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Comment People aren't accepting but avoiding (Score 1) 32

What people really do is trying to escape the ads with bits of programming strewn in between that free TV has become. Advertising has poisoned the very soil they've been living off with their attitude that people cannot escape their clutches.

Guess what: People could.

It's the same that happened to online advertisers who thought they could push obnoxious ads onto people until even the least technically inclined person got off their ass and installed an adblocker. And the same is happening to TV. Geeks and other technically interested people have been reaching for Netflix and other services like it in the past, but now even the non-techs are fed up enough with the constant bombardment with advertising that they're considering alternatives. And that alternative is now quite within reach. It's no longer something that's "only for geeks", where you can only watch your shows more or less well on relatively small computer screens, and only if you have an expensive computer system that provides you with the image and sound quality your TV can provide. Your TV can now play Netflix and other internet media perfectly. And it doesn't take an internet and computer genius to make it happen either anymore.

And frankly, people don't give a shit whether they pay Netflix or their local cable provider, the cost difference is insignificant. What matters, though, is that you can watch the shows you want to watch when you want to watch them and not at 11pm because it's a popular show and can be crammed into the graveyard slot so the network can hand the prime time to a show they want to push desperately.

And even more important is the time you saved, you can watch a 45 minute show in only 23 minutes. I.e. without the fuckin' ads.

Comment F(U) ^ 2 (Score -1) 27

Fabric is "a modular mobile platform" designed to help app developers improve the "stability, distribution, revenue and identity"

- what would Twitter know about improving revenue exactly? If they do know something about it how come they didn't do that for themselves?

the ability to natively embed tweets in other apps to signing in with your Twitter credentials were made possible by Fabric.

- I guess that's their definition of 'everything'.

You can sign in and you can tweet. The 2 things that Tweeter does.

"We quickly realized that our missions are the same -- helping mobile teams build better apps, understand their users, and grow their businesses," the Fabric team wrote in its announcement.

- right, the actual mission being tracking everything anybody does on their phone and using the phone platform to push advertising to users.

"Fabric and Firebase operate mobile platforms with unique strengths in the market today."

- the F U squared.

And if you're an existing Fabric customer, don't worry, the platform will continue to function.

- ooookaaaay, I guess if you are known for randomly shutting down projects you have to put out statements like that...

You'll just need to agree to the new terms of service, which will be available once the deal is completed.

- right, so if you are a developer who uses that stuff make sure to grow an extra kidney, because they are coming for yours.

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