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Comment Re:If abp falls then another will rise (Score 1) 352

Seriously, if pages are annoying then there are 10.000 others to choose from. These guys need another business model..

The problem is, I'm not looking for web pages. I'm looking for specific content.

There may be hundreds of millions of other pages, but how many Schlock Mercenary's are there? How many's are there?

Charlie Stross's personal/author blog? Sure, there are other authors with blogs. I happen to like what he has to say.
Web comics? Yea, I've got a list of things I read. And there's stuff that I don't read.

Nothing else is an exact match for Irregular Web Comics, or Schlock Mercenary, or Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, or ....

There are things that can do a partial substitution. There's a bunch of lego comics; there are other decent story comics. And there's my personal choice for "best of the bunch".

What do a lot of these sites have in common? Oddly, now that I think about it, they make money by selling merchandise/books, not by selling ads on-screen. Hmm.

Comment Re:There are good reasons for gvt bureaucracy, rem (Score 1) 275

You clearly are not aware of how bad a no-bid procurement process can get. Sadly I've seen it in action and let's say it would put third world countries to shame.

Then again, there are rare times when no-bid contracts work just fine.
Start at, and read the next 6 pages...

Comment Re:I remember ..... (Score 1) 284

Why would you even WANT to have 20 browser windows open in 1995??

Well, on my NeXT slab, on the original WWW software, I would have lots of windows open. Every link opened in a new browser. I could easily move around, go back, see where I was, etc. Responsiveness was very, very high. Pages were simple, and presented information -- not trying to sell ads by downloading code from other sites without any peer review.

What do you mean, modern windowing systems have huge overhead per window?
What do you mean, modern websites won't work if you interact with multiple windows in the same session?

Comment Re: I think it's hilarious and ironic Facebook (Score 1) 220

Yeish. I had no idea it was that bad, actually.

So who writes these javascript specifications, anyways?
Who is at fault for leaking privacy data to a commercial entity without approval -- the commercial entity for asking for the data, the business that makes and distributes the browser without care for leaking data, or what?

And why is it that there is no "User is under 13" mode in the browsers?

Comment Re: I think it's hilarious and ironic Facebook (Score 1) 220

Cookies aren't even required anymore for tracking. Data can be stored in local storage, global storage, indexed DB, even in your web history...

You left out "Lets get a list of all your browser extensions, in the order they are registered to the browser". That turns out to be amazingly specific for any person that is concerned about privacy.

So, I use a normal cookie with a 10 year expiration, and a list of your browser extensions. No extensions? Cookie. Privacy minded person? List of what you are doing. What privacy?

Does anyone know a firefox extension that prevents sites from querying the firefox extensions?

Comment Save at shutdown, and occasionally grab web data? (Score 1) 111

So what ever happened to "save the random state at shutdown, and restore the random state at startup"? That, I thought, was standard behavior as of about a decade ago.

If that wasn't enough, then every so often (no more than once a day or so), grab 1K of random bytes from, and add it to the pool at a slow and steady rate (when /dev/random would block, for example); refill that buffer when empty if enough time has passed.

Yes, that basically means 1K bytes, or 8K bits, of entropy only for /dev/random, that would not be visible to /dev/urandom. People using urandom are basically saying that they don't need the really good numbers, right?

Comment Re:string.. (Score 1) 176

I wonder how many people would walk up to a stranger, grab their camera and throw it hard to the pavement - its much the same thing really. They would have to be doing something pretty damn wrong...

I don't know, ask law enforcement how many times they've taken someone's camera, or phone, etc. Clearly, the people filming the police must have been doing something pretty damn wrong ... that is what you meant, right?

Comment Re:Hardly devastating, but a waste of several hour (Score 1) 285

Oh, I just have to chime in on this one.

When you fork a copy of someone's git repository? Do not assume that the code you've just inherited matches the binary that you have been using. Make a test compile before you do anything.

Sometimes, what's in the public repository doesn't match what was compiled for the binary. Sheesh.

Comment Why not just use 82 like everyone else? (Score 1) 388

I have a much better answer. Recognize that 70F is too cold, and it should be 78F.

Oh, wait -- we are now being told that 78 is too harsh for the environment, and we need to raise our thermostat to 82F.

** But ... somehow, it's OK for an office to jump all the way down to 70F? And then pass those expenses on to the consumer? So I'm having to pay for your A/C when I'm forced into tier-3 rates when I cannot even get close to your "comfort" level? And it turns out that your "comfort" level is based on wearing three layers of clothing and finger gloves to stay warm?

... something seems wrong here, I can't quite put my finger on it.

Comment Re:Google lost user trust (Score 1) 279

I liked Google Buzz. Really, really liked it. It was like Twitter, but with longer posts. It had a much better privacy policy (private by default).

If I recall correctly, they had a minor screw-up on launch day, and had that fixed the next day.

But that one day error poisoned the brand name.

Remember when the Tylenol brand name was poisoned because someone messed with a couple of bottles on drugstore shelves? They worked to regain consumer trust, when experts were saying the brandname was dead.

Google did nothing to address public concern about buzz. They let the brand and product die. They then came out with something else -- Plus -- based on "Public by default". "Real name forced".

"Keybounce" has had almost no name collisions. My real name has some of the strangest name collisions, and it's not a common last name at all. I've been known online by "Keybounce" since I started BBS'ing in 1982, and was active on an anti-government BBS in the Los Angeles area.

If that wasn't bad enough, it became impossible for me to even comment on my own youtube videos, I had to make a new youtube account ("Key Bounce") to leave comments, and I had to make a new "google plus" page just to own my videos because I wanted my email name to be different from my youtube name.

WTF Google? Why bind my email address to a youtube account because you are a search engine?

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