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Comment: Re:Trouble prone (Score 2, Insightful) 128

by JohnWhitney (#29476093) Attached to: WiMax In 2010 — Too Little, Too Late?
Is that really a common WiMax experience?

I've had ClearWire for about two years now, and have gotten a reliable 1.5Mbps/256kbps connection with no hiccups. Now they have converted me over to a 5Mbps/500kbps connection for the same price (although I seem to be getting around 2.5Mbps instead of 5). I've never had the problems you are complaining about.
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Adobe Flash Cookies Raising Privacy Questions Again 103

Posted by kdawson
from the flash-in-the-pan dept.
Nearly a year after we discussed the privacy implications of Flash cookies, they are in the news again as the US government considers revising its cookie policy. Wired covers a study out of UC Berkeley exposing questionable practices used by many of the Internet's most-visited Web sites (abstract). The most questionable activity the report exposes is known as "respawning": after a user has deleted browser tracking cookies, some sites will use information in Flash cookies to recreate them. The report names two companies, Clearspring and QuantCast, whose technologies reinstate cookies for other Web sites. "Federal websites have traditionally been banned from using tracking cookies, despite being common around the web — a situation the Obama administration is proposing to change as part of an attempt to modernize government websites. But the debate shouldn't be about allowing browser cookies or not, according Ashkan Soltani, a UC Berkeley graduate student who helped lead the study. 'If users don't want to be tracked and there is a problem with tracking, then we should regulate tracking, not regulate cookies,' Soltani said."

Comment: Re:Rejection of IP is a two sided sword (Score 1) 570

by JohnWhitney (#26741517) Attached to: Washington State Wants DNA From All Arrestees
IP and copyright are about business and making a profit. DNA sample collection is about life and liberty. It's also possible to reject current IP and copyright laws (implementations) without rejecting the whole concept (i.e., why not copyright only for 20 years?).

To flip your argument back onto you: you cannot reject the police searching your house whenever they want, without a warrant and without charge, if you don't reject people taking your DNA without being convicted of a crime. In either case, you are being presumed guilty.

Comment: Re:You're kidding (Score 5, Insightful) 418

by JohnWhitney (#25274337) Attached to: Senate Votes To Empower Parents As Censors

My other gripe is how we so feverishly protect our children. Hiding things from children doesn't help them. It hurts them.

One thing you need to understand is that children don't have the experience and coping mechanisms in place to handle all of the content you or I could. There are things that I could watch or read that I would find mildly upsetting that would give my children nightmares for weeks. This is because they don't have the same risk-assessment capabilities that I do, because they don't have the experience.

So yes, I do shield my children from things I think they can't handle yet. When I feel they have reached an age that they are mature enough to, I will gladly let them chose. Treating children as miniature adults, though, is just stupid.

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