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French Gov't Gives Facebook 3 Months To Stop Tracking Non-User Browsers 22

Reader iamthecheese writes RT reports that France's National Commission of Information and Freedoms found Facebook tracking of non-user browsers to be illegal. Facebook has three months to stop doing it. The ruling points to violations of members and non-members privacy in violation of an earlier ruling. The guidance, published last October, invalidates safe harbor provisions. If Facebook fails to comply the French authority will appoint someone to decide upon a sanction. Related: A copy of the TPP leaked last year no longer requires signing countries to have a safe harbor provision.

Submission + - Why Stack Overflow Doesn't Care About Ad Blockers

Press2ToContinue writes: Forging a bold step in the right direction, Stack Overflow announced today that they don't care if you use an ad blocker when you visit their site.

"The truth is: we don’t care if our users use ad blockers on Stack Overflow. More accurately: we hope that they won’t, but we understand that some people just don’t like ads. Our belief is that if someone doesn’t like them, and they won’t click on them, any impressions served to them will only annoy them-- plus, serving ads to people who won’t click on them harms campaign performance."

"Publishers can’t win by forcing ads — especially low-quality ads — in people’s faces. Think scantily-clad women selling flight deals, weight-loss supplement promos or wacky waving inflatable arm-flailing tube-men promoting car dealerships."


It's possible that this declaration by SO might help to clarify to advertisers that it is the overabundance of low quality ads that practically force the public to seek out ad blockers. But seriously, what is the likelihood of that?

Comment Re:Customer-centric? (Score 1) 148

I bought a Kindle Paperwhite used, from a friend of mine, and it's been great -- quite an amazing device, really. But I was disappointed (not hugely, just a twinge) that it didn't come with audio features; I had hoped it would be my car audiobook player as well as book replacement -- hadn't researched enough, and it hadn't occurred to me that they would have removed such a good feature.

Submission + - A second Little Ice Age uncovered

An anonymous reader writes: New data, compiled from tree rings in Russia, suggests that a previously undetected little ice age occurred in the 6th and 7th centuries, caused by a combination of volcanoes and low sunspot counts.

This cold spell would have preceded the Medieval Warm Period centered around 1000 AD that was followed by the already known Little Ice Age centered around 1600 AD. Note that no fossil fuel regulations or carbon taxes were used in creating this cold period. Note also this description of the consequences of that cold period:

The poor climate may been one of many factors contributing to societal changes of the era, including widespread crop failures and famines in Central Asia that may have triggered migrations from the area to China and Eastern Europe, thus helping spread an episode of plague (depicted in this 15th century painting) that originated there.

Famine and plague, caused by extreme cold, illustrating starkly that cooling is a far greater threat to human survival than climate warming. Meanwhile, the Medieval Warm Period saw a flourishing of American Indian culture in the American southwest.

So why do our modern climate doom-sayers fear warming so much, when there is no data to justify that fear, and plenty of data to suggest otherwise.

Submission + - North Korea's satellite tumbling 1

schwit1 writes: U.S. Defense officials stated today that the satellite that North Korea launched on Sunday is now tumbling in orbit and is useless.

Do not take comfort from this failure. North Korea has demonstrated that it can put payloads in orbit. From this achievement it is a very short leap to aiming those payloads to impact any continent on Earth. They might not be able to aim that impact very accurately, but if you want to ignite an atomic bomb somewhere, you don't have to be very accurate.

Submission + - Supreme Court blocks Obama carbon emissions plan (yahoo.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by blocking federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the centerpiece of his administration's strategy to combat climate change.

On a 5-4 vote, the court granted a request made by 27 states and various companies and business groups to block the administration's Clean Power Plan. The move means the regulations will not be in effect while litigation continues over whether their legality.

Submission + - FAA Eases Drone Restrictions in Washington, DC (roboticstrends.com)

An anonymous reader writes: It’s been tough sledding for drone hobbyists in Washington, D.C., but the Federal Aviation Administration is easing its restrictions.

After doubling the radius of the “no-drone zone” from 15 miles to 30 miles outside of Washington, D.C. in 2015, the FAA announced drones can now fly in the “outer ring” of the Special Flight Rules Area. This means drones can operate between a 15- to 30-mile radius outside of the nation’s capitol.

Drones that fly between the 15- to 30-mile radius still have to operate under specific conditions: drones must weigh less than 55 pounds, be registered and marked, fly under 400 feet, stay in the operator’s line of sight, only fly in clear conditions, and avoid other aircraft.

Feed Google News Sci Tech: Android creator Andy Rubin is making a free dashcam - Engadget (google.com)


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Android creator Andy Rubin is making a free dashcam
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There's been a lot of speculation about what Android inventor and ex-Googler Andy Rubin has been up to with his startup, Playground Global. Is he making a phone? Well, no... but what he is doing could still grab your attention. Rubin tells Wired that ...
Andy Rubin will give you a free dashcam, but you have to give him permission to use the dataPhandroid.com
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The inventor of Android wants to give you a free dashboard cameraThe Verge
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Comment Re:Subpoenas and the right against self-incriminat (Score 1) 116

BUT individuals have a constitution protection against compelled self-incrimination.

The San Bernadino killers are dead. So I'm not certain exactly how 4th and 5th Amendment rights would work. There's a good chance that the phone contains evidence that would incriminate others. But these others have almost certainly fled and/or destroyed evidence by now. So there isn't likely a imminent threat to be dealt with. So, what exactly is it that they need?

Submission + - Amazon is rolling back the anorexic Helvetica in the latest Kindle update (teleread.com)

David Rothman writes: Props to Amazon. The Helvetica font will be restored to a more readable weight than the anorexic one in the latest update for E Ink Kindles. Let’s hope that an all-bold switch—or, better, a font weight adjuster of the kind that Kobo now offers—will also happen. I’ve queried Amazon about that possibility.

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