific brand if they are constantly exposed to it. Think "Bud/Coors/XYZ light please" at the bar. You are more likely to choose something that is "top of mind" and advertising keeps it top of mind.

Nope. Talking beer, what is top of my mind is the beer I like. I've tried many beers and II prefer London Pride - but never seen it advertised.

Comment Re:CTR was NEVER a good metric (Score 1) 126

[the advert] crosses the threshold into annoyance status. In which case the target is irritated by the brand, and actively or passively avoid it.


Some brands I avoid (in the UK) because of annoying ads - Karcher (pressure washing kit), Quality Street (chocolates), Microsoft (lots of other reasons to avoid them too), GoCompare (insurance), Blackthorn (cider).

Knowing how expensive advertising is, if a brand is heavily advertised I know that less money is going on the quality of the product itself.

Comment Re:Charge? (Score 1) 382

Buses go through predictable routes

Bus routes go everywhere, but there's one very key differences between busses and cars. Have you ever seen a bus park at a local service station?

Actually, I have. I live in an area in South Wales that is fairly remote from a bus depot. I think some buses are stabled locally and have seen them filling in my local Tescos' filling station.

Comment Re:Just like the flying car too eh? (Score 2) 382

Cities should seriously look into electrifying heavily used bus routes.

Er ... no. "heavily used bus routes" tend to have several services along the same road. Sometimes a slow-filling bus on one service needs to be overtaken by another on a different service that does not need to be at the bus stop for so long. That is not possible if they are all trolley buses (overhead catenary buses as you refer to them).

I remember trolley buses in London. They mostly ran on routes in suburbia in radial directions so they did not cross or share any road with each other. Where they shared a road with other services, those others were diesel buses. All a bit limiting.

Comment Re:Apparently this will not be. . . (Score 2) 557

until the various Linux communities figure out how to make their software work as easily as either of the big boys, which means running real programs such as Photoshop ....

Unless, highly unlikely, Adobe were to release the source code for Photoshop, that is not possible for the Linux community to "figure out". Only Adobe could do that.

Comment Re:bad Desktop Environment (Score 1) 557

Microsoft spends lots of money to make all sorts of peripherals ... work.

No Microsoft don't. It is the peripheral makers who spend the money and effort to make their stuff work in Windows; they do not always bother to do that for Linux. All Microsoft need to do is sit on their arse and let it happen.

Comment Re:Something is missing (Score 1) 357

I'm in the UK and maybe I don't know enough about roads in the USA (yes do I know they drive on the wrong side of the road there), but I'm failing to see how the right turning driver can "wind up still moving" unless he recrosses his original road on a bridge. Surely he will turn right, right, and right again in side streets and then recross his original direction where he is still likely to end up waiting at traffic lights just as much as if he had turned left in the first place.

In London right turns (read "left" in the USA) are often banned and a sign suggests a left-left-left-recross route. However this is for the benefit of drivers behind you, not yourself, as you will hold them all up in the single lane [per direction] that most London streets have. Where in the UK there is room for a right-turn lane there is no advantage in telling drivers to go left-left-left-recross instead of right. Major/newer traffic lights in the UK only allow one approach road to move at a time anyway.

Comment Re:Citizens know illegal labor is needed (Score 1) 318

(The more aware) citizens also know that without illegal labor, their costs will rise precipitously.

The questions to ask there are:

Do you want to pay $4.00 for an orange, and $30/hour for a babysitter, and $50/hour for lawn care?

There was very little illegal labour in the UK a generation ago, but costs were nothing like that (corrected for inflation). People got on fine (but cut their own lawns). It suprises me how cheap food like fruit (but not meat) is in the shops here (maybe it's the illegal labour) and it would not bother me if it cost more. What is expensive is any sort of services presumably because they employ a lot of people to deal with all the paperwork required, and for stuff like advertising and insurance - which have been massive growth industries demanding their cut.

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