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Comment Re:"people are more connected today", really? (Score 1) 83

Maybe "connectedness" contributes to the partisanship.

The most stable societies often seem to be the ones with the least diversity. It seems like the fewer the internal differences among the population, the fewer reasons to be partisan -- the other guy looks like you, speaks like you, prays the same, eats the same, lives the same.

Connectedness makes people aware of differences -- the other guy looks different, talks different, prays different, eats different, lives different.

Something about humans makes the other a competitor or an enemy.

Comment Does it affect functionality at all? (Score 1) 527

In true Slashdot fashion, I didn't read TFA just the TFS. Assuming that the source is capable (ie, did everything practical to disable telemetry, including any weakly published registry settings, etc) and is accurately counting firewall hits (how many of these are one telemetry source retrying relentlessly?) and not attempting to be an anti-MS shill, this really sucks that disabling it per MS instructions doesn't actually disable it.

That being said, does it affect functionality? Does stuff not work (for all definitions of not work -- from not all to pokey slow because it's trying and faiiling to hit a telemetry server)?

While I would expect corporations with an eye on security to object, I would also expect places like that to have a fairly stern outbound firewall policy and filtering system that would block a lot of telemetry by default, mitigating some of this but still not eliminating the annoyance of a machine that does what it wants.

I'm also curious how much analysis of telemetry has been done. Do we know what processes on the machine are responsible for telemetry, and are there any ways to disable them? Have the telemetry messages been analyzed to develop firewall rule groups to block them by IP, URL or DNS?

Comment Re:LOL even Brendan Eich is using Chromium for Bra (Score 1) 404

Regarding ad voting, the potential for abuse of this is high (i.e. people hating every ad). One solution would be that your votes are always relative. In other words, do you like this ad more or less than other ads. This way some ads will always bubble to the top. And advertisers can then study/learn from those ads, and/or choose to run those ads more. And when they do that, people grow tired of those ads. So they bubble down the list and force new ads to appear.

This may not sound that great, but right now I am staring at sites that pad with screen after screen of white space, or force gigantic menus to overwrite content or display zero content when I try to ad-block them (via no JS and hosts anyway). Point is that we are already in the middle of an arms race.

Comment Re:LOL even Brendan Eich is using Chromium for Bra (Score 1) 404

They do seem to have an interesting approach. On that same FAQ page they discuss their philosophy on ad reduction, ad replacement and removal of tracking stuff. There could be a substantial discussion on ad replacement alone.

Ads are something no user wants, but every advertiser and content-hoster wants. Bottom line is ads will always be around in one form or another. And they will always be evolving and changing.

Maybe ad replacement is a potential solution. You can't get rid of them (permanently everywhere that is), and you do want some content to survive (e.g. Slashdot), so maybe an ad vetting/voting/whitelisting system has some merit.

Comment Re:Require that patents be defended (Score 1) 132

I think a time window for actual usage of a patent in a marketed product would be a useful check. If your patent isn't in a marketed product within, say, five years of issuance it would become public domain, and if it stops being used in a marketed product after 5 years it would also become public domain.

I think part of the problem also could not just be patent trolls as we know them, but companies like IBM that attack a technology sector with R&D and obtain dozens of patents they have no intention of actually developing into products but manage to patent enough things in an area that it's no longer practical to enter that field because most of the key techniques are already patented. It's kind of a land rush mentality where they're not actually interested in using the plots of land they claim, they just want to make sure nobody else can.

It's even worse when this is done defensively to guard a product they already make so that new innovations that may obsolete a cash cow product can be kept from the market. To extend the land rush analogy, they buy up all the plots of land so that the only remaining option is to rent an apartment in the crummy building they already have.

Comment Tivo style broadcast data encoding? (Score 1) 227

Tivo used to distribute some data at night on a TV channel. I caught it one night in a fit of insomnia, it looked like a video stream comprised of QR codes. I'm guessing the Tivo box recorded it and then decoded the full frames and then stored whatever the data stream was.

Like QR codes, the "data" would seem fairly impervious to scaling and resampling provided that the "bits" or white/black blocks were large enough to survive downsampling. You wouldn't really care if they converted them to compressed image data because the image was the data but represented at a low enough practical resolution that downsampling or format conversion wouldn't change the image enough to inhibit decoding.

You could even do something like the color-enhanced HCC2D code "extension" of QR codes for greater image data density.

Each image file could then be a rough equivalent of a disk block or sector, allowing the client side to manage a file system of sorts.

Comment Re:Freedom of Speech is the key. (Score 1) 662

I always thought that the term "politically correct" was intended to be hurled as an insult at people who voice objections to racism, misogyny and intolerance. It is a lazy argument made by people who have resorted to calling sincerity into question.

The problem is that the people voicing objections to racism and misogyny often do so not to literal racism ("niggers are dumb") or misogyny ("she's a whore") but to elaborate, closely interpreted constructs that they believe are examples of these slights.

So saying that a woman is pretty becomes misogyny because it represents the male establishment's enforcement of an unrealistic physical standard of beauty. Saying that Jesse Jackson is an adulterer is called racist because Jackson is a civil rights leader and it's believed that labeling him that way is just an attempt to discredit him because of his race and his civil rights activism.

It's the use of racism or misogyny or other similar accusations through deconstructive analysis to turn obvious truths into accusations of bias that becomes political correctness. People believe that merely stating literal truths will get turned against them.

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