I installed an advert blocker for some reasons; 1) I am worried about adverts tracking my online activity, 2) I am worried that adverts might introduce security risks (by using flash etc.), 3) I am worried that adverts slow down my browsing.
The problem for free websites is that I have cut off their revenue stream. If everybody installed an ad-blocker, sites like pastebin will not be able to operate anymore.
Pastebin's approach (see screenshot) is quite good. They are asking me to buy a pro account to subsidise my use of ad-blocking. Yahoo mail took a different stance. They will not allow you to access your email until you have removed the ad-blocking software.
My problem is that I do not use pastebin enough to warrant a pro account, so I will not subscribe to them.
What might work for me, would be a subscription to multiple sites for a monthly fee. Would be good if I can pay a small fee to have ad-free browsing on all of the Internet. If that is possible, the sites I use can get funded, and I would not have to use ad-blockers anymore.
Easier said than done, but this might a a model we will see in the future.
If you ban one encryption method, another one will be used. The argument that ISIS has turned Kik/twitter/fb/internet into a weapon is not good. ISIS breathe air and drink water. Does that make air and water an ISIS weapon that should be banned? Surely not!
Furthermore, if a terrorist uses Kik, and advertises his Kik handle, catching him would be trivial. Just pretend you are a new recruit, contact the terrorist, arrange to meet somewhere and then arrest him.
Kik, developed in Waterloo, Ontario.
After a few weeks, the worm heads transformed back into their own species.
This kind of study shows that genes are not solely responsible for the expression of cells. Environmental factors can change the way cells form. This has implications into treating birth defects in humans, and influencing the way in which our body heals.
Sad... I hope someone keeps their DNA so that some day we may clone these huge double-horned beasts.
- Middlesex UniversityLecturer, 2010 - present
- setcomProduct Manager, 2012 - present
- STC TrainingLecturer, 2005 - 2014
- IBMSenior Business Consultant, 2009 - 2010
- setcomSenior Sales Engineer, 2006 - 2009
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- Middlesex UniversityMSc Business Information Systems Management, 2011 - 2013
- London Metropolitan UniversityBSc Computing and Information Systems, 2003 - 2005
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