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6:18 pm on May 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

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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)

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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.

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11:51 am on May 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

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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).
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(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)

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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)

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I also see this often, thought it was just my site running low on ads :)
11:28 pm on May 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

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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)

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Glad that it's only a bug and not caused by low number of ads.
10:33 pm on May 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

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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)

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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)

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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... :-)

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12:02 pm on May 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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@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)

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I started seeing more of these today. Sigh.
2:13 am on May 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I started seeing more of these today. Sigh.
10:03 pm on May 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

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They're still happening. Any idea how long this will take to fix?
4:15 pm on May 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

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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)

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

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10:16 pm on May 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

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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)

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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 June 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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