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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I've been ad-blocking for years
by cmost on Wed 18th Aug 2010 23:01 UTC
cmost
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2006-07-16

I hate advertisements, especially on web sites. I don't care what the revenue stream means to the web site proprietor. I started blocking such nonsense years ago when the pop-up phenomenon started hitting IE on Windows. Naturally when I switched to Mozilla Firefox, ad-blocking became easy and much more sophisticated thanks to Firefox's built in pop-up blocking and third party add-ons. Many advertisements treat the reader like an idiot. Most adverts are obnoxious, in-your-face annoying, and usually peddling something most users don't need or don't want. To adapt an old Lesley Gore song: "It's my computer and I'll block ads if I want to..."

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