No, I have never before seen such a thing on the landing page of a
By default, I use Firefox with the U-Block Origin ad-bocker add-on,
which seems to regularly provoke messages similar to the one you
Whilst I feel some sympathy for people who have traditionally relied
upon advertising a a primary source of income or the basis of their
web-based business model, I do feel that the whole system is now
very seriously flawed and out of hand in any number of ways, and
like yourself, I simply refuse to co-operate with anyone who
basically goes along with the flow and accepts such things.
Meanwhile, if I am in a belligerent mood, (or just want to some
fun), I will sometime use a Firefox add-on, 'AdNauseam'
Basically, it does a couple of things - it does it's best to block
the presentation of the adverts themselves, and at the same time,
"virtually clicks" on all of the adverts that come your way; the
thinking being that in doing so, it creates a whole shed-load of
"noise" making it nigh impossible for the advertising marketeers to
accurately profile you, and send yet more 'focussed' adverts.
On 18/01/17 09:13, Adrian Midgley via
The next stage beyond ad-blocking must be to collect
the advert, and while indicating to the server that it is being
displayed on screen, quietly hide it in a deep, dark hole.
One might go further.
Call forth that advert again, while the computer is resting, and
entirely automatically follow its links, thus generating costs if
that is the model.
One might swap adverts - an Electric Monk will work best if it
part of a chapter, or entire book, of other Electric Monks - and
apart from recognising them as ads, react to them in ways the
vendors ostensibly desire, from other locations.
One might see AI developing, as an arms race takes place between
our Flappers, ushabti and Electric Monks on the one hand and the
legions of the damnably importunate on the other.
Turing might have been amused.
Write it, please.
adverts. Let me be more accurate, I hate having adverts thrown
me when I am concentrating on something else. On TV for
the ads appear I turn off the sound. I do understand that ads
useful when I am looking for something in particular. It is
them thrust at a time when I am not in that 'search mode' that
I have a laptop computer as a spare, my main one being a desk
have seen a few comments recently about Linux Lite as a distro
look. So I thought that I would give it a once over.
However, when I opened its main web site I was greeted with
information that I am running an ad blocker. Correct. If I
want to look
at the site I must disable it. No chance. They claim that they
"currently losing 42% of our income due to Ad Blockers". That
very accurate percentage. How can they be so sure?
I also found via another site that to install Lite I need to
mode switched on in UEFI. Again, no chance. So goodbye Linux
I have come across this request to turn off any ad blockers
never on the main web site of a Linux distro. What a pain.
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