♲ @alexander@deko.cloud:

"We have noticed that you are using adblocker"


This is what another website said to me a minute ago. Then it asked to whitelist them.

Dear website, you are wrong. I am not using ad blocker. I use some anti-tracking functionality in my browser. I don't even have control on most part of it unless I want to pop up the hood and go really deep in there. Also I use some blacklisting of especially abusive ads and trackers on my router. Sorry, I can't whitelist you, there is simply no easy click of a button to do so.

And you know, website, it took years and years, decades even to develop this sort of environment you find yourself running in. At first I was even glad to see banners. They were fun to see. Then as years went by I installed ad blocker. It was really simple back then. Then it just went on and on - and here we are. You are not whitelistable. Most likely your ads won't display even on unfiltered direct connection and clean Firefox install with default settings.

So what can I do? Ask yourself, dear website, how have you driven all of us to this. Sure as hell it wasn't me.

Now when we have this cleared I am going to look for an easy way to bypass your "anti-adblock" shield. I won't even bother using any dedicated tools for that. If in about 30 seconds I won't see the content I want I will close the page and move on. Also I'll make a mental note not to click on your links again because of this.

How to fix this, you ask me? I don't know. Maybe accept the fact that ads are so last century? How about dropping these user tracking annoyingly contextual ads altogether and try something else? Like, you know, conscious advertising? Like old school magazines (the ones on paper) did?

And DoubleClick and friends can go fuck themselves. Ad banners are dinosaurs and the business feels chilly because the asteroid already hit.

#ads #adblock #internet #rant

Etiquette PSA 

The bulk of the novel Frankenstein is told in flashback, narrated by Dr. Frankenstein to the members of a polar expedition who unexpectedly found him out in the frozen wastes, hundreds of miles from civilization.

Thus, Mary Shelley didn't just invent science fiction. She also invented the "So, I bet you're wondering how I got into this situation..." opening, albeit without the customary record scratch and freeze frame, which were beyond the technology available to her.

If you don't know what The Who used to do to their hotel rooms, you can't call yourself a rockstar developer.

Heard “Fight For Your Right To Party” on a “classic rock” station. Guessing they won’t play Run-DMC.

"People think trains are old-fashioned. So, they go to great lengths to figure out systems that do everything that trains do, but they're not trains."
-- donoteat1

El Paso turns up for its own. Blood banks and the reunification centers are at max capacity for donors and donations. Local PD and FD are willfully obstructing ICE as much as possible. Local politicians are loudly platforming for gun control and denouncing our gutless ass mayor and governor. Yes, good.

Meta, CW ask, climate, neg 

US residents:

Jump on the Equifax leak claim wagon. You get $125 in the settlement, automatically. ALSO, you can be compensated at the rate of $25 per hour for time spend remediating their fuckup, and only have to provide documentation if you spent more than 10 hours unfucking them. The official claim site is equifaxbreachsettlement.com/

Productivity hack that may only apply to me: at the end of the build/test script on your ubuntu box, have it shell into your mac and run osascript -e ‘tell application “iTunes” to pause’

uspol, action against ice (+) 

HALT! THE FERRET GUARDIAN WON’T LET YOU GET PAST THIS POST WITHOUT BOOSTING!!

Your beauty is beyond compare
I look upon it and despair
With marble legs and eyes of emerald green

Your sneer is like a cold command
Your voice is soft like desert sand
And I cannot compete with you, Jolene

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