Oh for the love of...
Why the hell aren't people blocking this tripe? There is absolutely no reason to have ads in a pages, get stocked up with AdBlock+, NoScript, etc. I always tell people who use FF to always install AdBlock+ and if they wish, FlashBlock too. You will get faster loads and nicer, easier to read pages.
Not only are ads bloody annoying, they're Web equivalent of finding "dog-links" on the pavement outside your house, they break up the page flow and slow the loads times. Certain tech news sites, ahem, look much better without the nasty ads breaking the flow with all that horrible kerning.
Sorry Reg, but your pages just look much nicer without the ads!