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 6:18 pm on May 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

Lately I've been seeing these horribly ugly ads on my sites with Headline Goes Hear (and yes it's spelled that way) and a url of yoururlgoeshere.com

After searching, I see that many linux users are seeing these ads and I am using linux (ubuntu) so perhaps it really is just us, but it would be nice to see this fixed.

Here's a google support forum url that talks about it but no resolution is listed. [google.com...]

Anyone here seeing these ads?

P.S. Oh and yes I blocked the url but they still show up.



 6:36 pm on May 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

Thanks for bringing this to our attention. The issue is isolated to Linux users, and our engineers are looking into it. I'll let you know if I get any updates.



 11:51 am on May 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

I was wondering about that. I use Linux and see them quite often. Fortunately, almost all my visitors use Windows (most people read my site at work, and it is UK biased).


 1:24 pm on May 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

(most people read my site at work, and it is UK biased).

Same here, God bless the internet at work :)


 5:40 pm on May 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

I am getting very curious as to exactly why this is happening. Is it a bug in Flash on Linux? Is it a bug in Google's flash code - in which case what are they doing different on Linux? If they are targeting ads based on OS they do not do a good job of it...


 6:43 pm on May 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

I also see this often, thought it was just my site running low on ads :)


 11:28 pm on May 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

Java runs differently on Linux than on Windows (as much as Sun likes to claim it doesn't)

Lots of java apps and ajaxy goodness goes wonky on a number of different Linux distros.

So if I had to guess (and it's really only a guess), I'd say the JRE on Linux is the problem.

I've also noticed a distinct upswing in the problem on systems I've moved from Ubuntu 8.04 to 9.04. Java that worked before, doesn't now.


 8:29 am on May 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

Glad that it's only a bug and not caused by low number of ads.


 10:33 pm on May 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

Thanks, ASA. I have pointed this out to others at Google and no one has ever had an explanation. I use Ubuntu on all my production machines and thus see quite a few of these, so it's a relief to know it's limited to Linux.

Without attempting to place blame, all the Linux distros have trouble displaying Flash properly -- or to turn it around, Flash has trouble porting itself to Linux. I am running 64-bit versions on all my Linux machines and, until quite recently, Flash was a lost cause.

If it weren't for Flash and Quickbooks, I could live quite nicely without Windows.


 1:04 pm on May 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

If the problem can't be solved, it would at least be nice to de-uglify the ads that are shown. I mean, really, who decided those ads had to be the ugliest things on the face of the planet anyway? They stink up a site. :)


 4:48 pm on May 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

hmmmm... I don't think I've been seeing this.
But, I do run privoxy on my machines -- which
probably shields me from all sorts of silliness... :-)



 12:02 pm on May 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

@grelmar: the ads are Flash not Java. Incidentally, Java has nothing to do with Ajax either, that's Javascript, and how JS behaves depends on the browser.

@jhood: if you are using the 64 bit version of Flash PLayer, I thought that was still an alpha version?


 2:04 am on May 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

I started seeing more of these today. Sigh.


 2:13 am on May 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

I started seeing more of these today. Sigh.


 10:03 pm on May 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

They're still happening. Any idea how long this will take to fix?


 4:15 pm on May 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

graeme_p, I guess the 64-bit version is still in alpha. I don't really care if I can't watch YouTube on my production machines, Just hadn't occurred to me that that was the cause of the yourURLhere ads. Makes perfect sense.


 5:00 pm on May 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

A fix is in the works and we're hoping to get the issue resolved within the next month.


bit chi base n

 10:16 pm on May 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

on another open source topic...
ASA please can you mention this to the devs....
adsense set up crashes firefox 3.0.10 on xp pro sp3


 1:15 am on May 30, 2009 (gmt 0)

Let's discuss AdSense bug vs. opportunity.

That domain is in a domain park and is available for sale.

Assuming the ad actually clicks through to that actual domain seen in AdSense I would've checked to see how much they wanted for the domain and kept mum about the problem.

Why waste free opportunity?


 7:02 am on Jun 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

jhood, have you tried Gnash? Youtube is supposed to work with it, although I have no idea how good it is on 64 bit.

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