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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

frovingslosh Re:sure it would (609 comments)

If only there were some kind of search website that, with a few key words, would find such lists for you.

Failing that, you could install the Lightbeam plug-in for Firefox and then see the shocking number of sites that get visited in addition to the websites that you want to visit. It is pretty obvious that some of them are providing the advertising. Even for those who are not, do you really need or want the site that you go to to tell other sites about you by simple links in website that force you to fetch stuff from them? I never use Facebook, will never have a Facebook account. Why do so many different websites think that they need me to get traffic from Facebook? (Even websites that show no Facebook link or logo on them often do this.)

However, I'll be nice and get you started. Put two lines in your HOSTS file that read

127.0.0.1 doubleclick.net

127.0.0.1 ads.doubleclick.net

and see how nice things get from just that. I learned to do this over a decade ago when some "adware" that I was using not only was delivering ads from doubleclick (which I would have been fine with) but was providing a back door for doubleclick to install other stuff on my system and it was regularly crashing my system. I blocked downloads from doubleclick and my problems went away. Doubleclick has since been sold to Google, but if Google is going to enrich the weasels who were doing that I see no reason to let doubleclick traffic back into my system. (Guess where a lot of Slashdot ads come from.)

about a week ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

frovingslosh or we'll have more (609 comments)

If you create a pool of billions of $230 yearly "contributions" to the people who are trying to milk the Internet now, do you really think that the people looking to make easy money from the Internet that you and I already pay to gain access to will go away, or can you understand that there just might be more people attracted by all of that money and looking for ways to establish themselves as Internet Advertisers so that they can get some of that money?

about a week ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

frovingslosh sure it would (609 comments)

Yea, all of the spam would just go away. And I wouldn't have any more spam show up in my email, right?

And all of that drive-by malware installing stuff would just go away and people would start being ice to each other, right?

Of course, all of our interactivity would still be there. And we could still have e-comerce on the web, we could still use sites like Amazon rather than having to drive miles to get to a limited selection and pay higher prices at a local "friendly" bookstore. But somehow there would be no advertising. And people would just automatically know where all of the new e-comerce sites were. And there would be no one who wanted to steal your identity and your credit card info and drain your bank account. And best of all, no one would ever see a bunch of fools saying "ad free Internet for $230 a year sounds good to me, where do I sign up?" and try to take advantage of that.

We don't even have ad-free PBS television any more, but some people want to believe they could get ad-free Internet so much that they would OK an additional yearly charge?

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You're not going to get ad-free Internet. But if you really care about it at all you can get greatly ad-reduced Internet. And it doesn't involve a yearly fee, just a small expenditure of effort. Block the major ad sources in your Hosts file (or, even better for the more advanced user, set up a network wide block in your router). But be aware, this has the side effect of making your browsing a lot faster, since you cut out a lot of unwanted traffic.

about a week ago
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Scientists Find Traces of Sea Plankton On ISS Surface

frovingslosh Re:But is it really plankton? (116 comments)

Of course it is really plankton. The real issue is is it Sea Plankton as claimed. Or are our oceans full of Space Plankton?

about a week ago
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Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

frovingslosh What's a reboot? (252 comments)

I loved B5. I hate reboots, at least as I understand the word. I have no problem with replacing the actors. That happens frequently in movie franchises. James Bond has been played by a number of actors, and even the gender of a major supporting character was changed in that franchise without calling it a reboot. In my mind a reboot is when the producers and/or director want to take advantage of the name and existing fan base, but decide to do two other distasteful things: First, change key story concepts that have already been established, and second, they usually want to retell yet another origin story. Why is this being called a reboot, and is JMS calling it a reboot himself or are others just misusing the term? I'll gladly go see a new B5 movie (and I really don't go to many movies), but I'll avoid a B5 reboot like I would avoid an Ebola infected missionary. If JMS wants to tell a completely different Sci-fi story then I would welcome that too, but he should not reuse the B5 name, If he wants to pick back up story telling in the B5 universe then he shouldn't try to tear down what has already been done.

On a side note, the list of lost actors from the B5 production should include Tim Choate who played my favorite character, Zathras.

about two weeks ago
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Can We Call Pluto and Charon a 'Binary Planet' Yet?

frovingslosh Re:Admit it. (115 comments)

Agreed. My first thought was that this article is just trying to bait Neil deGrasse Galactus into another fight.

about three weeks ago
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Cornering the Market On Zero-Day Exploits

frovingslosh Typical great government idea (118 comments)

This is a typical great government idea. The really great thing about the idea is that once you deal with a zero-day vendor and buy a vulnerability, giving them a lot of money in the process, you can rest assured that they would never sell the same vulnerability to anyone else. 'cause that would be wrong.

about three weeks ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

frovingslosh Re:hear hear! (406 comments)

Yup. And they wrote that while calling someone else an idiot.

about three weeks ago
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Rosetta Achieves Orbit Around Comet

frovingslosh Rosetta and its probe (54 comments)

"Rosetta and its probe"

What in the world is that supposed to mean? Sounds dirty.

about three weeks ago
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EFF: US Gov't Bid To Alter Court Record in Jewel v. NSA

frovingslosh tongue (78 comments)

I like putting my tongue in chicks.

about three weeks ago
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EFF: US Gov't Bid To Alter Court Record in Jewel v. NSA

frovingslosh Duh! (78 comments)

We could find no example of where a court had granted such a remedy or even where such a request had been made.

Well, duh! Normally our rewriting of history is effective enough that you will not find such records.

about three weeks ago
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Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

frovingslosh Re:You want to count use in many cases (336 comments)

What a shame that in many cases people don't recognize sarcasm and irony.

about three weeks ago
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Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

frovingslosh False count (336 comments)

It looks like this count is coming from someone monitoring what OSs they see in use. That being the case, it must be greatly under-counting Windows 8 and Win 8.1, since while they may be on many more computers, they are unusable.

about three weeks ago
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How Many Members of Congress Does It Take To Pass a $400MM CS Bill?

frovingslosh Re:They should've removed one to make room. (180 comments)

One? I would have removed all of the arts and all of the foreign languages. I would certainly place computer science higher than any of those on a list of things that deserve to be "core subjects".

about three weeks ago
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How Many Members of Congress Does It Take To Pass a $400MM CS Bill?

frovingslosh Wrong question (180 comments)

..."comprehensive immigration reform efforts that tie H-1B visa fees to a new STEM education fund" could be used "to support the teaching and learning of more computer science in K-12 schools,"

Translation: We'll do this and then we'll have to let more H-1B foreigners into the country to pay for it. The question isn't how many tax dollars this law will cost, it is how many American jobs it will cost and how further American technical jobs can be devalued by an in-flood of cheap foreign labor.

about three weeks ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

frovingslosh Re:Fucking ridiculous (409 comments)

Actually, they are deliberately not identifying the patent. Might be a doctor. Might be a nurse. But in any case it was a missionary, someone who went to Africa to tell the people there that his or her own religious beliefs were better than those of the Africans.

I saw an interesting thing on the CBS evening news last night. One of the missionary spokespeople was telling the CBS talking head how distrustful the local people were if the doctor was wearing lots of protective clothing while treating patients. The supposed journalist just let this be stated and never questioned if the spokesperson was trying to say that they sometimes deliberately do without the protective gear to help gain the African people's trust. Apparently these missionaries believe that they should tell these people that the Christian god is better than whatever they believe in, but not bother to try to tell them that civilized science and medicine is better than jungle science.

about a month ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

frovingslosh Re:Try, try again? (409 comments)

I agree completely. More importantly, this person volunteered to go to Africa and do whatever he did. The millions of people in this country did not volunteer to take similar risks in bringing him back.

about a month ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

frovingslosh What an idiot you are (409 comments)

Boy, how stupid can you be. We are talking about bring over here someone who knew all of the precautions and should have been taking them himself. If it is so safe to treat this deadly incurable disease then the person would never have caught it in the first place. The very fact that this person has the disease when they knew exactly what they were dealing with and supposedly took all of the proper precautions disproves any claim of safety in bringing Ebola to this country.

about a month ago
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Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

frovingslosh Re:not clear who I insulted (181 comments)

OK, you win. I'll admit that saying someone may eat a potato is a very derogatory thing. Just thinking of all the negative connotations that the concept of eating an over boiled spud brings to mind turns my stomach about any any false connotations people might have about a population of people on a certain Western European island. You are completely correct that any reference to a well know behavior pattern for such a group of people could in some way be derogatory. Lets just be thankful that this has now been corrected and that there are no other more negative stereotypes for this group of "people". You're welcome.

about a month ago

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AVG causing false web analytics

frovingslosh frovingslosh writes  |  more than 6 years ago

frovingslosh (582462) writes "A story at The Register is reporting that the new version of AVG anti-virus scanner is causing major problems for websites, it adds "a tool that automatically scans search engine results before you click on them. If you search Google, for instance, and ten results turn up, it visits all ten links to ensure they're malware free." This is throwing website statistics way off, as well as burning through bandwidth for small sites that happen to hit high on a Google search for a particular term. Also from the article: "If AVG does mask its user agent — and fails to provide another workaround — its ghost traffic looks exactly like real traffic. And then the web is in trouble. After all, 50 million AVG users have yet to upgrade." And no mention that the very popular AVG Free seems to be going away, to be replaced by a for pay only version."
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frovingslosh frovingslosh writes  |  more than 7 years ago

frovingslosh (582462) writes "AP is reporting that Radio Shack has laid off about 400 people by e-mail.

I personally see it as a good thing that no one in the company has any technical skills or knowledge of the Internet, otherwise some employee who took offence at the way this was done could easily send out e-mail with forged headers and lay off the rest of the company too. I'm not advocating that, of course, that would be wrong."

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