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khpuce
04-12-2007, 06:32 PM
While I was visiting cricinfo.com today, I noticed that my lappys cpu power was constantly above 55% usage although I was not doing anything with my computer except visiting that website. So, I moved to another website and immidiately the cpu usage dropped down. When I came back to cricinfo.com again, the cpu usage also jumped above 55%. I noticed that, there was a flash advertisement on that site which I suspect was the culprit for doing this.

So, are those companies using MY machines cpu power to advertise THEIR products ??? :eek: :mad:

Sentral
04-12-2007, 06:43 PM
Yes.

Queatrix
04-12-2007, 06:52 PM
>> So, are those companies using MY machines cpu power to advertise THEIR products ???

Yeah, but thats not how I would put it, it's not like they are stealing your CPU power. :p Its just that your browser has to think harder to display their adds.

Salem
04-13-2007, 12:00 AM
a) use firefox
b) add flashblock
c) relax in visual and aural tranquillity - pure bliss.

KONI
04-13-2007, 12:12 AM
I am currently writing on my Master Project Diploma Work about Rich Internet Applications and I can ensure you, that very soon, websites will start using your cpu power for much more than displaying ads.

If they wanted to, they could probably run a distributed algorithm on your compute while you're on their website to lower their server workload. All the new technologies like Ajax, Flash, Flex (including Adobe Apollo), Microsoft Presentation Foundation (.NET), ActiveX, Java Applets or Java Web Start can be used for whatever purpose as long as you are able to run that specific technology on your system and you stay on their site.

whiteflags
04-13-2007, 01:04 AM
Koni, please keep me posted when it's done. I'm interested to hear what you have to say about it; if we can, if it is necessary to avoid web sites like that because, initially, it sounds rather harmful to John Q. Public.

khpuce
04-13-2007, 09:34 AM
>> So, are those companies using MY machines cpu power to advertise THEIR products ???

Yeah, but thats not how I would put it, it's not like they are stealing your CPU power. :p Its just that your browser has to think harder to display their adds.

yeah...but its making my machine hot :mad:

Some sites allows to disable the flash advert but not all :mad:


If they wanted to, they could probably run a distributed algorithm on your compute while you're on their website to lower their server workload. All the new technologies like Ajax, Flash, Flex (including Adobe Apollo), Microsoft Presentation Foundation (.NET), ActiveX, Java Applets or Java Web Start can be used for whatever purpose as long as you are able to run that specific technology on your system and you stay on their site.

I understand the usability and practicality of distributed applications. However, using my resources against my will cannot be accepted. I certainly don't want to see some stupid adverts (using my resources) that I'm not interested in. Its more like spamming :mad:

From now on, I'm gonna boycott those websites that uses these kinda things against my wish :cool:

SirCrono6
04-13-2007, 02:10 PM
If your computer has trouble with flash ads, maybe you need an upgrade. :p

DavidP
04-13-2007, 07:19 PM
I don't particularly mind most Flash advertisments, or other advertisements for that matter.

The advertisements that I loath are the "roll over" ones. One is found on w3schools.org. You roll your mouse over it and this annoying lady starts talking.

Another is on AOL Instant Messenger, where you roll your mouse over the upper advertisement and suddenly you have rap music blaring out your speakers.

Normally it wouldn't be a problem, but I roll over them by accident so much, when I didn't mean to, as I was doing something else, that it really gets incredibly annoying.

khpuce
04-14-2007, 05:24 AM
I don't particularly mind most Flash advertisments, or other advertisements for that matter.

I wouldn't have noticed the problem too if I weren't using my laptop. I never noticed it while using a desktop. So, in general, its not a problem as long as someone is using a desktop for surfing the net but for laptops its a little different story where I certainly don't want my cpu running above 55%-60% constantly and getting hot...

glo
04-14-2007, 09:39 AM
a) use firefox
b) add flashblock
c) relax in visual and aural tranquillity - pure bliss.

I just found out about ad block plus for firefox a few weeks ago. I can't express how better and faster internet surfing has become ever since.

Queatrix
04-14-2007, 09:44 AM
I wouldn't have noticed the problem too if I weren't using my laptop. I never noticed it while using a desktop. So, in general, its not a problem as long as someone is using a desktop for surfing the net but for laptops its a little different story where I certainly don't want my cpu running above 55%-60% constantly and getting hot...
I'm using my laptop, and if yours is getting hot just from processing 55%-60%, then you should get bigger fans for it, like dual turbines, that should keep her cool.

lightatdawn
04-14-2007, 12:43 PM
Most polite browsers have options to disallow things like Audio, Java, JS, ActiveX, Flash etc. This will break some sites, but it hasn't bothered me much. Websites should be better behaved anyways.