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[–] [email protected] 11 points 8 months ago* (last edited 8 months ago) (2 children)

The thing is, if they get really stupid with it I could just go ahead and install pi hole. I haven't already because it's a bit of a fiddle on and I don't apparently don't need it yet. There's no way for the government to mandate against that, unless they actually want to ban me from owning a computer, Which obviously won't really work.

[–] AllOutOfBubbleGum 21 points 8 months ago (1 children)

That only allows DNS-based blocking of domains, which isn't going to be nearly as effective. A lot of modern ads are served up from the same domain that you're visiting. Browser-based ad-blocker extensions are in a position to block domains, URLs, and specific parts of the HTML DOM itself. This is going to sound rude, and I'm sorry in advance, but when people bring up pi hole, I assume they aren't very knowledgeable about how things work.

[–] [email protected] 11 points 8 months ago (2 children)

Pihole was once a good adblocker, but as more and more websites realize ads being served from an external domain are easily blocked, they too push their ads through their own domain.

Pihole is still good for some pages, but mostly, its useless as an adblocker.

[–] fat_stig 5 points 8 months ago (1 children)

I have 2 piholes on my network, mostly useless they might be but both block over 20% of the traffic, ublock origin and Firefox take care of the rest. Are you sure you set it up correctly?

[–] [email protected] 8 points 8 months ago (1 children)

20% is a far cry from what it used to be, and it also depends on your use case.

I'm spend my time online 60% on lemmy, 30% on YouTube, and 10% elsewhere.

[–] fat_stig 2 points 8 months ago

The internet access on my network is much more varied, 12 clients including work laptops, an HTPC, Unraid server, smart TV, phones, watches, tablets, games console, VR headset. Several of these use VPNs so bypass the piholes, I used to see up to 45% a few years ago, but I see no reason to switch them off just because other systems are taking up the slack. Seriously, I can't remember the last time I saw an ad.

[–] [email protected] 1 points 8 months ago

It’s definitely not useless, it blocks a ton.

There’s only a few sites, like YouTube it doesn’t help much on.

[–] themeatbridge 4 points 8 months ago

Setting up a pihole takes minutes, and will block literally millions of ads on your home network.

The biggest hurdle is teaching yourself not to click on sponsored links. Google will still show promoted results, but you'll get an error when the pi blocks them from loading. This is annoying for new users, especially if some of the users don't care that they are being manipulated and just want to see the thing google wants to sell them.