Discussion in 'other software & services' started by elapsed, Nov 25, 2011.
Like the BBC?
Yes, like BBC News (not the other areas, which are commercialized.) BBC News is able to make due on licensing fees.
Which is funded by tax money
I'm pretty convinced pasteurised lager is evil. What's wrong with real ale? I also reckon Pot Noodle approaches evil.
Yes, it is sinister. I am starting to worry about a lot of things that the Google Borg are getting up to these days. Big Google is watching you! I just don't trust them. There again, I'm jaded, cynical & definitely not sheeple.
I have nothing against advertising per se but placing it in a browser is a bit suspect if you ask me. I know Opera did it before it was freeware, but at least the people who downloaded Opera expected it.
I also think that if the Google Borg start to make a habit of this they really will lose users to other browsers, very probably SRWare Iron.
Commercialised? Where? I've never seen an advert on BBC TV. Where do you get this stuff from LOL?
So that's where it goes!
If you think paranoids are individuals... well, no.
Doubt it. Most people don't care about ads let alone a tiny one that doesn't last and goes away over time.
We'll see whether this becomes a common theme of their front page but regardless of whether it does or doesn't I just can't see this as being "evil." This isn't even one of those "omg they're tracking you" ads or something, it's just text in a box that you can close.
You obviously don't live in the UK. Step away from the spliff ...
Technically it is a licence fee, but I suppose it could be seen as a telly tax LOL. Either way, it's worth every penny.
I thought paranoids were individuals. Hell, what do I know, they're still all out to get me.
Yeah, you're probably right about that.
Nah ... it's still evil. It's so evil that even Dr Evil's cat; Mr Bigglesworth would find it evil.
Well that certainly is evil than.
The BBC suxxx. Their reliance and insistence on proprietary software is telling. They seem to have seen the sunlight though but for a while they were quite insistent on another type of "light" to offer visitors the "full experience".
B&D would be too quick. The bits are too large. We have to punish the non-believers slowly.
Mr. Bigglesworth would wave his paw and turn up his nose. This isn't even quasi-evil, it's just Google being Google. Hell, security apps are putting ads in now, why not browsers I guess. Google is all but an ad company now, might want to get used to stuff like this, or, alternatively, stop using them. Firefox and IE are good browsers, Scroogle, DuckDuck and so on are good search engines. Plenty of options out there.
And honestly... I practically feel like calling this an "ad" is a misuse of the word. It's definitely advertising something but it's like... the most tame ad I've ever seen. It's taking up a tiny amount of space, which is already whitespace, it has a big "Ignore" button, and it goes away on its own...
If all ads were like that I wouldn't use an adblocker. The thing was tiny, I doubt it had even a picosecond of difference in terms of loading the newtab page, which is cached.
Well, an ad is an ad, but, if this was all we ever had to worry about Google doing, we'd be in 7th heaven. Like I said in another topic, you have to learn the difference between real problems and just annoyances. A lot of people put them in the same pile.
Of course, ads are the reason for everything Google does. You mean people are just figuring this out??
We already know that Google gets its revenues from ads (and data-mining and violating our privacy) but it gives people a chance to howl and scream a bit which I understand can be therapeutic (sometimes). Whether it's healthier than laughing at the languishing competition, I'm not sure.
Forced into a corner, I'd go for ads, which I'll do my best to block, rather than pay for cosmetic and monopolistic "upgrades".
I agree and I hope other browsers won't become adware as well
But you can't block the data mining of your personal information. Lately I only get targeted ads (even when deleting all the browser history/cookies etc), personal information that Google acquired about me and that I can't delete. Off course, Google is not the only company data mining, but is the largest by far.
The upgrades also seem to give "people a chance to howl and scream a bit which I understand can be therapeutic (sometimes)."
Even for the free browsers
(BTW, feedback wanted here)
If they always stick to that, I don't see any problem.
Well, I think that the licence fee is worth Radio 3 & Radio 4 alone, then there is BBC One, Two, Three & Four which I doubt has a real equivalent in the rest of the world.
It's best not to talk about their version of RealPlayer.
I wasn't thinking of punishing non-believers, I just wanted to know if it was safe (it helps if you've seen the movie).
Oh, I have and it increased my interest in oral hygiene considerably.
Are you completely sure Google aren't mentioned in The Book of Revelations? There may be apocrypha about the fifth horse of the apocalypse: Data Mining.
Yes, more options ... must ... resist ... the ... dark side ... the temptation ... to become ... part of the ... Borgle collective ... too great ... must resist ... must not ... be assimilated ...