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Comment: Re:All for poisioning the well (Score 1) 285

by mujadaddy (#48573607) Attached to: AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads
I'm all about FF on the desktop. I've hesitated porting my entire Paranoia Setup (cookie whitelist, Noscript, big ole hosts file) to mobile though, because of the adjustment period which would be necessary to get my trusted sites (bank, mostly) working right. I suppose it's just laziness at this point. Let me fix that! Thanks.

Comment: Re:All for poisioning the well (Score 1) 285

by mujadaddy (#48556115) Attached to: AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

Is a page a cohesive product, ads and all? The law is very unclear on this.

Uh, only in the sense of copyright is this a legal concern. It's your browser and your pipes; they can only cripple their own layout, not enforce your victimhood.

On a side note, what are people using currently for mobile browsing on Android? Every once in a while I'll pull up links friends send me, and after about 2 seconds of scrolling around some misaligned full page overlay shows up with the close button off-screen. I'd like to step up my blocking game on the phone...

Comment: Re:ads (Score 1) 327

by mujadaddy (#48360231) Attached to: Mozilla Updates Firefox With Forget Button, DuckDuckGo Search, and Ads
Re: Akamai

Yeah, that's a tough one. About the only thing I can think of would be to just disable them entirely, as you said, breaking 'much' of the 'Net, just so you can be an informed data consumer.

But I'm the kind of person who disabled Flash entirely and uses Hosts & NoScript to break the 'Net already, so that would be a small step for me.

Good luck to all of us.

Comment: Re:Reverse discrimination is still discrimination (Score 3, Insightful) 280

by mujadaddy (#48047653) Attached to: Facebook Apologizes To Drag Queens Over "Real Name" Rule

The policy isn't the issue.

Yes it is.

Where is this insistence on real-naming coming from? Not the users (ie, 'the product'), but the advertisers (ie, 'the customers'). The users know their friends' aliases, but the advertisers can't or won't make that leap without some help in the form of arbitrary Terms of Use.

The policy IS the issue. The drag performers are just a symptom.

Comment: Re:Big data found her? (Score 1) 248

by mujadaddy (#46915855) Attached to: Opting Out of Big Data Snooping: Harder Than It Looks

No, I didn't miss that point, but I'm probably communicating my own position somewhat unclearly.

You may be surprised that, in fact, I actually consider myself to be something of a privacy advocate, although probably not nearly as extreme as some. I guess I still see the good that the advertising revenue has done for the web as well as the bad, so I guess I've been taking a somewhat contrary position to balance the debate.

I love a well-reasoned contrary position; nothing wrong with forcing people to think about their own.

Keep in mind that I view "advertisement" and "intrusive personal data mining" as distinct issues as well, although it would be naive to dismiss the relationship, of course.

And I said I don't mind advertising, only the distinct feeling that there's an entity-like algorithm behind the scenes ticking boxes when I do things.

Ultimately, we're probably going to need some "complete opt-out" legislation, perhaps similar to the "do not call" list for telemarketers.

That would take quite an honest & vigorous debate to enact; I doubt ten years is enough time for this, so I prefer to advocate personal obfuscation *now*...

I assume you're asking about free as in "freedom"?

No, actually; As you point out, we have "Freedom"-free (at least at the moment before the Impending US Net Neutrality Murder has played out completely). I'm saying that giving up our privacy is a 'beer-cost' which we're certainly not getting full dollar value for, at least in the US.

"do we have any online privacy?", and unfortunately, the answer is "probably not". What is the danger of a lack of privacy, aside from being worthwhile in itself? The collected data could potentially be used to actually curtail freedom instead of simply passively eroding privacy - the temptation to do so is huge. So, yeah, I do believe it's a real concern, and it's going to be a huge issue in the next decade or so as we figure out how to balance all of this realistically.

Well said, but the danger of a lack of privacy is, should be, self-evident: If I've got nothing to hide, you've got nothing to see.

All that being said, I still think you're pining for an internet which basically few people actually used except a handful of academics and enthusiasts (sort of like Linux fifteen years ago, I guess). I was there, I saw it, and it was pretty damn uninteresting and far less practical than the internet we have today.

The impracticality protected us from being interesting enough to spy on. The impracticality for the average computer owner kept them off; ubiquity of the internet makes the target interesting enough to spy upon. "News for Nerds" vs. "News for Everyone"... I know it's not coming back, by the way... I just miss it.

"Being against torture ought to be sort of a bipartisan thing." -- Karl Lehenbauer