One Man, One Long List, No More Web Ads - washingtonpost.com
A quick story about "Rick752," the guy behind the AdBlock Plus filterset EasyList. I don't really depend upon AdBlock Plus to block ads for me (I depend upon the NoScript extension to block ad servers -- much easier and quicker -- I stopped using AdBlock Plus due to the enormous memory leaks it had in Firefox version 2), but I support people who do.
I'm not "depriving" any company of anything -- if their business model depends upon me letting them have access to run bits of code (no matter how small) on my computer, they're in for a surprise, because I don't open my doors for just anyone.
But enough of that -- I'm really curious about the detection methods used by the sites they mention (the Daily Kos, among others). They've got to be some sort of funky client-side code -- I notice the DailyKos' "please subscribe if you use AdBlock" message is downloaded to the browser whether you're using AdBlock or not, and apparently just displayed afterwards...
Oh, bloody clever... just figured it out. The message is apparently displayed by default as "display: block", and then if your browser has access to "blogads.com" (which if you're using AdBlock Plus, you more than likely don't), your browser downloads a little css file with a "display: none" in it for the "Please Subscribe" text block.
What’s Obscene? Google Could Have an Answer - nytimes.com
Just a quick read -- I thought this was funny as hell. A lawyer, defending somebody for something (who cares), tries to strike down legal definitions of "obscenity" (which are often worded quite silly in local lawbooks, with definitions like "that which the community finds obscene" -- wonderful circular logic there), by showing that more people in that area search for "orgies" than search for "apple pie." Brilliant!
Edited 06/27/08: Changed several instaces of "Adblock" to "Adblock Plus" because there's actually a good bit of difference between the two.