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Comment AdBlock easily defeated anyway (Score 4, Insightful) 344

Aside from being defeated by loads of different adblock blockers (as well as the standard generated scripts) there are loads of networks like PageFair that bypass AdBlock anyway. So "letting" acceptable ads through strikes me as a best option in a losing battle.

Comment Oh it's worse (Score 4, Interesting) 133

Sodium benzoate causes cancer. They knew about it for years. When it looked like the whole story was about to break, they *silently* pull it and replace it with potassium benzoate.

Does that cause cancer? The jury's still out, but the signs aren't good.

Bottom line is, there's little doubt that KO pumped Americans full of carcinogens for decades. And the "new" alternative is highly suspect.

Comment Re:In the USA? Seriously? (Score 4, Interesting) 122

But was the company actively involved in the illegal activity?

It was it just some users.

Because YouTube is also home to hundreds of thousands of pieces of pirated material on any given day.

And my personal favorite copyright violation tool is Pinterest, whose entire business involves republishing and distributing copyrighted works.

Comment What sort of science is that? (Score 4, Insightful) 210

Is it the goal seeked science originated by marketing departments that you like?

Did you really think that after oodles of money was spent on this "experiment" that the answer would be "it tastes the same"?

This is reminiscent of the space souvenir industry in the 1970's, where trinkets that had been "in space" possessed some fetishistic value for collectors.

This isn't science at all. The determination of "it tastes different" was made by those with the profit motive to declare as much.

This is the sort of "science" that nobody should like.

Comment Re:How does it know (Score 2) 92

Not true. It's much more sophisticated than that. I've tested the "smart" blocking vs the "block all plugins" settings and it definitely allows more than just the biggest element through, but it does block the ads.

On sites where there are Flash navigation elements, or smaller Flash applications -- they are still apparently unblocked but auto play videos are blocked.

There's more to this than meets the eye. And it's not just as simple as allowing the biggest Flash element to load.

Comment Re:Can the enemy actually shoot down the F35? (Score 1) 732

Stealth was always idiotic. Always. From day one, every single technologist admitted that the advantages of stealth could only ever be short-term. It was a brief technological advantage that was certain to disappear as next gen tracking systems caught up. And they have. In fact, they did some time ago.

The problem the military has is that they are operating on long production cycles when countermeasure innovation is operating on far shorter cycles. This isn't just a major financial blunder -- this is a major strategic blunder and the military hasn't yet had that truth forced upon them: But they will as soon as the F35 sees combat. Reliance on stealth is patently stupid and any student of military history knows what happens when militaries rest on last-gen technology and pretend it's still good enough.

The only path to recover from this strategic blunder is to man-up and accept losses. Accept the reality that manned air combat is already primitive, and to spend 5000% on development of unmanned air combat which can counter Russian and Chinese 5th gen aircraft. And for god sakes MIC, air-gap your fucking computers -- please. You suck at data security.

Comment Re: The oceans have radically changed before ... (Score 0) 417

B..b...but our species built trillions of dollars of condominiums on the world's beachfronts. Never mind that the climate has never not been changing. What we've got here now is a global, environmental emergency. We're going to need to tax you to make up for our inane lack of urban planning. Y'know, protecting the status quo, and all that.

"The Mets were great in 'sixty eight, The Cards were fine in 'sixty nine, But the Cubs will be heavenly in nineteen and seventy." -- Ernie Banks