The Coming Authoritarianism.

luka

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if people bring up my "fancy education" one more time I swear to god I'm leaving this forum. ad hominem is a worse offense than unintentional misattribution

It's only Padraig. None of us lot have even heard of your school. We are from England, the best country in the world. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿
 

luka

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Except for yyaldrin he's from Holland. He doesn't know about your school either. It means nothing to us.
 

luka

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And entertainment. He's from Denmark. He's never heard of your school and doesn't care.
 

version

Who loves ya, baby?
Yeah, you've got to stop taking individual posts as coming from the collective. Dunno why you keep falling back on these generalisations.
 

suspendedreason

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oh I'm pro-targeted advertising, it means I get more useful products shown to me while also seeing less ads. so I love it, very onboard
 

suspendedreason

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besides, these are optional plans. if people care, they won't take the ad subsidy. if they want they savings, they can get advertised to. Where's the exploitation?
 

Leo

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but don't most people prefer to have no products served up to them via ads? we get served ad everywhere we look, online and off, why do we need to see them from yet another avenue? also optional plans, sure. and eventually, the ad-free plans will be double the cost with web/email connections twice as slow.
 

suspendedreason

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I think it's reasonable to prefer an ad-free world; I like the idea of less text, less marketing, in my visual field quite a bit, I'm with you there. but ads subsidize a lot of free and reduced-price services we use, yeah? services we seem pretty unwilling to pay for, from my time in the tech industry working for companies specifically trying to replace ad-based/data-based revenue with subscription fees.

Stuff like ads on the metro I feel torn on; maybe I'd prefer my government to collect slightly more taxes for a nice commute. but I think proof is in the pudding as to whether people "want" ads or not: they prefer them to paying directly for a service, yeah?
 

constant escape

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@suspendedreason

Whats the legality of using a variety of names across devices? I don't believe there have been any contractual elements, but perhaps I've overlooked something.

edit: like if I get a new laptop and don't input any info based on legal identity, but just make stuff up.
 
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suspendedreason

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I worked for Are.na, a really cool alternative to sites like Pinterest or De.lic.ious, somewhere between a bookmarking tool and a way to save collections of images, media, text. The perfect tech for Wikipedia rabbitholes, you just clip as you go. Everything super minimal; no data collection, no ads, a ton of work put into an ethical product model. Making sure users had control over their data. It cost $4 a month for this service, and we couldn't make it happen. People seem to prefer free sites with ads and data collection, empirically.
 
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