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Ad Block Plus Filter Maintainer "rick752" Dies At 56

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 5 years ago | from the guy-who-made-the-intertubez-liveable-again dept.

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A user on Reddit pointed out that Richard "rick752" Petnel, maintainer of one of the most popular filter lists for Ad Block Plus, has passed away at age 56. In an article last year Petnel described a bit of what he was up against in the ad world. "'I'm playing against some pretty big players,' he said, explaining his reluctance to step forward. 'I don't want to be harassed. . . . I don't want to be bribed. I started it because I was frustrated with getting my computer infected from ads -- malware and spyware and all that stuff,' he said. 'I kind of went overboard with it. But you have to admit, it's pretty amazing, right?'" Update 15:05 GMT by SM: updated to reflect Rick's status as maintainer of the most popular Ad Block Plus filter as opposed to Ad Block Plus itself.

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Ditch MS Windows and set up an IP filter list (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27475551)

There. That wasn't so overboard now, was it?

Re:Ditch MS Windows and set up an IP filter list (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27475705)

That's nice until it blocks something you don't want it to.

Re:Ditch MS Windows and set up an IP filter list (4, Insightful)

Shads (4567) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475915)

I've been using adblock plus for years now, and I can count the times I needed to disable it or allow something through it because a item or site I wanted to use wasn't working.

Re:Ditch MS Windows and set up an IP filter list (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27476017)

Hulu, enough said.

first post! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27475555)

Check out Discount Caskets for all your funeral needs!

Re:first post! (4, Funny)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475735)

Naw, ya gotta go classy. Discount caskets aren't classy. Now a Folger's coffee can and scattering the ashes when the wind is in your face.... that's classy ;)

Re:first post! (2, Funny)

sandmaninator (884661) | more than 5 years ago | (#27476025)

...and getting the ashes caught in your beard, no less.

erm? (4, Informative)

jaggeh (1485669) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475563)

does this mean no new updates?

Re:erm? (2, Insightful)

twotailakitsune (1229480) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475597)

how is this a troll?

Re:erm? (5, Insightful)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 5 years ago | (#27476073)

how is this a troll?

Because there is no "-1 Classless" mod?

Re:erm? (5, Informative)

Z00L00K (682162) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475699)

As it turns out - he was a filter maintainer, one of the first, but AdBlock Plus is likely to remain.

AdBlock Plus is one of the best add-ons that has been created for web browsers ever.

Re:erm? (0)

InsertWittyNameHere (1438813) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475757)

Not to worry, Adblock is FOSS, someone will step up and take reigns.

Re:erm? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27475907)

Hah, yeah, like every other zombie FOSS project out there.

Re:erm? (1)

NetRAVEN5000 (905777) | more than 5 years ago | (#27476213)

I'd doubt it. AdBlock Plus is well-known and used enough that it'll get picked up.

Re:erm? (5, Informative)

mzs (595629) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475903)

From http://adblockplus.org/blog/sad-news [adblockplus.org]

"With his work, Rick helped improve the browsing experience for millions of people. And while he will be deeply missed, he built up a strong community that will be able to continue what he started. There are several strong candidates and I expect to announce Rick's successor as EasyList maintainer in the next few days."

So essentially not too much to worry about, but yes that was indeed trollish to care more about yourself rather that the family and friends and publicly ask that question.

Re:erm? (5, Insightful)

0racle (667029) | more than 5 years ago | (#27476021)

No it's not trollish. Most people have never met the guy. When a loss occurs you react in a way in line with how they impacted you. For the majority of people here, that was by creating and maintaining Ad Block Plus. Yes it's sad for his family and friends, but the primary concern for the users is what happens to the project.

On top of that he asked on a tech site where someone might know, he didn't go up to the guys widow (or mother or whatever) and ask what's going to happen with the project.

Re:erm? (4, Insightful)

Sir_Dill (218371) | more than 5 years ago | (#27476045)

Insensitive, Yes.

Trollish, No.

The poster brings up a very poignant and VERY on-topic question even if it was tactless. Not all of us have social skills.

If the poster had posted anon THEN I would consider it a troll.

Re:erm? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27476075)

yes that was indeed trollish to care more about yourself rather that the family and friends and publicly ask that question.

It seems pretty logical to me to care more about myself then the family of some guy who made a tool I happen to use.

And the question was perfectly valid. Tools can be maintained by single persons or entire communities, how are we expected to know which it is?

Re:erm? (1)

brian0918 (638904) | more than 5 years ago | (#27476157)

It seems pretty logical to me to care more about myself then the family of some guy who made a tool I happen to use.

That is correct. It is called rational self-interest or egoism, and is opposed to the more common morality of altruism, which is irrational.

Re:erm? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27476211)

That's not trollish. This is.

This funeral brought to you by febreze. Kills odors quick.

This means DONATE. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27475979)

If you liked the software, donate money to his family to help cover funeral costs, or donate money to the charity listed in his obituary, Community Hospice of Albany, as a last tribute to someone whose work you've enjoyed over the years.
 
Someone else will maintain adblock plus. It could even be you!
 
...Though it'd be deliciously ironic as a Googler's 20% project.

Re:This means DONATE. (1)

Kell Bengal (711123) | more than 5 years ago | (#27476139)

If I had mod points, I'd mod you +1 good idea. Remember the guy who had his wife sent a ton of flowers simply because he testified in a trial?

Why not send this man's family some love too - he, and people like him, have diligently helped stem the tide of crap that floods the internet.

He's earned a wreath marked "Our brother departed, loved and dear, told the world 'The ad stop here'."

Re:erm? (1)

philpalm (952191) | more than 5 years ago | (#27476069)

How the h does slashdot maintain its servers. Are there ads here or does the FBI monitor this site and support slashdot? No wonder there are no ads here.

Re:erm? (1)

perryizgr8 (1370173) | more than 5 years ago | (#27476223)

i see a lot of ads on /.

Re:erm? (1, Funny)

DooDeeDooWaffles (851978) | more than 5 years ago | (#27476113)

I'm sorry, but this is one of the most disgusting comments I've ever read on Slashdot. It's not funny, it's not clever and it's not in good taste. Have a bit more respect for a bloke who did all us net users a service eh?

What can you say. (4, Insightful)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475587)

I feel for his family. I use and really like adblock plus but that is trivial compared to what his lose means to his family and friends.

Re:What can you say. (5, Insightful)

Norsefire (1494323) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475645)

Someone else can maintain AdBlock, no one else can be his daughter's father.

Re:What can you say. (3, Funny)

Smidge207 (1278042) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475703)

Someone else can maintain AdBlock

Agreed; I herby nominate Nosehair to handle all new Ad Block updates.

=Smidge=

Re:What can you say. (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27475741)

Someone else can maintain AdBlock, no one else can be his daughter's father.

Someone else already does maintain Adblock Plus: Wladimir Palant. The summary is incorrect. Rick Petnel maintained the most popular filter list for Adblock, not the addon itself.

That said, it still sucks for his family.

Re:What can you say. (-1, Troll)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475849)

Someone else can maintain AdBlock, no one else can be his daughter's father.

At least not until the mourning period is over.

Re:What can you say. (-1, Troll)

Zerth (26112) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475959)

Someone else can maintain AdBlock, no one else can be his daughter's father.

Well, except the mailman.

Re:What can you say. (-1, Troll)

scubamage (727538) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475967)

But that doesn't preclude her from calling me daddy, now does it? ;)

Re:What can you say. (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27476029)

But that doesn't preclude her from calling me daddy, now does it? ;)

No, but I'm sure there are plenty of other things that would preclude this from happening.

Re:What can you say. (-1, Offtopic)

Shadow-isoHunt (1014539) | more than 5 years ago | (#27476129)

"Who's yo daddy?" *smack smack*

Re:What can you say. (-1, Troll)

clickclickdrone (964164) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475739)

Nice of you to say etc. but...
>compared to what his lose means
ARGHH! It's loss.
You lose a game
You suffer a loss

Re:What can you say. (-1, Offtopic)

Feanturi (99866) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475847)

Hey, thanks for adding pointless noise to the conversation. I have a question for you: Do you honestly believe that you have made a difference today? Do you honestly believe that the poster is now going to shape up and fly right thanks to your efforts? Really?

Re:What can you say. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27476043)

Yeah, go on, stick up for mediocrity. Twat. I'm sure everyone's impressed.

Rest in peace, Mr. Petnel. (5, Insightful)

Lilith's Heart-shape (1224784) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475599)

You might have annoyed advertisers, but that's fine with me, because advertisers used to annoy the shit out of me. Thanks to AdBlock Plus, I no longer have to be annoyed by adverts when I go online.

Frankly, I hope he parties like it's 1999 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27475713)

Who wants to rest in peace/ Party!!

Re:Rest in peace, Mr. Petnel. (5, Insightful)

pipboy9999 (1088005) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475781)

I some times forget that the internet has adds thanks to ABP. I am reminded how much I love ABP when I use some one else's computer.

Re:Rest in peace, Mr. Petnel. (1)

Lilith's Heart-shape (1224784) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475951)

I sometimes forget as well; one of the first things I do when setting up a new computer is to install Firefox with Adblock Plus and Petnel's EasyList. I did this with my wife's Macbook, and she loved it until she started watching Hulu and shows on CBS.com. So, I just disabled adblock for those sites, and she's happy again.

Re:Rest in peace, Mr. Petnel. (1)

Abreu (173023) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475919)

Indeed... Richard, may God reward you for helping people remove annoyments out of their lives.

Re:Rest in peace, Mr. Petnel. (1)

dave420 (699308) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475995)

He also annoyed websites by removing their ability to pay for their hosting. Yay.

Re:Rest in peace, Mr. Petnel. (3, Insightful)

Lilith's Heart-shape (1224784) | more than 5 years ago | (#27476023)

That wasn't his problem, and it isn't mine. If you can't support a website without annoying people (and, yes, ads are really fucking annoying) then your website might not be as valuable as you think it is.

Well spoken BITHC !! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27476201)

You go girl!

Re:Rest in peace, Mr. Petnel. (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27476271)

He also annoyed websites by removing their ability to pay for their hosting. Yay.

No loss. When websites and advertisers get it through their thick skulls that people won't block advertising that's useful to them then maybe good websites will prosper and everybody will benefit.

Most web publishers are so focused on maximizing their ad revenue they lose sight of the fact that obtrusive advertising clutters and reduces the net value of their website. To below zero for many viewers.

Re:Rest in peace, Mr. Petnel. (4, Interesting)

hairyfeet (841228) | more than 5 years ago | (#27476227)

Not to mention as a PC repairman it has really helped me move folks away from the ubercrap that is IE. I would get a call to go out and fix a home user/SOHO/small business and I always carry my flash with me loaded with computer repair utility toolkit [megaupload.com] and portable Firefox [portableapps.com] with Adblock Plus installed. It never seems to fail that I have this conversation:

"Hey, how come I don't see that stupid 'hit the clown and win an iPod ad'?" that is because with Firefox 3 and Adblock Plus I don't have to look at stupid ads anymore. Makes my day nicer and my browser load quicker to boot. "I bet that is expensive and really hard to set up,huh?" Nope, it is absolutely free, no adware or spyware either, and with Adblock Plus I answer a single question and I'm done. It even updates itself so as new ads or Internet bugs come along I don't have to worry. "Uuuhh, since you are here anyway, do you think you could install that to MY machine?"

I can't count how many times I have had that conversation. I even managed to get my Luddite 67 year old dad to get off IE. Trying to sell folks security is like trying to sell them air. They know they need it but actually getting them to grasp it is NOT easy. Thanks to Adblock Plus getting them switched to a more secure browser is simple as 1-2-3. 1-Let them see me using FF3 with Adblock Plus. 2-Tell them it is free and easy when asked 3-Install FF3 and Adblock Plus when requested by the user(which they always do). So my heart goes out to their family. Guys like Rick have done more to spread FOSS than any bullet pointed list about security ever could. Thanks to Adblock Plus the web is what I WANT it to be, not what some damned irritating advertiser makes it into. He really was one of the unsung heroes of FOSS because by maintaining the Adblock Plus list he made FF3 an easy sell to every IE user I've come in contact with.

And for those that suggested a HOSTS file, aka the Cheap Opera hack? That is NOT easy, in fact for the average home user maintaining a HOSTS file is strange and difficult. With FF3 and Adblock Plus they don't have to do ANYTHING, as the software does it all for them. Can't get much simpler than that.

RIP (2, Insightful)

saleenS281 (859657) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475603)

That's a bit young to go, but at least he lived a full life. I wonder what the heck he died from "after a brief illness". Given it's a hospice, I can only imagine an aggressive cancer.

Re:RIP (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27475633)

"After a brief illness" is usually a euphemism for shameful deaths like AIDS or suicide.

Re:RIP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27475801)

I hear you on the AIDS, but suicide? Nothing shameful about that. I am planning to go that way, and I am not the least bit ashamed of it.

Re:RIP (1)

Jalfro (1025153) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475969)

On the contrary, it's the (anonymous) coward's way out.

Re:RIP (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27476153)

suicide by AIDS.

Re:RIP (0, Offtopic)

Jalfro (1025153) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475933)

Except there's nothing shameful about AIDS of course.

Re:RIP (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27475957)

It is if you got it through your own personal negligence (like being a member of a promiscious gay sex round like Rick). This isn't some dude who got it through a blood transfusion.

Re:RIP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27475697)

Not sure, but sounds like a Hunter Thompson death to me. Piss enough people off and suddenly you have a "heart attack".

Re:RIP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27476051)

Hunter Thompson died at 67 from a self-inflicted gun shot wound. His suicide note was published in an issue of Rolling Stone.

Re:RIP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27475767)

Yeah this pretty much sums up what I hate about the rise of new style news media.

Just because something is news doesn't mean you are part of it in a way that means we can sidestep any kind of need for decorum and spend our time speculating on details that are slightly invasive and have no bearing on the fact that the guy died.

   

Love the product (5, Insightful)

klui (457783) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475613)

Didn't know the man, but I love the product. It's comforting to know he won't have to worry about ads any more.

Re:Love the product (5, Funny)

melikamp (631205) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475899)

How do you know there are no ads in Heaven?

Re:Love the product (1)

DamnStupidElf (649844) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475999)

Isn't it obvious that ads come from the Other Place?

Re:Love the product (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27476083)

.... uhm because you know the marketing types all go to hell.

Yes, but a constructive suggestion... (1)

Burz (138833) | more than 5 years ago | (#27476159)

I love it too, though sometimes I feel like the ads shouldn't be totally blocked (I won't say it's "conscience" because what many advertisers do is unconscionable).

I started deploying it because all the Flash ads were bringing older computers to their knees, making them unusable on otherwise manageable web pages.

If usability is the main concern for some users, maybe we should have the option of deciding how many ads are allowed per page... and let ABP randomly choose which ones to show.

The announcement on the EasyList forum (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27475627)

Some details... (4, Informative)

InvisiBill (706958) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475871)

From that post:
It's with great sadness that have to announce the passing of a good friend and our EasyList author, Rick752. Rick had suffered a stroke on St Patrick' Day, and I was just informed that Rick had passed away last evening. During this short period, while hospitalized, Rick had his family very close by his side. There was some able communication and awareness between Rick and his family before his passing and although given this short period to "prepare" for the inevitable, this news (as with any of this type) is still quite shocking and difficult to accept.

Donations (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27475643)

Donations made to:

Community Hospice of Albany
445 New Karner Rd.
Albany, NY 12205

Re:Donations (3, Informative)

awpoopy (1054584) | more than 5 years ago | (#27476019)

From the Obituary:
"In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to:
Community Hospice of Albany
445 New Karner Rd., Albany, NY 12205.
To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.NewcomerAlbany.com"

Re:Donations (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27476057)

I just received a much better offer from a prince in Nigeria.

So young... (2, Insightful)

Thanshin (1188877) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475653)

A close friend has recently died at a similar age and it's so strange to think of all the plans we make for after retirement, never contemplating we may never reach it...

Us Americans... (0, Troll)

gbutler69 (910166) | more than 5 years ago | (#27476099)

...need to completely FORGET ABOUT RETIREMENT! It isn't going to exist for anyone under 40. Plan on working until the day you die. As it should be.

The last 1/2 century or so in which us Americans have enjoyed so much and had the reasonable expectation of a retirement of relaxation is unprecedented in history. It is gone, gone, gone!

As energy becomes more and more scarce productivity WILL decline! Civilization is on the way out. We will be back to pre-industrial conditions within 100 years. Population will peak, and then decline. We will eventually become extinct.

Enjoy your retirement!

Condolences.. and kudos (4, Interesting)

lawaetf1 (613291) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475673)

First and foremost, condolences to the family.

Second, Rich, thanks for a powerful plugin that I'm sure has kept my blood pressure down a few notches. Whenever I use a browser that doesn't have adBlock installed I am aghast at the irritating clutter that is on most web pages.

Truly an American icon. (0)

qoncept (599709) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475695)

Truly an American icon.

AdBlock Plus still maintained by Wladimir Palant (5, Informative)

Briareos (21163) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475701)

Though it's sad that the maintainer of one of AdBlock Plus' block lists (the "EasyList") died he still wasn't the maintainer of AdBlock Plus itself.

That's still Wladimir Palant, as can be easily seen here [adblockplus.org] .

His legacy is that a lot of us enjoy surfing more (2, Insightful)

AnalPerfume (1356177) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475733)

The battles of advertising & greed / annoying customers was always gonna go like this. They need to keep hitting targets, which means more eyeballs. They know that only a small percentage of eyeballs who see the advert actually convert to cash, so they need more eyeballs to be a bigger pool.

That means they are more in-your-face, more determined to ignore your option not to see them. This in turn leads to people like Rick taking a stand which leads to all of us AdBlockPlus users having a better surfing experience.

Advertisers have brought it upon themselves by being aggressively greedy. It's a numbers game which is backfiring to some extent as more people decide that enough is enough and they block all adverts. Unfortunately this greed by the super-corps has hindered the little guys who rely on adverts and use them subtly and responsibly as they are blocked too by users. Then.....since when has any CEO been ousted for considering the little guy? It's all "ME! ME! ME!".

Re:His legacy is that a lot of us enjoy surfing mo (2, Interesting)

DigitalSorceress (156609) | more than 5 years ago | (#27476001)

Of course, it never quite occurrs to them that the more obnoxious they get with their ads, the more people who will resort to blocking technologies.

Back when ads were just simple banner images without all the annoying pop-up, pop-under, flashing, and annoying sounds, I didn't really mind them. As they started adding those annoying features, I went out of my way to actively block them.

From that point on, just about ANY ad on a web page (except for the non-annoying google text ones) pretty much turns me off from the advertiser... if I could see them which I pretty much don't due to the aforementioned blocking.

By definition, anyone who is willingly blocking advertisements is probably among the vast majority of people who are NOT likely to click through anyway. If I were an advertiser, I'd be glad they were out of the pool. Of course, I'm pretty sure most web advertising providers charge by impression (cuz they'd go broke if they charged for actual results.

The real money in Internet advertising isn't in having your ad be successful, it's in providing services to those who THINK they're going to make money advertising their wares.

i'm not usually the tin foil hat kind of person (1, Troll)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475747)

but how much money does this guy going away represent to the ad industry?

Re:i'm not usually the tin foil hat kind of person (2, Interesting)

Norsefire (1494323) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475787)

If Google were smart they would capitalise on this by having a memorial, say turning off ads in GMail for a day. Sure, they would lose profit but the amount of good-will they would make would be priceless.

Re:i'm not usually the tin foil hat kind of person (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27475953)

And if YOU were smart, you'd realize that your "idea" is asinine.

Do you honestly think that anyone other than geeks will care about this shit? Do you think that the amount of "good-will" (LOL) that your "idea" will generate will offset their lost profits?

Your shriveled PEANUT-BALLS are worth more than your stupid idea.

i notice you are attempting subliminal advertising (0)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 5 years ago | (#27476079)

by capitalizing YOU, LOL, PEANUT, and BALLS in an otherwise typical slashdot post of mediocre mindless negativity

attempting to link the delicious flavor of peanuts with sexual enjoyment, oh advertising shill?

your attempt to garner free advertising on slashdot has been noted. please do not mistake us for fools

Re:i'm not usually the tin foil hat kind of person (1)

bhagwad (1426855) | more than 5 years ago | (#27476097)

Google's ads can be completely subtle - even when the color schemes are off, they come nowhere close to the annoying ads that we see in some places.

I don't think we can blame Google for annoying us with their ads. They can be very spot on too.

Re:i'm not usually the tin foil hat kind of person (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27476207)

If Google were smart they would capitalise on this by having a memorial, say turning off ads in GMail for a day. Sure, they would lose profit but the amount of good-will they would make would be priceless.

Because Google has a serious PR problem. Wait, what?

Hum.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27475773)

Can't seem to open TFA... died of natural causes or "died of natural causes". Face it ...make the calculation on how much money this guy made the companies loose.

Nobel (1)

dln385 (1451209) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475779)

This guy deserved a Nobel Prize. He truly made the world a better place.

On a related note, I wonder if anyone has released a "First Post Block Plus"?

What should we do? (3, Interesting)

XB-70 (812342) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475809)

Given the importance of what he has accomplished in the world cluttered with unwanted marketing, his memory deserves something special.

I'm interested in your thoughts. What about a completely ad-free town? Is there a small town somewhere that is willing to go completely ad-free (maybe there already is one)?

Maybe ad-free stretched of road (with anonymous sponsors)!!

Perhaps a huge billboard that is perpetually kept empty (or has only news/info on it).

Let's do something really good to commemorate this guy's vision.

Greatest...extension....EVER (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27475825)

Adblock is the best thing about firefox. I'm so sick of having my browser rendered useless by slow loading java crap and malicious junk. Thanks for adblock, and condolences to the family.

Somehow I imagine... (3, Insightful)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475831)

...some kind of Internet-equivalent of a statue built for him, and the creator(s) of the original AdBlock (of whose I can't even find the names :/).
Without this little extension, the Internet would be unusable for me, and many, many other people.

Any suggestions besides making AdBlock Plus a community project and maybe even integrate it into Firefox itself? (After all, I don't know a more important extension. If I would have to choose between having tabs and having ads blocked, I'd always choose the ad blocker.)

AdBlock (5, Insightful)

bjorniac (836863) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475845)

He made the world a little bit better for a whole lot of people, quietly and effectively. There's almost no higher purpose in life.

RIP (1)

YeeHaW_Jelte (451855) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475885)

Rest in piece Richard, thanks for all the good work, strength to the family and relatives.

RIP my friend (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27475897)

I never knew you but as recently as Saturday I was bragging about your awesomeness.

misleading headline (1)

Nozsd (1080965) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475909)

Rick wasn't one of the maintainers of Adblock Plus. He was the maintainer of Easylist, a filter list that works with ABP, and quite possibly the best one I might add.

A sad farewell (1)

Shads (4567) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475931)

A very sad farewell to the man who made the internet usable again. RIP.

No tears shed for intrusive advertising (4, Insightful)

Scutter (18425) | more than 5 years ago | (#27475963)

I read the article associated and all I heard from the content owners' side was "If you block our ads, we lose revenue!" It seems to me that if websites stopped using more and more intrusive ad techniques that people would be less likely to want to use ad-blockers. You already know your customers hate pop-ups, so the ads get blocked. Your answer is to use pop-unders instead, trying to circumvent the wishes of your target customer. You know they block half the ads on your site, so you double the ads and spread the content out over twice as many pages. Again, your customer has already told you what they want, but you insist that you know better.

Seriously, I'm getting tired of website owners and advertisers continuing to whine about how we won't let them bug us. If you want me to look at your ads, stop making them annoy me so much! Stop using blinking, flashing banners (too bad the BLINK tag didn't take you with it when that died), stop using javascript banners that are as likely to infect my computer as not. Stop trying to "bundle" your adware with anything I want to install.

If you make your ads play nice with me, I'll stop using ad-blocker software. I'll look at your ads and I might even buy something from them.

Re:No tears shed for intrusive advertising (1)

goffster (1104287) | more than 5 years ago | (#27476205)

If not an April fool's joke, I read that IE8 will
accept firefox plugins. That will help put an end to "firefox blocking"

Ok, I have a really tasteless on: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27476049)

If future developers mess up AdBlock Plus, and he rolls in his grave because of it... would that be a Rick roll?

(Posting anonymous for obvious reasons.)

Good night sweet prince (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27476089)

Another nooby computer user gone.
Seriously, anyone stupid enough to get infected by malware / spyware deserves it.
Hell, he was AROUND when you'd expect a computer user to be smart!

This entire Adblock movement is by a bunch of whiny "kids", started by a computer noob. (He even admitted it!)
You want stuff for free, but you block the things that allow it to be free.

In before the inevitable Troll -1.
You're all a bunch of double standards lovers.
"LOL HE / SHE / ENTITY-OF-CHOICE GOT SPYWARES"
"oh no, adblock maintainer died, he just wanted to make it safer to browse the internets ;_;"

In the kindest way possible, get fucked.

Some things simply can not be blocked (1)

goffster (1104287) | more than 5 years ago | (#27476177)

RIP Richard

time to rest brother. youve earned it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27476249)

EOM

Here's to you, Mr. Ad-Block Filter Updater (1)

wren337 (182018) | more than 5 years ago | (#27476257)

Real men of genius indeed. You will be missed.

I'd like a few things cleared up (1)

Bromskloss (750445) | more than 5 years ago | (#27476259)

And I think Slashdotters are the right people to ask.

In short, if I want advertisement blocking, what should I install? More specific questions:

  • What is the difference between Ad Block and Ad Block Plus?
  • Do I need to get blacklists elsewhere or are they included in the above-mentioned extensions?

No 'Funny' posts? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27476269)

Comon this is slashdot! wheres the sarcasim?

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