Re: Sort your shit out advertisers
Years ago, when the medium was restricted to print
Years ago, advertisers spammed your fax machine with lists of 'sale' items, causing it to run out of paper. They were just as shitty then as they are now.
Years ago I didn't own a fax machine. Our first "fax" machine was a multi-function printer, prior to this if we wanted to send a fax, we used a scanner and a modem attached to a computer.
That said, unsolicited commercial communication, whether it be by telephone, fax, email, post or other means, is a different matter to what is being discussed here in that it is unsolicited: you have not made prior contact with the sender. In many countries, this is covered by existing legislation.
As for The Register and other ad-supported sites, your browser made a "GET http://forums.theregister.co.uk/…" request to this site, ergo, you chose to receive that page and the ads are part of it. I think it's the collateral damage that some of these ads are doing which we're objecting to, whether it be visual distractions, unwelcome sounds or malware.
A move to ban all formats apart from (baseline) PNG and JPEG images which are then either imagemapped or hyperlinked to one or more destination pages would not only address the above issues, but would also allow the ad to be shown to a wider audience.
I'm yet to see a graphical web browser made post-1998 that does not support the formats I'm suggesting. Malware isn't impossible with these formats, but relies on vulnerabilities in specific implementations which are wide and varied, unlike Flash for which there are only a small handful of implementations (I know of two: Adobe's implementation and Gnash) that seem to be universally exploitable.