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Old 05-28-2011, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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More and more Internet providers are leaning toward a monthly limit on data, and the cost of more than 5GB is becoming an "extra charge" option.

Will the users just quietly pay the extra for the bandwidth they "need"? Or will there be pressure on websites to eliminate all the glitzy crap bandwidth that is being wasted just on flashy appearance of webpages?

I can visualize frugal users demanding a search engine that filters webpages by bandwidth, so a user will need to make a special effort to open a page that is overly loaded with visual crap and animations, creating a strong incentive for web designers to minimize the data on the portal, rather than the current bigdong competition among web designers to make their pages as data-heavy as humanly possible.

Today, 5GB is enough to browse about a thousand webpages a day. That's a lot. But even browsing 100 a day, would exhaust 10% of your allowance for downloading heavy datahogs or even watching youtube videos. You'd want to skip a bloated portal, unless you knew it had the content you wanted and there was no austere alternative.

As I recall, search engines used to specify the size of hits on the bottom line, for the benefit of users with slow dialup, but they don't even do that anymore, because generally, bandwidth came to be thrown around as if it existed in infinite quantity. Seemngly, it doesn't, but web designers still act as if it does.

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Old 05-28-2011, 04:02 PM
 
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Wonder how much bandwidth usage I am avoiding by blocking all ads with AdBlock+
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Old 05-28-2011, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Wonder how much bandwidth usage I am avoiding by blocking all ads with AdBlock+
Iuse adbluck + with firefox and I love it. Question: Does ad+ not download the ad data OR does it still dl it but not display it? If teh latter, then ad+ doesn't solve this problem. I don't really know.
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Old 05-28-2011, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Texas State Fair
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Iuse adbluck + with firefox and I love it. Question: Does ad+ not download the ad data OR does it still dl it but not display it? If teh latter, then ad+ doesn't solve this problem. I don't really know.
Take a look at NoScript. No Script blocks JavaScript and most anything you don't want downloaded but allows you the options to control, including most ads. It's free and updates regularly.

To the OP, seems to me TimeWarner encourages the use of bandwidth. The have agreements with ESPN to watch sports online. The support the use of Netflix and Hulu. Those are functions of data transfer... Internet... bandwidth.
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Old 05-28-2011, 10:26 PM
 
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Iuse adbluck + with firefox and I love it. Question: Does ad+ not download the ad data OR does it still dl it but not display it? If teh latter, then ad+ doesn't solve this problem. I don't really know.
Blocks them from being downloaded.
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Old 05-28-2011, 10:32 PM
 
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More and more Internet providers are leaning toward a monthly limit on data, and the cost of more than 5GB is becoming an "extra charge" option.

5GB did you mean 500GB? If I watch some Netflix I've used 10GB in a single day.
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Old 05-29-2011, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Sometimes when my computer is running slow, I can see across the bottom of the screen "Loading xxx" or "Waiting for xxx"and the name of some adware. So I suspect that I am still loading it, but it gets blocked from appearing on my screen. But those might be the ads that are within the portal, and the screen just hasn't fully fleshed out yet.
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Old 05-29-2011, 04:53 PM
 
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Comcasts limit is 250GB, using Youtube as example and assuming the bitrate is around 250kbps for standard video you could have 3 people on 3 separate computers watching youtube 24/7.

A limit like that will effect the P2P crowd or someone using a service like NetFlix excessively.
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Old 05-30-2011, 10:48 PM
 
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Wonder how much bandwidth usage I am avoiding by blocking all ads with AdBlock+
I dont think the adblock actually blocks the information, but just it blocks it from showing it to you, the information still got to your computer, so it didnt cut the bandwidth
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Old 05-30-2011, 11:59 PM
 
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I dont think the adblock actually blocks the information, but just it blocks it from showing it to you, the information still got to your computer, so it didnt cut the bandwidth
Yes it does. Instead of pulling ad content down from servers, your computer does not resolve the addresses in the adblock lists and saves bandwidth by not downloading ad content from blocked addresses.
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