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"CNET is losing credibility with me"
How could their official review leave out that this is free because it's is or will be advertising supported.
Free to most people is along the lines of spybot search and destroy, adaware Etc. who do not contain ads in the program.
When a product's "free" status is dependent on a person handing over a bit of their screen to a company in return for a product it is NOT FREE. You are bartering for it.
CNET needs to stop pretending like this makes no difference.
This is an AD-supported bit of software, and for many people it may well be worth it, but this fact should be absolutely clear.
As far as those who say nothing in life is truly free, check out the software I mentioned, and finally. If it is not a questionable practice then why are the company and CNET determined NOT to mention this at all anywhere.
Being "ad supported" is NOT wrong (google is) BUT it is wrong to NOT BE HONEST about it. And considering the habits of 99.9% of computer users, IT IS DISHONEST to ONLY DISCLOSE this in the license agreement. This means people will install, and then suddenly find themselves with a computer that dedicates a small part of the screen to adverts from netcraft, and be totally clueless.
To say "buyer beware" is a copout. It's clear any software company who relies on "informing the consumer" with a "blurb in the license agreement" is only trying to use the bad habits of consumers against them in order to pull a fast one.
Be honest, be upfront and you will get the credit due you from people who choose freely to use the product with the advertising, but doing this just ensures a lot of annoyed users, who feel tricked and deceived and will spread the word Netcraft is not to be trusted.
They need to be upfront and clear that while free, you are going to surrender a bit of your screenspace while surfing to them in order for them to feed you advertising.