Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 10th Nov 2012 01:41 UTC
Windows "Despite the fact that I've been using Windows 8 for the past three weeks, I somehow managed to overlook a rather stark feature in the OS: ads. No, we're not talking about ads cluttering up the desktop or login screen (thankfully), but rather ads that can be found inside of some Modern UI apps that Windows ships with. That includes Finance, Weather, Travel, News and so forth. Is it a problem? Let's tackle this from a couple of different angles." Hadn't seen them either - I don't use those applications - but this is pretty despicable.
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RE[4]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Drumhellar on Sat 10th Nov 2012 07:08 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Drumhellar"
Drumhellar
Member since:
2005-07-12

Really? The bandwidth of a smallish image is your big concern? I mean, all the content that is dynamically loaded as you use the app, constantly updated, and you're worried about, at most, 100KB?

You're grasping for straws.

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UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Really? The bandwidth of a smallish image is your big concern? I mean, all the content that is dynamically loaded as you use the app, constantly updated, and you're worried about, at most, 100KB?

You're grasping for straws.

Look, the simple fact is that I am completely and utterly against advertising running directly on my computer. I own the machine, and I own the operating system (or a license to it) to be able to run my computer. It is my machine--my property--and I want to run it as I see fit. I am completely against giving free money to companies in the form of automatically-downloaded advertisements directly in the software of my machine, whether it heavily affects me or not.

It's MY computer, thank you very much--I don't need any tips on what shampoo to buy next week (actually, some shampoo was the other ad I remember IIRC--how unfitting and ironic). And I do not want indirectly help to rake in money to some third-party cosmetics and beauty company that I don't give a damn about just for the privilege of using my computer. The simple fact is, if you keep scrolling to the end of, for example, the weather "app," you'll see the ad.

The good thing is, they are avoidable--just avoid the Metro interface and its craptastic "apps" completely. But the fact is, in my testing, I found myself repeatedly being subjected to these ads, far more times than I would like. I have, as usual, made it a point to mentally "block" the ads, so I purposely forgot the exact products; yes, I hate advertising that much. I quickly abandoned further playing around inside Metro after seeing the ads, and went straight for the desktop.

Edited 2012-11-10 07:39 UTC

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modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

Why are you not complaining about that cable subscription that you pay hundreds a year for and are inundated with ads on YOUR tv?

Why not complain about that movie you saw where you paid 30-40 dollars in ticket and concessions and are seeing ads in the pre-roll?

Ads are everywhere....you don't want Ads? If it is sooooo onerous for you to have to pay with your impressions for data services you are using, go to Linux.

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RE[5]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Lorin on Sat 10th Nov 2012 07:43 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Drumhellar"
Lorin Member since:
2010-04-06

100 kb times the thousands of potential pictures

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UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

100 kb times the thousands of potential pictures

Yep, exactly. That, plus the $$$ that goes directly to the company whose product is being advertised, from the countless hundreds of megabytes (or even gigabytes) that are sent out in the form of millions of individual 100KB streams of data.

And then what do the companies do after they've suckered their audience into buying their products? Well, they pocket the change and raise the prices of their products, of course! You know, pass that extra wasted money they blew on advertising their products right back onto their customers to make us pay for their brainwashing of the masses.

I really hope no one thinks that advertising is free and that the sale surges that it causes will actually lower the price of a company's products... after all, the products by the name-brand mega corporations with mega marketing budgets tend to sell their prices at much higher prices than the rest of their competition. It's plain as day, right now, at any supermarket you walk into.

Edited 2012-11-10 08:04 UTC

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Dude do you browser the web with lynx or something?

Because most websites have at least 20-30 background images.

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