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[5]: Comment by Drumhellar
by UltraZelda64 on Sat 10th Nov 2012 07:26 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Drumhellar"
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

Reply Parent Score: 9

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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UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

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

Because I do not have any cable or other subscription TV service, nor have I ever had any such service in my name, and I never will. I refuse to pay a penny for that garbage, and I don't miss it. Those companies largely form the definition of screwing their customers, the way I see it... and the ads just add something negative to an already bad service.

Does that answer your question? ;)

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?

Because like TV service and what's typically broadcast on it, movies typically suck, and I never go to any theaters. I just have no real interest in them. If there is a movie I want to watch, I'll rent or buy it on DVD. And if that DVD contains unskippable ads... then I'll be complaining. Especially if I bought it.

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.

Too late. Been there happily and exclusively since 2006.

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RE[7]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Lorin on Sat 10th Nov 2012 22:59 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Drumhellar"
Lorin Member since:
2010-04-06

For one thing I don't pay for cable or satellite bandwidth no matter how much I watch it, the cost is the same. Microsoft is costing me bandwidth which I do have to pay for especially on an LTE system.

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