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1 Looks like some garbage crept into your ZDnet URL.

-j

Posted by: J Greely at Sunday, February 17 2019 02:59 PM (tgyIO)

2 Thanks, fixed!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, February 17 2019 04:19 PM (PiXy!)

3 "Google then "clarified" its plans."

What a shock, right?

What's going to happen, probably, is that people who are knowledgeable will go back to a model of using external proxies like Proxomitron, which is actually probably better, as doing it that way you can block a lot of requests from even making it to the browser.

Posted by: Rick C at Monday, February 18 2019 03:20 AM (Iwkd4)

4 "A May 2018 study from the same Ghostery team found that pages tend to load up to twice as fast when using an ad blocker."

Yeah.  When a page loads in 3 seconds with an ad blocker enabled, vs 20+ seconds without the ad blocker, because there's so many trackers and ads and autoplay videos and so on, people will not care in the slightest about a little performance hit to the adblocker, because it's vastly overwhelmed by the perf gain from not running all that crap.

Posted by: Rick C at Monday, February 18 2019 03:25 AM (Iwkd4)

5 I just switched my router to hand out a Pihole server for DNS (which, being an actual Raspberry Pi, will soon also be a stratum 1 NTP server). I still need an on-device ad blocker for when I'm not home, but blocking crap before it reaches the browser speeds everything up.

I do kind of miss some of the old Privoxy features like de-animating GIFs, but maybe someday the browser makers will treat them the same way they're starting to prevent video autoplay.

-j

Posted by: J Greely at Monday, February 18 2019 06:55 AM (tgyIO)

6 All that's happened with autoplay is all the sites switched to starting their videos muted. I've seen it happen on a bunch of sites recently, including (most annoyingly) Anandtech, who got bought out a while back (IIRC) by the people who own Tom's Hardware and added the same "insert a video into the middle of each page of a story" thing that made me adblock TH in the first place.  (I was letting TH play ads until they added that video.)

Posted by: Rick C at Monday, February 18 2019 09:02 AM (Iwkd4)

7 I adblock by default these days.  Many sites are unusable otherwise.

I was giving a couple of bucks a month to a bunch of sites I value, but then Patreon screwed that up, so right now they get nothing.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, February 18 2019 09:45 AM (PiXy!)

8 Every once in a while I see the browser of someone who's not using a blocker. Holy crap, what a nightmare! Once I get my ntp/pihole combo working, I'm thinking of buying a few for the office and making them the name servers for our desktop/wireless vlans.

-j

Posted by: J Greely at Monday, February 18 2019 10:32 AM (tgyIO)

9 I adblock by default, too.  I whitelist a (very) few sites, like HardOCP, and I run one browser without any adblockers, for compatibility issues.  A few sites, like Anandtech, I used to read in the nonblocking browser...until they put that video in.
I'm thinking Google won't change their video-block policy to block all autoplay videos, so in the end it will be effectively useless.

Posted by: Rick C at Monday, February 18 2019 02:54 PM (Iwkd4)

10 I should try out Firefox again, they've got a new autoplay blocking feature.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, February 18 2019 09:06 PM (PiXy!)

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