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Comment: Re:bye (Score 2) 375

by Blue Stone (#49753243) Attached to: Ads Based On Browsing History Are Coming To All Firefox Users

Also on the top right of a new tab is a settings 'cog' where you can choose "Enhanced", "Classic" or "Blank" so you can easily turn this off.

The details are fairly straightforward and are laid out on this page.

Some choice exerpts to soothe the paniced minds:

Easy to control

Tiles are easily pinned, moved around or removed using simple drag-and-drop and close interfaces. If you do not want to see any Tiles, you can deactivate them completely in two clicks through the new tab gear control.
Respects your privacy

What data is being collected?

Mozilla collects Tiles related data such as number of clicks, impressions and Tile specific data (e.g. position and size of grid) to help Mozilla determine how frequently the Tile has been seen or interacted with, as well as your IP address (collected by Firefox, quickly translated into a region code and then deleted).
What data is collected when I opt out?

No data is collected when a user deactivates the Enhanced Tiles experience.

Comment: Re:bad but creating false evidence trails is worse (Score 4, Informative) 46

by Blue Stone (#49448247) Attached to: The DEA Disinformation Campaign To Hide Surveillance Techniques

>"Parallel Construction" [] is a fundamental part of police work now.

So true and yet an utterly chilling sentence.

A DEA official said, "Parallel construction is a law enforcement technique we use every day. It's decades old, a bedrock concept."

Where the state is engaging in perjury, openly and without shame, what justice can there be?

Comment: Re:Not Censorship (Score 2) 285

by Blue Stone (#49120329) Attached to: Google Knocks Explicit Adult Content On Blogger From Public View

>If I own a newspaper I can decide what I publish in the paper.
If you own a newspaper, you pay people to write FOR you. These people are your employees.
If you host a *public* blogging platform, you can certainly disallow what people are allowed to publish there, but you don't get to not call it censorship.

Comment: Re:Not Censorship (Score 1) 285

by Blue Stone (#49120281) Attached to: Google Knocks Explicit Adult Content On Blogger From Public View

Oh please. Why do people (mostly American) trot out this narrow, legalistic, definition of "censorship"?

Blogger is a site where the public can post their communications. If Blogger is deciding certain communications are unacceptable and is either hiding them or disallowing them entirely, it's still censorship.

Just because Google isn't a government, doesn't mean it can't engage in censorship.

Some of my readers ask me what a "Serial Port" is. The answer is: I don't know. Is it some kind of wine you have with breakfast?