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Too Many Ads, Michael, Don't Complain That Readers Are Blocking Them

Phoronix Microsoft content (latest story):

Phoronix Microsoft content

Phoronix content today (Microsoft GitHub):

Phoronix content

Summary: Michael Larabel of Phoronix habitually complains that readers of Phoronix block ads; but look what he has turned the site into. The actual content is about 25%* of the page!

______ * An associate of ours has another take on this. It might be useful to make a distinction between advertisements and JavaScript (in the above, there's clearly an overlap between the two things). Malvertising usually rides along in JavaScript, but JavaScript and advertisements are really, in principle, two separate things. It would be disingenuous of Mr. Larabel to try to conflate the two. Many people who are still visiting his site without JavaScript turned on (executed on their PCs) probably have no problem with actual advertisements (per se), but these advertisements get blocked along with the malicious JavaScript. The content of these pages might be substantially less than 25% if one counts the scripts (but not the graphics). His latest post, for example, is about 430kB minus the graphics and minus most scripts. Yet the text itself is about 2kB, which is 0.47%. Of course 0.47% is less than 25% by a lot.

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