I have come to the sad realization that most of the story's on my alert list will never be updated.
"flipping through Fanfiction.net is like flipping through hell with an occasional slice of the heavenly cheesecake thrown in."
Blocking down loaders like FLAG is just a slap in the face to everyone. Pretty much every other ff site out there has a built in down loader. AO3, TtH, and many other all have a built in down loader. By blocking FLAG and other download sites, the admins of FFN have basically stated they really don't care about ease of use or the readers. All they care about is the money they make from ads. Had FFN implemented a down loader of their own at the same time or better yet before the changes it would not have been such a big deal.
I personally only have access to internet sporadically, these changes are pretty much the same thing as always online DRM. I can only hope that the powers that be see that this is a bad idea and change things.