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+ - Ad from Blur (Formerly DoNotTrackMe) inserted while opening LAN webpage->

Submitted by packrat0x
packrat0x (798359) writes "A bit of code was inserted between /body and /html while opening a local webpage on my LAN. My browser was using Blur 4.5.1334, but this is too much. The important bits:

<div class="abineDNTMePanel">
<iframe name="abineContentFrame">
<img src="resource://dntme-pages/images/blur_growl.png">

Are there any other popular Add-ons that have gone rogue?"
Link to Original Source

Comment: Why Americans pay too much for too little (Score 2) 353

Telephone service in the USA is granted monopoly service districts by the 50 state governments to one or more telephone companies within each state. This originally was to encourage the provision of local telephone service when telephony was relatively new (more than 100 years ago). Companies, such as AT&T, operated local districts and franchised technology to other local providers. AT&T began selling long distance (between local districts) in 1885 and coast to coast long distance in 1915. The Kingsbury Commitment (1912) provided for interoperability between telephone networks. Over time, holding companies (including AT&T) acquired local providers and created large multi-state networks. [End of the Line, by Leslie Cauley]. So while the federal government may talk of improving things, the fundamental problem is the 100+ year old state monopolies that inhibit competition in telephone service.

Cable television service (including internet) in the USA is regulated by the 50 state governments. However, the (federal) Cable Communications Act of 1984 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cable_Communications_Act_of_1984] has been both positively and negatively disruptive. The act was used by cable companies to force state and local government to provide right-of-way access to customers. Either by leasing government owned right-of-way or by forcing electric power companies to lease space on neighborhood overhead power poles. (Note: power companies also have state granted monopolies, which allowed the state governments to force compliance.) Initially there were many providers and a great deal of competition. The problem is the act allowed for Cable Television Franchise Fees [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cable_television_franchise_fee]. These fees are based on gross revenue collected by the cable company from customers within a local government (ie city, county, or parrish). The local governments discovered that competition drives down prices, which in turn reduces these franchise fees. Thus, local governments have been discouraging competition amongst cable companies.

This is why Americans pay too much money for too little bandwidth.

Comment: Re:Not sure if troll but.. (Score 1) 144

by packrat0x (#47894073) Attached to: Harvard's CompSci Intro Course Boasts Record-Breaking Enrollment

Did anyone look at the PDF's properties?

$ pdfinfo course_enrollment_statistics_icg.pdf
Title: C:\db_scripts\admin\dat\course_enrollment_statistics_icg.pdf

Licensee used to create PDF

Creator: SQRP/6.2/PC/Windows NT 4.0/Oct 29 2001

Software used to create PDF

Producer: PDFlib 3.03 (Win32)
CreationDate: Fri Sep 12 16:34:00 2014

aaaaa... what? O_O

Comment: Re:Database? (Score 2) 371

by packrat0x (#47697039) Attached to: Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

Very few software developers would be considered engineers - calling yourself one doesn't make it so. There is an element of rigor required in engineering that is typically missing in software development. Would you want the same level of competence that you find in Adobe Reader or Internet Explorer surface in a suspension bridge you're crossing or a skyscraper that you work in?

I see the same level of competence in first model year cars, as you see in Adobe Reader or Internet Explorer. And it is for the same reasons: Add these features. Get it out the door by ship date. We''ll fix the problems next year.

Comment: Re:Has this person ever read Slashdot? (Score 1) 299

by packrat0x (#47667127) Attached to: Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites

This seems to hold true for most broad-interest sites like newspapers and magazines where comments can be downright awful, as opposed to sites like Slashdot with a self-selected and somewhat homogeneous audience.

If you read Slashdot at -1, you'll see plenty of horrid comments. Heck, people can be quite rude in +5 posts, although usually not both rude and stupid. Slashdot isn't helped by being self-selected or homogenous; it's helped by heavy moderation, both by users and by admins. Newspapers and magazines seem to leave their commenters to their own devices more. Rather than modding down the trolls, people reply to try to debunk them.

I normally read slashdot (well, skim) at -1, and the comments here are relatively decent. It really helps that I can browse as a single webpage. Compare slashdot to "news" sites, where the "noise" overwhelms the signal. And since slashdot has (had?) a reputation for tech articles, many of the commenters know how to type.

Comment: Re:over/under (Score 1) 218

by packrat0x (#47591745) Attached to: The Great Taxi Upheaval

It's a conundrum-type problem, trying to find the sweet spot. You basically need to decide if the over-burden of regulation is going to cost more than what you are preventing. And that's if you're a corporation. If you're a government trying to please the public, you have a mess of moralists who don't care about economics and demand 100% perfection which requires a lot of rules and almost always costs more than accepting 5% graft.

Here in the United States, the cut-off is approximately 15% graft. I suspect this may be from the high costs of auditing and investigation quickly outpacing cost recovery.

Comment: chicken and egg problem (Score 1) 69

by packrat0x (#47373343) Attached to: ARM Launches Juno Reference Platform For 64-bit Android Developers

"Without any hardware to test on, developers are leery of committing to supporting new hardware features. Without software that takes advantage of new hardware capabilities, customers aren't willing to pay for new equipment."

Is it not the manufacturer's interest to provide initial software / libraries? At least version 1.0?

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