Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Sep 2012 09:54 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Now here's an interesting little nugget Jeff Bezos didn't want you to know about when he introduced his new Kindle tablets: the Kindle Fire HD is ad-supported, and originally, you would not have been able to remove those advertisements from the device. Over the weekend, the company reversed this policy, allowing you to permanently remove the advertisements from your Fire HD for $15.
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Advertising sucks...
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 11th Sep 2012 04:16 UTC
UltraZelda64
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2006-12-05

When was the last time advertising influenced you in even the slightest bit on a purchase? Seriously, I can't remember a time in the last decade it influenced me. My purchasing is dictated by my desires, my interests... which I do my own research on, to find out about stuff that I might need or just want to buy. After all, if I didn't have an interest, I wouldn't be looking it up in the first place, would I?

Companies want to track me and "target" advertisements directly at me that they "think" will somehow help me? Quit spying, f--k off and leave me the hell alone. Quit stalking and invading my privacy. Helping me would be getting out of my god damn business and allowing my to use my own damn brain. But since that won't happen, disabling third-party cookies completely and installing either Ghostery or Do Not Track Plus is the next best thing. And, of course, NoScript for added protection, increased speed, and less resource usage in general.

I've been practically ad-free for about a decade thanks to Adblock, and it's virtually impossible for me to use a web browser without it. I just can't do it. I don't know how I ever got by without it before. I don't watch TV, listen to the radio or read magazines either, so to me advertising effectively died with the introduction of Adblock. I only occasionally see it at someone else's house when they're watching TV, and I remember why I hated the damn service so much.

Edited 2012-09-11 04:32 UTC

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