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I just installed noscript in Firefox. I noticed the new PBS home page (which I've grown to really like) no longer showed books in my favorite genres. So I marked paperbackswap.com as allowed to run scripts.
The home page STILL doesn't show books in my favorite genres.
That page also shows scripts from google analytics and yahooapis.com. Is one of them providing the genre listing? If so--why is the script not hosted on PBS proper? I have no interested in providing approval to those two sites which show up all over. Allowing them would kinda defeat part of the reason I installed noscript.
Update: It's the yahooapis.com that provides the script to run the genre listing. I don't see why it isn't locally hosted, and it's not allowed in my browser again, but I can point to what it is.
Last Edited on: 10/1/08 11:31 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Programmers use the Yahoo APIs because they're free and because Yahoo maintains them, and we're mostly averse to reinventing the wheel or maintaining somebody else's code if we don't have to.
Google Analytics is used to measure how many people visit each page and see how they got there.