Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Aug 2010 14:02 UTC
Internet & Networking We're still in the slow news period, so let's talk about something we discussed before: blocking advertisements on websites. Up until, well, today, I didn't block ads - not because of some ethical objection or whatever, but simply because I couldn't be bothered to setup AdBlock. Today, after taking a closer look at some of the websites I frequent, I decided to take the plunge and install AdBlock on all my machines. The following set of screenshots should pretty much explain why.
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Comment by Zifre
by Zifre on Wed 18th Aug 2010 21:17 UTC
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I like to support the sites I visit frequently - mainly Ars Technica and OSNews, so I whitelist them.

However, I am seriously considering blocking ads on OSNews. Why? Rollovers.

The MeeGo ad is especially annoying. You just move your mouse down the page, and suddenly, the ad is covering half the screen, including some of the content.

I have no problem with discreet, well layed-out ads. But I'm tired of advertisers thinking that their junk is more important than the content I want to see.

Honestly, I have never bought, or even considered buying, something I saw on an Internet ad. That's the fundamental problem with advertisements: they try to get people to buy things they don't need. I know what I need. If I don't have something that I need, I go buy it. Therefore, ads will nearly always show me things that I don't need or already have.

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