Oh how the advertizers like to move the debate (and the goal posts too)
So, I'm a freetard if I;
a) pay my ISP a not inconsiderable sum each month,
b) pay my telco and equivalently not inconsiderable amount,
c) get pissed off by the dumb-ass intrusive ads on the internet and the malware infested banner ads and other malware infested advertizing
d) take the time to install a slightly more secure browser than IE,
e) install an ad blocking application because of all the times that c) is triggered by the morons who make site design/advertizing choices
and f) install noScript or similar script blocking in order to actively prevent malware in the form of scripts hi-jacking my PC?
All that makes me a freetard? Presumably my freetard status is meant to shame me into allowing malware ridden, annoying and frankly pointless distractions into my web browsing experience? Nope, don't see that happening. What, is this some kind of attempt to make it somehow immoral to block the Internet's ads? Put using an ad blocker on a par with drunk driving? What a load of piffle. Was this article sponsored by the Registers marketing boffins? Time to polish up your tefal heads fellas, because that's a steaming pile of phail.
I'm far from being a freetard, I pay for all the music, movies and games I ever purchase. I don't share or upload anything, no hacked game systems running downloaded backups around here. Stragely enough though, very few ads in my browser. Those that are there are very subtle, and are not served up from potentially compromised ad servers. Don't ask me to change that, because I won't.
If a website wishes to partner with an advertier and host the ads directly, that's fine, go for it fellas, but don't try to serve up third party applets, pop ups, pop-unders or those intensely annoying floating animations that play some stupid music/sound and I can't easily or quickly kill. I work in an office environment and when I'm browsing for information I can't be constantly clicking to kill stupid intrusive, and loud, ads all day.
Either way, it's my browser and my computer and I'll damned well decide what crap does and does not run on my computer - that goes double for Microsoft. Honestly if those clowns enable fraking Microsoft Messanger one more time after I have disabled and de-installed it I think I shall spit nails.