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Not Enough Ads? Install Adbar.

michael posted about 10 years ago | from the !tangled-web dept.

Mozilla 451

An anonymous reader writes "Jesse Ruderman brings the worst feature of Opera, Advertisements, to Firefox with his extension Adbar. According to the page, 'adbar displays Google ads related to pages you view. Because the ads are relevant, they are occasionally useful. When adbar isn't displaying ads from Google, it displays Firefox-related things such as silly Firefox slogans, ads for other Mozilla software, and requests for donations to the Mozilla Foundation.'"

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All i can say is that (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9977213)

I'm speechless. This is a dumb idea and it made the front page. Not suprised that slashdot has gone down hill in recent years.

Have you ever made love to a dog? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9977214)

Have you ever sucked off a dog? Have you ever had a dog's dick in your mouth? Can you remember what it felt like to run your tongue over it? Do you remember him panting and turning his head to lick you all over? Does the memory of him remind you of the taste of his semen? Have you ever made love to a dog?

Re:Have you ever made love to a dog? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9977333)

Sadly enough, I do believe this is the most insightful comment I have seen in this story.

Yeah, ok. (5, Funny)

Valar (167606) | about 10 years ago | (#9977216)

And when I'm done, I need to start installing my virus collection.

Re:Yeah, ok. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9977229)

Don't copy that floppy!

Well (5, Interesting)

mfh (56) | about 10 years ago | (#9977279)

I'm going to take a funny stance on this subject. Normally I would be annoyed by this sort of thing, but something occured to me when I read this /. article. Because Adbar is *not* spyware, I'm going to install it. I think people should support advertizing projects that take the high moral road. I'm going to reward these guys for staying legit and we'll see how it turns out. I wouldn't mind Google ads on pages I'm surfing, because there might be cool products or services I can buy related to the stuff I'm looking at. And, no, I'm not affiliated with this project in any way, shape or form, so don't ask! :-)

Re:Well (5, Insightful)

parksie (540658) | about 10 years ago | (#9977295)

To me, it seems like the same thing as buying a trade magazine (say, Micro Mart in the UK). You are specifically *asking* for adverts on what you're looking at; in effect advertising yourself as a potential and interested buyer.

Re:Well (4, Informative)

GregChant (305127) | about 10 years ago | (#9977340)

I think people should support advertizing projects that take the high moral road. I'm going to reward these guys for staying legit and we'll see how it turns out.

But you're not helping anyone other than the advertisers. The adbar is run in test mode: the developer doesn't make a dime, and google doesn't make a dime.

So, unless you're referring to the moral high road of all advertisers who display web ad content, which I find hard to believe, you're just another schmuck who hasn't read the damn article

Re:Well (1)

HermanAB (661181) | about 10 years ago | (#9977371)

Just make the ads display on /dev/null...

Re:Yeah, ok. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9977294)

Direct internet connection, no firewall, Windows XP ( no SP, not hotfixes, no nada ) and 5 minutes of solitaire.

Guaranteed to give you a nice collection of viruses!

Re:Yeah, ok. (1)

synthparadox (770735) | about 10 years ago | (#9977306)

Oh god, so ironic.. Under the /. article is an ad for Google's adsense service... I'd take a screenshot but I'm afraid of getting /.ed. :P

Re:Yeah, ok. (1)

EvanED (569694) | about 10 years ago | (#9977335)

Probably everyone can see the ad for themselves, but here [psu.edu] you go.

And I have to nit-pick about the "ironic"... this is not ironic. It's just a coincidence. It would be somewhat ironic if ANOTHER ad service was advertised or something like that...

Re:Yeah, ok. (0, Offtopic)

KB1GHC (800065) | about 10 years ago | (#9977375)



wtf are you taling about?? i don't see any advertisments at all??

oh wait...

i use firefox

and oh yeah

i use an extention called ... ummm..

"adblock"

i think you guys all need it

Re:Yeah, ok. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9977342)

Of course, I'm sure the ad/affiliate setup goes through the author of the mozilla extension, right? Hah. What a great scam to make money.

Thanks! (-1, Redundant)

cshuttle (613776) | about 10 years ago | (#9977217)

Thanks! Just what I needed!

IT'S A TRAP! (5, Funny)

Rylfaeth (138910) | about 10 years ago | (#9977218)

or so shouts Admiral Adbar.
-Rylfaeth

Re:IT'S A TRAP! (-1, Offtopic)

nial-in-a-box (588883) | about 10 years ago | (#9977276)

Stay on target!
Almost there!
Stay on target!
Almost there!
Stay on target!
Almost there!
Stay on target!
Almost there!

And this has nothing to do with the post, however, where does the money go? Free revenue for Google? Time to RTFA I suppose...

Re:IT'S A TRAP! (4, Interesting)

adamjaskie (310474) | about 10 years ago | (#9977313)

Time to RTFA I suppose...

Maybe that would be a good idea. From the FAQ:

Who gets money?

adbar uses the "test" adsense mode, so advertisers don't pay Google and Google doesn't pay anyone.

It's obviously a joke. The guy says you can pay him $19 to register to get rid of the ads, followed by uninstalling the extension.

Re:IT'S A TRAP! (1)

jb_02_98 (636753) | about 10 years ago | (#9977319)

You forgot the AHHHHH! as his ship bursts into flames and disintegrates.

Good question. Maybe Google made the extension? I'll go read the article now.

Re:IT'S A TRAP! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9977307)

And /. just had its FARK moment... woohoo!

I hate to admit this... (5, Insightful)

Osrin (599427) | about 10 years ago | (#9977219)

but I've been using gmail for a number of months now, and I'm finding their targeted advertising more and more helpful.

I guess I've officially lost at the internet.

Re:I hate to admit this... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9977329)

I've been using gmail for a number of months now, and I'm finding their targeted advertising more and more helpful

Whats the going rate per astroturf post these days?

I mean, for posters, as well as for moderators?

Re:I hate to admit this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9977366)

Two pound ten a tit, and a fiver for his arse.

That's the thing about ads (4, Interesting)

FunWithHeadlines (644929) | about 10 years ago | (#9977332)

Ads are not inherently evil creations of hellish spawn (although it certainly seems that way at times). I can remember back when I was reading print mags for tech subjects, and being very interested in the ads. They were targeted at a subject I was interested in, and some of the products were products I was thinking of buying. Those ads helped me. I enjoyed seeing them.

Some TV ads are so funny, you look forward to watching them (until you get sick of them.....WISE.....ER......BUD).

I accept the usefulness and necessity of ads for providing "free" access to some information that would not otherwise be free of direct cost (or even possible) otherwise. This may sound surprising to anyone who has read the About page [funwithheadlines.net] on my web site, where I diss advertising executives. But that's different. I run a hobby site, just for fun, designed to make people laugh and then go about their lives. I pay for this myself and I don't believe advertising belongs on such Web sites, sites the Web was created for (person-to-person communication, not selling wares). But I don't hate advertising as a whole. I just want to see it kept in its proper place.

And if you can make the ads relevant, interesting, useful, and even fun, it helps a LOT.

Re:I hate to admit this... (2, Interesting)

zangdesign (462534) | about 10 years ago | (#9977343)

I'm just the opposite - I've learned to block the ads from my vision. Now, I know that they are there, but I read around them and barely notice them.

Re:I hate to admit this... (1)

boijames (641781) | about 10 years ago | (#9977361)

Ive actually forgotten they were there...

cashola! (0, Redundant)

spazoid12 (525450) | about 10 years ago | (#9977220)

Who gets the Google-bucks from the Google Ads?? Dang, now I wish I wrote that adbar thingy...

No one (1, Redundant)

friedegg (96310) | about 10 years ago | (#9977240)

The FAQ says it works in AdSense test mode, so Google doesn't pay anyone or charge anyone. It's probably possible to hack it and distribute it as a "customized" version for your users, though.

How can the first reply be redundant? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9977376)

It was first and says the same thing the other "Informative" ones do.

Re:How can the first reply be redundant? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9977394)

Yeah, and not just one redundant mod, but two so far. Perhaps because it was the most polite out of all the replies. :-P

Re:cashola! (1, Redundant)

NickV (30252) | about 10 years ago | (#9977241)

Took like 20 seconds to find the answer to that. From the adbar page:

"adbar uses the "test" adsense mode, so advertisers don't pay Google and Google doesn't pay anyone."

Re:cashola! (2, Informative)

GregChant (305127) | about 10 years ago | (#9977242)

Who gets the Google-bucks from the Google Ads?? Dang, now I wish I wrote that adbar thingy...

RTFA.

Who gets money?

adbar uses the "test" adsense mode, so advertisers don't pay Google and Google doesn't pay anyone.

Huh? (1)

LFS.Morpheus (596173) | about 10 years ago | (#9977302)

RTFA.
You must be new here.

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9977317)

In soviet russia, dead horse beats you.

Everytime you use a cliche, god kills a kitten*, please, think of the kittens.

* - Good thing I hate cats.

Re:cashola! (0, Redundant)

selsine (731825) | about 10 years ago | (#9977247)

From the Page:

Who gets money?

adbar uses the "test" adsense mode, so advertisers don't pay Google and Google doesn't pay anyone.

Re:cashola! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9977255)

RTFA.

Re:cashola! (-1, Troll)

spazoid12 (525450) | about 10 years ago | (#9977308)

oh geez! you clever people!

you all ever see that episode of Brady Bunch where Bobby takes everything so literally?? Wasn't that stinking annoying?

Exactly. Geeks who think they are so smart are stinking annoying.

Thank you, friedegg, for noticing the intent of my post... and not simply massaging your ego. :)

Re:cashola! (1)

LinuxInDallas (73952) | about 10 years ago | (#9977336)

Don't get your panties in a bunch. Go back and read your post and you'll realize that you were asking a perfectly valid question and guess what you got? A perfectly valid answer. Go figure.

If the Mozilla foundation (or EFF) got the money.. (1)

arduous (91558) | about 10 years ago | (#9977386)

If the Mozilla foundation (or EFF) got the money, I'd install it in a second.

The google ads while doing a google search are often very useful.

I normally avoid software/shareware with built in advertisements, and prefferabling useing open source software where possible (Mozilla, OpenOffice, FileZilla, VNC, Media Player Classic, etc).

However, being able to CHOOSE to see ads supporting one of my favourite foundations is a GOOD(TM) thing.

This story blurb is going to upset Opera users (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9977222)

All 7 of them. Some of them apparently liked ads. Me, I like blocking them [texturizer.net] .

Re:This story blurb is going to upset Opera users (1)

Vacant Mind (449927) | about 10 years ago | (#9977351)

uh you can block them with opera as well..

it even has a list that is frequently updated, check it out

http://www.monroeworld.com/operafilter/

opera even has an undo feature, if you close a window accidenlty just hit ctrl+z

Re:This story blurb is going to upset Opera users (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9977368)

Tab Browser Extension has an undo close tab feature, too. If Firefox doesn't have something you want, there is probably an optional extension.

THANK GOD! (3, Funny)

mcnut (712202) | about 10 years ago | (#9977223)

I was worried I wasn't getting enough google ads reading slashdot every 30 minutes. no, but really, thats how sad I am.. I'm on a 30 minute refresh cycle..

Re:THANK GOD! (1)

spazoid12 (525450) | about 10 years ago | (#9977325)

Take a job at Amazon.com... you'll soon be on a 5 minute refresh.

1) read seattle.craigslist.com/tec/
2) read slashdot.org
3) add features to your game server admin scripts, or something that doesn't depress you
4) repeat to 1)

Can't wait to download this! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9977225)

Gosh, I can't wait to download this!

Guyz my penis hurts (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9977227)

OMG guys. My dick is like really hurting. It is like on fire, I can't take it, I want to cut it off. What do you think?????

OMG WTF

Sometimes people actually want ads (5, Interesting)

MrRTFM (740877) | about 10 years ago | (#9977228)

When I'm buying a car or appliance, I like seeing ads - I go through all the catalogs and magazines looking for them.

Although, I wouldnt it it as a sidebar on all the time, and I cant imagine internet ads being usefully targetted.

Does Google know about this? (5, Informative)

LostCluster (625375) | about 10 years ago | (#9977230)

Google is very strict about where they allow their ads to be shown. For example, Google will not feed ads to sites that express extreme political views, or deal with taboo topics such as internet gambling.

So, I'm wondering if they approved this project. If they haven't, then Google will be pulling the plug very shortly...

Re:Does Google know about this? (2, Informative)

KrispyKringle (672903) | about 10 years ago | (#9977283)

``adbar uses the `test' adsense mode, so advertisers don't pay Google and Google doesn't pay anyone.'' Always good to click the links. That's what they're there for. ;)

Re:Does Google know about this? (1)

after (669640) | about 10 years ago | (#9977316)

How exactely would they "pull the plug" on this?

Yeah (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9977232)

Firefox just doesnt have all the neat toolbars that show you ads like other browsers such as IE.

is there a version for (5, Funny)

theguywhosaid (751709) | about 10 years ago | (#9977234)

Internet Explorer?

Re:is there a version for (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9977259)

yeah it's included by default :D

Re:is there a version for (5, Funny)

mabinogi (74033) | about 10 years ago | (#9977260)

hundreds of them, just use IE for a few hours and one is bound to install itself.

Re:is there a version for (4, Interesting)

LostCluster (625375) | about 10 years ago | (#9977287)

Actually, there is sorta...

If you're an AdSense publisher that is. All of us who run Google ads can install a tool that gives us access to a preview of what ads Google will run next to a page so that we can decide if we want to put the ad code on the page or not. The thing is, the tool isn't limited to our own sites, and apparently isn't very well secured in any way.

Re:is there a version for (1)

CharonIDRONES (656891) | about 10 years ago | (#9977334)

Yeh there is, don't worry you don't have to install it, its built in already for your convience :)

Google is a special case (3, Insightful)

tjlsmith (583149) | about 10 years ago | (#9977243)

It's ads are actually GOOD - I've learned to pay attention to them when on Google. I might get this adbar...

Re:Google is a special case (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9977274)

Sucker.

Resolution to burn (4, Insightful)

Bullseye_blam (589856) | about 10 years ago | (#9977250)

Sorry, I prefer to keep my [very limited] desktop space.

Thanks anyway!

-Bullseye

You just saved me from installing IE!!! (5, Funny)

cytoman (792326) | about 10 years ago | (#9977252)

Thanks, dude!!!! I was going Cold Turkey without the ads/popups after switching to Firefox... I needed to see those ads so bad that I was about to uninstall Firefox and switch to Windows so that I could use IE!!!!!!

Yay Ads! I was feeling guilty about reading pages without watching ads... I was feeling guilty because seeing content without Ads is like stealing from the content makers. You saved my soul.

Odd (3, Interesting)

niktesla (761443) | about 10 years ago | (#9977253)

Nothing for you to see here. Please move along

I find it funny that thats all I got when I first clicked on the article. Atleast this is an optional plugin, but it'd be funny if you ran it alongside Adblock.

Not quite real google ads... (3, Interesting)

LostCluster (625375) | about 10 years ago | (#9977254)

Out of the FAQ...

"Who gets money?
adbar uses the "test" adsense mode, so advertisers don't pay Google and Google doesn't pay anyone"


Somehow, I sense that Google's going to be pulling thier new test-viewer feature offline for more security to be added tomorrow.

hmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9977261)

I wonder what makes the author thinks people will actually use it....

Maybe they should start charging for it, too. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9977263)

Heck, getting people to install it themselves makes it seem more worthwhile - almost something you should be paying for. Like getting "The Shopping Channel" on your extended cable package.

Registering to get rid of ads? (-1)

a.koepke (688359) | about 10 years ago | (#9977265)

Can I register and get rid of the ads?

Of course! Paypal $19 (51% cheaper than Opera!) to me or the Mozilla Foundation, then use Firefox's Extension Manager to uninstall adbar.


Why pay to remove something you can simply choose to not install in the first place?

It's like paying for removing Gator from your machine :)

Re:Registering to get rid of ads? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9977312)

JAY
OH
KAY
EEE

Re:Registering to get rid of ads? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9977322)

Why pay to remove something you can simply choose to not install in the first place?

Here on Earth, we call this a "joke".

Yep it's a joke (5, Funny)

beakerMeep (716990) | about 10 years ago | (#9977266)

From the site: "Can I register and get rid of the ads? Of course! Paypal $19 (51% cheaper than Opera!) to me or the Mozilla Foundation, then use Firefox's Extension Manager to uninstall adbar." What a waste of a parannoid attack I had there. Thanks slashdot.

I will personally kill.... (0, Flamebait)

suyashs (645036) | about 10 years ago | (#9977271)

if this gets included and enabled as default with future versions of Firefox/Mozilla.

Re:I will personally kill.... (1)

KrispyKringle (672903) | about 10 years ago | (#9977301)

Um, it won't. Why would it?

Let's see...reasons it wont:

1) Not an official Mozilla Foundation project.

2) Not profitable (it earns no money for anybody).

3) Not at all in the spirit of an open source project like Mozilla.

Reasons it will:

1) Can't think of any. Want to help me out, here?

FP (1)

ircbuddy (732046) | about 10 years ago | (#9977272)

nt.

is this a joke? (0)

AssProphet (757870) | about 10 years ago | (#9977278)

With all the need out there for good open-source development, it's a shame to see someone wasting their time on shit like this.

Seriously, if someone is that bored, they should at least do something more useful.

What's wrong with you? (4, Interesting)

0x0d0a (568518) | about 10 years ago | (#9977300)

Some guy decided to write an extension. It's interesting research -- can ads be made useful enough that people will actively seek them out? It isn't included with Firefox, and it isn't taking up a single byte of your download space. I think that denigrating the guy is going a little bit over the top. He could just as easily say "I'd like to see AssProphet writing some useful open source instead of wasting his time insulting me."

Re:is this a joke? (1)

JasonStiletto (653819) | about 10 years ago | (#9977303)

You don't understand, if a programmer is bored, he almost has to do something completely useless.

Why post this is it some backhand insult to Opera? (3, Funny)

loggia (309962) | about 10 years ago | (#9977281)

What is the point of posting this story? Is it some kind of clever backhand insult to Opera?

I use Opera all the time: number of times I have even noticed the ads consciously... um, never. Or let's say, just about the same number of times I notice them on SlashDot!

Don't cross the streams! (5, Funny)

deep square leg (703399) | about 10 years ago | (#9977285)

Don't install it next to Adblock! The meeting of these two opposing super-extensions will create an implosion that shall engulf the entire universe.

For those of you annoyed by things like this... (1)

MisterLawyer (770687) | about 10 years ago | (#9977286)

Here are some tips on how to make Opera 'look like a browser again'. [brownpau.com] (btw, ironically, this page has google ads)

Re:For those of you annoyed by things like this... (1)

mobby_6kl (668092) | about 10 years ago | (#9977382)

Offtopic, I know, but I didn't start it!
A serious security flaw was discoverd in versions of Opera prior to 7.53, probably cross-platform. Allows read access to filesystem (including mail, cookies, etc) read more here [greymagic.com]

A use for those otherwise wasted cycles... (4, Funny)

Chris Brewer (66818) | about 10 years ago | (#9977288)

Install AdBar and Adblock and let 'em fight it out...

license (1)

Paralizer (792155) | about 10 years ago | (#9977290)

Is adbar open-source?

adbar is tri-licensed (MPL, GPL, LGPL).

Haha, I actually laughed when I saw this. This guy has way to much time on his hands.

woot spyware kit !! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9977293)


hey thanks for the spyware kit, i can now hack it about and re-release it for those suckers who have mozilla's activeX clone installXp feature enabled (by default)

spyware doesnt just have to be for win32 now, hooray !
good to see mozilla is emulating all the features from MSIE, we wouldnt want anyone to miss out

pathetic (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9977298)

Two weeks ago Blake Ross tried to get slashdot to put up info on Mozilla's week 4 marketing program. It's good to see something so stupid making the front page, but something important (requiring much community support) does not.

Here's a big FUCK YOU slashdot!

Re:pathetic (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9977347)

It's not us. It's the editors.

Adbar vs. Adblock? (0)

dreamt (14798) | about 10 years ago | (#9977310)

Who will win, in a fight to the death vs. Adblock [mozdev.org]

Re:Adbar vs. Adblock? (1)

Bug-Man (83169) | about 10 years ago | (#9977337)

http://www.googlefight.com/cgi-bin/compare.pl?q1=a dbar&q2=adblock&B1=Make+a+fight%21&compare=1&langu e=us

adbar ( 9 830 results) versus adblock ( 15 700 results)

Re:Adbar vs. Adblock? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9977363)

With Adbar at the top of the screen, and Adblock lurking at the bottom right, what's the poor web content area to do?

Nice screenshots (-1, Offtopic)

dourk (60585) | about 10 years ago | (#9977315)

georgewbush.com: George Bush's Time Is Up

not useful yet. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9977321)

It is missing critical features like popup windows that pop-up even though you have pop-up blocking turned on. and it needs to hijack ad's on websites.

Come on, how are we ever going to catch up to the wonderful bar set by gator and claria????

Google's "targeted" ads (3, Funny)

chunkwhite86 (593696) | about 10 years ago | (#9977326)

- These are not the ads you're looking for.
- You can go about your business.
- Move along.

why? (1)

watsondk (233901) | about 10 years ago | (#9977345)

Someone please tell me why I would ever even think about installing this thing

A far more useful extension is this one

http://adblock.mozdev.org/

Re:why? (2, Interesting)

xigxag (167441) | about 10 years ago | (#9977364)

It could be made useful if it could target the advertising revenue toward the charity of your choice.

Or alternatively, if looking at enough ads could give you a discount on your broadband bill.

Speaking of ads...how can I get more? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9977354)

Just kidding.

First, thanks Mike [everythingisnt.com] .

A little extreme on the politics, but the hosts file works fairly well. Should change the 127.0.0.1 to 0.0.0.0 instead, or so I've been told right here on /.

Also, Mike could use a little primer on copyright. Statement may be ok for commercial distribution, but doesn't work for private individuals.

Two problems not covered by the hosts file, at least on windows. The above file works great on Linux clients, but for Windows, using Mozilla, I still have to "block images from this server", even though the url is covered in the hosts file. Apparently, Mozilla keeps its own list. I've got quite a few urls blocked with Mozilla, but when other users are logged on and using Mozilla, they have to block the same urls I already blocked when I was logged on with my own user account.

Any way of sharing the url block list in Mozilla from one user so that all the other users benefit, instead of having to block the hundreds of urls I already did?

Also, I just ran into this problem yesterday: Some ad server urls are using ip addresses, instead of domain names. So the hosts file isn't checked, as their is no ip address translation going on. Any way of blocking ad servers by ip without resorting to using a firewall on individual clients? I can't block at the perimeter, as the perimeter is a nat device, not a computer.

Also, some sites use a redirect from their own site url for the images, or use a subdirectory within their own url for image serving. Any way of blocking, for example, a single subdirectory of images for a specific site (ie: http://nytimes.com/ads/intrusive.jpg, blocking http://nytimes.com/ads/ without blocking content from http://nytimes)?

And the redirects from above? Can't remember a specific example, but I'm sure some of you using an ad blocking hosts file have run into, and remember what I'm talking about. It's not a big deal since most sites work with the hosts file, and I don't burn too much bandwidth downloading the ads, but I ran into a few sites last week that were really unusable because of the ad layout and sheer size of the downloads required to view the ads, and this is a killer for speed, usability, and cost when using dial up (no free minutes beyond the first minute at one location, paying for every minute I'm online).

I, and my wallet, thank you in advance.

hahahahahahaha what the hell? (0, Flamebait)

KB1GHC (800065) | about 10 years ago | (#9977357)

hahahahhahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahaha
hahaha hahahahaha

now why the hell would i install that.

i guess it's true, if you make adware/spyware/malware, kids will download it, kids seem to be into that crap these days.

now what the hell?
i'm confused

why?

what?

SOMEONE IS NOW TRYING TO RUIN MOZILLA FIREFOX!

luckly it's just some nut making the software, and it's not on mozillas site or anything, but WTF?

hopefully it won't get bundled in with anything, and firefox continues to be the worlds best web browser.

i remember having to spend an hour every time i had to use a school computer, just trying to get rid of all the spyware/adware/malware on the computers.

but wtf???

hahahhahahahahahhaha
hahahhahahahahahhaha
haha hhahahahahahhaha

The only worrisome matter is.. (1)

spacemen3 (805069) | about 10 years ago | (#9977365)

.. whether or not Mozilla (most likely pressured by AOL) starts to bundle this extension with their browser distro. Of couse, the likelihood of this happening is so small, simply because it would most likely alienate about 98% of their current market. Aside from that, an extension that displays advertisements in a browser? Sounds like a horrible idea. Shame on the developer.

Targeted Ads, eh? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9977370)

So based on the assumptions about slashdot users, you will get even MORE ads about "enlarging your member" based on surfing habits.

Opera already does this. (0, Redundant)

centipetalforce (793178) | about 10 years ago | (#9977374)

Opera has been doing this for a while now. I have no idea why this article is about Mozilla. Adsense is built into the free version of Opera.

Re:Opera already does this. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9977389)

Good job... ...missing the point that is.

It's a Joke - but it could be a good idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9977377)

Everybody hates ads, but at the same time everybody loves Mozilla. Ads don't equate evil. Non-profit organizations need money to operate too. So how can you help support the foundation? Well of course, you could always donate, but honestly what percentage of users do you think have donated? Personally, I would install a text-style advertisement extension, if proceeds went to help support future development of great software by the Mozilla Foundation. As long as it remains optional (and not installed by default, aka Opt-In), what's the harm in something like this? How many Slashdot readers would install this adbar if it meant hiring more full time developers?

How advertising will survive (4, Interesting)

Douglas Simmons (628988) | about 10 years ago | (#9977388)

As technology improves, along will consumers' ability to "block" ads, whether on the computer or on television with a tivo-like hack. This is an example of the marketing industry returning fire by making forms of advertisements as appealing as possible to consumers (in this case, by letting them opt-in to receive ads of relevance).

Take the Superbowl, to use television as an example. People tune in to that event even if they're not football fans just to see the ads. Millions were spent on those thirty second spots, and in a situation like that, millions more get spent on ad agencies to come up with entertaining ads.

As more people learn how to "block" ads on different mediums one way or another, the greater the demand will become to write and produce advertisements entertaining enough that people will want to see them in addition to companies creating several different ads at a time so viewers do not get hit with so much repitition. This Firefox plugin illustrates my points by allowing proud consumers to be informed about what they could spend their money on by filtering out ads that will most likely be of no interest to that Firefox user. This way, if Firefox somehow figures out that you already have a big penis by analyzing your slashdot posts, then you won't be seeing that type of spam. Instead you'll be advised of products that your computer deems worthy for that purpose by judging its relevance to your MO (deduced by Firefox from your web behavior).

If ads could be both very entertaining and minimally invasive, in addition to pushing products/services you'd most likely want to buy in a spontaneous situation, why wouldn't you install this? Not all of us are broke, and most of us want more stuff.

I just invented something too (5, Funny)

oasis3582 (698323) | about 10 years ago | (#9977391)

I just invented a reverse TiVo. It extracts all the commercials from a given time slot for viewing at a later date! One at a time folks!
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