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2017-04-20 12:24:17 PM  
So FARK was their test bed?
 
2017-04-20 12:31:36 PM  
*squinty eyes*

I like Google, I can't stand the typical anti-Google conspiracy nuts.  But this kind of skirts a pretty tight line.  Ads?  Sure.  Browser?  Sure, it's a delivery vehicle for ads but the two aren't any sort of monopoly.  It's offering a convenience and taking a cut back by tracking use to sell more ads.  Whatever.  If people don't care enough to learn what that means, then why would they care that it's happening?  Ad block that even if the customer has full control you know how to circumvent while still selling ad space?  ....nnnnnnyeah.
 
2017-04-20 12:36:14 PM  
That is certainly how I would load my spyware to a lot of machines.
 
2017-04-20 12:42:31 PM  
Anybody else try the Brave browser?
Thoughts?
 
2017-04-20 01:01:56 PM  
Fortunately Lynx is impervious to ads.
 
2017-04-20 01:09:25 PM  
But without ads, how would we learn the "Top 15 Weirdest Facts About Japan", or "10 Foods That Every Smoker Should Eat To Help Their Lungs"? Where would we learn "5 Eco-Friendly Valentine's Day Gift Ideas" or "Why Clearing Your Chakras Should Be the First Thing You Do in 2017"? Or read up on "How Odds Of Trump's Impeachment Have Changed" and how "Ivanka Trump's First White House Meeting Makes Everyone Angry"?

If I could have an ad-blocker on my work computer, I might never see all those headlines (which are all, verbatim, headlines on this very page right now) and the dozens like them in three different sponsored-content boxes that lag the shiat out of my browser every time I come to this website.
 
2017-04-20 01:24:07 PM  
As long as uBlock Origin, Privacy badger, and now Perceptual Adblocker still work they can add whatever they like.

Of course Pi-Hole running on an Ubuntu server VM helps pick up any slack if Google decides to get grabby with extensions.
 
2017-04-20 01:27:20 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: Fortunately Lynx is impervious to ads.


Pfft.  I use curl and read the source.
 
2017-04-20 01:29:02 PM  

RminusQ: But without ads, how would we learn the "Top 15 Weirdest Facts About Japan", or "10 Foods That Every Smoker Should Eat To Help Their Lungs"? Where would we learn "5 Eco-Friendly Valentine's Day Gift Ideas" or "Why Clearing Your Chakras Should Be the First Thing You Do in 2017"? Or read up on "How Odds Of Trump's Impeachment Have Changed" and how "Ivanka Trump's First White House Meeting Makes Everyone Angry"?


They're not blocking their ads, just other ads from other sources.
 
2017-04-20 01:33:54 PM  
Sounds like a protection scheme, you pay us for the ad and then you pay us again not to block it. Also that's a real nice website you have there, be a shame if it got delisted from our search engine.
 
2017-04-20 01:36:26 PM  
They're going to get sued so bad because of the conflict of interest. They popularize a browser and then block everyone's non-google ads. Yeah, that'll work. Their claims of using an independent third party to rate ads are probably bullshiat too.
 
2017-04-20 01:42:13 PM  

RminusQ: But without ads, how would we learn the "Top 15 Weirdest Facts About Japan", or "10 Foods That Every Smoker Should Eat To Help Their Lungs"? Where would we learn "5 Eco-Friendly Valentine's Day Gift Ideas" or "Why Clearing Your Chakras Should Be the First Thing You Do in 2017"? Or read up on "How Odds Of Trump's Impeachment Have Changed" and how "Ivanka Trump's First White House Meeting Makes Everyone Angry"?

If I could have an ad-blocker on my work computer, I might never see all those headlines (which are all, verbatim, headlines on this very page right now) and the dozens like them in three different sponsored-content boxes that lag the shiat out of my browser every time I come to this website.


Did you ever ask your local tech for permission to load one?  I'd let you install an ad-blocker.
 
2017-04-20 01:46:54 PM  
Opera + uBlock + AdBlockPlus, just to be sure
 
2017-04-20 01:46:58 PM  
I use a basic ad blocker, but mostly I just ignore ads. Autoplay video and audio piss me off, but regular image/text ads I don't find offensive. I'll even whitelist some sites because if I'm not going to subscribe at least they should get paid for the ads I blindly ignore anyway. Content has to get paid to be created somehow...
 
2017-04-20 02:06:52 PM  
What are ads?


/noscript user
 
2017-04-20 02:08:33 PM  
I understand ads pay for content, I just don't want to play Wack-a-Mole every time I open a page.
 
2017-04-20 02:19:05 PM  
I love how this site comes up with an overlay that says "We noticed you're using an ad blocker...".
 
2017-04-20 02:20:44 PM  
I can't recommend pi-hole enough.  Apparently it can run on a raspberry pi zero, if you can find one.  I have it running on a raspberry pi 3 and it works great for my entire network.  No more ad blockers on any of my computers/browsers/ect.
 
2017-04-20 02:25:57 PM  

mongbiohazard: I use a basic ad blocker, but mostly I just ignore ads. Autoplay video and audio piss me off, but regular image/text ads I don't find offensive.


This.
I have a cat that sleeps in my lap while I surf. Autoplay videos disturb her and I end up with cat-panic induced scratches on my legs. I use adblock+ and see plenty of adds when I go to Icanhascheezburger because they embed their adds in the page. Companies need to take responsibility for what they upload to your computer. Then the blocking will decrease.
 
2017-04-20 02:43:06 PM  
it's about time
 
2017-04-20 02:44:24 PM  

mcreel: Opera + uBlock + AdBlockPlus, just to be sure


If it were opera 12 where I could block entire domains

nuopera sucks, I swticthed to vivaldi and added uBlock Origin
 
2017-04-20 03:19:29 PM  

mongbiohazard: I use a basic ad blocker, but mostly I just ignore ads. Autoplay video and audio piss me off, but regular image/text ads I don't find offensive. I'll even whitelist some sites because if I'm not going to subscribe at least they should get paid for the ads I blindly ignore anyway. Content has to get paid to be created somehow...


I've come around to this POV. Chrome with AdBlock (no Plus or Ghostery, etc). My computer is muted and I click pause on autoplay videos. The bottom line is I no longer get upset with internet ads any more than I get upside with static ads in magazines, since I ignore 99% of them anyway.
 
2017-04-20 03:21:44 PM  

NotARocketScientist: Companies need to take responsibility for what they upload to your computer. Then the blocking will decrease.


Pretty much that.  The day I installed an adblocker was coincidentally the same day Malwarebytes ceased finding any suspicious files on my hard drive.
 
2017-04-20 04:42:19 PM  

Kornchex: RminusQ: But without ads, how would we learn the "Top 15 Weirdest Facts About Japan", or "10 Foods That Every Smoker Should Eat To Help Their Lungs"? Where would we learn "5 Eco-Friendly Valentine's Day Gift Ideas" or "Why Clearing Your Chakras Should Be the First Thing You Do in 2017"? Or read up on "How Odds Of Trump's Impeachment Have Changed" and how "Ivanka Trump's First White House Meeting Makes Everyone Angry"?

If I could have an ad-blocker on my work computer, I might never see all those headlines (which are all, verbatim, headlines on this very page right now) and the dozens like them in three different sponsored-content boxes that lag the shiat out of my browser every time I come to this website.

Did you ever ask your local tech for permission to load one?  I'd let you install an ad-blocker.


You'd think an ad blocker be mandatory in any competent corporation, just for the malware stopping ability if not also employee sanity and resource savings. Course there's the little problem of distribution, modern software does not lend itself to widespread deployment.
 
2017-04-20 04:51:55 PM  

nytmare: Kornchex: RminusQ: But without ads, how would we learn the "Top 15 Weirdest Facts About Japan", or "10 Foods That Every Smoker Should Eat To Help Their Lungs"? Where would we learn "5 Eco-Friendly Valentine's Day Gift Ideas" or "Why Clearing Your Chakras Should Be the First Thing You Do in 2017"? Or read up on "How Odds Of Trump's Impeachment Have Changed" and how "Ivanka Trump's First White House Meeting Makes Everyone Angry"?

If I could have an ad-blocker on my work computer, I might never see all those headlines (which are all, verbatim, headlines on this very page right now) and the dozens like them in three different sponsored-content boxes that lag the shiat out of my browser every time I come to this website.

Did you ever ask your local tech for permission to load one?  I'd let you install an ad-blocker.

You'd think an ad blocker be mandatory in any competent corporation, just for the malware stopping ability if not also employee sanity and resource savings. Course there's the little problem of distribution, modern software does not lend itself to widespread deployment.


That's why you block it at the DNS level. Hell, most corporations not using hosted mail will source out their spam filters to third parties that make use of list aggregates like Spamhaus. I don't see why more are not doing that for ad blocking. One of the biggest vectors of infection besides email I see are rogue ad networks installing malware or tainted search results kicking users over to websites that lock their browsers and try to make them install garbage.
 
2017-04-20 07:03:00 PM  
They should just go ahead and buy adblock/adblockplus
they work fine, they have "allow non-obtrusive advertising" options. seems like it would be easy enough to just buy and integrate.
I kind of wonder why more sites haven't started demanding that advertisers have non-obtrusive ads (looking at you, drew) because I have absolutely no problem with seeing ads. I just don't want crappy full screen autoplay ads that scream "SPANK OUR MONKEY AND WIN A REAL DOLL TO MAKE SEX WITH" while flashing tits in the middle of the page, and silently loading malware.
I find that on smaller sites, with discrete advertising that is tailored to what I'm reading about... I actually do click on ads quite a bit.
 
2017-04-20 07:21:10 PM  

foo monkey: Tr0mBoNe: Fortunately Lynx is impervious to ads.

Pfft.  I use curl and read the source.


Weak. I use telnet and type in the HTTP header myself.
 
2017-04-20 07:39:19 PM  

Numbat: foo monkey: Tr0mBoNe: Fortunately Lynx is impervious to ads.

Pfft.  I use curl and read the source.

Weak. I use telnet and type in the HTTP header myself.


I meant I read the source in my Wireshark logs.
 
2017-04-20 09:18:00 PM  

Best Princess Celestia: What are ads?


/noscript user


^ This, plus Adblock, Ghostery, and a couple others. You just have to be careful with Ghostery as I've discovered that it can block essential parts of some sites. Like trying to log into Adult Swim's website for some of the videos requires a specific script to run.
 
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