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Submission + - Firefox 44 Deletes Fine-Grained Cookie Management (

ewhac writes: Among its other desirable features, Firefox included a feature allowing very fine-grained cookie management. When enabled, every time a Web site asked to set a cookie, Firefox would raise a dialog containing information about the cookie requested, which you could then approve or deny. An "exception" list also allowed you to mark selected domains as "Always allow" or "Always deny", so that the dialog would not appear for frequently-visited sites. It was an excellent way to maintain close, custom control over which sites could set cookies, and which specific cookies they could set. It also helped easily identify poorly-coded sites that unnecessarily requested cookies for every single asset, or which would hit the browser with a "cookie storm" — hundreds of concurrent cookie requests.

Mozilla quietly deleted this feature from Firefox 44, with no functional equivalent put in its place. Further, users who had enabled the "Ask before accept" feature have had that preference silently changed to, "Accept normally." The proffered excuse for the removal was that the feature was unmaintained, and that its users were, "probably crashing multiple times a day as a result" (although no evidence was presented to support this assertion). Mozilla's apparent position is that users wishing fine-grained cookie control should be using a third-party add-on instead, and that an "Ask before accept" option was, "not really nice to use on today's Web."

Comment err.. Intel PC's wLGA sockets are failing.. (Score 1) 315

Several of my newer Intel XP based laptops have died suddendly, (no bios, no beep), meanwhile nearly all of my AMD based systems, + plus older intel PGA socketed systems still boot up(15-20 years) run older OS's.(WIn 95, Linux) with no issues.

I suspect Intel is well aware of these LGA socket lifespan issues, and that's why they're switching to all BGA soldered in processors(2016).


Comment Re:Why retail? (Score 1) 298

With distributed Solar, the Power co's. infrastructure is going to have a longer service lifetime, maybe 2x, 3x longer. I.E. The infrastructures peak power disapation periods(&losses) are reduced significantly. Thus everything is going to last longer.

Same goes for gas turbine peaking units.

As for GW, and DOD subsidies in the US, each kWh of fossil fuel based generation should be priced @ least 1$ per kWh. That's what future generations will incure (for all non-renewable forms energy generation), if we don't transistion to 100% renewable in the near future.

Future AGW costs, loss of land & infrastructure to sea level increase, 50T$ to 500T$ for just for the USA. Tack on crop losses, wars, insect infestations(bark beatle?), dislocations, refugee compensation, carbon sequestration, etc. Humanity is instore for a very nasty future, if we don't kick our carbon habit real fast.

This post generated using back yard generated solar power.

Comment Re:Fraud Detected In Headline? (Score 1) 357

It's not just GMO crops, and their known metal deficiencies, it's the ever increasing amounts of glyphostes being applied to crops, and it's various residue products now being found in mothers breast milk.

The fraud is being perpetrated by Monsanto and the various agencies they purchased, bribed, and/or took over. Specifically, using just a 90 day time frame for their food safety studies. This is criminal malfeasance of the worst kind in my book, mass genocide. Longer term studies by 3rd parties, (2 years for rats), show extremely adverse consequences.

Knowing about the grossly inadequate safety studies should automatically trigger some red flags, it does in my book. I suspect these criminal scandals will eventually make the trials at Nuremberg seam hollow.

I try to avoid consuming anything related to GMO's and/or crops exposed to gylphosate (Patented in 1960's as a descaling agent for steam boilers). Note: Roundup is being used in all sorts of crazy, insane methods, even being applied to Non-GMO crops as harvesting(drying) agent ! You've been warned.

Comment Re:They should put it on ebay (Score 1) 39

Remotely locating your servers, requires several ultra high speed internet connections per office space.
Otherwise you risk major amounts of downtime. Meanwhile local hosted servers can increase up-time, and increase available bandwidth on the cheap(wires in walls).

The price differential between cheap lower end business grade Inet connections, and high end fiber connections can be several thousand dollars a month or more. Also tack in the cost of very high end routers supporting large amounts of VPN traffic. Then let's not forget how much one must pay for the remote hosting sight..

The only time remote servers makes sense is when you have a application that faces a diversity of consumers already on the net.

Submission + - Copyright Troll's Property Seized to Pay Bankruptcy Debts (

ktetch-pirate writes: Copyright troll firm Prenda may be gone, but one of it's principles — Paul Hansmeier — is starting to feel Karma's burn. In a bankruptcy hearing on the 3rd, Judge Sanberg ordered it converted to Chapter 7, requiring assets be seized and liquidated to pay the 2.5M+ in debts including judgements from courts around the country, as well as proceeds from the sale of Hansmeier's 1.2M condo in Minnesota. She justified it saying he had a practice of deceiving the courts with his extortionate schemes.

Submission + - ULA concedes GPS competition to SpaceX

schwit1 writes: ULA has decided against bidding on a military GPS launch contract, leaving the field clear for SpaceX.

ULA, which for the past decade has launched nearly every U.S. national security satellite, said Nov. 16 it did not submit a bid to launch a GPS 3 satellite for the Air Force in 2018 in part because it does not expect to have an Atlas 5 rocket available for the mission. ULA has been pushing for relief from legislation Congress passed roughly a year ago requiring the Air Force to phase out its use of the Russian-made RD-180 engine that powers ULA’s workhorse Atlas 5 rocket.

This decision might be a lobbying effort by ULA to force Congress to give them additional waivers on using the Atlas 5 engine. Or it could be that they realize that they wouldn’t be able to match SpaceX’s price, and decided it was pointless wasting time and money putting together a bid. Either way, the decision suggests that ULA is definitely challenged in its competition with SpaceX, and until it gets a new lower cost rocket that is not dependent on Russian engines, its ability to compete in the launch market will be seriously hampered.

Comment Re:That's (Score 1) 113

Apple has claimed it's not vulnerable to e.g. sending IP packets directly to IP addresses if those IP packets are SIP packets, with no substantiation. SIP applications can use TLS as well, making packet inspection difficult.

Most carriers use NAT's to reduce down the number of IP addresses needed for servicing mobile phones. That NAT usage will also block most unsolicited incoming IP level traffic. I.E. Traffic originating on mobile teleco's VoIP network will get through and no one else., so this becomes a non-issue.

Comment Re: And you call the Americans anti-science (Score 1) 330

Half of All Children Will Be Autistic by 2025, Warns Senior Research Scientist at MIT seams to be somewhat serious problem. for a product that was invented as a descaling agent to clean out calcium and other mineral deposits in pipes and boilers

GMO/roundup exposed crops grown are deficient in minerals necessary for a healthy metabolism. While our bodies aren't directly affected by roundup residues. It kills off gut bacteria which symbiotically aids in our digestion.

Submission + - Scientists Invent a New Steel as Strong as Titanium ( 1

schwit1 writes: South Korean researchers have solved a longstanding problem that stopped them from creating ultra-strong, lightweight aluminum-steel alloys.

Today a team of material scientists at Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea announced what they're calling one of the biggest steel breakthroughs of the last few decades: an altogether new type of flexible, ultra-strong, lightweight steel. This new metal has a strength-to-weight ratio that matches even our best titanium alloys, but at one tenth the cost, and can be created on a small scale with machinery already used to make automotive-grade steel. The study appears in Nature.

Submission + - Poll: What electronics do you want in your car 1

sleepypsycho writes: What electronics do you want in you car?
- Self driving car
- Collision avoidance
- Integrated electronics system: gps, audio,tire pressure warnings
- Completed isolate systems: gps, fuel injection
- Nothing with a computer chip
- I don't want any kind of car
- Roof mounted death ray

Comment Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 303

I've dealt with dozens of lightning strikes here in lightning prone South Florida.
Direct lightning strikes usually take out a Enet port on the switch and whatever is connected to the other end PC/laptop enet port.

Lost my laptop PCI cardbus bus devices, 1Gb enet, Wifi, memory card reader and a switch port on the other end.
Usually extra grounding, and multiple layers of surge suppressors/chokes protects my electronics.

Note: The ethernet spec, includes isolation requirements in the several Kilo Volt range. Thus something like this won't do much damage. You'll need something more like a HV stun weapon to do some real damage.

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