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The Internet

Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls? 381

Posted by samzenpus
from the play-nice dept.
First time accepted submitter carbon_tet writes I read two articles this week that made me wonder: "Would anyone actually pay for a website without trolls?" The first, was about web trolls and civility on the internet, and the second about the ad-based internet. It seems that public comments unavoidably have trolls, or they degrade very quickly until someone makes a reference to Hitler. So, is it impossible to have a substantive discussion online without trolls? Would you put your money where your mouth is to have a serious online conversation without them? Are there any topics that you would talk about (or prefer to see talked about) on a website where trolls were paywalled out?

Bezos-Owned Washington Post Embeds Amazon Buy-It-Now Buttons Mid-sentence 134

Posted by Soulskill
from the wait-till-they-start-delivering-papers-with-drones dept.
McGruber writes: While reading a story in the Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post, I saw that the paper had begun embedding Amazon Buy-It-Now links in the middle of story sentences. For example, in this article, a sentence about the sales figures for differing covers of The Great Gatsby read: At Politics and Prose, the traditional [BUY IT NOW] version — featuring the iconic eyes floating on a blue background — sold better than the DiCaprio [BUY IT NOW] cover. This change follows the July news of much larger than expected losses at Amazon and a 10-percent decline in the Amazon's stock value. In related news, the Post reports that the literary executor of George Orwell's estate has accused of doublespeak after they cited one of Orwell's essays in their ebook pricing debate with Hachette and other publishers.

Comment: Re:Also human (Score 1) 277

by fibonacci8 (#47475363) Attached to: Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues
However when you forget once for several thousand customers all at once, each one is likely to take it as a seperate occasion. It's also perfectly normal to treat a mistake that affects orders of magnitude more people as orders of magnitude more irritating. Also it wasn't amusing for anyone affected that I've talked to, it was a combination or irritating and annoying.

Someone who worked around the issue himself, but then got to spend hours via ventrilo and skype helping other players adjust their DNS settings so they could play the game they'd paid for.

P.S. Dear Sony: I would gladly maintain correspondence with your name / hosting providers in exchange for continued all-access membership during such periods.

Comment: Necessity (Score 1) 280

by fibonacci8 (#47466935) Attached to: Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say
Using weak passwords for cases when a password at all is unnecessary should be the norm as a defense against phishing, even by a company you presently trust. Mandatory complexity increases are probably being used already to undermine password variety. When a password has to be one thing different each time (another capital letter, another numeral, another punctuation mark) a service of dubious character could very quickly spot patterns that could be used improperly.

Comment: Study first, then appeal (Score 1) 67

Essentially the judge points out that a different case requires a different trial. This also means more arguments to study for appealing the Aereo ruling. If Dish's lawyers poke holes in Fox's arguments that led to the Aereo ruling, those arguments are fair game for Aereo's lawyers to use if they're applicable.
The Media

Google's Experimental Newsroom Avoids Negative Headlines 109

Posted by Soulskill
from the giant-earthquake-provides-thousands-with-early-access-to-afterlife dept.
theodp writes: After Brazil's dramatic World Cup defeat by Germany, writes NPR's Aarti Shahani, Google's experimental newsroom focused on search trends that didn't rub salt in Brazil's wounds, choosing to not publish a single trend on Brazilian search terms. Copywriter Tessa Hewson said they were just too negative. "We might try and wait until we can do a slightly more upbeat trend." It's a decision that puzzles Shahani, but producer Sam Clohesy explained, "a negative story about Brazil won't necessarily get a lot of traction in social." In old-school newsrooms, if it bleeds, it leads. But because this new newsroom is focused on getting content onto everyone's smartphone, marketing expert Rakesh Agrawal says, editors may have another bias: to comb through the big data in search of happy thoughts.

EU Court of Justice Paves Way For "Right To Be Forgotten" Online 199

Posted by timothy
from the youthful-indiscretions dept.
Mark.JUK (1222360) writes "The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has today ruled that Google, Bing and others, acting as internet search engine operators, are responsible for the processing that they carry out of personal data which appears on web pages published by third parties. As a result any searches made on the basis of a person's name that returns links/descriptions for web pages containing information on the person in question can, upon request by the related individual, be removed. The decision supports calls for a so-called 'right to be forgotten' by Internet privacy advocates, which ironically the European Commission are already working to implement via new legislation. Google failed to argue that such a decision would be unfair because the information was already legally in the public domain."

Comment: Re:True Costs (Score 0, Troll) 589

by fibonacci8 (#46926765) Attached to: Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says
I'll see your anecdote and raise you. Microsoft Works is still in use by people. Remind me again the ease of sharing documents between someone using Works and someone with Word, without formatting errors. Your memory is pretty selective if you're only considering Microsoft Office.
United States

Kerry Says US Is On the "Right Side of History" When It Comes To Online Freedom 261

Posted by samzenpus
from the everything-is-good dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Addressing the audience at the Freedom Online Coalition Conference, Secretary of State John Kerry defended NSA snooping actions saying: 'Let me be clear – as in the physical space, cyber security cannot come at the expense of cyber privacy. And we all know this is a difficult challenge. But I am serious when I tell you that we are committed to discussing it in an absolutely inclusive and transparent manner, both at home and abroad. As President Obama has made clear, just because we can do something doesn't mean that we should do it. And that's why he ordered a thorough review of all our signals intelligence practices. And that's why he then, after examining it and debating it and openly engaging in a conversation about it, which is unlike most countries on the planet, he announced a set of concrete and meaningful reforms, including on electronic surveillance, in a world where we know there are terrorists and others who are seeking to do injury to all of us. And finally, transparency – the principles governing such activities need to be understood so that free people can debate them and play their part in shaping these choices. And we believe these principles can positively help us to distinguish the legitimate practices of states governed by the rule of law from the legitimate practices of states that actually use surveillance to repress their people. And while I expect you to hold the United States to the standards that I've outlined, I also hope that you won't let the world forget the places where those who hold their government to standards go to jail rather than win prizes.' He added: 'This debate is about two very different visions: one vision that respects freedom and another that denies it. All of you at the Freedom Online Coalition are on the right side of this debate, and now we need to make sure that all of us together wind up on the right side of history."

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