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Comment: Re:Do Not Track never meant anything (Score 1) 132

by beakerMeep (#48686155) Attached to: Google and Apple Weaseling Out of "Do Not Track"

Of course I read your post, please don't be condescending and spare me the piecemeal quoting. Not everything in my post was supposed to be a refutation of yours.

Suggesting we protect privacy through politics just sounds ridiculous to me. It was never even clear what was defined as tracking by DNT. DNT wasn't less intrusive, it was empty and symbolic. So, here's my question: why did we need an empty, symbolic regulation to show that ad companies are tracking people?

Back to your original point though, the ad industry seemed to be ready to support DNT until MS made the default setting on, which clearly wasn't a user's "wishes". This wasn't a display of the advertising industry's unwillingness to regulate themselves, it was their unwillingness to let MS dictate terms to them.

Additionally, the NAI has long had an opt out system: http://www.networkadvertising.... (long before DNT). Saying they failed to self-regulate strikes me a misinformed at best.

Also, you might want to consider your own knowledge level on a subject before accusing others of not understanding, it might improve "your persuasion skills".

Comment: Re:Do Not Track never meant anything (Score 1) 132

by beakerMeep (#48683765) Attached to: Google and Apple Weaseling Out of "Do Not Track"

I get what you are saying but I dont think it actually makes it any harder to argue ToS in court, especially if it is enabled by default in IE.

If you can agree to contractual terms by clicking through some agreement, you can agree to "waive" your DNT setting. Think about it this way, would it stand up in court if we put a "I don't agree to any DRM in the video I watch online" header in HTTP?

Either way, I am not sure what court is going to protect you from malicious actors that would not follow DNT. We should be working on stopping the ability to track, not about making statements of intent for possible future litigation in a court of law. Browsers were supposed to be the "thin-client-ish" gatekeepers that sandbox the web for users, not our legal representation.

Comment: Re:Do Not Track never meant anything (Score 1) 132

by beakerMeep (#48683733) Attached to: Google and Apple Weaseling Out of "Do Not Track"

Cross site tracking wasn't some secret. DNT just put some hand-wavey PR fluff at the forefront of the privacy debate, and it's not protecting anyone. This plays wonderfully for companies that make money from products and want to stick it to companies that make money off of ads.

I don't know about you, but I would like a real solution. A client HTTP header that asks to the server to please behave is a waste of everyone's time. From a technical perspective this should have been laughed out of the room before it ever got started. But DNT was always political. It was just so that some people/groups can point fingers and others can feel vindicated from a false sense of accomplishment. It is exactly what you are doing in your post.

But most of the people who have heard of DNT also knew cross site tracking was happening long before DNT came to be.


Hubble Reveals a Previously Unknown Dwarf Galaxy Just 7 Million Light Years Away 67

Posted by timothy
from the hey-neighbor dept.
The L.A. Times reports that the Hubble Space Telescope's ongoing survey work has discovered a dwarf universe a mere 7 million light years away: While only just recently discovered using Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys, the galaxy known as KKs3 has been around for a long while. Astronomers led by Igor Karachentsev of the Special Astrophysical Observatory in Karachai-Cherkessia, Russia, showed that some 74% of KKs3’s star mass was formed in the universe’s early years, at least 12 billion years ago. Most of the tiny galaxy’s stars are old and dim, making it a fascinating fossil that could help astronomers understand what ancient galactic environments looked like.

Comment: So closed-minded... (Score 2) 192

by beakerMeep (#48678631) Attached to: MIT Unifies Web Development In Single, Speedy New Language

It takes 2 clicks on Haxe's site to see it can be used with lots of different kinds of client and server code. Flash is mentioned as an "also, haxe can make swfs" http://haxe.org/use-cases/web/ (despite Flash being a huge part of Haxe's maturing development) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H...

Flash development and ActionScript as a language were never "shit". It certainly was abused and mismanaged, but technologically Flash/AS was amazingly useful -- especially in tying animation to code.

If you ever are willing to challenge your own beliefs you should take some time and checkout Haxe, and Apache Flex. Try keeping an open mind to technologies that greatly shaped the web we have today. A lot of ECMAScript was based on lessons learned from ActionScript. A lot of web games and comics were brought to you by Flash. YouTube, Twitch, Hulu, Yahoo Maps (formerly), and thousands of games, all were built on the backs of Flash. Firefox's original JIT was based on Flash 9 and donated by Adobe and is the second largest open source code donation ever to Mozilla.

Does Flash have problems? Definitely.

Should you dismiss a huge part of the web out of hand? Only if you want to make yourself look like a fool.

Comment: Re:Old news. (Score 1) 281

by beakerMeep (#48644221) Attached to: Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

The federal guidelines are too short for yellow lights. And if all it took to make things safer was to lengthen the yellow, why do we need to trade once accident for another? What kind of justification is that? "It's less severe an injury!"

Given the way people actually drive, why not just increase the yellow?

Comment: Re:Clapper (Score 1) 230

by beakerMeep (#48631751) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

It can work the other way around too -- if you get too far from your phone, it goes into pin/password lock mode. But if it is near a trusted bluetooth device, easily swipe to open. Works with any bluetooth (pebble, moto 360, your car) and Moto X 2013/2014 and Android 5+ devices. I assume iPhone has a similar feature.


Last Three Years the Quietest For Tornadoes Ever 187

Posted by timothy
from the always-calm-before-a-storm dept.
schwit1 writes The uncertainty of science: 2014 caps the quietest three year period for tornadoes on record, and scientists really don't understand why. "Harold Brooks, a meteorologist with the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Okla., said there's no consistent reason for the three-year lull — the calmest stretch since a similar quiet period in the late 1980s — because weather patterns have varied significantly from year to year. While 2012 tornado activity was likely suppressed by the warm, dry conditions in the spring, 2013 was on the cool side for much of the prime storm season before cranking up briefly in late May, especially in Oklahoma, SPC meteorologist Greg Carbin said. Then, activity quickly quieted for the summer of 2013."

Canada Waives Own Rules, Helps Microsoft Avoid US Visa Problems 122

Posted by timothy
from the alle-menschen-sind-auslaender-fast-ueberall dept.
Freshly Exhumed writes Citizenship and Immigration Canada has granted an unprecedented exemption to Microsoft that will allow the company to bring in an unspecified number of temporary foreign workers as trainees without first looking for Canadians to fill the jobs. No other company in any other field has been granted such an exemption, and it does not fall within any of the other categories where exemptions are normally given, according to a source familiar with process, effectively creating a new category: the Microsoft Exemption. Microsoft Canada did not immediately respond to questions about the deal, but in an interview earlier this year with Bloomberg Businessweek, Karen Jones, Microsoft's deputy general counsel, said the deal will allow Microsoft to bypass stricter U.S. rules on visas for foreign workers. The entire issue of temporary foreign workers has been as blisteringly hot a topic across Canada as it has been in the USA.

Comment: Re:why would I write to that? (Score 2) 187

by beakerMeep (#48541589) Attached to: Microsoft Introduces<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Core

You're talking about the embrace step. Certainly there should not be any OS lock-in there. That would be by design (assuming the worst of EEE for argument's sake). Platform lock-in comes with platform specific extensions, features, APIs, and libraries beyond the core. A very nefarious thing to do would be to introduce subtle bugs in other platform versions of the core or extensions. But that would be ridiculously hard to prove and I use it mostly just to dramatize how EEE could work.

I'm not saying MS is doing this, I am saying they should be watched with a very skeptical eye. Again... "be wary of your 'extended' dependencies".

Comment: Circular logic (Score 4, Insightful) 66

by beakerMeep (#48540439) Attached to: A Case Against Further Government Spectrum Auctions

This is the same silly logic FCC chief Wheeler used to in his blog post back when he advocated the T-Mobile + AT&T merger. It basically sums up as this:

"It we just give them some stuff then they will be ok with us regulating them"

How about the FCC just do it's fucking job? Regulation should not require give and take with the industry, that's exactly how regulation can go wrong.

Comment: Re:why would I write to that? (Score 1) 187

by beakerMeep (#48535599) Attached to: Microsoft Introduces<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Core

I think you misunderstand how embrace, extend, extinguish works.


Extend provides them with the platform lock-in, extinguish is only when extend has provided them enough market share that by being a de facto standard, they can steer the tech as they wish. They can let it languish. Or provide cosmetic updates, or add more platform lock-in.

Note that this framework is called "core" -- a perfectly normal name in most situations, but interesting when looked at from the perspective of embrace, extend, extinguish.

I guess the OSS lesson should be "be wary of your 'extended' dependencies". MS could be doing right here but I am a skeptic.

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