Originally Posted by nowonmai
This, simple, lightweight addition gives many of the benefits with little of the bloat.
Since you say "gives many of the benefits" please explain how you would do this / block these using only your precious "simple, lightweight addition":
- incrementally update your blocklist,
- block ad-tracking cookies
(for those using Firefox have a look at the www.ghostery.com
- block in-page ads residing in a path on the same server you visit,
- block ads from a hostname of which the domainname is the same as the server you visit,
- block ads by host or path substring match,
- block only webbugs (you know, those tiny 1 pixel transparent images),
- set session-only cookies for a range of sites,
- selectively block popups, refresh-tags and redirects,
- keep images with specific sizes from displaying,
- block visiting domains based on content (like those parked sites).
Well, actually you don't need to try because you can't.
As such your "many of the benefits with little of the bloat" phrase can not based on reading (and actually understanding) what's been said in this thread already.
Also it turned out that the owner of the site where the hosts file resided is one of the Ubuntu people. That particular "hosts tutorial" got plastered over several web logs in the month it got posted here. Since this is not some radically new idea and the site owner does not make clear the content is not his but originates from mvps.org it must have been done purely for promotional purposes. He should have either linked to it or made clear it's not his work. File under plagiarism.