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  • Adblock Plus betraying its users with so-called Acceptable Ads

    Heads up.

    https://hg.adblockplus.org/adblockplus/rev/ceca5deac82d
    https://adblockplus.org/en/acceptable-ads

    I've already made my positions clear on this in several places, including my blog.

    (Just quoting myself from several spots here so I don't have to rewrite all of it.)

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    Short story: Adblock Plus 2.0 development branch has added a new “feature” they call “acceptable advertising” and flipped it on by default without asking the user. The default whitelist is so far only including advertising from networks like Google with suspiciously deep pockets, leading me to believe that money has probably changed hands somewhere along the way. You can opt out of this through a rather unwieldy process, but most people won’t. I find “acceptable ads” to be unacceptable because even Google Adwords is well known for profiling the user even if they only use non-Google sites and they’ll let anyone with enough money take out an ad, even if it leads to phishing sites or Windows malware. Most definitely NOT acceptable. (But hey, it’s your computer and if you like XP AntiVirus Super Duper 2012 Edition, I think you’re beyond my help.)

    This “acceptable ads” nonsense is no different than if your anti-virus software started allowing “acceptable malware” and claimed that it was because honest hard working Russian malware writers who make non-binding promises to screw you over ever so gently deserve to make money even if most people find what they do dirty and disgusting. Of course what this anti-virus vendor does not say is that the “acceptable malware” vendors are paying them to be delisted from the pattern file rules.

    I never buy anything from ads. I do not want to see ads. If I wanted to see ads, then I wouldn’t have block rules that I put there to get rid of them, would I? I don’t want something that claims to block ads opting me into ads that frequently lead to phishing scams and malware, like Google adwords. Adblock Plus has just done this.

    Google is probably paying to unblock itself. It’s the only possible explanation for this clearly anti-user malicious “feature”.

    This is just as bad as when NoScript attacked Adblock Plus users and started whitelisting sites that the user had blocked, only this time, Adblock Plus is doing it to the user themselves.

    It’s a shame to see that Google’s money can corrupt free software into serving them. (Even at the expense of competitors that don’t have Google’s money to give to Wladimir Palant).
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    On the other hand, if Michael Larabel manages to pony up the dough for a sufficient bribe to Wladimir Palant, I'm sure Phoronix can once again be overflowing with skyscraper Microsoft ads written in Flash.
    Last edited by DaemonFC; 12-11-2011, 01:43 PM.

  • DaemonFC
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    Originally posted by Kivada View Post
    You guys do realize someone will just fork the project right? That ABP is a fork of the original Adblock that was abandoned by it's creator at some point but worked throughout at least the 3.0 series as I had left it running by removing the version check long before by editing the .xpi.

    In the end I expect someone to already be working on a fork just as BeefTACO arose from the ashes of TACO when the creator sold out.

    Problem with Chrome is it's put out by Google and Google is no better then Apple, Microsoft or Oracle. They are a for profit company and are selling you on a noose to hang yourself.
    Yeah, I switched over to Chromium after someone went and kicked their PPAs again. a string of build failures had left them all behind.

    Chrome/Chromium 16 is needed for KDE file dialogs. Chrome/Chromium 17 is needed for the new content blocking API that Chrome Adblock can use. So it looks like I'm going to be on the Chromium Dev PPA at least until 17 finds its way into beta then stable. Maybe longer if something else I like happens to land.

    If someone forks Adblock Plus I may go back to Firefox, and may not. I have a hard time swallowing that we need to unblock Sedo and support a parking page parasite.

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  • Kivada
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    You guys do realize someone will just fork the project right? That ABP is a fork of the original Adblock that was abandoned by it's creator at some point but worked throughout at least the 3.0 series as I had left it running by removing the version check long before by editing the .xpi.

    In the end I expect someone to already be working on a fork just as BeefTACO arose from the ashes of TACO when the creator sold out.

    Problem with Chrome is it's put out by Google and Google is no better then Apple, Microsoft or Oracle. They are a for profit company and are selling you on a noose to hang yourself.

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  • Qaridarium
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    Originally posted by DaemonFC View Post
    Back on topic, one of the Reddit posters mentioned something I didn't even notice.

    Wladimir Palant unblocked Sedo in his "ignore the user and sneak ads in through the back door" list.

    Sedo runs parking pages and typosquatting sites. Can't have them going under can we?

    I wonder how much he made off of those parasites in exchange for whitelisting them.
    i know only 1 word for this behavior: corruption

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  • DaemonFC
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    Back on topic, one of the Reddit posters mentioned something I didn't even notice.

    Wladimir Palant unblocked Sedo in his "ignore the user and sneak ads in through the back door" list.

    Sedo runs parking pages and typosquatting sites. Can't have them going under can we?

    I wonder how much he made off of those parasites in exchange for whitelisting them.

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  • Qaridarium
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    Originally posted by DaemonFC View Post
    I suppose you could print to PDF, open it in LibreOffice, meticulously fix the formatting problems and sanitize it of ads, and then send it to your printer.

    You could also make coffee by building a greenhouse, planting seeds, waiting for the plant to mature, removing the seed pods one at a time, roasting them, grinding them yourself, and then preparing the beverage from there.
    i know this problem. ads are really bad for printing.

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  • DaemonFC
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    Originally posted by AnonymousCoward View Post
    Why would anyone who cares about money print things with ink? If you print so much that ink costs matter, get a laser.
    I have better things to spend money on than printing out Michael's Sweaty Steve Skyscraper Sucktitude.

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  • AnonymousCoward
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    Why would anyone who cares about money print things with ink? If you print so much that ink costs matter, get a laser.

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  • DaemonFC
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    Originally posted by Qaridarium View Post
    i also know people with printing stuff from the internet and they care for money

    sure in my point of view this is stupid. if i need to print something i copy past the stuff and edit it and print this cleaned pdf file.
    I suppose you could print to PDF, open it in LibreOffice, meticulously fix the formatting problems and sanitize it of ads, and then send it to your printer.

    You could also make coffee by building a greenhouse, planting seeds, waiting for the plant to mature, removing the seed pods one at a time, roasting them, grinding them yourself, and then preparing the beverage from there.

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  • Qaridarium
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    Originally posted by Michael View Post
    So if money doesn't care to them they don't care about ink prices so then using ink on ads doesn't matter... and if money isn't a limitation such people if printing off Phoronix pages might as well subscribe to Phoronix Premium.
    i also know people with printing stuff from the internet and they care for money

    sure in my point of view this is stupid. if i need to print something i copy past the stuff and edit it and print this cleaned pdf file.

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