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Comment Re:You CAN'T have ads without tracking. (Score 1) 318

It could very easily happen, by enforcing blocking rules that restrict or eliminate third party content.

That won't work. Even if you don't communicate directly with the third party, you don't have any way to prevent the content provider (who is also the ad provider from your point of view) from passing the information along.

We seem to have latched onto this "third party content" as The Problem, where it's really just a hack du jour for easily spotting a problem. But the only reason a content provider is putting <script src="somewhere else"> into their pages is because it still gets them paid by the "somewhere else." If you hit their own server instead of the third party, they can still forward any requests behind the scenes to anyone, and you won't even know it's happening, but all the same information will be there.

If you eliminate "third party content" you're just going to turn second parties into proxies. And they'll really do it, too. Why wouldn't they?

Comment Re:It's pretty obvious what happened to them (Score 1) 148

because the utility is run by people who apparently feel it's fine to sell out their own countrymen to make a buck.

But I don't want to have to depend on company altruism for these kinds of things to not happen. If they don't do it, their competitors will and they'll then be punished for NOT trying to make a buck. You'll be punishing the altruistic ones.

I'd rather see the law changed or clarified to make sure it does ONLY what it's supposed to do: fill actual labor shortages instead of fake shortages to save a buck or have docile workers who can't practically shop around or complain. (I've seen H1B abuses with my own eyes. I personally know they happen.)

This includes more thorough auditing and inspections. For example, all rejected citizen resumes should be saved for say 5 years, along with the reason for rejection. And disallow long chain-combo's such as "must have paid experience in A and in B and in C and in D and in E, etc.".

Comment Re:Easy Hack (Score 2) 76

Public employees and the work of the public paid for by the people is public information.
And if I want to call up my public slave and ask them what they're working on today, how their day's going, what project their hacking on, etc....
That's the right of the people to do. Anytime, for anyone...

It seems you are a staunch conservative or libertarian. You may not like the government (and perhaps civilization in general), but gov't employees are human beings and citizens, and thus deserve a degree of dignity and respect.

Further, if they are treated with disrespect, then it will cost more to hire decent talent to compensate for an unpleasant working environment, and thus increase the burden on tax payers. Surely that should concern you anti-government and anti-tax types in a practical sense.

And they'd end up spending most their day explaining specific work decisions to clueless people in the general public who don't have enough knowledge of the work processes and subject matter, and thus will second-guess all day based on superficial issues.

I suggest you think through the fuller aspects your demands.

Comment Re:Hackers leak DHS directory, claim FBI is next (Score 1) 76

that old lady hag with the long face

It's unfair that people don't seem to mind aging male actors much if they are established. But viewers are brutal to most aging female actors, even well-known ones. Men are simply less judged on appearance. Perhaps it's human nature and we are just hard-wired that way.

Perhaps we shouldn't be so cynical about the seeming non-idealistic sides of biology: we are merely talking animals with just enough extra smarts to trick ourselves into thinking we are not driven by "primitive" urges.

Comment You CAN'T have ads without tracking. (Score 2) 318

That's never going to happen, so people who think that a compromise might some day be reached, need to let go of that.

Some of the things on the list are extremely easy because the browser itself is ultimately in control. If you don't want animation, for example, then your browser can elect to not animate things. Same for playing sound, executing Javascript, 10kb limit, etc. You're going to get your wish on all of that stuff, assuming you haven't already gotten it already.

But tracking isn't going to go away. Your computer is initiating a conversation with someone else's computer, and there's only one thing you can do to prevent someone else's computer from remembering that it happened: have there be nothing to remember, because nothing happened. i.e. don't request the ad.

If you get the ad, then you get tracking, period. There is no possible compromise between the two sides on this, and everyone who thinks they can have ads but no tracking, is kidding themselves.

Either the ad industry is going to persuade us that tracking isn't all that bad, or the users are going to persuade the media that ads aren't all that necessary. No middle ground exists on this.

Comment Re:Cores Schmores (Score 3, Interesting) 121

AMD best hope this CPU has some actual guts to it for performance / power efficiency.

Perhaps cores-schmores is one way to approach this? Lots of small cores with relatively slow clocks, as higher clocks tend to worsen power efficiency. I'm not discounting Intel's success with single-core performance per se, but I sometimes feel it's aimed at speeding up legacy applications, while those with modern OSes and code are happy with the cheaper multicore offerings from AMD.

Comment Re:Bitcoin, Ethereum or Monero (Score 1) 265

You're talking about two very different things. The old Monero (pre-0.9) kept the entire blockchain in RAM and so required huge amounts of RAM to be installed in the machine. The current version uses LMDB which is a memory-mapped database. The mmap may use a huge chunk of *virtual address space* but it never uses more than the currently available amount of RAM.

Ah, I didn't realize that. I recently reinstalled Monero when I got a big-ass machine with tons of RAM, and I wasn't sure if its performance was due to the hardware or other improvements. (Previously, it was a pain to use on machines with a measly 8 GB memory.)

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