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>I also don't understand why people complain about TMF and internet advertising in general (you know,
>banner ads and such).

I personally have nothing against banner ads per se; what I object to is the use of banner ads to

1) launch other windows (yes, sometimes those pop-up windows come from the banner site); this has prompted me to list every such advertiser as "untrusted" in Internet Explorer, and simply to disable javascript access for them in iCab;

2) detract from the content of the page. In TV and radio, ads cannot coexist (other than in branding, which can also cause me to stop watching/listening if done in a way that detracts from the show) literally at the same time. In print, they can't dance around. Ads that do this either cause me to stop coming to the site, or to disable all access to that advertiser.

Sometimes I swear banner ads seem deliberately made to load slowly in a manner that delays the loading of the page, so that the banner ad is the only thing on the page for a short time.

3) track my movements around the web. Many banner ads come from a central source. They thus can use either cookies (which I almost always disable from central ad sites) or IP addresses to create profiles of visitors' web visits to any site which holds the banner ads (and possibly the single previous site). That's personal data. I'd be against them tracking me from building to building in the city, and I'm against them tracking me from web site to web site.

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