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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Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Wed 18th Aug 2010 15:16 UTC
Kroc
Member since:
2005-11-10

I use CSS / AdBlock / NoScript for several reasons, not related to advertising.

* Security: Letting any site include third party Flash / JavaScript is insane. The web has a fundamentally broken security model and NoScript is the only fix at the moment

* Speed: Bad web design practices can cripple the speed of a website when relying on third party sites. With blocking the speed is noticeably better

* CPU / RAM: Same. Flash is horribly slow, wastes CPU, wastes battery and cripples the browsing experience on an Atom processor

* Content: Too many websites have too much crowd-spam, social-junk and utter worthless UI. http://camendesign.com/art/if-i-designed-engadget

My site is my haven for content-only and none of the crap that plagues other sites.

OSn5 will massively improve on OSn4 when it comes to a focus on the actual content and none of this stupid fluff that plagues most sites.

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by Lennie on Wed 18th Aug 2010 15:41 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Fully agree on the security and speed.

Also I would like to add, I don't want to be tracked by all these idiot companies:

http://www.osnews.com/post?n=23698

I specifically don't use Facebook, etc. because of this.

I don't mind if you collect some statistics, but don't go combining every source of information like that.

Many months ago there was an ad on osnews which was sending 'AJAX'-requests every 15 or 30 seconds to track how long you where on the page.

Enough is enough, I really don't want this.

Edited 2010-08-18 15:49 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by Doc Pain on Thu 19th Aug 2010 03:11 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

Also I would like to add, I don't want to be tracked by all these idiot companies: [...]

I don't mind if you collect some statistics, but don't go combining every source of information like that.

Many months ago there was an ad on osnews which was sending 'AJAX'-requests every 15 or 30 seconds to track how long you where on the page.

Enough is enough, I really don't want this.


There even exist software products that enable a content provider to obtain statistics about your mouse movements (giving hints to your reading habits) when you visit their sites equipped with such technology. I'm not sure, but I believe there is a market existing for implementations of such (and even more!) concepts that "watch" the visitors of web pages in order to get information that can be turned into individually "taylored" advertising content later on.

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