I'd prefer just the un-obtrusive ads like what are on the main page over patreon. I really don't mind the ads on TPU. They are always related to tech, and aren't annoyingly animated.
You do need to keep in mind we do already have ads, so mining for TPU would be an additional source of income, which via ads, would only mean adding in more, like say, on the forums. I understand that you don't mind the ads currently, but what if we need more? They might get annoying... so I think that's a reason for W1zz to look at alternate avenues of revenue generation. After all, we don't sell anything; we merely create free content. So sources of income are hard to come by in this industry, and that's why we have guys like Linus and such on YouTube... If Linus could make money doing what's he's doing via another platform, he probably wouldn't bother with YouTube. The problem with YouTube is you either side with OEMs and tow their line, or you side with the users, and you don't make much money.
Fundamentally, I know very few people that are making money online. It's a very hard thing to do, especially if you aren't selling stuff. Navigating that is what makes some people successful, and others fail, even if they have the exact same content to provide.