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    "CNET is losing credibility with me"

    February 21, 2007  |   By johnnyincentx

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

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  • Reply by HIServant on February 23, 2007

    It is indeed refreshing and a "blessing" to hear someone, anyone, present an 'eternal truth' to such a deceptive and untoward generation. There are simple truths that should be applied in our everyday lives that would enhance(to say the least) our earthly experience and perhaps more importantly, those who encounter us. There was Someone Who shared such truths with us in Word and in Deed, but just as we rejected Him and nailed Him to a cross, I suppose we can't expect much better here & now. But that is not to say that all those who have been given the task of living such a humbled yet honest life, should resign to the fact of there being so few who will be straightforward and honest. On the contrary, we should continue to prevail in spite of it! To that end I bid you,

    G*DS blessings through the Lord Jesus Christ.

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