* Posts by Jan Hargreaves

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The case for ethical ad-blocking

Jan Hargreaves

Re: View from inside

I've said to the Grauniad many times that I would happily pay a monthly subscription, or "donate" an annual supporting/ membership fee for being able to use the site without ads. You would think it's not a difficult thing but they claim to have looked at implimenting it and decided that it would cost too much and would not make enough revenue to be worth doing it anyway (Maybe they asked the guys that did healthcare.gov for a quote!!). Meanwhile they keep pushing their membership scheme that involves events, debates etc but not the digital paper ad free which just seems odd in the extreme. If this user is logged in, don't serve ads. How hard can it be? And being able to attend debates is not exactly enticing to someone that is tens of thousands of miles away, and they readership is huge overseas. Since their new design mind... I have taken time off from visiting the site. Most of the content, on the whole, is decent, but the presentation is truly horrific.

Is ad blocking ethicial? If it's true that advertisers get paid only for clicks then I can't be alone in ignoring any ads I see and I honestly cannot remember the last time I clicked on an ad online. Like maybe a decade ago?

I'm just not interested in advertising at all, whether it be on the web, tv, cinema, magazines, newspapers, billboards. None of it encourages me to purchase anything, so I just don't watch ads. Period. I realise that I am in a minority with this opinion, but exactly what would advertisers gain by trying to force me to watch their ads? I'm just not interested.

An interesting idea for the ad men would be to offer people free internet but ridled with ads. I imagine a lot of people would put up with the ads because their internet was free, just so that they don't have to pay. It would not effect me as I'm quite happy to pay a premium for my internet and control exactly what I consume through my pipe.

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Adobe scrambles to untangle itself from QuickTime after Apple throws it over a cliff

Jan Hargreaves

What's the problem if you don't use Quicktime Player to play video?

They said the security hole is if you play a malicious video. I honestly can't remember the last time I used QuickTime Player to play a video. MPC is my chosen video player.

I guess in the future there may be other exploits but by then it looks like Adobe will have sorted out their software to run without Quicktime.

Does seem odd on Apple's part mind you. It's not like they can't afford to get it fixed. Adobe brings in a lot of business for them. Is this bug so great that it can't be fixed?

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Yahoo! kills! search! APIs!, games! and! Astrology! site!

Jan Hargreaves

A billion VISITORS a day. Yeah... pull the other one...

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AdBlock Plus, websites draft peace deal so ads can bypass blockade

Jan Hargreaves

Re: Illegal?

Used to delete the cookies to read more than 10 stories a month. Now I can't get in at all. I disabled Ghostery as per their instructions and deleted the cookies and it still wouldn't let me in. So won't be going to their site anymore. I'm sure they are happy about that... I didn't generate any revenue for them (apart from when forwarding stories to people who don't have ad blockers).

One question I have though is this: It used to be that advertisers paid per impression but it changed to per-click. Why would you pay for your ad to be seen but not interacted with. Has it now gone back to impressions? I never, ever click an ad. I saw an ad the other day on another device and I then went to their domain name rather than click the ad (this is an extremely rare occurance). People I know say they also never click on ads. So by using an adblocker I wonder if I am denying them revenue. Paying by impressions would amaze me....

It is a problem for industries like newspapers. People will read online and not buy the paper anymore. They need to make income somehow. Not sure what the best way to go about it is. They offer access for 100 quid a year... not sure it's really worth that when I can read news elsewhere for nothing... I'm having trouble thinking about how much I would pay for an annual subscription......

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Your jingle to take into the weekend: QuickTime security fixes to apply

Jan Hargreaves

Whether you like iTunes or not, it requires Quicktime to run. And a lot of people on Windows have iTunes installed.

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Longing to bin Photoshop? Rock-solid GIMP a major leap forward

Jan Hargreaves

Re: Tough Sell

It will go nowhere if it keeps that name. How they fail to see that branding is important to be successful is beyond bewildering.....

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=gimp

(1) a derrogatory term for someone that is disabled or has a medicial problem that results in physical impairment.

(2) An insult implying that someone is incompetent, stupid, etc. Can also be used to imply that the person is uncool or can't/won't do what everyone else is doing.

(3) A sex slave or submissive, usually male, as popularlized by the movie Pulp Fiction.

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LogMeIn adds emergency break-in feature to LastPass

Jan Hargreaves

"A microsite explaining the changes is here or, for those who prefer it, there’s a short video on YouTube below."

I would have called it a web page.... what makes it a "microsite"?

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Patch now! Flash-exploitin' PC-hijackin' attack spotted in the wild by Huawei bods

Jan Hargreaves

Re: When will the horror end?

When HTML5 can be anywhere near Flash for gaming in the browser. It's a LONG way away...

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Facebook hammers another nail into Flash's coffin

Jan Hargreaves

Re: Is HTML5 pure and saintly

I much preferred encoding only one format rather than the two you need to for HTML5. If you have a lot of video, you now need double the disk space.

Also things like masking, transitions, overlays are terrible with HTML5 in comparison to flash but the web moves on/ backward.

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New low for humanity: ONE BEELLION lost souls log on to Facebook in one day

Jan Hargreaves

Re: Phone Apps?

And how many were people who have 3 or 4 accounts (there are a lot of people who have multiple fb accounts)? How many are people who made an account for a business so their personal account is not tied to it? A billion souls - I very much doubt it.

And as for Zuck wanting to connect the other 6 billion, I will never, ever join facebook. End of.

And 15% of his own countryman have no interest in the internet and won't be getting it so a bit of an unobtainable goal really.

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Blighty a 'smartphone society' amid rise of 4G middle class

Jan Hargreaves

Addiction

Seems some people took this poll way too seriously. Can't you see that the answers are made as funny stereotypical comments? I don't own a laptop, and only use a smartphone for testing websites. I'm not a big gamer at all but could see that picking the desktop option is the correct one for me.

On topic, for me at least, it's all about addiction. People who are sensible can use the phone when they need to for directions, looking up stuff, quickly checking email, social media etc. You can do all of this in under an hour's use a day if you wanted to. Unfortunately smartphones are extremely addictive. You see people on social media and games and they go for hours and hours at a time. Just sitting on that tube and thinking about stuff is now considered boring and you must be too poor to own a phone or tablet or a decent data plan. Like other addictions only the user can tell themselves that they are addicted and need to stop or ration its use.

I went to a party a few months ago and there were 10 people sitting around the front room, and every single one of them was staring at the phones and no-one talking to each other. If that isn't the epitomy of smartphone addiction I don't know what is. I got up and left; life is worth much more than that.

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'Apple lures labels from free streams – and why is no one doing anything about it' shrieks group

Jan Hargreaves

Re: Sense of self entitlements are not good...

That is what Spotify is paying. Not sure what you mean by that statement. There are third parties involved in a lot of cases but the amount received from Spotify is reported, at least in my own experience. The artist then gets a percentage of that.

It may be what most of the major streaming players are paying; that doesn't make it a fair payment though. The irony of multi-millionaire musicians standing on stage asking for a higher cut must be lost on them, but their point is valid. If you think this is a fair rate then perhaps you should work for $10 an hour. Stuff the "living rage"; the market has dictated that $10 an hour is enough to live on in New York. How many streams is that....?

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Jan Hargreaves

Re: Sense of self entitlements are not good...

I've seen it in reports from Spotify and many other ad supported models for artists I deal with but here is an online source:

http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2013/11/26/spotifypremiumadsupported

Slightly old but the figures are accurate.

Spotify Free:

Streams: 220,571

Royalty: $108.40

Average per-stream payout: $0.00049

How anyone can justify this as a fair remuneration is beyond me.

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Microsoft nixes A-V updates for XP, exposes 180 MEEELLION luddites

Jan Hargreaves

Re "Most remaining XP users are based in Pakistan and Egypt"

So NetMarketShare have never heard of the tiny country called China where almost EVERYONE uses XP. These stats are so meaningless anyway - what would be better to know is what percentage of users are susceptible to NetMarketShare's spying. Probably not that many.

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Chrome version 42 will pour your Java coffee down the drain: Plugin blocked by default

Jan Hargreaves

Who has written such a thing for Chrome??? When I said better browser I meant better than Chrome. It's horrible.

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Jan Hargreaves
Facepalm

Just use a better browser. What's the big deal?

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Google, Amazon 'n' pals fork out for AdBlock Plus 'unblock' – report

Jan Hargreaves

Re: Sigh

When there is a Pacquio fight on national TV here, you get a 3 minute round followed by AT LEAST 15 minutes of ads. His second fight against Marquez - I was watching on cable live and chatting to my friend who was watching on the national channel. Totally spoilt the result for him. It was unintentional but he didn't talk to me for a week!

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Facebook privacy policy violates European law, says report

Jan Hargreaves

Re: @AC

I've never signed up to Facebook. But I know they have pictures of me on the site. So they must have a profile of me on there. Do tell me how I opt out then, given that I never agreed to their terms.

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Google looks to scrape away scumware, as only it can

Jan Hargreaves
Mushroom

Will it warn you on sites where the unwanted program is "Chrome"????? The number of times I have unchecked for Chrome to be installed....

It's apparently the devil's action when programs are installed as bundleware by Microsoft, software sites and anyone else but when it's a Google program it's an angelic act. The hypocrisy is incredible. And the irony of it is that Google is malware... it installs in a non install location on Windows, and spys on all your browsing.

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Enough is ENOUGH: It's time to flush Flash back to where it came from – Hell

Jan Hargreaves

I guess none of you play browser games... The top 10 games in Facebook all use flash. What would the wife do if there was no flash I ask you? Is it not a good way to keep her quiet?

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Apple's Beats, Google, and Sony hammered with unpaid royalty claim

Jan Hargreaves

Re: Sony

Alanis? She has absolutely no idea what irony is...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nT1TVSTkAXg

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Players gonna play (play, play): Google confirms YouTube Music 'access all areas' key

Jan Hargreaves
Stop

Almost any song... what?

"Google correctly claims that almost any song in the world is already posted on YouTube, somewhere."

You are kidding right? There are so so many songs I want to share with people but they are not on YouTube. Do you only like Taylor Swift or something?

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

Jan Hargreaves

Moka pot for me. Bought one in an Italian restaurant for under 20 quid in 2005. It's still going strong to this day and I use it on average once daily (mostly one a day in the morning, occassionally a second one in the evening or no coffee on rare occasions).

Lavazza Rossa is my coffee of choice.

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Chrome update to raise alarms over deceptive download bundles

Jan Hargreaves

Google bribed many to bundle their browser with their software installers.

The irony...

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'The writing is TOO SMALL': MPs row over Parliamentary move to Office 365

Jan Hargreaves
Mushroom

Re: Cool Desktop

Well... many reasons I can think of. It's not intuiative at all to get it to do anything. There is no start button, menu, or anything. Nor any explanation that you need to right click (I assume that is how that menu appears) to do anything. It's like when users first got to windows 8, it was almost impossible to do anything and users would sit perplexed and eventually give up.

Secondly, I doubt they could care less what tasks are running or how much processor each are using. Nor how much they have downloaded. This technical information is useful at times but it's not needed all the time. It's just extra unneeded bloat.

When you run apps how do you see what is running? There is no taskbar? Or is it transparent and nothing is running there? The thing is.. I shouldn't need to ask these questions; it needs to be obvious from the start.

So really this desktop is fine for an experienced nerd but for most people it's useless.

Finally... why are buttons, scrollbars and text so ugly in Linux?

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Sony Xperia Z2: What we REALLY thought of this Android fondleslab

Jan Hargreaves

Some days I like lightly toasted and some times well toasted. This toaster is therefore utterly useless? What the hell is "properly toasted"?

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Graphics pros left hanging as Adobe Creative Cloud outage nears 24 hours

Jan Hargreaves

Re: A storm in a tea cup

I just renewed for another year today. It cost me £28 monthly.

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Jan Hargreaves

Re: A storm in a tea cup

I do not know wat EXR or HDR files are so forgive me. I just use the main CC apps.

I don't use GIMP.

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Jan Hargreaves

Re: @ Jan Hargreaves - A storm in a tea cup

I don't have a single file on the cloud storage. I would not use it as the only location for files but it is useful for some people nonetheless.

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Jan Hargreaves

A storm in a tea cup

People saying that apps should not be in the cloud really should read up on what they are talking about before making complete fools of themselves. The apps are not in the cloud, they are installed on your machine.

The subscription part is in the cloud. I've been a little low on cash lately and my payment failed. I finally had enough to top up my credit card and even after the subscription expiring I have been given an extra five days grace period to sort out my billing. You are given plenty of warning and it's only your own fault if you cannot sort out your own finances.

I love that I can pay £28 monthly and have the full creative cloud with all the bells and whistles (inc 50GB of cloud storage). I could not afford the £3000 or whatever it was for the master collection on dvd while it was still around. I thought a subscription model would be great in about 2008, at least for small businesses. And finally Adobe now provides that.

And finally, for people saying I should just use some other software... they have not heard of the killer features in the CC editions. One example is Content-Aware. I did a club flyer this week and had to clean up bits of an old newspaper. I remember doing this years ago with the cloning tool and it would take hours and still not look right. Content-Aware did it perfectly for me in about 5 seconds. Do that in GIMP......

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Rackspace refuses to enlist in cloud's latest price cutting war

Jan Hargreaves

One of my clients uses Rackspace and I am in the middle of signing up another. Can you call Google, Amazon or Microsoft? Well... yes but after being passed around several cities globally with people for which English is not their first language, you may finally get some help. Once they have taken over your computer as they can't just tell you what to do. Sometimes the wait for answering a call is an hour or more.

Rackspace have direct numbers all over the world. You phone support and within 1 or 2 rings it's picked up and answered by very polite and competent support staff. They are courteous, open and fix problems very quickly. Frankly its worth the extra expenditure and I'm sick of the lowest common denominator where as long as it's really cheap people put up with pathetic service. I applaud Rackspace for sticking to their principlies and offering an alternative. It's my favourite cloud provider currently.

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You thought slinging Photoshop into the cloud would fail? Look who's laughing NOW

Jan Hargreaves

I've been delighted by finally being able to subscribe to Creative Cloud. You can say what you want about it, but for me it was a godsend. I don't have $5000 to buy Master Collection. But $50 a month to have it is perfect for me. It will take me 8 years to spend the same as buying the boxed set. I would imagine that by then, there will be significant new features and upgrades that I will continue to receive as part of my subscription.

If you are in a huge company with a large budget for software, I can perfectly understand why you would prefer to have a boxed version. But surely you also want to keep up with the new features of the software? I really think that it is a great deal.

People complaining about getting cut off - well pay the bill. If your card is expiring it might be an idea to update your details before going off to work on location... There is a 30 day window for you to let the software communicate to Adobe servers, and warnings show up around a week before your subscription will expire, with periodical reminders.

And to the person who said that there haven't been any significant changes for the past 4-5 versions; you are either a troll or just totally ignorant. I cannot begin to imagine how many work hours Content-Aware has saved me. It must be in the hundreds.

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Facebook reveals plan to WIRE THE PLANET

Jan Hargreaves
FAIL

WebP - So that's why images uploaded to facebook so are so horribly compressed and smallish text is almost unreadable. Yup, what innovation.... Go Zuck!

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New! Yahoo! logo! shows! Marissa! Meyer's! personal! touch!

Jan Hargreaves

Is there something in css3 to tilt your exclamation point by 9 degrees? El Reg surely needs to use something like that for all future Yahoo headlines. Just to make them look as junior as that logo looks...

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Private UK torrent site closes, citing 'hostile climate'

Jan Hargreaves

Very sad. The box was a great resource. Stuff you just could not find anywhere else.

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Microsoft fattens Exchange Online mailboxes to 50GB

Jan Hargreaves

And I just upgraded one of my clients to their "Unlimited Exchange Online" which is not accessible via IMAP but is just a stupid folder that can only be seen in the browser. And it was a minimum 12 month contract... One person is going to be happy!

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Huawei Ascend Mate: The phondleslab for the skint

Jan Hargreaves

That is one ugly homescreen. Couldn't PR come up with something better than that? It's ghastly...

And people say iOS looks like a toy...

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Windows 8.1 Start button SPOTTED in the wild

Jan Hargreaves

Re: I'm Sick Of This

Er yes you can. It's a program called StarDock

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Linux in 2013: 'Freakishly awesome' – and who needs a fork?

Jan Hargreaves
WTF?

Re: And yet, and yet ...

Do you not do any re-touching in your business at all?

I would be surprised at any design business that doesn't have at least one program from Adobe.

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WTF is... H.265 aka HEVC?

Jan Hargreaves

Re: Patients?

Ahh fair enough then. The pricing seems extremely reasonable to me and I was somewhat surprised considering the level of abuse the MPEG-LA receive from freetards/ the VP8 brainwashed.

The previous suggestion of a 20 cent (ish) addon in the Ubuntu store seems very sensible.

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Jan Hargreaves
WTF?

Re: Patients?

It's free for up to 100,000 units, 20 cents up to 200,000 units and 10 cents after.

You are saying this is too expensive? What do you think they should be charging?

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Yahoo! drops! size! limit! on! email! attachments! with aid from Dropbox

Jan Hargreaves
Stop

Can somebody please enlighten me... what file(s) over 500MB would someone want to send that are not pirated?

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Microsoft's summer update will be called Windows 8.1

Jan Hargreaves

Re: @Jan Hargreaves

"If you've been following the whole Win 8 thing for a while (your use of TIFKAM indicates you have,) then you should know the answer."

So is that anything other than... you can't? For example you want to watch a video online out of the corner of your eye while doing an email. Can't see how this is going to work in TIFKAM. What happens when somebody suddenly skype's you. It's just a complete and utter mess.

"And a lot less painfully then the generally suggested "Tell people to use Linux instead."

Photoshop under wine in Linux would really be painful. I've been saying for a long time that Linux advocates can come back to me when there is Photoshop or good enough equivalent on Linux. Still waiting...

For the record, I use Windows 7 myself. I looked at the upgrade options, including the special offer to update quickly. And quickly thought.. forget it. They are really not offering me a worthwhile upgrade.

Still...

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Jan Hargreaves

Re: @Jan Hargreaves

Tell me how you can use excel or word, or photoshop with only 25% of the screen? And I mean productively.

TIFKAM is for content consumers. Not really for doing any real work at all.

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Jan Hargreaves
Facepalm

What's the 's' for? I thought it was Just Window 8 now.. since you can only use one at a time

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Facebook prepares to dominate Android

Jan Hargreaves
Mushroom

Re: G+

Both of you are there. I don't think anyone else is interested....

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Nokia deflates Google's video codec thought bubble

Jan Hargreaves
Mushroom

Re: Huh

The problem with VP8 is that it is a vastly inferior codec. It's compression looks much worse, at larger file sizes.

The fact that Google is pushing it is only holding back everyone from just getting on it with and standardising H.264.

Competition is good in certain areas.... but with some things we just want one that fits all. HTML5 is really taking ages to get going because of the squabbling over the video codec standard. Guys... H.264 is the best, get over it and move on please.

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Review: HTC One

Jan Hargreaves

Beats? No thanks. I don't need all the levels pre-f*cked for me. I guess I would like it if I listened to R'n'B/Pop.

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Apple fixes iOS passcode-bypass hack with 6.1.3 update

Jan Hargreaves

Re: Jailbreaking

Isn't it now illegal to jailbreak your phone in the US now. Perhaps this is a now a requirement for operators to do what they can to prevent users from breaking the law?

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France demands Skype register as telco

Jan Hargreaves
FAIL

Re: @Jan Hargreaves

About as much as Microsoft are paying you I would imagine...

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