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Comment: Re:Scrap heap (Score 1) 394

[T]he more the Big Data analytics companies know about you the more they will be able to manipulate you and control your life all for their benefit, not yours.

I disagree -- they don't want to control your life all for their benefit -- they want to sell the analytics to third parties who want to control your life, and they want to sell "access" to third parties to influence your perception of the online world.

This is actually part of the EU argument for the "right to be forgotten" -- and the only part I agree with; the big data analytics companies like Google are already serving up different results based on the user index -- if they're already doing this, then it's only one more step to say "these people are in the EU, and so shouldn't see these results at all (not just rank them lower like they already do).

This all started with Amazon back in the day, when they started showing different deals and adjusting ALL pricing based on your CI profile. Google eventually got in on that, and it now affects pretty much all of their products (even GMail will bubble up different emails based on what they think you'll want to pay most attention to). This could be considered beneficial, but it's naieve to think that you're the only one getting this benefit; it's being sold in reverse-aggregate form to others so that those who pay Google get finely honed access to the customers they think might want the services. Nothing wrong with that either, but I'd rather not take part unless I choose to (as opposed to being shown the altered world view as my default browsing experience).

As a result, I use Google Search now when I want something targeting me, and ddg/yahoo when I want to search for something specific, as Google's got really good at pushing what it thinks I'd prefer rather than what I want. It gets this data through GMail, Chrome, GoogDNS, GooglePlus, etc. I usually use Youtube as an indicator of how well they're tracking my current browser, and when things start to skew too much, I blow away all my cookies, flash bugs, etc. and renew my DHCP lease. Usually takes a couple of months.

Comment: Re:Not all spooks are bad (Score 1) 110

by Em Adespoton (#48460245) Attached to: Top NSA Official Raised Alarm About Metadata Program In 2009

It's fine that you agree, but what about everybody else? If I stop posting then much of what's left on varous topics will be bad arguments and non-factual "facts." Nobody should want that, it doesn't help anybody. I'll keep posting to benefit everybody else even if you agree with me.

Usually CF and I come down on opposite sides of arguments to do with US government overreach, but I completely agree with him on this point. Using blanket statements and emotion-based arguments does nothing to prove a point, and both he and I have called that out on this thread.

So, like him and Chris453, I'd like some further explanation as to why the US isn't evil, but the NSA, which is a US government organization, IS evil? It seems to me that either US citizens should disband it if they feel it's evil, or they should get rid of the parts that are evil and keep the good parts, or they should leave their country if they feel it is evil and not providing them the power to excise the evil parts. Or, of course, topple the entire government.

Living in a country, complaining that its signals branch of the government is evil, and then doing nothing else about it but complacently reaping the benefits of the "evil" government's actions seems just as evil (or at least hypocritical) in my view. "Because they're evil!" is the sort of reasoning that lends itself more to fascist regimes than to true democratic republics.

Comment: Re:Scrap heap (Score 1) 394

NotScripts is the NoScripts equivalent in Chrome and it works pretty well.

That said, if NoScript starts working on Chrome, I'd likely switch eventually -- and no, NoScripts isn't a real replacement.

NotScripts works well for what it does, but all it does is toggle scripts on/off. NoScript does a LOT more, providing an XSS jail, among other things.

Comment: Re:Not all spooks are bad (Score 1) 110

by Em Adespoton (#48437951) Attached to: Top NSA Official Raised Alarm About Metadata Program In 2009

By that logic, I can extend your argument to "All Americans are bad dudes" because they have done nothing to rein in the US Military complex, US IP complex, US entertainment complex and US meddling in foreign politics, not to mention the doubletalk used in dealing with the US itself.

Don't demonize others for not doing things you haven't done yourself, nor make them guilty by association, unless you're willing to be called out as similarly guilty.

Comment: Re:My two cents (Score 1) 357

Yes, I'm pretty sure you could engineer the climate for Sudan without negatively affecting Ethiopia. Of course, the means of doing that is probably via land reclamation techniques, but that's really true for pretty much any major climate improvement at this point in our planet's life.

Comment: Re:I prefer this rewrite (Score 1) 554

by Em Adespoton (#48427095) Attached to: "Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

Well, at least it'd be realistic. Although the comment about "boys can like pink" was a bit over the top -- things like that go over better when they're not pointed out. I read it and thought: "Is there something wrong with liking pink?"

Now what we need is a "Neckbeard Barbie" -- but I don't think Mattel would ever go there.

Comment: Re:The point of such a service has evolved. (Score 1) 55

by Em Adespoton (#48422423) Attached to: Nielsen Will Start Tracking Netflix and Amazon Video

There's another purpose too: it lets the major distribution networks see what *kind* of show people are watching. This way, when they review the pilots for the next season, they have that extra data point to take into consideration. It also means that these content producers can decide if it's worth entering a specific market segment in the streaming realm. As this is a transition period, this could be very useful information (producers can tune their contracts up front, and only rent properties that will boost their viewing base significantly while rent shopping their most popular items as exclusive deals with a single content delivery channel).

Comment: Re:Scrap heap (Score 5, Interesting) 394

Funny; FF has been my default browser for almost a decade now. Why? The plugins and the ability to control it all myself. Chrome/Chromium are too tied to the mothership for me -- and I say that as someone who uses for DNS.

That said, if NoScript starts working on Chrome, I'd likely switch eventually -- and no, NoScripts isn't a real replacement.

Comment: Re:Replace Cisco, and Akamai and then maybe.. (Score 1) 210

by Em Adespoton (#48413269) Attached to: Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web

Replace Cisco, and Akamai and then maybe I'll be convinced it's better than the current situation. But it's still oxymoronic service: A central authority that *REQUIRES* trust for people who don't trust anybody.

And what do you do for countries with draconian Cert laws like England? (They want a copy of your root cert)

The resulting entity would have to be incorporated in Iceland or something. FAR away from 5-eye's dragnets.

Good question regarding root certs.

As for Iceland being far away from 5-eyes:
Look at where the Iceland trunks go to -- hint: Canada and England are part of 5-Eyes
That, and the country closest to Iceland is....

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