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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Feeding the troll...

first of all: As the dictionary defines stealing: To take (the property of another) without right or permission.
If I go to some site and read it without downloading there virus ridden ads, I do not take that text, the text is still there when I leave so I haven't stolen anything.

Secondly, Most times I use Links as a browser, it does not display images, Am I a filthy scummy thief for using a different browser?

Thirdly; I once got a can promotional soda when walking in a city, I drank it but didn't really look at the can, or any of their advertisements (It could've been poison ;) . Did I steal that can? Are you calling the police? ... I bit cliche but never mind that; Am I stealing when going to the toilet during commercial breaks?

Lastly; As already noted here, most ads a payed by click, must I click all the ads to not be labeled a thief? And if not,... Must I read and look at all the ads because if not why not just block them.

Many sites run on the income made of advertisement, jolly good for them. This system is however not full proof, I can get the content without downloading those ads and there is not a law that can stop me doing so. It's fully legal, and if the content providers don't like that they should have found another business-model.

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