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Why does this article make 178 HTTP requests and load Javascript from 24 different domains over a duration of 16 seconds, before even the basic loading is done?

After that it starts on its three realtime services: Disqus, Chartbeat and Tubemogul (whatever that is) all keep track of how long you stay on the page. Not to mention how the site manages to slow down the entire browser during loading, and has many simple syntax errors. Not cross-browser stuff (like webkit-only css rules), also simply misspelled CSS.

Worst of all, the font is too small. I'm not going to read kilobytes of text like this.

This kind of website makes me want to disable Javascript by default...

If you are using Firefox, RequestPolicy[1] is really nice: allows you to block all those useless requests (and selectively activate ones that are required).

[1]: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/requestpolicy...

Yeah, "analytics" are like a cancer on the web. This is getting out of hand.

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