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Comment Re:queue the next level of ad blocking (Score 1) 287

One of them used to; I can't remember if it was AdBlock or NoScript, but one of them had a "load ads but don't display" mode instead of the usual "deny ads completely" mode.

It was for sites that could detect whether or not the ad components were accepted for download by your machine - which I remember a few sites did early on, even before this whole war got rolling. Not many but enough did, they felt that option was necessary, and I remember having to turn it on (off?) because at least one of the sites I visited regularly required it.

I just went and looked at the ABP and NoScript options and I don't seem to be able to find that feature any more, so either they removed it or turned it on full-time. I'm guessing it was the latter, but somehow the sites can still detect whether or not you are using some kind of ad-blocking technology.

Comment Re:O Rly? (Score -1, Flamebait) 109

They (the "supporting" communist countries) abandoned that shithole and let it rot for many years. They ignored it pretty much completely after the Cuban Missile Crisis. Now all of a sudden when we announce we're going to start tourism and relations with them, they are worthy of support from their erstwhile buddies. Hmm...

Comment Re:Never install updates without reading the KB (Score 1) 240

That's great until you run into an non-uninstallable update. They exist. Check out the "anti-piracy" updates they foisted on us the same way, just TRY to uninstall one of them!

Better to find out what the damn updates do first, and NEVER allow them to install in the first place if possible.

Comment Re:The Dark Age returns (Score 1) 479

You've discovered the secret agenda!

Science would get no where if the process were to disprove all the arguments against a hypothesis.

The idea is to mire the progress of science by keeping the scientists busy disproving all the whackjob nutter "theories" that eventually go nowhere until the rapture occurs.

You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements. -- Norman Douglas