This has not been going on in hollywood for a long time. This is the same as your tv (or dvd/blu-ray movies on your internet connected player) showing characters drinking pepsi and your neighbors tv showing characters drinking coke because of your programming preferences
Why does somebody not make server side ads? Putting ads on the clientside with JS makes them easy to block and the webmaster has no control.
On the server side I can request an ad, if ad takes more than 0.25 seconds, just display the damn page without ads for now.
Then this is a problem with Firefox, not IE, that it let's plugins be installed without user intervention. At the least it should warn upon next start that
"Blah has been installed, do you want to enable it?"
Another option for a techie user
I always have sqlyog running connected to a bunch of database servers and I can always do that.
Only problem is when I'm not at a computer:) I guess I can do that on my phone but haven't tried.