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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RE[2]: Advertising sucks...
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 11th Sep 2012 06:50 UTC in reply to "RE: Advertising sucks..."
UltraZelda64
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2006-12-05

What you described would, in my opinion, be the "best" (if there could even be such a thing when it comes to this subject) kind of advertising. The kind of stuff that doesn't try to forcibly ram shit down your throat. Instead, we've got stuff like what what Vonage put out a few years ago with their annoying little jingle, pounded in your head once or twice every single f--king commercial break. And I only know because while at a friend's house a TV was always on, and whether I was actually watching it with them in the same room or in a completely different room minding my own business... you just can't miss it even if you want to.

Things like that, they're not the only culprit, just the only one I can think of (like I said, advertising is dead to me). I have determined years ago that I will NEVER support a company that has such annoying commercials. See what that got them? I remember their name... and I remember to avoid them. Oh, and I almost forgot; more recently, Yorkshire Farms--their rap commercials annoyed the hell out of me so bad, I'll never buy their products. Maybe I'm just ass-backwards, but these companies' advertisements actually work AGAINST them sometimes.

Oh yeah, I remember alright... not to buy anything with that name on it in the future. Note to such companies: Thanks for trying... to force shit down my throat with some of the most annoying ads possible, overplayed to hell and back. I'll keep your company's name in mind, in my own little blacklist. You are precicely the reason I use things like Adblock Plus, and refuse to browse the web without it.

Edited 2012-09-11 07:10 UTC

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RE[3]: Advertising sucks...
by Neolander on Tue 11th Sep 2012 07:09 in reply to "RE[2]: Advertising sucks..."
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2010-03-08

That's true, but not all ads are so awfully designed that they represent a pure concentrated moment of annoyance.

Some examples off the top of my head
-John West salmon (on TV, can be found on Youtube)
-Ikea's "tidy up" series (ditto)
-Project Wonderful's webcomic ads (on pretty much every freely accessible webcomic out there)

I try to refrain myself from using ad blockers. If websites have such an awful advertising policy that they take hours to load (on my super-wondrous pirated EDGE connection) or are painful to read, it's better to notify the author about it or leave than to just ignore the annoyances that people who don't use Adblock go through. We won't change the fact that so far, nothing better than advertising has been found to pay for web hosting costs anyway.

Edited 2012-09-11 07:17 UTC

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RE[4]: Advertising sucks...
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 11th Sep 2012 07:29 in reply to "RE[3]: Advertising sucks..."
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

I have to admit, as much as I despise advertising, I have seen at least a few ads in my life that I actually liked. I'm not saying they're not out there. They're just incredibly rare, as companies try to be memorable in the most incredibly annoying ways to get a sale. That seems more true than ever before these days. But even today, very few of them come to mind. They're a thing of the past, replaced by purely annoying garbage, repeated over and over and over again.

I couldn't remember a single Nintendo 64 commercial now, but being a gamer from a young age I'll never forget "Get N or Get Out." I also liked the Budweiser frogs, mainly for the humor, but of course those ones are now illegal. Oh noooo, can't advertise beer with talking frogs now, it might corrupt the children into drinking something that is not pure H₂O but includes small amounts of that dreaded chemical CH₃CH₂OH! [sigh] Of course, IMO, Bud sucks anyway and I'll take a good craft beer any day, but that's beside the point.

And never mind those chemicals that are much worse, which the government allows to be consumed legally--and those that are much safer that remain strictly illegal as if they're the devil's work and they'll turn a person into a maniac and cause them to go on a killing spree or something (gotta thank those loony Christians for that).

Edited 2012-09-11 07:47 UTC

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