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: Stop blocking ads!
by steviant on Sun 29th Jul 2007 04:27 UTC in reply to "Stop blocking ads!"
steviant
Member since:
2006-01-11

So when a website serves up ads that make my browser slow down or otherwise annoy the living fornication out of me, aren't they "charging" me more for viewing the site than other advertisers? How is that fair, or right?

Others might see a different non-annoying ad while I'm subjected to the annoyware version, so we are effictively "paying" different "prices" to view the same content.

If sites need to resort to pissing their users off in order to satiate their advertisers then the pendulum has already swung too far in the direction of the advertisers and website owners who recieve kickbacks for subjecting us to annoying drivvel surrounded by mock window facades and flashing backgrounds.

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RE[2]: Stop blocking ads!
by aent on Mon 30th Jul 2007 03:17 in reply to "RE: Stop blocking ads!"
aent Member since:
2006-01-25

Yes, some websites charge more then others. Just like when you purchase an iPod with 40GB its likely to be cheaper then one that has 80GB. They clearly think their site is more valuable, and you don't have to pay the higher price (more CPU time, space, annoyance), just don't buy their product (visit their website) anymore, at least until they cut costs (make advertisements less annoying).

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RE[3]: Stop blocking ads!
by steviant on Mon 30th Jul 2007 04:36 in reply to "RE[2]: Stop blocking ads!"
steviant Member since:
2006-01-11

No I'm not talking about different prices for different content, but random prices for the same content. (where two visitors to the same page end up getting "charged" differently).

That is obviously, and blatantly unfair. It also divides users roughly along class boundaries, where richer people have larger higher resolution screens, faster computers and internet connections so are penalized less for the same content. Also obviously, and blatantly unfair.

This is not a case of "if it costs too much, don't buy it", it's a case of "sometimes when you buy this thing, you'll open the box and find an elephant inside that you have to look after, feed and house"

You don't always see the same advertisement when you visit OSnews, sometimes you get served a gif and sometimes you get served flash, which means waiting not only for the content to load, but also for another program which runs inside your browser to start up and run a highly intensive script.

If you're on a slow computer with a slow connection then the flash content is going to "cost" an arm and a leg. There are still a hell of a lot more people in the world who are lucky to have even a dialup connection let alone a fast computer to render flash ads on.

I'm not saying that the entire world should cater to the lowest common denominator, just that maybe we should cut people a little slack when we hear that they use something like adblock plus, it's not a black and white issue.

I suspect that most of those who say we should never ever use ad blockers are those on the faster side of the digital divide (like me). and most of those with more charitable attitudes toward ad blockers are on the slow side.

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RE[2]: Stop blocking ads!
by aent on Mon 30th Jul 2007 03:19 in reply to "RE: Stop blocking ads!"
aent Member since:
2006-01-25

Yes, some websites charge more then others. Just like when you purchase an iPod with 40GB its likely to be cheaper then one that has 80GB. They clearly think their site is more valuable, and you don't have to pay the higher price (more CPU time, space, annoyance), just don't buy their product (visit their website) anymore, at least until they cut costs (make advertisements less annoying).

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