Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 19th Sep 2015 14:37 UTC
Internet & Networking

Let's talk ad-blocking.

With the arrival of iOS 9, ad-blocking is coming to mobile in a big way, and it's causing a lot of talk all over the web. It is highlighting the internal struggle some feel about the practice, but also the hypocrisy of some of its staunchest proponents. So far, it seems like the real 'bloodbath' isn't taking place where people thought it would be - namely, publishers - but among personalities.

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I for one hate ads...
by leech on Sun 20th Sep 2015 01:05 UTC
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Probably part of being easily distracted by things, I can't stand advertisements anymore, and will do anything to be able to not have to watch them. Whether it's buying TV Series on DVD/Bluray or trying to subscribe to streaming services that are ad-free. It's especially annoying to know that 'free apps' in the mobile market end up paying more to developers than if you just paid the small amount of money for the 'pro' version that is ad-free.

Funny thing is, if you pick up a magazine these days, especially any of the 'fashion' ones, you'll find the content between back and front is something like 80% advertisements and maybe 20% of actual content. It's insane. Imagine how many trees and the cost reduction of those 10+ dollar magazines would be if they just cut out all the advertisements. Same thing I suspect with the Internet, some of us pay huge amounts of money so we can have fast Internet access, yet comparatively, the old websites that weren't covered in flash animations and other extraneous crap, loaded just as fast on my 56k modem as 'modern' websites do on my 40mbps connection. I still remember when I first got high speed, and the damn pop ups were out of control, The advantage then of 56k modem was to be able to close them before they fully opened up all over your screen. With DSL, they would pop up like crazy and your screen would be covered in the blink of an eye. I bet you advertisers would LOVE for it to return to those days, when you couldn't block pop ups or ads. But then the Music industry would love for us to return to pre-MP3 days.

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