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Comment Re:Question (Score 1) 127

Question how do we keep sites from scanning our PCs to see if we have an ad blocker installed? what can be done if anything to stop them from doing that. If they can scan for an ad blocker im guessing they are scanning for everything we have installed.

They do not scan your computer. Their scripts running in your browser just check for a cookie or a session parameter that should have been set by the ad-showing script. If that's missing, you have an ad blocker.

Comment Re:Because capitalism, idiots. (Score 1) 245

Capitalism, too.

When I was a child, the herpes simplex virus was found in my blood tests. A microbiology research institute in my country (as socialist as it could be) gave me an experimental drug. Thirty years passed and I never had a symptom.

They sold the patent to a Western drug company and this particular drug was never marketed. Instead, we have Acyclovir & friends, which "Taken daily, these medicines can lessen the severity and frequency of outbreaks.".

Comment Re:Because capitalism, idiots. (Score 1) 245

Actually, health should not be a profit-driven industry. More to the subject: if private companies do not bother to research new antibiotics, why should we give them money for? Why not fund independent (university, government institutes) research and offer the results to any producing company, free of patents? That would be a better use for the tax payers' money.

Comment Re:Nope (Score 1) 243

Apparently the new Blackberry OS was supposed to be able to run Android apps. It didn't help them at all. I think you were required to recompile the app for BlackBerry, [...]

Blackberry Z10 owner here: I just go to Google Play Store (using Snap, the BB10 client for Play Store - sideloaded), download the app, open the installer and the Android App appears on my screen, ready to use. Almost all apps work, except for those requiring Google Play Services. Google Maps works just fine, although it keeps nagging me to authenticate to Google - which itis unable to, anyway.

Submission + - New Zealand Spy Agency Deleted Evidence About Its Illegal Spying On Kim Dotcom (

An anonymous reader writes: The latest news in this: GCSB appears to have deleted key evidence in the case in a hamfisted attempt to cover up its illegal activities. Even more ridiculous, GCSB is trying to cover this up by claiming that the material had "aged off" — implying that it was deleted automatically. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key claims that they had to delete the information under the law.

Of course, there are a few problems with that. The first is that under New Zealand law, like most countries these days, parties have an obligation to preserve documents likely to be necessary in a legal case. But, even more damning is that there's video of John Key in the New Zealand Parliament trying to defend against an earlier claim that GCSB had deleted some evidence by insisting that GCSB does not delete anything ever:

Submission + - Exam Cheating Scandal Hits Navy Nuclear Force (

mdsolar writes: "In a new twist to a widening tale of ethical lapses in the military, the Navy is investigating cheating allegations against about one-fifth of its trainers at a school for naval nuclear power reactor operators.

It is the second exam-cheating scandal to hit the military this year, on top of a series of disclosures in recent months of ethical lapses at all ranks in the military as it transitions from more than a decade of war-fighting.

Unlike an Air Force cheating probe that has implicated nearly 100 officers responsible for land-based nuclear missiles that stand ready for short-notice launch, those implicated in the Navy investigation have no responsibility for nuclear weapons."

The trouble with eternal vigilance is that sometimes you blink and eventually you'll blink at just the wrong time....

Submission + - Slashdot beta sucks 9

An anonymous reader writes: Maybe some of the slashdot team should start listening to its users, most of which hate the new user interface. Thanks for ruining something that wasn't broken.

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