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2014-01-05 03:05:27 PM  

Bslim: Dafuq is a "yahoo" ?


A character from Gulliver's Travels:

Swift describes them as being filthy and with unpleasant habits, resembling human beings far too closely for the liking of protagonist Lemuel Gulliver, who finds the calm and rational society of intelligent horses, the Houyhnhnms, greatly preferable. The Yahoos are primitive creatures obsessed with "pretty stones" they find by digging in mud, thus representing the distasteful materialism and ignorant elitism Swift encountered in Britain. Hence the term "yahoo" has come to mean "a crude, brutish or obscenely coarse person"
 
2014-01-05 03:47:54 PM  

Ivo Shandor: Bslim: Dafuq is a "yahoo" ?

A character from Gulliver's Travels:

Swift describes them as being filthy and with unpleasant habits, resembling human beings far too closely for the liking of protagonist Lemuel Gulliver, who finds the calm and rational society of intelligent horses, the Houyhnhnms, greatly preferable. The Yahoos are primitive creatures obsessed with "pretty stones" they find by digging in mud, thus representing the distasteful materialism and ignorant elitism Swift encountered in Britain. Hence the term "yahoo" has come to mean "a crude, brutish or obscenely coarse person"


I lernd sumthin
 
2014-01-05 04:15:02 PM  

hamiltonjdavid: Who the fark still has Java enabled in their browsers?


Who the fark visits Yahoo anymore?

/has adblock
//disabled java a long, long time ago
 
2014-01-05 04:35:18 PM  

farkingbubbler: JSOnline, regularly linked to here on Fark, recently logged 36 blocked ads on one visit, just on their home page. And that's not excessive for what reason? ESPECIALLY since they're now behind a pay wall?


I don't wan tot defend them, but why do you think they went behind a paywall?  Probably because they weren't getting enough ad revenue...

Now why wouldn't they be getting enough ad revenue?  could it be because most of their users had an ad blocker of some sort?

Yes, autoplay videos, flash ads, popups, popunders, etc... are annoying, but if enough people block all adds as a result, more and more sites are going to have to hide behind paywalls to keep the bills paid.
 
2014-01-05 04:35:53 PM  
"We recently identified an ad designed to spread malware to some of our users. We immediately removed it and will continue to monitor and block any ads being used for this activity."

You'd think that companies serving ads would, you know, maybe vet the ads before serving.

/and they wonder why people continue to run adblock, noscript and ad-blocking proxies like privoxy...
 
2014-01-05 05:00:03 PM  
letrole: The reason so many people use adblock is that they're leeches who can't play fair with the most democratic and efficient manner of financing the web.

Absolutely not. I'd love to have ads on more sites I visit regularly, but every single ad network has and does still occasionally serve up malware because scammers are more devious than the people running the ad networks. It doesn't matter if you trust the site or not, you still can't trust their ad network. So I've got it locked down to text ads only.
 
2014-01-05 05:06:48 PM  

styckx: Prank Call of Cthulhu: [i42.tinypic.com image 850x73]
LOL, not going to happen.

Exactly..


I'll fourth this, or whatever. I whitelisted fark on every blocker I was using and still got that banner.  So I said to hell with it, unwhitelisted, and went on with my day.  The only thing I could do to remove the banner was uninstall all of my blocking stuff.
 
2014-01-05 05:12:53 PM  
Gov't legislators backed by their media/tech/spying  lobby BS want to give us SOPA.  Make sites responsible for content that users post.  If that ever passes would Yahoo (in this instance) be liable?
Somehow I doubt it.

EABOD shiatbags.
 
2014-01-05 05:17:35 PM  
How the fark do you write an article like that and not address the question everyone has: How do I know if I am infected?Must you click the ad? Is just the ad displaying enough? WTF you piece of shiat excuse for journalism.
 
2014-01-05 05:17:54 PM  

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: Why do people still have Java(not Javascript) on their machines?


If you try to develop Android apps and you don't have Java, you're going to have a bad time.

Also, I have to check my wife's computer.  She's used the same Yahoo! email address since the late 90s, and she has the Java plugin enabled because, without it, she can't enter grades into the school's gradebook.
 
2014-01-05 05:17:54 PM  

Prank Call of Cthulhu: [i42.tinypic.com image 850x73]
LOL, not going to happen.


*cough* Greasemonkey *cough*
 
2014-01-05 05:19:18 PM  

Morgellons: poodebunker: Bslim: Dafuq is a "yahoo" ?

I think that's one of those duck dynasty guys

I thought it was the guy from the classic biopic Young Einstein?


Seriously?
 
2014-01-05 05:23:34 PM  

Chevello: I thought it was the guy from the classic biopic Young Einstein?

Seriously?


I recognize that word but your response makes no sense.
 
2014-01-05 05:34:28 PM  

andrewagill: Chevello: I thought it was the guy from the classic biopic Young Einstein?

Seriously?

I recognize that word but your response makes no sense.


http://m.imdb.com/name/nm0000635/
 
2014-01-05 05:34:55 PM  

letrole: Mad_Radhu: And THIS is why so many people use Adblock.

Not really.

The reason so many people use adblock is that they're leeches who can't play fair with the most democratic and efficient manner of financing the web.



Wow, it's been a long time since I've seen stupid in such clearly marked lettering.

Financing the web?  So I take it you don't have any idea how the web functions, how much it might cost to make it function, or really, anything to do with the economic reality of the web.

Advertising fills 2 roles online.  1) supplemental income, to add to your actual revenue stream.  2) virus/malware distribution networks.

There are basically zero websites that have successfully funded themselves on ads.  Want to look at some big ones as examples?

Facebook: losing money, ads pay for only a small fraction of the costs.
Youtube: Famously losing money since it started.  Ads make the majority of income, which is not anywhere near the costs.
Twitter, Imgur, photobucket, etc etc: Not a single one breaking even between costs and ad income.

In fact, I challenge you to point to EVEN ONE ad supported site in the top 100 alexa rankings.  How about the top 500?

It's simple, small websites with low visitor counts can make enough on ads to pay for costs.  Large websites with huge visitor counts, can not.  Not because the ads don't make money, they do, but because the hosting costs are so much higher for the larger sites that it washes away the advertising income very quickly.

Arguably, the only successful ad income based website is google.  But remember kids, google is the one selling AND showing the ads.  You don't have that luxury.

Advertising on the web is a huge industry with a ton of money moving around.  But there is a problem.  There are more active participants than there is money.  Not to mention those of us that opt out of your invasive and abusive advertising, on either security grounds (see article) or on general principle.
 
2014-01-05 05:35:48 PM  

albert71292: I rarely click on ads, and don't have Java installed (never seen where I needed it), so there's always that.


You don't need to click on them. It's what they call drive by malware, the act of the image or java script loading up attempts to infect your computer, and 90% of the stuff your AV will let through.

I was working at a national bank for 6 months, we had 4 or 5 drive-by infections a week notified from our FireEye boxes. ICAP scanning from the proxy chain never even twitched at most of the drive-by infections, local AV never alerted, true 0-day exploits. The only way you know is because of sandbox virtualisation noticing that if you requested a certain image it kicked off a process that starts changing registry keys etc.

/send the desktop monkeys out.
//pull the box give them a freshly imaged machine.
///two types of companies, those who know they've been compromised and those that think they haven't.
 
2014-01-05 06:41:22 PM  
I get frightened by the world when I use other people's computers.

Between Mike's hosts file, AdBlock, Ghostery, Flashblock, NoScript, and -- more site-specifically -- Greasemonkey and Stylish, I haven't seen an Internet ad in ages. Then I hop on a friend's computer to torrent a show or something, and it's all

WOULD YOU LIKE TO DATE AN ASIAN GIRL?

MEET HOT SINGLES IN YOUR AREA

THIS ONE WIERD TRICK...

etc.
 
2014-01-05 07:04:53 PM  

kroonermanblack: styckx: Prank Call of Cthulhu: [i42.tinypic.com image 850x73]
LOL, not going to happen.

Exactly..

I'll fourth this, or whatever. I whitelisted fark on every blocker I was using and still got that banner.  So I said to hell with it, unwhitelisted, and went on with my day.  The only thing I could do to remove the banner was uninstall all of my blocking stuff.


Well that isn't the only way.
 
2014-01-05 07:51:46 PM  

Kahabut: In fact, I challenge you to point to EVEN ONE ad supported site in the top 100 alexa rankings.  How about the top 500?


You'll need to clarify your personal definition of "ad supported".  Do you mean that the income a property gets from IAB-standard ad units is sufficient to cover all operational expenses?  And if so, how do we evaluate companies that do not release detailed financials?
 
2014-01-05 08:03:08 PM  

47 is the new 42: kroonermanblack: styckx: Prank Call of Cthulhu: [i42.tinypic.com image 850x73]
LOL, not going to happen.

Exactly..

I'll fourth this, or whatever. I whitelisted fark on every blocker I was using and still got that banner.  So I said to hell with it, unwhitelisted, and went on with my day.  The only thing I could do to remove the banner was uninstall all of my blocking stuff.

Well that isn't the only way.


Fark is slowly becoming less and less in my browsing habits.

I have Adblock
EasyList
East Annoyance list
Easy Privacy list

Now Farm doesn't show YouTube links. It will only show the headline bit not the YouTube image or a link to view it. Beginning to think Dark is just encompassing ads as a whole into its framework
 
2014-01-05 10:02:10 PM  

oldtaku: letrole: The reason so many people use adblock is that they're leeches who can't play fair with the most democratic and efficient manner of financing the web.

Absolutely not. I'd love to have ads on more sites I visit regularly, but every single ad network has and does still occasionally serve up malware because scammers are more devious than the people running the ad networks. It doesn't matter if you trust the site or not, you still can't trust their ad network. So I've got it locked down to text ads only.


HIS NAME IS LETROLE
 
2014-01-05 11:18:18 PM  

Chevello: andrewagill: Chevello: I thought it was the guy from the classic biopic Young Einstein?

Seriously?

I recognize that word but your response makes no sense.

http://m.imdb.com/name/nm0000635/


[2F13] Bart vs Australia

Conover: Unfortunately, Bart, your little escapade could not have come at a worse time. [sets up screen] Americo-Australianian relations are at an all-time low.
[talks over a slide show]
As I'm sure you remember, in the late 1980s the US experienced a short-lived infatuation with Australian culture. For some bizarre reason, the Aussies thought this would be a permanent thing. Of course, it wasn't.
[a slide shows "Yahoo Serious Festival"]
Lisa: I know those words, but that sign makes no sense.
 
2014-01-05 11:34:54 PM  

andrewagill: Chevello: andrewagill: Chevello: I thought it was the guy from the classic biopic Young Einstein?

Seriously?

I recognize that word but your response makes no sense.

http://m.imdb.com/name/nm0000635/

[2F13] Bart vs Australia

Conover: Unfortunately, Bart, your little escapade could not have come at a worse time. [sets up screen] Americo-Australianian relations are at an all-time low.
[talks over a slide show]
As I'm sure you remember, in the late 1980s the US experienced a short-lived infatuation with Australian culture. For some bizarre reason, the Aussies thought this would be a permanent thing. Of course, it wasn't.
[a slide shows "Yahoo Serious Festival"]
Lisa: I know those words, but that sign makes no sense.


aha, no interest in the Simpsons so, Whoosh! right over my head.
 
2014-01-06 01:04:31 AM  

AgentPothead: If you're dumb enough to use yahoo, you deserve what you get.


I still have my original, 1997, 6 character yahoo address.


Sure, 99.9% of what comes in is spam, but, hey, it's handy for a signup.  Also, people I lost touch with may one day try to contact me on that.

Also, still had my original 5 character online banking username at citi.  UIntil about three months ago, when they forced me to change it.  Douchebags, I WAS AN EARLY ADOPTER!
 
2014-01-06 09:22:14 AM  
Fark yahoo anyway.  I needed a throwaway email address over the weekend and found out that now they want a cell phone number in order to sign up.  How about a big fark no?
 
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