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my tv license charge £150.50

18 Feb

london 11.21pm 10.6C dry where i live now, even though it says it is raining now. monday 2019

i am thinking it is nice to have this rainy weather, so we dont have 6months of rain and 6months of drought like some countries do. the rain here is quite regular and comes evenly spread out over the year.

i got a letter from the tv licensing people, telling me it is now £150.50. it was £147 last year. people over 75yrs old get free tv license but it seems they might lose this in future.

it is like a subscription to bbc tv, a forced subscription, because even if you never watch bbc channels on tv, you still have to pay it. people might consider it unfair, and there have been talk of abolishing it in future and let the bbc go down the advertising route or find a way to restrict non subscribers from viewing it. ah well, i am not much bothered about paying it. i consider it part and parcel  like a utility. where u cannot avoid paying it. 

and it is up to the police to try to catch you if u dont have a license. it makes me wonder if the police may not bother, as it cost them money and they are not being paid to do it.

a lot of people are stopping paying this license , saying they view it on their laptop and on catch up tv, rather than live; and so dont watch it on tv, and so dont have to pay. i dont quite see how they do it, but it is just too much bother for me really. also, i do watch bbc programs and appreciate their lack of interruptions for advertising so i guess i am using the service. it does seem very old fashioned way of funding tv.you can get a criminal record if u are caught not paying this license. 

 

chrome will block ads from today

15 Feb

london 7.23am 8.8C blue sky sunrise 7.14am. thursday 2018 rained earlier. bright contrails in the sky

read today in wordpress reader that starting today google chrome will start blocking ads. 

Some of the members lobbied the coalition to make exceptions, including Facebook, which argued that the social network should be excluded from a rule banning videos that automatically play with sound. Bounce Exchange Inc., a pop-up ad maker, argued the pop-up ad rule should be changed to exclude ads that appear when a user is idle for more than 30 seconds. Both efforts were successful.

to me the first one is bad, to allow automatic sound, but maybe it will only apply to facebook readers, (though i have a feeling it wont , and we will all suffer the loud blast of sound and not know where it is coming from) the other is good, to ban ads appearing when the user is idle for more than 30secs. but i wonder if i have misread that and they are going to allow it… i bet it is the latter… if so, than it is a bad thing because you could be idle for any reason, (or something,like you are having a toilet break or smoking break and are away from your desk to find when u come back you got adverts playing), to have an ad suddenly hiding it and playing over it … i would find that irritating.

as for their criticism that google utube will still be allowed to show 5sec ads before the main event, i think they are mistaken to criticise that…. because it is a v short time the ad plays and you can skip the ad after 5secs. i think maybe they should make that a rule for all ads.

as it is, for  now if u want to close that ad, they sometimes fool you into bringing that ad full screen instead…(they do that by putting the full screen button and the delete button so close to each other)and because the ad with its video and sound follow you when u scroll down the page so u cannot avoid them, you have to close that tag, or put on the mute button. i think they should also stop the ads from following you as u scroll down the page. though the good thing is that it allows u to find who is the culprit ad and delete it…

i dont know how to put ad blockers but i think if they persist in making the ads more intrusive, i shall make the effort to find out how to put ad blockers. but hopefully with this chrome doing it for me, i wont need to install an ad blocker. as it is, i close the ad if it is more than 10secs or 15secs. i rather not view that video. personally i dont like videos, because they take so much time to make their point and i become their captive audience and forced to sit through all kinds of talking and presentation. if i read it in a text, it is quick to get to that part where they show  what the point they are making. 

on a separate issue, i read today about google being fined by the EU  billions for anti competition issues and here is why. they kill competition by reducing the competitors place in their search result. they did that with foundem, a search engine that competes with google. i am wondering if blocking ads or even stopping all ads to appear in your website can kill your website, because you dont get any revenue . i read that google had done that with logan’s website. logan was the guy who did a video in a forest and found a suicide corpse hanging there and his fooling around it. he had millions of followers, but stopping all ads on his website will effectively kill it. google have great powers to boost your business or kill it by its actions. 

have a read of this article, it is argueing that amazon, google, apple, facebook, should be broken up. a powerful arguement.

on a lighter note, or lighter for me, but maybe not for those with expensive wooden tables …. it seems apple’s homepod have been making white rings on the wooden tables it sits on. i do know how awful it can  make your table top appear. i used to put my hot tea pot onto this table that i have, and it makes real obvious white marks on it and mar the surface. but fortunately it is an occasional table that i found in the recycling bin, so it is so useful this table that i keep it even with all those white marks on it. i noticed that another table i had with a formica top is unmarked. but i think it is a rare household that have formica topped furniture.nowadays. haha..

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a bowl that simon cooked just now, it does not look it, but it is very tasty. and my white stained table top.

added. i got my tv license reminder just now in the post. it is £147 a year now. last year it was £145.50. it used to come out of my direct debit, but i think they want us to give fresh instructions. for 3 yrs they have frozen the payment, though i did not pay this raise last year, because i was able to pay in advance of the date they raise it and it came out of my old direct debit with them… but it has caught up with me this year,so this is the first time i get to pay the new payment. some might object to even paying it at all. it is a compulsory payment whether u watch the bbc or not. to me, it is another one of those things that you pay if u live in a society. added 22.2.18 thursday. saw a article online that the tv license will be increased to £150 from april. so i have just avoided paying that because i paid it before the increase.