Would someone kindly ask the Internet Advertising Bureau, how they feel about telemarketing calls? Do they find them intrusive, annoying, deceptive?
This is how people feel about online ads.
I don't have the best bandwidth, so annoying flash videos that preload with no way to stop them grind my browsing to a halt it intrudes on my browsing. I tend to open several windows at once, having to spend effort to find the annoying one with the autoplay bullshit blaring out of my speakers is annoying. I got tired of ads masquerading as more content, deceptively offering a real story but delivering some advertising bullshit for something I don't care about.
Just because you could, does not mean you should. You fill my machine with cookies and tracking beacons trying to find a better way to sell me crap I don't want. We tried being nice, but the dial keeps getting turned up to 11 every freaking time. We can do this, we can do that, we can do all of these things... but you can't ask a 10 yr old if that is annoying?
Ad networks are focused on getting pennies, and open people up to malware and worse because they don't vette people buying space. Yet they can't understand that the worst players in the market are the ones who make us block you.
You want your ads not blocked? Stop with all of the "COOL" things you can do, try just being basic. Don't try to track my cursor to see if I went near your ad to get a few more cents. Don't have your ad burst forth from its spot and take over the whole damn page.
Instead of engaging in a battle you can't win, raising the stakes each time, why not develop a better product that doesn't make people want to hurt you. Focus on being less intrusive, and perhaps people will stop trying to crush you. The analytics can't be worth the hassle as people will find new fun hostile ways to respond to your efforts.
You have a small window, and you will never legislate your way to winning. Make them illegal and we'll still have ad-blockers, and if you find a new way to shovel content at us, we'll block that too.
If only there was some sort of system to deal with fraud being perpetrated on people on a massive scale. Like a group that was charged with investigating and prosecuting those who misuse the legal system for profit.
The wheels of justice are slow, and to date have done fuckall to curtail these abuses of citizens. Even when the curtain was pulled back to show that the old man was naked and lying, not a fucking thing has happened. Those old men are now working a newer version of a scam using a different set of laws, meant to protect citizens, to extract money for their own benefit.
The cogs of the system are working the system hard to line their own pockets and when they get caught the 'penalties' are nothing compared to the harm they have caused.
We have laws that protect 'property' more than actual people. We spend more money on making sure corporations are protected, while turning a blind eye to the outright abuse of those same laws by them. Deference is always given to corporations & their agents even when the abuse is plainly visible, yet the law jumps first on accused citizens when the evidence is smoke, mirrors, and technobabble.
RightsCorp is a scam. It is same same scam the priciples have run before, with new window dressing. Until the law decided to actually defend citizens against this willful abuse for profit, it is going to continue. Those who employ these scum need to be held accountable as well, perhaps a corporation having to pay up for the things they allowed without question might suddenly convince them that an imaginary wrong does not mean they are allowed violate the rights of others.
Copyright needs to stop being this magical part of the law that means you can ignore the parts you don't think apply to you, while lining your pockets from misery, threats, & intimidation. It is time they start punishing these scams, and put the fear of the law back into the otherside. These snakeoil solutions do not work, will not work, and merely make them waste resources instead of admitting they are ill, and that their own bad choices made them sick.
While the law should do something to RightsCorp, its principles and their clients... the "punishments" handed out in similar cases when the actions of the bad actors have made the law finally take action do not leave much hope that anyone gives a shit about citizens. Oh you told everyone who would listen that your target enjoyed beastiality, CP, and other bad things... give me $200 and you stop that. Because that TOTALLY made the target whole, and they still did that same thing for months after that so they were completely shown the downside to using underhanded tactics while a court sat and whistled dixie.
Re: How much time and money did Hasbro spend on this?
It also damaged their perception, and rather than obtaining an agreement that would have covered the bases and maybe a small licensing fee of what is going to be a very popular game... They got nothing. williewonka.gif
Except for lingering resentment from a dedicated fanbase who remember all of the slights of the past... and yes they keep buying things but enough of these stupid antics they might find a different fandom or maybe something changed just slightly to keep Hasbro from getting anything.
Annnnd Snakeoil v3.0 is fully engulfed in the fire of its own making... So what is the over under on when they will launch SnakeOil v4 to get more investment money & stockholders who will still believe that there is a magical solution that won't require lawsuits or costs to rake in the billions of imaginary dollars they are sure they are losing?
The are in full on See Something Do Something or We'll be Liable! There was an odd shaped cloud, put the school on lockdown, because if it turns out it was a fighter plane about to gun down all the children we'd be responsible!!!
Parents have abdicated their responsibilities to society to handle, so you have to be as idiotic as the dumbest parent (or most vocal voter). The policies are written to cover their ass to the utmost and professionals are supposed to be the cooler heads... and sadly many times they get whipped into the hysteria and go full bore.
If we tie it to Obama we win the minds of millions of mindless followers who believe that Obama is at fault for all of the wrongs in their lives, that we manufactured and told them he was at fault for.
How stupid do you have to be to think Facebook gives you better feedback? From a place where people fall for Onion headlines consistently, how do you expect your stories to get anything but fuzzy me-too likes once one of the thought leaders tells everyone they should like it?
Or the twitters where having any sort of debate is crippled by 140 character limitations, plus the random block lists and things that can take away voices who might have something worth adding.
It's too hard for us to have comments, which means the bosses don't want to pay anyone to deal with this crap anymore. They don't think its worthwhile, we shovel out our stories and move onto the next one... people no longer believe in deep conversations on important topics... look at the "debates" and all of the oxygen sucked out of the room talking about some porn star turned brand's ass portrait breaking the internet.
They fed people vapid junk food content, and are SHOCKED the comments devolved. Or perhaps they are terrified that someone will launch a lawsuit if a comment gives them butthurt.
Facebook isn't a platform to engage people, its a bunch of analytics pretending to be helpful but tells you fuckall about your actual reach. Stop thinking that likes fucking matter over everything else. Stop thinking that making them use their real names will make them be nicer, its more likely to make them not engage and soon they won't even bother with your content at all because what you do on FB have ripples that reach far and wide... or do we forget those who made comments on their FB page only to find themselves unemployed because FB stalking people for total awareness is a big thing now.
Here is the first problem... "Once delisting is accepted by the search engine"
Perhaps they should tell them to get stuffed. This silly law is stupid, it is nothing more than trying to appease people who neurotically Google themselves trying to have total control over their image. While they've managed to get Google to hide the information, it is still out there and people running background checks will find it. The internet never forgets, and Google is not the fing Internet.
Are things for fing wonderful in France that supressing search engine results is the final step to the utopian nation of France? Or is this them distracting a populace they has a history of rising up and beheading their leadership when things are extra shitty?
Google should walk away, blackhole all of France and call it a damn day. No matter how many times the regulators have butted in on any issue, it never solves anything and a majority of the time what they are pushing for damages the people demanding it. Imagine a nation that no search engine will service, how long before the people will demand to know why and then have to accept that you can't white wash your history... you need to accept it and move forward.
Well the #piggate comments already been made, so....
Perhaps his problem is that he has been spinning a tale to keep people distracted, and now the dominoes have stopped falling to give them cover to expand the all seeing eye. The little boys who have been crying wolf, finally are getting the other villagers fed up with the lies. They expand and expand and none of the good they promise comes to pass, we just need more let us have more or all of the bad will get you. You can't have secrets from us, secrets are bad... look how all of the secrets we're keeping have screwed us time and time again. They want because the sycophants tell them this is the correct course, and no one questions how much lines the sycophants pockets vs any benefit.
The worry we need to have is more things being spun as terrorist actions, to keep everyone on edge and willing to surrender everything to be safe. And while we'd like to think them above such things, petty dictators aren't above allowing tragedies to happen to get more mileage out of the worn out tropes. As both governments are actively doing things we see dictatorships do in the name of freedom, perhaps we need to pull them back from the abyss and say no more.
The truly sick thing is there are many drugs out there that have "little" call for them, although the people who need them will die without them. There are hundreds of odd little diseases that no one is funding research into because it can't be profitable, letting people die.
We keep expecting these corporations to suddenly have a heart and do the right thing, how are we still this delusional? We need to offer prize money for treatments being developed. We need to then have a public benefit network of producers who create the pills and are allowed a tidy profit. Some will balk at that idea, but what if finding the treatment/cure for a disease that only affects a few thousand people globally leads to something that can benefit even more people? There is hardly any real research done in these areas, it is all focused on the next hot thing to keep the big bucks flowing in from treatments for ED, Diabetes, Heart Disease, and other problems we see advertised daily in the US. We can't force them to work for the public good, but perhaps we should put our outrage to work on a real solution. I'd rather pray for this system to happen than for a CEO to suddenly get a heart and decide that benefiting the world matters more than his gold plated ass warmer.
This asshat is only doing what the system allows, and his money means he'll keep being able to do it because he can just buy the influence to protect his interests for a fairly low price (history of campaign "contributions" vs the billions that influence rakes in goes here).
We can't answer for why we did this because the terrorists will win.
Something something become what you are fighting against.
Government has become bigger terrorist than the 'real' terrorists.
Perhaps it is time to stop taking the fear pills they hand out and demand we go back to accountability, stop handing out passes for misbehavior, and if they are screw ups get rid of them.
Protip: The otherside isn't red or blue - its those with the power and they always win. Stop focusing on the hot buttons and ask yourself why we funnel billions to military contractors while we still have an infant mortality rate that is not good.
I am enjoying all of the people who are trying to say the school did the right thing. Do the mental gymnastics to overlook obvious racism hurt much? This happened in a city where the mayor played the ZOMG SHARIA LAW WILL TAKE OVER THE NATION card. She sat in a city meeting and said that everyone had a right to let council know how they felt, and then backhanded them with but you can't bring your laws here to the applause of the terrified of brown people who support her.
If they thought for a second it was a fucking bomb, why did they not evacuate? If they thought for a second it was a fucking bomb, why did the bomb squad not get called? If they thought for a second it was a fucking bomb, why did they leave him in classes with the damn thing sitting in the office when he could use his mind to trigger it at any time? If they thought for a second it was a fucking bomb, why did they toss it in the cop car and drive away with it? If they thought for a second it was a fucking bomb, it was only after the fact when someone pointed out how horribly they fucked this whole thing up.
The crime was scaring someone who on edge expecting that one of the brown kids would bomb the school to overthrow the country. They are being wound up in a political game, by those who don't believe the couched hatred they babble about. Fear gets asses in voting booths, and they were hoping for a lovely story about how they stopped the evil brown kid from doing something horrible and instead ended up very possibly violating a students rights, exposing the rampant racism, and the small minds who will use whatever power they can get to shove those who are different down.
Can we just admit that most of us know very little about those who are different than us, and assume different is bad. We are being fed a steady stream of ZOMG by the media, and just assuming all of these people are like others who have done horrible things who happen to be the same color or have the same faith. If one were to suggest that all Christians were evil people who invaded lands and killed those who were different in anyway, you'd be told off... but I'm just judging them by the Crusades... like people keep judging millions of people by the actions of a few.
Re: I'm Calling for a Separation of Media and State
You might also want to look at the puppets they get into power like many corporations do. Look at how many former **AA lawyers end up working in the government, and how many leave that job later and then have a wonderful job with those they declined to prosecute. See also: That weasel who did fuckall about the mortgage bubble (because the cases would have been to hard to prove) and IIRC he is working for Goldman Sachs now.
I've not had to use this one for a while... Christ what an asshole.
I would not be shocked to see him running for public office shortly, using the battle cry of don't let them steal our heritage. (The irony will be lost on so many people.)
He has publicly stated his goal was just to lock the names up, and the wheels of justice should spin up to speed cancelling is trademark and whatever punishment is appropriate to someone filing a bogus trademark registration. The downside is in the current atmosphere that has been cultivated in this country, him being punished as he should be, will make him another martyr for 'good people' to cling to trying to pretend the world isn't changing and who are willing to fuck everything up to get their way at the expense of everyone else.
And still many innocent users have been denied their property, because the **AA's hated Dotcom. Now the DoJ is playing the well we got what we needed the rest can be destroyed. So they seize your car, get some fibers, and then send it to the shredder.
This case is an embarrassment, and yet we see them tripling down on it trying to salvage anything. They didn't pursue the banks when the bubble burst because the case would have been to hard to prove, I guess they didn't think about inventing "laws" to make it easier like they have here.
This is in the town where the Mayor raised her national profile by declaring war on Sharia law. Racism and bigotry are great platform planks when you want people to vote for you to keep you "safe" from imaginary terrors.