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Yahoo Denies Ad-blocking Users Access To Email ( 302

JoeyRox writes: Yahoo is running an A/B test that blocks access to Yahoo email if the site detects that the user is running an Ad Blocker. Yahoo says that this a trial rather than a new policy, effecting only a "small number" of users. Those lucky users are greeted with a message that reads "Please disable Ad Blocker to continue using Yahoo Mail." Regarding the legality of the move, "Yahoo is well within its rights to do so," said Ansel Halliburton an attorney at Kronenberger Rosenfeld who specializes in Internet law.
The Almighty Buck

Cuban Talks Trash At Intel Extreme Masters, Drops $30K of F-Bombs For Charity ( 51

MojoKid writes: Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank star Mark Cuban isn't known for holding his tongue, even when their are fines involved. If you thought that might change in the eSports arena, you'd be mistaken. The billionaire trash talker dropped a couple of f-bombs at the Intel Extreme Masters tournament in San Jose this past weekend, and he'll have to pay tens of thousands of dollars for doing so. Not that he minds. In fact, after being informed on stage during a post-match interview that he was was being fined $15,000 for dropping an f-bomb, and that the funds would go to charity, he promptly asked if he'd be hit with another one if he did it again. His intentional outburst meant that he'd be on the hook for $30,000, all of which will go to the Cybersmile Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides expert help and advice for cyberbullying victims and their families. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich also squared off on opposing teams in a game of League of Legends.

Comment Re:Phone book (Score 1) 47

People can at least opt out of the phone book. And with the prevalence of mobiles and the decline of landlines, there's an entire generation of people now who have never been listed in a phone book and don't have to worry about it. I don't even remember the last time I got an updated white pages tossed on my porch, it's been years for sure.

Battered wives, stalking victims, controversial bloggers, Twitch gamers, and people who just value their privacy in general, really don't need Comcast broadcasting their home address to the world. Especially when nobody knew it was happening, and especially when Comcast explicitly said they wouldn't do that. Getting doxxed and stalked/swatted/etc. is a big enough threat already without one's ISP making things even easier.

Comment Re:Next step? (Score 2) 111

So I'm likely to know I'm on a Stingray. Do you think I could sort of wardrive to try to locate the device?

Kinda. You can install AIMSICD on an Android phone; it displays a map of cell towers and alerts you when the presence of a stingray is likely. An icon in the phone's status bar will change from green, to yellow, to orange, to red indicating the threat level. I've seen a couple of yellows, which means something weird is going on with tower IDs, but isn't necessarily dangerous. If you got an orange or red icon you could pull up the tower map, find the dot, and drive towards it (or very fast away from it!).

Comment Re:Why use stingrays at all? (Score 2) 111

Is there any information a stingray can collect that the cellular carriers don't also collect?

Yes, everyone else's information in addition to the hypothetical suspect's, with zero requirement for any semblance of probable cause.

The stingray just seems like an end-run around getting a court order to subpoena the information from the carriers.

Right, that's the whole point. The court would never grant a subpoena for information about "everyone who was in the area of Main St. and 4th Ave. on January the 9th," so they're subverting the court altogether.

Comment Re:Sounds very complicated. (Score 1) 24

Sorry I haven't been around much. Since I retired I've been concentrating on writing and haven't been to slashdot much.

A lamp my grandmother gave me will be an antique in fifteen years. Sad that antique literature is still under copyright.

Comment Re:It's a trap! Don't do it! (Score 1) 24

If something is broken I do have to worry about it, because if the landlord's costs go up, your rent goes up. The renter bears all the costs of ownership plus profit. Even after the inevitable repairs and taxes, owning is cheaper than renting. I've both owned and rented,

And yes, a homeowner can lose his house, I lost both of mine. The first was because the ex cleaned me out before she left, and the bank swindled me out of the second. The Illinois AG sued them and they paid me $1200 for stealing my house. And someone I used to know's parents lost their paid off home because the taxes rose to more than their mortgage had been. But again, it's harder for a homeowner to lose his home than a renter. I've never been evicted, but I know a lot of people who have, through no fault of their own.

User Journal

Journal Journal: Ask Slashdot: What SF Magazines do you read? 2

I'm actually looking for two things: good magazines I haven't found, and good magazines to submit science fiction stories to. I also want to know where I can find your favorite magazines; I've been getting them at the Barnes&Noble in town, but they sell out quickly. Once all they had was three copies of F&SF, and I found it to be excellent. Another time I found five titles, but I haven't seen Asimov's there, and I always liked that one.

Social Networks

Social Media and the Age of Microcomplaints ( 119

An anonymous reader writes: "Name an inequity, and it is highly likely that social media has helped call meaningful attention to it, if not started and hashtagged a movement," claims the NY Times. The article suggests people are much more willing to complain about meaningless issues now that they have a public audience. "The smartphone in particular has facilitated extemporaneous caviling. Irritations that the passage of time may have soothed can, in the moment, be immediately expressed to an audience." Further, an aggrieved social media post can lend more weight to a minor problem than the author ever intended, or than it deserved. An offhand tweet can lead to a nationwide media frenzy as people who aren't connected with a complaint's author lack perspective and emotional context for it.

Comment One TFA is paywalled, the other has a big pop-up (Score 1) 69

With Apple's market penetration, I can see this taking off where some previous offerings haven't done so well. I wonder about the logistics behind any such system, would you have to tie a checking account to your Apple ID? Would people be willing to do that?

On a lighter note, I saw a recent episode of Drugs Inc. where they showed a cocaine dealer with his Square dongle plugged into his phone, bragging that he can take credit cards. Consumer to consumer micro-transactions are an interesting [To Read the Full Comment, Subscribe to My Comments]

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