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Comment And the monster is growing (Score 2) 544

As before by "fixing" more things that are not broken. It is really time to stop this abomination. Sure, there are some (few) things it does that actually have merit, but it doe them in the wrong way, and most of it is just plain bad for security, reliability and user choice. Why so much of the Linux infrastructure is handed willingly to this one bad actor is beyond me.

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French Woman Gets €800/month For Electromagnetic-Field 'Disability' 423

An anonymous reader writes: If you were dismayed to hear Tuesday's news that a school is being sued over Wi-Fi sickness, you might be even more disappointed in a recent verdict by the French judicial system. A court based in Toulouse has awarded a disability claim of €800 (~$898) per month for three years over a 39-year-old woman's "hypersensitivity to electromagnetic waves." Robin Des Toits, an organization that campaigns for "sufferers" of this malady, was pleased: "We can no longer say that it is a psychiatric illness." (Actually, we can and will.) The woman has been living in a remote part of France's south-west mountains with no electricity around. She claims to be affected by common gadgets like cellphones.

Comment Re:Advertisers, worry about security? Get real (Score 5, Interesting) 233

Very much so. Advertising is a plague and deserves to be eradicated. And don't tell me "it finances content", because so can crime, and apparently the distinction is not entirely clear anymore. There are other ways to finance content, and if you do not qualify, maybe your content was not valuable in the first place.

Comment Re:I work in online advertising (Score 3, Interesting) 233

Thanks for this explanation. As nobody in their right mind wants ads, anybody looking for a solution will arrive at complete blocking. The underlying problem is of course that the whole market structure is fundamentally broken, much like the stock market in 2008 with the sub-prime crisis: People brokering things without knowing anything about quality. If enough of that happens, the market collapses.

I expect that in the not too distant future, complete blocking of all ads will be a security best-practice.

The road to ruin is always in good repair, and the travellers pay the expense of it. -- Josh Billings