Well, I hate to be that (old) guy, but the internet was a lot more interesting before people decided they needed to make a living off it. But ok, it is what it is now. I've seen the internet without ad blocking software, and it isn't pretty. I don't watch television because of the glut of ads. I'd likely avoid most websites for the same reason, if not for ad blocking software.
Yeah, I'm with you. I just bought my first TV, (I'm 53 years old), but wouldn't dream of paying for cable. Remember when the deal with cable was, you have to pay for it, but there were no commercials? They slowly snuck 'em in, and now cable has more commercials than network TV.
I use it for gaming, but mostly to watch video I've downloaded, or DVDs. I can't tolerate the commercials.
I have some experience with this. I'm an over-the-road truck driver, so I've hit traffic lights in many, many states and towns. What I've noticed is that yellow lights have become unpredictable for me.
As you might imagine, stopping distance is quite different for an 80,000 lb. vehicle than for a 4,000 lb. car. Over the last few years, it has become a lot more difficult to judge whether to stop, or keep going, when a yellow comes on. This is because many municipalities have shortened yellows, so I no longer have a feel for how long they should last. Trucks have a 'point of no return', where there is no longer enough distance to stop. Very often, I now find myself going through a red, even though there was no way for me to stop when the yellow hit. As a result, I often jam on the brakes soon as I see yellow. This too is dangerous, as I cannot see any cars behind me. Especially if they're following close.
Traffic light length should be determined based on traffic engineering principles, rather than how much revenue can be generated. Shortened yellows are especially dangerous on roads with truck traffic.
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