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by Revcb 07:31AM Tuesday Sep 03 2013

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iansltx

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Buyouts & 900MHz

I'm okay with both buyouts...VZW's yesterday and Nokia's today.

My guess is that VZ will put even less investment in FiOS now that they can reap 100% of the profits from VZW. But they'll put more money into the VZW network, increasing site density where it's sorely needed (putting 700MHz on most CDMA sites rather than just some of them, and adding AWS on most CDMA sites rather than just a few of them). I think that we're in a competitive enough market at this point that VZW can't raise rates post-buyout though...but only just competitive enough.

The Nokia buy is more of a definite win. My guess is that the Lumia 520/521 is responsible for the lion's share of WinPhone sales worldwide (less so in the US). It's a solid phone at a very good price, and MS buying the part of the company that makes it will keep the unit out of Huawei's hands. Buying the Location Services division would've been okay as well (HERE is a good product) but I'm glad NSN is staying on its own; T-Mobile uses them for their LTE network here in Austin and performance is comparable to what I get on my cable connection (albeit with slower download speeds)...and I have the fastest connection TWC will sell me.

As far as 802.11ah goes, I can see WISPs taking issue with making 900MHz a "WiFi band". Because then we might see WiFI routers polluting that already-crowded swath of spectrum, reducing its usefulness for providers who use it to bridge the last mile.

Then again, it's not as if the 802.11 MAC hasn't been used on 900MHz before (Ubiquiti, Mikrotik), so maybe it will actually improve matters.

Sarick
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Adblock Plus = The Internets next victim: Advertising

The person who created it is going to make advertisers pay to turn off their filters. Wow. Talk about underhanded. People installed Adblock Plus to stop adds. Here we find out the developer plans on leveraging its blocking ability so that a select few can get past their filters for money.

Sounds like the mob/mafia and it's protection money pyramid. Pay us and we'll protect you from the software we provide that blocks your advertisements.

Mark my words if Adblock Plus starts doing this someone else will launch another adblock program that countermands the system Adblock Plus developers plan on using. It just sounds like the Adblock developer wants to cash in on internet exploiting it's install base.

Just think if a cable/sat provider that sells DVR services decided to make deals with some companies so that when their select commercials aired on the DVR. It would disable the skip for the commercial if the company paid to unblock their commercials.

Here's the Tuesday Morning Link on BBR.
»www.salon.com/2013/09/02/the_int···rtising/
klineba

join:2010-08-30
Perrysville, OH

Re: Adblock Plus = The Internets next victim: Advertising

I think Bill sums it up best

»youtu.be/gDW_Hj2K0wo
Rekrul

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said by Sarick:

Mark my words if Adblock Plus starts doing this someone else will launch another adblock program that countermands the system Adblock Plus developers plan on using.

I already have something better, for me anyway; The MVP Hosts file;

»winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm

It redirects 99% of advertising sites to Localhost so that a connection can't be made. I'm told it's not as effective for people outside of America, but for me, it blocks most ads. I don't even see ads at the start of YouTube videos anymore.

On the downside, Hulu won't work if it can't load the ads, so you have to temporarily rename or delet it if you want to watch any videos there.

Sarick
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Re: Adblock Plus = The Internets next victim: Advertising

Host file redirects break pages and sometimes cause the sites to lock up. If anything I think one of the better alternatives is a router host filters.

The whole point of Adblock Plus is to stop advertisements by filtering them like they don't exist. This makes the scripts blanked out and ignored completely. Hosts files don't filter content they make them unreachable. This causes the page to have errors as the advertisement code still tries to load data it can't reach.
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Rekrul

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Re: Adblock Plus = The Internets next victim: Advertising

said by Sarick:

Host file redirects break pages and sometimes cause the sites to lock up. If anything I think one of the better alternatives is a router host filters.

The whole point of Adblock Plus is to stop advertisements by filtering them like they don't exist. This makes the scripts blanked out and ignored completely. Hosts files don't filter content they make them unreachable. This causes the page to have errors as the advertisement code still tries to load data it can't reach.

Maybe so, but I kind of like knowing that as long as the site is in the hosts file, there's no way any page can trick my system into connecting to it.

To be honest, I don't know how the various AdBlock extensions work, but I've been fairly happy with using the hosts file. I had to remove one or sites that were blocked and I added a bunch of my own that were causing popup ads to update Flash. Of course as fast as I add them, they add more domains...

Sarick
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Re: Adblock Plus = The Internets next victim: Advertising

Noscript helps with some of these sites. Hey if a site won't load at all because I have NoScript running then it's probably not worth going to in the first place.

Noscript automatically blocks 3rd party crss links. IT can be problematic but if I need to access the site bad enough and I trust it I can disable it completely for a short time until I find what cross site script is causing the problems.
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Rekrul

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Re: Adblock Plus = The Internets next victim: Advertising

said by Sarick:

Noscript helps with some of these sites. Hey if a site won't load at all because I have NoScript running then it's probably not worth going to in the first place.

I tried NoScript once. With it running, I could not get any videos to play on YouTube. Supposedly you can just whitelist the site that it needs to work, but I went through every site listed as using scripts on the YT page and enabled them all one by one. It still didn't work. So I temporarily disabled NoScript and "OMG!!! YOUR COMPUTER IS AT RISK!!! YOU'RE GOING TO GET VIRUSES!!! YOU SHOULD TURN NOSCRIPT BACK ON!!! YOU'RE NOT SAFE!!! WOULD YOU LIKE TO TURN NOSCRIPT BACK ON???"

Sarick
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Re: Adblock Plus = The Internets next victim: Advertising

That software has changed a lot over time. It does take some tweaking. You should try its recent version. I remember when youtube changed it's setup noscipt stopped working. Youtube works fine with my setup I use the flash based instead of HDML5.

In my case I'd rather work to get a site to function if trust it then work to clear out my system from a security issue from a cross site contamination. I rarely have sites not function at all. It's the sites that use cross site that I want blocked. No flash or 3rd party utilities outside youtube should load without me clicking to load them up.
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