Is it just me or are the new Microsucks Visual.Net pop-up ads ANNOYING!

I went to read Jerry Pournelle's column in Byte magazine, just to be greeted with the bloody ad, including music ... how am I supposed to look like I'm working when you get musical ads!
It's a good thing my boss wasn't around.

Anyway ... it just gives me another reason to hate the Beast of Redmond.