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Comment: Re:bye (Score 1) 529

by NoMaster (#49755201) Attached to: Ads Based On Browsing History Are Coming To All Firefox Users

Also on the top right of a new tab is a settings 'cog' where you can choose "Enhanced", "Classic" or "Blank" so you can easily turn this off.

Yes, but the questions people are asking themselves are these: why would I want to use a broswer that keeps doing this kind of shit? Particularly when they have a demonstrated history of removing from display the option to undo that shit, all in the name of 'simplification' and 'a cleaner UI'?

They're not new questions - they come up each time FF decides to 'improve' some aspect of their 'user experience', rather than actually improve their browser.

I, for one, have gotten sick of repeatedly asking myself those questions and am sitting back on an older ESR version. I doubt I'll ever install FF again, and am happy to wait another couple of years for somebody like PaleMoon to get their Mac version reasonably stable, up-to-date, and working.

Comment: Re:how about we go back to the old days? (Score 2) 244

I think you meant this:
"Labels lend money to artists to pay the labels for recording their music, then the artists pay the labels to pay the radio stations to play their music, pay the labels to market their album to convince you to buy their $10 collection of songs, and pay the labels to pay the royalty services to collect money from the radio stations (who have been paid by the artists out of the money paid to the labels to pay the radio station to play them) to pay the labels.

The artists then pay the labels to pay them - and what's left is called 'profit'."

Comment: Re:Great news! (Score 3, Insightful) 125

It won't actually happen, because our economy is roaring along thanks to the mining boom, and the powers-that-be want to slow it down a bit and rake in some of the dough while the going's good.

Errr, yeah, OK. Checked mineral commodity prices lately?

It's slowing down quite nicely by itself thank you, and no thanks to any (non-existant) government attempts to slow it down. Besides which the Aus govt is still wedded to the completely dickheaded means of manipulating the economy by controlling housing availbility & prices - anything else is a bit too complicated for the "Clever Country"*...

(* Where "clever" means "I negative geared out my arsehole & now have slightly more money than I started with"...)

Comment: Re:So what about other drones (Score 1) 99

by NoMaster (#49644445) Attached to: Amazon's Delivery Drones Will Be Able To Track Your Location

If Amazon drones can communicate with each other and hopefully perform collision avoidance, how will they do the same with drones from the random Drones'R'Us startup companies that will be popping up all over the place in the next X years?


The whole point of Amazon's current guff about drone deliveries is (a) P.R., and (b) grabbing patents to cover all aspects of drone delivery technology.

Because of (b) there simply won't be any "random Drones'R'Us startup companies" to interfere. At least, not ones that aren't licencing / using Amazon's patented communications & collision avoidance technologies...

Comment: Re:Google Streams (Score 1) 359

by NoMaster (#49558883) Attached to: Google Insiders Talk About Why Google+ Failed

The YouTube thing was never about getting people on to G+, it was about cleaning up YouTube. Anonymous accounts lead to every video's comments being filled with abuse.

Didn't work. If anything, YouTube comments are filled with even more poisonous shitty abuse from assorted pseudonymous fuckwits than ever before.


Yeah, I see it works just as well here...

Comment: Re:Australian here (Score 4, Informative) 85

by NoMaster (#49281191) Attached to: Australia May Introduce Site Blocking To Prevent Copyright Infringement

The second thing is, the Libs face a hostile senate ... the LNP (Liberal/National Party) haven't been able to do much of anything

To put this into some perspective for non-Aus people: the LNP government is still trying to get major items from last year's budget passed. And this year's budget is only about 8 weeks away...

Comment: Re:seems about the same (Score 1, Redundant) 320

Once you get past the hype, the media stories, the click bait; and learn how to actually read scientific papers, they seem about as accurate as they've ever been.


/. articles like this one are basically stalking horse stooges - a paragraph of well-known minor concerns that together add up & appear to be 'truthy' evidence of a major problem, and an 'honest' question tacked onto the end.

The whole point is to sow FUD...

Comment: Re: Cost savings (Score 5, Insightful) 106

by NoMaster (#49134103) Attached to: Argonne National Laboratory Shuts Down Online Ask a Scientist Program

Simple web app: $1000
Shared web hosting: $50/yr
Managing a pool of postgrads, postdocs, researchers, and other subject matter experts to answer children's questions while fending off the Creationists, Tea-Partiers, and other assorted nutjobs who insist on being given equal access and status to teach the Truth to counter the Liberal Ivory-Tower Acedemic lies? Priceless...

Comment: Re:Horribly misleading summary (Score 1) 681

by NoMaster (#49109387) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge


Not being an American, I have few preconceptions about Bill Nye* - the little I know of him is entirely from the occasional comment on the internet, and I think I the only time I've ever seen him was in an epsiode of Stargate - but the summary is basically manipulative outrage-clickbait.

Read The Fine Article, people - or forever remain Slashdot Sheeple...

(*I did wonder why you all mispronounced his name just to make it fit into a little rhyme, and now I know.)

Comment: Re:"Not intentional". Right. (Score 1) 370

by NoMaster (#49034725) Attached to: Samsung Smart TVs Injected Ads Into Streamed Video

Given that Free TV Australia's 'standard'* for HbbTV here** specifically allows HbbTV apps to insert their own ads when 3rd-party content is being viewed, I suspect either:
(a) Samsung trod on the network's toes by rolling out firmware which conflicted with 9Jumpin / Plus7 / TENplay / SBS On Demand's own plans for ad-insertion, or
(b) It's all part of the network's plans - but Samsung jumped the gun.

* quotes because it's a self-policed industry / lobby group agreement, not a standard standard...
** a.k.a. "FreeviewPlus"

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