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Microsoft issues a new browser patch or an extension.
This patch would have an add-on which by default would have all advertising switched off.
This add-on would use a default set of code to match but can be updated thorough some system.
Instead of a default ads OFF the browser can have a pop up after installation saying.
"Would you like to see any advertising?
(This can slow your surfing experience)
Yes NO :)? "
So it would be the user who decides no more Google Ads.
Would Google just die from the inability to serve the ads.
So the shares would tumble and the company would be worth about a 10th of it's current value.
Next move would be a hostile take over ...
Although this scenario .. is very wild .. it could happen!
My other point would be this... The web is so adaptable to different technologies that even if someone were to write a plugin that looked for ad code, programmers would adapt to this and overcome this obstacle.
I think it would be a GREAT idea. Not to kill Google or Microsoft, but to get rid of those ads in my emails and on web sites.
But let's face reality here... That is how the web survives. We are so far beyond the grass roots movement of the internet. Commercialization of the internet has taken hold and that is how forums such as this are able to survive.
If you take aways the ads, sites like these will die as well and all the free resources we enjoy now will become pay sites in order to pay for the costs of hosting.
Check marks for:
Block pop-up windows
No check marks for
Load images automatically
That should make your browsing experience mostly adfree but that is for the Firefox browser.
Other browsers have different means.
Oh and for email a simple install of pine would render at least the pictures moot ;-).
Oh I programmer, what is ad code?
[edited by: theBear at 6:26 pm (utc) on June 24, 2007]
Oh man don't go there, the last time I looked at 127.0.0.1 it was spewing ads all over the place.
There is at least one browser that allows you to block all content from other domains than the one you are browsing. That cuts a lot of ads out as well.
I'd have to log out of this windows manager in order to tell folks how to set it up.
There is always Lynx [lynx.browser.org]
That kind of does a job on ads as well and no configuration settings need be harmed.
I don't drop in very often, I have no current assignment that requires me to pay close attention to what is going on at the 'plex.
Remember folks pay attention to the weasel words.