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Comment Re:Cancel or Allow? (Score 1) 217

How many people use their microphone that often? If they don't care about their own privacy over the inconvience of clicking a button then they probably deserve the privacy intrusion they're going to get.

How many people use their microphone that often?

I can think of users of Siri, users of OK Google, users of Cortana, users of voice-to-SMS, frequent users of VoIP, and people who use dictation because they have trouble using a standard keyboard. Someone who scans barcodes of products or scans personal checks from friends and family and payroll checks from employers too small for direct deposit might use the camera often.

I suggest a different privilege model for access to privacy-sensitive sensors:

  • Background access (while this origin or this app is open)
  • Foreground access (while this origin or this app is open and focused)
  • Temporary background access (revoked once all documents from this origin are unloaded, other than in navigation to another same-origin document, or all windows from this app are closed)
  • Temporary foreground access (default)
  • No access (do not ask user again)

Comment Re:What other ways? (Score 1) 217

Which side of the equation do the content creators care about the most? Would they rather provide the readers with value and treat them with respect, or suck up to those with the money?

If the choice is between trying to respect visiting readers while showing tasteful ads and trying to respect visiting readers while showing no ads, it depends on how much the authors want to keep a roof over their heads. The alternative (a paywall to cover authors' salaries and server costs) disrespects readers who are visiting, as paywalls lead to bounces, and bounces waste not only the reader's time but also server resources.

Comment Re:Will they also provide a way (Score 1) 134

There are a few lines you can add to the hosts file on your PC or your DNS proxy to block AdSense and DoubleClick networks. You don't have to go full APK unless you want to. Start with these two and see what else you can pull in from your browser's debugger.

Comment Cancel or Allow? (Score 1) 217

If access to your mic and camera are *actually* required (e.g. tech support, online chat etc.) you should have to authorise this access each time and the access should be granted for the current page only.

If the user has to re-allow the microphone, re-allow the camera, and re-allow location whenever the user navigates to a different part of a web application, with no way to "always allow" other than by applying a patch to the browser's source code and recompiling the entire browser from source, the user will likely consider it worse than Windows Vista UAC.

Comment What other ways? (Score 1) 217

There are other ways to finance content

What might these be, other than ads and paywalls? Once I know what other ways you're thinking of, I can analyze their suitability for different

and if you do not qualify, maybe your content was not valuable in the first place.

Valuable to readers != valuable to those with money up front.

Comment A faster horse (Score 1) 217

Are you so stupid that you don't know what you need?

You might be surprised at how many people are that stupid. Henry Ford sold his Model T automobile to people who thought they needed a faster horse.

Do you need help when deciding what food/clothes/housing/car you buy?

Some people do. In some categories, U.S. consumers can rely on Consumer Reports, a product comparison magazine and website funded by subscribers that takes no advertising. But a lot of things are so hyper-local that a nationwide magazine such as CR can't cover them adequately, such as restaurants and housing. And even then, CR somehow needs to learn that a particular product exists and is available to the public, even though it refuses to take product samples.

Comment Phone companies lock people into contracts (Score 1) 192

That's like saying Comcast could potentially look all my neighbors into contracts. Except that it is a fact that they haven't and can't.

That's because phone companies offering DSL or fiber are more likely to use a contract with an ETF. Look at it this way: If Comcast wants to expand its Xfinity subscriber base in a particular area, and a lot of Internet users in that area are already locked into contracts with the phone company and the satellite TV company, it'll have a hard time selling Xfinity subscriptions unless it can afford to buy out the ETFs of the competitor's subscribers. Now replace "Comcast" brands with ViaSat, its competitor with Gogo, and "Internet users" with airlines.

Stellar rays prove fibbing never pays. Embezzlement is another matter.