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  • May 24th, 2010 @ 2:57pm

    returning a lost cellphone

    Um, you can call the company that operates the cellphone. They will collect the unique ID number off the phone, look up the owner and contact them.

  • Apr 12th, 2010 @ 3:34pm

    Re: Netflix win

    And what happens when your ISP starts capping, metering or charging you? NetFlix probably knows that most people don't (still/yet) have all-you-can-eat pipes. The timing of all of this will affect their business model...

  • Oct 10th, 2009 @ 12:08pm


    This person has very little understanding of the concepts of capitalism and free markets except the parts where, here in America anyway, it's distorted into the most base and hateful assumption that just because you offer a product or service it's your god-given right to shove up my ass.

    Your website, as made available to the public (as opposed to a subscription-only service, where there is a contract or agreement in place, etc.) is not (private) property. If you think your site is so worthwhile, put it behind a log-in screen. Require me to subscribe and click through an Accept screen where your Terms of Service license tells me that I am NOT ALLOWED to block your ads, etc...

    Millions of sites do that. Many fail - because the content's perceived value does not justify the hassle, expense, loss of privacy or other costs to the consumer. But, that's how business goes, right?

    I do so love how this site tags messages from jackasses like this with "Anonymous Coward". *tittering with amusement*

  • Oct 10th, 2009 @ 12:00pm


    Have you ever looked at the size of the list of URLs in AdBlock Plus? HUNDREDS. It would seem to me that a considerable amount of time and effort is being put into targeting those URLs.

  • Oct 10th, 2009 @ 11:51am

    Re: Get over it

    @William, #26;

    I agree with your assertion and I think the restaurant analogy works.

    I personally am grateful that Adblock works as it does and I would be somewhat unhappy to find I was unable to visit those (for now, relatively) few sites that might block FF. But I don't feel I have a right to demand that they make their site available to me.

    Too many people think that just because they want something that they should see it as their Right to have it. Simply ain't so, kids.