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Comment: Re:I don't like (Score 1) 29

by Charliemopps (#48228307) Attached to: Google Search Finally Adds Information About Video Games

I like it, and even used it yesterday.

I couldn't remember our externally facing IP address. The security guy was on lunch. So I went and searched for "What is my IP?" and dreaded eventually ending up at one of those spam laden, ad riddled websites designed for that survive. To my pleasant surprise, Google just offered it up for me. I could still click on the awful links bellow if I wanted all the nonsense.

This is good, and all is well with the word.

Comment: Re:Shot in the back (Score 1) 232

About the stupidest thing you could ever do is carry and unloaded gun. To an observer you have all of the threat of having a loaded gun and there for become an attackers first target. But in reality, none of the force that loaded gun entails. I'd rather be holding a dildo while waring a clown outfit than being in military uniform while caring an unloaded weapon. That's a death wish.

Comment: Re:HTTPS Everywhere (Score 1) 157

by Charliemopps (#48226217) Attached to: Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic

Educated guess?
The sites made up of custom code written before HTTPS was really all that common. It's such a mess that adding it now would require just as much work as just flat out rewriting the whole site. Last time they tried a site redesigned all the neck beards on here started shooting rocksalt at them and screaming "GET OFF MY LAW!!!"

I suspect this site barely pays for itself. I do not anticipate any large site redesigns ever.

Comment: Re:Step #6 image is all wrong (Score 1) 157

by Charliemopps (#48225643) Attached to: Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic

Step #6 image should have been this instead:

https://doodleaday.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/doodle-1016-money-bags.jpg

I think it illustrates whats happening more appropriately...

Except, it's more like pennies. That's what's hilarious about all this privacy invading nonsense we've been subjected to. It's not valuable. They do not make more money with it. Sure, at first it sounds like a great idea. But the mountains of data it generates quickly become completely useless and you just end up sitting on it all and doing nothing with it. I've dealt with marketing people and seen them install their huge data tracking software packages that they paid fortunes for. Several years later and they just stare at the wall of text the software created blankly.

What I've learned from the data? Most of the sites people visit are by mistake. Out of 10 links visited, 9 were closed within seconds without following another link and the last link was the page with our phone number on it. But all that generated about 100 rows in the table. Multiply that by thousands of customers a day and what do you have? A lot of useless data, that's what. You've no idea which pages they found interesting, dwelled on... were interested in.

Comment: Re:Free market? (Score 4, Insightful) 157

by Charliemopps (#48225593) Attached to: Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic

They should offer this to the user as an option, where the user has to pay less when tracking is enabled. Otherwise this is abuse of market power to make users agree to being tracked.

No because they'll quickly value this service at $50 a month to force you into it.

They should not be altering my HTTP requests. It's wiretapping, plane and simple.

Comment: Instead (Score 5, Funny) 145

by Charliemopps (#48221893) Attached to: How To Beat Online Price Discrimination

Instead, how about we just fix the problem outright....

Setup 3 computers.
1 with a white guy
1 with a black guy
1 with a woman

make sure the appropriate people are logged in, not logged in, have cookies, etc...

Show the price differences.
Snap a picture, smiling white guy, sad black guy and woman...
Post it to twitter and let the general public make their usual incorrect inference.

Watch the hilarity ensue and the entire idea of variable pricing die in fire.

Comment: Re:my thoughts (Score 1) 336

by Charliemopps (#48221035) Attached to: NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

IMHO, either Ebola is easier to transmit than we are being told _OR_ these Ebola doctors who get the disease are FSKING IDIOTS

if it is so damn hard to get, how the hell do Doctors who should be the best at following procedure can get?

i think people are just morons, no matter what degrees they have

Because they are tending to patients who have the disease, are writing in agony while spewing vomit and blood from every orifice in their body. These people are braver and more selfless than just about anyone you or I have ever met. It's like asking how that Police officer could be so stupid that he got himself shot. Your question is more about your own myopic point of view than about these healthcare workers.

Comment: Re:Free aggregation? A problem? (Score 3, Interesting) 95

by Charliemopps (#48215309) Attached to: German Publishers Capitulate, Let Google Post News Snippets

They didn't think it was bad. That's evident based on this story.
They wanted Googles money and tried to exploit outdated laws written 100yrs ago to modern technology to try and extort that money. You know, like what every other media organization that's currently dieing because of the internet is trying to do.

Comment: Sounds legit (Score 5, Insightful) 165

by Charliemopps (#48213787) Attached to: Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

I'm a huge privacy advocate... but how far are we going to go with this?
You're in a public place.
You're connecting to their network at various points.
They're using that info to figure out how long it takes for you to get through the line.

How is this any different than them using your check ins with your boarding pass?

"I just dumped the entire contents of my luggage in the middle of food court. I appreciate the offer to help me pick it up bu how dare you invade my privacy!"

I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.

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