Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 28th Jul 2007 11:07 UTC
Bugs & Viruses A lot of people have been emailing us about an issue we are having with one of our ads taking over OSNews. Thank you all for emailing us, the information provided is of good use to us. We are currently working on the problem, and will let you know once it has been fixed. We would like to apologise for the inconvenience. Update by DA: I think that I've tracked down the offender. Read more for details Update 2: This time I think we really fixed it.
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RE: Huh?
by theTSF on Sat 28th Jul 2007 12:38 UTC in reply to "Huh?"
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If you want to dedicate your life fighting the add. Just so you can save what...

Time? Not really when ever a new add breaks threw your blocker you have to tell it to block that add. normally the adds (5 years ago adds usually hindered the loading of pages because they usually were bogged down severely) take 1/100 second to load it will take you probably on the average of 10 seconds to properly block that add perhaps 30 if you need to add it to your host file.... So in that time you blocked the add it would take about 1000-3000 adds from that one source to justify blocking the adds.

Inconvenience? On respected sites the worse they usually get is a title add, one add in the story and perhaps an add or 2 in the side bar. Granted that is a lot of adds but it is no means a hinderance (perhaps a mild irritation) from reading the information.

What really really need more then an add blocker but some way to determine the trust of an add. Just seeing an add on the internet doesn't do it for most people because they don't know if they could trust it.... If you have a real product at a good rate and you are trying to sell it on the internet it will only work if you have some good word of mouth advertising. Or you need to have an already well known name brand, for online advertising to work. So if we could find a way to have an online registry of the different companies adds and block or accept the ones that are from reputable companies with good marks that won't end up spamming you scamming you or just sell a POS product that hardly does what it says (Well at lest that will block the Vista Adds!).
I am sure my way will have a lot less of a fight back then just the add blockers because most of the adds are from somewhat reputable companies (at least the big ones) the Add providing companies would probably be happier because and work with the software because they want to be trusted and get more revenue. The ones who will loose out are the jerks who are abusing the capitalistic system and trying to scam the public and make a buck no matter how.

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RE[2]: Huh?
by makc on Sat 28th Jul 2007 13:10 in reply to "RE: Huh?"
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RE[2]: Huh?
by KenJackson on Sat 28th Jul 2007 13:20 in reply to "RE: Huh?"
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Just so you can save what... Time? Inconvenience?

Many web sites (in general, not OSNews in particular) have GIF and FLASH advertisements that are constantly moving. Their goal is to get your attention--and they do.

The problem is that this motion is extremely annoying. I would rather breath cigarette smoke. We go to the web site to read the article and we are greeted with "Look at me!", "Look at me!" off to the side.

As for time, some websites have intellitxt or kontera ads, which place double underlines under random words. The problem with these is that you have a double delay in loading the page, and the second delay is independent of your ISP's pipe speed.

But on the bright side, OSNews is very kind to put a PriceGrabber panel of to the left side. I think that's supposed to be an ad, but it's awfully convenient, so I usually go there first when I want to buy something.

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RE[3]: Huh?
by tech10171968 on Sun 29th Jul 2007 02:35 in reply to "RE[2]: Huh?"
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Intellitxt/kontera? My day was going quite well until you gave me indigestion with the mere mention of those two, thanks a lot!

I absolutely HATE Kontera and Intellitext with every ounce of my soul, because they have turned "getting in the way" into an artform. I'd almost rather deal with the annoying flash ads in the sidebar of the web page.

Edited 2007-07-29 02:36

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RE[2]: Huh?
by Jimbo on Sat 28th Jul 2007 16:07 in reply to "RE: Huh?"
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"Time? Not really when ever a new add breaks threw your blocker you have to tell it to block that add."


Just tell it to download in the background and never think about ads again. It really makes it alot easier to read websites without "hit the monkey" banners surrounding everything.

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RE[3]: Huh?
by WorknMan on Sat 28th Jul 2007 18:48 in reply to "RE: Huh?"
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Personally, I didn't start blocking ads until I started running into web sites with 2-3 popups per page, ads that jumped/flashed/made noise, and ads that covered the actual content itself. I'm sorry, but many people simply won't stand for that sh*t, myself included.

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RE[4]: Huh?
by theTSF on Sun 29th Jul 2007 11:54 in reply to "RE[3]: Huh?"
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In cases where the Adds are viral or annoying with sounds and popups is understandable. But some people will go on a quest to remove all adds from the websites they visit just so they can feel "Pure" from commercial influence. OS News is really good at stopping those type of adds from infesting its site. I remember I had a sound add in OSNews that played automatically and I complained about it and I have never heard of one again.

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RE[2]: Huh?
by baadger on Sat 28th Jul 2007 19:38 in reply to "RE: Huh?"
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Ad blocking *does* save time, I think I established my set of AdBlock rules over a week as i browsed. Hell about 15 rules will wipe out 90% of ads. The hit count on */ads/* is over 20,000 here. and */adserver/* has about 10,000.

No if you want to get my attention then be creative with your ad uri's. TV ads have to try and beckon attention in various ways. These guys aren't even trying.

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