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Comment Re:Online Advertising Response (Score 5, Interesting) 369 369

Ah, well, it seems they're doing that in the mobile market, anyway.

They're actually doing something about this because some smartphone games for children do location tracking, and nobody knows why.

According to the FTC, among its more troubling findings is that many children's apps "shared certain information with third parties -- such as device ID, geolocation, or phone number -- without disclosing that fact to parents. Further, a number of apps contained interactive features -- such as advertising, the ability to make in-app purchases, and links to social media -- without disclosing these features to parents prior to download."

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 1) 106 106

Some people post stupid questions out loud on Twitter. They expect one of their friends to help them use google, so companies are more and more joining twitter to do that. Plus, some people honestly believe that the only way to get support is via Twitter because they read an article in their newspaper (the paper one, they don't understand the internet) about Frank Elison from Comcast. Example tweets from the link prakslash posted show people asking what time their local BofA branch is open, and someone from BofA responding telling them how to use the bank locator which happens to also tell people hours (something revolutionary that companies like Burger King and McDonalds have yet to grasp, hours on a website, amazing).

Comment Re:What about the domain parking, tasting, sniping (Score 2, Insightful) 264 264

Thanks to Apache and the miracle of Virtual Servers, one can use one IPv4 address to host thousands of domains! This depends on HTTP1.1, though, and old browsers can't handle it, but nobody cares about them.


In conclusion, your argument is invalid.

The Courts

AT&T Makes Its Terms of Service Even Worse, To Discourage Lawsuits 412 412

techmuse writes "AT&T has changed its terms of service (including for existing contracts) to prevent class action suits. Note that you are already required to submit your case to arbitration, a forum in which consumers are often at a substantial disadvantage. Now you must go up against AT&T alone." This post on David Farber's mailing list provides a bit of context as well.

panic: kernel trap (ignored)