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Block Adverts Outside of the Browser 51

Posted by Soulskill
from the where-have-you-been-my-whole-life dept.
vm writes with word of a new project from the creators of AdBlock for Chrome, the popular that blocks advertisements from showing up on web pages. The new tool in development, AdBlock Freedom, expands the ad-free experience to television, , and billboards. 'Here's how it works: when powered off, AdBlock Freedom functions as sunglasses. Slide a discreet switch on the frame, and AdBlock Freedom begins scanning your for objects that it recognizes as ads. Any detected ad gets a "smudge" overlay to blend it into its surroundings.' You can sign up now ."
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  • by chargersfan420 (1487195) on Friday April 01, 2011 @06:11PM (#35690988)
    April First Post! There, now i never have to do this again.
    • The editors most likely read comments, so why not counter-troll instead of feeding them? I'll start:

      There is no way this system would work. I can see large-scale disasters caused by smudges being erroneously generated. No to mention that our current market is run by advertisements. Don't you think that of all ads were blocked, IP would be worthless? Then the US would slowly get poorer as our lack of foresight is clouded by individual gain. This kind of behaviour has to stop.

      (note to all wise-asses, yes I kn

      • by Israfels (730298)

        Time to cover my car in advertising bumper stickers and effectively make it invisible!

    • April First Post! There, now i never have to do this again.

      You make a very convincing argument, and your self-fulfillment has enabled others to follow in your footsteps. And for this, I thank you.

    • You are both too late - the day is over, and anyway it is only funny in the morning.

  • by ackthpt (218170) on Friday April 01, 2011 @06:12PM (#35690996) Homepage Journal

    Just employ your Joo Janta 200 Super-Chromatic Peril Sensitive Sunglasses and set for protection from Advertising. Works great.

  • by smellsofbikes (890263) on Friday April 01, 2011 @06:17PM (#35691016) Journal

    We already have Word Lens [slashdot.org], and wearable eyeglass-style displays. I have a friend who wants to try to explore the US using nothing but a compass and a sextant, but with the ubiquity of direction signs you don't actually need navigation equipment. He's hoping he can get Word Lens running on a wearable display so he can scramble all the street signs and have a whole new country to explore.

    • by Obfuscant (592200)

      I have a friend who wants to try to explore the US using nothing but a compass and a sextant,

      What kind of a tent?

      • I have a friend who wants to try to explore the US using nothing but a compass and a sextant,

        What kind of a tent?

        It's a 'tant' which is real close to a 'taint' (you know: tain't the one, tain't the other). If it doesn't make you tense, we can call it the same, for all intents.

  • Great! I hate looking at all those snarky bumper stickers on cars and advertisements on container trucks while commuting to and from work.

    • by ackthpt (218170)

      Great! I hate looking at all those snarky bumper stickers on cars and advertisements on container trucks while commuting to and from work.

      The downside is they occasionally block out everything else, too.

  • I've been blocking ads external to the browser and independent of it for many years: they're called local HTTP filtering proxies. Proxomitron and privoxy are the two most well known.

    I confess, though, that most of my ad- and element-blocking is now done with WYSIWYG and GUI goodness via the browser extensions AdBlock Plus and AdBlock Plus Element Hiding Helper; the latter duplicates - in seconds - most of the custom filters I once had to laboriously craft in Proxomitron. (Other people swear by the Remove

  • I can't imagine living in a world without being surrounded by advertisements and branding. I can't speak for the rest of the world, or even for the rest of the United States, but in the major metropolitan area I'm used to... these sorts of glasses would censor 95% of what's considered the city's culture. It makes me a little sick to my stomach to admit this, but the background noise of advertisments, logos, and product placements is part of what gives urban life an accelerated feel. Whether it be for a c
  • This technology is nothing new- I had a set of the Peril Sensitive Sunglasses that came with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy video game [wikipedia.org]. Those high-tech gadgets became opaque whenever you were in peril, so that you would avoid the urge to panic.
  • Now can I get my achievement?

If I'd known computer science was going to be like this, I'd never have given up being a rock 'n' roll star. -- G. Hirst

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