How about a screen saver that opens SPCR on an unblocked browser and clicks sponsors ads while your away from the desk. (while it folds too)
Maybe your comment was humor/sarchasm ... Reading the slashdot comments in the link dhanson865 posted above was eye-opening. I was unaware how commonly malware gets distributed via third-party ad providers. Seems like auto-clicking everything would be pretty dangerous!
yeah mostly sarcasumor ,but,
My tinfoil hat prevents me from keeping any information of any importance on my machine, so im not worried.
We could always boot to a live distro, once a week or so, for auto clicking all those SPCR malware ads with no risk to a members main system...
we need more of an adhider instead of adblocker.
that way the advertisers think we are seeing the ads because they are still downloaded to our PC just like they are when no adblocker is in place...only the adhider addon would just not display the adds to the user. as far as ars can tell we all saw their super cool ads, but our browsers just didn't actually display them to us.
Something like this seems like a reasonable response to the Ars Technica article/plea. Ad blocking makes sense both for speed (lots of dialup users out there still) and security. If they need image renders - then provide an AP for that.
If advertising image loads are important - then provide a virtual machine/browser appliance like program that people with fast connections (that don't get charged for the bandwidth) can run, rendering the ad on a virtual display (so as not to consume power) in a virtual machine (to protect from malware). Then the images are produced and people can get paid.
Even better - the machine could render the advertisement multiple times from the same download, just sending back a tally of how many times it was rendered - saving on energy and bandwidth costs.
Rather like Douglas Adams' observation:
"The Electric Monk was a labour-saving device, like a dishwasher or a video recorder. Dishwashers washed tedious dishes for you, thus saving you the bother of washing them yourself, video recorders watched tedious television for you, thus saving you the bother of looking at it yourself; Electric Monks believed things for you, thus saving you what was becoming an increasingly onerous task, that of believing all the things the world expected you to believe."
From Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, by Douglas Adams.
Published by Simon Schuster in 1987
I don't see most online advertisements that are displayed. I am generally focused on the information I am after - and have developed habits to just ignore all the fluff around the edges. Further, most advertisements are not useful or interesting - they promote things I wouldn't get anyway. (So I have no incentive to spend time downloading them.)
I found it interesting/amusing to note the advertisements during the Olympics, in the US (commercial TV station) they were sponsored in large part by: Obesity and dental carries (soft drinks), Fat and cardiovascular disease (fast food places), Recreational drugs (alcohol & coffee), and use of fossil fuels (Oil, coal, automobiles). Ironic company/counterpoint to a celebration of athletic endeavor/excellence.
(Also noticed that they are now doing popup advertising on TV - yuck.)
By contrast, I used to find the advertisements in Byte interesting and informative, but the small screen (be it TV or web) still doesn't have enough extra space to make most advertising much more than an annoyance.