26. October 2007, 17:02 | by WD Milner | Full Article |

Sometimes you have to wonder what some people are thinking - what reasoning processes they use to come to certain decisions and conclusions. Two items about two very different men prompted this article. The gentlemen are Danny Carlton and Al Gore. What have they in common? Nothing as far as I know other than triggering the thought “Does this person just not get it?”.

As celebrity status usually has its perks, let us start with Mr. Gore. The man just won a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts on the environmental front. His book and the subsequent docudrama and his encouragement of the average person to cut back and be environmentally friendly, have won him one of the highest honours available on the planet.

What were the Prize committee thinking - or were they? Let’s leave aside for a moment the farcical claim to have invented the internet. This “hero” of the environmental cause lives with his average sized family in a 10,000 square foot mansion that consumed in 2006 about 220,000 kilowatt hours of electricity - 10 to 20 times more energy than the average US family home. While he also purportedly buys carbon offsets when he flies, the effectiveness of this "buying green" is debatable. Supposedly his family members drive hybrid vehicles. Why not electrics? Then there is the cost and emissions from the limousines. Of course it’s petty cash to someone who gets $100,000 for a speaking engagement on the environment. Maybe it’s just me but that seems a tad hypocritical to then go and tell Mr. Average Citizen to conserve energy in their tiny (by comparison) homes.

Next up is Danny Carlton. Most people probably don't know who he is. I know I had never heard of him before yesterday. Apparently Mr Carlton has a personal web log (under the pseudonym Jack Lewis) which he doesn’t want read by FireFox users. It seems that there is a add-on/plug-in for Firefox called Adblock Plus. As its name implies it is used to block the display of advertisements on web pages. Mr Carlton apparently, having many advertisements on his web log, considers that reading a web page without seeing the advertisements is theft of content. S0 he has blocked 12-20% of the web surfing public from his site by redirecting Firefox users (whether they use Adblock Plus or not) to an “explanation” page. I guess by this reasoning those of us that get up and leave the room while television ads are playing are stealing the signal.

I guess what makes this one a bit of a head shaker, is that Mr Carlton also apparently has a web design business at another domain. This filtering might be considered ill-advised at best if it were not so laughable. With the wide number of options for proxying, content filtering and otherwise manipulating connections, does this person seriously think that his site can’t be viewed with FireFox? Well, it can, and I have, and I don’t know why I bothered.

They say it takes all sorts to make a world, and I suppose that is true. If we were all the same it would be rather dull. But sometimes, it makes one wonder.

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Keywords: Al Gore,Nobel Peace Prize,environment,internet,FireFox,Adblock Plus



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