So, this is what a random Slashdot page looks like in Opera. That peaceful, white space in the centre sure isn't in the spirit of /. – or what? And why is there some odd overlapping box in the top left navigation area?
document.write('<script src="http://bs.serving-sys.com/BurstingPipe/adServer.bs?cn=rb&c=22&pli=319831&pi=0&w=336&h=280&ncu=$$http://ad.doubleclick.net/click%3Bh=v8/3682/3/0/%2a/b%3B155329471%3B0-0%3B3%3B13358361%3B255-0/0%3B24413359/24431212/1%3B%3B%7Esscs%3D%3f$$&ord=4781511"></script>');document.write('n<noscript>n<a href="http://ad.doubleclick.net/click%3Bh=v8/3682/3/0/%2a/b%3B155329471%3B0-0%3B3%3B13358361%3B255-0/0%3B24413359/24431212/1%3B%3B%7Esscs%3D%3fhttp%3A//bs.serving-sys.com/BurstingPipe/BannerRedirect.asp%3FFlightID%3D319831%26Page%3D%26PluID%3D0%26Pos%3D4723" target="_blank"><img src="http://bs.serving-sys.com/BurstingPipe/BannerSource.asp?FlightID=319831&Page=&PluID=0&Pos=4723" border=0 width=336 height=280></a>');
First time I saw an ad script do
I laughed. Certainly a remarkably braindead way to include your fallback contents. But Slashdot's ads take it a step further: they use document.write to insert a NOSCRIPT tag but do not close it, hence hiding random amounts of content until the next NOSCRIPT close tag appears in the source! And it's not an Opera problem, it occurs randomly when you get the ads that come with the broken script, and happens in all browsers. In other words, Slashdot has finally proven that GUI browsers are unreliable and that everyone simply should telnet to port 80. Great news for nerds.