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Comment: Re:That's a nice democracy you have there... (Score 1) 386

Exactly. They REALLY like being able to watch everybody, automatically, from their desk. And that everybody else can't tell what they are doing.

You'll think they will go back to the 'old' ways they used to find terrorists. But no, they won't, because it 's not cool. Instead, they will go for hacking everyone's personal computers. Worldwide.

Comment: Re:There is a bubble because we participate in it (Score 1) 40

by davester666 (#48894385) Attached to: Made-In-Nigeria Smart Cards To Extend Financial Services To the Poor

except you still have to live surrounded by a whole bunch of destitute people, and perhaps also lose your job, and the money you have saved also gets devalued.

when the economy crashes, it takes everyone connected to it along for the ride.

so you are either working really hard right now to try to prevent/delay the crash, or working really hard to separate yourself from the economy.

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 1) 331

by davester666 (#48894255) Attached to: UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

They are investing in this because the last upgrade cycle is over [HD flatscreens and blu-ray players]. Now sales are down because people are mainly just buying replacement units when they break, not new units into homes that don't already have one.

They want to try to move back to the early-adopter stage of sales for 4k.

Comment: Re:If all goes well. . . (Score 1) 228

by davester666 (#48894103) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

..except for say, renting the information to "partners" for linking with offline purchases, or if you switch browsers or somehow the cookie gets removed or you switch to a private browser window...

Google doesn't only derive value from the information they gather about you by displaying you targeted online ads.

There are reasons why every ad network offering an 'opt-out' only stop displaying you targeted ads while it is in effect. And none of them are for your benefit.

Comment: Re:If all goes well. . . (Score 1) 228

by davester666 (#48890851) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

Um, no.

Reading Google's opt-out page at https://support.google.com/ads/answer/2662922?hl=en, it only talks about opting out of "interest-based ads". As in, google still tracks you, only they don't apply the tracking information when presenting ads to you. Which is EXACTLY what I said.

And note, the google page completely ignores the entire idea of not tracking the user. That is simply not an option they will ever consider permitting the user to choose.

Comment: Re:If all goes well. . . (Score 1) 228

by davester666 (#48889615) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

Yes. Unfortunately, you and the one other person in the US that are doing this, are easily distinguished [and thus, tracked] from everybody else by doing this.

Everybody else who doesn't have buckets of time trying to avoid being tracked [and still failing] are tracked in the more conventional fashion.

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