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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ads cost me
by lpotter on Sun 20th Sep 2015 04:22 UTC
lpotter
Member since:
2005-12-01

Let's look at it from the consumers side:

The receiving of ads costs me money. (bandwidth and use cap)

The receiving of ads slows down page downloads.

Most ads are irrelevant, i.e. I will never buy a Microsoft Surface.

Most ads are annoying. Flashing, moving blinking, getting in front of my eyes.


Why wouldn't I block ads?

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RE: ads cost me
by bassbeast on Tue 22nd Sep 2015 08:39 in reply to "ads cost me"
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

You forgot "allow companies to spy on you" which you should really download Privacy Badger from the EFF and see how much tracking is going on (And just FYI but PB reports that this website is running two trackers, not very nice)

And "put your PC at significant risk for ID theft and malware" which I can tell you that if you block all ads that do not follow best practices? Your risk of infection drops to practically zip, in fact last figures I saw had malware ads causing 9 out of every 10 PC infections.

So yeah, not really any good reasons from a user standpoint not to block ads (although I do allow the ABP acceptable ads whitelist) and a heck of a lot of reasons to block them.

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