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Comment: "Please don't throw me in the briar patch!" (Score 5, Insightful) 152

by J'raxis (#47812743) Attached to: Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

This is supposed to motivate me to upgrade? Right now, on the rare occasion I use Google,* I have JavaScript completely disabled to make Google (search, image search, and news) actually work the way I want it to in my browser. If they're going to help with this by serving me their older---read "cleaner, simpler, faster"---search page, I say, thanks, Google!

* Google alternative. They use the Google index but don't track their users.

Comment: Re:Right ... (Score 1) 175

by J'raxis (#47630753) Attached to: Yahoo To Add PGP Encryption For Email

That's what these large corporations all do.

Look at Google, grandstanding about moving things to HTTPS a few months ago, making things harder for the NSA, and so on, and yet at the same time they are now proactively scanning people's data for illegal activity and then handing it over to the government. Microsoft is doing the same thing.

What makes you think Yahoo will do anything different? The whole plan here is probably to get uninformed users to hand over their PGP keys so they can store them.

Comment: "Highly concentrated life zone" (Score 0) 184

by J'raxis (#47619971) Attached to: Man-Made "Dead Zone" In Gulf of Mexico the Size of Connecticut

If you read the article, it explains this "dead zone" is actually full of algae---in other words, it probably has more life in it than the entire surrounding area (in terms of number of organisms, concentration of organisms, total biomass, and so on). Maybe this is a good thing, maybe it's bad, maybe it's entirely indifferent, but it is not a "dead zone."

But of course if we described the zone honestly, we wouldn't be able to use it as environmentalist propaganda, now could we?

Comment: Hope this pans out (Score 4, Interesting) 26

by fatboy (#47491115) Attached to: Gene Therapy Converts Heart Cells Into "Biological Pacemakers"

My daughter has complete congenital heartblock due to exposure to SSa/Ro antibodies. (My wife had undiagnosed Sjogren's syndrome) She has had a pacemaker most of her life, with her first pacemaker implanted at 12 days. I'm very excited about this and hope that one day doctors could grow her a new AV node,

Security

German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks 244

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the how-to-tell-wikileaks-is-winning dept.
mpicpp (3454017) writes with news that Germany may be joining Russia in a paranoid switch from computers to typewriters for sensitive documents. From the article: Patrick Sensburg, chairman of the German parliament's National Security Agency investigative committee, now says he's considering expanding the use of manual typewriters to carry out his group's work. ... Sensburg said that the committee is taking its operational security very seriously. "In fact, we already have [a typewriter], and it's even a non-electronic typewriter," he said. If Sensburg's suggestion takes flight, the country would be taking a page out of the Russian playbook. Last year, the agency in charge of securing communications from the Kremlin announced that it wanted to spend 486,000 rubles (about $14,800) to buy 20 electric typewriters as a way to avoid digital leaks.

+ - CNN auto-play violates their own advertising standards

Submitted by xmas2003
xmas2003 (739875) writes "I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit that I have CNN on my news' bookmarks, since while they offer a quick look at the current news, their increasingly sensationalistic reporting leaves a bit to be desired. I almost exclusively would just look at print stories as their videos reporting is long-winded fluff ... a very low bandwidth way of consuming news. Plus hosts such as Piers Morgan and Jeanne Moos are just grating to listen to.

A few months ago, I noticed that CNN's videos (and audio!) were auto-playing at the top of their print stories. ironically, this violates their own advertising guidelines which says "Must be user initiated by click ...No host-initiated audio is permitted ...... Audio must be user initiated by click ... Audio must be user-initiated by clicking within the banner"

The power of the mighty (advertising) buck accelerates their downhill slide! ;-)"

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