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#16 Vice

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 08:40

I'm not sure why so many people think IE doesn't have adblock... especially when it's a feature built-in to the browser... puzzling...

It's probably because the name Tracking Protection Lists doesn't sound like it would block ads.


How does that block ads? Does it download lists from Microsoft of adservers and stop those from appearing? Does it block 99% of ads?

but my original point stands, it lacks proper extensions. I mean how many extensions are there for IE? 100? How many are there for Chrome or Firefox? Probably 200,000 combined if not more.

Right now I use the imgur plugin for taking screenshots of webpages. I use a youtube plugin which automatically sets all videos I view to HD and allows me to fullscreen any youtube video even if its embedded in another webpage. And I use adblock and also a uTorrent plugin which allows me to just click on a .torrent and have it sent to my remote server. These are all plugins I really use every day and I'd be less productive without some of these.


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Posted 09 July 2012 - 08:50

I'm not surprised. My first instinct was to search for it on Zune.

The song is "Too Close" by Alex Clare, if anyone is interested:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYXjLbMZFmo


Apparently the artisit didn't have too much to release since they were fighting in protective gear. Ok song, dumbass video. Why IE9 ads this late in the game? Honestly, I'd be ashamed if I were them. No spell check in a supposed modern browser?

Side note: WTF is up with Neowin and Firefox's spellcheck? It's a crapshoot whether or not it works.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 09:13

Side note: WTF is up with Neowin and Firefox's spellcheck? It's a crapshoot whether or not it works.


Learn to spell then! :p

The ad's OK... Though I doubt they'd be allowed to show it in the UK as the law here requires you to give a true representation of your product, and you cannot do with IE9 what that ad shows you doing. No browser in existence shows the internet like that...

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 09:42

Eh, so this is the "new web", zero text and all graphics&sound&explosion'n stuff? To me it seems more like a Michael Bay film than the web I usually frequent (and I want to frequent in the future). And no, Microsoft, I won't go back to IE after the switch to Firefox I made many years ago.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 09:58

Thanks, I added it on main http://www.neowin.ne...d-ie9-tv-advert

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 13:00

what a pointless troll, and completely off topic. but then again, judging from your other recent posts not entirely surprising. Also, other browsers like FF and chrome have fallen faster recently so...

As for ad blocking, on one hand, if you pay for subscriptions on some sites, then you won't have ads there, the sites you don't pay for. well they need to make money as well, if you don't want to support them, then don't use them. Ad blocks have a tendency to break web sites or parts of web sites anyway.


I prefer a broken website than one with ads.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 15:37

And lastly we have all seen what happens when Microsoft gets a monopoly over something and to be more specific what happens when they have a monopoly over web browsing. Nothing. Nothing happens they don't do any innovating at all they let it stagnate and they **** off consumers who want a better experience and they **** off web developers by holding back on newer technologies. For this reason I'm not willing to switch to this browser or tell anyone else to because no mater how good it is today if it ever becomes the undeniable market leader again we will get stuck where we were 6 years ago.

So for those reasons. No thanks Microsoft. I'd rather use Firefox, Chrome or Safari.


Right... And with that argument you're using Chrome now why ? since it's now working hard to get the position of IE6. So instead of going with someone who's actually changed and showed that they are changing, you're instead option for either, a browser that's generally ok, but very techy, and is working the same way as IE6 was with it's own little functions, a browser that pretends to be open source while at the same time having the most locked in browser specific functions of all, and working very heard to become the new IE6, or another platform specific lock in monopoly browser.

Seems your argument would be better if you used a third party sync tool that works on all browsers.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 15:41

How does that block ads? Does it download lists from Microsoft of adservers and stop those from appearing? Does it block 99% of ads?


Firefox does not download a list from FF's servers
Chrome does not download from Google's servers
Safari does not download a list from Apple's servers.

All the ad blocks are third party, and as has been said before, the bets ad block is outside the browser anyway. And if you don't want to support a site with it's ads, then don't use the site, and don't be a leech. So the only browsers who seem to have an actual official built in way to block ads is IE and Opera...

And if you must block ads, why would you want to download pre made lists, they are horrible. you don't know what they block so they may block to much, and they break a lot of stuff on websites, heck just on neowin they break the commenting system, and on pretty much every site that uses Disqus the pre made lists break the comment system.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 15:43

I prefer a broken website than one with ads.


so pay for a sub or don't visit the website. hosting, traffic and journalists aren't free resources.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 15:59

Idk why Microsoft is advertising IE. Those who are techie and use other browsers aren't dumb enough to be swayed by a commercial. Those who don't care about technology or browsers will simply use whatever is there (IE). Who are they trying to sell it to??

IMO techies are the dumbest of the lot when it comes to give another chance to old-broken things that may have improved. Case in point? IE and Hotmail. I am always amused by people who say if you are "techie" (whatever that means), you shouldn't be using IE for browsing or Hotmail for email. IE9 actually ranks above Chrome in terms of perf. on all my systems. Although I have stopped using Chrome altogether on all my computers since past few months. I prefer Aurora+IE9/IE10 combo. :)

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 16:05

They need to quit making Internet Explorer 9 something it's not. These ads are so misleading to people who haven't really used the web browser. It makes you think "Wow, look at how immersive that is!" then you actually use the web browser and you actually find out it's just another web browser with less extension support when compared to Firefox and Chrome, and that it's actually slower.

Just show raw footage and leave it at that. Show people what they are actually going to be experiencing. Not some fabricated experience.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 16:09

Firefox does not download a list from FF's servers
Chrome does not download from Google's servers
Safari does not download a list from Apple's servers.

All the ad blocks are third party, and as has been said before, the bets ad block is outside the browser anyway. And if you don't want to support a site with it's ads, then don't use the site, and don't be a leech.


He said that Internet Explorer has a built in way to block ads. I am questioning how it works. I never said anything about 3rd parties. And I was not suggesting that Chrome, Firefox or Safari have built in adblockers so I don't know why on earth you are bringing that up at all.

And if I want to view a website without viewing the advertisements that's my right. I'm not going to get into a debate with you over this. IE does not fit my needs, get over it.

Right... And with that argument you're using Chrome now why ? since it's now working hard to get the position of IE6. So instead of going with someone who's actually changed and showed that they are changing, you're instead option for either, a browser that's generally ok, but very techy, and is working the same way as IE6 was with it's own little functions, a browser that pretends to be open source while at the same time having the most locked in browser specific functions of all, and working very heard to become the new IE6, or another platform specific lock in monopoly browser.

Seems your argument would be better if you used a third party sync tool that works on all browsers.


This is laughable. Chrome is updated practically every week. They are continually adding new features and newer technologies all the time. Even after they became the market leader they went out of their way to release an iOS version of the browser which now means Chrome is the first browser to cover all the major platforms. Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android. And maybe one day they will release a Windows Phone version too.

I don't need a 3rd party sync option, I have Chrome. And if you actually read what I said with an open mind instead of looking at things you can misconstrue to argue with me over you would clearly see that when Microsoft has a monopoly they stagnate. That has not happened with Google they have continued to innovate constantly with their products. Their search system is just one example. Reverse Image Searching, Local Searching, Personalized Search Results, Voice based searching. All this while holding the majority of the search market.

Chrome is a good browser and it is supported by a good company that wants nothing more than to give consumers the best most compatible browser there is. Name one technology that Chrome utilizes for displaying or interacting with web content that is exclusive to Google. One feature that cannot be added to Safari, Firefox or Internet Explorer because Google won't allow it to be ported. And again I'm referring to page rendering and/or interacting technologies not proprietary browser interface features like bookmark syncing which no one (not Microsoft, Apple, Mozilla or Opera) has opened to competitors.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 16:11

but my original point stands, it lacks proper extensions. I mean how many extensions are there for IE? 100? How many are there for Chrome or Firefox? Probably 200,000 combined if not more.

Personally I never cared much for extensions and know a lot of causal users who don't either, let alone know what they are. If you rely heavily on them Internet Explorer won't be an opinion, but for those who don't it's a non-issue.

That said I think some of Microsoft's brands just suffer from a next to irreversible bad reputation. "Internet Explorer" probably being the worst. It's incredibly superficial but renaming the browser could actually improve things.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 16:12

He said that Internet Explorer has a built in way to block ads. I am questioning how it works. I never said anything about 3rd parties. And I was not suggesting that Chrome, Firefox or Safari have built in adblockers so I don't know why on earth you are bringing that up at all.

And if I want to view a website without viewing the advertisements that's my right. I'm not going to get into a debate with you over this. IE does not fit my needs, get over it.

The feature is called Tracking Protection. You can build your own or import (& sync) 3rd party lists including EasyList (which I use).

See: http://www.iegallery...protectionlists

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 16:13

Personally I never cared much for extensions and know a lot of causal users who don't either, let alone know what they are.


Yeah but I'm not talking for everyone. I'm talking for myself giving my reasons as to why I won't use Internet Explorer. We aren't market watchers here we aren't analysts giving advice to the new york times. I'm just giving my opinion on this post in this forum, I'm not trying to sway people.