From HN discussion - "This is why I use ad blockers and a pi-hole server" (news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2)

This is GDPR in action. Wow.

@tomasino wow this is a great graphic for showing off the insanity of the situation we are in

@liaizon @tomasino It'd be interesting to see before/after of these graphs to see what percentage uBlock Origin blocks out and what percentage Firefox's built-in tracking prevention blocks.

@tomasino Also GDPR in action: American sites flat up refusing to load from European IP addresses (I find the idea of meatspace political boundaries starting to manifest as real boundaries in cyberspace terrifying), and gigantic cookie popups on 95% of the web (which those of us with aggressive cookie-discarding policies have to see every. single. time.).

@solderpunk the cookie popup thingies are in litigation already. Hopefully that will get better over time, but who knows. The wall to the US is annoying as well. Still I think the situation is better with GDPR than without

@tomasino You're probably right. It just feels like a band-aid to me. We should be deprecating the technologies that allow this kind of tracking in the first place and replacing them with ones that don't.

@solderpunk
The technology is already here: server side includes. But apparently that's too much for big websites to handle... 🙄
@tomasino

@tomasino it's almost worth US folks using a VPN in the EU.

@geekylou @tomasino Country masquerading is already a selling point for several commercial VPN providers.

@tomasino What tool has been used to make this plot? Would be nice to analyze some other pages :)

@tomasino That difference is insane 😱

At the same time, those graphs make sense...

@l4p1n @tomasino
Wow, great graphic! How was it created? Is it an FF addon?

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