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> Surely there are solutions that don't require a popup on every webpage you visit?

I don't get any popups or cookie notices on visiting HN or several other sites. It's not like it's a fundamental need to set hundreds of tracking cookies on a visitor's browser to show them a website.

HN doesn't have ads though.

duck duck go has ads and doesn’t track you... you don’t need cookies to show ads; only to show intrusive “track you across the internet” ads

Don’t they have hiring advertisements for their startups?

True, but very different. That’s not the highly-targeted, audience-segmented approach to advertising that parent commenter (and most people on the internet) is referring to by saying “ads”.

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