I love flickr, which is why I was annoyed when I discovered that they’ve implemented some crude–and easily defeatable–image blocking to some images. If you right click an image and it offers to save “spaceball.gif,” you’ll know that you’ve encountered this lameness first hand. spaceball.gif is just a blank image.
- Install the Stylish extension from userstyles.org. Here’s a direct link to the mozilla.org install page.
- Restart Firefox so the extension will load.
- Visit this page and click the “Install” button above the code sample
- You’re done. Visit Flickr and right-click yourself silly.
You know how much effort it took to figure this out, Flickr? one search with two search terms on Google. I won’t turn this into a big debate about free culture. But, in this case, I has actually been given permission to use a particular image by the photographer who took it. And while I could have asked her to send it to me via email, I didn’t need a high-rez image for the work I intended to do. And I found Flickr’s approach to preventing me from doing that insulting–in that it assumes infringement is the goal–and laughable, in that web browsers, of necessity, have to download the images in a page in order to display them.