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Submission + - At current rate of adblocking growth, 100% of UK adults will block ads in 3 year (blockadblock.com)

popo writes: Regardless of which side of the ad blocking debate you fall on, the "adblockalypse" of 100% ad blocking is now very close for UK publishers. At the current rate of ad blocking growth, 100% of UK adults will block ads within 3 years. Of course the tipping point into insolvency will have occurred long before the 100% point is ever reached. We may be within a year or two of a major extinction-event for UK online publishers. And the rest of the world may not be far behind.

Comment Re: What a load of BS (Score 2) 572

Wait. Seriously?

I don't vote in the USA, but claiming that "one" party is the "honest" one, and the other isn't... is borderline hilarious.

They're all a bunch of crooks. The discussion of who's a bigger crook is laughable.

The reason that this election is different (Sanders and Trump) is because people have seen through the BS on BOTH sides of the US Government. The democratic establishment and the republican establishment alike are both equally terrified that their "chosen" horses might not win the race, and might get one-upped by the second-string horses that were just there to make the whole thing look legit.

Comment And how long until programmers are unemployed? (Score 1) 317

Right now, at the peak of the biggest tech bubble in history, programming seems like a pretty sweet gig.

Except we are one significant market-swoon away from hordes of unemployed programmers looking to peddle their non essential skills in a job market not looking for them.

Coding is a great skill to have. All the best coders I know got started on their own. If you need a class, you're probably not going to ever be particularly good.

Submission + - Did the FTC just kill Native Advertising? 2

popo writes: Native Advertising, or advertorial content that's camouflaged to mimic a site's original content is all the rage among web publishers these days — (cough, Slashdot, cough) — particularly as ad-blocking takes a bigger and bigger bite out of traditional web-advertising revenues. Well today the FTC reiterated its position on native ads and may have just slammed the door shut on this "alternative" form of online advertising. The verdict: If it's not clearly marked "advertising", it may be considered misleading. And by misleading, the FTC means illegal. Of course, from an adblocking perspective, once you clearly indicate something is an ad — you make it all the more easy to block. Which defeats one of the primary goals of native ads to begin with. Did the FTC just kill native advertising?

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