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[6]: Comment by Drumhellar
by UltraZelda64 on Sat 10th Nov 2012 08:01 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Drumhellar"
UltraZelda64
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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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RE[7]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Lorin on Sat 10th Nov 2012 08:20 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Drumhellar"
Lorin Member since:
2010-04-06

According to the lawyer I just asked about this, I would be entitled to a portion of the revenue Microsoft gets from this since my machine, which is my own private property is being used by Microsoft to generate profit I never see.

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