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TED lost its edge a while ago, its all oceans and social networking for the past few years thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif

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Edited by hazarada - 6/3/12 at 9:57am
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I just downloaded Collusion for Firefox and Chrome and now I'm paranoid. tongue.gif
Edited by HybridCore - 6/3/12 at 10:26am
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I stumbled across CloudFlare's Rocket Loader, which made me skeptacle about the future of ad-blockers and scripts-blockers etc. Its aim is to speed up webpage times, however in doing so it would render adblockers useless if I look at it correctly.
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I stumbled across CloudFlare's Rocket Loader, which made me spectacle about the future of ad-blockers and scripts-blockers etc. Its aim is to speed up webpage times, however in doing so it would render adblockers useless if I look at it correctly.

Hm...it would be very interesting to see this used. I'll give it a shot.
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Tracking users is not a bad thing. It allows us to use a ton of services for free that we would not normally be able to.

This is how ads work. Website owners put ads on their website. Ads track the users and put relevant ads to each consumer. The website owner gets a profit from the ads and keeps the website free. The advertisers profit by selling their products. The consumers profit by buying items that they are interested about. The tracking is all automated and it is usually simple stuff like your search query. They don't know who you are. All they know is that you are a consumer that likes gaming products for instance.

Imagine an internet without ads. Having to pay a monthly subscription to use google, overclock, etc. Having to pay to simply browse the web. Having software (that normally would be free) become paid, because the creators no longer get revenue from ads.

Hosting is not free. You need bandwidth, and you need a server. Developing software is not free. Innovation isn't free.
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Tracking users is not a bad thing. It allows us to use a ton of services for free that we would not normally be able to.
This is how ads work. Website owners put ads on their website. Ads track the users and put relevant ads to each consumer. The website owner gets a profit from the ads and keeps the website free. The advertisers profit by selling their products. The consumers profit by buying items that they are interested about. The tracking is all automated and it is usually simple stuff like your search query. They don't know who you are. All they know is that you are a consumer that likes gaming products for instance.
Imagine an internet without ads. Having to pay a monthly subscription to use google, overclock, etc. Having to pay to simply browse the web. Having software (that normally would be free) become paid, because the creators no longer get revenue from ads.
Hosting is not free. You need bandwidth, and you need a server. Developing software is not free. Innovation isn't free.


lol your post reminds me of the guy who called Ad block plus users "pirates"

arghh matey!! tongue.gif

but anyhow, i keep ads on for sites i want to support, sites like FB who sell your information already i keep ABP ON
Edited by mnkeyprince - 6/3/12 at 8:03pm
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Been using DNT+ for a couple months; it's pretty good and I've never had any major issues with it. Abine, the makers of the add-on, are a for-profit entity, but they make their money through selling people a service that removes their information from people search sites, and they specifically say in their privacy policy that they don't give your personal data to others except when required to by Big Brother. The only thing you occasionally have to watch for is that they take a "don't break websites" philosophy first and foremost and will occasionally allow site tracking if they feel that a specific site feature is lost. You have the option of overriding their recommended settings, but it's just something to keep in mind.

I personally use NoScript, ABP with tracking and annoyance list add-ons, DNT+, and HTTPS Everywhere.
Edited by PiOfPie - 6/3/12 at 8:09pm
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Been using DNT+ for a couple months; it's pretty good and I've never had any major issues with it. Abine, the makers of the add-on, are a for-profit entity, but they make their money through selling people a service that removes their information from people search sites, and they specifically say in their privacy policy that they don't give your personal data to others except when required to by Big Brother. The only thing you occasionally have to watch for is that they take a "don't break websites" philosophy first and foremost and will occasionally allow site tracking if they feel that a specific site feature is lost. You have the option of overriding their recommended settings, but it's just something to keep in mind.
I personally use NoScript, ABP with tracking and annoyance list add-ons, DNT+, and HTTPS Everywhere.
THX for the info, I always planned ongetting ghostery but never followed through. Been using Noscript for years(how did i ever live without it? Oh yeah had java disabled wink.gif) and ABP installed. I'll have to check on HTTPS Everywhere. I don't want too many plug-ins or I won't know which one is blocking what i need. smile.gif
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I already knew Ghostery existed before this thread, but I had been using RequestPolicy until now. I installed Ghostery and I have to say it works better than RequestPolicy, which still needs a lot of work. RequestPolicy essentially starts out by blocking every cross site request, which makes many sites unusable. You then have to enable one by one, until you get the functionality you want. It can be a good thing, but it takes a lot more work. Ghostery works better and has a block list you can customize before you start using it, while RequestPolicy doesn't have that feature. It also doesn't have a database telling you what each company that is asking for data does and what is it's privacy policy. Ghostery makes it much easier to make decisions on what you should and should not allow, instead of just blocking out everything that does not interfere with your browsing experience, which ends up hurting the way the web works.

After reading their site, I feel more confident about using it:
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Ghostery is free to download and use - plus you have our promise that Ghostery will never be used for advertising. In fact, Ghostery is now part of Evidon, whose mission is to enable a more transparent, trusted environment for consumers and advertisers online.

Edited by tpi2007 - 6/3/12 at 8:30pm
 
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