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Wednesday, 22 August 2007


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0823 - Why is Firefox blocked?

I don't know if anyone's actually gotten the rant at http://www.whyfirefoxisblocked.com/ when trying to get to some other page, or not. I've never seen it, as I only use Firefox when Safari has trouble with a site. Nevertheless, the rant rubs me the wrong way.

Someone has now put up a page expressing it succinctly: http://www.whyisfirefoxblocked.com/ .

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From:altivo
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Hmm. I use (and love) Adblockplus. When you have to rely on dialup, the bandwidth eaten up by those horrendous animated and flash ads is simply beyond belief.

Any site that blocks me because I'm ignoring their junk advertising doesn't deserve my patronage in any case.
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From:korgmeister
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I did see that rant from digg. I remember Steven Den Beste put it best that internet advertising is unique in that we're actually paying out of our own pocket (in data use charges) to receive it.

I must admit I'm fairly sparing with my use of Adblock. I mainly use it to 86 pictures of Paris Hilton.

Flashblock is my main vice. I use a 5 year old 1.7 Ghz Celeron, so flash ads can easily bring it to its knees. (I keep resolving to replace it with a used 3+Ghz P4 IBM Thinkcentre, but I keep spending too much money on music, fast food and hats to ever get round to it)
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From:kazriko
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The dolts left the code to block firefox on their website. The solution isn't too difficult.

http://www.whyfirefoxisblocked.com/blockcode.html

Someone just has to write another plugin for firefox that detects when it's being redirected by some lame code like this, and re-requests the page using a spoofed user agent code that changes it to "icefox" or something similar.
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From:ddelony
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I wonder if anyone has told this jerk very ethical webmaster about the filthy television thieves who head for their bathrooms or refrigerators when commercials are on.
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From:yakko
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I found myself skimming the first site, as the second site hit the nail on the head.

When I use AdBlock Plus (or whatever ad blocker), I tend to use it only to block images I don't want to see. This works well for annoying LJ icons, for instance.

I abuse AdBlock like this because NoScript has vanquished the javascript-driven demons which usually serve ads for good. And even when I use AdBlock as intended, I simply hide ads as opposed to blocking them. And even if a website wanted to press the issue, I can fake my User-Agent: and associated bits and still receive their website.

I don't use Safari mainly because the functionality NoScript and other extensions to Firefox provides isn't there yet. Or I just don't know about them. Safari is still a much better browser than the IE:mac that used to ship. Too bad MS's Mac team didn't update it or just didn't want to.

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