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Comment: Re:Wrong target (Score 1) 56

by clonehappy (#49357799) Attached to: Google Loses Ruling In Safari Tracking Case

Why not both? Apple should be held accountable for their software ignoring the flags set by the user (if that's actually the case, and I'll get to that later), but Google should be held accountable for exploiting a weakness in someone else's systems.

If I were to exploit a bug for profit, I'd get to look forward to federal PMITA prison. When large corporate conglomerates do the same thing, they get to laugh about how they didn't cause anyone financial losses, so they should get away scot-free.

That being said, the "Do Not Track" flag was never a setting that stopped tracking cookies from being set by websites, it was an extra flag sent along with your request that said "Pretty Please with Sugar on Top, Don't Track Me, Okay Guys?", which any websites were free to (and I assume they all did anyway, especially Google) ignore. I don't ever remember a setting in Safari that disallowed cookies but wasn't "Private Browsing" mode. Private Browsing just clears everything when you close the browser, so the only other setting could be the "Do Not Track" flag.

Which anyone who was paying attention should have realized was completely bogus to begin with.

Comment: Re:Great example (Score 0) 317

Forwardsfromgrandma is just a liberal circle-jerk that pokes fun at anyone who has an opinion that someone over the age of, oh, say 23 might have about politics or world affairs. While some of the memes are obvious trolls, I'd bet that the vast majority of them are serious. Which just goes to show how out of touch with reality the people who laugh about making the troll memes actually are.

As they say, if you're not a liberal when you're 20 years old then you have no heart.

If you're still a liberal when you're 40 years old, then you have no brain.

Comment: Re:Let's roll our own Time Zones too! (Score 0) 129

by clonehappy (#49234035) Attached to: New Evidence Strengthens NSA Ties To Equation Group Malware

So, you work at a government contractor on the East Coast (VA/DC/MD anyone...nah no gov't contractors there). These type of workers start early AM, before most people are awake for the day. 7-8 AM start times are not unheard of. This would coincide with what? A 9-5 workday in UTC-0300 or UTC-0400 you say? No, can't be. The people writing the article really, truly meant the elite uber-hackers of Greenland and Nova Scotia.

Comment: Re:The dotcom era had and the sock puppet (Score 1) 85

simple economics drives the explosion of tuition, and almost nothing else.

once the government started handing out cheap, plentiful money to students in the form of loans and grants, the universities have every incentive to capture it all, plus more from mom and dad, if possible.

Comment: Shoutcast (Score 1) 65

by clonehappy (#49080509) Attached to: BBC Radio Drops WMA For MPEG-DASH

It seems like many internet radio providers are dropping Shoutcast support, usually quietly/silently, and expecting you to use a proprietary app or DRM-based player to access their content. They may as well shoot themselves in the foot.

Dropping Shoutcast support today is akin to commercial radio stations dropping AM in favor of FM back in the 1960's (note: they didn't, some simulcasted but eventually dropped FM until it really took off in the late 70's/early 80's when the penetration of receivers reached critical mass).

Sure, there are players and radios that support newer formats, but every player and tons of applications support Shoutcast. Unless, and I know this is a huge stretch, the big media conglomerates don't want to compete on an open directory of stations that lets anyone with a computer and internet connection become a "broadcaster", and are trying to kill it off by removing their content from it?

Nah, couldn't possibly be that...

Comment: the best thing about win10... (Score 1) 378

by Connie_Lingus (#48906805) Attached to: Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

i've been running win10 on my primary dev desktop for months now and on an i3 laptop, and i can say, without a doubt, the best thing about it is the install.

i have yet to have to install a driver for anything, and everything "just works" right from the jump.

its a pretty amazing technical achievement, considering the size of the wintel environment.

Comment: my 2cents (Score 1) 302

by Connie_Lingus (#48872797) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Has the Time Passed For Coding Website from Scratch?

instead of Wordpress, try a MVC framework and a Bootstrap 3-based theme has your jumping off point.

i currently use Laravel and BS3 themes from or, of course, themeforest.

you should find that with composer, you can easily install whatever modules you may need in Laravel, and the hand-coded aspect of the prebuilt BS3 themes makes integrating them pretty darn easy.

it works for me.

Comment: The only correct answers: (Score 4, Informative) 323

"Don't know it, sorry."


"Fuck You."

Unfortunately, the authority worship preached to our children in the public schools ensures neither of the correct answers will probably be given. The children of people smart enough to have taught their children this (doctors, lawyers, professors, etc.) don't have their children in the public institutionalization facilities, anyway.

When some people discover the truth, they just can't understand why everybody isn't eager to hear it.