I hate you X10 camera!

Is there a consensus of opinion among designers that popup ads suck? It used to be just the X10 ad that annoyed me everytime I went to Altavista, but it seems that these adds that open in a new window whenever you visit a popular site like Altavista or New York Times are proliferating like rabbits. I'd much rather see and skip the huge square and rectangular (usually Flash) ads that now dominate pages than have to close that popup ad. Whatever happened to the term Netiquette?