Samsung's smart TVs are inserting unwanted ads into users' own movies

James Vincent, The Verge, Feb 12, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

What you should be thinking about when you see an article like this is not how bad Samsung is (and how bad Pepsi and Yahoo are) but how you feel about this. It's an important usability point. If we think advertisements like this are off-putting when viewing commercial content, such as movies, imagine how it would feel when your lecture on nucleonics is interrupted for a giant 16:9 Pepsi advertisement. One problem (by no means the only problem) with advertisements in courses is that they would disrupt the flow of a learning experience, leaving you only able to focus on one-liners and the laugh track - just like TV. P.S. the wording of the Yahoo permissions form is a lesson in disjunctive logic.

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