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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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by Doc Pain on Thu 19th Aug 2010 03:11 UTC 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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RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by Flatland_Spider on Thu 19th Aug 2010 21:44 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

The FireFox Ghostery plugin is supposed to allow the user to block that stuff.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/9609/

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