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2001-12-30 3:00:54 PM  
not me.
 
2001-12-30 3:02:47 PM  
Stuff like this always brings me down. Now if I was working in one of those 14 corporations, it probably wouldn't seem so bad.
 
2001-12-30 3:03:09 PM  
Fark controls the rest.
 
2001-12-30 3:07:38 PM  
but....but... I spend 60% of my online time here! is fark owned by 14 corporations?
 
2001-12-30 3:09:37 PM  
Benny Hinn is such a twat. You'd think the lord would give him a decent head o' hair, or maybe a good hair transplant, 'stead of that sad fake old comb-over caked with industrial strength hair laquer or dog semen, whatever he uses to hold that rancid birds nest in place.
 
2001-12-30 3:14:31 PM  
They don't "control" any of my online time.

I accept responsibility for my actions.
 
2001-12-30 3:16:37 PM  
Cuz they write long-ass articles like that one.
 
2001-12-30 3:19:17 PM  
Is multinational conglomerate www.fark.com on the list? I heard they were about to buy General Motors and Cisco.
 
2001-12-30 3:22:34 PM  
I like Jack van Impe. He's the used car salesman kinda guy with the "news" show on TBN. He's been predicting the apocalypse every week for like, years. It'sa comin, arrrrre you ready?

The TBN world headquarters building is right down the street from me. They spend a gazillion dollars a year lighting the place up like Ceasar's Palace for xmas. Nice to know that sucker's dough is being put to good use.
 
2001-12-30 3:25:39 PM  
Korzeniowski:
You are such a... a.. wordsmith...
 
2001-12-30 3:26:36 PM  
Newbaca - No...that's a bad rumor. The truth is that Enron is buying Fark. They just figure thay have not farked enough people yet. So only count on Fark to be around...oh...maybe a week or so.

Blue House Shoe Loves Fark
 
2001-12-30 3:28:44 PM  
opps...Horse...so get off my back
 
2001-12-30 3:29:41 PM  
Yeah the mother ****** are out to get you. I will tell you *** and *** **** big time if they think they are going to censor my e-mail the low down dirty son of a *******

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2001-12-30 3:30:27 PM  
and the noose tightens a little more....
death to the new world order
 
2001-12-30 3:32:55 PM  
Since they control 60% of my time online, its teir responsability for 60% of that pr0n, warez, mp3s and other cuasi-legal (but nice)stuff i download. In fact if I deface a website I would only take responsabiliy for he <head> and <title> and <body> tags the rest is theirs.
 
2001-12-30 3:37:49 PM  
He rents his hair for use as a private airfield:

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2001-12-30 3:40:46 PM  
This should be labled 'obvious.'
 
2001-12-30 3:48:15 PM  
This is the first thing that comes to mind whenever I see those two that FarkTard posted:

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2001-12-30 3:52:58 PM  
Newbaca, no, fark is about to be bought by CRISCO.
 
2001-12-30 4:07:25 PM  
img.fark.net

img.fark.net

img.fark.net

img.fark.net


And did I say img.fark.net?

Arsekicker, there ya go
 
2001-12-30 4:15:06 PM  
Gimmie some of that ole' time religion

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I'm surprised TBN doesn't have a Holy Torture Chamber yet so we can smote the heathens.

You know if they spent a little less on "God's glory" they might actually could do some good with the millions they have in money. But yea they're tax exempt and as much of a scam as anything else in this world.

It's like that movie "The Messenger" where Joan of Arc says "You look awfully rich to be a man of the Lord"

Give me a break.
 
2001-12-30 4:23:42 PM  
This is all part of America's plot to homogenize and dominate the world. Sure, we'll have order, but at what price? I ask you what priiiiiice ...

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2001-12-30 4:26:55 PM  
I can just see what would happen if I got in trouble over my David Duchovny fansite...

I've just received a letter from the lawyer's representing the corporation which owns David Duchovny. They say I have to take all the pictures off my site, since they are, under U.S. copyright law owned by them, since they own David Duchovny. I'm furious.

I send back a reply scrawled in red crayon on some scratch paper, because my printer is broken. The scratch paper just happens to be a page from the Poor Man's James Bond which explains how to make explosives. The message reads, in large, child-like handwriting: YOU MOTHER farkERS CAN GO farkING fark YOURSELVES. EVEN IF I HAVE TO SERVE THIS SITE FROM OSAMA BIN LADEN'S farkING CAVE, YOU WON'T SHUT IT DOWN. GO fark YOURSELVES!

Two weeks later, I receive a visit from the FBI and, thinking they're MIB sent to "disappear" me, I am killed in a measly three minute gun fight.
 
2001-12-30 4:42:23 PM  
Here's the 14 companies. Number 5 is the only surprising one. How many damn wireless cameras are these guys selling?

1.AOL Time Warner Network
2 MSN-Microsoft Sites
3 Yahoo!
4 Terra Lycos
5 X10.COM
6 Vivendi-Universal Sites
7 About/Primedia
8 eBay
9 Walt Disney Internet Group
10 eUniverse Network
11 Amazon12 Excite Network
13 CNET Networks
14 Google Sites
 
2001-12-30 4:43:02 PM  
What a lame article. It's confusing two things: the "commercialization of the net", which means that people are spending more of their time on corporate owned sites (who cares?); and the fact that companies are enforcing copyrights, which kinda sucks, but the law is clear.

Stupidest sentence in the article: "Plenty of noncommercial content still exists -- though it can be hard to find." Hard to find??? Just type in the name of the site or the search string you're looking for, and you're there.

And they're also griping about napster being shut down. Big deal... Music trading is never going away, no matter what the corporations do.

Nobody controls where I spend my online time..
 
2001-12-30 4:46:37 PM  
 
2001-12-30 4:50:54 PM  
JimiJimi, that list is of the most-visited sites, not the sites where users spend the most online time. Of course X10 is #5. How can you avoid it? :)

Here is the list ranked by online time. 32% of online time is controlled by AOL, and 2/3 of that time is e-mail, instant messaging, and greetings. You have to figure that mail and instant messaging makes up a significant chunk of other sites' percentages. Just because someone spends a lot of time on an AOL site reading mail doesn't mean that AOL is controlling what that person is reading... So this study isn't particularly surprising or alarming, to me...
 
2001-12-30 4:58:26 PM  
No porno sites? Who are these 60% people?
 
2001-12-30 5:19:49 PM  
yeah, where is the porn?
 
2001-12-30 5:24:15 PM  
Um on that list only Google draws a serious portion of my time...These are highly skewed results. I say let the BIG companies spend billions tring to corner the net, people will go where they want and the money will fade just like the FREE NET craze did. These MORONS think that just because they can measure hits that they should be able to derive some dollars for the adverts...WRONG WRONG WRONG.
TV adverts are 1 in a 100,000 hit ratio, the WEB is gonna be worse but the egghead exec's have not figured that out yet. I like to see big moronic compnaies spend billions trying to corner a technology that they don't even begin to grasp...Institutional Futility can be amusiong :)
 
2001-12-30 5:50:04 PM  
Oligopolization, like everything else associated with technology and the Net, has been accelerated.

Wake up, kids. There is no such thing as a 'free' market.

Capitalism is an illusion.
 
2001-12-30 6:15:00 PM  
THe last time CBS talked about Big Brother on the net it was a ratings nightmare. The AMerican version of that show sucked arse.
 
2001-12-30 6:54:17 PM  
I love Big Brother...


*sniff*
 
2001-12-30 7:07:59 PM  
The really scary thing is, one corporation controls all of the radio airwaves.
 
2001-12-30 7:51:20 PM  
Let's, see, I spend my time reading:

Slashdot.org
Kuro5hin.org
FARK.com
TheRegister.co.uk
MacSlash.com
BottomQuark.com

and a few other sites. Unless you're considering VA Linux (Slashdot's owner, stock's worth about $1 right now) a "major" corporation; then, no, they don't control squat of my time.
 
2001-12-30 8:32:40 PM  
The cartoon on Sexy Losers with the various 'net porn injuries comes to mind here:





Believe me, I'll start worrying about my online freedoms when you CAN'T find the Gadget From Rescue Rangers porn.
 
2001-12-30 10:59:31 PM  
tragic. Deleted...

Ah well
 
2001-12-30 11:25:15 PM  
>>>>>>Tucci: Oligopolization, like everything else associated with technology and the Net, has been accelerated. Wake up, kids. There is no such thing as a 'free' market. Capitalism is an illusion.

Ditto.
 
2001-12-30 11:45:23 PM  
Dunno If I'd go along with that.

Capitalism is a reality and a driving force in the society in which (hopefully most) of us reside. It's freedom that's the illusion. You pay X of your income (let's say 28%-35% of your income) to crap you prob. don't care for/use/etc. The vote more often than not is merely a means by which to passify the masses.
 
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