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post #20 of (permalink) Old 01-24-2019, 07:12 PM
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Quote: Originally Posted by tpi2007 View Post
Ad-blockers / cross-site request blockers / script-blockers should be considered a big part of modern Anti-virus technology, essential to browse the web in safety. What Google plans to do is utterly irresponsible and is only to cater to their own ad business, finally completely tilting the scales in the corporation's benefit to the detriment of hundreds of millions of people. This is not an open web, what Google wants is an appified web, a closed system that you can't inspect and filter. In essence, more in line with their store walled garden.

History tends to repeat itself when given the same circumstances. Microsoft exerted all its market power back in the beginning of the century with Internet Explorer 6, and now that Google is the new Microsoft (with Microsoft adopting the Chrome engine inside Edge, no less), they are going to try to do it too. "Be unavoidably evil", that's in practice their new mantra.

This time around though, with ad networks being used to deliver malware and steal banking information, I don't think that Google understands the colossal backlash that awaits them for such a gall move. This is not how you solve your business (read: ad related) problems. The advertisement model on the Internet is broken. Ads should preferably be self-hosted by publishers and in any case, should never be more than static images / small animated GIFs / text with a link to the advertiser's site that you can click on if you want to. No javascript, no flash, no auto-playing videos and no myriad of cross-site requests to a myriad of who-knows-where-they-came-out-of ad networks.

The cross-site request system as it currently stands exists for several reasons, one of them being maximising user tracking and profiling directly, but also because companies don't trust each other to have data relayed to them second hand to determine ad related payments. So, it's kind of rich for these companies and Google at the top among them, to pretend to assume that people on the other end of the line (Internet surfers) will be perfectly fine with trusting almost everything that comes from a bunch of people who don't trust each other.

That feature doesn't work anymore in the recent versions of chrome?
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