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scapa07

400US$ a year and the hypocrisy is that it affecting open source projects all over the net....aholes! #boycottPhotobucket.

larryd

If the images are for this web site, post the images on the thread you are reviewing.


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No technical PMs.
The last thing you did is where you should start looking.

MAS3

So you had to register to this board, just to communicate this.
Let's see..



I can see my own picture..
But i do see those messages in posts made by other Photobucket users (also with older pictures).
Can you see my picture of a RGB LED board, or do you see the blackmailing image ?
Have a look at "blink without delay".
Did you connect the grounds ?
Je kunt hier ook in het Nederlands terecht: http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php/board,77.0.html

Robin2

I guess the problem is that when you save an image in Photobucket that is viewed on another website (like this one) the viewer is not exposed to the Photobucket ads and the advertisers won't pay as much.

...R
Two or three hours spent thinking and reading documentation solves most programming problems.

scapa07

@mas, if you must know, I registered as I am new to Arduino and keen to learn from like minded people whom are open minded and hold values such as good will , willingness to share their great ideas freely, the fundamentals that open source and internet neutrality hold dear. While paging through a number of topics on the forum, it has made for frustrating reading and growing anger to see so many broken images.

Not sure why you decided to jump onto this and what seems to me to be condoning photobuckets bad behavior. If you took the time to research and find out how they underhandedly went about  changing their policy and therefore breaking Billions of images all over the internet then I am sure you would agree that there are more considerate ways to go about changing policy!. The more people express their distaste to these practices the better in my opinion.

Sorry for making this my first post but once I get up to speed I hope to add constructive topics and contributions of a more savory nature.

Robin2

The more people express their distaste to these practices the better in my opinion.
That can help.

The other option is to host your pictures somewhere else.

...R
Two or three hours spent thinking and reading documentation solves most programming problems.

scapa07

sure, after having to pay them to get all your own images back.

Robin2

sure, after having to pay them to get all your own images back.
Hopefully you kept copies of your own images on your own hard disk?

If not, I am reminded of the line from one the Clint Eastwood spaghetti Westerns "If God had not wanted them shorn he would not have made them sheep"

...R
Two or three hours spent thinking and reading documentation solves most programming problems.

Paul_KD7HB

Underhanded changes to policy? I doubt that. They surely posted the changes on their web site. That usually happens when the people starting a web service sell the web site to another entity so they can recover the cost of providing a free service for all those years. Called capitalism.

The world's largest genealogy site started the same way. My family genealogy started out there, for free. There were many mistakes in my file. When they sold the site and the new owners began to charge, I left, but could not delete my file. My errors have still propagated to many, many, sites around the world, but I vowed never to correct them.

When you post pictures on any web site, they own the property(picture). Read the fine print before you use the service.

Paul

Qdeathstar

I never liked photobucket...  postimg.org, xs.to, and snag.gy are my faves...
A creaking creeping shadow
stiff against the freezing fog
glares at a tickless watch.

Time has failed him -- all things shall pass.

larryd

BTW, I have noticed IMGUR now reduces your image resolution.

Just store the images on this web site.


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No technical PMs.
The last thing you did is where you should start looking.

westfw

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Can you see my picture of a RGB LED board,
I see the picture.
"Free" photo-hosting sites tend to not want to allow "live" links to individual pictures, since it does reduce ad revenue.

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after having to pay them to get all your own images back.
They're charging to allow you to download your own pictures?   That seems ... especially obnoxious, if true.
Still...  You uploaded your pictures and didn't keep local copies???!!!!  That seems extraordinarily naive.  Even sites with wonderful terms are prone to going suddenly changing them, or going out of business, or going out of that particular business.  (I still haven't recovered from Apple changing the way they did their "user web/picture hosting."  Sigh.)
(That applies to "here", too, BTW.  During the kerfuffle, one of my biggest fears was that all of the arduino.cc forum content might be lost (and pictures might go first.  Or be broken by moving to different forum software.  Or something.)

Ahh.  Presumably you're caught by:

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If a free account Member has engaged in image linking and/or 3rd party image hosting and subsequently receives a notice from Photobucket stating that their free account is not eligible for such services and their ability to use image linking and 3rd party image hosting has been restricted or suspended, they will need to become a Plus Account Member by selecting the appropriate Plus Account (not all Plus Accounts allow image linking or 3rd party image hosting so please select carefully). Alternatively, they may always log into their Photobucket account, download their images and use a non-Photobucket resource for such services in the future.
It says you can still download your images...
The cheapest "Plus account" that allows linking is $100/y ?  (Better than $400!)



Qdeathstar

If you were living in someone's house for free for 10 years and then they started asking you for rent would you say that was blackmail?
A creaking creeping shadow
stiff against the freezing fog
glares at a tickless watch.

Time has failed him -- all things shall pass.

larryd

If you filled the house with furniture and they are now demanding rent on the furniture you bought.


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No technical PMs.
The last thing you did is where you should start looking.

Robin2

If you filled the house with furniture and they are now demanding rent on the furniture you bought.
I think a better analogy is charging rent for the floor that the furniture is sitting on.

...R
Two or three hours spent thinking and reading documentation solves most programming problems.

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