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Comment Re: Elephant in the room (Score 1) 102

Which is why the *real* elephant in the room is *browser security* and the fact that javascript *still* isn't effectively sandboxed in 2015.

That alone would be a a shockingly big deal, but making it even bigger is the fact that the world's largest ad supported company also manufactures the world's most popular web browser -- oh, and bundles Flash.

Still though-- NoScript works. Don't kill off your favorite website just because out browsers are broken.

Comment AdBlock easily defeated anyway (Score 4, Insightful) 352

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.

MSDOS is not dead, it just smells that way. -- Henry Spencer