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ProudToBeVeryLiberal
Science is the antidote to the poison of religion
08:16 PM on 10/10/2013
LOL, the HP has some galactic-size chutzpah posting this article!! Not only ads are everywhere (not to mention the click-throughs), but no other site has so many trackers per page, averagely well over 20...
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Quick Brown Dog
Boston Strong baby! Occupy Boylston Street ☺ ☺
12:08 AM on 10/11/2013
Get Firefox addons like Disconnect, Adblock Plus, NoScript and Do Not Track Me. Couple that with a solid Hosts file blocking ad trackers and you're good to go. Search "MVP Hosts" or "Someone Who Cares Hosts" for great ones I recommend.
lurkinman
Clear thinking is best served non-partisan
10:11 AM on 10/11/2013
No kidding. Even just Adblock Plus would be a great relief to Proud. Tracking me doesn't really bug me, because once we're not seeing ads, their trackers are relatively meaningless. Plus the page load speed is ridiculously faster. I've been ad-free since July 2005.
06:50 PM on 10/10/2013
As soon as the consumer stops wanting (and getting) almost everything digital for free, maybe ads will stop being so invasive in their digital life. And there are options, from Spotify Premium and Pandora One for music, to iTunes for TV and movies. If an app is useful and free, then expect it to eventually have ads. Developers can't live off of the joy they bring to their users, unfortunately.
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John Genryu
Zen Buddhist priest/IT Consultant
09:20 PM on 10/10/2013
But there are alternative business models that have been shown to work much better than bombarding people with ads. In the US they are used to this of course as they even have commercials every four minutes on many TV networks. In Europe however there are regulations preventing this so that people are not so bombarded. European companies are not suffering from that however, just the opposite. It is perfectly possible to have a viable business model that doesn't rely on endless ads. It's time that the US caught up with the rest of the developed world.
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straightuptalker
What ever happened to common sense?
06:50 AM on 10/11/2013
I agree. And, in Italy, the great thing is, they show all ads prior to the program, which frees viewers from any interruption. And in Britain, they've banned any ads pertaining to drugs, so their viewers aren't bombarded by annoying, incessant, brain-washing rhetoric encouraging people to profit big pharma. Why hasn't this caught on in the U.S.?
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Quick Brown Dog
Boston Strong baby! Occupy Boylston Street ☺ ☺
12:10 AM on 10/11/2013
Maybe as soon as people stop being consumers of lousy crap "entertainment." A walk in the woods is free yet is of infinitely more "worth" than some stupid episode of Breaking Awful or Game of Drones. Who cares.
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04:38 PM on 10/10/2013
And you're not helping things, HP.
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cigi
04:26 PM on 10/10/2013
I hate the incessant marketing and advertising on ALL media today. 22 minutes of every 1 hour tv show. I'll be reading something of interest on my computer and they pop up like unwanted weeds. I don't need to click them on...they are just there!!! We are consumers consumed! I hate how they pump up the volume on ads on TV and radio...annoying to the max! Everyone should quit buying junk and stuff that isn't necessary and let their advertising budgets sink. We are the reason they exist and all we have to do is say NO and find a simpler life without the trash and trinkets that they all peddle.
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John Genryu
Zen Buddhist priest/IT Consultant
09:22 PM on 10/10/2013
Do what I and thousands of others do - stream your TV or watch live overseas TV instead. The UK BBC for example has no ads at all and, if you watch the commercial channels, their ads are much more limited than in the US. The irony is that studies clearly show that the more companies bombard viewers with ads, the more those ads are tuned out and that they don't even work anymore in terms of attracting new customers.
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cigi
11:39 PM on 10/10/2013
Great suggestions all.  I can do that!  It is time for a new direction in this country and our behavior will direct it if we are willing to go off the "beaten path" and do it differently.  I like the BBC approach to just reporting news and stopping there, avoiding the "spin" that American Cable and the national broadcast pundits put out there.  Just tired of it all I guess.  I am old and grew up during the era when tv came on at 10:00 am and went off at midnight.  Too much junk tv out there today.  More of something is not necessarily better.  Peace!
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Quick Brown Dog
Boston Strong baby! Occupy Boylston Street ☺ ☺
12:10 AM on 10/11/2013
Or ditch modern "entertainment" and pull a Thoreau.
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Cybdiver
It's the Internet so what I write must be true!
04:10 PM on 10/10/2013
I've developed an automatic ignore system in my brain, I used to use it when I was a teenager to tune out parents. It works very well for commercials.
A commercial comes on and someone says did you see that and I respond "No, what happened?" I use that time to let me brain think of more important things. When ads pop up on my computer I can ignore them the same way by never clicking on them.
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straightuptalker
What ever happened to common sense?
06:55 AM on 10/11/2013
Even more annoying are the obnoxious, loud videos that pop-up out of nowhere without clicking on them, disrupting my train of thought. I can handle ignoring the ads, but when they starts to talk to me, I find that extremely invasive.
lurkinman
Clear thinking is best served non-partisan
10:13 AM on 10/11/2013
Commercial breaks equal trip to the fridge, run to the can, play with the cat. The idea of actually sitting and intentionally watching a commercial is weird.