John Colbert is more relevant and knows more about technology. This article is useless in the context in which it was presented. John is jealous of the zealots of the latest fashion, which is exactly what he is complaining about. Fashion continues to make people rich. It is strictly a short term investment.
This is NOT an issue about AdSense. This is about the fundamentals of journalism. I may be a blue dot in a red state (aka the voice crying out in the wilderness), but there is a more fundamental issue here.
The EVIL here is a journalist writing a article to make money. Edwin R Murrow would be rotating in his grave at 10,000 RPM. What ever happened to honest journalism? Nowdays the purpose of a network newscast is the make money. It got so profitiable that Ted Turnner made an entire channel out of it (then a brief battle made that channel profitable).
All the other outlets are doing the same - targeting money. They think journalism was born yellow. No, that is a disease and is not normal.
Please, just present the news for news sake, well written and honest. If your employer doesn't want that, please - if you can - find another job.
TechDirt is an opinion site about news, and I think you got it wrong this time.
Sure, you can make pop-ups and irritating adverts illegal. On a state-by-state or locaty basis, too. One area might considre an advert irritating and another may not. And, it will have no actual effect either. Do we need a giant US firewall system between the servers and the users? Or between each and every system?
So, in WA it is illegal to post a link to a gambling site. Does that only apply if the server is in WA? Or, if you put the link on from a WA based PC? Or, if you called the sysadmin from WA and requested the link?
BTW, I've seen this before in TN. They cracked down even on office football pools because the constitution made all gambling illegal. At least until they passed a state lottery.
What kind of gambling are they trying to legalize in WA?
Late last year, the Arctic Monkeys gave away a few self-burned CDs at some local events, aka bar gigs. These spread like wildfire across the Internet. The next week, the bars where they played were packed. The patrons were all singing along. They didn't have a clue.
The next month, they were #1 sellers on the British charts.
If you want a real radical DJ, try Steve Jones.
Streaming for free on Indie1031.com from Noon to 2 PST (GMT-8 for the rest of the world), Windows Media or MP3 formats.
He was lead guitar for the Sex Pistols, plays music from his own collection, plays live himself, and has occasion guests that would never grace Howard's domain, from the Richard Branson to the Suicide Girls.
Be brave and check out some real radio for a change.
PS: I'm just a fan, I'm not getting paid to say this.
BTW, I still think the telcos won't cover the labor cost to turn on the shaping.
So, Verizon is wanting Google to pay so they won't implement QoS on their Internet pipes. But, they weren't planning to do it anyway. Knowing the technical shape of major telcos, I doubt their ability to pull this off, given the diverse spread of the Google servers.
So, Verizon is just wanting to be paid to do something the probably couldn't do. It would actually cost Verzon (or any other Telco) a bunch of money to set up Internet QoS, so that doesn't make sense. They aren't going to implement a "feature" that will anger users and especially cost themselves money.
Just threaten and hope someone pays up, as a source of free money, and hope no one looks behind the curtain to see the real wizard.