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French Gov't Gives Facebook 3 Months To Stop Tracking Non-User Browsers 32

Reader iamthecheese writes RT reports that France's National Commission of Information and Freedoms found Facebook tracking of non-user browsers to be illegal. Facebook has three months to stop doing it. The ruling points to violations of members and non-members privacy in violation of an earlier ruling. The guidance, published last October, invalidates safe harbor provisions. If Facebook fails to comply the French authority will appoint someone to decide upon a sanction. Related: A copy of the TPP leaked last year no longer requires signing countries to have a safe harbor provision.

Submission + - Why Stack Overflow Doesn't Care About Ad Blockers

Press2ToContinue writes: Forging a bold step in the right direction, Stack Overflow announced today that they don't care if you use an ad blocker when you visit their site.

"The truth is: we don’t care if our users use ad blockers on Stack Overflow. More accurately: we hope that they won’t, but we understand that some people just don’t like ads. Our belief is that if someone doesn’t like them, and they won’t click on them, any impressions served to them will only annoy them-- plus, serving ads to people who won’t click on them harms campaign performance."

"Publishers can’t win by forcing ads — especially low-quality ads — in people’s faces. Think scantily-clad women selling flight deals, weight-loss supplement promos or wacky waving inflatable arm-flailing tube-men promoting car dealerships."


It's possible that this declaration by SO might help to clarify to advertisers that it is the overabundance of low quality ads that practically force the public to seek out ad blockers. But seriously, what is the likelihood of that?

Comment Re:Customer-centric? (Score 1) 148

I bought a Kindle Paperwhite used, from a friend of mine, and it's been great -- quite an amazing device, really. But I was disappointed (not hugely, just a twinge) that it didn't come with audio features; I had hoped it would be my car audiobook player as well as book replacement -- hadn't researched enough, and it hadn't occurred to me that they would have removed such a good feature.

Submission + - A second Little Ice Age uncovered

An anonymous reader writes: New data, compiled from tree rings in Russia, suggests that a previously undetected little ice age occurred in the 6th and 7th centuries, caused by a combination of volcanoes and low sunspot counts.

This cold spell would have preceded the Medieval Warm Period centered around 1000 AD that was followed by the already known Little Ice Age centered around 1600 AD. Note that no fossil fuel regulations or carbon taxes were used in creating this cold period. Note also this description of the consequences of that cold period:

The poor climate may been one of many factors contributing to societal changes of the era, including widespread crop failures and famines in Central Asia that may have triggered migrations from the area to China and Eastern Europe, thus helping spread an episode of plague (depicted in this 15th century painting) that originated there.

Famine and plague, caused by extreme cold, illustrating starkly that cooling is a far greater threat to human survival than climate warming. Meanwhile, the Medieval Warm Period saw a flourishing of American Indian culture in the American southwest.

So why do our modern climate doom-sayers fear warming so much, when there is no data to justify that fear, and plenty of data to suggest otherwise.

Submission + - North Korea's satellite tumbling 1

schwit1 writes: U.S. Defense officials stated today that the satellite that North Korea launched on Sunday is now tumbling in orbit and is useless.

Do not take comfort from this failure. North Korea has demonstrated that it can put payloads in orbit. From this achievement it is a very short leap to aiming those payloads to impact any continent on Earth. They might not be able to aim that impact very accurately, but if you want to ignite an atomic bomb somewhere, you don't have to be very accurate.

Submission + - Supreme Court blocks Obama carbon emissions plan (yahoo.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by blocking federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the centerpiece of his administration's strategy to combat climate change.

On a 5-4 vote, the court granted a request made by 27 states and various companies and business groups to block the administration's Clean Power Plan. The move means the regulations will not be in effect while litigation continues over whether their legality.

Submission + - FAA Eases Drone Restrictions in Washington, DC (roboticstrends.com)

An anonymous reader writes: It’s been tough sledding for drone hobbyists in Washington, D.C., but the Federal Aviation Administration is easing its restrictions.

After doubling the radius of the “no-drone zone” from 15 miles to 30 miles outside of Washington, D.C. in 2015, the FAA announced drones can now fly in the “outer ring” of the Special Flight Rules Area. This means drones can operate between a 15- to 30-mile radius outside of the nation’s capitol.

Drones that fly between the 15- to 30-mile radius still have to operate under specific conditions: drones must weigh less than 55 pounds, be registered and marked, fly under 400 feet, stay in the operator’s line of sight, only fly in clear conditions, and avoid other aircraft.

Feed Google News Sci Tech: Android creator Andy Rubin is making a free dashcam - Engadget (google.com)


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Android creator Andy Rubin is making a free dashcam
Engadget
There's been a lot of speculation about what Android inventor and ex-Googler Andy Rubin has been up to with his startup, Playground Global. Is he making a phone? Well, no... but what he is doing could still grab your attention. Rubin tells Wired that ...
Andy Rubin will give you a free dashcam, but you have to give him permission to use the dataPhandroid.com
Andy Rubin plans Gmail model for AI-teaching dashcamSlashGear
The inventor of Android wants to give you a free dashboard cameraThe Verge
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Submission + - Amazon is rolling back the anorexic Helvetica in the latest Kindle update (teleread.com)

David Rothman writes: Props to Amazon. The Helvetica font will be restored to a more readable weight than the anorexic one in the latest update for E Ink Kindles. Let’s hope that an all-bold switch—or, better, a font weight adjuster of the kind that Kobo now offers—will also happen. I’ve queried Amazon about that possibility.

Submission + - 20 Years Since This Man Declared Cyberspace Independance (wired.com) 1

fred911 writes: On this day in 1996, Barlow sat down in front of a clunky Apple laptop and typed out one very controversial email, now known as the “Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace,” a manifesto with a simple message: Governments don’t—and can’t—govern the Internet.
Crime

Hearthstone Cheats and Tools Spiked With Malware (csoonline.com) 23

itwbennett writes: Cheating at the online card game Hearthstone (which is based on Blizzard's World of Warcraft) can get you banned from the game, but now it also puts you at risk of 'financial losses and system ruin,' writes CSO's Steve Ragan. Symantec is warning Hearthstone players about add-on tools and cheat scripts that are spiked with malware. 'In one example, Hearth Buddy, a tool that allows bots to play the game instead of a human player (which is supposed to help with rank earnings and gold earning) compromises the entire system,' says Ragan. 'Another example, are the dust and gold hacking tools (Hearthstone Hack Tool), which install malware that targets Bitcoin wallets.'

Submission + - Linode issues same SSH keys to all Ubuntu 15 for 3 Months

An anonymous reader writes: It is not clear what other Linode images are affected as they sent the notice to each customer directly (and did not post this security issue on their blog):

It has come to our attention that there is an issue with the Ubuntu 15.10 image we offered from November 10th, 2015, through February 4th, 2016. Any Linodes deployed using this image within this time frame are using identical SSH server keys. If you're receiving this ticket, you have a disk image currently affected by this issue.

For those unfamiliar with these terms, consider this fuller explanation: Each Linux server running the SSH daemon should have a set of unique keys, used to generate the encryption between client and server. While this traffic is still secure against an attempt to access data by "wire sniffing," someone could use those keys to institute a "man in the middle" attack. The network rules on our infrastructure prevent such an attack from a neighboring Linode, but connections made from insecure wifi-networks or clients with compromised DNS could be vulnerable.

The steps required to resolve this issue are easy and few. First, from your Linode terminal, as root or with the sudo prefix, run:

rm -f /etc/ssh/ssh_host_*
dpkg-reconfigure openssh-server
service ssh restart
Books

Uborne Children's Books Release For Free Computer Books From the '80s (usborne.com) 67

martiniturbide writes: To promote some new computer coding books for kids, Uborne Children's Books has put online 15 of its children books from the '80s to learn how to code games. The books are available for free in PDF format and has samples to create your game for Commodore 64, VIC 20, Apple, TRS 80, Spectrum and other. Maybe you read some of them like "Machine Code for Beginners" or "Write your own Adventure Program for MicroComputers." Should other publishers also start to make their 80's and 90's computer books available for free?

Submission + - Vladimir Putin's Internet advisor wants to tax Apple and ban Microsoft Windows (networkworld.com) 1

anderzole writes: German Klimenko, who was recently appointed to be Vladimir Putin's special advisor on all Internet related matters, already has some big ideas about how Russia should adjust its dealings with companies like Apple, Microsoft and Google.

Seemingly not content to see the smartphone landscape effectively dominated by Apple and Google, Klimenko, during a recent interview, exclaimed that both companies should pay a whole lot more in taxes to the Russian government.

"When you buy an app from Google Play or the App Store anywhere in Europe, VAT is charged at the place of payment, but not here in our banana republic,” Klimenko frustratingly explained in statements originally relayed by Bloomberg.

While government officials seeking to pad tax revenue is hardly earth shattering, Klimenko's opinions on Microsoft are a bit bizarre as he reportedly wants to ban Windows from all government computers because Microsoft "complied with sanctions over Putin’s annexation of Crimea by halting all business with the peninsula..."

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